As many of you know, we’ve been out here in internet land for almost 10 years, launching on October 10, 2009 as a way to share book reviews, bibliographies, curriculum and other resources connecting literature for children and youth with faith. In the early years, most of our material came from students in a class co-taught on our Charlotte campus by Pamela Mitchel-Legg and Becky Davis. From the beginning, the site was managed by staff members at the Library on our Richmond, VA campus. As contributions from students dropped as the course that created the content was no longer taught, the Library looked for ways to continue the gifts to the church that had begun from those seminary classes. And so, on August 30, 2010, we began offering Revised Common Lectionary Links to connect texts from the RCL and provide resources to pastors, educators, teachers and parents to make those texts come alive. We also continued to reach out and find graduates who were good writers and understood children’s literature to periodically offer book reviews.
This Friday, we will have completed 9 years of Revised Common Lectionary Links – three complete 3 year cycles. And two years ago, we added Narrative Lectionary Links. Our statistics show that the Lectionary Links are the posts that our readers access the most, and therefore we have focused on finding writers for that content and added fewer book reviews.
Union Presbyterian Seminary Library has financially supported Storypath with staff support and payment to our writers for 10 years now. With changes in staff at the Library in the last few years, we began to look at the future of Storypath. What did we want to offer our readers if Storypath came to an end? We decided on three things:
- We wanted to have 3 complete cycles of the Revised Common Lectionary online (which will happen as of Friday, July 26.)
- We wanted to have one complete cycles of the Narrative Lectionary (one 3 year cycle) which will be complete by mid-July, 2020
- We wanted to continue providing book reviews as possible.
- We would do all of this until funding from the Library ceased in July 2020.
In 2018, Becky Davis, one of the professors from the original class, was called as a full time professor on our Charlotte campus. We have been in wonderful conversations with her about possibly moving Storypath to a new administrative ‘home’ in July of 2020 so that Dr. Davis could expand and grow what Storypath can offer our readers, once again drawing the contributions of students back into mix here. It has always been a commitment to offer the resources of Storypath to the Church at no cost, but I can assure you that there has been substantial financial support by the Union Presbyterian Seminary Library and our Advancement Department who have secured several grants for us. So in order for Storypath to continue past July 2020, we will need to find new financial resources and we intend to work hard during this next year to make sure that happens and that a smooth transition happens from the Library to the new Storypath home. We look forward to updating you in 2020 about how plans are coming for that.
In the meantime, we have one more year that we’d like to make the most of – and that means hearing what would be most helpful to you. Our biggest question is whether more book reviews would be more helpful than another year of Revised Common Lectionary Links since we already have 3 cycles completed of those. Please let us know your preferences by either commenting on this blog post, using our contact form , or by leaving a comment on our Facebook page.
Those of you who use Storypath and have shared with us how it has helped in your ministry are gifts to us. We want to know that we can continue to give you what you most value from our offerings as we finish 2019-2020.
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