New Alumni Resources: Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary & Commentaries!

Pitts Theology Library strives to support not only its current students, faculty, and staff, but also Candler and Emory alumni as they enter into ministry, non-profit work, higher education, and more. This includes providing access to resources beyond the library shelves, including over 40 research databases! Pitts is thrilled to announce two new additions to this collection critical for biblical studies: the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and the Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries.

Usually a first stop for students on the Pitts Ready Reference shelves, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is a six-volume state-of-the-art dictionary of the Bible offering the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of biblical subjects and topics. Edited by David Noel Freedman, this extensive resource includes more than 6,000 entries, 7,000,000 words, and features nearly 1,000 contributors. The online version of ABD allows users to search by Person, Place, or Diety, browse A-Z entries, and even view endpaper maps of the Near Eastern world keyed to text for quick location of archaeological and biblical sites.

But the resources don’t stop there! Pitts has also licensed alumni access to the Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, one of the most trusted and long-running scholarly commentaries series for Biblical Studies scholars. This prestigious commentary series, which spans over 86 volumes, represents the pinnacle of biblical scholarship. The series draws from the wisdom and resources of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars from around the world.It also includes a book-by-book translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Apocrypha to make available all the significant historical and linguistic knowledge which bears on the interpretation of the Bible.

Acquisitions, Serials, and Assessment Librarian Caitlin Soma, who led the effort to add these electronic resources, says “We’re excited to be able to provide our students, faculty, staff, and alumni with access to these valuable resources in a new, more accessible format. Our hope is that by making these resources available for both current students and alumni, we can help the Candler community continue their outstanding research and ministry in and out of the classroom.”

To obtain access to these resources, you need only to register online with the Emory Alumni Association. View step-by-step instructions and a video on alumni resources at pitts.emory.edu/alums.

Questions? Reference librarians are on call and ready to help! Email or chat with an expert at pitts.emory.edu/ask.

Accessing Alumni Library Resources

If you graduated from Candler School of Theology last spring, you might notice that resources you once used online at Pitts are no longer available via your old student NetID. But no worries! Emory alums can still count on Emory Libraries for research support and free resources as you embark on future degree programs and career opportunities.

Emory alums retain select library privileges licensed by Emory libraries, which can be accessed through the Emory Alumni Association. Get started by registering online with the Emory Alumni Association. Your Emory alumni account will be a gateway to premium information resources through EBSCOhost®, offering the latest full-text information in many areas of academic, business, and health-related fields to meet virtually any research need. Of particular interest to theology graduates are the Oxford Biblical Studies Online, the ATLA Database Access for Alumni, The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, and the Hermeneia Biblical Commentary Series. Find step-by-step instructions for registering and accessing these databases at pitts.emory.edu/alums. Learn about other resources, including borrowing privileges, special events, and more in the library’s on demand Alumni Access at Pitts Theology Library video!

 

Library Privileges Post-Pitts!

Congratulations to all Candler and Emory graduates on behalf of the Pitts Theology Library staff! It’s been a joy to watch your academic journeys unfold in and outside of the library. Did you know that you can still count on Emory Libraries for research support and free resources as you leave campus and embark on future degree programs and career opportunities?

Emory alums retain select library privileges licensed by Emory libraries, which can be accessed through the Emory Alumni Association. Get started by registering online with the Emory Alumni Association. Your Emory alumni account will be a gateway to premium information resources through EBSCOhost®, offering the latest full-text information in many areas of academic, business, and health-related fields to meet virtually any research need. Of particular interest to theology graduates are the Oxford Biblical Studies Online, the ATLA Database Access for Alumni, The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, and the Hermeneia Biblical Commentary Series.

Learn about other resources, including borrowing privileges, special events, and more in the library’s on demand Alumni Access at Pitts Theology Library video

 

Fall 2020 Policy Updates: Pitts Theology Library

Will the premier theological library in North America be open this Fall? Absolutely, and in several ways. First, of course, the library is always open to all patrons through its online research guides, reference support over email and live chat at pitts.emory.edu/ask, and the thousands of electronic resources available through the Pitts website. But this Fall, we are offering even more ways that Pitts can support your learning.

Study Space for Emory Faculty, Students and Staff
Beginning Monday August 24, the library will be open as study space for current Emory faculty, students, and staff, by reservation only. These patrons can reserve a specific seat in the library for studying. Reservations are available Mondays through Thursdays, from 9am to 4:30pm, at pitts.emory.edu/seats. Every 90 minutes, all patrons will be asked to leave the space to allow for the space to rest. The library will also make available copying, scanning, and printing services, both inside the library with a reservation as well as outside of the library on a first come, first served basis. Stay tuned at pitts.emory.edu/remotelearning for more updates about what spaces will be available and how to make reservations.

Checking Out Books
Will you be able to check out books? Absolutely! While our book stacks will be accessible to staff only, starting Monday, August 24, current Emory faculty, students, and staff will have the ability to request books from the Pitts circulating collection, and those books will be available for pickup at the library entrance. Make your requests online through the library catalog, and you will receive an email when the books are ready for you to pick up. For detailed instructions, visit pitts.emory.edu/requests. You may even get a free Pitts bag in the process!

Special Collections
What about access to Pitts’ rare books and archives? While we are doing on-demand digitization of these materials for many patrons, if that is not sufficient for your research needs, current Emory faculty, students, and staff can make reservations to view materials in the Special Collections Reading Room, Tuesday through Friday, 10am-2pm. For details and to make a reservation, visit pitts.emory.edu/collections.

Alumni and Affiliates
At this time, access to the physical space and the physical collections is only available to current Emory faculty, students, and staff. This means that currently our Emory alumni users will be limited to the resources licensed for alumni use (see pitts.emory.edu/alums), and our affiliate users will have to wait until Emory deems it safe to reopen the campus to visitors.

Online Learning and Events
All patrons are invited to participate in several online learning opportunities this Fall. We will continue our tradition of Weekly Workshops, instructional sessions from our librarians aimed to equip all patrons with the skills and tools for research and learning in theology and religious studies. For the schedule of workshops, and to register, visit pitts.emory.edu/fall2020workshops.

This year we are also launching the Kessler Conversations, a new program focused on our world-renowned Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection. These 30-45-minute interviews with leading reformation scholars will trace topics that face contemporary communities back to the 16th century. This Fall, we will have 3 Kessler Conversations, at noon on the first Wednesday of September, October, and November, focused on the topic of disease, healing and pastoral care. To learn more and to register for these free events, visit pitts.emory.edu/kesslerconversations.

The incredible resources of Pitts Theology Library comprise an integral part of the Candler and Emory experience, and we look forward to supporting your learning this Fall, even if the way we do it is a little different!

Interested in learning how to use the services and resources of Pitts during COVID-19? Check out the series of short webinars in the coming weeks at pitts.emory.edu/fall2020.

Webinar: Alumni Library Resources

Did you know that Candler & Emory alums retain access to library resources post-graduation? This webinar will introduce alumni resources available at Pitts Theology Library and the Emory University Library System. We’ll show you how to register with the alumni association, get your new library card, access digital resources, and mention other events and workshops available to you.

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM EDT

Register now for FREE at https://www.bigmarker.com/pitts-theology-library/Alumni-Access-at-Pitts-Theology-Library

Can’t make it to the webinar? The recording will be posted to the webinar page following the live session!

Questions? Email theologyref@emory.edu for more information.