John Weaver Curriculum Vitae



John B. Weaver
Brown Library, Room 281
Abilene Christian University, Box 29208
Abilene, TX 79699-9208
325-674-2344
john.weaver@acu.edu


Dr. John B. Weaver is the Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology at Abilene Christian University, providing leadership for ACU’s academic information resources and a consortium of libraries in the Abilene area.  His responsibilities at ACU include The Brown Library, The Adams Center for Teaching and Learning, and The AT&T Learning Studio.

Weaver regularly serves as a consultant on a variety of issues and topics of contemporary relevance : the history and future of books and libraries; reading and technology within religious identity and community; academic library management and instruction; collection development and fundraising for library special collections and archives; theological education and libraries; the future of scholarly communications; educational technology; mobile and online teaching and learning; early Christian literature and ancient Greco-Roman culture; the history of the Bible and biblical interpretation; and the history of Christianity.

Weaver’s current research includes work on Christian practices of receiving faith and transforming self and community through technology, especially virtuous habits related to hospitality, literacy, and pedagogy among churches in the ancient and modern world.

Weaver is married to Vivi, and the couple has four children:  Josephine, Adela, Thessaly, and Eben. 


 

Education:                

Ph.D., 2004               

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Primary Area: New Testament and Early Christianity

Graduated with distinction

     

M.L.I.S., 2004

University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Primary Area:  Library Special Collections and Archives

                                                                                   

M.A., 1998

University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, Illinois

Primary Area: Biblical Studies

                                   

B.A., 1995

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Primary Areas: Double Major in Classical Studies and Philosophy

Graduated Summa cum Laude, Class Valedictorian, Phi Beta Kappa                                               

Employment:

Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology

Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas

8/11 – Present

 

Professor of Library and Information Science

Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX

8/11 – Present

 

Visiting Professor of Church History

Candler School of Theology, Course of Study

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

9/04 – Present

 

Library Director

The Burke Theological Library, Columbia University, New York

8/09 – 8/11

 

Professor of Theological Librarianship

Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

8/09 – 8/11

 

Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian

Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

5/05 – 7/09

 

Adjunct Professor of New Testament

Emory University

1/06 – 7/09

 

Reference and Periodicals Librarian

Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

7/04 – 5/05                                          

Publications:

 

Books:          

Plots of Epiphany: Prison Escape in Acts of the Apostles.  Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 131. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2004.

Essays/Articles:

“What Would Jesus Hack? The Maker Movement, Maker Spaces, and Theological Libraries.”  ATLA Summary of Proceedings (2014, Forthcoming)

 

“The Theological Library in the Age of Technology.”  In Trust Magazine (Summer 2013).

 

“Trust in Libraries: 2012 ATLA Presidential Address.”  ATLA Summary of Proceedings (2012)

 

“Technology for ministry: pedagogy for theological practices with new media.” ATLA Summary of Proceedings (2011): 195-196.

 

“Accordance Bible Software in Reading and Teaching: The Difference a Digital Text Makes.” Advances in the Study of Information and Religion 1  (2011): 225-231.

 

“BibleWorks Software in Reading and Teaching: The Difference a Digital Text Makes.” ATLA Summary of Proceedings (2010).

 

“Theological Libraries and The Next Christendom: Connecting North American Theological Education to Uses of the Book in the Global South,” Theological Librarianship 1.2 (Winter 2008): 38-48.

 

“The Noble and Good Heart: Kalokagathia in Luke’s Parable of the Sower,” in Scripture and Traditions: Essays on Early Judaism and Christianity in Honor of Carl R. Holladay. Edited by Patrick Gray and Gail R.O’Day. Leiden: Brill, 2008, 151-171.

 

“Narratives of Reading in Luke-Acts,” in Theological Librarianship 1.1 (June 2008): 22-37.

 

“New Faces, New Readers: Uses of the Book in the “Next Christendom,” ATLA Summary of Proceedings (2008).

 

“Inspiring Places: Cultivating a Culture of Customer Service in Theological Libraries,” ATLA Summary of Proceedings (2008).

 

“Assessing the Reference Librarian as a Collaborative Knowledge Worker.” ATLA Summary of Proceedings (2007).

 

“Raising the Standard: Library Workshops and the Requirements for ATS Accreditation.” ATLA Summary of Proceedings (2007).

 

“Assessment of Atlanta Theological Association (ATA) Library Resources for Joint THD in World Christianity” (Commissioned report submitted to ATA, 5/1/2007).

 

“Special Collections and the Seeds of Virtue and Knowledge,” ATLA Summary of Proceedings (2006): 207-13.

 

“Search Engines, Databases, and the Contexts of Information Literacy Instruction,” ATLA Summary of Proceedings (2006): 234-40.

 

“Models for Information Literacy,” ATLA Summary of Proceedings (2005): 159.

 

“Teaching the Unity of Luke-Acts,” Pages 330-331 in Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction.  Edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005.

 

“The Nature of History in Acts of the Apostles,” Pages 335-336 in Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction.  Edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005.

Book Reviews:        

Review of William Sanger Campbell, The “We” Passages in the Acts of the Apostles: The Narrator as Narrative Character (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007). Religious Studies Review.

 

Review of Jaroslav Pelikan, Acts, Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2006), in Calvin Theological Journal 41.2 (2006): 358-9.

 

Review of Michael Battles, Library: An Unquiet History (W. W. Norton, 2003), in Theological Education 40.1 (2004): 131-133.

Selected Presentations:

“The Introduction to Theological Bibliography and Research: The Past, Present, and Future of a Genre.” Discussion group presentation for the American Theological Librarian Association, Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 20, 2014 (Forthcoming).

 

“New Horizons for 3D Scanning and Printing in Academic Libraries.” Lightning round presentation for Smithsonian X 3D Conference, Nov 14, 2013, Washington, D.C.

 

“Theological Libraries Negotiating Digital Culture: A North American Perspective.”  Keynote address for 42nd General Assembly of Bibliothèques Européennes de Théologie (BETH), Paris, France, September 14, 2013.

 

“The Pedagogies of Teaching Technology for Christian Ministry.” ACCESS Conference. Abilene Christian University. March 4, 2013.

 

“The Future of Educational Technology.” American Theological Library Database Consultation. Chicago, IL. Dec 19, 2012.

 

“The Future of Education on the Web.” Lilly Endowment Websites Consultation. Durham, NC. Oct. 8 2012.

 

“The Library and Biblical Hospitality.” ACU Summit, Abilene Christian University. Abilene Texas. September 2012.

 

“A Future for Christian University Partnerships.” Panel presentation for the Christian Scholars Conference, Nashville, TN. June 8, 2012.

 

“Restorative Conservation of Rare Books and Manuscripts.” Panel presentation for the American Theological Librarian Association, Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 17, 2011.

 

“Insights From U.S. Academic Library Directors.” Lecture at the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning, Abilene Christian University, April 11, 2011.

 

“Uncovering a Hidden Collection:  The Archives of the Missionary Research Library.” Council of Columbia Library and Information Professionals, January 21, 2010.

 

"A Threefold Strategy for Assessing Library Services and Spaces," Columbia University Libraries Assessment Forum, New York, NY, July 7, 2010.”

 

“From Good to Great: Organizational Principles Guiding The Burke Library.” Council of Columbia Library and Information Professionals, April 9, 2010.

           

"Global Futures: The Burke Library and Theologies of New York City." Friends of The Burke Library Lecture. Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, November 2009.

 

“Digitization of Library and Archives Materials: A Multimodal Approach.”  Workshop presentation for the American Theological Librarian Association, Annual Conference, St Louis, MO, June 2009.

     

“Next Generation Library Systems for Theological and Religious Studies.”  Panel presentation proposal for the American Theological Librarian Association, Annual Conference, St Louis, MO, June 2009.

     

“The Hermeneutics of Hospitality:  Luke 24 and Understanding the Strange(r).”  Paper presentation for the American Biblical Hermeneutics section of the Southeast Regional Society of Biblical Literature and American Schools of Oriental Research Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 8, 2008.           

 

“Assessing the Reference Librarian as a Collaborative Knowledge Worker.” Paper presentation for a panel discussion on Refereed Reference: Measuring and Enhancing Library Services Through a Web-Based Tracking System. American Theological Librarian Association, Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, June 15 2007.

 

“Raising the Standard: Library Workshops and the Requirements for ATS Accreditation.” Paper presentation for a pre-conference workshop on The Library Workshop: Theology, Pedagogy, and Promotion. American Theological Librarian Association, Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, June 13, 2007.

 

“Ancient Nobility and the Anthropology of Faith in Acts 17.” Paper presentation for the New Testament section of the Southeast Regional Society of Biblical Literature and American Schools of Oriental Research Meeting, Nashville, TN, March 17, 2007.

 

“Integrating Special Collections into the Graduate Curriculum.”  Paper presentation for a panel discussion on Innovative Uses of Archival Primary Source Material across the Curriculum. Georgia Conference on Information Literacy, Savannah, GA, October 6, 2006.

 

“The Politics of Epiphany in the Dionysian Resistance Myths.”  Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 24, 2003.

 

“Mythistory in Luke-Acts and Artapanus’ Concerning the Jews.” Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 23, 2003.

Courses Taught:                             

Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX

Christian Ministry in Digital Culture                                   2013

Christian Formation in Digital Culture                               2014

 

Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

Research Practices for Theological Inquiry                        2010

Technology for Ministry                                                       2010

 

Emory University, Candler School of Theology. Atlanta, GA

Technology for Ministry                                                       2008, 2009

Research Practices for Theological Inquiry                        2008, 2009

New Testament and Mission                                               2008

Introduction to Lexical Greek                                              2002

     

Emory University, Candler School of Theology (Course of Study)

Christian Ministry in Digital Culture                                   2013

Introduction to Hebrew Bible                                              2007, 2008

Introduction to New Testament                                          2005, 2007, 2008

Introduction to Social and Personal Ethics                        2007

Introduction to Christian History: Reformation                 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,     

                                                                                    2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Introduction to Christian History: Early/Medieval           2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,

                                                                                    2012, 2013, 2014

 

Emory University, Emory College (Undergraduate)

Introduction to Religion: Christianity and Islam   2005, 2007, 2008    

Introduction to Religious Texts: The Ancient Novel          2003

     

Mercer University, McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta

Introduction to Greek                                                           2008

Recent Awards:

2013 Cullen Research Grant, Abilene Christian University

 

2013 American Theological Library Association Publication Grant

           

2013 SMU Bridwell Library Research Fellowship

 

2008 Building Bridges Award.  Islamic Speaker’s Bureau of Atlanta.

This award is given to individuals and organizations strategically acting on the value of building bridges of understanding and tolerance in the metro Atlanta community. The ISB (www.isbatlanta.org) is an educational outreach organization established in August of 2001.

Committee/Group Services at Abilene Christian University:           

Deans Council (2011– Present)

Provost Cabinet (2011 – Present)

Library Leadership Team (2011 – Present)

Library Strategic Planning Implementation Team (2011 – Present)

ACU Maker Lab Council and Advisory Board (2013 – Present)

Leadership Team, Center for Heritage and Renewal in Spirituality (2012 – Present)

LINK Academic Technology Committee (2011 – Present)

Intellectual Property Policy Task Force (Fall 2013)

Online Learning Task Force (2012-2013)

ACU CitySquare Research and Development Team (5/2012 – 12/2012)

Chairperson for two national searches for senior leadership positions at ACU (2012-2013)

Committee/Group Service at Columbia University:               

Distinctive Collections Committee  (2009 – Present)

Reference Coordinating Committee  (2009 – 2011)

Collections and Services Management Committee  (2009 – 2011)

Collection Steering Committee (2009 – 2011)

Academic Affairs Committee (UTS)  (2009 – 2011)

Strategic Planning Committee (UTS)  (2009 – 2011)

Four Hiring Committees  (2009-2011)

Committee/Group Service at Emory University:

Next Generation Systems Strategic Planning Group (2005 – 2009)

Digital Projects Working Group, EUL (2007 – 2009)

E-Metrics Working Group, EUL (April 2008 – 2009)

Teaching Technology Task Force, Candler (June 2008 – 2009)

Library, Media, and Technology Committee, Candler (2006 – 2009)

Mission Task Force, Pitts Theology Library (2007 – 2009)

iTunes University Implementation Team, EUL (2007 – 2008)        

Hiring Committee for Chief Information Technologist (2007 – 2008)

Client Care Task Force, Pitts Theology Library (2007 – 2008)

Nine Hiring Committees

Professional Societies:                             

American Theological Library Association

Society of Biblical Literature

Texas Council of Academic Libraries

Texas Library Association

Christian College Librarians

Professional Service:                                

ATLA Board of Directors (2010-13), President (2011-12)

ATLA Annual Conference Committee, Chair & Vice-Chair (2007-08)

ATLA Public Services Interest Group, Steering Committee (2006-09)

Languages:   

Reading competency in Biblical Hebrew, Greek, Latin, German, and French.           

Service in the Church:       

Preaching Minister for Four Local Churches:

 

Embry Hills Church of Christ, Atlanta, Georgia

8/2007 – 7/2009

 

Airport Church of Christ, Columbia, South Carolina

10/2003 – 5/2004

 

Crestwood Church of Christ, Crestwood, Illinois

12/1996 – 4/1998

 

Northeast Church of Christ, Clearwater, Florida

1/1996 – 6/1996

 

Deacon (Adult Education and College Student Care)

Embry Hills Church of Christ, Atlanta, Georgia

1/2007 – 7/2009

 

Missionary to Romania, Moldova, and Russia

Supported by University Church of Christ, Tampa, Florida

7/1996 – 8/1996