Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Featured Author: Curtis Holtzen

In Spirit and in Truth : Philosophical Reflections on Liturgy and Worship is the most recent faculty publication on display in the Darling Library.

Dr. Curtis Holtzen, Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Hope International University, is co-editor of this book published by the Claremont School of Theology Press in 2016. It is volume one of a new series entitled Claremont Studies in Methodism & Wesleyanism.

The library prominently displays new faculty publications on a bookshelf behind the circulation desk to bring attention to HIU scholarship. The library's policy is to keep a copy of HIU faculty authored books in the archives and to make another copy available for check out.

To find other publications by Dr. Holtzen, go to and search for Curtis Holtzen.
Holtzen, William Curtis, and Matthew Nelson Hill. 2016. In Spirit and in Truth : Philosophical Reflections on Liturgy and Worship. Claremont Studies in Methodism & Wesleyanism, Vol. 1. Claremont, CA: Claremont School of Theology Press.
Available in the Darling Library

Available on Amazon
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Dr. Matson wins Stone-Campbell Journal award

Dr. David L. Matson pictured here with
Dr. Alicia Crumpton of Johnson University
Congratulations to Dr. David L. Matson, Professor of Biblical Studies at Hope International University on receiving the “Most Historically Significant Stone-Campbell Movement Article” award.

Presented during the 16th Annual SCJ Conference held at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee April 7-8, 2017, the award recognizes Dr. Matson's unique contribution to the Stone-Campbell movement.

The Stone-Campbell Journal has been published semi-annually since 1998 and is the only academic journal principally connected to the “independent” Christian Churches and Churches of Christ (though it reaches out to and includes all three branches of the Stone-Campbell or “Restoration” movement, including the Disciples of Christ and the Churches of Christ).

Other outstanding articles were recognized in the area of New Testament, Old Testament, and Theology-Culture, commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the journal’s existence.

Over the twenty year history of the SCJ, Dr. Matson has contributed several articles and book reviews. The article which won him this award, "Who wrote the Lunenburg letter?: the untold story of the 'conscientious sister' of Lunenburg" was published in 2008.
Matson, David Lertis. "Who wrote the Lunenburg letter?: the untold story of the 'conscientious sister' of Lunenburg." Stone-Campbell Journal 11, no. 1 (2008 2008): 3-28. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed April 17, 2017).

More about the Stone-Campbell Journal...

The Stone-Campbell Journal seeks to provide "a scholarly platform for biblical interpretation, history, theology, philosophy, apologetics, and cultural criticism for those who value the perspective of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement and who endeavor to advance its distinctive principles today." Includes 5-6 articles per issue and 30-35 book reviews.

General Editor, William Baker, is a Professor of Ministry and Biblical Studies at Hope International University.

The Darling Library has a full run of the print subscription from (vol. 1, no. 1 to present) and provides full access to the online version via the ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials in EBSCOhost.

You can get a personal SCJ subscription when you join the Stone-Campbell Scholars Community.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

National Library Week: A Day Without a Library

How long can you go without a library? Just thinking about their economic value, the Library Research Service published a comparison of studies done on the return on investment value to individual tax payers in different public library systems. California yields one of the highest rates reported.

Check out this Library Value Calculator where anyone can enter the number of times they have availed themselves of various library resources and get an estimate of its monetary value. (You can follow a pop-up link on the bottom of the page to see how the values were calculatedThe amount assigned to each service may be arbitrary but it is a reminder that library resources are not free. Taxpayers, Friends of Libraries, philanthropists, and grants pay for your library privileges. In the case of academic libraries, tuition and fees pay for the library. (Oh, and overdue fines.)

You can probably go a long time without going to a library but libraries are a public good.

Noam Chomsky  in 2015
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Library Quote of the Day

“It is easier to go to the Internet than to go to the library, undoubtedly. But the shift from no libraries to the existence of libraries was a much greater shift than what we've seen with the Internet's development.” Noam Chomsky (

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

National Bookmobile Day 2017

"Held on the Wednesday of National Library Week since 2010, National Bookmobile Day (NBD) recognizes and celebrates the role of bookmobiles and direct - delivery outreach services in fulfilling the mission of libraries. An integral and vital part of library service in the United States for over 100 years, bookmobiles have delivered information, technology, and resources for life - long learning to Americans of all walks of life."

Read more about bookmobiles
on the American Library Association website.


Library Quote of the Day

“Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.”
Laura Bush (

White House photo by Krisanne Johnson

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

National Library Worker’s Day 2017

Every year library workers are honored on Tuesday of National Library Week.

Library workers include the following:

  • Archivists appraise, process, catalog, and preserve permanent records and historically valuable documents.
  • Curators oversee collections of artwork and historic items, and may conduct public service activities for an institution.
  • Museum technicians and conservators prepare and restore objects and documents in museum collections and exhibits.
  • Librarians help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use. Their job duties may change based on the type of library they work in, such as public, school, and medical libraries.
  • Library technicians and assistants help librarians with all aspects of running a library. They assist patrons, organize library materials and information, and perform clerical and administrative tasks.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Library Occupations)

The Darling Library has three full-time professional librarians, one full-time library services manager, two part-time library technicians, and eleven student library assistants.


Library Quote of the Day

“It is an awfully sad misconception that librarians simply check books in and out. The library is the heart of a school, and without a librarian, it is but an empty shell.”
Jarrett J. Krosoczka (

By Luigi Novi, CC BY 3.0

Jarrett J. Krosoczka (b. 1977) is the author and illustrator of a number of picture books such as the Lunch Lady series (Knopf Books for Young Readers) – (Wikipedia)

See a review of the Lunch Lady series at Common Sense Media.

Monday, April 10, 2017

State of America's Libraries Report 2017

National Library Week continues with the State of America’s Libraries Report released by the American Library Association. Public libraries, school libraries (K-12), research libraries, special libraries, and, of course, academic libraries like ours are part of the ALA.

A State of Academic Libraries is included in the overall report.


Library Quote of the Day

“Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library."
Henri Frédéric Amiel (

Amiel's Journal: Public Domain
Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) was a Swiss moral philosopher, poet, and critic. (Wikipedia)

Sunday, April 09, 2017

National Library Week 2017: Libraries Transform

"Libraries Transform" is the theme for National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

Celebrate National Library Week by following the Darling Library on Facebook and Twitter @darling_library. Use the hashtags #MyDarlingLibrary, #NationalLibraryWeek, and #LibrariesTransform to join the celebration on social media. You can even add a "Libraries Transform" Twibbon to your profile!


Library Quote of the Day

“Information helps you to see that you're not alone. That there's somebody in Mississippi and somebody in Tokyo who all have wept, who've all longed and lost, who've all been happy. So the library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but that you're not really any different from everyone else.” - Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

Maya Angelou, 2009
Picture by Adria Richards CC BY-SA 2.0