The mission of the Austin
Graduate School of Theology David Worley Library is to:
- Provide adequate materials and facilities to allow Austin Grad students to do thorough research on assigned classroom projects and areas of special interests;
- Provide an adequate collection of audiovisual material
to support classroom instruction at Austin Grad;
- Provide and maintain an adequate collection of materials on various aspects of Christian studies for members of the Churches of Christ and other interested individuals in the larger community;
- Assist library patrons in finding adequate, relevant information in the most efficient manner.
The David Worley Library is located on the first floor of Austin Grad
and currently has 30,000 items in its collection. The collection is highly
specialized, with a focus on biblical studies, theology, church history,
and practical ministry. The library subscribes to about 135 journals
(print and microform) and maintains an up-to-date reference collection. In
addition, students have access to the ATLA Religion Database and the
ATLA Serials (ATLAS) Database. Through ATLAS, students can access
more than 211,000 full-text digital articles and book reviews combined.
The Jim Beyer Computer Lab provides access to Macs and
PCs. Computers are equipped with the latest Bible-search software
including Accordance, Gramcord for Windows, Logos, and Bible Windows.
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library maintains membership in the American Theological Library Association
(ATLA) and TexShare, the consortium of academic and public libraries
in the state
of Texas. Through TexShare, students have access to numerous online
full-text databases and also have borrowing privileges at most public
and academic libraries throughout Texas.
Use The Library
The library primarily serves the Austin Grad community
(students, faculty and staff, and friends). Others from the Austin area
in theological studies are welcome to visit the library and use library
materials in-house. In order to check out materials, however, a person
from the community must first establish a user account for an annual
fee of $15.00. The standard loan period for library materials is 21 days.
Use of Copyrighted Material
Austin Graduate School of Theology recognizes that there are many
beneficial and legitimate uses for file sharing and does not want
to block or limit those who need to collaborate with others. However,
technology can provide unrestricted access to copyrighted materials.
As such, Austin Grad expects all students, staff, and faculty to appropriately
use such material as defined by U.S copyright laws. In addition, Austin
Grad has taken the following steps in order to comply with legislation
outlined in the re-authorization of the Higher Education Opportunity
Act (HEOA). This legislation relates to issues surrounding the appropriate
use of copyrighted materials and peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks.
Click HERE for the legislation’s
three main requirements with a brief explanation of the steps Austin
Grad is taking to comply.
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The library staff would like to assist you in understanding how
to utilize the resources of the library. To learn how to use our digital
(Athenaeum), search for full-text articles through TexShare or citations
to articles in ATLA, full-text articles in ATLAS, or to use the Accordance
Bible-search program, please contact the Librarian. We can set up an
toward more effective information-seeking.
The following databases are available for your use:
- Link to TexShare
- Link to full-text ATLAS database.
- Access to the Austin Grad David Worley Library
online catalog will soon be available. In the meantime, feel free
to e-mail the Librarian at the address below to ask
about a particular title. He will respond as soon as possible.
The Library also provides the following links for other resources:
- Biblical and theological resources on the World
Wide Web are abundant. For a list of useful sites, visit our Internet
Resource Guide, which has been carefully edited by our library staff
with Austin Grad students in mind.
Links to Austin-area
- A list of recommended Biblical commentaries for your research needs.
Please submit comments or questions to: Todd Hall
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