Hello returning NYTS students! My name is Rafael Reyes. I am the Director of Information Literacy and Library Services, and serve on faculty as Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies. I welcome you.
This semester NYTS will be introducing The Digital Theological Library. This library brings to your fingertips access to over 525 thousand ebooks, over 35 million articles, as well as access to over 21 thousand journals and 150 databases. This library takes the place of the past library services at Burke. This means we will no longer be using the Burke library as a space, nor the stacks.
This may cause some trepidation for students, but I would encourage you to be open about the new opportunities that this library offers, both in its robust resources, as well as the freedom to study in any location where internet services are available. There are currently 16 seminaries, colleges and universities that use the digital library as their main library, or use it to supplement their current one.
The Digital Library opens us to explore new spaces of gathering and reflecting. Whether at home in your corner study space, or at a coffee shop, or even at a space in a public library, the digital theological library will be there ready to walk with you through your research.
With that in mind, please note that:
We no longer have access to the Columbia Libraries
We are no longer able to renew our Columbia Library cards
If you have any books that were taken out, they must be returned to the Burke Library
You will receive further instruction in the coming weeks about how to access the Digital Theological Library to continue your own research
Stay tuned this week for an email on how to access the Digital Theological Library.
If you have any further questions, please email me at email@example.com. I am looking forward to working with you this semester.