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3.8.3 Qualified Staff

 

The institution provides a sufficient number of qualified staff—with appropriate education or experiences in library and/or other learning/information resources—to accomplish the mission of the institution.

 

_X_  Compliance           ___  Partial Compliance          ___  Non-Compliance

 

Narrative

 

Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS) employs a process to determine the qualifications of its library/learning resources/library information staff that is sufficient to accomplish its mission. The Library also engages in professional learning opportunities for its learning/information resources staff.

 

Qualified Staff

 

The staff of the Ora Byram Allison Memorial Library (table 1) and the Northeast Campus Library (table 2) are sufficiently qualified with the appropriate education or experiences to accomplish the mission of the library and the seminary. This is demonstrated in several ways. First, the Director of Library Services is a professional librarian with 33 years of experience at MABTS [1]. Also, the Director holds active memberships in the Memphis Area Library Council (MALC), Tennessee Theological Library Association (TTLA), American Theological Library Association (ATLA), and Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), connecting him with both local and national resources and networks, as noted in the Library’s Annual Reports, 2013-14 [2] and 2014-15 [3]. The Director is a full voting member of the faculty, classified with faculty status, not tenured, and reports monthly in the scheduled faculty meetings [4]. He is also the premier collection development officer, but receives support in the responsibility from recommendations by library staff, faculty, and students.

 

Second, the Director receives the support of two other employees, one full-time (the Technical Assistant to the Director of Library Services and Head of Circulation) and one part-time (the Head of Conservation) who supervise their own sections/divisions of the library. Third, the Director receives support from part-time employees, including student and non-student assistants, who work in circulation and conservation. Finally, during times of special events or needs, normally the summer months, the library hires additional staff for activities such as inventory, catalog review of titles, importation of special collections, etc., as noted in the Library’s Annual Reports, 2013-14 [5] and 2014-15 [6].  

 

Name

Title

FT/PT

Academic Qualifications

Professional experience

Terrence Neal Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director of Library Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master of Library Science—The University of Tennessee at Knoxville;

B.A., history, magna cum laude—The University of Memphis

36 years academic library experience—2 at The University of Tennessee in the Graduate Library; 34 years at Mid-America, including 25 years as Director of Library Services

Mary Teed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Assistant to the Director of Library Services/Head Circulation

 

 

FT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arkansas State University

 

 

 

 

 

14 years at Mid-America as Head Circulation; 7 years as Technical Assistant to the Director of Library Services

Lesley Brandt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Conservation

 

 

 

 

 

 

PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kingsway High School—Amanzimoti Kwa Zulu Natal, The Republic of South Africa

 

 

25 years academic experience in seminary and schools in South Africa; 3 years in Conservation Dept. of Allison Library

Justin Maute

 

Circulation Clerk

 

PT

 

MDiv Student

 

3 years in Allison Library

Kevin Fukala

 

Circulation Clerk

 

PT

 

MDiv Student

 

2 years in Allison Library

Hadassah Cox

 

Conservation Clerk

 

PT

 

BA Student

 

6 months in Allison Library

Blake Gower

 

Conservation Clerk

 

PT

 

MDiv Student

 

2 months in Allison Library

Table 1. Library Staff, Cordova Campus

 

Student, faculty, and staff surveys from 2013-14 [7] and 2014-15 [8], as well as the semi-annual Library Exit Surveys (LES) from 2013-14 [9] and 2014-15 [10] (table 3), demonstrate that the Library provides sufficient staff, both in quantity and quality.

 

Student Survey Questions, 2013-14:

 

            General

·      #70 – I found the staff and Library personnel to be helpful in assistance and instruction.

·      #71 – Student suggestions are welcome and taken seriously by the library staff.

 

 

PhD

·      #68 – The library staff takes seriously my requests for material purchases.

·      #69 - The library staff takes seriously my Interlibrary Loan requests.

 

DMin

·      #44 – The library staff takes seriously my requests for material purchases.

·      #45 – The library staff takes seriously my Interlibrary Loan requests.

·      #46 – I receive book and journal requests in a timely manner.

 

Faculty Survey Questions, 2013-14:

 

·      #54 – The library staff is available, courteous and helpful.

·      #55 – I am satisfied with the library’s acquisition procedures, especially with items I recommend.

 

[General Seminary] Staff Survey Questions, 2013-14:

 

·      #31 – I am satisfied with the Seminary’s Library services.

 

LES Survey Questions, 2013-14:

 

·      #3 – I found the staff and Library personnel to be helpful in assistance and instruction.

 

Student Survey Questions, 2014-15:

 

            General

·      #76 – I found the staff and Library personnel to be helpful in assistance and instruction.

·      #77 – Student suggestions are welcome and taken seriously by the library staff.

 

PhD

·      #68 – The library staff takes seriously my requests for material purchases.

·      #69 - The library staff takes seriously my Interlibrary Loan requests.

 

DMin

·      #45 – The library staff takes seriously my requests for material purchases.

·      #46 – The library staff takes seriously my Interlibrary Loan requests.

·      #47 – I receive book and journal requests in a timely manner.

 

Faculty Survey Questions, 2013-14:

 

·      #54 – The library staff is available, courteous and helpful.

·      #55 – I am satisfied with the library’s acquisition procedures, especially with items I recommend.

 

[General Seminary] Staff Survey Questions, 2013-14:

 

·      #31 – I am satisfied with the Seminary’s Library services.

 

LES Survey Questions, 2013-14:

 

·      #3 – I found the staff and Library personnel to be helpful in assistance and instruction.

 

Name of Location: Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary Northeast Branch, Schenectady, New York

 

Names of degree(s) offered: _A.A.S., M.Div._

 

FTE undergraduate enrollment during two most recent academic terms: ___0_____

 

FTE graduate enrollment during two most recent academic terms: ___4______

 

Name

Title

FT/PT

Academic Qualifications

Professional Experience

 

Dr. T. Van McClain

Director of Library Services/Professor

FT in conjunction with

teaching

PhD, Old Testament; M.L.S.; M.Div., B.A.

16 years as Director of Library Services at Mid-America

27 years as professor at Mid-America

Holly Kimble

 

Library Clerk

PT

M.S., Reading Instruction; B.S., Elementary Education with Minor in English

4 years as library clerk at Mid-America

11 years teaching experience

7 years volunteer library clerk at Mekeel Christian Academy

Table 2. Library Staff, Northeast Campus

 

Other indicators, such as a wide variety of comments on both annual surveys in 2013-14 [11] and 2014-15 [12] and the LES documents in 2013-14 [9] and 2014-15 [10], demonstrate that the library provides sufficient quantity and quality of staff for the users of the library. Graduating students express their appreciation to the library, even citing staff members by names and positions of service. The staff reflects competence and experience and has, over many years, earned the confidence of library users.

 

Survey Groups

Questions

2013-14 Results %

2014-15 Results %

Students

 

·       General

 

 

·       PhD

 

 

·       DMin

 

 

 

2013-14         2014-15

 

Question 70     76

Question 71     77

 

Question 68     68

Question 69     69

 

Question 44     45

Question 45     46

Question 46     47

 

Strongly Agree/Agree:

 

91.25 %

81.25 %

 

85%

80%

 

50% (neutral 50%)

50% (neutral 50%)

50% (neutral 50%)

 

StronglyAgree/Agree

 

94.29%

81.43 (17.14 neutral)

 

100%

91.67%

 

50% (neutral 50%)

50% (neutral 50%)

75% (neutral 25%)

 

Faculty

Question 54     54

Question 55     55

100%

94.74% (5.26 neutral)

86.67%

86.67%

Staff

Question 31     31

75%

96%

LES

Question 3       3

95%

92.7% (5.7% neutral)

Table 3. Survey Instruments and Results concerning Library Staff

 

Qualified Staff (Northeast Campus)

 

The Director of the Northeast (NE) Campus Library is a professional librarian with 27 years of teaching experience at MABTS and 16 years of experience as the NE Campus Library Director. His Master of Library Science (MLS) included an extensive evaluation of the NE Campus Library. The NE Campus Library Director is an active member of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and he is a voting member of the faculty as a tenured professor and reports monthly in scheduled Northeast faculty meetings. He is the premier collection development officer for the Northeast Campus, assisted by recommendations from the library clerk, faculty, and students.   

 

The Northeast Campus Library Director receives support from the library clerk, who is experienced in acquisitions, circulation, records management, and education. 

 

Professional Growth and Training

 

The library staff, both full and part-time employees, engage in activities that contribute to professional growth and training. Mr. Terrence Brown, Director of Library Services, attends the annual in-service week for faculty, maintains memberships in professional library associations [34]. He follows the professional literature, especially those publications theological in nature, such as ATLA’s on-line Newsletter, its printed annual Proceedings, Books and Culture, and Library Journal and subscribes to various webinars throughout the year, such as Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and Elton Bryson Stephens Company's (EBSCO) presentations.

 

Ms. Teed, Head of Circulation, attends the annual in-service week for staff, follows the updates and information releases from Book Systems/Atriuum, particularly those issues relating to circulation and OPAC. She receives directives from Mr. Brown concerning circulation webinars and such related matters from ATLA, EBSCO, and OCLC, handles the Library’s correspondence and announcements to and from TTLA and MALC, and acts as the Library’s representative with ATLA’s nationwide cooperative agreement program. She culls various websites for conservation updates and conveys them to Ms. Brandt, Head of Conservation.

 

Ms. Brandt, Head of Conservation, receives and reviews the on-line updates and information from Ms. Teed, and scans and reads the literature pertaining to her division that comes via Internet and catalogs.

 

Professional Growth and Training (Northeast Campus)

 

The NE Campus Library holds an institutional membership in ATLA, which provides valuable resources concerning a wide range of library-related topics. The NE Campus Library is also a member of the Capital District Library Council (CDLC), which offers both information and training to its affiliates. The NE Campus Library Director and the NE Campus Library Clerk also benefit greatly from the knowledge and experience of the Main Campus Library Director and the Main Campus Library Technical Assistant. 

 

Dr. T. Van McClain, NE Campus Library Director, attends the annual in-service week for faculty, follows professional literature, especially those publications theological in nature, and has attended conferences of the ATLA and the ETS. Most recently, he attended Camp Logos in order to further his knowledge of advances in information science as related to theological studies. 

 

In addition to taking advantage of ATLA publications, the NE Campus Library Clerk, Ms. Holly Kimble, benefits from resources such as The Christian Librarian. Ms. Kimble consistently reads book reviews found in theological journals in order to make informed recommendations concerning book acquisitions. The NE Branch Library Clerk has benefited from the assistance of Ms. Brandt, Main Branch Head of Conservation, in maintaining the NE Campus Library collection. A staff member from the CDLC has also visited the NE Campus to provide information about CDLC resources. 

 

Documentation

 

1. MABTS Website - History of the Library

2. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 26

3. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 64

4. 2014-15 Employee Handbook, p. 31, 57-58

5. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 26

6. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 63

7. 2013-14 Annual Student Survey

8. 2014-15 Annual Student Survey

9. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 48-56

10. 2014-15 MABTS Fact Book, p. 86-94

11. 2013-14 Annual Student Survey

12. 2014-15 Annual Student Survey

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