The steadily growing collections of the Ernest Miller White Library include more than 175,000 bound volumes, almost 12,000 microforms, and around 7,000 audio-visual resources. The library also subscribes to over 530 current periodicals and provides access to a large and increasing number of electronic resources. One of the library’s most valuable resources is its talented and service-oriented staff, whose mission is not only to collect and organize this wealth of information but also to help students and others learn how to search intelligently and strategically for the information they need, evaluate that information critically, and use it effectively and ethically. The wide range of resources available at the library is easily accessed using the online catalog, “Morgan.” This catalog also includes the holdings of the library at nearby Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, allowing one to search the holdings of both libraries simultaneously. Students have borrowing privileges at both libraries, and the online catalog can be accessed by computers in the library or through the Internet.
In addition to “Morgan,” the library provides access to major electronic tools for research in theology and related subjects, including the ATLA Religion Database, the Family and Society Studies Worldwide Database, Old Testament Abstracts, New Testament Abstracts, the Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts, the works of John Calvin on CD-ROM, the Digital Karl Barth Library, and BibleWorks. Access to many other databases is available through the Internet.
The library participates actively in cooperative programs with other libraries on local, state, and regional levels so that patrons can use an even wider range of resources. Locally, theKentuckiana Metroversity consortium gives LPTS students and faculty privileges to borrow from more than four million volumes, housed at ten academic libraries in the Louisville area. Statewide, the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) gives students access to many more electronic databases. Regionally, the Theological Education Association of Mid-America (TEAM-A) provides our students and facullty library privileges at four other regional seminaries.
Use of this extensive range of resources is supported by the library’s instructional programs. These programs enhance the research and study of our students by educating them further about tools that can meet their information needs in seminary and in ministry. Course-related instruction, instruction in the use of information technology, and database training are designed to help students become increasingly confident and competent managers of information in our technological age.