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About ASDAL ASDAL is an organization for individuals interested in Seventh-day Adventist librarianship. The Association was formed to enhance communication between Seventhday Adventist librarians, and to promote librarianship and library services to Seventhday Adventist institutions. The association holds an Annual Conference, publishes ASDAL Action, awards the D. Glenn Hilts Scholarship, and is a sponsor of the Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index. The Adventist Library Information Cooperative (ALICE), is a service provided by the Association to provide Member Libraries with enhanced database access opportunities at reduced costs through collective efforts and resource sharing within the Cooperative. Letters to the Editor We welcome your comments and questions. Please submit letters to the editor to ASDAL Membership Membership is open to those who support the goals of the Association. Members receive a one year subscription to ASDAL Action and discounted conference registration. Get Involved with ASDAL

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President: Terry Robertson President-elect: Per Lisle Past President: Grace Carr-Benjamin Secretary: Lauren Matacio Treasurer: Sarah Kimakwa ASDAL Action Editor: Jessica Spears 2

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Cultural Events


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by Katie McGrath


All members are invited to get involved in ASDAL. On the ASDAL website, select "Get Involved" on the quick links. ASDAL Executive Committee

by Paulette Johnson


by Xiaoming Xu

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From the President In library instruction sessions, I prefer to illustrate searches in databases using rare but interesting terms. Doing so yields better search results, and as a bonus, an opportunity to toss out an idea on the bigger picture of life, usually with a smile. Recently I stumbled on the term “sociality.” It is certainly not a word I use in my everyday speech, and given the search results, I fear it must be classified as the disciplinary jargon of both sociologists and biologists. Apparently the term is used to envelope all that happens to bind communities together, whether it is humans in a city or ants in an anthill. If this makes you curious, hurray! One article I found that intrigued me, and which inspires some happy thoughts about ASDAL, our upcoming conference, and the work we do, is by David Copp: “Social glue and norms of sociality,” (Philosophical Studies (2015) no. 172, pp. 3387-3397). I did skim the article and focus in on the conclusion. The article is for the most part taking an everyday tacit reality, notching it up about ten layers of abstraction with polysyllabic vocabulary, and then parsing a range of ambiguities for all of ten pages, only to conclude with a simple proposition, something that seems so obvious that I had never thought to put it into words.. The quote that caught my interest in the first place is in the abstract: “Social glue consists of actual and intended meshing of intentions and shared knowledge combined with a kind of normative pressure that has normative authority—along with other more familiar factors such as familial connections, cooperative arrangements, and affective states such as loyalties.”

In thinking about ASDAL and the conference experience, I suggest that applying the jargon, “social glue,” to what we do is a fit metaphor. Once a year we assemble, share knowledge, make connections, plan and carry out cooperative arrangements, all the while encouraging and inspiring one another in the pursuit of our shared expertise. The “normative pressure and normative authority” is not imposed from the outside, but emerges on the inside out of friendship and trust, inspiring healthy loyalties. This “actual and intended meshing” takes much planning and effort, particularly for our hosts, and the contribution of the presenters cannot be overestimated. I trust we all took delight in finding transportation and planning for housing and food. All of this planning and working will bear fruit as we experience ASDAL 2017 together, and I am confident that collectively we will leave the conference both professionally and personally enriched.. And so what is the simple proposition that concludes these ten pages of detailed polysyllabic argument? “Rational and moral agents will tend to be willing to act together with those who are willing to act with them, and willing to support the efforts of those with whom they are acting.” Who are more rational and moral than ASDAL members? In academese, “tend to be willing to” may allow for exceptions to the rule, but in my opinion, ASDAL is a shining example of the proposition. All the more reason why we value this time together! Safe travels, looking forward with much anticipation to meeting you at the conference, and it is my hope that the experience will indeed function for us as a “social glue.” Terry Dwain Robertson ASDAL President ASDAL Action | Spring 2017


Sharing the Library Eva B. Dykes Library hosts events throughout the fall semester by Paulette Johnson

The Eva B Dykes Library exhibited the creative wood art of homeschooler Ricardo Park; the urban paintings of OU student Neal Fudge; and the nature photography of staff member Amanda Pitt. Each display generated important feedback to the artists and has helped them to expand their audiences. Rebecca Brothers, Media and E-Resources Librarian, presented on the topic, "You Can't Make This Up" at the monthly Faculty Lunch & Learn in late January . The response to the presentation on fake news and evaluating information sources was excellent and she was invited to speak to a larger audience of faculty in March. Following this presentation, there were lots of questions about the topic and about the menu of instructional opportunities and modalities available via the library. Jeshua Hinton, Public Services 4

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Librarian, hosted four writing and citation clinics close to the end of the semester. While only 10 students participated, two seniors indicated they wished they had had such in depth knowledge of writing in their disciplines before now. Some students expressed they would like to have more similar workshops. Jeshua plans to share feedback with faculty so they might collaborate further on making such workshops part of the course. The library hosted several events for Black History Month/Valentine’s Day and Poetry Month/Library Week, "Celebration of the Word" - reciting original poems by students and faculty; storytelling, drama, and music. Alumni Weekend events included tours of the Clara Peterson-Rock Museum, Oakwood Alumni & Friends Book-signing and Art Exhibit, and the OU Literary Guild

Symposium which promotes and celebrates excellence in writing and publishing. The Library is a sponsor of this club which now has affiliate members in local academies and in Kenya and Jamaica. Faculty, staff and students contribute to CQ, the young adult quarterly, and many other SDA and nonSDA publications. The OU Literary Guild is a member of the American Christian Writers Association.

Paulette McLean Johnson is the Director of Library Services at Eva B. Dykes Library on the campus of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.


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Campus Research Day McKee Library hosts campus-wide research event on April 18, 2017 by Katie McGrath


On April 18, 2017, the Southern Adventist University community came together to participate in Campus Research Day, a formal conference celebrating the research activities happening on the campus of Southern Adventist University.

Engineering and Sciences, kicked off the festivities. His address was followed by a full day of break-out sessions during which both oral and poster presentations were given showcasing the research work of our learning community.

guests representing 16 different academic disciplines.

EVENT DETAILS A keynote address by Dr. Rafael Davalos, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical

Mentored by 38 different faculty members, the presentations showcased the scholarly works of 493 researchers, including 50 graduate students, 431 undergraduate students, 10 faculty members and two campus

HISTORY Campus Research Day started over a decade ago when the School of Nursing set aside a day to showcase student research within their department. Later, the School of Social Work joined

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In addition to the presenters, 126 members of the faculty and staff volunteered their time that day to facilitate breakout sessions and evaluate student presentations.

the School of Nursing. Since then, the event has evolved to encompass nearly every area of campus. McKee Library, being at the epicenter of campus research, took on the massive task of organizing and coordinating the event. Katie McGrath, serving in the role of Campus Research Day chair, was the event planner and

organizer. An event of this magnitude begs to be filmed, and Jen Harvey, junior mass communications major, took up the challenge, creating a documentary of Campus Research Day. The video is available at http://southern.

To learn more about Campus Research Day at Southern Adventist University, please visit the Campus Research Day website.

Katie McGrath is the Associate Library Director at McKee Library, on the campus of Southern Adventist University.

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Tea 'n' Tales Event Hiram S. Walters Resource Centre celebrates Black History Month by Shanette Smith, Tannique Muir, & Natalee Knight Bringing the curtains down on Black History Month celebrations, the Hiram S. Walters Resource Centre on February 23, 2017,

featured traditional tea settings, slavery memorabilia, and rural folklore clothing; the PowerPoint presentation gave an overview

grass (lemon grass) and rosemary saturated the air as attendees enjoyed them all alongside other hot beverages like Milo,

acknowledged the importance of preserving Jamaica’s culture by highlighting aspects of the country’s history and folklore by way of an atypical event dubbed Tea ‘n’ Tales, attended by approximately 45 individuals. Tea ‘n’ Tales is a kind of story hour where folktales are told while enjoying traditional tea (hot beverages).

of the history of drinking tea in Jamaica; and the drama presentation emphasized the use and need to incorporate Jamaican creole in the classroom.

cocoa, more modern herbal teas, Jamaican pudding and other teatime snacks.

Activities of the event included an elaborate cultural display and PowerPoint presentation, drama presentation, storytelling, and the drinking of “Jamaican tea” and eating of “Jamaican pudding “and other teatime snacks, all between 6:00 and 7:30 pm. The cultural display, PowerPoint and drama presentations were staged in collaboration with the University’s Department of Humanities. The display

The highlight of the evening however was the storytelling session by guest presenter Petagaye Blake-Campbell, a Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) storyteller who took the audience back in time with fun and laughter, while at the same time educating them on Jamaican folklore. Her performance of “Brother Anansi” and other iconic pieces had attendees totally engaged as they all joined in chorus with some of the popular lines in the stories. During story time, the audience experienced “bush tea” (traditional Jamaican tea) firsthand. The smell of tea from freshly picked mint, cerasee, fever

The evening ended with the viewing of two short historical Jamaican docudramas from the library’s audio-visual collection: “The Survivors” and “The Pioneers” produced by Video for Change, both documenting aspects of Jamaica’s journey from slavery to freedom. Besides being the ideal place for academics and study, the library can also be a space where patrons are entertained and empowered.

Shannette Smith is the Administrative Assistant, Tannique Muir is the Web Services Librarian and Natalee Knight is the Systems Librarian at Northern Caribbean University.

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Cultural Events Cultural Events Committee hosts events at James White Library by Xiaoming Xu I have been involved in the Cultural Events Committee at James White Library for some years. I really enjoy the activities that the Committee has planned and organized. Lauren Matacio is the chair of the Committee. Under her leadership we have had several eventful cultural events activities each year. On the main floor, there is a special area we call the Art Gallery. The library regularly displays medium to large oil


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and watercolor paintings and photographs in the gallery area. Near the Seminary Library, there is a locked large display case where we showcase small, often pricey and treasured, art items. Most of these displays are the art works of university professors and students, but also occasionally we display works created by local artists from the community. Our April 2017 display features the oil portrait paintings by Harry Ahn, a recently retired Andrews

University art teacher. Whenever there is a new display, the chair of the committee announces the event on the Andrews Agenda, library Facebook page, and other media outlets to inform and invite people to view the displays. Lauren has a knack for displaying these art works. Some are hung, some are nailed to the wall, and some are hung with clips. In order to make the

display aesthetically pleasing and balanced, she intentionally places each piece for balance and perspective. On occasion, the library hosts an open house with refreshments to feature a specific display. Such activities provide a platform for the artists to share their work with the university and the community. The art also spices up the library, making it more interesting and

attractive. In this way, the library can help tell the story of Andrews through these diversified cultural presentations and messages.

Xiaoming Xu is the cataloger at James White Library on the campus of Andrews University.

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Millennials, Generation X, Y, or Z -- How well do we know our customers? We are looking forward to welcoming you to the beautiful campus of Newbold College of Higher Education. You can look forward to a varied and exciting conference. REGISTER TODAY Register for the Conference and pay the Conference Fee at www. – Conferences.


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Accommodation options on and off the Newbold campus can be found on pages 14 and 15 of ASDAL Action, Winter 2017. Email and you will receive a booking form for accommodation and meals. We ask that you email library@ with all flight arrival details if you need transport from the airport. In

addition, please use that email if you plan to go on the Friday and/ or Sabbath trip(s). You do not need to pay for accommodation, meals, and the Friday and Sabbath tours in advance. Newbold College accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Apple Pay.

SUNDAY 25 JUNE Newbold staff will be on hand to welcome you when you arrive on campus. They will make sure you know where to go. • Registration • Meet & Greet • Poster Session • Light Supper MONDAY 26 JUNE The program will include: Morning • Worship – Serena Santona, Academic Registrar, Newbold College of Higher Education • Keynote Presentation: God Must Feel That Way All the Time – Tom de Bruin, Lecturer in New Testament Exegesis and Early Christian Literature, Newbold College of Higher Education • Carolyn Gaskell & Richard Scott: Digital Natives in a Strange Land: What Library Assessment Tells us • Jason St Clair: Adulting in the Library: Experience of Millennials as Library Staff

• Rose-Lee Power: The Yuk Wow Employee • ASDAL Business Session Afternoon – Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS) • David Trim: Archives and Records Center Accreditation • Necy Tabelisma: Records Management in the Southern AsiaPacific Division • Ashlee Chism & Katy Van Arsdale: Selling Yourself: Outreach and Promotion in Two Adventist Libraries • Kenrie Hylton: Processing and Making Available Photographic Records • Katy Van Arsdale, Adorée Hatton & Lori Curtis: What Is This Stuff and What do I do With It?: Advice for the Non-Archivist Faced With Processing Archival Collections • Ashlee Chism: Scanning and Sleuthing: Archives and Adventist Daily Life in the 1880s • ARMS Business Session

Evening • Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index (SDAPI) Advisory Committee TUESDAY 27 JUNE The program will include: Morning – Adventist Resources Section (ARS) • Worship – Audrey Andersson, Executive Secretary of the Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists • Eric Koester & Merlin Burt: Adventist Digital Library • Benjamin Baker: A Librarian’s Encyclopedia • Rowena Moore: A Moment in Time – a History of the Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook • Per Lisle: Aspects of Adventist Publishing in Scandinavia: The First 50 Years • ARS Business Session Afternoon • Robin Anthony: The Boy that “Driveth the Plough” and the Geneva Bible ASDAL Action | Spring 2017



• Silas M Oliveira: Aligning Academic Library Space with Millennials' Learning Styles • Patrick Hilt: Citavi: Reference Management and Software Organization • Campus & Library Tour • Breakout Sessions • ASDAL Business Session

Evening • Adventist Library Information Cooperative (ALICE) Council WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE Part of the trip includes a private guided tour, only available for actual ASDAL members, so it cannot include spouses, or guests of members. If spouses or guests of ASDAL members would like to come to Windsor in the bus with you, they will find plenty of options in the town while you are on the guided tour. They may choose, for


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instance, to visit Windsor Castle, St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, walk down to the River Thames, take a boat ride along the Thames, wander over the bridge from Windsor into Eton, or simply enjoy some retail therapy. There are many places to have lunch or afternoon tea too. Lunch will be at a place of your choice in Windsor (you pay . . .). After sightseeing and lunch, we will visit the Magna Carta and the J. F. Kennedy memorials at Runnymede before returning to the College campus for supper. The private guided tour comes under UK security law. If you are a librarian or archivist and member of ASDAL and contemplate taking part in the private tour, please email Lynda Baildam (lbaildam@newbold. as soon as possible and no later than Monday, 15 May.

THURSDAY 29 JUNE The program will include: Morning • Worship – Kärt Lazić, Head of the English Language Centre, Newbold College of Higher Education • Victor Hulbert: Conscientious Objectors in World War I • Norah Osebe Mauti: Transforming and Nurturing Better Customer Service for Millennials at the Adventist University of Africa Library in Kenya • Sheila Clarke & Darel Bennedbaek: Perception: Seeing Further Afternoon • Rosemary Maturure & Josiline Chigwada: How Librarians in Zimbabwe are Serving the Millennium Generation • Lynda Baildam & Per Lisle: A few of our Favourite Things: Items from the Roy Graham Library

• Lauren Matacio & Laurence Onsager: Is History Important to Millennials? Minnie Day Sype, Licensed Minister 1902-1956 • Bruce McClay: Librarian Life Rules in Seven Words or Less Evening • Banquet (see below) • After dinner speech – John Baildam, Principal of Newbold College of Higher Education: An Orderly Queue of One BANQUET INFORMATION The banquet will be held in the wood paneled Oak Lounge of Moor Close, a Grade II listed building built in a mock Tudor style. The Oak Lounge boasts a large monogrammed fire place, beamed ceiling, and an oak staircase. Leading off the Oak Lounge are the Green Lounge and Blue Room. The Blue Room is a light and spacious former dining room with mirrored doors and blue scagliola columns. The Green Lounge is an elegant room evocative of the Rococo period with a marble fireplace. Window seats allow beautiful views of the ornamental gardens. FRIDAY 30 JUNE For those who plan to stay on after the conference, there will be a trip to London on Friday. Return coach travel will be provided.

We will leave Newbold after breakfast. The coach will return to Newbold at 4.30 pm and be back before supper, but you may want to stay on in London and find your own way home. Sunset: 8.22 pm. Cost: $35 for transport from Newbold to London and back. Drop off will be at Waterloo. From Waterloo people can take a hop on hop off tour bus. We will point out the main bus stop. Several companies go from the same stop. The most affordable tours start around $27. The tours cover multiple tourist sites and include either a tour guide or a free headset. Alternatively, you may prefer to walk along the Thames from Waterloo to the Tower taking in some of the sites – Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Globe Theatre, Millennium Bridge, Tower of London etc. (a good hour one way).

SABBATH 1 JULY Stanborough Park has housed the headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventists in the British Isles since 1907. The property has also at various times been the home of Newbold College (Stanborough Missionary College), Stanborough Secondary School, The Stanborough Press, Granose (health food factory) and The Stanboroughs (health institution). In 2016, a Peace Garden was created as a tribute to all those who have stood for peace in wars past and present. The trip includes a walking tour including the Peace Garden, a tour of Stanborough Park Church, and refreshments in the Stanborough Centre. We will leave Newbold after lunch and return in time for supper. Cost: $30 for round trip

For more bespoke options we can suggest or point you in the right direction. Tours of the British Library are good and you can do a building tour or a tour of some of the “treasures”. Per Lisle (1991-) runs the Roy Graham Library. He is looking forward to seeing you at ASDAL 2017.

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McKee Library History & Highlights from the Library at Southern Adventist University Written by Deyse Bravo Rivera and Jessica Spears Current photography by Seth Shaffer


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McKee Library, located on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, provides students, faculty, and community members with a wealth of resources for research and learning. ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY Southern Adventist University began as Graysville Academy in

Graysville, Tennessee in 1892 under the leadership of Professor George Colcord and his wife, Ada. The institution moved locations to Thatcher Switch, later renamed Collegedale, the school's name was changed to Southern Junior College in 1915. In 1944, Southern became an accredited, four-year institution

and adopted the new name of Southern Missionary College. After years of growth and change, the name was once again changed in 1983 to Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists. With the growth of the institution's graduate programs, trustees voted to move the college toward university status and in 1996 renamed it Southern Adventist ASDAL Action | Spring 2017


Then University. Under the leadership of President David Smith, Southern Adventist University currently has a student body of 2,500 students and offers associate through doctoral degrees. LIBRARY HISTORY Daniells Memorial Library, the first library on campus, was constructed in 1944. In order to construct a new library on campus, the men's dorm was demolished in 1967. Construction of McKee Library, named after O.D. & Ruth McKee, was completed in 1970 and it still stands today.


Now and community patrons through our collections and service offerings.

Library is a venue where local artists are encouraged to exhibit their works.

Professional librarians are available for both live and virtual instruction sessions. The library also offers an embedded librarian service whereby students can have direct access to librarians via the learning management system. Free workshops on a variety of topics are offered at the library throughout the semester for students, faculty, and community patrons.

The library features three distinct zones of study. The main floor of the library is the collaborative floor, where group study is encouraged. The library's second floor is the quiet zone, where students can study individually. A silent study room is available for those who need a traditional library study space.

McKee Library was remodeled in 2007 to accommodate open learning spaces and a modern, updated look.

Four librarians serve as research coaches and provide students and faculty with assistance in preparing and conducting research projects. Virtual appointments are available for distance learning students.

Eight study rooms are available for student research, study groups, and project preparations. In addition, McKee Library houses a Southern Scholars room for honors students. During select hours, students can reserve the instruction space in the library for practicing formal presentations.

PUBLIC SERVICES By and large, McKee Library's focus is public services. We strive to support our students, faculty,

Throughout the semester, the library invites therapy dogs to visit and interact with the library patrons. In addition, McKee

KnowledgeExchange@Southern is the university's institutional repository and is managed by McKee Library. Currently the

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repository boasts 1,200 total papers with more than 237,000 downloads from 203 countries world-wide. In addition, McKee Library hosts Campus Research Day each semester. This campuswide research event invites Southern faculty, graduate, and undergraduate researchers to come together to celebrate the research activities happening on the campus of Southern Adventist University

offered to help students with time management, study skills, reading skills, and ACT preparation.

The Writing Center, located on the main floor of the library, is the writer's resource on campus. The Center offers individual tutorial sessions for undergraduate and graduate students.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS McKee Library is home to the Center for the Study of 19th Century America, which houses five unique collections: the Thomas Memorial Collection, comprised of materials pertaining to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War; the Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection, which boasts a wealth of materials about Mark Twain; and the following smaller collections: Domestic Science and Cookery Collection, Seventhday Adventist Heritage and Apocalyptic Studies Collection, and the Origins and Biology Collection.

This past January, Southern's Learning Support Services, known as LSS, was relocated to the library. LSS offers free peer tutoring for the majority of lower division courses. Tutoring is also

In addition to the collections found within the Center, McKee Library also houses the Southern Publications Archive, a digital collection that includes some of the university's publications,

historical photographs, and institutional history materials, the French Collection of 18th and 19th century books, and the James D. Erskine Sr. Collection of magazines, pamphlets, and newspapers covering historical events. Materials from these collections are often on display. IN CONCLUSION McKee Library strives to be an asset for the university community, providing research support, high-quality materials, student employment, and a space for learning and leisure.

Deyse Bravo Rivera is the Library Director and Jessica Spears serves as the Research Services Librarian at McKee Library on the campus of Southern Adventist University. Current photographs by Seth Shaffer, McKee Library's Periodicals and Office Manager.

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Book Notes

Book Notes Review of Women of New Religions by Laura Vance by Katharine Van Arsdale


The author of Women in New Religions, Laura Vance, is a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. She grew up in a strict Mormon family, where she practiced that distinctly American religion throughout her formative years. This background spurred her interest in the development of new religions, which Vance defines as belief systems that came onto the scene and flourished within the last 200 years.

beginning. A new religion, she says, begins by resisting the dominant culture around it, to help underscore its distinctiveness and the reason for its existence. However, as the religion gains congregants—especially around the second generation—it becomes stronger and no longer needs to resist cultural influences. In this book, Vance applies this developmental model to four religions: Mormonism, Seventh-day Adventism, The Family International, and Wicca. She specifically traces how these groups refined and revised women’s roles over time, as the “new” religion became established.

Vance sees these new religions as a perfect opportunity to examine religious world views, because a researcher can trace the development of thought and tradition from the movement’s

Readers of this book may be familiar with Vance’s previous works, particularly SeventhDay Adventism in Crisis (1999), where Vance explored the evolution of women’s role in the

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Adventist church. In Women in New Religions, Vance performs a similar sociological study. For Vance, gender is defined not only biologically but also culturally. She looks at aspects of how gender is performed through clothing choices, body language, and tone of voice. In a religion, gender is often performed through leadership roles, the definition of marriage, and expectations placed on mothers. Overall, Vance’s chapter on women in Seventh-day Adventism doesn’t push much beyond the thesis she already explored in 1999’s Seventh-day Adventism in Crisis. She presents a brief overview of Adventism’s beginnings, dwells long and carefully on the importance of Ellen White, and then applies her developmental model. Her sources are range from White’s writings to the SDA Yearbook

to publications like Review or Spectrum. In the end, Vance finds that Adventism adheres closely to her developmental model’s expectations. She uses this to argue that the church’s recent struggles over women’s ordination represent a change from an earlier, more “open” interpretation of women’s roles. There is one weakness to Vance’s argument. Although her study is extremely well sourced, her outsider’s perspective leads her to misunderstand the historical roots of ordination in the Adventist church. She references Ellen White as a minister who was more or less unofficially ordained. She also broadly interprets a White quote from 1879 that calls for women to join “missionary labor.” Vance sees this as a call to ministry, which is not supported by the rest of the Review article where it appears. The Adventist reader recognizes that mission work in the early church could mean anything from literature evangelism to spreading the health message. Despite some shaky interpretation of Adventist history, Vance’s book is a good addition to a collection of sources on gender in the church. Women in New Religions updates and improves

upon Vance’s previous work. The chapter on Adventism reports on the most recent studies on women’s ordination, and it even mentions the then-upcoming 2015 General Conference session vote. Because this chapter is sandwiched between similar studies of three other religions, the book also proves to be an excellent source for comparison studies. The chapter on Mormonism is particularly helpful to the Adventist reader, as Vance’s study uncovers similarities between the two religions that could bear closer scrutiny. This book is written in an engaging style that makes it appropriate for popular reading as well as undergraduate study. Vance includes three pages of discussion questions at the end of the text, which may interest professors or book club leaders. Although the book is wellresearched with over 40 pages of endnotes and works cited, the chapters are necessarily broad and shallow. Vance attempts to summarize the complete gender history of four religions, and she only takes 129 pages to do it.

Vance, Laura. Women in New Religions. New York: NYU Press, 2015. Print. 224 pages, paperback $17

Katharine Van Arsdale is the Special Collections Librarian at Pacific Union College Nelson Library.

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James White Library Receives Three Donations by Terry Robertson James White Library, Andrews University James White Library gratefully acknowledges the gift of books from the Gottfried Oosterwal estate. The collection enriches the library’s holdings in missiology, intercultural relations, cultural anthropology and ethnology. Dr. Oosterwal served the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary for many years in the Department of Missions. For a brief overview of his life and contributions, see the “Memoriam for Gottfried Oosterwal” published in the Journal of Adventist Mission Studies, http://digitalcommons. Dr Neils A. Andreasen, President Emeritus of Andrews University who retired in 2016 after 22 years as President, donated a large collection from his personal library to James White 22

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Library. The collection includes significant works on Higher Education administration and leadership, as well as his academic area of expertise, Old Testament studies. Dr. Samuel Betances, right, is a renowned professor emeritus and speaker on issues of diversity and multiculturalism. He attended Andrews University in the early sixties, becoming friends at that time with Walter B. T. Douglas. He later graduated from CUC (now Washington Adventist University), and then went on to earn a doctorate in sociology from Harvard University in 1972. Over the years, he has been frequently identified in the North American division papers as a speaker on issues of diversity and multiculturalism. He returned to Berrien Springs to give a lectureship at the All Nations Church in 1979. In 2001, Dr. Betances was invited to give the keynote address when

Andrews University established the Institute for Diversity and Multiculturalism under the leadership of Dr. Douglas. Since then, Drs. Betances and Douglas have been frequent collaborators in Dr. Betances’ highly successful diversity training and consulting company. Thanks to the encouragement of Dr. Douglas, Dr. Betances has donated a collection of books from his personal library related to his expertise to James White Library. “All Nations Church Begins Lectureship.” Lake Union Herald (September 25, 1979), 14. http://adventistdigitallibrary. org/adl-347729/lake-unionherald-september-25-1979?solr_

Southwestern Adventist University Updates by Cristina Thomsen Chan Shun Centennial Library, Southwestern Adventist University We’ve had a quiet spring at Chan Shun Centennial Library. The cats, fleas, and bats from last year have not reappeared. Increased building traffic during recent exhibitions of student research posters, Resurrection Pageant scenes, community economic development events, and frequent tours may have discouraged the wildlife. The library continues to experience strong use of collections and space, serving 99,192 visitors (367 daily average) in the last 12 months. The campus Writing Center, co-located in the library, has had a banner year providing 712 individualized sessions so far. The library’s website has undergone a makeover this spring

to better reflect the university branding. As well, it continues to grow to integrate apps to track interactions between library staff and patrons, monitor the usage of library physical, print, and electronic resources and support efforts to keep electronic records of tutoring activities on campus. Strategic plans for the university and the library have prompted a review of library resources, space use, and services. We are reducing physical holdings of print books, journal back files and media materials through extensive weeding. And we have initiated a modified ethnographic study to better understand patrons’ current and near-future use and needs to embrace a dynamic future. We desire to position the library to

serve patrons as successfully in the next 25 years as it has in the last 25 years. Campus collaboration highlights this term include arranging and co-sponsoring SWAU’s spring 2017 faculty development catered lunch / lecture on copyright, presented by professors from the University of Texas at Austin, hosting the nursing research poster presentation and reception, and presenting an exhibit with the campus Spiritual Life and Development Office on efforts to combat human trafficking. At second look, Chan Shun Library’s spring 2017 term has not been so quiet.

Library Position at Walla Walla University by Carolyn Gaskell Walla Walla University Library Walla Walla University Library is seeking a part-time Research Services Librarian for the College Place campus. The position opens mid-September and continues

throughout the academic year. While this is listed as an hourtime, staff position, it is paid at a professional level and the work expected is on the professional

level. WWU does not have another mechanism for handling part-time , non-teaching faculty positions. The job announcement is on the WWU HR web page. ASDAL Action | Spring 2017


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Learning Support Services Moves to McKee Library by Sonja Fordham McKee Library, Southern Adventist University In January 2017, the programs Tutoring Services and Supplemental Instruction (SI) moved to Southern Adventist University’s McKee Library. Tutoring Services offers students free peer tutoring sessions for more than 50 lower division courses and 20 upper division courses, as well as tutoring in time management, study skills, reading skills, and ACT preparation. Approximately 50 peer tutors and 2 tutor coordinators work for


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Tutoring Services. This semester, 328 students scheduled 3078 tutoring appointments. Next semester, the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification training program will be offered to all peer tutors.

facilitates each session as students review notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and prepare for exams. Attendance is voluntary. This semester, six courses at Southern had an SI leader.

The Supplemental Instruction (SI) program offers weekly peerled review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses, such as General Biology, General Chemistry, and General Physics. An SI student leader

Both Tutoring Services and SI assist students in developing the knowledge base, skills, and strategies that help them to become confident, independent, and active learners.

Drinking Fountains at James White Library by Jason St. Clair James White Library, Andrews University During the week of April 9-15, just in time for National Library Week, new drinking fountains were installed on all three floors of the James White Library at Andrews University. The fountains are equipped with a filtered bottle filling station that can provide up to 3000 gallons before needing a new filter.

Funds for two of the fountains were donated by the Andrews University Class of 2017 and the library contributed funds to pay for a third fountain so that they could be installed on each floor of the library.

Library Director Retiring by Kitty Simmons La Sierra University Library Kitty Simmons has announced that she will be retiring at the end of June, ending a 43 year career at the La Sierra University Library. From 1974-2002, she served in the Library’s Technical Services Department, filling the roles of cataloger, Curriculum Resource Center librarian, acquisitions librarian, and department chair. She arrived when the library was finishing a reclassification project from Dewey to LC and participated in subsequent automation efforts that culminated in the implementation of an integrated library system including an online catalog in 1995. In 2003, Kitty

was invited to serve as Interim Library Director, and following a search and application process, was selected to permanently fill this leadership position. Since Library Directors at La Sierra also participate in “front line” work, her acquisitions duties and other involvement in technical services has continued. Projects completed during the intervening years include re-carpeting the Library, reupholstering much of the furniture, adding a small computer lab, extending library hours to midnight, development and implementation of strategic plans,

addition of group study rooms, beautification of the library’s atrium, and the installation of art throughout the building. Dealing with position vacancies and budget issues have often been the most challenging aspects of library leadership here. Although we expect that a new Library Director will eventually be appointed, university administration has not yet posted the position. Additional information will also be listed on the ASDAL web site when available

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Library Book Sale at La Sierra University Library by Kitty Simmons La Sierra University Library The Library’s annual book sale started on April 3. This year in addition to thousands of books, we are offering a large selection of classical music CDs and an array of “vintage” library office supplies. We also filled a table with books of poetry and plays. The sale includes a wide variety of books including Seventh-day Adventist publications, leisure reading, reference works, and lots of nonfiction to supplement every area of study or interest. This year's specially priced sets include The Great Texts of the Bible, Scott's Waverley Novels, Grammar of New Testament Greek, and more. During the year, we set aside donated books and books withdrawn from the collection that might appeal to book sale


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shoppers. The sale is staged in a general study room and lasts throughout spring quarter. Although SDA books are grouped together, the rest are unsorted. Small mass market paperbacks and most media are shelved on book trucks. At the beginning, the prices are $3 for hard covers, $1 for paperbacks, $.25 for small paperbacks, and $1 for media items. Sets are priced separately. During the quarter, prices drop about every two weeks until reaching the grand finale week where everything sells for “a buck a bag”. We offer standard sized bags that can be filled with the buyer’s selections at a charge of $1.00. This deep discount usually clears out much of the room. At the end of the sale, some books are discarded, but most of

the remaining volumes are sent to Better World Books (https:// This organization supplies boxes and postage for books shipped to them for resale or other uses. They periodically send us a percentage of the proceeds from our books which they have sold. We deliver the remaining SDA books to the University Church’s thrift store, and the media to other area thrift stores. Although the Library has conducted book sales for many years, this activity became a regular spring event starting in 2003. The university’s Marketing Department assists with advertising, usually getting an item published in the local newspaper and having the event listed in area church bulletins. The sale profit usually amounts to between $1,500 and $2,000 which the Library is able to keep in a “special projects” fund. This has been used to acquire art, furniture, signage, and other “extras” that would be difficult to fund from the regular library’s operating budget.

Librarian Honored with Siegfried H. Horn Award by Lawrence Onsager James White Library, Andrews University Kathleen Demsky, Associate Professor of Library Science and Director of the Architecture Resource Center (ARC), a branch of the James White Library, is a gifted librarian who has conducted research in Waldensian history and beliefs and the literature of environmental design research. She is the 2017 recipient of the Andrews University Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award for Professional Programs. The Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award was established in 2011 to honor Siegfried H. Horn's legacy of scholarship and contribution to the field of biblical archaeology at Andrews University and his impact upon the world church and the wider community of scholars. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in research and creative scholarship for faculty members of Andrews University. The associate dean for research identifies names of eligible faculty members who have produced substantial scholarly contributions over the previous

five years at Andrews University, and the members of the Scholarly Research Council vote on final recipients. One recipient is selected from each of four faculty areas: Pure and Applied Sciences; Professional Programs; Arts, Humanities and Education; and Religion and Theology. Carey Carscallen, dean of the School of Architecture & Interior Design, states: “Kathy’s passion for the study of the faith and history of the Waldensian people has made her an authority on the subject, and every year she leads a group of students and friends of the school on a life-changing tour of the mountains and valleys in Italy where so many Waldensians lived out their faith to the very end.”

As the official repository of EDRA materials, the ARC has developed a world-renowned collection. In 2008, Kathy was guest editor and co-authored “Environmental Design Research, the field of study and guide to the literature” in the winter issue of the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. In 2016 she was honored for her contributions to the spiritual life of Andrews University.

In October 2003, Kathy edited “The Faith and History of the Waldensians: Sketches and Journal Entries by the Students of the Division of Architecture 1998–2001.” From 1987–2016, Kathy produced an annual book display and bibliography for the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Conference.

Kathy also serves as secretary of the Andrews University Arboretum Advisory Council and is past president of the Association of Architecture School Librarians. When asked for three words to describe herself, Kathy states: I am dedicated, passionate, and proactive in my work.

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Student Library Worker Receives AUGSA Award by Lawrence Onsager James White Library, Andrews University Carlisle Sutton was awarded the Andrews University Graduate Student Association (AUGSA) Special Projects Award for his part in developing and managing the Human Empowerment Life Project (H.E.L.P.) - a program which seeks to improve the learning outcomes for approximately 500 second to fourth graders in the Benton Harbor public schools. H.E.L.P., which started through a partnership with the James White Library (Sarah Kimwakwa and Dean Onsager) during Library Week of 2015, continues to enjoy the support of the Andrews University (AU) Administration and the James White Library. Research shows fluent, strategic

and joyful readers are more likely to succeed in life while those who do not succeed in reading are less likely to succeed in school and life. Regrettably, longstanding economic and social challenges have limited resources to schools and households in Benton Harbor. These and other factors have negatively impacted the levels of literacy in the Benton Harbor Area School (BHAS) district. The BHAS has been struggling for many years and a number of schools in the district are in the bottom 5% in Michigan, based on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (MSTEP). H.E.L.P. has been working to improve the educational outcomes by mentoring, through a values-based

curriculum, the second or third graders. Sutton sees the award as a blessing and the recognition to be shared by the team. The funds will be placed on an AU account and used to provide resources to improve the sustainability of the program. He acknowledges that the success of the program is based on the sacrifice of approximately 200 AU students, faculty and staff that have participated in the program in the 2016/17 school year. Other library workers, Leila Celestin, Dr. Silas Oliveira, Dr. Norma Greenidge, Jason St. Clair, Johnnal St. Germain, Joy Chikwekwe, Mary Opuni-Mensah and Adrian Case, participate in the program.

McKee Library Honors Students with Scholarship by Jessica Spears McKee Library, Southern Adventist University The McKee Library Scholarship Committee was honored to award Hayeon Kang and Mia Spicer with this year's Marge Seifert Scholarship due to their exemplary work in the library and commitment to customer service. 28

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Students were asked to apply for the scholarship by submitting an essay response to the following quote by author R. David Lankes: "Bad libraries build collections. Good libraries build services (of which a collection is only

one). Great libraries build communities." Both students will receive a $500.00 scholarship which will go toward their university tuition.

Mark Twain Cabinet Donated to McKee Library by Deyse Bravo-Rivera McKee Library, Southern Adventist University McKee Library recently received an addition to the Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection of Mark Twain items. It is a beautiful venetian standing cabinet made of carved walnut that belonged to Mark Twain, purchased in Italy in 1878. Mark Twain’s daughter, Clara Clemens, gifted the cabinet to her distant cousin and sculptor Gladys Lewis Bush, creator of the famous Mark Twain bust (1941), who bequeathed it to her nephew Leland Frederick Cooley. Duane Bietz purchased the cabinet from the Cooley family and has now made it a part of the Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection. The Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection houses Mark Twainrelated artifacts, first edition books, and books containing the author’s signature. It was donated to McKee Library in 2009 and has increased every year through new donations by the donors. Duane Bietz, cardiac surgeon, along with his wife Eunice, chose to donate the several-hundred-piece collection to Southern Adventist University’s library because they wanted to increase the library’s resources.

The collection strengthens the library by increasing its collection’s uniqueness and provides a wonderful opportunity for students to research Mark Twain and his life works.

the Duane and Eunice Bietz Collection, please visit the library website.

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