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Catherine Schuman Has Been Assisting Students at the Circulation Desk for More than a Decade

This month's featured staff member is often the first person you see when you enter the main entrance on the first floor. Daytime circulation supervisor Catherine Schuman has been working diligently behind the Payson Library circulation desk for more than 12 years. Universally beloved by students, Cathie is one of the most helpful individuals you'll ever meet. We sat down with Cathie to learn more about her position at Pepperdine.

library at Château d'Hauteville campus in Switzerland

Château d'Hauteville Library Opens

Pepperdine Libraries is pleased to announce its new library has opened at Pepperdine's Château d'Hauteville campus in Switzerland. This page includes a slideshow photo tour of the new space,

view of historic Heidelberg

Celebrating 60 Years in Heidelberg

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Pepperdine’s first year-long international program at Heidelberg, Germany. Pepperdine Libraries is proud to be alumni’s go-to resource to see all things related to Heidelberg campus history. There are several resources available within our University Archives digital collections, offering a selection of digitized and born-digital archival content that show the development of the University, major events, and student life – including within our international programs. These materials include photographs, student publications, student newspapers, yearbooks, and more.

students looking at antiphonal

Music Class Learns About Sacred Songs from 450-Year-Old Choir Book

One of the prized rare books in our Boone Special Collections and Archives is an antiphonal, or choir book, dating from 1572. Made for a Franciscan convent in Seville, this massive, exuberantly decorated antiphonal was used by its nuns for more than two hundred years. At the beginning of this semester, professor of music Ryan Board brought students enrolled in his History of Sacred Music (MUS 467) course to view the book and even do an impromptu performance for passers-by.

portrait of David Randall

Collection Maintenance Supervisor David Randall Makes Finding Missing Books Seem Easy

If you’ve wandered the stacks of a library, you’ve probably wondered how one keeps track of so many books. Payson Library alone has thousands of physical objects on its shelves—including books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs. And it’s here at our flagship library that collection maintenance supervisor David Randall makes sure everything is where it is supposed to be. Director of library programming and public affairs Jeffrey Bowen recently sat down with David to find out how he makes what seems like the impossible, possible.

portrait of Melissa Pichette

Alumna Melissa Pichette (‘96) Takes Joy in Finding the Hard-to-Find

Although Melissa Pichette's work for Pepperdine Libraries is mostly behind-the-scenes, it's vital to the success of our patrons' research efforts. And she's been making a profound impact at Pepperdine Libraries for the better part of three decades. In this blog post, director of library programming and public affairs Jeffrey Bowen sits down with Melissa to talk about her work as interlibrary loan supervisor.

inside cover

From the Vault: Wordsworth’s Greek New Testament

Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885), doctor of divinity and Anglican Bishop of Lincoln, penned many religious and literary tomes, including the memoirs of his uncle, the celebrated poet, William Wordsworth. But it is his commentary on the Bible, "The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ," in the Original Greek with Introductions and Notes, that is widely regarded as his magnum opus. In this post, Lucy Perrin, director and archivist for the Rushford Center and the Churches of Christ Heritage Collection, explains the importance of this Bible.

book covers

2023 Summer Reading Picks - Part Two

We recently polled library staff and librarians on their summer reading plans. We're pleased to highlight the second half of the selections. The featured titles cover a wide breadth of subjects to explore this summer, including historical fiction, science fiction, mystery, nonfiction, and memoirs. A physical display of the books is on view at Payson Library.

portrait of Rankin Bullard

Makerspace Specialist Rankin Bullard Enjoys Helping Students Bring Their Ideas to Life

This past spring, Pepperdine Libraries was thrilled to open the new iLab at the Drescher Graduate Campus Library. Makerspace specialist Rankin Bullard was instrumental in making this happen. Bullard came to Pepperdine from Abilene Christian University, where he earned a BFA in Theatre and also worked in the ACU Learning Studio. Jeff Bowen, director of library programming and public affairs, recently interviewed Rankin in the iLab about his professional work and his passion projects.

book display

2023 Summer Reading Picks - Part One

We recently polled library staff and librarians on their summer reading plans. The featured titles cover a wide breadth of subjects to explore this summer. A physical display of the books is on view at Payson Library.