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The library is busy preparing for the Fall 2018 semester! Katherine is finishing getting all your reserves materials set up for your classes, tweaking her training videos and plans to work with you this semester. Be sure to visit Resources for Success in Moodle to help jump-start your library skills.

Avery is working with our software to refine all your library-tool access from your library catalog account to smooth connecting to electronic journals. Look for her ebook place-markers in our shelves when you visit the campus. You can see how many ebooks we have and where they would be located if they were traditional books. Ask us about how easy ebooks are to use!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual spring student survey. We are combing through your responses and creating ways to address your ideas.

Library concept:                                                                                        OKShare: A special program in the state of Oklahoma where numerous academic libraries allow each other's students to visit and check out books. Ask us more!

-Sandy Shapoval, Director of the Library


Humans, Not Robots, Are the Vector of Spreading False News

In a fascinating study on the diffusion of news stories, Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, and Sinan Aral have taken a look at the means of news dispersal via Twitter. Humans accelerate false news; robots, on the other hand, transmit news at equal rates, whether true or not.

Spread of True and False News Online

Science  09 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6380, pp. 1146-1151
DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9559


PhillipsFest 2018

This year's PhillipsFest bibliography is inspired by the work and influence  of Grammy-nominated blues artist Guy Davis. In support of Phillips Theological Seminary's vision of supporting vital conversations in the Tulsa area, Phillips's library purchases prominent and challenging works revolving around the theme of social justice. You can find many of these titles featured here.

A series of community events next week will culminate in PhillipsFest: A Concert for Justice & Hope: 

Monday February 19: Master Class taught by Guy Davis at the Woody Guthrie Center, 7 p.m.

Tuesday February 20: Showing of Do the Right Thing, featuring Guy Davis's parents Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, 7 p.m.

Thursday February 22PhillipsFest: A Concert for Justice & Hope at Greenwood Cultural Center, 7 p.m.

We hope to see you at these events!


 Change, Conflict, and Resilience

How do you search for - and achieve – congregational and professional resilience in the face of change? This year’s topic for Remind & Renew looks at resilience from the standpoint of mental flexibility. How do our brains tackle conflict and stress? What practices can assist our responses? How can our emotions, moral reasoning, social practices, and our “gut” brain participate in finding a path to congregational and community plasticity?

Take a look at some of the resources the library has to offer on these complicated subjects: Change, Conflict, and Resilience A Bibliography for Congregational Becoming.pdf.

We look forward to seeing you at Phillips in January 24th and 25th.


Survival During the Holocaust

Northeastern State University has been honored to receive a grant from the NEA to participate in The Big Read program for the 2017/2018 season. "The Shawl" by Cynthia Oznick is the centering work. There will be many events occurring in Green Country during the next several months.

The Circle Cinema held the kick-off event on November 11 by showing "Weapons of the Spirit" with author/director Pierre Sauvage in attendance. This film is a story of 5,000 Christians' sheltering 5,000 Jews in a single village in France during the occupation. On November 12th  Jewish Federation held a Kristallnacht commemoration. 

In the column to the right you will find a link to a select, annotated bibliography of materials we have in the Phillips Theological Seminary Library on the topic of the Holocaust, or Shoah as it is more correctly called. The titles range from survivor's stories, critical theological changes that happened as a direct result of Christianity's complicity, sociological analyses, to proposals on how to move forward with the knowledge that humanity is capable of gross and calculated brutality as well as tremendous love.

Look for upcoming events on NSU's Facebook page: NSU Big Read.



A Once and Future Reformation

The focus of this year's  Remind and Renew conference will be to examine the definition and meaning of Christianity and the idea of reformation in the context of the Church. Here are the questions that the speakers will address:

  • What is Christianity?
  • Does the term “Protestant” have a future?
  • What does the world most need from Christianity in the 21st century?
  • What should be the relationship between Christianity and other faiths?

The  conference bibliography contains numerous titles that can assist you in continuing to explore these questions more deeply after this conference is over. 

                             Echoes of the Reformation


Join Joshua Shawnee, Preservation and Archives Librarian, in experiencing his exhibit his Echoes of the Reformation, a rare books exhibit celebrating 500 years of reformation. The exhibit features titles from Phillips Seminary Library's collection of approximately 700 rare and valuable titles, housed in the Beasley Rare Book Room.

This exhibit offers a hands-on exploration of rare books spanning the Reformation era including a Hamburg Polyglot Bible, a Great Cranmer Bible, a King James Bible and more.

This exhibit is free and open to the public through Nov. 1, but reservations are required. Call 918.270.6433 or email joshua.shawnee@ptstulsa.edu to schedule a visit.



"There's More Than One Answer to These Questions"

I remember first hearing "Closer to Fine" by the Indigo Girls when it emerged on the airwaves. I was immediately caught by the difference in viewpoint, sound, and consciousness from what normally exhaled from the radio at the time. Here were artists who told a story of difference and uplift, singing a recognition that the world is other than the one that is often sold to us. I felt both a sense of kinship with their mission, and a swell of gratitude that they were able to share with the larger world that there were others who also saw the world differently.

Here in the Phillips Library we have many titles that demonstrate and analyze the powerful role music has played in sharing change and altering consciousness in society and the Christian church. Music continues to play a profound role in the most important social justice movements, and reminds us of the lack of simplicity to real change.  

Take a look at our list of titles in Social Justice and Protest Music bibliography to the right. 

And come to hear the Indigo Girls here in Tulsa at The Vanguard, November 13th!


Interreligious Understanding: Resources for Other Faiths 

Many faith traditions are represented in our Tulsa community. To help foster understanding among each other we collect books and offer resources for the public to use in gaining new insights among us. In the column on the right are book lists in Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American religious traditions, and Christianity. These lists offer a brief glimpse into the range of materials we offer to the public.

Islam in the Library

Awareness of the importance of Islam to the world has grown in Oklahoma these past 15 years. During this time the library has concentrated on collecting books that can help our community better understand this sister religion to Christianity and Judaism. To the right you can click on a booklist that features our focus here at Phillips. 

This Thursday, February 11, 2016, Phillips starts its class Peace Be Upon You: The Way of IslamSessions will meet Thursdays from 6-9 PM through March 17, 2016. Register now. 


Spring Semester 2016

Welcome to a new semester in the library! You may have noticed our new Library catalog interface when you search for books. Let us know how it is working for you: Library Catalog.

There is a new face in the library, Kyle Miller, our new Access Services Library Assistant! You may have seen already him at our circulation desk, checking in books and processing ILL requests. His new office is right by the library entrance in Joshua Shawnee's old office. 

You will now find Joshua Shawnee bustling about the library in his new position as the Preservation Librarian. He is in Amanda's old office. 

Amanda Ross is now your connection to instruction. Many of you have already visited with her about how to find the resources you need for your classes and research.

This winter, we've said goodbye to out library assistant Lisa Dellinger. She will be missed. Her latest publication is in the work Coming Full Circle, which was featured in the Remind and Renew conference. The library has copies available for checkout! 


 Remind & Renew:  Race, Liberty, and Justice For All

 Remind & Renew 2016 was a stirring conference that has generated a great deal of interest in the books and resources the library offers in the critical topic of race. To support the vital conversations in our community the library has put together a broad-reaching bibliography that can further your engagement in this areas of social justice. Our speakers mentioned numerous titles; you will find these and more on the bibliography. The link is in the column to your right.

This is just a selection of resources the Phillips Library has to offer. Find even more through our library catalog: Phillips Seminary Library Catalog.

Sandy Shapoval, Director of the Library



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