Globalization for the Theological Librarian

I had not thought about “globalization” as documenting worldwide Christianity; but of course learning about and respecting other people and cultures requires information, and that information has to come from somewhere. As an adult I developed a fascination with history. I took an archives class and interned in the special collection/archives of Samford University, and was astounded by the thought that today will one day be history. What needs to be documented today? What needs to be remembered 50 years from now? And how do we preserve that documentation?

The questions are more complicated when they concern another part of the world. In America most of us do not have experience with the rest of the world. As far as American culture is concerned, the melting pot really has melted. But we must not remain so America centered that we do not interact with other cultures. Marginalizing other cultures does them a disservice. And as far as missions goes, we are not called to make disciples of America, but disciples of Christ.

We as librarians can facilitate globalization in our schools by forging partnerships with international schools and along our respective denominational lines. These partnerships will allow our faculty and students to not just learn about other cultures, but to interact and partner with our brothers and sisters all over the world, learning from each other on many levels. Sharing resources and stories, and preserving those as history, can only benefit both cultures. What an exciting prospect!

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One thought on “Globalization for the Theological Librarian

  1. I appreciate how open-minded your assessment of preservation is. The importance of religious texts and artifacts from other cultures is crucial to our understanding of the world, and of ourselves!

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