Members Present

  • Wes Custer, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Katie Benjamin, Duke Divinity School Library
  • Ellen Frost, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
  • Andy Keck, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
  • Lee Webb, St. Paul Seminary

Absentee Members

  • Paul Tippey, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • David Schmersal, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


  1. Open
  2. Round robin
  3. Nominations for “Vice Chair” and vote
  4. Adjourn

Year in Review

In the past year, our group has had many discussions on the listserv. Many of us are waiting to see what impact denominational upheavals in the United Methodist Church will cause in our institutions. Regardless, the work of a librarian with an affinity for Methodist traditions changes very little and the impact of the new Global Methodist Church will affect our administrators and our patrons more than our profession directly.

Round Robin Reports

Asbury Theological Seminary – This Summer, they are hosting the Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar.

St. Paul Seminary – The library is part of the Mobius Consortium; they are moving to EBSCO Discovery Service/Folio.

Duke Divinity - It was mentioned that they are moving to Alma ILS. Duke Divinity hosts the Center for Studies in Wesleyan Tradition & the Wesley Works project. Duke also hosts digital surrogates of local church archives and history.

Perkins School of Theology – The Wesley Works project is ongoing. They are working with Michelle Taylor and trying to recruit more labor from other Methodist schools and graduate students. The infrastructure may be moving to Emory because they use Amazon webservices. They are hoping to launch Wesley’s sermons soon. The Bridwell Library is also working on the World Methodist Museum.


For the coming year (23-24) Wesley Custer is the chair and Lee Webb is the vice-chair.