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Category Archives: Michaelmas 2013

Interning at the Keller Library: Megan Izzo’s experience

megan_patrick_xmasAs my time at the Christoph Keller Jr. Library draws to a close, I am able to reflect on how much I have learned about the field of academic librarianship. The best thing about this internship was the willingness of Library Director Drew Kadel, Technical Services Librarian Patrick Cates and Reference Librarian Mary Robison to give me as many hands-on opportunities as possible.

One of the greatest learning experiences has been working alongside Mary and Patrick to put together the exhibitions. For example, when preparing for the Night Before Christmas exhibit, I was given free rein to choose which materials I wanted to include, the chance to write all of the item labels, and the ability to arrange each book in the cases as I saw fit. This type of experience is extremely valuable in a competitive field that emphasizes critical thinking as well as creativity.

Having the opportunity to catalog some of the incoming rare books into the collection was something that I initially approached with trepidation. I can now confidently say it has been one of the most valuable learning experiences during my time here. It will allow me, as I go on interviews, to talk about my knowledge of specific library resources. Interning at GTS has provided me with the essential well-rounded library internship that students constantly seek.

Coming from a history background, I also enjoyed the opportunities to gain a richer understanding of the Seminary itself by working intimately with Special Collections materials. As much as I am a librarian-in-training, I will always strive to be a student as well. The materials in the Christoph Keller Jr. Library, such as the architect Charles C. Haight’s blueprints of the Chapel of the Good Shepherdhighlights of collection 002 rev, and the fascinating ancient Egyptian funerary figurines from Dean Hoffman’s collection, are some of the most striking that I have encountered throughout my studies. The practical experience I have gained working in an academic library setting and the valuable contacts I have made this semester will be extremely beneficial for me in my future endeavors.

Keller Library intern Megan Izzo is a student at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science of Long Island University, and a graduate of the University of Delaware. Patrick Cates and Mary Robison (and the rest of the staff at the Keller) have been thrilled to have Megan here this semester and wish her every good thing in 2014!

A day in Special Collections, church history class visit

Every student at General Theological Seminary has the opportunity to work with Special Collections materials here at the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library. Our 30,000 volumes, including rare Latin Bibles, early English theology, Anglican history and many, many other rare and precious items, are here to be used and studied, not just kept behind locked doors.Continue Reading

Worldwide use of Keller Library’s Special Collections materials

Our friend, Dr. Liv Engeborg Lied, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo, has us all excited about her new blog! Dr. Lied is an expert on the ancient Jewish document called 2 Baruch and was excited to see Pap. Oxyrhynchus 403, a fourth-century CE papyrus housed in theContinue Reading

New exhibit to celebrate the Installation of our 13th Dean and President

We’re getting excited about the scheduled installation of our new Dean and President, the Very Rev. Kurt Dunkle, next Thursday evening, October 17. To celebrate this historic occasion (and also to show off some cool stuff from Special Collections), the Keller Library has put together an exhibit highlighting gifts to the collection throughout the years.Continue Reading

A big heart, open to God: America’s interview with Pope Francis

Everyone’s talking about Pope Francis and his recent interview in America, the American [Roman] Catholic weekly magazine published here in New York by the Jesuits. We wanted to provide you a link to the interview–you’ve seen the pull quotes, now go read the whole thing. It’s definitely worth a close look. The Christoph Keller, Jr.Continue Reading

Library from Anywhere

Resources for your ministry from the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library Most of you are aware that we have a new library at General Theological Seminary. We have a beautiful facility that opened two years ago. The Christoph Keller, Jr. Library is used locally by many students, faculty and visitors. But the new Keller Library canContinue Reading