Robert Lancaster – 11/2018

Robert is the Electronic Resources and Reference Librarian at Dordt College (FTE: 1386) in Sioux Center, Iowa. He been a member of ACL for 2 years.

Twitter Handle: @robertlancaster

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The Lord Will Provide – 11/2018

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin. . . Your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Luke 12:27-31 NKJV)

November typically has me meditating on what I’m thankful for, and this year I’ve been especially struck by God’s provision for my library’s collection—not just in the last few months, but throughout the past twenty years.

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Carrie Beth Lowe – 10/2018

Carrie Beth is the Library Director at Johnson University (FTE: 1160) in Knoxville, TN. She been a member of ACL for 25 years.

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Misery or Joy? – 10/2018

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)

Is it God’s will for us to be miserable? No. It is not God’s design, will, or intent for us to be miserable. He does not delight in our pain. He certainly did not delight in the suffering of His own Son on the cross. Neither did Jesus want the suffering that bearing the weight of sin would cause Him (Matthew 26:39).

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Benjamin Reese – 09/2018

Ben is the Head Librarian at The Institute for Global Outreach Developments (FTE: 2) in Nashville, TN. He joined ACL this year.

Twitter Handle: @bpreese

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Barefoot in a World of Shoes – 09/2018

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:14 ESV)

I was the child who struggled to fit into the “norms” of society. My mother called me stubborn and contrary because I was not who she wanted me to be. I was not being rebellious at the time (that came later); I was just different. She pictured a well-dressed, prim and proper little girl; I was barefoot and climbing trees.

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Mary Logue – 08/2018

Mary is the Director of Library and Information Services at Westmont College (FTE: 1200) in Santa Barbara, California. She has been a member of ACL for 8 years.

Twitter Handle: @rockingoalie

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David Hajdik – 06/2018

David is a Librarian and Associate Professor at Tennessee Technical University (FTE: 11,000) in Cookeville, Tennessee. He has been a member of ACL since 2006.

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Only One Thing – 06/2018

“But only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42 NASB)

If someone were to ask me about characteristics of librarians, one thought that comes to mind is that librarians are “helpers!” One only has to observe the ACL discussion list to notice how willing librarians are to assist one another. This is not true of all occupations. Librarians, however, seem to truly enjoy helping and serving. This is a commendable trait. Our desire to serve, however, may lead to overtime, long “to do” lists, and taking on additional responsibilities. We can become frustrated, overworked, and anxious about getting everything done. Listen to the words of Jesus in Luke 10: 41-42 when Martha asked him to tell Mary to assist her in preparing the meal for her guests:

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Elizabeth Fairall – 05/2018

Elizabeth is the Digital Services Librarian at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL (3500 FTE). Elizabeth has been a member of ACL since 2013.

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