When I was a little kid, I was a holy terror, which I'm sure is a complete surprise to you. I grew up with two rowdy brothers and was constantly defending what was mine; bottles of chocolate milk when I was a toddler, my Barbies (my brother were constantly beheading them and hanging them with dental floss at eye-level in my closet), my beloved Zelda games, etc. Life was a constant competition. I found my passion for reading and learning at a very early age. Reading was the only thing I could sit still for. The public library, and later my elementary school library, became my sanctuary. It was a place where gentleness, safety, and quiet reflection reigned. Libraries mellowed me out and let me explore new worlds. I grew up outside of the ELCA in a church that did not allow girls and women to participate in services and my Sunday school teachers would remind me of the behaviors and characteristics that were required of girls. Of course, I pushed back. And was a crafty and frightening child. However, at the library, I could be myself.
When I started at Luther, it was really stressful. I loved my professors and the content of my classes, but I felt out-of-place and unsure of myself. Some important relationships back home were falling apart. The library allowed me to connect to compassionate and hilarious people. I started to learn about the projects and passions of my fellow students while working at the front desk. I was treated with gentleness and encouragement by the professional staff when classes got overwhelming or I started to wonder about my call. My co-workers surrounded me with love and cracked jokes when I got homesick. Community life is obviously not as straight-forward or loud in the library compared to other parts of campus, but it's there. And it better not be loud or I'll come over there and destroy you or frighten you into silence.
But in all seriousness, there is a rhythm to the library. Certain patrons enjoy coming in at specific times every day and they've become part of my support system. Community members will come in and read the paper and give me the highlights. Groups can be found hunkered in the group study room together, enjoying a time to lament collectively while getting things done. People enjoy working in the reference room, and while they don't talk to one another, there's an immense comfort in being along together in a big room, all working toward goals and dreams. The library, full of the knowledge and wisdom of the past, reminds us that there were many before us working for the good of God's wild kingdom and now is our opportunity to join in the story and work to find and understand how the Spirit is working in the world and in our restless souls. The [library] is the place on-campus where people will fall all over themselves to make your academic life much easier. Librarians are magical people that help you find what you need and will never rest until they do. It's a place that fosters selflessness, reflection, …
Construction will consist of two major parts: modernization of the elevator in the library stacks and addition of a new elevator to service the main floors of Gullixson Hall. Construction is scheduled to begin after commencement around May 19, with hopes of completion by early fall. With the additional elevator, new accessible restroom, and other modifications, the seminary is addressing long-held accessibility concerns in Gullixson Hall.
Construction equipment and supplies may occupy a portion of the parking lot and, for a period of time, access may be limited to the south entrance. Construction noise, loudest during the initial demolition, will discourage most classes and other events from occurring in Gullixson over the summer months. The library plans to remain open although we may have to occasionally adjust our hours to accommodate construction activities.
Records from the Reformation Research Library, North America's most extensive collections of sixteenth century imprints in microform, have been added to our new library catalog.
Since 1986, Luther Seminary's Reformation Research Program has been building this collection of over 42,000 titles to meet the needs of researchers.
Thanks especially to Mary Ann Teske who spent countless hours doing some final cleanup as well as Ted Wilder, Director of the Office of Technology and Dr. Mary Jane Haemig, Director of the Reformation Research Program for working with the library to make this project possible.
This week marks another milestone and set of transitions for our library catalog system which is available from the search box on our website http://www.luthersem.edu/library/ or directly at http://luthersem.worldcat.org/.
1) All of our data has migrated to the new catalog. However, some of the most recent transactions (checkins and checkouts) have yet to be reflected in the new catalog. We plan to fully update these transactions in the new catalog by Monday, October 29th.
2) While the login will eventually be integrated with MyLutherNet, currently you can login to your library catalog account at https://luthersem.worldcat.org/wcpa/secure? by clicking on set/reset password and entering your barcode (which will generate an email to you).
3) By Monday, October 29th, we will have updated the transactions and policies so that you can login into your account to check due dates, renew books, place holds, and directly recall books that are checked out by others (items are eligible for recall after 4 weeks).
4) The migration to our new library catalog remains a work in process over the rest of the semester as we complete configurations and sort out any data problems. Our previous catalog, MARTIN, remains available at http://anna.luthersem.edu/ but will become increasingly out of date.
5) In case you haven't fully explored the new website and catalog, a helpful guide can be found at http://luthersem.libguides.com/worldcat
We appreciate your patience and look forward to serving you better with this new system. Please let us know if you have problems or questions.
Luther Seminary Library is now receiving book donations (again) to support the work of the Theological Book Network. Their mission is to provide "theological resources for the formation of leaders called to serve the global church." This work continues the spirit of the Lutheran International Library Assistance Project (LILAP), a former ministry of the Luther Seminary Library and Global Mission Institute.