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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 17, 2020

Explore selected reading, local events and past and upcoming lectures honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Note: Regular term hours resume January 28 and the library will be closed Monday, January 20, 2020.

Scheduled library catalog maintenance, Christmas Day

Dec 19, 2019

ExLibris will be doing some routine maintenance on our library catalog on Dec 25, estimated start time 1am EST and end time 9am EST. This work includes some possibility for downtime.

Follow the link below to subscribe for reminders and updates.

Troubleshooting an access wrinkle

Dec 16, 2019

If you encounter a link in the library catalog that starts with https://yeshebi.ptsem.edu/login?url=, please remove that piece and the link should work. (Some of the links in Summon also have this problem, because Summon includes catalog records.)

For example, https://yeshebi.ptsem.edu/login?url=https://bp9sf7rp2h.search.serialssolutions.com/ejp/?libHash=BP9SF7RP2H#/search/?searchControl=title&searchType=title_code&criteria=TC0001461282&titleType=BOOKS&language=en-US doesn't work.

But https://bp9sf7rp2h.search.serialssolutions.com/ejp/?libHash=BP9SF7RP2H#/search/?searchControl=title&searchType=title_code&criteria=TC0001461282&titleType=BOOKS&language=en-US does work.

The work that we did over the weekend did not fix this problem, unfortunately.

We continue to work with the vendor to resolve the issue and apologize for the inconvenience.

E-resource access, Sunday, December 15

Dec 13, 2019

In order to improve access points to e-books and e-journals in the library catalog, our scheduled maintenance of these records has been moved up from December 22 to Sunday, December 15. As this is a busy time in the semester, we thought it might be helpful for you to know in advance.

Plan ahead: Anticipate some reduced access to e-resources from the library catalog on Sunday, December 15. Before Sunday, if you encounter a link in the catalog beginning with https://yeshebi.ptsem.edu/login?url=, please remove that piece and the link should work.

Advent and Christmas Suggested Reading

Dec 1, 2019

Enter this season of Advent with some scholarly and devotional reading.

Update on OpenAthens

Nov 22, 2019

In order to provide access to library visitors more effectively, we are introducing a small intermediate step in the new login process. Thank you for your understanding.

Users with a Princeton Theological Seminary email address, please select "Please sign in with your seminary email" when prompted.

Alumni, if you have not yet contacted the IT Help Desk to request access to the resources available to alumni, please do so. You can find contact information and more details on the PTS Alumni page.

Visitors, please select "Sign in with an OpenAthens account" when prompted. The username and password can be found on the desktop background of the computers on the Library Concourse.

Screenshot of the "Choose how to sign in" window

Special Collections closed Nov. 25

Nov 18, 2019

Beginning November 25, 2019 and until further notice, Special Collections and Archives is closed to Princeton Theological Seminary faculty, students and staff and outside researchers, scholars and the public. All inquiries should be directed to the James Lenox Librarian.

Native American Heritage Month

Nov 8, 2019

Browse and borrow books from the circulating collection in the open display on the Concourse for the month of November, and visit the link below for more information.

graphic for Native American Heritage Month

Ken Henke, Curator of Special Collections and Archivist, retires

Oct 25, 2019

This year, fall has brought with it the retirement of Kenneth Woodrow Henke from his post as Curator of Special Collections and Archivist at Princeton Theological Seminary.

After completing college studies (and a year of volunteer service in India), Ken came to Princeton as a Seminary student, partially earning his way by running the Reigner Reading Room, then in the Christian Education Resource Center in Roberts Hall. He worked at the Quaker archives in Haverford, PA for a time after seminary and taught for a number of years at a Quaker school near Philadelphia. There, he was head of the Religion Department and coordinator of the Community Service program.

Princeton still held a strong pull, though, and Ken returned to take a job at the Princeton University store with encouragement from Dr. James Irvine, Associate and Reference Librarian at the time, that a position might open at the Seminary library "soon." Finally, something did open up, and Ken has been working at the library for the past 24 years - in Circulation and later Special Collections.

In 2004, Ken was serving as a Special Collections Assistant. Two years later, his title became Reference Archivist, and with the departure of Clifford Anderson in 2012, Ken became Curator of Special Collections and Archivist for the Seminary.

Over the years, he spent countless hours providing reference and other research assistance for students, faculty, scholars and other visitors from around the world; preparing and collaborating on exhibits of diaries, manuscripts, notebooks, hymnals, photographs, scrolls and tablets for classes and visitors; and giving many library and campus tours rich with Seminary history.

Wherever God takes him next, Ken's deepest desire is that in retirement he might serve in a place of need. We, who have known him and his work any of these many years, are certain he will indeed.

Thank you, Ken, and may God continue to bless you in that service.

The brief bibliography below gives just a taste of the thorough and thoughtful spirit Ken brings to everything he does.

Craig Barnes, President and Professor of Pastoral Ministry
Keri Day, Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religion
Kenneth Henke
, Curator of Special Collections and Archivist
James Kay, Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Joe R. Engle Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics
Gordon Mikoski, Associate Professor of Christian Education
James Moorhead, Mary McIntosh Bridge Professor of American Church History Emeritus
Kermit Moss, Interim Director of the Center for Black Church Studies
Yolanda Pierce, Elmer G. Homrighausen Associate Professor of African American Religion and Literature
Anne Stewart, Associate Vice President for Communication and Deputy to the President

*Metzger, John Mackay. 2010. The Hand and the Road: The Life and Times of John A. Mackay. Louisville, Ky: Westminster John Knox Press.

Metzger's book
can be found here: BR1725.M24 M48 2010

Book reviews (not by Ken)

  1. Gros, Jeffrey. 2010. “The Hand and the Road: The Life and Times of John A. Mackay.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45 (2): 332. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lsdah&AN=ATLA0001790675&site=ehost-live.
  2. Sinclair, John H. 2010. “The Hand and the Road: The Life and Times of John A. Mackay.” Theology Today 67 (2): 244. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lsdah&AN=ATLA0001842600&site=ehost-live.
Kenneth W. Henke, Curator of Special Collections and Archivist at Princeton Theological Seminary, shows visiting researchers some items from Special Collections, 2015

Celebrate Theological Libraries Month

Oct 1, 2019

October is Theological Libraries Month and once again we're joining Atla's celebration with book spine poetry and faculty book raffles!

Create a book spine poem using books from the Princeton Theological Seminary's collection. Be sure to post and upload a photo of your poetry to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using #TLM2019 to be entered into Atla's contest. Four winners will receive a $25 digital Amazon gift card from Atla. (Winners will be chosen at random using RandomPicker.com)

Wondering what a book spine poem might look like? Here's an example by Marcus Hong (Ph.D. candidate) from a few years ago.

This year the Weekly Faculty Book Raffle includes: Landscapes of the Song of Songs : poetry and place by Elaine T. James; The Soul of Higher Education : contemplative pedagogy, research and institutional life for the twenty-first century edited by Margaret Benefiel and Bo Karen Lee; St. Augustine, his confessions, and his influence by Paul Rorem; and Union made : working people and the rise of social Christianity in Chicago by Heath W. Carter.