Over twenty volunteers packed up over 12,000 books in 274 boxes to be distributed to emerging libraries around the world. The books had been contributed to LILAP, a former ministry of Luther Seminary, and are being sent to Theological Book Network for distribution.
A new microform scanner is now available in the library thanks to contributions from Arts & Archives, Reformation Research, the Library, and a generous grant (see below). The new scanner is located in the Catalog Room of the library and allows digital scanning of microfilm, microfiche, and microcards. Digital scans can then be saved as readable PDF files onto flash drives or uploaded to other services.
This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
We have added the Chicago Manual of Style, the Digital Karl Barth Library and will soon be adding our first collection from JSTOR. Also. be sure to check out our new Databases A-Z for a comprehensive list of available databases.
The library paused book purchasing in January 2013 in order to contribute to the cash flow and budget situation. We built up a good number of book orders over the spring and early summer which will flood the “New Book” shelves in the coming weeks. The library plans to resume regular purchasing materials throughout the new fiscal year.
In addition to some limited eBook selections among regular purchasing, we have initiated a shared purchase with MTLA for 56 titles from Palgrave Macmillan. We are also licensed an interesting package of 3000+ Humanities eBooks from the American Council of Learned Societies. These two platforms have few restrictions or limitations - faculty can even assign them as textbooks with unlimited digital access to the class.