Digital Scholarship Drop-In Hours

Digital scholarship can take many forms, but is generally defined as the use of computers or digital methods to produce scholarship or enhance engagement with traditional scholarly works through digital platforms.

Spencer Roberts, Systems and Digital Scholarship Librarian at Pitts, provides support for students and faculty who are interested in exploring and experimenting with digital tools and methods in their research, learning, and teaching.

Come by Pitts Theology Library to learn about digital tools and methods, get advice about digital projects, or just see some cool projects in action!

Time and Location
Tuesdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm
2nd Floor, Pitts Theology Library

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Fall Semester Weekly Workshops

As the academic year begins, Pitts’ Weekly Workshops are back to enhance your career at Candler! Join us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00–12:50 pm in RARB 250 for interactive instructional sessions and a free lunch for the first 10 registered! We will be exploring a range of topics this term – everything from research at Pitts to the citation management software Zotero to buying books on a budget! Learn more and sign up at

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Pitts Closed for Labor Day

Please note that Pitts Theology Library will be closed Saturday, August 31st through Monday, September 2nd in observance of the Labor Day holiday. For all Pitts hours, visit Happy Labor Day!

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Fall Semester Hours

Please note that as the Summer Session comes to a close, Pitts Theology Library’s hours will change to the Fall Semester schedule. Starting Wednesday August 28, open hours will transition to the following:

Monday–Thursday: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

For information on holiday closures and other exceptions, please visit
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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 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

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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

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

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

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

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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