Exhibition Opening: A Book More Precious Than Gold

Books often tell stories that go far beyond their printed text. Explore these stories at Pitts’ new exhibition A Book More Precious than Gold: Reading the Printed Book Alongside Its Previous Owners and Readers curated by Dr. Armin Siedlecki and Dr. Ulrich Bubenheimer with Dr. Eric Moore. This exhibition will run until November 30, 2019 and be featured at Pitts’ 32nd annual Reformation Day

Located on Level 3 of the library, exhibitions at Pitts are free and open to the public during library hours. Click here for information about curator-led and virtual tours.

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DiscoverE Changes, August 15 2019

During the day on Thursday August 15, the Library will make some changes to DiscoverE; it’ll look a little different, as we work to make it easier for  users to find information they need. If you encounter something that’s not working normally in DiscoverE, please contact coreserviceshelp [at] emory [dot] edu.  If you have a comment about the changes below, what you like or don’t like or another idea, we’d like to hear from you. Use our DiscoverE Feedback form.  Here’s what  changes:

Old: 

Old tabs - Details, Physical Resource, Virtual Browse, Place on Reserve, Document DeliveryNew:

(1) The tab that showed copies and volumes owned by Emory libraries and their status when you view full information on an item by clicking on its title in the results list was called “Physical Resource”.   This was confusing for some users.We’re now calling it “Locate/Request Item” because that’s what you can do in the tab – locate where physical copies or volumes are among Emory’s libraries, see their status, and (for logged in Emory users), place requests to send items at remote locations to a service desk for pickup, or recall or place a hold on an item. 

(2) Some users weren’t sure what the “Document Delivery” tab was for. It’s a service for logged in Emory users – you can request an electronic copy of an article or chapter, such as from the LSC storage facility.  So we changed the label to say that.

(3) When viewing full information on an individual item, a tab labeled “Virtual Browse” sometimes appears. This was confusing for some users.  We changed the label to “Browse Virtual Shelf” to better indicate what it does – if the record has items with call numbers, it shows other records in DiscoverE that have nearby call numbers using that classification – like books organized on a shelf, usually by subject.

(4) We changed the label on the Details tab when viewing full information on an item, to View Details, to better indicate what it lets you do.

(5) In DiscoverE’s summary availability statement in the results list, we said CHECKED OUT when something was not available for checkout, because usually that’s why it’s temporarily unavailable.

But, sometimes the item is On-Order, or Missing, or another status. CHECKED OUT isn’t accurate then and has caused confusion.  When something’s not available, if you want to see why, you can click the title in the results list and go to the Locate/Request tab – so we say that.

(6) In DiscoverE, if there are no physical or electronic copies available, there was a link to “Request via ILLiad,” the name of a product we use, but users didn’t know what that was, so to make it clear we changed the wording to “Request via Interlibrary Loan”

7.  In My Account under “Loans”, users couldn’t tell why an item could not be renewed.  We added a a “Loan status” column to give more information about the loans.  

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Welcome, Candler Class of 2022!

Are you an incoming Candler student? Make space in your orientation week to take a library tour, where you will learn your way around as well as get started practicing with the tools of research (and you may even win some prizes!). Guided tours are available on Tuesday afternoon during pre-orientation and on Friday afternoon after the formal orientation sessions are over. You can sign up for a tour by visiting pitts.emory.edu/tours.

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Summer Reading, vol. 12: Yasmine Green

We close our 2019 Summer Reading series with recommendations from a new face at Pitts Theology Library, Yasmine Green. Yasmine joins Pitts as the new Stacks and Circulation Specialist after recently completing her Bachelor of Arts at Agnes Scott College. In addition to her work at the circulation desk, Yasmine is in charge of Pitts’ book stacks, making sure all the items you need are in the correct place on the shelf. As the Fall Semester and anticipated readings quickly approach, take a break from the books with some of Yasmine’s favorite podcasts!

First, Yasmine recommends Mythunderstood: A Greek Mythology Podcast in which Paul Bianchi sits down with his best friend and comedic writing partner, Sarah Oliver, to teach her the ins and outs of Greek Mythology. From Silvanus and Sappho to Romulus and Remus, discover ancient legends you didn’t learn in school with new episodes released every other Wednesday. Episodes are available on demand at stitcher, iTunes, and at dragonwagonradio.com.

Second, Yasmin suggests a podcast that explores incarceration and its impact on individuals . Ear Hustle is a non-fiction series about prison life produced at San Quentin State Prison by inmates Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams with assistance from Nigel Poor, an artist who volunteers at the prison. The first podcast to be created entirely inside a prison, this series explores questions of culture and day-to-day life of inmates. Find episodes online at https://www.earhustlesq.com/.

Last but not least is Ridiculous History, a podcast Yasmine describes as both “funny and informative.” This series is produced by veteran podcaster Ben Bowlin (HowStuffWorks, Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know, CarStuff and BrainStuff) and Noel Brown, a podcaster, musician, and filmmaker living right here in Atlanta! This podcast explores intriguing questions such as “Did the US Mafia actually start in New Orleans?” and bizarre events like “That Time Irish Separatists Invaded Canada.” Find episodes online at https://www.ridiculoushistoryshow.com/.

Thank you for joining us throughout the summer—please don’t hesitate to stop by the reference desk or get in touch if you’d like any other suggestions for your reading, listening, or viewing, whether it be for school or for pleasure!

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Summer Reading, vol. 11: Sarah Bogue

For our second to last Summer Reading blog post, we consulted a familiar face from the Pitts Reference and Circulation desks, and occasionally in your classroom! Sarah Bogue, Head of Research and Access Services, coordinates the busy service points of the library, conducts research consultations for both students and faculty, delivers instructional sessions in a variety of contexts, and more! Sarah provided a variety of suggestions that touch on theology, racial justice, fantasy, and modern storytelling.

First, Sarah recommends Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved (Random House, 2018) by Duke Divinity School Professor, Kate Bowler. In this memoir, Bowler discusses her battle with cancer and how she confronts her own deeply held theological beliefs in the ultimate “fairness” of things. Bowler’s work allows readers to join her quest to make sense of senseless things, which ultimately requires a fundamental reshaping of her faith. Borrow this book from the Woodruff Library’s Popular Reading McNaughton collection, or read it online

Sarah’s second must-read is I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness (Convergent Books, 2018) by Austin Channing Brown. This deeply personal story is a window into the countless ways that systemic racism impacted Brown—moving from her childhood, to her educational experiences, work experiences, and experiences in the church. This poignant account from a powerful new voice on racial justice is available through Emory online.

Walk the line between theology, science fiction, and fantasy with Sarah’s next suggestion, The Broken Earth Trilogy (Orbit, 2017) by N.K. Jemison. In this NYT bestselling and three-time Hugo award-winning series, master storyteller and prolific author Jemison creates an apocalyptic world of orogenes, beings with the ability to control geophysics with their minds. Emory provides online access to each book in this series.

Finally, Sarah recommends Cutting for Stone: A Novel by Abraham Verghese (Knopf, 2009). This book follows twins born in 1950s Ethiopia, tracking their wildly divergent and yet somehow connected lives. Sarah warns that “you’ll need tissues” reading this unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles. Borrow this book from the Woodruff Library before the summer comes to a close!

Next week we’ll wrap up our Summer Reading series with recommendations from Pitts’ new Stacks and Circulation Specialist, Yasmine Green!

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Summer Reading, vol. 10: Carl Holladay

While Dr. Carl Holladay, Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament, may be retiring after 39 years on the Candler faculty, his book shelves are still full as he moves on to a new chapter, and he was enthused to provide us with some parting reading suggestions this week!

Dr. Holladay is currently reading Robert Caro’s Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing (Knopf, 2019), a collection of some older essays on the writer’s craft from which even experienced writers can learn. This book provides a glimpse into the research and writing of investigative reporter and award-winning biographer, Robert Caro. Pick up a copy at the Woodruff Library in anticipation your writing assignments for the fall semester!

If you’re in the mood for an engaging biography about a major figure in international diplomacy, Dr. Holladay recommends George Packer’s Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century (Knopf, 2019). This work, written in Packer’s riveting prose, provides a probing look at the frenetic life of influential statesman, Richard Holbrooke, who played a key role in Balkan diplomacy.

Dr. Holladay recently finished Dima Adamsky’s Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy (Stanford University Press, 2019), a fascinating account of the Russian Orthodox Church’s alignment with Russian foreign policy, especially the Russian nuclear industrial complex, since the emergence of the Russian Federation. Dr. Holladay describes Adamsky’s work as “a rather sobering case study of unalloyed church-state alliance, but also helpful in understanding Putin’s international political vision.”

Dr. Holladay’s final suggestion is an “informative though depressing account of another bleak moment in church history,” Ion Popa’s The Romanian Orthodox Church and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2017). This history scrutinizes the role of the Romanian Orthodox Church from 1938 to the present day by unveiling and questioning myths that concealed the Church’s role in supporting official antisemitic policies of the Romanian government. This important publication goes on to analyze how Holocaust memory has been shaped in Romania today, and you can find it for purchase online or in Emory-affiliated libraries at worldcat.org.

Next week we’ll wrap up our Summer Reading blog with suggestions from Pitts’ Head of Research and Access Services, Sarah Bogue!

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Summer Reading, vol. 9: Kailyn Middleton

Pitts’ Interlibrary Loan and Circulation Specialist, Kailyn Middleton, not only brought a new face to the library team this year, but also fascinating reading and listening suggestions for the summer! Kailyn joins the Pitts staff from the University of North Georgia and now works on Level 2 to bring you any books Emory’s libraries don’t own and more.

Kailyn’s first recommendation is The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Science in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum (Penguin Press, 2010). This New York Times best-selling non-fiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer, Deborah Blum, is a captivating breakdown of early forensic science. Each chapter examines the development of forensic toxicology chemical by chemical during the Jazz Age by the New York City medical examiner’s office. Find The Poisoner’s Handbook on the shelves at the Woodruff Library!

If you want to put down the books and plug in the headphones, Kailyn suggests LeVar Burton Reads, a podcast she describes as “Reading Rainbow for adults.” In this series, well-known and loved public figure, LeVar Burton, updates and evolves his former work on the PBS television show by hand-selecting short stories to read to a live audience. After the story concludes, he presents his thoughts on the work and engages with the author for general discussion. The wide variety of content is enhanced by immersive post production music and background sounds, and you can listen or subscribe for free at http://www.levarburtonpodcast.com/.

Finally, Kailyn suggests a fascinating look into all kinds of plagues upon humanity in a podcast by Erin Welsh and Erin Allman Updike titled This Podcast Will Kill You. These ecologists and epidemiologists begin each episode with a themed cocktail recipe before diving into the history and biology of the disease of the week. In addition to engendering a healthy dose of paranoia, the hosts also list all their article and book sources for further reading.

We look forward to sharing recommendations from retiring Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament, Dr. Carl R. Holladay next week for some thought-provoking reads in history and politics!

 

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Summer Reading, vol. 8: Roxanne Russell

This week Candler’s Director of Online Learning, Roxanne Russell, gave her two cents on great reads for the summer intercession! Roxanne supports the fully online Doctor of Ministry program and collaborates with Candler faculty to facilitate innovative methods of digital pedagogy.

First, Roxanne suggests a book of short stories by innovative Chinese writer, Can Xue, titled Vertical Motion (Open Letter, 2011). This collection of vignettes that “defy logic and experience” share the stories of characters who navigate dreamscape surroundings “as both daily duties and universal responsibilities.” Roxanne explains that this transformative, sensory read “converting the absurd into the mundane.” Check out your local library to get your hands on a copy!

Roxanne also recommends Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (Routledge, 1994). In her book, cultural critic, feminist theorist, and writer bell hooks combines personal narrative, essay, critical theory, dialogue and a fantasy interview with herself to challenge preconceptions regarding instruction and pedagogy. Roxanne admits that this work is thought-provoking, gleaning more from book each time she re-reads it.

If you prefer a testament to the power of education in the form of a narrative, Roxanne recommends Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening by Manal Al-Sharif. This memoir describes the path that led Manal Al-Sharif to become an unexpected activist for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.

Feeling adventurous? “Turn on your radio and hide” with this podcast written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin, Welcome to Nightvale is an entertaining series for folks who love wordplay and thrive on conspiracy theories.

Catch up on all Summer Reading recommendations on the Pitts Librarians’ Blog, and look for more suggestions next week!

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Summer Reading, vol. 7: Liz Miller

Summer reading suggestions are brought to you this week by Elizabeth (Liz) Miller, Pitts Theology Library’s Reserves and Circulation Specialist.

First, Liz recommends The privileged poor: how elite colleges are failing disadvantaged students by Anthony Abraham Jack (Harvard University Press, 2019). Written by a former scholarship student of elite institutions, this book sheds light on how and why disadvantaged students struggle at top colleges like Ivy League schools. Readers will find that for many students whose presence constitutes a “diverse student body,” admission does not guarantee acceptance.  

Second, Liz suggests How neighborhoods make us sickrestoring health and wellness to our communities by Veronica Squires and Breanna Lathrop (IVP Books, 2019). In this book, Veronica Squires and Breanna Lathrop emphasize the importance of creating healthier neighborhoods and dismantling systems of oppression that prevent people from living their best lives. Squires and Lathrop’s work draws on real life experience working in community redevelopment and treating uninsured families, and is available online as an ebook for Emory users.

Finally, embark on a  “romp down the back alleys of New York City” in a podcast Liz recommends called The Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast.The Bowery Boys, Greg Young and Tom Meyers, are New York natives, and this fun duo brings you over 275 episodes detailing the history of NYC. Listen for free on Apple’s iTunesStitcher radioTuneIn Streaming radio, or the satellite site.

Stay tuned next week for another round of summer reading suggestions that are sure to keep you busy wherever your break might take you!

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Summer Reading, vol. 6: Susan Reynolds

This week Pitts consulted Dr. Susan B. Reynolds, Candler’s Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies, to add to your list of summer reading and resources! Dr. Reynolds provided several poignant recommendations that speak to theology and spirituality.

First, Dr. Reynolds suggests Jean Vanier’s Becoming Human (Paulist Press, 2008). Vanier, who died in May at age 90, was the founder of L’Arche (French for “the ark”), the global network of small communities in which persons with and without intellectual disabilities live together in relationships of friendship and care. Reynolds notes that “there is a wonderful L’Arche community here in Decatur.” Vanier wrote extensively on topics of vulnerability, community, otherness, and Christian theology and spirituality. Becoming Human is one of his most enduring classics.

Second, Reynolds notes the memoir and final work of James H. Cone, Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody (Orbis Books, 2018). Cone, who died in 2018, is widely recognized as the founder of black liberation theology, and this posthumous publication describes the obstacles he overcame to find his voice. Reynolds asserts that “both those familiar and unfamiliar with Cone’s work will be moved and challenged by this stunning, personal account of his formation as one of the most prophetic voices of our time.”

Also currently on Dr. Reynolds’ bookshelf is Cuban-American theologian Imperatori-Lee’s Cuéntame: Narrative in the Ecclesial Present (Orbis Books, 2018). Reynolds describes this as a “beautifully written and eminently readable work in which the author uses story, song, memory, art, and social reality to construct a Latinx theology of church. I’m partway through it and can’t recommend it highly enough.”

Finally, plug in your headphones for Deliver Us, a 12-episode podcast produced this year by America Media and hosted by Maggi van Dorn. This series provides a deeply pastoral look at the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic church. Reynolds explains that this is “the epitome of a timely, relevant, theologically rich, pastorally sensitive podcast and relevant to listeners beyond those who are Catholic.”

Next week we’ll hear from Elizabeth (Liz) Miller, Pitts Theology Library’s Reserves and Circulation Specialist!

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