Friday, December 21, 2012

Orthodox advice for starting a church library

John W. Truslow, Jr. has written a concise, thoughtful and encouraging article on starting a church library at the St Vladimir's Seminary Press website.  Although the article originally dates back to 2001 and comes from a distinctly  Orthodox perspective, what he says is worth considering for anyone wanting to start a church library or for those who are evaluating their current congregational library.  His practical advice is especially useful for small churches.
Two things about the word library need saying here. First parish/mission lending libraries simply must not be seen as being comparable or in competition with either of the following:
(a) seminary libraries with all their many obligations and objectives including research and scholarly publication; or, (b) public libraries with their incredible apparent mandate to be all things to all interest groups in the general body politic.
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