Grace Andrews – 2/2023

Grace is the Director of Library Services at Wesley Biblical Seminary in Ridgeland, MS (152 FTE). Grace has been an ACL member for 6 years.

Describe yourself using a book title: A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? The thrill of the hunt! I love learning new techniques for honing the research process and sharing these with students and faculty, and I also love getting to hear first-hand from passionate researchers about their quests.

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A Time for Calmness and Quietness

A Song of Ascents. Of David.
O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.
Psalm 131 (ESV)

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Robert Danielson – 01/2023

Robert is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY (1104 FTE). Robert has been an ACL member since 2010. 

Describe yourself using a book title: The Librarian as Missionary 

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? I really enjoy being able to help people connect with a subject, particularly students. To listen to them talk about a subject and then be able to direct them to the right resource or topic to help encourage them to go deeper and learn more is always a great feeling.

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Forget the Former Things

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)

As we walk through this weary world…what a pessimistic beginning to a statement that laments the challenges we face in our lives from time to time, even as believers. Yet, we can all resonate with that statement during times of difficulty. Unfortunately, in Christian higher education right now, many of us (librarians) have faced or are facing significant and systemic challenges that do not seem to be fading, which puts pressure on our faith. It is one thing when we face temporary challenges that are resolved in the short term; however, it is quite another thing when those challenges seem to be on an indefinite loop.

So, when we come to a passage, a promise from the Lord, that seems too good to be true, it challenges our faith. That is what we find in Isaiah when God gives Israel, and by extension to us as believers, an enormous promise. “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:18-19).” What a wonderful and encouraging promise. I should forget the difficulties of the past and look forward to the new “thing” the Lord is about to spring on me. God says it is already in the works. Do I not see it? What if I said, “No!”

The challenge and hope of this promise is the context in which it is located. When we back up in this chapter, we find Israel has been in difficulty for a long period. In verse 2, Isaiah tells Israel that when you pass through the waters and rivers, I (God) will be with you, and the waters will not overtake you. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned nor set ablaze.

Over the past few years, I have struggled with serving the Lord as a library leader in a challenging environment. I have wanted to see this “new thing” the Lord is doing and move out of the waters and away from the blaze. Yet, I felt like the waters were continuing to rise, pushing me toward the blaze. Then, in what seemed like an out-of-the-blue event, God fulfilled this promise in my life. He did a new thing that removed me from the difficult environment and put me in a new place with a wonderful, hopeful future. Lord, thank you for keeping your promise!

While I want to relish in the “new thing” God has done in my life, God wants me to reflect on the process. Did you drown while I walked with you through the difficulty? No, God, you were holding me up. Did you get burned by the challenges? No, God, you wrapped yourself around me and protected me. Do you believe I will be with you during the waters and fires to come? Yes, Lord, you are faithful. Lord, thank you for keeping your promises!

Brothers and sisters, keep the faith. When you find yourself walking neck-deep in water or surrounded by the blaze, remember God is with you because He keeps his promises. Also, keep the faith when God springs the new thing on you because God is with you.

Ed Walton

Ed is the Director of Library Services and Operations at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. He has been a member of ACL since 2010.

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Kari Siders – 12/2022

Kari is the Director of Library Public Services at Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH (4571 FTE). Kari has been an ACL member for 4 years. 

Describe yourself using a book title: Compassionate Leadership

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? The variety in every day! Walking in you never know what you’ll encounter on a given day from the questions from patrons to odd issues you never thought you’d have to sort out. It’s amazing to learn something new every day.

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Be Still and Know – 12/2022

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV)

Many years ago, I was in the North Carolina mountains with other Youth for Christ volunteer staff. We had traveled from Bradenton, Florida, to spend several days helping out at the home where we stayed: weeding the garden, helping with the goats, and fellowshipping. On this trip, I was struggling with decisions that needed to be made in my life. What path should I choose?

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David McClure – 11/2022

David is the Director of the Library & Associate Professor at Friends University in Wichita, KS (1295 FTE). David joined ACL as a new member earlier this year.

Describe yourself using a book title: Boy from Nebraska

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Having opportunities to serve a variety of groups with different information needs and utilizing an array of tools and resources in the library to respond to those needs.

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