Library Director and Archivist
M.L.I.S. - Dominican University
M.A.R. - Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
B.A. - Augsburg University
Evan Boyd is Library Director and Archivist for United Lutheran Seminary, supervising both the A.R. Wentz Memorial and Krauth Memorial Branches. Having worked in theological education for most of his professional career, he’s enjoyed transforming the services of the ULS Library’s two branches. Throughout his period at ULS, the library has increased its online presence, replacing and redeveloping tools to meet the needs of modern rsearchers, residential, and distance students.
After surveying the Library’s vast rare and early printings, he has sought out grants to digitize portions of the collection which are useful to outside scholars and highlight the distinctive items in our collections. Alongside Archivist Sheila Joy, Boyd received a grant from the ELCA to digitize the minutes of the General Synod, General Council, and United Synod of the South. In addition, the ULS Library is a participant in a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize materials related to women’s empowerment leading up to the 19th Amendment to the United States’ Constitution.
Committed to the strengths of a multicultural society, Boyd serves on the American Theological Library Association Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, serving as committee chair in 2019 and 2020. He also supports the work of the ELCA’s Arab and Middle Eastern Ministries through its work in developing a new start curriculum and in assisting the community in developing a Ministry Strategy, approved at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
Boyd’s key interests are in feminist and queer critiques of organizational practices and theology, with key research areas being library and archives management, special collections, online library services, and research methods.
Recent and upcoming papers and publications:
“Leveraging Memberships to Gain Funding: the United Lutheran Seminary Experience,” accepted conference proposal for June 2020 Atla Conference, Detroit, MI
“Implementing an Open Source Catalog in a Consortia Environment,” accepted conference proposal for June 2020 Atla Conference, Detroit, MI
“Maintaining and Building Trust in the Midst of Change,” presentation at Summer 2019 Atla Conference, Vancouver, BC, CAN
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