Personalizing the Pandemic: Experiences of Theological & Religious Studies Librarians During COVID-19


Ian Burke (ed)
Independent Researcher
Megan E. Welsh (ed)
University of Colorado Boulder


American Library Association, COVID-19, Student management, Religious studies librarians, Pastoral care, Library leadership, Pandemic, Student experience


In late 2019, a new coronavirus emerged and began to spread globally, causing a once in a lifetime pandemic. Personalizing the Pandemic offers a snapshot of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the professional and personal lives of theological and religious studies librarians, especially as they balanced meeting patron needs and institutional expectations while caring for themselves and their communities. It seeks to personalize the disruptive, chaotic, and tragic event we lived through while offering a record of this professional community’s experience for generations of librarians to come.


  • Introduction
    Megan E. Welsh, Ian Burke
  • Long-Forgotten Passion of My Youth
    Artist Statement
    Hannie Riley
  • Looking Back
    Glimpses of the Pandemic
    Michelle Spomer
  • The Pandemic as Chrysalis
    How the Library at Princeton Theological Seminary Emerged with a New Identity
    Jenifer Gundry, Jeremy Wallace, Evelyn Frangakis
  • Stranger in a Strange Land at a Strange Time
    Robert Burgess
  • Re-Visioning Student Staff Management Through a Pastoral-Care Lens
    Deanna K. Roberts, Jude Morrissey
  • Understanding Students’ Experience of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Small Theological Libraries
    Victoria Tsonos, Marta Samokishyn
  • The Changing Realities of Special Collections and Archives
    Facing the Future with Confidence
    Brian Shetler
  • COVID-19 Web Archives
    Evolving Catholic and Marian Devotional Practices
    Kayla Harris, Stephanie Shreffler
  • Equipping Myself
    From the Old Normal to the “New Normal”
    Hannie Riley
  • Panic, Pivot, Plan
    Pandemic Course Material Management
    Elizabeth Miller, Caitlin Soma
  • Spiritual Resonance in a Virtual Age
    Hildegard of Bingen’s Scivias and the Limitations of Digitized Primary Resources
    Benjamin Dueck
  • Meditations in an Emergency
    Pandemic-Era Library Leadership and Management
    Bobby L. Smiley
  • Library Leadership in the Long Lockdown and Beyond
    Patrick Milas
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April 8, 2024

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6in x 9in x .76in