T. Patrick Milas, Ph.D. to head the Gardner A. Sage Library
August 10, 2018
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey – New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS) today announced T. Patrick Milas, Ph.D. will join the faculty as Director of the Gardner A. Sage Library, and Assistant Professor of Theological Bibliography and Research this month. Dr. Milas’ role will include administration of the Gardner A. Sage Library, research, and writing on relevant matters. He will teach research methods and other related courses.
President Dr. Micah L. McCreary said of the news, “I am excited for Dr. Milas to join our seminary family. Dr. Milas brings a unique ability and perspective that will engage faculty, students, and staff in the work of the library. He brings a passion for library science, technology, and environment that is well suited to current context and milieu.”
According to Rev. Beth LaNeel Tanner, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs, “Dr. Milas’ appointment as both the Director of the Gardner A. Sage Library and the Assistant Professor of Theological Bibliography and Research marks a new chapter in the seminary’s history. Dr. Milas will be on the tenure track because his contributions to academic research of Library Science and Digital Media will help us fulfill the program outcomes of the seminary’s degrees. His expertise will aid students to be better researchers and critical thinkers, not only while in seminary but for a lifetime of service to their faith communities. Dr. Milas is the right person to move the library and research services of New Brunswick Seminary into a future where both print and digital resources are crucial to aid in understanding the complex realities in which we are called to serve.”
Dr. Milas is excited to be joining the NBTS faculty. “I relish in the theological scholarship abounding in the historic Gardner A. Sage Library. To be called as the next Director is truly the greatest joy. I am humbled by the privilege to lead, research, teach, and above all, serve, among New Brunswick Theological Seminary’s vibrant community of faith and action.”
Dr. Milas most recently served as the Academic Technology Librarian for the Princeton Theological Seminary Library at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. Prior to that, he was the Statewide Continuing Education Coordinator at the Bureau of Library Development, Division of Library and Information Services, Florida Department of State.
Dr. Milas earned a A.B. in Religion from Davidson College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies, Florida State University. His dissertation topic was: “Information Behavior at Highpath School of Theology, the Research Habits of MDiv and MTS/MA Students, Faculty and Librarians: An Exploratory Study.”
He enjoys harnessing the latest bibliographic management and biblical research technology for his research, and integrating them with his teaching. His research focuses on intersections of religion, technology, and libraries. In one recent study, he collaborated with fellow Princeton Theological Seminary Librarian Dr. Jenifer Gundry to explore monographs in the Internet Archive for evidence of the impact that the Princeton Theological Seminary Library has on scholarly research.
He is active in several national and regional organizations. He currently serves as the Chair of the American Theological Library Association’s Anglican & Episcopal Denominational Group, and Convener of the Special Collections Interest Group. He is a member of the New York Area Theological Library Association, and a member of the Executive Committee of SEPTLA, a regional theological library association serving New Jersey. Dr. Milas enjoys worship and music at Christ Episcopal Church, where he serves on the Vestry.