Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Philosophy, Religion and Theological Studies Discussion Group
June 29, 2008
Ted prepared an agenda which we followed (kind of!)
1. selected note taker
2. everyone introduced themselves
3. Products, Databases, Resources
LibGuides: Several members are currently constructing guides. Since there is a ‘community’ link available to authors, it facilitates sharing of information and sources.
Poeisis: Database that offers smaller press and society journals online, but the library must have a subscription to the journal in print.
Philosopher’s Index: Database is not comprehensive but offers select literature as building blocks for new thought.
Ebsco/American Antiquarian Project: Project availability in 2009. They will be offering historic American periodicals (1693-1876) that include sermons and church notes. These will be sold as collections with a one time cost.
Reference Universe: mentioned as a way to promote print collections.
Guide to Reference:
4. Collection Analysis Tools: OCLC and Resources for College Libraries
Member discussed varied experiences with each and compared costs. RCL doesn’t pick up superseded editions.
5. Collection Development
Gifts: Large collections are costly to process, house, and manage. OCLC provides processing services. Discards can go to Better World Books or booksontherun. Some member libraries are able to sell used books or unwanted gift books as fund raisers. Ebay is a way to sell rare books to raise money for the library (or to locate rare titles to buy).
Move to electronic rather than print: partly to address space issues, partly driven by faculty preferences. There was a discussion of the stability of electronic sources and the group expressed trust in JStor and Project Muse but not other aggregators. Many libraries have stored JStor –held print off site or relied on agreements to make certain one copy exists for a consortium. Other options include not binding JStor titles pending discard once they are included in the database.
Faculty Relations: be vocal, know the chair of the department, be open to suggestions. An issue for some libraries: faculty have figured out that requesting a book for reserve that the library doesn’t own will mean it gets ordered from another part of the budget. They are working the system
Media Requests: Most have noticed a decline in requests.
Graduate Students: renewed focus on guiding to the sources they learned as undergrads in a new system. For older returning graduate students instruction introduces them to sources that are new to them.
Workshops for Faculty: Names such as “Resource Update” work better than “Faculty Workshop”
7. Blog Value?
Ted will check on the upcoming ALA Connect that may offer blog space to groups.
8. Colin agreed to co-chair with Ted. Group discussed inviting vendors or speakers to meetings such as ATLA when we meet in
Thursday, July 10, 2008
As a new member of this blog and an interest in this ACRL group I thought would make a brief post. I am the Digital Services Librarian at St. John's University - Manhattan Campus. The library I work in is primarily focused on insurance and risk management. I recently received an MA in theology from SJU and have been working on building up our collection in the general subject areas of Churches - Insurance; Clergy - Insurance, Professional Liability; and Religion and insurance. The link to our Website is www.stjohns.edu/davislibrary and our catalog link is InsureCat. You're welcome to see what we already have. I'm interested if anyone in this group has a specific resources in these subject areas that you think would be helpful addition. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Access to the complete English translation of the Pali Canon will substantially improve opportunities for student and faculty research in Buddhist philosophy and religion.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
My first post. I have a question from a member of the pubic who needs a link to a free online site that has the Hebrew Bible in both Hebrew and Spanish. I was able to easily find the Hebrew/English, Hebrew/French, and Hebrew/ Portuguese Hebrew bibles online. Given that he already has the Hebrew a link to the Hebrew Bible in Spanish only would also suffice. My patron cannot make it to a library, so I can't suggested any of our library materials/products to help him. Any suggestions. I will also send this question by regular email. Thanks.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I just found out from our acquisitions librarian that Blackwell will be rolling out a new interface for Collection Manager sometime in the next several months. They promise new features and improved functionality (sorry, I don't have any specifics). Those of you who use Blackwell might want to ask your reps about this--and let's all keep our fingers crossed!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Philosophy, Religion, and Theological Studies Discussion Group
Midwinter Meeting –
Index Islamicus. Islamic studies is a growing area in many schools. It has a significant impact to many collection areas because it is interdisciplinary. Many members have purchased Index Islamicus. Ebsco and CSA provide interfaces, as does the publisher Brill. Members discussed the frustration associated with the tool since it indexes sources that often must be
"Material listed in Rambi is compiled from thousands of periodicals and from collections of articles - in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages- mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library…." Few members were familiar with this database.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Website: Lots of general information about all aspects of the organization, including membership and the annual conference.
Listserv discussion groups: Several of these--including ATLANTIS, the very active general purpose list--are open to non-members, although you may be asked by the list administrator to explain your interest in participating. The lists also have a web interface, which you can use once you've created an account to browse or search the archives.
Job postings: The world of North American theological librarianship is a small one, so jobs don't come open all that often, but when they do, you're more likely to find them here than through ALA or ACRL.
I enjoyed meeting many of you at the recent ALA Midwinter meeting, and I hope the PRT group will continue to become more active.