From the Executive Committee, June 9, 2017

Dear SEPTLA friends,

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I have several exciting things to share with you.

New Appointments Made:

At our last Executive Committee meeting, we made the following appointments –

  • Patrick Milas, Treasurer, 2017-2021
  • Ondrea Murphy, Chair of Continuing Education Committee, 2017-2019
  • Virginia Dearborn, Website Manager and Co-chair of Communications Committee, 2017-2019

The minutes of this meeting will be available in the next issue of TeamWork. Please join me in thanking these three for volunteering to serve in these important positions.

Opportunity: SEPTLA Archivist

Jocelyn Abel is stepping down after several years of service as SEPTLA Archivist. This office is now a two-year renewable term appointment. If you are interested in volunteering, please let the President or Past President know. For complete information about the responsibilities of the Archivist, please see the SEPTLA Bylaws 6.7 and 10.3.

Opportunity: Membership Task Force

Acting on the findings and recommendations of the SEPTLA Future Task Force, the Executive Committee voted to form the Membership Task Force. Under Section 9 in the Bylaws, a task force is formed to complete a specific task for a short duration.

The Membership Task Force is charged with exploring the expansion of membership categories. Its goals are:

  • To research membership structures of other ATLA regional groups as well as similar regional professional organizations
  • To summarize findings in a report to the Executive Committee at the February 2018 meeting
  • To make a formal recommendation to the Executive Committee, including a draft of any constitutional and/or bylaw amendments, by the February 2018 meeting
  • To submit a summary of activities and recommendations to the general membership for publication in March 2018, in advance of the Spring 2018 Meeting

We are looking for three volunteers to serve on this task force and complete this research project. The anticipated end date is April 2018. Please contact the President or Past President, if you are interested in serving.

ATLA Travel Scholarship Awarded

We are happy to announce that Michael Skor, assistant librarian at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, is the recipient of the 2017 SEPTLA Travel Scholarship for first-time ATLA Conference attendees. If you are attending ATLA, be on the lookout for Michael! Watch for his write-up of his conference experience in the next issue of TeamWork.

Thanks so much for reading! I hope to hear from some of you who are feeling called to support SEPTLA with your time and talents.

Myka Kennedy Stephens
SEPTLA President

Library Support for Online and Distance Education: SEPTLA Continuing Education Event (ATLA Newsletter)

On Friday, April 21, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association (SEPTLA) met at New Brunswick Theological Seminary for our biannual meeting. The program consisted of speakers addressing the theme of library support for online and distance education. Many of our institutions… more

Karla Grafton, “Library Support for Online and Distance Education: SEPTLA Continuing Education Event,” ATLA Newsletter, May 8, 2017,

Spring 2017 Presentations

Take Your e-Learners to the Library

Bill Hemmig, Dean of Learning Resources & Online Learning
Margaret Montet, Information Literacy Librarian
Bucks County Community College

Embedding Rights in Distance Education

Stephen Marvin, Subject Liaison & Campus Copyright Coordinator
Francis Harvey Green Library, West Chester University of PA

Distance Libraries from Three Perspectives

Dana Kerrigan, Director of Library Services
May H. Baker Memorial Library, Valley Forge Military Academy & College

Become a SEPTLA Member Library

SEPTLA membership is available to eligible institutions engaged in theological education, primarily at the graduate level, and accredited or formally seeking accreditation by a recognized accrediting agency. To apply for membership, please complete this application and submit it to the current SEPTLA president. Upon receipt of your application, a site visit will be arranged.

SEPTLA membership application 2017

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An Invitation to the SEPTLA Spring Meeting

New Brunswick Theological Seminary
35 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Please join us for the Spring SEPTLA meeting on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Topics include:

  • Embedded e-librarianship
  • Copyright and online education
  • Perspectives on the library from the distance learner, faculty, and librarian


  • Margaret Montet and Bill Hemmig (Bucks Community College)
  • Stephen Marvin (West Chester University)
  • Dana Kerrigan (Valley Forge Military Academy and College)

Preparatory Reading:

*Thank you to ATLA for sponsoring this event!*

Special guest:  Roger Morales (our new ATLA Member Programs Librarian)

Important Information:

*Questions: Contact Ondrea Murphy,

*RSVP by Friday, April 7th to Bethany O’Shea at or fill out an online RSVP.

*Lunch will be $10 per person (cash only please).

*Please indicate in your response your choice of sandwich and if you have any special dietary restrictions.

  • Roast Beef
  • Tuna Salad w/mayo and celery
  • Chicken Caesar wrap
  • Rio Grande wrap w/hummus, guacamole, shredded cheddar, salad greens & tomatoes

Directions to the NBTS campus:

Parking: The NBTS parking lot is located on the right side of Bishop Place. For a parking pass, follow the sidewalk to the Academic Building and sign in at the Reception Desk.

We are looking forward to seeing you!