Friends of Burke Library Host Lecture on the Future of Theological Libraries

NEW YORK, October 28, 2009 -- The Friends of Burke Library are pleased to present Dr. John B. Weaver, Director of the Burke Theological Library, lecturing on "'Glocal' Futures: The Burke Library and Theologies of New York City." The event will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at the Social Hall, Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway at 121st St.) and is free and open to the public.

The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Can theological research libraries survive in an era of declining membership among mainline Protestant churches, and in this “late age of print?” The special collections and archives of The Burke Theological Library offer a valuable historical perspective on the possible futures of theological libraries, and especially the potential importance of The Burke Library amid the religious changes currently transforming New York City.

Dr. Weaver joined the Burke Library as Director in August 2009. He previously served as Head of Public Services at Emory University’s Pitts Theology Library. As an ordained minister, theological librarian, and biblical scholar, he has written and taught extensively on religious literature and theological practices, including the act of reading and the use of technology in scholarship and ministry.

A reception will take place at 6:00 p.m., with the lecture to follow at 6:30 p.m.. For more information, or to attend, please respond to

The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary is world renowned, containing rich collections for theological study and research with holdings of over 700,000 items including unique and special materials. Throughout its long history, the Burke Library has maintained its commitment to the needs of both teaching and research, serving the faculty, students, and staff of Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, as well as a wide spectrum of national and international scholars and researchers.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at is the gateway to its services and resources.