Late in January 2016, we launched Digital Commons @ Luther Seminary as a digital repository for the intellectual output and heritage of Luther Seminary. In the intervening twelve months, we have added 417 student theses and papers, faculty articles, historic photographs, audio recordings of the Luther Seminary Choir, and more that have been downloaded 3,846 times. Our dashboard shows readership across over one hundred countries. While a vast majority of downloads occur in the United States (especially Minnesota, California, Texas, and Kansas), we had over a hundred downloads in each of Korea, Kenya, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Looking forward to adding yet more content and spreading the word further in 2017!
Our institutional repository of digital scholarship, artifacts, and images launched earlier this year and is growing rapidly. Graduate theses, D.Min. , Ph.D., etc. from 2016 are now available. The entire collection of China Missionary Oral Histories have been scanned and added as well. Digital Commons @ Luther Seminary represents another avenue for disseminating student and faculty scholarly work both locally and world-wide.
The Group Study Room is now equipped and ready for you! Using monies from the Endowment Lab grant given by students in Adam Copeland's Fall CL4560 class, the library has created a space with a video screen, white board, and movable teardrop-shaped tables on wheels. We have some temp chairs and are waiting for the chairs with wheels to arrive in late May!
Please reserve a time or just come in and kick the tires on this new campus workspace. Test it with your group, MOVE the furniture around, try your PowerPoint presentation, do some brainstorming with the white board!
Thanks again to CL4560 for your generosity!
What do you know about sexual violence and its after effects?
What skills and knowledge do you need to respond to this threat to world health?
Check out a new guide we've created to help you better understand and respond to sexual violence: Library Guide: Sexual Violence Awareness, and please let us know if you have resources to recommend.
This week (April 4-8) take part in some of the special activities a team of Luther Seminary students, faculty and staff have developed. Our goal is to help our community become more aware and respond effectively and compassionately.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center notes that "rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment harm our community, and statistics show one in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives (Black et al., 2011)...Child sexual abuse prevention must be a priority to confront the reality that one in six boys and one in four girls will experience a sexual assault before age 18 (Dube et al., 2005). Young people experience heightened rates of sexual violence, and youth ages 12-17 were 2.5 times as likely to be victims of rape or sexual assault (Snyder & Sickmund, 2006)."