AM Database Trials

AM Database Trials

Monday, November 20, 2023

We now have trial access to three AM databases until December 18th. Please feel free to explore these resources and let us know what you think!


Church Missionary Society Periodicals

From its roots as an Anglican evangelical movement driven by lay persons, this resource encompasses publications from the CMS, the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society and the latterly integrated South American Missionary Society. Documenting missionary work from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, the periodicals include news, journals and reports offering a unique perspective on global history and cultural encounters.


Church Missionary Society Archive

This module is a rich repository of source materials on the work of this globally influential organisation, founded in 1799 as an Anglican evangelical movement and still active today. Scholars of missiology and global history will find this varied archive an invaluable research resource. It includes records of both the CMS and the many other missionary societies which have become associated or amalgamated with it over its lifetime.


Missionary Studies

These primary sources are a hugely important resource for the study of missionary work, educational work, medical work, evangelism, political conflict, and the emergence of indigenous churches. The collections are truly global in scope, with Africa, East and South Asia, Australasia and the Pacific, and the Americas all well-represented. The sources will be of interest to scholars in a range of fields, from missiology to colonial history and anthropology.


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Mrs. Judy Howie Retires after 25 Years of Service

Mrs. Judy Howie Retires after 25 Years of Service

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

After 25 years of service to the Seminary and Library, Mrs. Judy Howie will be retiring in June.

Judy Howie is a native of Monroe, Louisiana. She met her husband, David, while at Northeast Louisiana State University where she earned her BA degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, she taught the visually impaired for all students of the Baton Rouge Parish in Louisiana. She was also the Resource teacher for Rayville Junior High School in Rayville, Louisiana, and for the West Louisiana Parish.

The family moved to Kansas City in 1992 so David could attend Midwestern. He served as a bi-vocational pastor before, during, and after his graduation. Most of this time he served as pastor at Greenton Baptist Church in Odessa, Missouri. Judy sang in the choir and taught women’s Bible studies.

When arriving in Kansas City, Judy first became active in the student wives’ group on the Midwestern campus. She also joined Midwestern Singers at that time and continues to sing with the Voices of Midwestern today. She volunteered in the library which led to a part-time job as a library assistant and then in 1997, a full-time position as Reference Librarian. She earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003 while working full-time at the library. Seeing a need to better assist Midwestern students, she took two years each of Greek and Hebrew. In her position as Reference Librarian, she helped many students with their research projects and was also responsible for interlibrary loans. As staffing changed in the last ten years, she also served as interim library director in the last half of 2014.

Judy has always believed in the importance of education. She further demonstrated that by earning her Master of Theological Studies degree from Midwestern in 2021. She is retiring this June after twenty-five years of faithful service at Midwestern. She and David are moving back to Louisiana this summer.

MBTS Library Wins ACL Award for Excellence in Innovation

MBTS Library Wins ACL Award for Excellence in Innovation

Friday, December 31, 2021 Chris Vaughn

The inaugural 2021 Award for Excellence in Innovation is awarded to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary library staff for the creation of an online version of their library instruction sessions previously only available for in-person doctoral students. In a six-month time span, they developed an online course through Canvas LMS for all students (undergraduate, masters, doctoral) and faculty that is self-paced, with small lessons while simultaneously completing a total library renovation. The course also reaches Korean and Spanish-speaking students through translation and subtitles. Collaboration with the Online Studies department was helpful in converting their session into an easy-to-follow course. As a result, no additional time is required for their librarians to offer more in-person sessions and it has exponentially increased the number of students and faculty that can access the library instruction course.  Advantageously, the first course was launched a few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic caused the shut down of in-person classes.

  • There are 4,005 enrolled in the course with over 20,252 lessons viewed since July 2020. (Previously, only two in-person sessions were conducted with a total of 60 students in attendance.)  
  • The project directly fulfills the library’s mission of supporting the seminary’s curriculum and research projects.
  • The course will continue to be offered on Canvas LMS with a review of course contents each semester, updating lessons and videos as necessary.


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