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Louisville Seminary calls Douglas Gragg to direct theological library and information technology

May 11, 2005

Louisville Seminary calls Douglas Gragg to direct theological library and information technology

By Angela Morris

The Board of Trustees of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, at their spring meeting, approved the call of Dr. Douglas L. Gragg to be the Director of Library and Information Technology Services and Associate Professor of Bibliography and Research.

Currently, Gragg is the Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian at Pitts Theology Library, Emory University. His eight-year tenure at the Pitts Library followed work as a scholar, editor, and translation consultant in Eastern Europe in the early 1990s. He also has extensive teaching experience in the area of Biblical Studies.

Gragg earned his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies with minors in Hebrew Bible and Literary Criticism at Emory University. His doctoral dissertation was entitled, “The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard and its Interpreters: A Text Linguistic Analysis.” He also attended Abilene Christian University (M.A. and M.Div.), and Lipscomb University (B.A. in Biblical Languages).

He is very involved in ATLA, the American Theological Library Association, serving on the Steering Committee, Public Services Interest Group, and the Publications Committee. He has published extensively, most recently completing a major research project on information literacy in theological education and a comprehensive bibliography of literature on cognitive science of religion.

His words about his call to Louisville Seminary highlight why Gragg was the unanimous choice of the search committee, “As I take up this new ministry, I am very grateful for the good work of my predecessors in library and IT services at Louisville Seminary and for the excellent staff with which I will have the privilege to work. I will seek to build on the solid foundations they have laid in order to enhance further the Seminary’s reputation as a place where one can expect to find plentiful and diverse resources for teaching and learning, innovative use of the latest educational and research technologies, and expert information services.”

He and his wife, Hana, will move to Louisville this summer, and Dr. Gragg will begin his duties at the Ernest Miller White Library June 1.

Angela Morris is the assistant director of public services and reference librarian at Louisville Seminary and has served as acting director of the Ernest Miller White Library since December 2004.
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