Monday, August 10, 2020

GenoPro Software for Everyone!

GenoPro is the most intuitive and complete family tree and genogram creation tool.

The seminary has purchased a version of GenoPro that is available for download from the Intranet.  All students and employees are eligible to download the software.   

Monday, August 3, 2020

Fall Course and Textbook Reserves

Course Reserves for Fall

Course reserve readings will be made available in CAMS. There will be no print course reserves, only electronic. Out of an abundance of caution and care, faculty have been asked to submit all course reserves requests for the entire semester before Aug. 14th, 2020.

Textbook Reserves for Fall

The 2-hour in-building reserve of textbooks is a service that the Library will not be able to offer in the Fall. The quarantine period required for books is 4 days between users. Electronic textbook reserves are being explored using the Fall Book List.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Online Drop-in Office Hours starting Sept. 9

Dear Students,

I thought it may be helpful to share and highlight a new library service starting in Fall:  Online, Open, Drop-in Office Hours.

We will start with 3 days of the week during the lunch hour, M, W, and Th.  You can drop in to ask questions about library related matters. Bobi, Carolyn and I will take turns one day of the week each to be available in real time to help.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Copyright Law and Course Reserves (Fall 2020)

Guidelines for LPTS Faculty and Staff  | Fall 2020 Online Learning #COVID19

LPTS is committed to compliance with U.S. copyright law, but understanding how to apply the law in relation to course reserve readings is not always easy. The guidelines presented here are offered to help LPTS faculty and staff comply with the law. The Library cannot offer legal advice about Copyright Law. It is the faculty/instructor of record's responsibility to comply with the copyright laws in the distribution of course materials.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Finding Royalty-free Images

In some courses you may be asked to add images to an assignment, or create an image collage for an assignment. Since almost everything on the Internet is the intellectual property of someone, even if it isn't explicitly stated, here are instructions to help you comply with copyright law while searching for and using images created by others.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Logging into Google Classroom

Logging into Google Classroom

By Dr. Sue Garrett, revised by Carolyn Cardwell

Instructions for logging into Google Classroom on a laptop or desktop (instructions for logging in on a phone are below)
  1. Be sure you have your userid and password ready.
  2. Go to   If you aren’t already logged in to Google with this account you will be asked to log in or change to this account.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Recent Additions to the Anti-racism Digital Library

John at the March, Summer 2020
Created by our beloved community members, we have short essays which have been added to the Anti-racism Digital Library. John Randolph and Adrian Baker wrote their reflections especially for the ADL. The essays show how Christian imagination, faith, truthful living, and witnessing become anti-racism-in-action when we follow Jesus Christ with all our heart, mind, body and soul, like God commands.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Happy Juneteenth! White Silence is Violence. Silence Broken.

Today is Juneteenth and while the silence that it reminds will be an enduring pain, I am happy to join Americans who also call it Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and/or Cel-Liberation Day, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

I am also happy because it is an appropriate day to share Heather Thum-Gerber’s gift:  White Silence is Violence.  Silence is Broken (link is to the reflection and pictures in the ADL). Heather describes her experience on June 11, 2020, when she joined the protesters gathered with Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ) to end white silence on the topic of racism. "Ironically, we chose to be silent to end the silence," she writes. The protestors all knelt silently on the ground for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time George Floyd’s neck was forced down by an officer’s knee. To understand the meaning of the white silence through the generations after African Americans were emancipated, Heather draws on the story of the silent centurion at the crucifixion of Jesus. She concludes that "white silence is violence," and her own "silence is broken" now. Heather will use her voice loudly in the movement for justice.

I asked Heather how her anti-racist voice and identity will play out, reminding her of the ADL definition: Anti-racism is some form of focused and sustained action, by a mix of people which includes inter-culturalinter-faith, multi-lingual and inter-abled communities with the intent to change a system or an institutional policypractice, or procedure which has racist effects.
Her answer: I am currently geared towards reforming [the system of] policing. Systemic racism is so ingrained in the American criminal justice system that it is far from bringing about justice.
In other news from the library. Thanks to all who attended the Bible software demos of Accordance and Logos. Below is a summary of the numerical portion of the surveys you completed after the demo. If you'd like to see the complete results, please let me know. 
Accordance = 374 points from all respondents (n=12) and 81 points from Bible faculty (n=2). 
Logos = 403 points from all respondents (n=12), and 71 points from Bible faculty (n=2). 

Besides ease of use, and tools, two other factors emerged as critical for our consideration and so the investigation continues: 1) Remote access 2) Vendor Social Justice. 
Accordance and Logos are available for you to try, along with excellent tutorials. Check it out and as always, feedback is welcome. Here are the links: Accordance | Logos

Rejoicing with hope in the One who is always with us,


Monday, June 15, 2020

Recent Anti-racism Resources

Hello beloved community! 

We are now in "Ordinary Time." Yet, we're clearly living in an extraordinary time of global outrage about police brutality and anti-black racism. All in the midst of a global pandemic!  As you may know, ordinary time is the ordered life of the church.  A season in the Christian church calendar it is time that is outside the two great seasons of church celebration. It usually last for about 33 or 34 weeks, beginning with the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, skipping Easter until Pentecost and ending before Advent. So, right now, we're in the second period of ordinary time, during the time of the Pentecost, a time of holy fire and power. *You* are a vital part of the good changes happening in our world.  I thank you for your faithful witness and highlight a few materials from our library.  May they help to fuel our collective imagination and individual actions towards dismantling racism, and ushering in the order and harmony of our Holy God. 

E.M. White Library: We've recently added an open access undergraduate textbook on anti-racist writing to our eBook collections. You can access it through Morgan/Discovery (our library catalog).

Inoue, A. B. (2015). Antiracist writing assessment ecologies : teaching and assessing writing for a socially just future (Ser. Perspectives on writing). WAC Clearinghouse.
Anti-racism Digital Library: The new Louisville, KY collection currently contains four richly detailed educational resources about redlining, racial capitalism, and the history of slavery in Louisville, to help guide our reflections for strategic action. The Louisville Seminary collection has 13 items including recent #BLM writings by the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III, Prof. Debra Mumford, Prof. Shannon Craigo-Snell, Dr. Steve Cook, and me. Other materials include a paper on Race by Prof. Reed and links to related Spring syllabi by Prof. Pauw, Prof. Garrett, etc. For now, I especially want to highlight Dr. Cook's reflection on a passage from Genesis and using "The Creation" art by Aaron Douglas. Here's the closing excerpt and you can find the art and the full reflection here

For our moment, we must recognize how “The Creation” bears witness that Black Lives Matter in the cosmic order of God’s creation. To name Black Lives as integral to the goodness of God’s creation does not deny that all humans are made in the image ofGod. Rather, it recognizes the destruction to God’s good creation done by generations of racist actions, policies, ideologies, and structures. Generations of white silence, ignorance, and apathy, too. To say Black Lives Matter calls us, members of the Episcopal Church, to commit to anti-racist practices and the dismantling of white supremacy to honor all that God has made. May our generation be the one to celebrate finally the full and awesome goodness of God’s creation. Amen. 

May it be so.