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 

Phase 3 Library Services Hours: 

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

Wed. Thurs -  10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Every other Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (March 6, 20, April 3, 17; May 1)

Digital Library Services: Access Spring Courses ETextbooks | Ask A Librarian | Remote Access to Research Databases | Borrow A Laptop/MacBook | With Much Love

In accordance with advice from Seminary Facilities, state and federal, including CDC guidelines the library building will continue to be locked. Patrons of Study Carrels, Reference Room, and Book Hub must still ring the door bell to be allowed into the building. Nobody will be allowed into the building without a confirmed appointment. Circulating collections and bound periodicals will be unavailable for browsing. We have calculated the numbers of patrons of these services to be in compliance with filtration and air quality requirements. Facilities will be disinfecting and defogging the common areas daily.

We are doing a lot with new and ambitious digital services to support the Seminary’s online instruction while also safely preparing for responsible reopening, redesigning old workflows, and more. Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding. We look forward to welcoming and seeing you back in the library.

To build up a library is to create life. It’s never just a random collection of books. - Carlos Maria Domingeuz (Argentine writer and journalist)

Sincerely,

Anita, Bobi, Burton, Jill


 

 

 

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 - https://forms.gle/XqZe1juEBi7SVYQx6 - 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.

Thanks!

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. https://blog.lptslove.org/p/contact.html

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:  https://youtu.be/POP2Ah6rbGc

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 library@lpts.edu) | 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.

Sincerely,

Anita, Bobi, Burton, and Jill