Florovsky Library Launches Website

Visit the new Website

The Florovsky Library comes to you! (Photo: R. Tellalian)The Florovsky Library comes to you! (Photo: R. Tellalian)Offsite patrons can access resources like the Skvir-Buketoff Music CollectionOffsite patrons can access resources like the Skvir-Buketoff Music CollectionThe Father Georges Florovsky Library at St. Vladimir's Seminary has a new dedicated Website (library.svots.edu), thanks to the efforts of Librarian/Archivist Matthew Garklavs.

"A dedicated library Website has been on our 'wish list' for many years now, but we never had the available time and talent to accomplish the task. The Seminary is very grateful to Matthew for all his efforts in developing the site," notes longtime Librarian Eleana Silk.

While serving the needs of the students and faculty of the Seminary, the Website will also act as a gateway for the academic community at large. Scholars from around the world have come to use the Library here, because they can find materials not available anywhere else. The new Website affords them more access to these resources and makes it easier to utilize the collection.

One feature Matthew highlights is the student theses page. The Library possesses over 860 student theses on a wide range of theological topics, and it is a fascinating exercise to read through the list to discover the topics which notable bishops and clergy have studied during their years at St. Vladimir's. Three significant archival collections are also newly available: The Father Alexander Schmemann Papers, The Father Georges Florovsky Papers, and the Skvir-Buketoff Music Collection.

Education Day visitorsEducation Day visitorsOther features include:

  • synopsis of the Library's history
  • More information about acquisitions from former faculty, alumni, clergy, and laypeople. "The current collection development plan is to accept any donated texts within the scope of our collection. Then what we already possess and don't need, we pass on to other Orthodox institutions," explains Matthew Garklavs.
  • An Interlibrary Loan Form for submitting loan or copy requests—available for current patrons
  • digital archive of academic resources and links to other Orthodox Websites
  • guide to using the ATLA Religion Database and an inventory of journals from our collection that are available in digital format
  • Finding aids for the first three archival collections

Matthew emphasizes that the Website is still evolving, and he encourages patrons to offer input and suggest academic resourcesLibrarian/Archivist Matthew GarklavsLibrarian/Archivist Matthew Garklavs for the digital archive. "Going forward there will be even more to develop," he explains, "such as weekly blog posts about rare books, activities taking place in the library, and announcement of new collections as we bring them online."

"Creating the library Website has been one of the most challenging projects I have undertaken at St. Vladimir's, but making it fully realized has been very rewarding," he explains.

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