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Students of St. Sophia Seminary Tour the St. Sophia Seminary Library at the Metropolia Center

By Pani Matka Oksana Pasakas


On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 the current full-time student body of Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary visited and toured the Seminary Library. Saint Sophia Seminary Library is located at the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook, New Jersey. A presentation of the library, its holdings and most importantly how to check out a library book was presented to the gathered students by librarian, Pani Laryssa Bulya.

Pani Laryssa spoke to the students in Ukrainian, as most of them are only 3 months into their first semester of the academic program. As part of their rigorous theological programs offered at the Seminary, the students are required to utilize the resources provided by the Library in completing their coursework. Many classes require books to be utilized, even in today’s day when many things can be found easily on-line. Pani Laryssa walked the students through the stacks of the Library, showing the types and categories of the books and periodicals available at the Library.

The Library also has a dedicated space for rare books (15th to 18th century publications), kept separately aside from the books available for circulation and cared for in order to prolong their shelf-life. Those books will eventually be moved into a temperature-controlled space in the completed museum (the Ukrainian Historical Educational Center) also located on the premises of the Metropolia Center. Pani Laryssa reminded the students that a select number of Library books have been set aside by the Faculty of the Seminary for daily use during the school year—these books can be found in the first floor computer lab/classroom in the Seminary.

Pani Laryssa’s presentation included a break-down of the Library of Congress Classification system and how the students may use the LCC to find books in the Library. The presentation also included a demonstration of how to access the online catalog to find materials using the options in the search box. In order to better understand how to find a book, the students were divided into groups and given online catalog printouts of current holdings and were sent out to the stacks to find their given book or periodical.

The student body thanked Pani Laryssa at the end for the wonderful presentation and for teaching them on how to use the library.

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