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Wikipedia Workshop and Other Library News!

Wikipedia Workshop and Other Library News!

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month! 

The Phillips Library is open to the public and offers a free Public User Card. Invite your friends, family, and co-workers to make use of our library. More information and the application can be found here

Learn how you can support libraries this month and win a gift card at ilovelibraries.org.

"This September marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month—a time when the American Library Association (ALA) joins public libraries nationwide to highlight the value of a library card.  Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Libraries work to remind parents and youth that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning...

During Library Card Sign-up Month, crime fighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, are teaming up with the ALA to encourage k-12 students to sign-up for a free library card.

How much money can you save?  Visit our Library Value Calculator to total savings." [Via]

Wikipedia and Pizza! 

Wikipedia and Social Justice Issues Phillips Seminary Library Slide ExampleOn Tuesday, September 19th, grab a slice of pizza and join the librarians in the
student commons  for a presentation and discussion called ‘Using Wikipedia for Research: Social Justice and Credibility in Context.’
Wikipedia for Research: Social Justice and Credibility in Context.’ A vegan-friendly option of pizza will be offered. Get your questions answered as well as have an opportunity to see how Wikipedia is edited in an informal edit-a-thon. Feel free to bring your laptops or just sit and watch. You can submit questions to the Instruction Librarian Amanda Ross ahead of time at amanda.ross@ptstutlsa.edu to make sure we cover your issue. The presentation will be recorded and posted on Moodle after. 

Journal of the Week from our Serials Librarian Katherine Casey: 

This week’s featured magazine is Church Health Reader, published by the Church Health Center in Memphis, TN. If your church has a library, this is a great resource to add to its collection, as the subscription rate is a very reasonable $20/yr.

A little background on the Church Health Center—it was started in 1987 by Rev. Scott Morris, who is ordained by the United Methodist Church, and is also an MD. The Church Health Center began as a health care clinic for the uninsured, and has since broadened its purpose to include a wellness facility and programs that promote congregational wellness.

The magazine contains thoughtful and insightful articles about personal health, spiritual wellness, and health and wellness of the community as a whole.

The current issue (Summer 2017) is devoted to the journeys and lessons of pilgrimage. A couple of article titles from the issue:

“First Steps toward Mental Health Ministry,” Summer 2017, p. 10.

“Of Foreign Lands and Sacred Space: Pilgrimage Through Mental Illness to Restoration,” Summer 2017, pp. 24-27.

A back issue worth taking a look at is Fall 2015, which is devoted to the church and its role in assisting those who have been in traumatic situations. From this issue:

“Living in Conflict, Living in Abundance: Q & A with Raeda Mansour, the only parish nurse in Palestine,” Fall 2015, pp. 30-33.

“After the Tragedy” Fall 2015, pp. 24-26. Rev. William Miller, who is pastor at Bethel AME Church in Conway, SC, writes about the aftermath of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.

I encourage you to stop by and take a look at this great magazine!

eBook of the Week: 

Religious Experience and New Materialism: Movement Matters is a groundbreaking set of original essays that enlivens new materialist conversation through the theme of movement. The book explores religious experience as it relates to dance, community organizing, fecal metaphors for social solidarity, ecology and relational Christian realism, and labor issues. According to the book's new materialist analyses, needful political, social, cultural, and religious change may hinge on a more vital conception of matter, a less anthropocentric outlook, and greater attention to the material aspects of daily life. In this volume, theologians and scholars of religion criticize and refine new materialist views in order to advance debate about the role of religious experience in social and political change. (Palgrave Macmillan) Read now.