Exegesis Weekly Workshops

It’s time to start thinking critically about your exegesis assignments! Pitts Theology Library has all the tools you’ll need online and in print to produce a successful paper. Learn about key strategies, resources, and how to best use them at Pitts’ Exegesis workshops this week – register at this link and enjoy a free lunch as a bonus!

Dates: February 12th-13th
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: RARB 250
Registration Link: https://form.jotform.com/83314359059158 

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Tell Us What You Think!

Pitts Theology Library is committed to improving the service we offer our community. To this end, each year, we ask users of the library to let us know how we’re doing, as a way of better understanding your experience of our staff, spaces, and materials.

Please take a moment to tell us how we are doing by visiting pitts.emory.edu/survey. We value your feedback; each response helps us improve our existing services and address new needs.

Once you complete this short survey, you can then enter to receive either a gift card  OR early access to our annual Book Sale, which will be open from 8-4 on February 26th! Winners will get $10 to the sale or the opportunty to peruse all the books prior to the sale, selecting up to 10 books to purchase in advance. If you are selected, you will be notified via email, so make sure you enter your address correctly.

We look forward to hearing from you! As always, please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns: www.pitts.emory.edu/ask

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Materiality of Devotion Exhibition Tours Now Available!


Pitts is pleased to offer curator-led tours of The Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print on select Fridays this February. Tour groups meet at the library entrance. Please register at the links below:

Materiality of Devotion Exhibit (Spring 2019)

We are also happy to arrange exhibit tours for all age groups at other times upon request. To arrange a tour, please contact Anne Marie McLean, Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator, at 404-727-5094 or amclea3 [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Brandon Wason Named SBL Archivist

Director of Pitts Theology Library, Dr. Richard Manly “Bo” Adams Jr., and newly appointed SBL archivist, Brandon Wason, examine the contents of the recently absorbed collection. [Media Contact: Laurel Hanna]

Pitts Theology Library’s Curator of Archives and Manuscripts, Brandon Wason, has been appointed Archivist of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). Brandon will head efforts to provide access to and digitize the rich collection of institutional records, which were recently relocated and absorbed by Pitts in January 2018 (see here). Commenting on his appointment, Brandon explains “I’ve been a member of SBL since 2005 and am indebted to the Society for my own professional development. I’m personally committed to the preservation of the Society’s archives and excited about providing access to these materials to those researching the Society, its history, or the broader academic field of biblical literature.”

On behalf of the staff and faculty at Pitts and the Candler School of Theology, we congratulate Brandon on his appointment and look forward to future collaboration with the Society of Biblical Literature!

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Holiday Closings: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Pitts Theology Library will be CLOSED January 19th – 21st in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Celebrate by exploring Pitts Theology Library’s extensive MLK primary resources in Special Collections including personal letterscomic bookspast exhibitions, and more!

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Spring Semester Weekly Workshops

Pitts weekly workshops designed for students, faculty, and community members to learn the skills and tools of research resume this month! Each topic is taught twice per week, and unless otherwise noted, both Tuesday and Wednesday sessions are held in RARB 250, right next to the large lecture hall in the main Candler building from 12:00 – 12:50 pm. This semester you can learn about advanced functions in Zotero, best practices for physical and cloud storage, resources for Easter, and more! Read full descriptions and sign up today at pitts.emory.edu/ww.

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Jan Term Hours

Happy New Year! J Term hours began this Wednesday, January 2 and runs through Sunday, January 13. During J Term, the library will be open from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. The library will be closed on weekends. For full Spring hours, visit pitts.emory.edu/hours

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Winter Break Hours

Pitts Theology Library will shift to winter break hours starting Tuesday, December 18th, and continuing through Friday, December 21st. During this time, the library will be open 7:30am-5:00pm. Pitts will then be closed from December 22nd through January 1st.  For a full listing of library hours, including holiday closures, visit http://pitts.emory.edu/hours. Enjoy your break!

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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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