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#TLM2017, a book review on 'Prejudices and Antipathies', and more!

#TLM2017, a book review on 'Prejudices and Antipathies', and more!

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Theological Libraries Month Celebration Continues 

Next week, in celebration of #TLM2017, the library will be serving snacks to keep your #CreativeCollab juices flowing from October 23rd - 31st (as long as supplies last). 

Enter to win a copy of In Case of Katrina by Dr. Ellen Blue by showing us your book spine poetry and allowing us to take a picture to publish in our weekly Moodle posts and social media (or feel free to snap the pic yourself!). What is book spine poetry? Create a poem using the titles of books printed on their spines. Below are some library staff examples: 

Lucy Franklin Spine Poetry Phillips Theological Seminary Library TLM

Above spine poetry by Cataloging & Technical Services Librarian Lucy Franklin. 

Amanda Ross Phillips Theological Seminary TLM

Above spine poetry by Instruction and Access Services Librarian Amanda Ross. 

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Above spine poetry by Reserves and Serials Librarian Katherine Casey

Emailed entries are also allowed. One entry per person (but we encourage you to "stack" as many poems as you want!) -- open to students, faculty, and staff. 

Double your chances by going to all Library staff offices during October to "trick-or-treat" for bookmarks. Collect all 4 (or 5) for an extra entry into In Case of Katrina.  The bookmarks let you learn about your librarians -- their areas of expertise and interests! Winners will be announced and contacted on Oct 31st. Here's a sample:

Phillips Seminary Librarians Theological Libraries Month Bookmarks

Book Review from Library Director Sandy Shapoval

Prejudices and Antipathies: A Tract on the LC Subject Heads Concerning People, by Sanford Berman

One of the interesting and power-trippy aspects of being a librarian is that we get to define things. We have historically gotten to declare what something is in order for you to find related information about it. We call it assigning subject headings, and the resulting language is called “controlled vocabulary.” Yes, we have gotten to “control” what you call things, actions, events for some time.

Librarian Sanford Berman set the cat among the pigeons some 45 years ago with his publication of Prejudices and Antipathies: A Tract on the LC Subject Heads Concerning People. In this little book he cataloged, thereby publicly outing, terms that revealed librarianship’s reification of western, Christian hegemonic language towards people considered Other and events that in fact caused shame to the white power structure. Examples in the book range from the abhorrent to the simply revealing of Eurocentric assumptions of superiority.  The book was instrumental in changing many egregious uses, but as Berman states in the preface to the paperback edition: it took “18 years to eliminate Yellow Peril,” and sharply critiques the Library of Congress’s under- and inaction in numerous cases.

His critique highlights the socio-psychological issues that face designers and re-engineers of information science organizational schemes, and the need to continue expanding the use of voices outside of the traditional make-up of the profession (read white and controlling).

Our copy is here in the library, and can be found at its address at 025.493 B4562p in our professional library collection.

-Sandy Shapoval, Director of the Library

Journal Update From Serials Librarian Katherine Casey

The relationship of church and state has frequently been in the public discourse lately, both in this country and abroad, so this week I’m featuring several journals that specifically focus on church and state and church and society.

Church & State is published monthly by the non-profit organization, Americans United for Separation of Church and State. It is a current events publication, and the October issue covers topics such prayer in schools, school vouchers in use in the Washington DC area, and the importance of secular education. This organization was established in 1947 in response to congressional proposals to provide government aid to private religious schools. Church & State began publication in 1948 and is available online beginning in 1986. Phillips library has the journal in hard copy beginning in 1949.

The Americans United website is worth exploring as well.

The similarly titled Journal of Church & State is a quarterly journal published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University. Full text access is available online beginning in 1990, and indexing is available back to the beginning of publication in 1959. The journal focuses on global as well as domestic church and state issues.

Another journal, no longer in publication but historically valuable, is Church and Society, published between 1960-2006, by the Presbyterian Church (USA). It is indexed online, with full text access beginning in 1986. Phillips has hard copy holdings beginning in 1970 through 1989.

Ebook of the Week

Coffee with Jesus by by David J. Wilkie

'One of Library Journal's "Best Books 2013" (spirituality/religion) ForeWord 2013 Book of the Year Award Finalist (Graphic Novels and Comics) 2014 Midwest Publishing Association Honorable Mention (Special Trade) Thousands of people start each day with a shot of Coffee with Jesus, the enormously popular online comic strip. Irreverent at times, yet always insightful, this volume features classic entries and all new, exclusive material that was born out of artist David Wilkie's frustration with the polarized political climate in America. "Originally created as a one-off, single-panel comic on my blog, utilizing old advertising clip art for the main characters and Sunday school clip art for the person of Jesus, I simply enjoyed the notion of Jesus appearing at table with these people (dressed as they were and sharing coffee with them) to refute their claims of how he might vote on any particular issue, to convince them that they cannot confuse their flag with their God to set them straight, as it were," explains Wilkie. But it didn't stop here. Soon the Jesus of Coffee with Jesus could be seen offering counsel to a recurring cast of characters on their personal and work lives. The characters Carl, Lisa, Ann, Kevin and Joe all honestly engage with Jesus about their successes and failures and wants and needs, effectively showing what conversation with God or prayer might look like. Poignant, pointed, and rife with good theology, Coffee with Jesus is organized around six themes: getting to know Jesus, spiritual disciplines, relationships, culture, church, and the challenges of life. With exclusive material like twelve-panel mega-strips and "behind the strip" reflections on life, faith and art, Wilkie inventively poses answers to the perpetual Christian speculation, "What would Jesus do?"' (From the publisher).