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 12 months, the editors have introduced jointly in a single-volume anthology the very best contributions to this box. Essays and papers from the earlier 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 might be worthy 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 value and impression 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 vital, A Broadening Conversation affirms vividly that (instead of the ethos of culture and continuity that one may think) a mixture of relied 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 middle of what keeps to make theological librarianship one of these difficult and lucrative vocation.

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