Explore and evaluate Digital Loeb Classical Library!

The Fuller community is invited to explore and evaluate Digital Loeb Classical Library.  Recently digitized by Harvard University Press, the database provides access to more than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts in a modern interface that allows readers to browse, search, annotate, bookmark and share content (www.hup.harvard.edu).

Your feedback is valuable to us!

Please visit the trial databases page for more information and share your comments: http://infoguides.fuller.edu/loeb.

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Library to Open Late on Tuesday, 9/16

Due to a campus-wide Faculty/Staff Welcome event, the David Allan Hubbard Library will open at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 16.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding.

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Labor Day Closure & Return of Regular Hours

D.A. Hubbard Library will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.  We will re-open on Tuesday, September 2.

September also marks the return of our normal hours.  Beginning September 2, the library is open 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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Explore and evaluate Mango Languages

The Fuller community is invited to explore and evaluate Mango Languages to experience learning a foreign language during our month-long trial.
Mango Languages is a web-based program that teaches conversational skills, grammar, and vocabulary in more than 50 languages.  Languages taught include Ancient Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Korean, Spanish, and more. There are also English courses for non-English speakers.

Mango is interactive, includes memory-building and critical thinking exercises, and is self-paced. Upon completion of a course, users will be able to make small talk with strangers, ask for directions, negotiate transactions in stores, and count up to 99, for example.  Users also learn about other cultures including their communication styles, food, and other customs.

To use Mango Languages, users must have an Internet connection and a modern browser with Adobe Flash installed (Adobe 10.3 or higher). Visit Adobe’s website for a free Flash Player upgrade.

Your feedback is valuable to us! Please visit the trial databases page for more information and to share your comments: http://infoguides.fuller.edu/mango

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Department Spotlight: Archives & Special Collections

If you have never been to the Fuller Archives & Special Collections Department, we would like you to know more about it.  We asked our Archives & Special Collections team, Adam Gossman and Yvette Mankerian, to answer a few questions about this very special part of the David Allan Hubbard Library.

What services are offered in the Archives & Special Collections Department, and where is it located?

ADAM: When the Archives were founded in honor of the great missionary and ecumenicist, David du Plessis, it was set out to be a “center for spirituality.”  Since then, it has morphed into an extensive ecumenical archive with collections ranging from Pentecostal and Holiness movements to the papers of the former chaplain of the United States Senate, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, to the Orthodox Prayer Ministry led for so many years by Father Duane Pederson.


The Wilbur M. Smith Reading Room contains the Library’s most old and rare books.

In addition to our Ecumenical Archives, we also have Fuller Theological Seminary Institutional Archives, which exist to retain material from throughout our various departments and campuses in an effort to preserve the precious history of Fuller Seminary as it is played out each day.

Our department is also in charge of Special Collections.  Unlike the vast majority of the materials in the Archives, special collection items are published material that have particular significance.  Practically speaking, the difference between the Special Collections and the Archival Collections is that a patron can check out material from Special Collections, whereas to reference archival material, an archivist must be present, and certain restrictions are put in place to protect the material from damage.

There is a middle ground–and that is the Rare Book Room.  We are also the gatekeepers to the rare books, which are the largest and most important of the Special Collections.   We treat the rare books as an archival collection, with restrictions and protective measures upon usage.

What is your role in the Archives?

ADAM: My job title is Archivist.  My role is to represent the Archives to donors, students, staff and faculty in a way that embodies what it stands for and what Fuller stands for.  A major job of any archivist is to retain information, but I also believe that part of my role is to retain the spirit behind the collections we retain.  I am infinitely curious about the people who created these collections and the people these collections are about.

YVETTE: I joined the Archives team as the Archives Digital Access and Preservation Librarian very recently to aid in the digitization efforts of the carefully preserved historical documents and artifacts belonging to the various donors as well as the institution. The accessibility of the variety of items, stemming from audio/visual to artwork to written sermons, will aid anyone who is looking to amplify his or her research or spiritual growth. Together with the Archivist, Adam Gossman, we hope to bring to light and give access to our wonderful collection.

What collection or single item is your favorite in the Archives?

Harnack Greek NT Cover

This Greek NT is one of Adam’s favorite items in the Archives.

ADAM: This I don’t have an answer for. There are many things that are completely awesome. We have a Chinese “coin” from the year AD 14. One of my other favorites is a Greek New Testament which was given to Adolph von Harnack’s nephew at his confirmation. Later, Harnack’s nephew grew up to be a staunch atheist, but his sister was a part of the resistance to the Nazis and actually fell in love with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s brother.

Father Duane Pederson gave us some sacred icons painted by a monk in prison, with special paint made from various products, like ketchup. They are quite beautiful. I have yet to figure out a safe way to display them.

Harnack Signature 1

Dedication to Adolph von Harnack’s nephew, 1922.

YVETTE: Being new to the Archives, all collections and items are intriguing and amazing. I have to say that, at the moment, I am fascinated by the small collection of pottery housed in the Archives. These items are mostly from the Holy Land with a few from Iraq, before their museum was looted.


Pottery in the Archives.


Pottery in the Archives.

What do you want people to know about the Archives that most people don’t know?

YVETTE: The Archives facilities are state of the art, with climate controlled environment and ample shelving for the variety of items we house.  It is rich in Fuller Theological Seminary history as well as with individual donors who have been a major influence at this institution. This collection is growing not only by content but by being accessible to our faculty and students alike.

ADAM: The Archives are rooted in an effort to expand ecumenical dialogue through study and worship. On February 7, 1985, when many of Fuller’s current students were in diapers or not yet born, the David Du Plessis Center for Christian Spirituality was founded.

We are still very committed to the ecumenical goals originally established. The Center has morphed and evolved into the current Ecumenical Archives, in which several denominations are represented, including Eastern Orthodox as well as Presbyterian. We seek to expand our representation of various traditions of our great theological heritage.

In addition to the denominational collections we also have a Performing Arts section, which houses a collection of James Dean material and a Philip Shen original origami collection. We have a Missionary and Psychology section as well; an Ecumenical Section that houses material from the Southern California Ecumenical Council; and the expanding and growing collection of materials from the Berlin Fellowship that ministered in Germany during the Cold War.

We also have an expanding Media Archive, which includes photos of distinguished figures in Fuller Seminary’s history, and a vast collection of video material including Fuller’s institutional videos.

The most important thing for people to understand about our Archives is that we would love to show you around.

How can people visit the Archives and see the collection?

ADAM: Please make an appointment if you would like to visit the Rare Book Room, Archives, or Special Collections.  E-mail archives@fuller.edu or call 626.584.5311.  Please also visit our Web site: http://libraryarchives.fuller.edu/.

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Interlibrary Loan services–UPDATE

We expect Interlibrary Loan services to be back up at 5:00 p.m. today, August 1.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Interlibrary Loan services down for maintenance

system upgradeThe library will be performing a major upgrade and maintenance of its Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) server this Thursday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m.

During this time no new Interlibrary Loan orders can be made as the system will not process incoming requests.

We anticipate resuming full services by Friday, August 1 at 3:00 p.m.

We appreciate your patience.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or need any assistance. Ways to contact us: email: ill@fuller.edu ; phone: (626) 304-3790.

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