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Snezek Library Leadership Institute



2023 Snezek Library Leadership Institute

The Snezek Institute is named for Paul Snezek, former library director at Wheaton College, who mentored many Christian librarians in academic settings. The Snezek Institute is an intensive, in-person experience that uses a cohort model – all participants attend the same sessions. This allows for extended conversation, collaboration, and a confidential setting to discuss hard issues.  

The Snezek Library Leadership Institute is a program under the auspices of the CCCU Library Leadership Council. 

Welcome to Messiah University!

We hope you enjoy your visit to our campus. This guide will provide helpful information during your stay. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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(Please note that the schedule is based on Eastern Time)

Wednesday July 12, 2022

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration (Eisenhower Campus Center Lower Level Lobby)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Informal Pre-Conference Discussion & Explore the Campus

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Welcome/Introductions: Jenni Breems, Linda Poston, Director of Murray Library and Dr. Dave Weaver-Zercher, Asst. Provost, Professor of American Religious History (Martin Commons in Lottie)

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Dinner (Martin Commons in Lottie)

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Things that Make for Peace: Enacting Reconciliation

Keynote by Mike Jordan, Dean of Chapel at Houghton University (Murray Library, Athenaeum)

8:15 pm – 9:15 pm Library Tour & Reception (Murray Library, Reception on Lower Level)

Thursday July 13, 2022

7:45 am – 8:30 am Breakfast (Martin Commons in Lottie)

8:30 am – 9:00 am Devotional by Dr. Todd Allen, VP for Diversity Affairs (Murray Library, Athenaeum)

9:00 am – 10:15 am Creating a Foundation for Teamwork: Tools for Combating Dysfunction

Presenters: Brent Etzel, Dean of Library and Archives and Associate Professor of Library and Archives, Wheaton College, and Rachelle Waldon,Director of Library Services, North Central University (Murray Library, Athenaeum)

10:15 am – 10:45 am Coffee Break (Murray Library, Athenaeum)

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Positively Addressing Conflict in Campus Copyright Guidance: The Wheaton College Experience (Murray Library, Athenaeum)

Presenter: Steve Oberg, Copyright Compliance Liaison/Systems Librarian, Wheaton College and Adjunct Lecturer, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Facilitator: Brent Etzel, Dean of Library and Archives and Associate Professor of Library and Archives, Wheaton College

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch (Martin Commons in Lottie)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Bias in the Stacks: Seeking Justice on the Shelves (Murray Library, Athenaeum)

Presenters:  Elizabeth Kielley, Discovery and Metadata Librarian, Messiah University and Sarah Myers, Public Services Librarian, Messiah University

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Break

2:15 pm Leave for off-campus excursion to Harrisburg (Circle Drive in front of Eisenhower Student Center)

3:00 pm Tour of the Pennsylvania State Capitol

6:00 pm Dinner at Stocks on Second in Harrisburg, PA (see menu options available)

Friday July 14, 2022

7:45 am – 8:30 am Breakfast (Martin Commons in Lottie)

8:30 am – 9:00 am Devotional by Emily Bingham, Teaching Ministries Pastor, Director of Campus Ministries (Murray Library, Athenaeum)

9:00 am – 10:15 am When Materials are Challenged

Presenter: Jenni Breems, Director of Library Services, Dordt University (Murray Library, Athenaeum)

10:15 am – 10:45 am Coffee Break (Murray Library, Athenaeum)

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Unstructured Debrief (Murray Library, Athenaeum)

Presenters: Snezek Library Leadership Planning Committee

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch (Martin Commons in Lottie)

Note: Departure/Key and Card Return at Eisenhower Campus Center Lower Lobby Guest Relations Desk.

Messiah University is a nationally ranked, private Christian university located on a scenic 471-acre suburban campus in central Pennsylvania, just 12 miles from the state capital of Harrisburg. The University was founded in 1909 by the Brethren in Christ Church. Today, the University’s faith base is broadly evangelical and includes students and employees from a variety of denominations and Christian faith traditions.

We have an undergraduate population of 2,495 students, hailing from 39 states and 22 countries. 19% of those students come from underrepresented racial, ethnic and cultural populations and 79% of our students are residential. There are over 150 undergraduate programs, with the largest programs being in Nursing, Business, Education, and Engineering. Messiah also has over 30 graduate degree and certificate programs with 736 graduate students enrolled. The majority of these students are pursuing online programs from 38 states around the country. 

The home base for this conference will be at Murray Library, which is located in the heart of campus. See the map below for directions from your housing location. This is the third location for Messiah's library - the first was located in the Harrisburg home of the institution's founder, S.R. Smith in 1908. When the school relocated to Grantham, the library could be found in Old Main, where there was an area for storing the books and a separate reading room. In 1958, the library was moved to the current physical location, which has incurred multiple additions and renovations over the years. 

Along with the changes to the facility itself, the library's collection has also developed. In 1914, there were only 300-400 books, but by 1958, due to the larger space, the number increased to around 48,000 books. When the library expanded in 1977, it was able to accommodate the current collection of 234,000 books. 



CAMPUS ADDRESS (for GPS units): Messiah University, One University Avenue, Mechanicsburg PA 17055

Arrival Options (Harrisburg Airport):
Uber/Lyft = approximately $40 from Harrisburg airport to Messiah campus
Messiah-provided shuttle = $60 (can be split among the number of passengers using the same shuttle)
Payment for Messiah shuttle: cash or check payable to Messiah University when checking in at the Registration Desk

DEADLINE to request Messiah University shuttle is: Wednesday, July 5, 2023


$-Tucker and Co. Bakery, Dillsburg (Baked Goods, Breakfast and Lunch, Gluten Free)

$-Pickle Nickel, Dillsburg (Burgers, American)

$-The Cracked Pot Coffee Shop, Mechanicsburg (Coffee, Breakfast and Lunch)

$-Dalicia’s Ristorante and Bakery, Mechanicsburg (European, Baked Goods)

$-Urban Churn Craft Creamery, Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg (Ice Cream)

$-Chef de Crepe, Camp Hill (Sweet and Savory Crepes)

$-Olive Oil Grill, Camp Hill (Mediterranean, Vegan options)

$$-Road Hawg Barbeque, Dillsburg (Barbeque)

$$-Hellenic Kouzina, Mechanicsburg (Greek)

$$-Café Magnolia, Mechanicsburg (American)

$$-Thea, Mechanicsburg (Loosely Mediterranean, Fancier)

$$-Bonbon Café, Mechanicsburg (Chinese)

$$-Pad Thai, Mechanicsburg (Thai, Vegetarian Options)

$$-El Sol Cantina, Camp Hill (Mexican)

$$-Cork and Fork, Harrisburg (Italian, Fancier)

$$-Millworks, Harrisburg (Farm-to-Table, also houses art studios and a gallery)

$$-Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl (Pennsylvania Dutch All-You-Can-Eat, also a HUGE gift shop)


Things to do (within an hour from Messiah University’s campus):

H-Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg

S-The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg, Gettysburg

H-US Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle

N-Appalachian Trail, Cumberland Valley

      -also runs through Caledonia State Park, Fayetteville

H-Dill’s Tavern, Dillsburg (only Sunday or call ahead)

H-Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg

S-Broad Street Market, Harrisburg

S-Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Harrisburg

S-West Shore Farmer’s Market, Lemoyne

S-Tanger Outlets, Hershey

N-Hershey Gardens, Hershey

A-Hershey’s Chocolate World, Hershey

A-HersheyPark, Hershey

A-ZooAmerica, Hershey

N-Echo Dell Caverns, Hummelstown

H-Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Lancaster

A-Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster

A-Turkey Hill Experience, Columbia

N- Susquehanna National Heritage Area, Wrightsville/Columbia

H-Agricultural and Industrial Museum, York

H-Weightlifting Hall of Fame, York


Key:       H- History/Culture          S- Shopping         N- Nature/Outdoors       A- Amusement