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.

SEPTLA Fall Meeting 2019 Invitation – NEW DATE

Please join us for the SEPTLA fall meeting at Moravian Theological Seminary! Due to unforeseen circumstances, the SEPTLA meeting has been rescheduled. NEW DATE: Friday, November 1.

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.

I’m still working on the parking and am hopeful that attendees can still park in the College Hill Moravian Church lot. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your understanding,

Questions??? Contact Elizabeth Young Miller (millere@moravian.edu).

RSVP link (new link): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcxVZ74gYing4zhNDV0EMyHhpGVc5vhfS7IYrwKQ99UcAzsA/viewform?usp=sf_link 

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

SEPTLA Business Meeting Agenda, May 9, 2019

Updated May 6, 2019

    1. Welcome and Thanks
    2. Approval of Agenda
    3. Approval of Minutes from November 8, 2018
    4. Reports
      • Treasurer’s Report
      • Communications Committee
    5. Elections
      • President
      • Secretary
    6. Vacancies
      • Chair of Continuing Education Committee
      • Member at Large of the Continuing Education Committee
    7. Amendments to Bylaws
    8. Institutional News
    9. Other Business
    10. Conclusion

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 5/6/19)

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

President’s Message, April 2019

Recent discussions surrounding the mission statement of Moravian Theological Seminary have reminded me of SEPTLA, for a trademark of both organizations involves community.  At Moravian, we pride ourselves on our hospitality and being a warm and welcoming environment, and I believe that SEPTLA embodies this same type of community.   As an organization, SEPTLA values collaboration, and members benefit from learning from one another.  Simply put, we are better together.

At the hands-on spring meeting, scheduled for Thursday, May 9 at St. Charles Borromeo, we will be harnessing the collective wisdom of SEPTLA, sharing collection development policies and exploring Slack, a cloud-based collaborative tool.  SEPTLA members can use Slack to communicate with one another, asking questions and sharing best practices.  During break-out sessions, interest groups can brainstorm how they can use Slack to build community.  To get the most out of this workshop style meeting, please bring your own device—laptop, iPad, etc.

During the business meeting, we will elect new leaders and revisit proposed changes to the bylaws, as well as the potential addition of an administrative assistant.  The proposed changes examine workflow and responsibilities.  All are welcome to participate in these discussions, which will be occurring concurrently in person and via video-conferencing (Zoom).  Please consider how you can join the conversation.

I would also encourage you to become involved in the SEPTLA community by serving in a leadership role.  There are amble ways to serve.  Currently, the following positions are open:

  • Chair of the Continuing Education Committee
  • Member at large of the Continuing Education Committee
  • President
  • Secretary

If you would like to learn more about any of these opportunities, please contact me or the Past President, Myka Kennedy Stephens.

In closing, I would like to leave you with Helen Keller’s words, which point to the value of community: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Elizabeth Young Miller

SEPTLA President, 2018-2019

SEPTLA Fall 2018 Meeting Invitation

Join us for the next SEPTLA meeting!

DATE: Thursday, November 8, 2018
LOCATION: Missio Seminary (formerly Biblical Theological Seminary) in Hatfield, PA

Please RSVP by October 26, 2018: https://goo.gl/forms/taARtYpvHfnYjNXj2

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/ZM4Um4EBEtj 200 N Main St, Hatfield, PA 19440

Tentative schedule

9:30-10:00, Registration and Light Refreshments
10:00-10:30, Interest Group Meetings

  • Cataloging and Metadata Interest Group: (1) Cataloging workflows, (2) Resources (materials/programs) for training paraprofessional staff in cataloging (particularly copy cataloging). If you have some internal documentation on these topics that you would like to share with the group, please bring at least 10 photocopies.
  • Research Services Interest Group: (1) Electing a new chair , (2) Training videos (or other topic of the group’s choosing)

10:45-11:45, Business Meeting
11:55, Greeting
12:00-1:15pm, Lunch ($10)
1:30-2:45, Resource Sharing Task Force Discusses SEPTLA Resource Sharing Survey 2 Results
3:00, Tour of the Missio Library and Booksale (optional)

SEPTLA Business Meeting Agenda, November 8, 2018

  1. Welcome and Thanks
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of Minutes from May 11, 2018
  4. Reports
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Research Services Interest Group
    • Cataloging and Metadata Interest Group
    • Communications Committee
    • Continuing Education Committee
  5. Amendments to Bylaws
  6. Job Description for SEPTLA Administrative Assistant
  7. Openings
    • Chair of Continuing Education Committee
    • Member at Large of the Continuing Education Committee
    • Newsletter Editor
  8. Institutional News
  9. Other Business
  10. Conclusion and Next Meeting