A Broadening Conversation: Classic Readings in Theological by Melody McMahon,David R. Stewart,Melody Layton McMahon

By Melody McMahon,David R. Stewart,Melody Layton McMahon

because the American Theological Library organization (ATLA) celebrates the real milestone of its sixtieth anniversary this yr, the editors have introduced jointly in a single-volume anthology the superior contributions to this box. Essays and papers from the previous sixty years are grouped into six topical chapters (theological librarianship's features, dimensions, academic function, settings, improvement inside of ATLA's sixty years, and such a lot noteworthy changes), each one of that is brought via a present-day theological librarian.

This assortment is perhaps necessary in lots of methods: as a compendium of knowledge and "best practices" over a number of generations, as a method of securing a grab of the way ATLA's value and effect as an organization has grown over the years, or even for how it brings again to gentle the lifestyles and paintings of such a lot of tremendous librarians, Raymond Morris (Yale Divinity Library) and Julia Pettee (Union Theological Seminary) between them. much more very important, A Broadening Conversation affirms vividly that (instead of the ethos of culture and continuity that one could feel) a mixture of depended on exercises with perpetual switch is what has consistently been at the menu for theological librarians of their day-by-day paintings. this is often on the center of what keeps to make theological librarianship this sort of demanding and worthwhile vocation.

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