Friday, June 11, 2021

Safe Responsible Reopening: Summer 2021 Library Programs and Services


Safe Responsible Reopening Summer 2021

Traditional Library 

Building Hours

 Students, Faculty, Staff Only

LPTS ID* Required

Mo, Tu: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

We, Th: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fri Sat Sun: Closed.

*Need an LPTS ID? Email Jean Herp at jherp at lpts dot edu


With Much Love, Digital Library/web-portal:

Ask A Librarian / Help: library at lpts dot edu

Friday, May 28, 2021

Summer 2021 hours

 Building Hours Starting June 2

Mondays & Tuesdays: 9 am - 12 noon | Wednesdays & Thursdays: 3 pm - 8 pm 

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: CLOSED

Thursday, April 29, 2021

ETextbook Reserves for 2021 Summer and Fall are now available via Morgan

ETextbook Reserves for Summer and Fall are now available via Morgan

Ebook editions of Course Textbooks aka ‘Booklist’ for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 have now been acquired by the library, if an electronic version was available. They’ve been cataloged and are now accessible via the library catalog, Morgan. Please use this link to find your Course ETextbooks:

Just like we’ve done before, we will make a new video, and a pictorial guide for How To Access and Use ETextbook Reserves. We will also offer workshops and one on one instruction as needed. Stay tuned! Enjoy!

Please keep the people and front line workers of India and Pakistan in your prayers as they experience a resurgence of the global pandemic. Thanks.

Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities. - David Lankes

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

April Rains Bring News: Read. Live. Now

May my teaching drop like the rain, my speech condense like the dew; like gentle rain on grass, like showers on new growth. Deuteronomy 32.2 (NRSV)

Dear LPTS Friends, 

In March 2021, on the one year anniversary of COVID19, we launched Read. Live. Now. A digital space with our writings about new books, updates to the research databases, and more. We celebrate life even as we mourn the lives lost. We bless the Ultimate, Divine Reality, Co-Creator of our days, who gifts us with life, love, hope, and joy. Read. Live. Now. we hope will inspire, and impart learning. May our writings be a blessing. Enjoy the 6 newsy posts from the Librarians just for you!


  1. Bibliotherapy: Poetry Therapy of Therapeutic Storytelling
  2. New Ebooks Added (Faculty Requests)
  3. ATLA Religion Database's Focus on Asia
  4. Open Access Additions to ATLA Religion Database
  5. Trauma, Teaching and Learning (American Academy of Religion Spotlight on Teaching)
  6. A Poem About A Tree (inspired by our campus) 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Library Fines Will Start Accruing Again on April 20


All checked out items will start incurring fines beginning 20th April, 2021.

To avoid fines, please return overdue items as soon as possible and borrowed items before the date due. 

Fines accrued between March 13, 2020 - April 20, 2021 will be waived.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Spring Library Book Giveaway!

It is that time of year again! It is National Libraries Week! And, April, one of the most beautiful months in Louisville, is National Poetry Month.The Library is celebrating by sharing FREE books all month long!

STARTING TODAY - April 6, 2021

Mon, Tues, Fri - 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Wed and Thurs, 10:30 am – 7:30 pm 

April 17 - Sat: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm  

Libraries show us anything is possible by encouraging a love of learning, discovery and exploration. - Natalie Portman for Libraries Transform 2021.

Eastertide blessings!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Holy Week Recess, E.M. White Library Is Closed April 1 - 4, 2021

The Library will be following the Seminary's business hours and will be closed, Holy Week Recess, April 1, Thurs through April 4, Easter Sunday. Happy Easter! 

Remote access to our research databases and ebooks continues 24/7. If you have reference or other library questions, a librarian will respond on Mon, April 5.

Easter Blessings!

May the glory and the promise of this joyous time of year bring peace and happiness to you and those you hold most dear. And may Christ, Our Risen Savior, always be there by your side to bless you most abundantly and be your loving guide. — Author Unknown


Saturday, March 20, 2021

Sat. March 20 Update

Saturday, March 20, 2021

The E.M. White Library building is open until 5:00 pm today for students with confirmed study carrel reservations. Jill Sherman, Technical Services Librarian is also online to help until 5:00 pm -

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Research and Study Week Update: Libraries and Hope, Trauma, Teaching and Learning from the AAR

The very existence of libraries, librarians, and their community of learners are the best evidence that there is hope for our future. Adapted from a quote attributed to T.S. Eliot.

I don't know if Eliot actually penned these words but here's what's often attributed to him: The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. I found this quote placed on the front of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, published in 2019. I'm currently reading this novel about Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project and as I'd used this real-life story to inspire us last year, I modified the T.S. Eliot quote to reflect my 1 year COVID19 experiences. I want to highlight the importance of people - those who care for the collections as well as our readers and users (communities of learning).

Monday, March 8, 2021

Phase 3: Week of March 8, 2021

Hello #LPTSStrong!

We are approaching the 1-year anniversary of our school and Kentucky’s COVID19 #StayHealthyAtHome #WorkFromHome change. Thanks to the Holy One who is helping us co-create new lives, and has helped the library move into Phase 3 of our Safe and Responsible Reopening. I am grateful to the librarian team of Bobi Bilz, Burton Callicott, Jill Sherman, Ken Schuck, and the Facilities team of Tim Williams, David Thomas, and Bryant Carter. They have important roles in our successful and safe delivery of library services. I covet your prayers for continued safe reopening of our library, Seminary, and also, of course, the wide world of our often invisible yet, critically interdependent lives.

I thought it may be helpful to highlight the Responsible Reopening Phase 3 library services and hours that are available this week along with a few reminders.  

Context Matters: Sermon by Heather Thum-Gerber (MDiv)

March is Women's History Month and the library is celebrating it by sharing the sermon of one of our women Seminarians: Heather Thum-Gerber preaching at South Frankfort Presbyterian Church on March 7, 2021, the Third Sunday in Lent. Even today there are many churches that will not allow a woman to preach in church. We thank God for Heather and we are grateful to all those who came before. We celebrate all women who are called and gifted to preach.

Context Matters 

Sermon on Jesus Cleansing the Temple, Gospel of John 2: 13 - 22 By Heather Thum-Gerber, MDiv 2022

I don’t know how many of you are into memes but they are rampant on the internet.  A meme is an image with wording added that is almost always taken out of context.  Memes are often designed to make a quick point that our short attention spanned brains absolutely love.  There is one meme that seems to rise in popularity following the preaching of this particular passage from John. 

The meme features a picture of Jesus poised with a whip in hand and the words added “If someone asked, ‘What would Jesus do?’  Remind them that turning over tables and chasing people with a whip is within the realm of possibility.”  The meme isn’t entirely wrong, but the lacking context, which is a natural pitfall of memes, deprives those who see it just how powerful this moment is in the text.  

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Phase 3 Responsible Library Reopening Services Begin Monday, 1 March 2021

Dearly Beloved Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

Starting Monday, March 1, 2021, E..M. White Library will move into Phase 3 of our Safe and Responsible Reopening Plan. Phase 3 services are still limited to LPTS students and employees. And, it is our hope and prayer that Phase 3 library services will be available the rest of Spring semester, i.e. May 15 and we can slowly keep scaling up. The three new services for phase 3 are: 

1) Study Carrels for Students Quiet Study Use - Complete this form to Request a Study Carrel; (12 select, socially distanced carrels) 

2) Reference Room for 2-hr Quiet Study Use - Complete this form to Request Reference Room Access (24 hours advance notice of anticipated use is required, 6 people at a time in 2 hour blocks);

2) Daily Book Hub - Complete these forms for daily fulfillment of contact less pickup - Request Contactless Print Book Borrowing | Contactless Scanning (Print Reserve books may be borrowed for a week.)

Request a Study Carrel in the Library for Spring 2021

Dearly beloved students, 

Thanks for sharing your library needs and potential uses of Study Carrels in the Library.

As a part of our phased Safe and Responsible Reopening Plan, the E.M. White Library is now able to make available 12 select, socially distanced, study carrels exclusively for students’ use starting next week, Monday, March 1. 

Please complete this form to Request Study Carrels - - ASAP. The form contains the hours of availability and other important guidelines for carrel use.  

Review of your applications begins at 3 pm Thursday, 25 February 2021.  

You will be notified by email of your study carrel assignment on Friday, 26 February 2021.


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Won't You Celebrate With Me? Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, here's a link to my reading of one of my favorite Lucille Clifton poems, Won't You Celebrate With Me. (audio, 1 min)

Cover image of Lucille Clifton Collected Poems
The Collected Poems (click on pic to access ebook - LPTS only)

Lucille Clifton is an American poet and writer (June 27, 1936 - Feb. 13 2010). She was discovered by the poet Langston Hughes and her poetry introduced to the world in his 1979 anthology The Poetry of the Negro.  

Winner of the 2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 may be the most important book of poetry to appear in years, wrote The Publishers Weekly.  I invite you to browse the ebook copy from our library. The collection combines all eleven of Lucille Clifton's published collections with more than sixty previously unpublished poems. The unpublished works feature early poems from 1965-1969, a collection-in-progress titled Book of Days (2008), and a poignant selection of final poems. Won't You Celebrate With Me was originally published in her Book of Light.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Winter Snowstorm - Ask-A-Librarian , Course Reserves and Other Library Services

Photo: Campus Housing, Winter 2021 snowstorm
Dearly beloved LPTS community,

Ask a Librarian – chat online with a librarian – is available Mon – Fri – 8:30 am – 5 pm.

The Course Etextbooks Excel workbook has been updated to reflect the new course, PW 3203 African American Prophetic Teaching by Prof. McCormack. It was sent by email and if you lost the email/Excel sheet be aware that the etextbooks links are also in 1) CAMS, 2) on the public Google Sheet, and 3) Course Etextbooks/ Reserves (via Morgan/catalog).

A Course Reserves Video by Jill shows the easiest way to access course etextbooks:

The library building and its collections remain closed. With Much Love, the library portal-blog is our virtual door, providing 24/7 remote access to research databases. Additionally, Book Hub, i.e. print book borrowing from the library’s circulating collections and the student lending library, scanning, Laptop/MacBook borrowing, Library instruction sessions for classes - faculty and students as well - by Zoom, may all be requested and scheduled using the forms on the portal.

Looking out this morning, I saw our thin-place campus even more beautiful covered in snow, and I remembered Kahlil Gibran’s Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers. 

May the rest of our winter days and beyond be full of kindnesses. Blessings!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Spring 2021 Library Hours and Services

 Welcome back dear students! Happy Spring 2021!! We are happy to have you back!

Library Hours For Week of February 1 - February 15:  

M - Fri. 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. 

Sat and Sunday Closed. 

  • 24/7 remote access to research databases, ebooks, etextbooks, and more. 
  • The building and its print collections are closed. 
  • Librarians are also available during the above hours via the Online Help Desk.

Other Library Services: Access Spring Courses ETextbooksRequest Print Book(s) - Contact less book borrowing | To Borrow A Laptop/ MacBook (email | Request Contactless Scanning 

On Friday, Feb. 5, the Reference Room will be open to those who have made arrangements with Jessica Bowman for taking their Ordination Exams. We remember you in our prayers and wish you success. 

Blessings for a safe and successful semester of learning. We are here for you! 

Librarians have always been among the most thoughtful and helpful people. They are teachers without a classroom. No libraries, No progress.” – “Uncle” Willard Scott.


Anita, Bobi, Burton, and Jill