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New Information Studies minor

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the SPU Library will offer a new minor in Information Studies. As new and emerging information technologies continue to change our lives and world, new knowledge and skills are needed to understand and participate in these changes. This new minor examines the creation and use of information and technology and will prepare students to thrive personally, professionally, and spiritually in our information-rich and digitally-networked world.

Additional information is available in the undergraduate catalog and from the Information Studies program site. Materials from our April 13 information session are available here.

Book Display : Sexual Assault Awareness Month

For the month of April, in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in partnership with the office of Safety and Security, the Library is featuring a display of books and DVD's related to issues surrounding gender based violence. The display is set to your immediate right, as you enter the Library.

Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations

"Open Scholarship, Open Science"

On Friday, April 27th, from 12:00-12:50 p.m., please join us for another Creative Conversation, in the Reading Room on the main floor of the Library. Research in psychology is changing. Historically, scientists did their work privately, in their own labs. Now, a generation of young researchers are experimenting with a new model. These researchers are implementing open science - a model of transparency and materials sharing (e.g., data, code, survey materials) that take full advantage of the internet as a means of sharing science. Come hear how Dr. Tom Carpenter and his team of SPU psychology students are experimenting with these new models, and hear the direction the field is going, away from the traditional "paper" model of study and more toward peer-reviewed "study websites." Light refreshments will be provided.

SPU Primo New User Interface

The library is excited to offer a new and improved interface for searching SPU Library and Summit holdings.  This interface offers streamlined access to online resources, greater ease in saving and citing resources.  The improved functionality includes better accessibility for screen readers.  We will run the classic interface in parallel for a short time.  If you would like an introduction or have questions, please Ask a Librarian.

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Orbis Cascade Alliance

The SPU Library is a member of The Orbis Cascade Alliance of college and university libraries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Students, faculty, and staff have access to more than 28 million items in the combined collections. Read more

Featured Book

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther, ed. Derek R. Nelson and Paul R. Hinlicky

(eBook, available to read online)

This is, understandably, the year for Luther dictionaries and encyclopedias. The Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions, ed. Wengert, is on order, and the Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation, ed. Lamport, under consideration. But The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther, ed. Nelson and Hinlicky, is available now for consultation. Though an important Luther-Lexikon appeared in 2014, these are the first multi-authored such works of reference in English since 1965. The 125 entries in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther are authored by Reformation-studies specialists from around the world, so their bibliographies are happily multi-lingual. The editors tend to subsume narrower topics under broader themes. Thus there is no entry on "Ein Feste Burg", but only the "Music, Poetry, and Hymns" sector of the two-part entry on the "Arts." "Intentionally forward-looking in approach," the Encyclopedia concentrates on the importance of established knowledge for the future of Luther studies.

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