From Dean Malloy: Dear Sisters and Brothers,
As the storm begins to overtake the area, many Manhattan businesses are closing early. Some transit lines are shutting down, some are asking people to travel as soon as possible, and some are adding additional trains to absorb the surge of travelers. NJ has asked for drivers to be off the road by 2:00.
For the safety of our commuting students, faculty, and staff, GTS will officially close at 1:30 today, that is, immediately after lunch. All seminary meetings and events -- business, academic, social, and pastoral -- scheduled after 1:30 are hereby cancelled. Some of us may think it prudent to leave before 1:30. Will you please work that out in your departments, and will you please err on the side of safety?
Fr. Kadel will soon issue a letter about the Library. The current plan is for it to remain open until 5:00 or 6:00 today but to be closed tomorrow. I am writing this only to give you general information. The upcoming memo from Father Kadel should be read as the Seminary's official statement.
Please remember, as I wrote to you last night, that the funeral of Father Roger Gentile will not be celebrated tomorrow but will be postponed until the following Saturday.
The Rev. Canon Patrick Malloy, PhD Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Liturgics The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church
From Fr. Kadel:
Due to the weather, the Keller Library will close at 6 p.m. today (Friday, February 8). The Library will be closed all day on Saturday February 9. On Sunday, February 10, the library will be open its normal hours 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Our intention is to keep the Library open for the use of people who live on campus as much as possible. Since the serious storm is predicted to come in in the evening, we will close at 6 instead of 8 pm. Snow accumulation and leftover storm activity are likely to make access to the library difficult on Saturday until the snow is cleared, so we will not open on Saturday. Sunday should be back to normal. And, of course, all of you will be in the Library on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. for our e-books orientation. ;-)
Library resources, including online journals and e-books, continue to be available at http://library.gts.edu.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
Drew and the Library Staff
-- Andrew G. Kadel Director of the Christoph Keller, Jr. Library General Theological Seminary