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because the American Theological Library organization (ATLA) celebrates the real milestone of its sixtieth anniversary this 12 months, 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 ATLA's sixty years, and such a lot noteworthy changes), every one of that's brought by means of a present-day theological librarian.

This assortment could be priceless in lots of methods: as a compendium of knowledge and "best practices" over numerous generations, as a method of securing a snatch of the way ATLA's value and impression as an organization has grown over the years, or even for a way it brings again to mild the lifestyles and paintings of such a lot of wonderful librarians, Raymond Morris (Yale Divinity Library) and Julia Pettee (Union Theological Seminary) between them. much more vital, A Broadening Conversation affirms vividly that (instead of the ethos of culture and continuity that one may perhaps consider) 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 can be on the center of what keeps to make theological librarianship one of these difficult and lucrative vocation.

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