Who is Who at the Gardner A. Sage Library
January 29, 2019
The 2018-2019 school year ushers in a new era at the Gardner A. Sage Library. At the forefront of this is a staff who are ready and eager to assist you in your academic endeavors. Below, you can learn more about them and what they do at NBTS.
Dr. T. Patrick Milas
Director of the Gardner A. Sage Library
Assistant Professor of Theological Bibliography & Research
Dr. Milas earned an A.B. in Religion from Davidson College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. For the last 19 years he has served in public, government, and academic libraries, most recently at Princeton Theological Seminary. As a professor, Dr. Milas teaches research methods to graduate/doctoral students and leads community events. He is a member of the Ministry Studies department. He also serves on the Doctor of Ministry Oversight Committee, Faculty Council and Faculty Development Committee. He enjoys harnessing the latest bibliographic management and biblical research technology for his research, and integrating them to teach research methods. His research focuses on intersections of religion, technology, and libraries.
As Director of the Sage Library, Dr. Milas chairs the Library Committee of the Faculty, and serves on the Administrative Council, Steering Committee for Accreditation, Theological Writing Committee and Web Development Committee. He leads the Sage Library staff and collaborates with the Archives on the Editorial Board of Beardslee Press. Dr. Milas specializes in Biblical computing, budget/personnel management, rare books, social science research methods, special collections and strategic planning.
Rev. James Brumm
Director of the Reformed Church Center, Seminary Archives, and Theological Writing Center
James Brumm holds two degrees (MDiv 1987, MA 1989) from NBTS, along with an undergraduate degree in Church Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton and a degree in Theological & Religious Studies from Drew University. A pastor in the Reformed Church in America (RCA), he is the author and editor of articles and books on congregational song, liturgy, and church history, including some 300 hymns. His son and grandson live in upstate New York, and he lives in Highland Park with his wife, Kathleen, who is also a minister and NBTS alum.
At NBTS, Rev. Brumm directs the Theological Writing Center, teaching thelogical writing and citation style workshops, editing publications of the Beardslee Press, and chairing the Theological Writing Committee. As Director of the Reformed Church Center, he liaises with the Reformed Church in America for projects and events. He also regularly teaches an RCA Studies course. As Seminary Archivist, Rev. Brumm manages access to the catalogue, print and digital resources of the Seminary Archives, stewarding resources to balance preservation and access.
Circulation Services Coordinator
Yaeli Flam studies in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. She enjoys reading and research. At the Sage Library, Yaeli is a great resource to ask about circulation policies, including book check-out, renewal and photocopies. She facilitates access to parking, library computers, scanners and printers. She assists students with finding books and research through the catalog and database. You are welcome to consult Yaeli with questions about for modern Hebrew and Arabic languages.
Public Services Librarian
Laura Giacobbe has a B.S. in Law and Justice from the College of New Jersey and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. For the last few years, Laura has worked in public libraries as an adult services librarian. She previously worked in metadata analysis at Princeton Theological Seminary. She enjoys meditation and travel and she teaches meditation to her community in Toms River, NJ.
At the Sage Library, Laura leads the Circulation Services team to facilitate access to the Library’s research databases and reserves collections and provide reference services. Laura teaches Library tutorials, processes donations, designs and implements circulation and library policies, develops the reference collection and leads outreach, including social media and special events. Within the Seminary, Laura also serves on the Accreditation Committee.
Collection Services Librarian
Gerone Lockhart has an A.B. in Religion from Princeton University, an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA), and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. He completed doctoral level coursework in sociology at New York University and practical theology at Boston University School of Theology where he focused on the global economy (Atlantic slave trade) and the formation of punitive sensibilities (lynching). He is interested in global citizenship training and the ways in which technology can help present strategic information about our global context.
At the Sage Library, Gerone is leading Collection Services. Gerone leads the library’s efforts to balance its commitment for stewarding its historic strengths in Reformed theology and Biblical studies, with the most relevant resources for the contemporary theological context of the NBTS curriculum, in print and online. Gerone coordinates the acquisition and maintenance of academic journals, scholarly serials and the general collection of print resources. He coordinates the library website and serves on the Web Development Committee.