Summer/Fall 2002
Volume 7 Number 1






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Speer Family Visits PTS Library

The family of Robert E. Speer gathered in the Robert E. Speer Library this spring to mark the publication of John F. Piper Jr.’s Robert E. Speer: Prophet of the American Church (Geneva Press). Speer relatives included a granddaughter, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, grand nephews, and a grand niece. PTS faculty, staff, and trustees, as well as friends of the Seminary, were also on hand. Piper, who spoke at the gathering, is professor of history and academic dean at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Speer family members and PTS staff gather in front of the library named for Robert E. Speer.

Speer family members and PTS staff gather in front of the library named for Robert E. Speer.

Stephen D. Crocco, PTS’s James Lenox Librarian, welcomed guests to the event by saying, “We are here today to acknowledge one great man, John A. Mackay, who had the vision to honor another great man, Robert E. Speer, by building the Robert E. Speer Library, which opened with great acclaim in 1957.”

The library still serves the community well, but with its approaching golden anniversary, renovations are needed. Mechanical systems are wearing out; fire, safety, and accessibility features must be updated to meet current codes; and electronic access issues need to be addressed. Changing expectations of patrons and the nature of library services in the 21st century mean the facility needs some changes.

Robert E. Speer

Robert E. Speer

President Thomas W. Gillespie has appointed a committee to begin preparation for a major renovation of Speer Library as part of the Seminary’s long-range bicentennial plan being developed by the Board of Trustees. PTS professor Scott Hendrix chairs the committee, which includes representatives from the faculty, library staff, and administration. The committee is preparing a survey to solicit input and suggestions from students, faculty, alumni/ae, and other patron groups.

An upcoming issue of inSpire will invite readers to give input for the renovations. The planning committee will welcome your ideas as they seek to shape a library that will be effective far into the future.

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