TeamWork Volume 41, Issue 1 (Spring 2024)

Message from the President

Dear Members,

I hope this message finds you well and perhaps with work demands easing off slightly as the semester draws to a close.
I’m excited to announce that our upcoming spring meeting will be held at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. As always, the SEPTLA meeting is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together, share knowledge, celebrate achievements, commiserate about challenges, and work to improve the future of our theological libraries. I am personally excited to visit St. Tikhon’s and see a part of Pennsylvania that I have never visited before.
As we have become accustomed to, this will be a hybrid event, so you will be able to fully participate even if you are not able to make it up to St. Tikhon’s. Please see the meeting invitation for details and to register.
During this gathering, we will also be conducting elections for key positions within SEPTLA, specifically a President and Secretary. I encourage all members to submit their nominations for these positions. Nominations can be made either prior to the event or during the business meeting itself. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Other positions with terms ending include Newsletter Editor, Archivist, and roles on the Communications or Continuing Education Committees. If you are willing to serve in your position for another term or would like to be appointed to one of these positions, please get in touch with the Executive Committee. Your involvement in SEPTLA is crucial to shaping the future direction of our organization, and your voice and service are greatly valued.
Thank you for your continued commitment to our shared goals. I look forward to seeing you all at St. Tikhon’s, in person or virtually.

Warm regards,

Victoria Jesswein
SEPTLA President
United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg PA
May 20, 2024

Invitation to the Spring Meeting 2024

Greetings! The SEPTLA Spring Meeting will be at St. Thikon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan (Waymart), PA, on June 14 at 11am.

Please RSVP here:

TeamWork Volume 40, Issue 2 (Fall 2023)

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TeamWork Volume 40, Issue 1 (Spring 2023)

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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.

TeamWork Volume 39, Issue 2 (Fall 2022)

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Fall 2020 Presentation

Starting the Digital Theological Library

Invited guest, Dr. Thomas E. Phillips, is the founder of the Digital Theological Library (DTL). He is also Dean of the Library and Information Services and Professor of Theological Bibliography at Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Phillips speaks about how the DTL was envisioned and developed as a robust digital library consortium. Implication for SEPTLA’s adoption of key principles for cooperative purchasing and resource sharing are also discussed.