Library Lines - 26 March 2018
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Bishop Nathan Baxter recently gifted the library with a complete set of The Saint John's Bible. A modern illuminated manuscript directed by renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson for Saint John's Abbey and University, this facsimile publication brings the beauty and wonder of this work of art to Lancaster Seminary. We deeply thank Bishop Baxter for his generosity in making this resource available to our community. Learn more about this amazing resource now available by request from our Special Collections (see policy).

Recent Changes in the Stacks

If you haven't visited us in a while, you might be surprised by all that has changed since our last newsletter.

Check it out yourself

All you need is your library account number and the item you're checking out. Step up to our self checkout station and experience the exhilarating thrill of scanning a barcode. An email is sent to you to confirm the due date, and don't forget the card to put in the back pocket!

Course reserves out in the open

Need quick access to a book for class? Find it in our relocated course reserves section. Conveniently located across from the self checkout station, course reserve items are marked with red labels indicating the course number. The circulation policy hasn't changed, so when you check one out, make sure you bring it back within three hours!

Shelving spots

We really appreciate it when you leave items lying about when you're done with them. Really, we do! To make it even easier for you to leave them out when you're done, we're adding these shelving spots throughout the library. Every book or item you pull off the shelf will be happy to be placed here. We scan all items before they go back on the shelf, which helps us to know what items you are finding most helpful. Please do us a favor and leave items out when you're done with them. Leave the shelving to us.

Invisible books?

One of the most asked questions these days is, "What are you doing with all the books?!" Rest assured, we remain committed to developing a fine collection of print materials. What is actually happening is the deaccessioning phase of a major collection development project that is part of Lancaster Seminary's strategic plan. In consultation with the regular faculty, Seminary Librarian Myka Kennedy Stephens identified volumes that were outside the scope of our collection, duplicated, outdated, or had not circulated since the late 1990s. These volumes are all tagged as "withdrawn" in the catalog and are now being pulled from the shelves and deaccessioned.

At the same time, Circulation Manager Hannah Bingman-Forshey is overseeing a major shelf-shifting project. We are hoping to bring the BT (theology) section to the main floor before the start of classes in August 2018. Plans are in the making to reorganize the lower-level stacks in Summer 2019 to create a more open and inviting atmosphere for quiet study.

Books that we are deaccessioning go to several places. Some are placed on our book sale shelf across from the circulation desk. Some are listed in our eBay store. Proceeds from these sales go directly toward collection development and preservation. Books that we cannot sell ourselves go to Adamstown Books for consignment, Better World Books, Theological Book Network, or to other local organizations that hold large book sales.

Final Phase Complete! Remote Access to eResources

Just over a year ago, Lancaster Seminary became the first institution in Pennsylvania to implement OpenAthens with EBSCO. Being the first to do something has its risks and rewards, and we thank all of our users for accompanying us on this journey of learning and discovery.

We are happy to report that the final phase of implementation and integration of OpenAthens with our library system is now complete. Any time you attempt to access an electronic resource, you will be prompted to log into your library account. This is the same access method for all users, regardless of the type of account you have. We strongly recommend logging in to your library account first, before attempting to access an electronic resource. This will streamline your experience.

Look for new video tutorials demonstrating the process in the coming months. If you encounter any difficulties with logging in or accessing eResources, please contact us at for assistance.
Current Hours*
(through May 3)
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday
*Only current students, faculty, and staff are eligible for access at other times
Browse the Latest Additions to Our Collection
Last chance! Exhibit closes in May 2018.

Indoor Garden Club

Calling all plant lovers! We're looking for volunteers to help water and care for the library's indoor garden. Please express your interest to Hannah Bingman-Forshey and/or Susan Mull (MDiv '18).

New eResources

These two new eResources are only available off-campus to current students, faculty, and staff. Anyone may access them from the library's computers or when connected to our campus wi-fi network. Please visit our Databases page for a complete listing of all our eResources.

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion - Substantive, peer-reviewed, and regularly updated, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion combines the speed & flexibility of digital with the rigorous standards of academic publishing.

AAS Historical Periodicals Collection - Rich collections of periodicals detail American history and culture from the late-17th century through the late-19th century.
Congratulations to Myka Kennedy Stephens for being named Librarian of the Month in January 2018 by ByWater Solutions! Myka was recognized for her advocacy of open source solutions for libraries, sharing Lancaster Seminary's implementation of Koha and other open source systems at multiple library conferences and venues.
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