Linda Poston – 06/2022

Linda is the Library Director at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, PA (2368 FTE). Linda has been an ACL member for 25 years.

Describe yourself using a book title: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (current covid environment and unexpected opportunities!)

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Having such a variety of things I can learn, do, and share! As part of an academic community I have opportunities to collaborate with faculty and other departments, to attend stimulating presentations and author talks, to use assessment to make a difference for students, and to help create an inviting destination for connection and growth.

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Transformed by the Holy Spirit – 06/2022

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV)

As I reflect on the past two years, listen to any news broadcast, or read any newspaper, I am reminded of the world crisis so many have experienced and the heartache and pain many have endured. We have made it through some unprecedented times, and we can surely thank God who has been faithful. Being a librarian in today’s environment is full of challenges that can be heartbreaking and painful. As we look toward the work of our next seasons, what better way to prepare for this new season than with the desire to be transformed by the Holy Spirit!

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Craig Kubic – 05/2022

Craig is the Dean of Libraries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX (2,500 FTE). Craig has been an ACL member for 15 years.

Describe yourself using a book title: To Kill a Mockingbird

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? The best thing about being a librarian are the opportunities for growth and service. Each day is a learning experience as we engage our students and faculty.

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Tell Your Story – 05/2022

“All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable.” (Matthew 13:34 ESV)

I have always loved stories. Stories are told through music, literature, biographies, and in many other ways. I teach children’s literature in our college’s education department, and my favorite genre is historical fiction. I love how it connects fictional characters and fictional scenes to create an exciting story that, for the most part, authentically reflects history. Even events such as the Olympics or the Super Bowl include the stories of the athletes and their families.

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Jaime Pitt – 04/2022

Jaime is the Technical Services Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN (11,000 FTE). Jaime has been an ACL member since 2004. Follow Jaime on Twitter: @Jaime1Pitt

Describe yourself using a book title: An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? I enjoy investing in students. The opportunity to be a part of a person’s education is a gift.

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Waiting for Tulips – 04/2022

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10 ESV)

Tulips are my favorite flower. Their burst of color at the start of spring brings joy and welcomed anticipation of warmer days ahead. Growing up in southern Alabama, I never saw tulips in flower gardens or carefully manicured landscapes. Winters are not cold enough in the coastal region of the South for the blooms to form underground. God created this amazing little flower to develop its beauty and buds out of sight, deep underground during the coldest months of the winter when the surface is barren, brown, and often frozen. Now living in Ohio, every spring when these beauties start to burst forth from the cold, bare ground, I can’t help but smile!

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David Dunkerton – 03/2022

David is a Librarian at Appalachian Bible College in Mount Hope, WV (167 FTE). David has been an ACL member since 2011.

Describe yourself using a book title: Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? I am most fulfilled when I see a student understands the research process and can continue on their own.

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A Time to Weep – 03/2022

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”(Ecclesiastes 3:14 ESV)

As I reflect on these past few years, in this season that never seems to end, the years are a tumble of continued change, loss, and uncertainty. Each person is experiencing these years differently. I know that good things have happened in all our lives, yet there is a heaviness that is with us. The pandemic has heightened our awareness of death and suffering and of injustice and brokenness.

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Esther Gillie – 02/2022

Esther is the Dean of the Library at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA (10,000 FTE). Esther has been an ACL member since 2013.

Describe yourself using a book title: Pilgrim’s Progress – goes along with my blog Sojourner Pilgrim’s Diary: the extraordinary life of an ordinary person

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Access to and privilege of helping to preserve and share such rich resources about God and the Christian life

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Keep Shining and Hoping! – 02/2022

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-3 NIV)

Seventeen years ago, on the eve of my best friend’s surgery to remove a tumor in her shoulder, God gave me a vision of an eagle soaring and the accompanying verses in Isaiah 40:29-31.

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