Marsha J. Blake Announces Retirement

Marsha J. Blake is retiring from Westminster Theological Seminary, effective December 23, 2016.

Marsha served as Reference and Instructional Librarian at New Brunswick Theological Seminary from 1995 to 2006 and as the Interim Library Director from July to December 2005. Since 2006, she has served as Reference and Instructional Services Librarian at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.

She has been active in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association (SEPTLA) since 1996 and has held several positions within the regional group, including: Secretary (1998-2000), Teamwork Editor (2000-2004), President (2004-2006), and Past President (2006-2008).

In 1997, Marsha attended her first ATLA Annual Conference in Boston, MA. She was a part of the local host team when the Annual Conference was held in Philadelphia in 2007. In addition, she served on the ATLA Membership Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2010.

Marsha shared:

It has been my privilege to provide reference and instructional services for seminary students, faculty and staff.  My career spanned the pre-digital to digital era as the institutions for which I worked increasingly enhanced their technological capacity. The challenge for instructional services has been to keep up with the myriad changes in database access and functionality–and translate these changes effectively to students!  Librarianship may be headed in new directions now, but the fundamental principles of service and access will remain our bedrock … I will miss the talented and gracious colleagues from both New Brunswick and Westminster, who have made my work life personally and professionally fulfilling.

In her retirement, Marsha looks forward to traveling to visit her grandchildren on each U.S. coast and her daughter in Seattle.

We are grateful for all of Marsha’s contributions to ATLA and the profession and are pleased to announce her Lifetime Membership status. Please join us in congratulating her on her retirement in the comments below.

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