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A newsletter from the Princeton Theological Seminary Library

The Working Scholar: Zotero (Spring 2014)

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Zotero screenshot (Click to enlarge)  

Have you heard of Zotero (pronounced zoh-TAIR-oh)? It is an open-source tool used to organize research and generate in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies. A project of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Zotero was a welcome addition to the field of reference management software as it capitalized on Web 2.0 technology.

You may find yourself asking, “Great, so how can this help me?” Well, after completing a paper, you no longer have to type out citations, remember which punctuation marks to use, track down incomplete references, or change repeat citations to Ibid (if following The Chicago Manual of Style). Zotero allows you to store citations from all of your papers, so it’s easy to go back—even years later—and find an article that you cited.

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What We're Reading (Spring 2014)

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Andy Newgren and Kate Skrebutenas
Andy Newgren, Director of Academic Technology; and
Kate Skrebutenas, Director of Access, Research and Outreach

Discover the reading habits of PTS faculty and staff.

Andy Newgren
Director of Academic Technology

He is drawn to books that reveal both the best and worst of humanity

Just finished readingThe Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner; Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter; and The Circle, by David Eggers.

Often consults the National Book Award and Man Booker Prize lists for titles

He trusts Jonathan Franzen

"These windows into fictional characters…help me clarify what it means to be human, to struggle, to rejoice, and to live life." – Andy Newgren

What We're Reading (Fall 2013)

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Discover the reading habits of PTS faculty and staff.

Dr. Katharine Doob Sakenfeld
William Albright Eisenberger Professor Emerita of Old Testament


• Loves to read mid-to-late evening, if only a few pages.

• Uses her Kindle to reread the novels she read in college.

• Gets recommendations from faculty colleagues’ syllabi and the monthly thematic displays of the Mercer County Library System.

• Recently read The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga; Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, and Arrow of God, by Chinua Achebe; South from the Limpopo: Travels through South Africa, by Dervla Murphy; and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, by Alexander McCall Smith.

• Appreciates the way depiction of life in these novels helps her to reflect on biblical ceremonies and practices.

Meet Our Staff (Fall 2013)

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Kaitlyn, Nathan and Maggie
Left to right: Kaitlyn, Nathan, and Maggie

Maggie Hasegawa is a digital library application developer who helps to design, develop, and test web applications for the library’s digital resources. She comes to us from Princeton University, where she was collection services supervisor and web developer for the Mendel Music Library. She also volunteered at Princeton Public Library and interned in our Special Collections area. Maggie has a B.A. in religion from Rutgers University and an M.L.S. from Clarion University. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to music, yoga, and exploring nearby flea markets.

Kaitlyn Dugan is curator of the Seminary’s Barth Collection, maintaining and developing the collection and managing the Center for Barth Studies. She has a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Taylor University, an M.A. in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She hopes to pursue doctoral studies in theology. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, listening to music, and watching “too many shows for her own good.” She has a fish named Luther and hopes to someday take a road trip to Montana.

Nathan Maddox is assistant to the curator of the Barth Collection. He provides resources and research guidance to students, faculty, and visiting scholars; edits book reviews; and launches social networking initiatives for the center. He has an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a B.A. in religious studies from Samford University. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in theological studies. When he’s not in the stacks, Nathan enjoys hiking, watching emotionally draining movies, and indulging his southern Georgia palate with hot gravy ’n’ biscuits and sweet tea.

New Library Building (Fall 2013)

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New Library Building Welcomes Scholars, Pastors, and the Community

Unending Love Atrium Sculpture
"Unending Love" by Hyong Nam Ahn*

On May 13, 2013, the much anticipated new library at Princeton Theological Seminary opened its doors, and students, faculty, and visitors are enjoying the openness of study and social spaces in the new building.

The largest open public space, the South Gallery on the second floor has desks and soft seating options, and three small group meeting rooms. It affords a spectacular view across Mercer Street to the Seminary’s main campus, as well as window seating, perfect for reading and reflection.

The Korean Mission Room, dedicated to the longstanding relationship between the Seminary and Christians in Korea, is also available for study and reading. It features a portion of the Moffett Collection on Christianity in Korea. Samuel A. Moffett was one of the pioneer Christian missionaries to Korea. His son and daughter-in-law, Samuel H. and Eileen Moffett, spent most of their lives ministering in Korea before Sam came to PTS to teach missions and ecumenics.

The Reference Reading Room on the lower level, below an overlooking balcony, expansive windows, and refurbished light fixtures from Speer Library, is a popular study space. The light-filled Iain R. Torrance Atrium will be used for a variety of events, including lectures, receptions, concerts, and art exhibitions. On the first floor, the café is already a popular informal gathering spot for the PTS community, with windows looking out on Mercer Street, vending machines (including a self-service coffee machine), and café-style seating (including benches crafted from the trees lost during construction). The concourse on this floor offers ample soft and table seating, and new display cases for library exhibits.

The new building provides collaborative spaces to gather and share ideas and research, including small group meeting rooms and two multipurpose rooms. The Theron Assembly Room, named for Daniel J. Theron, a former Seminary professor and generous library donor, can be reserved for meetings, continuing education events, and public lectures.

Technology supporting research, teaching, and learning is evident throughout the building. Wall-mounted digital signage features library and campus events and interactive library maps. iPads provide access to the library’s catalog, and the Princeton Theological Seminary mobile app (iOS and Android) allows quick browsing of library resources on the go. Four seminar rooms, one on each floor at the west end of the atrium, feature document scanners, Smart Boards, audio and video (A/V) recording systems, and other tools. The Media Lab, equipped with a variety of PC and Mac workstations, regular and color printing, scanning, specialized software, and A/V equipment available for checkout to PTS students and faculty, is temporarily located on the second floor.

Other offices temporarily located in the new building include Special Collections (home to the Seminary’s archives and rare book holdings) and Digital Initiatives (the team behind the Theological Commons and the library’s other rich digital collections).

In an eco-friendly tribute to the past, some materials have been repurposed from Speer for use in the new library. In addition to the benches in the café and “disk style” lighting fixtures now in the Reference Reading Room, a number of tables throughout the new building have marble insets, recycled wall tiles from Speer Library.

*"Unending Love," a sculpture in stainless steel, aluminum, neon, and oils, was created for the Princeton Theological Seminary Library by New York-based Korean artist Hyong Nam Ahn, through the generosity of Seminary Trustee Jinsoo Kim and Mrs. Kim.

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