Thursday, December 17, 2020

E.M. White Library Holiday and J-Term 2021 Hours

Deer on campus of LPTS

Holiday Hours

Dec. 19, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021 - Closed. The library building and its circulating collections are closed for the holidays. 24/7 remote access to Research DatabasesCourse Etextbooks, Ebooks, and more continues. Holiday blessings!

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Spring 2021 Etextbooks

2021 Spring Semester Courses Etextbooks are now available for on campus and remote access. Once inside the lists below, click on the link for the etextbook/ebook; you will be prompted to login, if you are off campus. 

Access to Spring 2021ebooks and etextbooks is available in three different ways:

1. Google Sheets: Spring 2021 Semester Courses ETextbooks - Arranged by faculty name, one per sheet. 

2. Course Reserves: Spring 2021 Courses in Morgan, the Library Catalog - Arranged by course name.

Required and recommended titles for courses have been purchased when available, i.e. when the publisher has made it available in ebook, digital format.  Some titles are not available digitally and open source links are given, when available. The above two lists do not include course readings such as book chapters and journal articles. 

3. CAMs for Faculty login | CAMS for Student Login - CAMs is the definitive repository for all course readings - etextbooks, ebooks, book chapters, journal articles, etc. The links to ebooks have been input into your CAMS courses. All course readings for Spring 2021 will be available for access in January the (faculty deadline to submit readings request is December 18). 

Have questions? Need help? Please contact: Online Help.

Monday, December 14, 2020

JTerm 2021 ETextbooks

The JTerm Courses Etextbooks are now available for on campus and remote access. When you click on the link for the etextbook/ebook once in the lists, you will be prompted to login, if you are off campus. 

3 different ways to access JTerm 2021ebooks and etextbooks:

1. Google Sheets: JTerm Courses ETextbooks - Arranged by faculty name, one per sheet. 

2. Course Reserves: JTerm Courses in Morgan, the Library Catalog - Arranged by course name.

Required and recommended titles for courses have been purchased when available (i.e. when the publisher has made it available in ebook, i.e. digital format).  Titles that are not available in digital format are noted. The above two lists do not include scanned course readings such as book chapters and journal articles. 

3. CAMs for Faculty login | CAMS for Student Login - CAMs is the definitive repository for all course readings - etextbooks, ebooks, book chapters, journal articles, etc. The links to ebooks have been input into your CAMS courses. All course readings will be available for access by Dec. 18, if not already so. 

Have questions? Need help? Please contact: Online Help.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Library Team Values Statement

Twelve core values were collaboratively defined and developed by the E.M. White Library Team: Access, Care, Collaboration, Confidentiality, Craft, Ingenuity, Learning, Safety, Service, Sustainability, Transparency, Trust
articulate our shared commitments in our work, our relationships in working together to provide library services and serve the mission of the Seminary. All of the values work together, but trust and safety are particularly essential as a foundation for enacting the rest of these values. They enable us to support each other, help each other to offer our best, and hold each other accountable. The statement of description is adapted from the values statement of the Digital Collection Management Section, Library of Congress. Access, Confidentiality (patron and staff interactions), transparency are hyperlinked to standards, guidelines and policies of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries.We are deeply influenced by Critical Librarianship.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Reference Room Service - Dec. 3 - 17, 2020

J in the Reference Room, Feb. 2020
I am delighted to share that the E.M. White Reference Room will reopen Thursday. This will be a limited service for quiet study and reference books use for LPTS community members only in 2-hour time blocks. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance and patrons must agree to a number of pandemic-related rules such as wearing a mask 😊. Please use this form to reserve your spot: Service details and user agreements follow.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Thanksgiving Week Services and Hours

Ask a Librarian – live chat online – is available from 10 am – 4 pm on Mon (23rd) and Tues (24th) . The librarians are eager to help with your learning and library research needs.  We're here for you!

Book Hub – i.e. print book borrowing and scanning – is on hold this week. The librarians, like the rest of the Seminary, will be celebrating Thanksgiving at home. Your requests will be fulfilled the following week, Dec. 3rd, Thursday.

For details about current library services please visit Print Books and Digital Library services.

We pray earnestly for a healthy and happy Thanksgiving for each of you and your loved ones.

Anita and the library team


Monday, November 16, 2020

Ask A Librarian: Nov. 16-19, 10 am - 2 pm and Nov. 20 - 10 am - 12 noon

Ask A Librarian
I am delighted to share that your friendly new librarians Burton and Jill are eager to help you. Light at the end of the tunnel, laughter, and learning with your librarians along the way 😊. Join us!

What: Ask a Librarian  - Live online chat!


When: 10 am to 2 pm on Nov. 16, Mon 17, Tues, Wed. 18, and Thurs. 19; Friday 10 - 12 noon


Why: We want to help you find library resources -- e-books, journal articles, commentaries, citation manuals, etc. -- or just about anything!


How: Simply click the “Chat with a librarian” button on the Help Desk Page of the Library Portal to initiate a chat.  Chat sessions can also seamlessly transition to Zoom to facilitate communication and instruction.  


Photo: National Library of Sweden, Stockholm.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Book Hub: Contactless Borrowing and Scanning Services Start 2 Nov. 2020

We are excited and look forward to sharing the delights and charms of our library’s print collections once again with you all.
Book Hub, contact less book borrowing service for LPTS students, faculty and employees only, starts Nov. 2. Besides book borrowing, you can also request scanning. Details follow.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Audio Books

Audiobooks Collection includes titles you can borrow. Sample freely or create an account to borrow the audio book and listen to it from your mobile device.  EBSCO Tutorial for How To Use Audiobooks  | About EBSCO AudioBooks   
Recent audio book titles added to the library are:  
 Mark Yarhouse, Julia Sadusky, & Narrator: Bob Souer. (2020). Emerging Gender Identities : Understanding The Diverse Experiences of Today’s Youth. EChristian, Inc.  
Dominique DuBois Gilliard, & Narrator: Mirron Willis. (2018). Rethinking Incarceration : Advocating for Justice That Restores. Tantor Audio.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

New Reads: E.M. White Library New Books October 2020

Welcome to Fall 2020 Research and Study Week. We pray that it is what you need it to be.  

Here’s a small and selective list of books published in 2020 that have been added to the library’s ebook collections recently. The books are arranged in no particular order and I’ve included a fun activity book at the very end for the children among us 😊. Clicking on the title should get you to the ebook.

Together Apart : The Psychology of COVID-19


Book JacketJolanda Jetten, Stephen D. Reicher, S. Alexander Haslam, and Tegan Cruwys. London : SAGE Publications Ltd. 2020

Friday, October 16, 2020

Research and Study Week Library Hours and Services

Dear LPTS students,

Are you stressing about Research and Study Week? The EM White Library is here for you! In addition to the regular library hours, Burton, our new Public Services Librarian will be available via Chat from 5 pm to 10 pm Thursday – Sunday next week (Oct 22 – 25). Some things Burton can help you with are:

navigate the library website; gain access to quality online sources; format works cited pages and more. ·     

Research is difficult in the best of times, so don’t hesitate to reach out. Visit the library portal online Help Desk  and click on Chat with a Librarian. Or email to give Burton a heads up or set up a different time.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Gift Books for Students: In Celebration of Theological Libraries Month


October is Theological Libraries Month and E.M. White library is celebrating by giving books away all month long.

What: Gift Books for Students* (starting with books donated by Rev. Dr. Nicholson and then, others)

When: M-Th, 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Next to the Library Book Return

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Meet Burton!


A warm welcome to Burton Callicott, our new Public Services Librarian who shares a bit about himself in this quick little video.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Please Return Overdue Books ASAP and Contactless Book Borrowing Pilot

Dear LPTS Community,

We are excited to share the news that despite being short-staffed the library team has started to prepare for contact-less book borrowing. Watch video or read on 😊.  

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Remote Access Restored and System Dashboard for Troubleshooting Launched


Remote access to the library’s EBSCOHost databases and ebook collections was restored as of 10:22 pm last night (09/22/20) 😊.

I’m also happy to share exciting changes we’ve made to improve your library experiences.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Disruptions in Access to EBSCOHost Databases and eBook Collections

Dear LPTS community,

EBSCO Customer Service has informed us that they are experiencing slow responses and timeouts. This means that none of our EBSCOHost databases – e.g. ATLA Religion, Academic Search, Family and Society Studies, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, etc. plus ebook Collection, ebook Academic Collection, ebook Religion Collection - are accessible in any way. No on campus access, no remote access, not via the workaround sent earlier. EBSCO engineering teams are currently investigating the issue.  

Non EBSCO databases you can still access are Digital Library of Classic Protestant TextsMinistry Matters, Oxford Biblical Studies Online and there’s more. Just ask a librarian –

I’ll keep you updated about EBSCO access. Thanks. 



Thursday, September 17, 2020

Remote Access is Restored, Action Item, On Campus Access Lost, and an Adventure with Mosquitoes and Bikes

Dear LPTS community,

Thanks to Jill Sherman, I am delighted to share that remote access to the library’s databases, ebook collections, and resources is back. She has faithfully worked and pored over the logs and patron files to find and correct errors in years-old manual entries of user barcodes and passwords, literally one by one.  She’s already been reaching out to those when these corrections are made. 😊 

Monday, September 14, 2020

COVID19 test results all negative, Remote Access, Ebooks workshop registration link

Good morning LPTS community.

Thank you for your prayers. All of us in the library have had negative test results. Our remote access, using your barcode and password, is still down – and we will keep you updated. Please use the workaround. Until we let you know otherwise.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Welcome to Jill Sherman, Remote Access and More

Hello friends,

Here’s more good news today. I believe God works all things together for good. Even the last bit of news at the end. 😊 

On Tuesday, 09/07, we welcomed Jill Sherman as Technical Services Librarian 09/07 and made this quick ~1 min video:

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Workaround For Remote Access to Library Databases and Ebook Collections


Happy Wednesday LPTS students and colleagues.

Library staff continue to try to reach out to OCLC our remote access EZProxy hosted product provider on restoring remote access to the library’s electronic resources.

In the meantime, please refer to your email for a workaround to remote access. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Library Laptops / MacBooks Available for Student Borrowing Starting Sept. 10

Hello students and colleagues,

I am delighted to share that starting this Thursday, Sept. 10, the library Windows laptops and MacBooks will be available for borrowing on a first come first served basis.  Laptops and MacBooks may be borrowed for the entire semester with the understanding that they are subject to recall with a week’s notice should another patron need them. The library only has a small number available.

Please email your request to reserve a laptop or MacBook to Ms. Bobi Bilz will set up an appointment time during normal Seminary working hours for contactless pick up

Questions? Please let me know. Thank you.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Welcome Back Returning Students / Help Us Test the New Appointment Scheduler


Dear Students,

A warm welcome as a hot summer continues and we begin preparations for the fall semester. This week, I started praying for each of you by name for success, peace, and God’s blessings and provision for all that you need. This is a quick note about new ways to engage with librarians and a request to help us test them out!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

New, Notable and Gender Studies Ebooks


In July 2020, shortly after finishing the Growing a Personal Anti-racist Voice and Identity study in which I had recommended Remnants by the Hardings, I realized that we did not have the book in our library! This is a wonderful read by the wife and daughter of Vincent Harding, a leader of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s. I am now happy to share that the ebook is now available via remote access from our library for your reading pleasure. Enjoy.

Freeney Harding, Rosemarie, and Rachel E Harding. Remnants : A Memoir of Spirit, Activism, and Mothering. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.


A perfect ebook for our current climate of unrest and protest is Disciplined Hope by Prof. Craigo-Snell. It is available by remote access from the library's ebook Religion Collection (EBSCOHost).

Craigo-Snell, Shannon Nichole. Disciplined Hope : Prayer, Politics, and Resistance. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2019. 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Human Subjects / Research Ethics Training

Dear LPTS Researchers,

The Louisville Seminary Institutional Review Board recommends the University of Illinois Chicago Center for Clinical and Translational Science Certification course, available at no cost. 

Monday, August 17, 2020

Syllabi for Online Learning

As we move into online learning, here is some new information to include on course syllabi:

1) Instructor's office hours, including virtual office hours, if any
2) Preferred method for reaching instructor, e.g., email, phone, text message
3) Maximum time frame for responding to student communications
4) Technological requirements, especially the minimum hardware and software needed
5) Contact information for IT / Online Learning Help
6) Procedure for resolving technical complaints
7) Information on Library Services for Online Learning

Here is a sample statement that Louisville Seminary faculty may use in their syllabi for items 4, 5, 7:

Friday, August 14, 2020

Safe Reopening Plans

Since April 2020, we have been planning for safe reopening. One thing is now certain: Library services will be provided in phases.

First Phase
In the first phase, in support of the Seminary’s online instruction, the library will continue digital services, including remote access, fully online Course and eTextbook Reserves, orientations, instruction, research consultations, and the Help Desk ( 

Continuing students who need printed books for their courses are encouraged to contact the Student Office which administers the CARES funds. Contact: Gina Kuzuoka. Student Assistance Funds to help with costs associated with learning  technology and access ($300 maximum) for all students are also available. Contact Jessica Bowman.

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.   

Summer Library Services

Welcome back! As Summer learning proceeds with Intensives, remember the Online Learning page to locate login URLS you may need. Below are reminders about our library services.

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 that was submitted by Aug. 14, 2020.

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,