acl-conf-logoLast week George Fox hosted the 60th Annual Conference of the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) a professional association made up of evangelical library professionals from across the U.S. and abroad.

Over 150 attendees enjoyed a full week of workshops, presentations, community worship, shared meals, prayer walks, games and sightseeing.

This was the first group to use the university’s new Canyon Commons facility, which was
lauded both for its aesthetic beauty and its functionality.

Post-conference feedback has been very positive, with some veteran members ranking it among the best ACL conferences ever.

Here’s a Facebook post from ACL president Frank Quinn:


Big thanks to our colleagues in Event Services, Bon Appétit, Plant Services and all others around campus who worked hard serving our guests!

Check out photos from the conference, as well as this video made by an attendee:




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Love at the Library

Perhaps it’s due to spending time in the presence of great romantic novels and collections of love poetry.  Or the elegant new fireplace and sitting area on the main floor.  Or could it be the influence of chocolates from the candy jar behind the Circulation Desk?

Whatever the cause, love occasionally blossoms among student workers at the MLRC.  And once in a very great while, that love grows so strong and deep that it leads to something permanent, something profoundly holy and beautiful.  It leads to a couple making a commitment to share the rest of lives together as husband and wife.


Christopher Parks proposing to Sara Boettcher

On Sunday afternoon March 6th, former student worker Christopher Parks returned to the MLRC and proposed marriage to current student worker Sara Boettcher.  He did it on bended knee, in front of the fireplace, with a single red rose in hand.  Old school, and timelessly stylish.

Please join the GFU Libraries in offering Christopher and Sara our very best wishes  for a life together filled with deep joy.

May God richly bless the happy couple!



She said yes — and likes the ring!

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Dancing in the Stacks

Some people hold the misconception that George Fox Libraries are filled with dusty books and staffed by a bunch of stuffy shushers.

Not the case!  Sometimes we like to take off our horn-rimmed glasses and get down.

Check out these recent dance promos in the MLRC:

The Loudest Dance You’ve Never Heard

80s Dance Promo from George Fox ASC on Vimeo.

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MLRC Changes: Reference & media materials moved, new study rooms added

If you’ve visited the MLRC lately you may have noticed some significant changes.

Media materials including DVDs and Audiobooks have been moved from upstairs to the ARC.


Panorama photo of the ARC, media shelves and new study rooms


Reference materials
that were near the main floor restrooms and IT Help Desk have been moved upstairs to the space where the media items were.

Reference books are now on the upstairs where Media (DVDs, CDs, etc.) were

Reference books are now on the upstairs where Media (DVDs, CDs, etc.) were


Lastly, three new Study Rooms have been added, two in the ARC and one behind the Research Help Desk.  Check out the new room reservation system.


Exciting times at the MLRC!  We welcome your feedback on the changes:

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St. John’s Bible says goodbye

The MLRC greatly enjoyed hosting the Saint John’s Bible during it’s yearlong exhibition at George Fox University.

Special thanks to Dr. Paul Anderson for the honor.


As part of his series titled “Seven Days with Pope Francis and The Saint John’s Bible,” Dr. Paul Anderson will be sharing briefly on each of the texts in the SJB every day at noon in the MLRC this week (September 21-25).

sjb-onlineIn addition he’ll be writing up a “feature for the day” for media publication.

Paintings and texts to be discussed:

  • Monday (9/21) Creation (Pentateuch vol. – Genesis 1:1-2:4a)
  • Tuesday (9/22) Abraham and Sarah (Penateuch vol. – Genesis 15:1-7; 17:1-22)
  • Wednesday (9/23) Ten Commandments (Pentateuch vol. – Exodus 20:1-26)
  • Thursday (9/24) Peter’s Confession (Gospels & Acts vol. – Matthew 16:13-23)
  • Friday, September 25 Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Gospels & Acts vol. – Mark 6:33-44; 8:1-10)
  • Saturday (9/26) Two Cures (Gospels & Acts vol. – Mark 5:25-43)
  • Sunday (9/27) Pentecost (Gospels & Acts vol. – Acts 1:6-11, 2:1-47)

All are welcome to attend.

Explore each volume of the SJB online

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New Database: Statista

If you love statistics and charts, Statista is the database for you!

The newest database available through George Fox Libraries, Statista brings together statistical data from over 18,000 sources and displays it in attractive, user-friendly interactive charts.










Easily download charts as PNG graphics, PDFs or PPTs, or export data in Excel.

Drill down to specific indicators organized by Industry, Topic or Country.

Statista has statistics in amazing depth and covering the entire globe — everything from annual chocolate consumption per capita, to the average cost of basketballs, the number of people in prison, reports and forecasts for hundreds of industries, etc.


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New Ebook: Liberal Arts for the Christian Life


Access Liberal Arts for the Christian Life in EBL

“For over forty years, Leland Ryken has championed and modeled a Christian liberal arts education. His scholarship and commitment to integrating faith with learning in the classroom have influenced thousands of students who have sat under his winsome teaching. Published in honor of Professor Ryken and presented on the occasion of his retirement from Wheaton College, this compilation carries on his legacy of applying a Christian liberal arts education to all areas of life.

Five sections explore the background of a Christian liberal

arts education, its theological basis, habits and virtues, differing approaches, and ultimate aims. Contributors including Philip Ryken, Jeffry Davis, Duane Litfin, John Walford, Alan Jacobs, and Jim Wilhoit analyze liberal arts as they relate to the disciplines, the Christian faith, and the world. Also included are a transcript of a well-known 1984 chapel talk delivered by Leland Ryken on the student’s calling and practical chapters on how to read, write, and speak well.

Comprehensive in scope, this substantial volume will be a helpful guide to anyone involved in higher education, as well as to students, pastors, and leaders looking for resources on the importance of faith in learning.”

— Publisher’s description


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MLRC staying open until midnight M-Th

midnightBased on student feedback, the MLRC has decided to stay open until midnight Monday – Thursday during the fall and spring semesters.

That means more time for you to study, collaborate with group members, use the computers, read great books, search through databases — do all the things that make the library a great place to be.

So bring some coffee, stay up late…and enjoy your university library.

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Changes at the MLRC and PCL

Some big improvements are happening at both George Fox University libraries this summer!

MLRC (Newberg)

  • Six new group study rooms, each of which will be equipped with a display and audio-visual equipment for groups to study or prepare presentations
  • Learning commons will expand by six computers
  • Improved wireless access
  • The Academic Resource Center is moving from the basement to a more accessible and improved area on the library’s main floor
  • Adding new furniture
  • Replacing some old lighting with improved energy-efficient lighting in much of the building

Portland Center Library (Tigard)

  • Two new group study rooms
  • Technology added to the new rooms and three existing group rooms
  • New carpeting
  • New furniture
  • Improvements to the wireless network

There’s a fair amount of construction dust flying around both locations right now, but we are maintaining our normal summer hours of operation.


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Books on Christianity and Environmentalism

In light of the encyclical recently released by Pope Francis, here are some GFU library books on the topic of Christianity and the environment.

Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love
Elizabeth Johnson, 2014
Presents perspectives that love of the natural world is an intrinsic element of faith in God and that far from being an add-on, ecological care is at the center of moral life.
Restored to Earth: Christianity, Environmental Ethics, and Ecological Restoration
Gretel. Van Wieren, 2013
Examines the religious and ethical dimensions and significance of contemporary restoration practice, an ethical framework that advances the field of environmental ethics in a more positive, action-oriented, experience-based direction.
Toward an ecology of transfiguration : orthodox Christian perspectives on environment, nature, and creation
John Chryssavgis; Bruce V Foltz, 2013.
Addresses environmental issues from the Orthodox point of view, with contributions from the most highly influential theologians and philosophers in contemporary world Orthodoxy.  Brings the unique resources of ancient spirituality to bear on modern challenges.
 Mere environmentalism : a biblical perspective on humans and the natural world
Steven F. Hayward American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 2011.
Provides a thorough examination of the philosophical presuppositions underlying today’s environmentalist movement and the history of policies intended to alleviate environmental challenges such as overpopulation and global warming. Relying on Scripture to understand God’s created order, the author offers an insightful reflection on the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Tending to Eden : environmental stewardship for God’s people
Scott C. Sabin, Kathy Ide, 2010.
This practical guide for creation care offers theological foundations for environmental stewardship, practical strategies and case studies of contemporary ministry groups. Each chapter also includes a study guide for small-group use, and the appendix offers a related Bible study.
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