Invitation to Fall Meeting 2023

You Are Invited

SEPTLA Fall Meeting 2023

Monday, November 6, 2023

United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia (in person and virtual)


Please RSVP online by Thursday, November 2. If attending in person, lunch will be provided. If attending virtually, you’ll receive a link via email at least one day before the event. If you cannot attend, please still use the RSVP link to send us an institutional update (one per institution).


Location: Benbow Hall, Brossman Center, ULS-Philadelphia,+Philadelphia,+PA+19119/@40.0617485,-75.1907886,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x89c6b9a2c0e2945d:0xcd93c9b71212a10c!8m2!3d40.0617485!4d-75.1907886!16s%2Fg%2F11b8vdmnqz?entry=ttu


United Lutheran Seminary is on the east side of Germantown Ave., where Allens Lane ends at the Avenue, across from the Wawa. Enter the Brossman Center through the glass doors and turn left toward Benbow Hall.


Parking: Please park in the Brossman parking lot. After turning into the driveway from Germantown Ave, stay to the right as you start up the driveway, then curve left past the Chapel to parking in the rear. No permit is required.


Arrival by train: From Center City Philadelphia, take Chestnut Hill East or West lines going north. The Seminary is about 3 blocks east of the Richard Allen Lane stop on the Chestnut Hill West Line, or about 3 blocks southwest of the Mt. Airy stop on the Chestnut Hill East Line.



  • 9:30-10:00 Arrivals and Refreshments
  • 10:00-10:10 Welcome and Introductions
  • 10:10-12:00 Program
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (gratis)
  • 1:00-1:50 Interest Group Meetings
  • 1:50-2:00 Break
  • 2:00-3:00 Business Meeting and Institutional Updates
  • 3:00-3:30 Tour of Krauth Memorial Library

Invitation to Spring Meeting 2023

You Are Invited

SEPTLA Spring Meeting 2023

Tuesday, April 25

Cairn University (in person and virtual)

Please RSVP online by Tuesday, April 18. If attending in person, lunch will be provided. If attending virtually, you’ll receive a link via email at least one day before the event. If you cannot attend, please RSVP anyway and provide an institutional update for the meeting minutes (one per institution, please).

Directions to Cairn University: See the Maps & Directions page and scroll down for driving directions.

Parking: Please park in lot D or E (or C), which are marked on the campus map. No permit is needed.

Location: Auxiliary Dining Room in the Mason Activity Center, which is #8 on the campus map. Enter the Mason Activity Center (upper level), and look for SEPTLA signs. If in doubt, take a left and then a right; halfway down the hallway is the entrance to the Auxiliary Dining Room on the left.


  • 9:30-10:00 Arrivals and Refreshments
  • 10:00-10:10 Welcome and Introductions
  • 10:10-12:00 Program
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (gratis)
  • 1:00-1:50 Interest Group Meetings
  • 1:50-2:00 Break
  • 2:00-3:00 Business Meeting and Institutional Updates
  • 3:00-3:30 Tour of Masland Library

Invitation to Fall Meeting 2022

You Are Invited

SEPTLA Fall Meeting 2022

Thursday, November 10
Princeton Theological Seminary, in person and online

  • 10:00-10:30 Refreshments (optional)
  • 10:30-10:40 Welcome and introductions
  • 10:40-12:40 Program: Controlled Digital Lending
    • Featured speaker: Michelle Wu
    • See president’s message in fall newsletter for program description and resources
  • 12:40-1:20 Lunch (gratis)
  • 1:20-2:00 Atla update
    • Presenter: Christine Fruin of Atla
  • 2:00-2:30 Interest Group meetings
    • Cataloging and Metadata Interest Group
    • Research Services Interest Group
  • 2:30-2:40 Break
  • 2:40-3:15 Business meeting
  • 3:15-3:45 Tour of Wright Library (optional)

Please RSVP online by Tuesday, November 1 if attending in person, or by Monday, November 7 if attending virtually. If needed, you can update your response after submitting it, but if you change your status from virtual to on-site after November 1, please email and be aware that lunch might not be available.

Online attendees will receive the Zoom link via email the day before the event.

On-site attendees should park in the lot next to the library. Use “25 Library Place” as the address for GPS. From Library Place, turn onto Armstrong Place; at the stop sign, turn right into the parking lot. The meeting will be held in the Theron Assembly Room. Enter the library building through the front entrance; turn left and proceed to the Theron Room straight ahead. There you can pick up a parking pass for the day.

Spring 2022 Meeting Invitation

You Are Invited
SEPTLA Spring 2022 Meeting
Monday, April 25, 2022
Lancaster Theological Seminary Library
In Person and Online
Please RSVP Here (yes, no, or maybe)
The details:
  • Held in person at Lancaster Theological Seminary and simultaneously online via Zoom
  • Welcome and Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m.
  • Programs will begin at 10:30 a.m.
  • Lunch will be provided by SEPTLA
  • Activities will conclude before 3:00 p.m.; a schedule is forthcoming

The continuing education program will start with a talk on the topic of how institutions are confronting their historical past with slavery and how libraries are involved and affected, especially in terms of what libraries are doing to help affect change for the positive health of their parent institutions. The talk will be followed by a mediated conversation where attendees are invited to contribute their own narratives about their parent institutions.

Fall 2021 Meeting Invitation

Save the Date for Fall 2021 Virtual Meeting

The Fall Meeting of SEPTLA will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM via web conferencing, hosted by United Lutheran Seminary. To receive details on connecting to the meeting, please submit the registration form. Anyone interested is welcome to attend, irrespective of whether your library is a SEPTLA member.

PLEASE NOTE: We typically set aside time at the end of the event for a representative from each library to give an update about their institution. For the Fall Meeting, we’ll keep that tradition but also try something new: providing updates in advance and including them in the Fall newsletter. Please use the registration form to provide an institutional update. Even if you can’t actually make it to the event, we’d like to share your news with the SEPTLA community. Updates typically include such things as institutional news, staff changes, leadership changes, status of building/collection access during the pandemic, etc. If we receive multiple updates from your institution, we will reach out to the director to combine responses.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • 10:00 Welcome
  • 10:05 – 11:15 Christine Fruin, Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager, Atla — presentation on the current landscape in scholarly communication
  • 11:15 – 12:15 Break — Zoom room will remain open for socializing/networking
  • 12:15 – 12:45 Interest Group meetings (Research Services IG; Cataloging and Metadata IG)
  • 12:45 – 1:45 Business meeting and institutional updates

Agenda for the business meeting:

  • Approval of minutes from Spring Meeting 2021
  • Introductions
  • Announcements
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Interest group reports
  • Committee reports
  • Institutional updates

Spring 2021 Meeting Invitation

Join SEPTLA for a Virtual Meeting: April 23, 2021

The Spring Meeting will be held on April 23 via web conferencing, hosted by Moravian Theological Seminary. If you plan to attend, please email Elizabeth Young Miller (millere at moravian dot edu), and she will send you the details for connecting to the meeting.

A detailed agenda is forthcoming, but we anticipate a 10:00 am – 2:00 pm schedule.

The agenda for the Business Meeting will be as follows:

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes from Fall Meeting on October 16, 2020 (minutes available in Spring 2021 newsletter)
  • Reports
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Committee Reports
  • Executive Committee Report
    • Monthly minutes available in Spring 2021 newsletter
  • Announcement of recipient of scholarship to attend Atla Annual 2021
  • Elections
  • Institutional News
  • Conclusion

Save the Date for SEPTLA Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting

The Gardner A. Sage Library of New Brunswick Theological Seminary will host the SEPTLA Fall Meeting on October 16, 2020, from 1:00-3:30PM.

Fall 2020 Meeting Invitation

Dr. Thomas E. Phillips, founder of the Digital Theological Library (DTL) and Dean of Library and Information Services at Claremont School of Theology, will speak about how DTL started and has developed into a robust digital library consortium. We will also convene a business meeting for the membership and have breakout rooms for our interest groups.

This virtual meeting will take place on the Zoom platform. More details are forthcoming.

SEPTLA Spring 2020 Meeting Postponed

After careful consideration, NYATLA and SEPLTA leaders have decided to postpone the Joint NYATLA-SEPTLA Spring 2020 Meeting until further notice. This meeting was originally scheduled for April 16, 2020 at New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

As much as appropriate, we trust we shall continue to collaborate from a distance as many of us adapt our library services to feature digital resources.

We look forward to future opportunities to meet. We wish you and your libraries the very best.