Sunday, May 31, 2020

A Pentecost Prayer: Beyond Acknowledging Privilege, Allyship, And Solidarity To Ending Systems Where “I Can’t Breathe” Never Happens Again

After acknowledging privilege there is often little to no discussion of power, wealth, or material resources, and very little discussion or movement towards how one can or should organize themselves to overthrow white supremacy, develop an anti-racist voice and identity, and end the oppression of racism. Some people become ‘Allies’ but very few discuss all that needs to be changed with regard to systems of power and privilege. Will you make a determination today, the Holy Day of Pentecost that you will do more?
This Sunday is when we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples, 50 days after Jesus left. The Advocate that Jesus promised was now with the disciples to guide them. The Day of Pentecost is also the day the Christian Church was founded. The Advocate is with you, me, the church. It is time now for all who acknowledge privilege to live beyond acknowledgement. Time for Allies to do more. May we step up to the task with confidence. The Spirit of God is in us, individually, collectively guiding us. May we unite in the cause of justice to end the systems that have caused so many to say “I can’t breathe.” Breath of God, help us. Amen.
Beyond praying this with me, what will you do regularly, consistently, faithfully, to end the racist systems so that not another person will ever again have to say, “I can’t breathe?”
Resources:  Anti-racism Digital Library and Thesaurus, 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Remote Access Workaround to ATLA Religion Database

Thanks to the students who emailed us about your remote access login problems. Please be aware that it is not your individual remote access credentials. The system is inaccessible.

I am sorry for the incredibly bad timing.

Here's a quick little video showing a different way to remote access into ATLA Religion Database.

Credentials were in email sent to all students.

Continue to contact as needed.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Information Literacy Reseach Companion (trial ends 30 June, 2020)

ProQuest has made their Information Literacy Research Companion free to educators and students through the end of June. There is an explanation of the product on this page, links to more information, and a link to start using it by creating a personal account.

More about the Information Literacy Research Companion
Users will get access to 10 easy-to-navigate multimedia learning modules that answer questions such as How do I choose a topic? Where do I find information? and How do I evaluate sources? These modules include nearly 100 videos, assessment questions and other tools designed to walk users through the scholarly research process.

Get more information on Research Companion

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Resources for NT 1023 (Prof. Soards, Spring 2020) Final Exegesis Paper

An Introduction to the E.M. White Digital Library (video) and How to Find Full-text Scholarly Articles and Ebook Commentaries for Final Exegesis Paper for NT 1023 (Prof. Soards, Spring 2020)

The video provides a quick introduction to this blog cum digital library. We call it With Much Love: E.M. White Digital Library Services in the time of COVID19 / #HealthyAtHome.

Two exhaustive guides have been created  specially to help Prof. Soards NT 1023 class write their final Exegesis Paper on Luke 9:28-36, with step by step directions and screenshots.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

The library building closed March 20, but staff and student librarians have continued to work from home. We have been serving you and continue to be here to help your successful learning! Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) since the building and campus closed. We hope the FAQ is useful. If you don't see an answer to a question you have, let us know. 

Q. How do I get access to the library's electronic resources? 

A. Check out Remote Access to Electronic Resources in the Library (2 min video) by Ken Schuck, MDiv 2023. 

[Note: We unveiled this aka With Much Love your portal to digital library resources and services, essentially your very own E.M. White Library at home, at the end of March. This is your starting place for library research during COVID19 or #HealthyAtHome, as we call it. We created this new portal because students told me the regular library website was difficult to use and there were a lot of links that did not work. We're making sure that's not the case here, so let us know if something doesn't work or a resource you want cannot be found here. You can also use the regular library website.] 

Q.  My barcode and password does not work. 

A. If your barcode and password does not work, contact the Help Desk

Q. I want to return my library books. 

A. Library books can be returned via the Book Drop that is located outside the library.  Fines accrued during this period will be waived.

Q. I want to keep my books? Will I be charged fines because they are now overdue? 

A.  We highly recommend that all books that are due be returned to the library. This is especially important if you are graduating or going to be leaving for the summer. Return books via the Book Drop box outside the library. Fines accrued during the period of campus closure will be waived. If you are continuing at LPTS and need the books, please contact the Help Desk.

Q. How do I find Ebooks in the library? 

A. Consult the Remote Ebook Access Pictorial Guide by Rachel Lemke, MDiv 202. See also other resources listed below.

Q.  What online resources are available to help me write my final papers?

A. The library is rich in online resources! Some critical new ones are listed below.
The Digital Resources Guide provides an entry into our subscription databases. Use this to find ebooks, full-text scholarly journal articles, citation tools, and more. 
The Open Access Resources Guide provides an entry to openly available resources and is arranged by programs MDiv, MAMFT, MAR.

Additional resources exist for exegesis and other papers and assignments. They include:
Remote Access and Use of Ebook Commentaries from the ATLA Religion Database for Exegesis 
Remote Access and Use of Commentaries and ATLA Religion Database for Exegesis of Exodus: A Pictorial Guide 
PC(USA) Ordination Examinations Guide
How to Use Google Scholar by Donna Phillips, MDiv 2015, MAMFT 2020. 

Q. How do I log into Morgan Discovery, the library catalog? 

A. Check Ken Schuck's How to Log into Morgan Discovery (Library Catalog) -  (3.37 min video). Remember, you only need to login in to check your library a/c, save searches, results, etc.  You do not need to log in to search the catalog.

Q. Are there other videos that can help me with electronic access? 

A.  Ken Schuck, MDiv 2023,  has made a number of videos to help with Redshelf (free digital textbooks for students), Kindle, and more.  The full Playlist is available here:
Q. I need help with my research paper. 

A. In addition to the Digital Resources Guide and the Open Access Guide described above, you can consult the Information Research Toolbox which was created for the students in the SM 1003 Research Methods and Practices course (prof. Garrett and Prof. Coleman). We also highly recommend the Information Literacy Research Companion, an online learning tool (it is also listed in the Toolbox). You must create a free a/c to this trial learning as it does not use the Seminary barcode and password. There is an explanation about this tool, including a link to create a personal account, on this page here.

Q. How do I cite or prepare a bibliography? 

A. Use one of the Seminary standards as shown below:
Chicago Manual of Style 
The Chicago Manual of Style Online is used in the MDiv and MAR programs. Guide to style, usage, and grammar.
APA Style and Grammar Guidelines--From the American Psychological Association website, "The style and grammar guidelines pages present information about APA Style as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition." APA Citation Information from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.  This covers all the important aspects of writing and citing from the current APA Style Guide.

Q. What other ordination exam prep materials are available online?

A.  Collection of exams from Aug. 2007 - Winter 2015 - 360 pages -  available at this link below:

Q. I have another question that is not answered here. Who can help me?

A. Remember, if you're comfortable using the regular library webpage, you can always consult that: Our library has so much more than we can include here.

If you need personal help, contact the Help Desk. A librarian will respond within 24 hours.

Important Note:  This - - is your digital library, your very own E.M. White Library at home. Your starting place for library research. We created the digital library cum blog because students found the regular library website difficult and to document the library’s online services during COVID19.  Here is a video tour of this blog, just in time for Research and Study Week.