Monday, March 30, 2015

Bibles on Display

Professor Phil Towne and family view Bibles on display.
The Darling Library is pleased to display a collection of rare and interesting Bibles donated over the years. A lovely display case, funded by the Treasures N Beyond board houses them on the second floor of the library.

To give proper attention to these Bibles, an archival finding aid has been created for each of them. The finding aids allow a deeper look at them without the need to expose them to destructive elements such as oily finger prints and page turning.

In order of age:

Come in and take a look any time the library is open.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Closed for Spring Break

The Darling Library will be closed for Spring Break beginning at 5:00PM on Friday, March 13th through the following Sunday, March 22nd when we will resume Regular Hours at 2:00PM.

Regular Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 7:45AM to 11:00PM
Friday, 7:45AM to 5:00PM
Sunday, 2:00PM to 11:00PM

We will continue to be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM to 10:30AM for Chapel and Small Group/Spiritual Formation Meetings.

See a complete calendar of library hours and exceptions.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Faculty In-Service Day Hours

The Darling Library will be open from 2:00PM to 11:00PM on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 for Faculty In-Service Day.

Regular Hours will resume
at 7:45am on Thursday, March 12, 2015.


Today's Hours are always posted on the library's home page.

See a complete calendar of library hours at

Thursday, February 12, 2015

President's Day Hours

The Darling Library will be open from 2:00PM to 11:00PM on Monday, February 16, 2015 for the President's Day Holiday.

Regular Hours will resume
at 7:45am on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.


Today's Hours are always posted on the library's home page.

See a complete calendar of library hours at

Monday, February 02, 2015

Finding Information for Finding Aids

Creating finding aids for antiquarian Bibles such as those on display in the Darling Library required our library interns to employ serious research skills.

Today most publishers follow a standard format to indicate the publishing information associated with a book. This makes it easy to find the necessary elements to cite your sources in footnotes and bibliographies.

Books also often have other identifiers that help libraries organize them. For example:

  • LCCN. Books printed in the United States since 1898 may have a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) ) to refer to authoritative centralized cataloging records. It usually begins with a two-digit year of publication followed by a serial number.
  • ISBN. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN), instituted in 1970, aids libraries and bookstores in identifying exactly which version of a book is in hand (or online.)
  • CIP. The Cataloging in Publication (CIP), often found on the verso (back) of the title page, is cataloging information prepared by the national library of the country where the work is principally published prior to publication. It generally contains the same information that was printed on 3"x 5" cards filed in library card catalogs.

But when it comes to books published prior to the establishment of these standards, inductive reasoning may be required to place exactly where and when a book was published. Thankfully, there were few publishers in the mid-17th century and Bible publishing was a matter of public discourse and policy. The needle is in a relatively small haystack.

Starting with modern everyday resources such as Wikipedia they followed links under References to find more authoritative information. For instance, while we are not interested selling them, antiquarian book sellers who specialize in Bibles such as the Antique Vintage Bible Store serve as valuable resources for libraries gathering information about rare books.

Also, since one of the Bibles is written in Latin and another has a Latin preface and introduction to the Hebrew text, they have found Google Translate to be very helpful!

Look for a list of sources consulted in finding aids to get an idea of the kind of research involved in tracking down the information reported in them.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Finding Aids for Historical Bibles

The Darling Library has two Bibles that were printed in the mid-16th century and one that was printed in 1629. As you can imagine, they are not in mint condition. They are fragile and should not be handled unnecessarily in order to preserve what is left of them for years to come.

Even environmental factors such as light, temperature, and humidity can have a detrimental effect on leather binding and paper over time. And we dare not flip the pages like we would a popular novel! These Bibles are on display in a locked glass cabinet for preservation. Although this keeps them from “unnecessary roughness,” it does not protect them against the environmentally destructive elements.

But storing them in a hermetically sealed vault out of sight would not serve the information and research needs of our academic community. The library values research as well as preservation. We want to provide researchers access to as much information as possible. The content and the context of these primary sources can provide clues of potentially historical significance.

Therefore, we have embarked on the process of creating a finding aid. An archival finding aid usually includes a physical description of the artifacts, information about the publication history, and the provenance of the specific item in hand. It requires careful handling, a keen eye, and, particularly in the case of those with missing or partial pages, some clever investigative research.

We assigned two Master of Library and Information Science interns from San Jose State University’s School of Information to the task. Look for the result of their labor in future posts.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Regular Hours Begin!

The spring semester begins with traditional undergraduates attending classes on the main campus starting today, January 22nd.

Regular hours begin January 23:

Sunday - 2:00pm to 11:00pm
Monday through Thursday - 7:45am to 11:00pm
(Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays - 9:30am to 10:30am)
Friday - 7:45am to 5:00pm
Saturday - CLOSED

See a complete calendar of library hours, holidays, and exceptions on the Darling Library's website.