Pitts is in Final Exam Mode!

As we approach the end of the Fall Semester, the staff of Pitts Theology Library wishes you well on your upcoming work and invites you to rely on the spaces and the resources of the library to help you do your best. As we move into the Finals period, there are a few changes to our practices and policies, designed to help you succeed. Please be aware of the following, and please contact us (http://pitts.emory.edu/ask) if you have any questions. Good luck with your work!

  • Extended Hours: From Tuesday 12/11 through Monday 12/17, the library will extend its hours. Opening hours will stay the same, but the library will stay open additional hours at night. For full hours, please visit http://pitts.emory.edu/hours. Please note that the building locks soon after the library closes, so all students will need to leave the Candler School of Theology building complex when the library closes. There are 24-hour study spaces on campus, particularly the Woodruff Library (http://web.library.emory.edu/using-the-library/visiting-the-library/hours/).
  • Silent Study Space: From Tuesday 12/11 through Monday 12/17, the library will be a silent study space. We ask that all patrons respect their colleagues and go outside the library for any conversations.
  • Pitts Hospitality: During Finals, the library becomes a popular study place for all members of the Emory community. As a part of the Emory community, the library is open to all Emory faculty, students, and staff, and during Finals we often welcome many new patrons to the library. We encourage all to extend hospitality to one another, sharing tables and assistance in the space, while alerting the library staff to any problematic behavior. For our building use policies, please visit http://pitts.emory.edu/policies.
  • Snacks Only: Due to higher library use, we make extra efforts to keep the space clean for our patrons and safe for our books. Please remember our food and drink policy, which allows only small snacks that don’t create a mess or odors and only drinks in spill-proof containers. In addition, we ask that you clean up after yourself and alert staff to any spills or clutter needing attention. Please also be aware of how you are disposing of your waste, using the proper recycling and compost receptacles.
  • Extra Study Space: The library is happy to open extra study space for students during this busy time. The 3rd Floor Lecture Hall (Room 360) and the 3rd Floor Large Group Study Rooms (368 and 369) will be open as a study space from Tuesday 12/11 through Monday 12/17. If you would like to learn about study space at Pitts, visit http://pitts.emory.edu/map.
  • Advanced Booking for Small Group Study Rooms: The 7 small group study rooms are popular during Finals, and so we encourage Candler students to book them early. For Finals, we have extended the advance booking time to 21 days so that you can book now for any day of the Finals period. You can read the room policies and make reservations online at http://pitts.emory.edu/rooms.
  • Let Us Know How We’re Doing: Each year the library staff works hard to adjust policies and practices to make the library a welcoming space for good work. If you like what you see or notice something that you think we could do better, please let us know. You can speak to any of our staff and feel free to email me at sbogue [at] emory [dot] edu.
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Hacking Ministry: A Spring Course at Candler

The Pitts Theology Library Reference Librarians invite you to sign up for their Spring 3-hour course, “Hacking Ministry.” This course takes a practical and historical approach to the question of how technology is changing the practice of worship. We will teach you how to use some of the tools common in worship today (podcasting, website development, graphic design), but we will also give you the space and tools to think critically about how new tools change old practices.  For more information, contact a Reference Librarian.

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Pitts Closed for Thanksgiving

Please note that Pitts Theology Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 21st, and the library will remain closed through Sunday, November 25th. This is in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For all Pitts hours, visit http://pitts.emory.edu/hours. Happy Thanksgiving!

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New Reference Works Online

Good news! We recently added dozens of new online reference works on Biblical studies, church history, religious studies, and theology in our Credo Reference Collection Online. New works include the Blackwell Companions to Religion series, which has reference works on Jesus, Eastern Christianity, the Qur’an, and Religious Ethics, just to name a few. We have also added the Routledge Religion Companions on topics like Religion and Film, Religion and Science, and Early Christian Thought. To see these new titles, along with the hundreds of other reference works available to you online, visit http://pitts.emory.edu/credo. And if you’re an Emory or Candler alum, you’ll be happy to hear that this entire Credo Reference Collection is available for you online as well. To access this and other great alumni resources, visit http://pitts.emory.edu/alums. As always, our librarians are happy to help with any questions about access or content. Just reach out at http://pitts.emory.edu/ask.

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Did You Miss a Workshop?

Did you miss a weekly workshop? Don’t worry! We post all the materials from each workshop, including slides and handouts, on the Pitts Weekly Workshop page.

You can also stop by the reference desk for a refresher on citation, Zotero, or exegesis– we are here to help! As always, please email theologyref [at] emory [dot] edu if you have questions or suggestions for workshops you would like to see in the Spring!

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Final Fall Workshop: Introduction to Exegesis

Our final workshop of the Fall semester will introduce you to the biblical studies resources in the Reference collection! You can use these works to prep for exams and sermons, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter the second semester exegesis courses with firm footing.

Click here to register for this workshop.

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Research Consultations

Do you have a paper due at the end of the semester? Do you want to find the best sources for your topic? Schedule a research consultation! Our reference librarians will work with you individually or in a small group to help you find the best strategies and sources for your research project. Let us help you save time and energy, so that you can focus on writing an excellent paper!

To book an appointment, stop by the reference desk, call us at 404-727-0645, or contact us online at http://pitts.emory.libanswers.com/. We look forward to meeting with you!

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Reformation Day at Emory: Thursday, October 25th

Thursday, October 25th, will be the 31st annual Reformation Day at Emory. This annual day of exhibitions, worship, and academic conversation celebrates the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection at Pitts, the nation’s premier collection of materials related to the Lutheran reformation. We invite you to join us as we consider “The Reformation at 501 Years,” asking how the conversations of the 16th century are relevant to the challenges and opportunities facing the contemporary church and contemporary theologians. For a full run-down of the day, to read about our speakers, and to register, please visit http://pitts.emory.edu/reformationday. We hope you will join us for this great tradition at Emory.

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Keeping Up with Pitts!

Did you know you could get weekly updates about workshops, events, exhibits, and new resources at Pitts? We send out a concise email every Monday called the Pitts Prospectus, which will keep you in the loop for all things Pitts. You can sign up to receive the Prospectus emails at pitts.emory.edu/prospectus— you can opt out at any time, but we promise not to get boring!

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Pitts Closed for Fall Break

Please note that Pitts Theology Library will be closed Saturday, October 6th, and Sunday, October 7th, for Fall Break. Pitts will also be on shortened hours (7:30am-5:00pm) on Monday, October 8th. For all Pitts hours, visit http://pitts.emory.edu/hours. Happy Fall Break!

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