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Matthew Collins Named Director of Ernest Miller White Library

by Ashley Schaffner | Mar 08, 2013
Collins also called to serve as associate professor of bibliography and research

Dr. Matthew S. Collins, PhD, MLIS, has been named director of the Ernest Miller White Library and associate professor of bibliography and research at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He will join the Seminary on Aug. 1, 2013.

"Dr. Collins brings an exceptional constellation of skills and experience to the leadership of our library,” said Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins. “He understands the fundamental fact that today's theological library is not just an archive or storage facility for books; it is a search engine for knowledge. I know he will enjoy working with our excellent group of library professionals in supporting the teaching and learning that take place at Louisville Seminary." 

Currently, Collins is the reference librarian at the Pitts Theology Library within the Candler School of Theology at Emory University where he teaches library research courses. He would like to offer such courses to Louisville Seminary students. Before joining the staff at the Pitts Library, Collins worked for 12 years at the Society of Biblical Literature directing major meetings and conventions for the organization. 

“The Ernest Miller White Library is a vast source of theological knowledge at Louisville Seminary. I’m thrilled with the opportunity to exercise my experience and understanding of librarianship and information technologies at such an institution,” said Collins.

Collins joins the Seminary during an important time. In 2011, the Seminary announced a bold new strategic plan, Covenant for the Future, which calls for tuition-free education for students starting in 2015, expanding efforts to prepare students for a diverse world through its Doors to Dialogue and Black Church Studies programs, and capital improvements for student housing and information technology.

Collins has experience in web development, learning consultation and medical education coordination. In addition to a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, he also holds a doctorate in New Testament studies and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University (1995 and 1992 respectively), a master’s degree in Divinity from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (1989) and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University (1985).

About ‘Covenant for the Future,’ Louisville Seminary’s strategic plan
Louisville Seminary's 'Covenant for the Future' seeks to eliminate seminary tuition debt, which is a persistent problem among seminary graduates across the nation. Because they will not be burdened by seminary debt, our graduates will be free to go wherever God calls them when they graduate. They may be called to lead a congregation, to develop a new church, to establish a nontraditional worshiping community, to serve as a marriage and family therapist or a hospital chaplain or to create an as-yet-unimagined position as servant and leader for the world.

About Louisville Seminary
Founded in 1853, Louisville Seminary offers an inclusive and diverse learning community, welcoming students from wide ecumenical backgrounds while maintaining its long, historic commitment to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Louisville Seminary is committed to building bridges across the world's religious, racial and cultural divides. It is distinguished by its nationally-recognized marriage and family therapy and field education programs, the scholarship and church service among its faculty and a commitment to training women and men to participate in the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ.

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