Florovsky Library Hosts Meeting of New York Area Theological Library Association

9 May 2013 • The Father Georges Florovsky Library • Eleana Silk

The NYATLA board toured Three Hierarchs Chapel (Leanne Parrott Photography)The NYATLA board toured Three Hierarchs Chapel (Leanne Parrott Photography)During Bright Week, the New York Area Theological Library Association (NYATLA) convened at St. Vladimir's Seminary for their annual meeting. The Seminary is a founding member of the NYATLA, an interfaith consortium of academic and special libraries in the New York area focusing on religious studies. A welcome and arrival time was followed by the business meeting, in which the NYATLA Board was authorized to pursue a plan for a scholarship and grants program, a new board was elected, and plans were made for the fall meeting's location and agenda. A summer excursion for librarians to the Buddhist Monastery in northern Westchester County was also discussed.

The meeting was followed by lunch and a tour of the SVOTS Library. Everyone remarked on the beauty of the library setting, and on the many services available to the students. Several attendees asked questions about the Koha software system that the library uses. After the library tour, the librarians proceeded to Kunett Auditorium for a presentation on iconography offered by Richard Schneider, visiting professor of Hermeneutics and Liturgical Art at St. Vladimir's. Richard continued the iconographic tour by introducing the guests to the interior of the Three Hierarchs Chapel. Despite the heavy rains, the guests expressed appreciation for the parklike spring setting of the Yonkers campus. 

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