Nate Farley – 04/2019

Nate is a Systems Librarian and Assistant Professor at University of Northwestern – St. Paul (FTE: 2300) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has been a member of ACL since 2002.

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Keep Encouraging One Another! – 04/2019

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 RSV).

The Christian life is like a three-legged race: in order to get anywhere without being frustrated, one needs to walk in step with one’s partner. Ultimately that partner is Christ, who spoke of being “yoked together” (Matthew 11:28-30).

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Beth Purtee -03/2019

Beth is a Technical Services Librarian at Trevecca Nazarene University (FTE: 3595) in Nashville, TN. She has been a member of ACL for 18 years.

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Balcony Person or Basement Person? – 03/2019

“Let us love one another, for love is of God.” (I John 4:7 NKJV)

In our world of librarianship, we have the opportunity to touch many lives in our day-to-day work—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors. We can do this with a spirit of affirmation or one of evaluation. Do we have a smile, listen carefully to their questions, or notice that they are having a bad day? Or do we have a sharp word, a scowl on our face, or a judgmental spirit?

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Craig Rosenbeck – 02/2019

Craig is the Technical Services Coordinator at Appalachian College Association in Richmond, KY. He been a member of ACL since 2014.

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Your Wild and Precious Life – 02/2019

“Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1 NIV)

On the day Mary Oliver died, a friend posted her poem, “The Summer Day,” with its poignant closing lines:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

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Amy Bessin – 01/2019

Amy is an Instructional Services Librarian at Asbury University (FTE: 1500) in Wilmore, KY. She been a member of ACL since 2013.

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Unworthy Servants – 01/2019

So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.” (Luke 17:10 NIV)

As I fast approach retirement, much of my thoughts have been about the meaning of service. Service has been my calling and profession for over forty years. Of course, librarianship is a career deeply rooted in service. Within higher education it is typical for libraries to be associated with other academic support services.

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Erinn Huebner – 12/2018

Erinn is the Student Services Librarian at Grace Christian University (FTE: 334) in Grand Rapids, MI. She been a member of ACL for 5 years.

Twitter Handle: @MerryNLibrarian

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His Good Purpose for Me – 12/2018

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28 NLT)

When I was in my freshman year of college, I was seeking God’s will for my life. The college had a special missions emphasis week, and during that time the Lord made it very clear to me that He wanted me to serve Him as a cross-cultural missionary.

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