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Steve Silver begins sabbatical

Northwest Christian University library director Steve Silver has begun a sabbatical that will extend over the summer. Silver is researching the history of NCU’s rare Bible collection. NCU’s founding president Eugene Sanderson went to  England 100 years ago this summer to purchase Bibles, which became the foundation for the current collection. Silver hopes to recreate and document as much about that original trip as is possible, researching in NCU’s archives as well as the rare Bible collection itself. Later this summer he will visit England in the hopes of visiting some of the same bookshops and sellers Sanderson purchased from originally. Silver will be blogging his sabbatical project and experience at: www.silversabbatical.wordpress.com. He will return to his duties in the Kellenberger Library at NCU starting August 15.

Torah scroll dedication service attracts local media attention

Early in 2009 the library at Northwest Christian University received a donated 150 year-old Holocaust survivor Torah scroll. The scroll needed some repair work, so we contracted with a local Jewish craftsman to do the repair work and construct a storage/display case for it. On Friday, April 15, during our usual chapel service, we held a service of dedication for the repaired scroll and cabinet, inviting the craftsman and a local rabbi to participate. The event attracted significant media attention, including two local TV news reporters, a reporter from local NPR radio station KLCC, and a photo journalist from the local Register Guard newspaper. Pictures appeared on the front page of the Register Guard the next day. Here is a link to the KVAL news report, which was the most extensive.

The positive press has been wonderful for our small school, and great for the library’s political capital on campus. It has also been a good vehicle for improving interfaith connections between our Christian university and the local Jewish community, which are continuing even after the event.

Steve Silver awarded sabbatical to research Rare Book and Bible Collection

Steve Silver, library director at Northwest Christian University, has been approved for a sabbatical during the summer of 2011 to research the founding history of NCU’s Rare Book and Bible Collection. Silver will be researching the details of the initial gift of $1000 and subsequent trip to England in 1911 to purchase Bibles that became the foundation for NCU’s collection of aproximately 250 rare Bibles and books. Publication of an article based on this research is planned.