Florida Theological Library Association (FTLA) Meeting

Submitted by Michael Farrell, FTLA President 

The annual meeting of the Florida Theological Library Association (FTLA) was held on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Attendees were hosted by Michael Farrell and Lisa Oharek at Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, FL.  Eight people were in attendance, representing five Florida libraries.

The conference began with a devotional by Rev. Michael Glodo, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary. We then heard from Sherill Harriger, Library Director at Warner University, who presented a paper on the true meaning of revival. Sherill provided combined historical background to the concept of revival as well as stories from her own personal experience. Rev. Dr. Sam C. Pascoe, Director of Anglican Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, then gave a presentation titled “Homo Unius Libri: Goal or Gaol.” His talk focused on the value added by theological “generalists” such as librarians to faculties.

Next Philip O’Neill, Senior Reference and Instruction Librarian at Barry University, spoke on “The Theological Librarian’s Role in Education for Ministry.” Phil’s talk focused on ways that theological librarians can assist in the practical or pastoral courses in their institutions with special attention given to DMin programs. After a break for lunch, Charlotte Koelsch, ATLA Member Programs Assistant, gave an update from ATLA, including recent changes to the Bylaws.

The conference concluded with the business meeting, led by Michael. Wesley Custer was announced as the next FTLA President. Warner University in Lake Wales was suggested as the location of the next annual FTLA meeting. Others in attendance were Carol Hayes, Assistant Librarian at Gordon-Conwell, and Wesley, Information Services Librarian at Asbury Seminary. The afternoon ended with a tour of the Reformed Theological Seminary library.

The Florida Theological Library Association would like to express its gratitude to ATLA for providing an ATLA Regional Grant to make our meeting possible.

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