• Friday , 22 September 2017

Celebrating Upper Room Intern Emily Sears


The Upper Room is often blessed to have dedicated and talented interns and students who spend a school semester—or two—working in various areas of our ministry. We want to publicly say “thank you” for the work and energy these interns bring to our Nashville, Tennessee offices.

Today, we celebrate and thank Emily Sears!

Emily Sears is from Rockwall, Texas, a suburb thirty minutes east of Dallas. She graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth with a Bachelor of History; she is now getting a Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

Emily is working in The Upper Room library, where she has completed an inventory of the library’s rare book collection and historical documents. She is organizing the library’s card catalog in preparation for putting the collection online. In the Strategic Initiatives area, Emily is tagging metadata for older issues of The Upper Room. This will allow people to search The Upper Room’s online archives for devotionals by subject.

Emily has had a great time putting what she is learning in school into real-life practice through her library and metadata work. She says, “The most surprising thing came while inventorying The Upper Room’s rare books. Some of the books are from the 17th century, making them the oldest thing I’ve ever handled. As a history nerd, it was quite exciting for me! Having to wear gloves while working with them made me feel extremely official.” The Upper Room’s Library is available to the public, in addition to our museum, chapel, and bookstore. Through Emily’s work, the library’s system will be organized and readily accessible.

Emily plans to complete her Masters and hopes to either work in a library setting or in some type of research position.



  1. Sharon
    November 12, 2015 at 1:51 pm Reply

    We’re so glad you’re here, Emily! Thanks for sharing you talents with us.

  2. Shawn Bakker
    November 12, 2015 at 4:32 pm Reply

    Thanks for the joy you bring to your work!

  3. Jennifer
    November 13, 2015 at 8:52 am Reply

    So glad you are enjoying your internship!! BUT, we miss you!

  4. Ed Schwaneke
    November 13, 2015 at 9:50 am Reply

    Glad you are having “fun” while you work. Perfect!

  5. Sara Chaney
    November 14, 2015 at 9:12 am Reply

    Proud of you, Emily! What great work you are doing! Enjoy.

  6. Trisha Mundy
    December 10, 2015 at 8:47 am Reply

    Emily, it is a joy to see you every day. I’m so glad you’re here!

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