Tag Archives: Notes From the Road

Notes from the Road: Member Visits in Minneapolis

Submitted by Roger Morales, ATLA Member Programs Librarian

At the beginning of June, I had the opportunity to attend the Minnesota Theological Library Association’s (MTLA) conference held on Friday, June 9, 2018. During my time in Minneapolis, I visited two Institutional members: North Central University and Bethlehem College and Seminary.

North Central University

My first visit was at T.J Jones library at North Central University named after Rev. Thomas James Jones (1896-1970). Originally from England, Rev. Jones joined the faculty at North Central in 1946. A highly-skilled teacher who valued reading and study, he donated a large portion of his personal library to help North Central start its first library collection, which now holds about 50,000 print volumes.

Notes from the Road: Member Visits in San Diego, California

Submitted by Gillian Harrison Cain, ATLA Director of Member Programs 

Early April found me in San Diego, California, enjoying the company of other librarians in yet another hotel ballroom at the CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) Spring 2018 Membership Meeting. It was a great meeting, lots of good sessions attended and connections made, but honestly one of the highlights for me was achieving escape velocity from the hotel and spending some time in the sunshine en route to visit with members at the University of San Diego and Bethel Seminary.

Notes from the Road: Pitts Theology Library at Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Pitts Theology
Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing Manager

While attending the Academy of Preachers Annual Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, I took a side trip to Pitts Theology Library to tour their beautiful space and chat with library staff to chat about copyright, open access, and ATLA’s scholarly communication program. Entry into the Candler School of Theology is on its own inspiring. The space is bright and inviting with granite and glass. The library space is equally beautiful and a peaceful place for scholarly study and collaboration.

Notes from the Road: University of Toronto

University of Toronto
Submitted by Roger Morales, ATLA Member Programs Librarian

While attending the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada, I had the pleasure of visiting various great libraries within the University of Toronto library system. For those who are not familiar with the University of Toronto, the university operates under a similar model to the European organization system where colleges exist under the larger umbrella of The University of Toronto.

I made it just in time for one of the last snowfalls of the season typical of this time of year. Despite some snow and winds, I toured the Gerstein Science and Medicine Library and six libraries at member schools of the Toronto School of Theology (TST) including: Emmanuel College Library, Caven Library at Knox College, Regis College Library, Kelly Library at University of St. Michael’s College, and John W. Graham Library at Trinity and Wycliffe Colleges.

Notes from the Road: The Franciscan School of Theology, Oceanside, CA

Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager

While in Los Angeles for the Code4Lib 2017 conference, I had the pleasure of riding an Amtrak train down the coast to visit the Franciscan School of Theology (FST), and ATLA Member Institution located in Oceanside, California. I was there to meet with their Library Director, Carl Adkins. FST is the only remaining Franciscan seminary/theology school in the United States.

Notes from the Road: Delightful Detroit

Submitted by Gillian Harrison Cain, ATLA Director of Member Programs

Early this February, Denise McFarlin and I found ourselves in Detroit and the opportunity to visit with two of our members in the area, Sacred Heart Major Seminary and SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary.

Notes from the Road: California Dreamin’

Submitted by Roger Morales, ATLA Member Programs Librarian

While in the Los Angeles area for the SCATLA meeting I was able to visit the libraries at four institutions: Concordia University, Logos Evangelical Seminary, University of the West, and International Theological Seminary.

The first visit was to the library at Concordia University, nestled in the hills of Irvine, CA. As one walks into the library, there are plenty of study spaces available to students in the form of tables and recliners. Laura Guzman, Public Services Librarian, and Ramez Mikhail, Information Services Librarian, gave me a wonderful tour of the building, which includes the writing center.

Notes from the Road: A Slew of Late Summer Visits

Submitted by Gillian Harrison Cain, Director of Member Programs

What better way to initiate and educate our new Member Programs Librarian, Roger Morales, than to have him visit a slew of ATLA members with me for two weeks straight?

Week One: Colorado

The first week of August found Roger and I in Colorado, enjoying the warmth of the sun and the welcome at several member institutions, including Gateway Seminary – Rocky Mountain Campus, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Colorado Christian University, and Naropa University. Nadine Ginkel at Denver Seminary also graciously arranged for us to use one of the Carey S. Thomas Library’s meeting rooms on several occasions.