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:

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SEPTLA Fall Meeting 2019 Invitation

Please join us for the SEPTLA fall meeting on Friday, November 1 at Moravian Theological Seminary!

Registration will begin at 9:30 am with light refreshments, and the meeting will start at 10 am.

Lunch is $10; payable in cash.  Exact change is always appreciated.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 18.  Please note in the form whether or not you will need a parking pass, which will be sent via mail.

Questions??? Contact Elizabeth Young Miller (

Schedule (tentative)

  • 9:30 Registration
  • 10:00 Discussion of collection development policies
    • Given your budget, which subject areas are a priority? Have they had to change as your budget changes?
    • Does your policy provide a rationale (i.e., a principle derived from your institution’s faith-background) for the selection of all materials in your collection?
    • Does your policy provide guidance for collection choices at the broad subject level only (i.e., Music), or does it contain guidelines for specific subsections (i.e., Baroque keyboard music)?
    • As digital publications become more desirable and accessible, have you adjusted your policy to specify when electronic versions should be bought, when print ones should be bought, and when both should be bought? Do you now favor digital versions exclusively?
    • How much do you rely on faculty input for new purchases? How much discretion does the librarian have in deciding which items to purchase?
    • Does anybody “commit to retain” any portions of their collection?
    • Based on a comparison of our subject specialties/purchasing priorities, can we hammer out a list of LC subject areas that show strengths
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 Interest Group Meetings (to elect new chairs)
  • 1:30 Business meeting
  • 2:00 Conversation on the value of SEPTLA

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TeamWork Volume 36 Issue 1 (Spring 2019)

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SEPTLA Spring Meeting 2019 Invitation

Please join us for our next meeting Thursday, May 9, 2019, hosted by St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

RSVPs accepted through April 25: jhumble [at] scs [dot] edu

Agenda (updated 5/6/2019)

9:00 – 9:30: Registration and continental breakfast

9:30 – 10:30: Slack workshop

10:45 – 11:45: Business meeting

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch

1:00 – 2:30: Report on collection development policies

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