Happy New Year’s from Candler School of Theology! As you are making your New Year’s Resolutions, you might want to think about the many ways Pitts Theology Library can help make your 2011 successful.
How can a library impact your theological education? Theological education engages with the past and present, with contemporary issues as well as the thought of the ages. We at Pitts Theology Library would like to encourage you to consider the ways that a library serves your educational and vocational goals:
While in Pitts Theology Library, one of the largest theological libraries in North America, you can access over 560,000 items. You also have access to the more than 3.4 million items held by all of the Emory University Libraries. Hundreds of online databases and thousands of electronic resources are available to you on and off campus.
During the semesters, you can learn tips for effectively using these resources by attending 50-minute Wednesday Workshops during the lunch hour (and we provide lunch, too!) Topics include: using BibleWorks software; resources for exegetical research; locating and using images; and highlights from our special collections.
Contact a reference librarian by phone, email, chat, or stop by our desks to ask questions and get a jump start on your research projects. Online Research Guides are always available when you are ready to embark on your research.
Two credit-bearing courses are designed to help you build useful skills: Technology for Ministry focuses on theological reflection and practical skills regarding the use of technologies in ministry, while Research Practices provides guided practice with the stages of research, allowing you to take an assigned project in another course or a topic of interest and apply the principles and practices considered in class.
As you consider Candler for your theological education, please think of the library staff as your partners in education—we delight in your learning, and want to help you engage with the rich resources here throughout your Candler education and beyond! As a Candler graduate, you will have access to the Candler Alumni Portal, which includes the full-text article database ATLAS for Alumni as well as a selection of useful online resources. Library staff also can help you determine the best options for obtaining theological materials wherever your post-Candler years may lead you. Please let us know how we can help.
-Tracy N. Powell
Tracy is the Head of Public Services and Periodicals Librarian at Pitts Theology Library; she is always willing to help library visitors and regularly hosts workshops and teaches classes for Candler students.