|New Series, No. 18||Newsletter of James White Library||April/May 1996|
Within a university setting the library has traditionally been the center of resources, study, and research for students and faculty. There are several schools of thought regarding how a library is to be used and accessed. The traditional view of the library is a place where students gather within the enclosure, locate the resources they need, then retreat to a cubicle for study. Or students and faculty enter the building, find their resources and leave. In a sense, the library is the heart of the academic setting. At Andrews University the church and the library stand on axis in relationship to one another. This condition lends itself to the idea that the church is the soul of the university while the library is its heart.
James White Library (JWL) has a new vision, a paradigm for the future. The Library is proceeding "Beyond Walls" into the future; leaving the old and familiar while exploring into the unknown. JWL will continue to be a "space" - a building that not only provides resources and collections, but also reaches out beyond the boundaries of walls into the global super-highways of electronic information. Together, librarians and staff have been participating in group discussions reviewing strategic plans for "Beyond Walls." Ideas are being born and some of these dreams will come to fruition.
Recently, Paul Alt, professor of architecture, and Kathy Demsky, director of the Architecture Resource Center, met with Keith Clouten, JWL director, to discuss the idea of integrating a design studio project for the second year students in the Division of Architecture. A class project such as this has never been done at Andrews University. Kathy Demsky took the second year design students and their professor on a tour through JWL from top to bottom. The students were impressed most with the beasts and the large world globe in the Adventist Heritage Center. But more importantly they gained a sense of the library's present state and developed visions for future design.
According to Professor Alt, "the purpose of this design examination of JWL was to introduce an aesthetic conducive for study, research and personal interrelationships." The students examined two possible building programs, and had to chose one of them. The first program involved the front of the building while the second involved the back . Each program identified several components:
Program One (Front):
Forecourt - consisting of ramps, terraces and main entry
Atrium - for exhibits and gatherings
Cafe - linking atrium with forecourt
Lounge - for group study and interpersonal interaction
Periodical Room - for magazine browsing
Reading room - for quiet study
Group Study Rooms
Small chapel/contemplative rooms
The students were very enthusiastic about the assignment. From their design explorations they developed some creative and interesting projects. Some of their dreams for JWL consisted of a front public space with an impressive atrium bringing in light and providing outside view from all three floors. This would also allow for small concerts, reading and interactive social functions. The students felt that the library should be in importance secondary only to the church. Students who planned a back addition to the library developed innovative designs to create an atmosphere of quiet and meditation.
Professor Alt and his class invited the library faculty to the final critique of this project. Several came and gave their enthusiastic comments and support.
Display for May 15
All are invited to the James White Library lobby for an architectural experience on May 15, from 10:30am to 12:00 noon. The students and their professor will be in the lobby to display their design projects. Come and interact with them as they present their designs and dreams for JWL. This event will be sponsored by the JWL Creative Arts Committee.
The Adventist Heritage Center is pleased to announce the acquisition of the historical archives of the international religious radio broadcast, the Voice of Prophecy. Established in 1930 by Dr. H.M.S. Richards, the Voice of Prophecy (VOP) is heard weekly throughout North America and around the world via branches and affiliated programs. The VOP pioneered the concept of Bible correspondence schools in 1942. Dr. Richards was followed by his son, H.M.S. Richards, Jr., and currently by Lonnie Melashenko.
The VOP archives acquired by Andrews University date from the 1930s to the 1980s. They include correspondence of Richards with listeners as well as his correspondence with Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders, extensive sets of minutes and reports, Bible correspondence school materials, Book of the Month samples, printed sermons, and the "continuities" used on the broadcast. Continuities are the scripts for all that was said on the broadcast except for the sermon. They are quite valuable in tracing the development of the VOP. Total extent of the VOP collections is in excess of 200 linear feet.
In addition to the VOP archives, the Adventist Heritage Center has acquired what remains of the historical records of the oldest continuously running religious television broadcast in the United States, Faith for Today. This ministry was founded in 1950 by William A. Fagal. Over the years the program has changed formats until it is known today as Christian Lifestyle Magazine hosted by Dan Matthews.
These Faith for Today archives, dating from 1950 to the 1980s, while not as comprehensive as the Voice of Prophecy's, is none the less indispensable for serious research on the development of this television ministry. Included in the archives are general files, program production material, program scripts, various sets of minutes and reports, Faith for Today Quartet music files, and a collection of more than 500 program films in 16mm format. The extent of this collection is in excess of 200 linear feet.
Heppenstall Papers Acquired
Recently the Adventist Heritage Center acquired the papers of Seventh-day Adventist theologian and teacher, Edward Heppenstall (1901-1994). Dr. Heppenstall taught at the SDA Theological Seminary for many years.
His papers include research notes, lecture notes, and some correspondence. The collection measures in excess of 25 linear feet.
None of the above collections are ready for research use at this time.
Several JWL librarians have attended conferences this winter and spring. Harvey Brenneise and Keith Clouten attended the American Library Association winter conference at San Antonio, Texas, which also coincided with the annual board meeting of the SDA Periodical Index. Harvey also represented James White Library at the Innovative Interfaces User Group meeting at Providence, RI, in April.
The director of the Architecture Resource Center, Kathy Demsky, attended the annual meeting of the Association of Architecture Schools held during March in Boston. She is President-Elect of the Association's library section. Linda Mack, Music Materials Center director, flew to Seattle in February for the annual conference of the Music Library Association and also attended a meeting of the Midwest chapter of MLA at Toledo, Ohio.
During the month of June, Warren Johns will attend the annual conference of the American Theological Library Association in Denver, and Kathy Demsky will coordinate the annual book exhibit at the 1996 annual conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) at Salt Lake City.
On May 16, the Michigan Innovative User Group will hold its annual meeting at Andrews University. At least fifty librarians from two dozen Innopac libraries across the state will come to hear reports of recent system enhancements, and participate in discussion groups related to specific applications. Harvey Brenneise is the current chair of the Michigan group.
Recently the JWL Staff Development Committee organized two day-long field trips primarily for members of the library support staff. One trip visited the libraries of Notre Dame University and Saint Mary's College in the South Bend area. The second toured the main library of the University of Chicago as well as the Chicago Public Library.
Contributors to this issue of UNCLASSIFIED are Keith Clouten, Jim Ford and Kathy Demsky.
Editor: Wanda Cantrell
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