Assistant Professor of Theological Bibliography
BA, Southern Methodist University, 2001
MDiv, Emory University, 2004
MLIS, Florida State University, 2007
Deaconess Myka Kennedy Stephens joined our faculty in May 2014 and has a background in theological libraries as well as library and information ministries on local church and denominational levels.
Myka received her B.A. in English with minors in religious studies and music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She received a Master of Divinity from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and a Master of Science in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. She is also an active member of the American Theological Library Association and the American Library Association.
Called to ministry as a theological librarian, Myka is a deaconess of The United Methodist Church. She is an experienced writer and editor with additional skills in web design, graphic design, social media, and digital archiving. Her hobbies include crochet, knitting, handspinning, sewing, gardening, cooking, birding, and photography. She is mother of two children and married to Darryl W. Stephens, author and Director of United Methodist Studies.
Specialties & Research
Integrated planning and management models for libraries
Open-source software development and solutions for libraries
Human information behavior theories in relation to religious engagement and faith development
Past, present, and future of the lay diaconate in the United Methodist tradition
"Open Source Software in Theological Libraries," with Richard M. Adams and Matthew S. Collins, Summary of Proceedings: Seventieth Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association (2016): 99-110.
"Hosting Conversations in the Library: A User-Centered Approach to Change," Summary of Proceedings: Sixty-ninth Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association (2015): 226-231.
"A Prophetic Voice for Love, Justice, and Service: The Lay Diaconate Embodied by United Methodist Deaconesses and Home Missioners," with Becky Dodson Louter, Currents in Theology and Ministry 42, no. 3 (July 2015): 205-212.
"Partnering with the Parish: Information Behaviors of Faith Communities," Summary of Proceedings: Sixty-eighth Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association (2014): 87-95.
Editor, SRRT Newsletter, Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association, 2008-2011.
"The Ordained Theological Librarian: A Cost Benefit Analysis," Summary of Proceedings: Sixty-first Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association (2007): 142-152.
"Called to Be a Librarian: Theological Librarianship and Ordained Ministry," Summary of Proceedings: Sixtieth Annual Conference of the American Theological Library Association (2006): 273-275.