His Grace is Sufficient – 06/2021

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)

The pandemic has been extraordinary to us in many aspects. In my tiny little world, it has been by far the busiest professionally, given all the work pivoting to online information literacy teaching and reference support. Living by myself, I sometimes struggle with the feeling of isolation, while having to deal with a new chronic pain condition. Life has not been very easy. I remember praying to the Lord for the strength and wisdom I needed to go through each day.

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Gary Fitsimmons – 05/2021

Gary is the Director of Library Services and Professor of Information Literacy at Bryan College in Dayton, TN (1,089 FTE). He has been an ACL member since 2015.

Describe yourself using a book title: Paradoxology: Why Christianity Was Never Meant to Be Simple by Krish Kandiah. I haven’t read the book, but it sounds like my life message!

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? The best thing about being a librarian is being able to help students when they don’t even know they need help.

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Just Bury Your Head in the Sand – 05/2021

“From Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do.” (I Chronicles 12:32 NIV)

Do you ever feel that way? I admit to you that sometimes I don’t have the mental energy to take in what is happening around us.

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Stephanie Leupp – 04/2021

Stephanie is the Technical Services Manager at the Greene County Public Library in Xenia, OH. She has been an ACL member since 2000.

Describe yourself using a book title: I had to ask my best friend, and she said A Girl of the Limberlost almost immediately. Now I need to go read that!

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Not having to work outside and working in a quiet environment.

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What I Know to Be True – 04/2021

“I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.” (Psalm 146:2 NLT)

This last year has brought many weeks and months of uncertainty for everyone. The pandemic changed how everything was to operate within our libraries, workplaces, and even homes. My sense of communication changed dramatically, without the cues from body language seen when communicating face to face. And, of course, let’s not forget heated elections and world news.

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Rory Patterson – 03/2021

Rory is the Associate Dean, Planning, Administration, and Operations at the Jerry Falwell Library of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA (75,335 FTE). He has been an ACL member since 1999.

Twitter Handle: @rory_patt

Describe yourself using a book title: The Grace Awakening by Charles R. Swindoll. This book introduced me to the reality of lived grace. I try to live daily in the awareness of God’s grace, both giving and receiving grace, and to journal what grace I received each day.

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? To me, the best thing about being a librarian is meeting others’ needs. I get to meet informational needs in reference and instruction events. As a team, we meet many types of resource needs. I work with departments to meet job needs in hiring. As Christian librarians, we meet spiritual needs via praying and peer discipling.

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Decide to Lead – 03/2021

“And God blesseth them, and God saith to them, `Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over fish of the sea, and over fowl of the heavens, and over every living thing that is creeping upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28 YLT)

In the beginning God blesses His creation. The blessing provides important guidance of how to work. The part of the blessing that stands out to me is the call to subdue the earth. As I reflect on this, my understanding of managing the earth includes the work of libraries and information centers.

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Denise Nelson – 02/2021

Denise is the Library Director at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA (3,647 FTE). She has been an ACL member since 2003.

Twitter Handle: @NiseNelson

Describe yourself using a book title: A Lineage of Grace

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Particularly at small or medium-sized institutions, librarians are uniquely situated to engage with students and faculty from across the disciplines–every student is “our” student. I love having that window into the work underway in so many areas of my university, and I’m grateful for the variety of ways I can provide support and direction to students and colleagues alike. It’s a privilege to help demystify the world of information and research, and I especially enjoy seeing students’ confidence grow as they become increasingly self-sufficient users of information.

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Librarians are Living Bookmarks -02/2021

“You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men…” (2 Corinthians 3:2 NASU)

A student goes to the library to say goodbye; they are graduating – they just wanted to say thank you for helping them pass their courses. This scene is repeated annually in libraries of all types, all over. They go on to success; look at their degree on the wall or promotion and flash back to the time in school when the librarian helped with their failing course so they could pass and graduate. They put a mental bookmark in the important chapter in their life of, pass or fail, or make it or break it, give up or go on, and that bookmarker is you, the librarian who helped them at that crossroads of their life to success. They are now at a point in their success because of you, the librarian hidden behind the circulation or reference desk who smiled and said, “How can I help you today?”

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Alan Cappella – 01/2021

Alan is the Library Director at Word of Life Bible Institute in Pottersville, NY (360 FTE). He has been an ACL member since 1997.

Describe yourself using a book title: The Book of Psalms

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? The best thing is helping students with research and writing then watching their faces light up!

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