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 ATLA's sixty years, and so much noteworthy changes), every one of that's brought via a present-day theological librarian.

This assortment may be helpful in lots of methods: as a compendium of knowledge and "best practices" over a number of generations, as a way of securing a clutch of ways ATLA's significance and effect as an organization has grown over the years, or even for a way it brings again to gentle the lifestyles and paintings of such a lot of high-quality 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 may think) a mixture of relied on workouts with perpetual swap is what has constantly been at the menu for theological librarians of their day-by-day paintings. this is often on the middle of what maintains to make theological librarianship this type of demanding and lucrative vocation.

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