Don’t Buy a Clock at the Dollar Store – 10/2020

“My times are in your hand.” (Psalm 31:15 ESV)

Imagine my frustration with my Dollar Store bargain. In spite of the clock on my computer, the time of day on my cellphone, and my wristwatch, I wanted to note the time—and it was exactly the same time it was when I last checked. Yes, I changed the batteries yesterday! Something about the big hand on the 11 evidently is messing this clock up. It makes it almost to the top, and then it’s just too hard to move on. Every once in a while it gets stuck.

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Joshua Michael – 09/2020

Joshua is the Dean of Library Services at Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH (4,500 FTE). He has been an ACL member since 2005.

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What If – 10/2020

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” (Psalm 121:1 KJV)

I spent most of the spring and summer months working from home except a few “in office” days. I normally spend several summer weeks in other places. With those events cancelled or moved online, I began to get “cabin fever.” As a single person, I saw mostly myself, my three cats, and the view from my home. With a vacation out of the question, a day trip where safe social distances could be maintained offered a solution. Last week I fueled my car and drove to Asheville, about 90 minutes away. I stopped at a fast food chicken restaurant for a “picnic lunch” and headed north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. As I stopped at the first overlook, I marveled at the breathtaking scene before me. As I pondered events necessitating my need to get away, I realized God brought me to this place to remind me to lift my eyes to Him. The previous week, library colleagues and faculty members questioned what we would do if students returned to campus with the present virus spread level, I told them we “trust in God.” However, God knew I needed a fresh reminder in my own life of this simple truth. The panorama before me was soothing to both my eyes and to my spirit.

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Julie Sweeney – 08/2020

Julie is an Instructional Services Librarian at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA (3,677 FTE). She has been an ACL member since 2017.

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Paul Drake – 07/2020

Paul is Library Director and Instuctor at Pacific Islands University in Mangilao, Guam (42 FTE). He has been an ACL member since 2014.

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Renee Carey – 06/2020

Renee is a Solo Librarian/Accreditation Liaison at Faith Bible College in Norfolk, VA (8 FTE; where most students are nontraditional and take only a few courses at one time). She has been an ACL member since 2014.

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Hope for Life – 06/2020

“For with thee is the fountain of life: In thy light shall we see light.” (Psalm 36:9 KJV)

I have spent a lot of time reflecting on suffering and death lately. As some of you know, my daughter suffers from a chronic, potentially fatal condition, and the year 2020 started for me with the death of my mother in January, followed by a February struggling to help my family come to grips with the suicide of my young nephew.

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Adam Solomon – 05/2020

Adam is the Visiting University Librarian at Thomas G. Carpenter Library of the University of North Florida (14,382 FTE) in Jacksonville, FL. He is a new 2020 ACL member and currently a Graduate student at Valdosta State University.

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Unexpected Blessings – 05/2020

“God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night.” (Genesis 1:3-5 CEB)

I am not a morning person. I would like to be a morning person, and I occasionally feel really good and productive when I rise early, but generally speaking, I am simply not a morning person. But for one glorious week in November, I became a morning person at the Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library (WHDL) development team meeting. What compelled me to get up in the morning was the glorious sunrise, one of the many beauties of God’s created world.

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Jill Botticelli – 04/2020

Jill is the Archivist at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1,400 FTE) in Fort Worth, TX. She has been a member of ACL since 2011.

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