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The workshop addressed online resources for libraries and examined the future of the library. In addition, three partnering academic institutions received an extensive assessment and report of their libraries. You can read about Sandy’s experience in his own words: The highlight of my recent trip to Davao, Philippines on behalf of the Jaffray Centre had to be the seminar I led for local theological librarians on the future of libraries. I confess to having been quite nervous about this presentation. “This has to be about the future of their libraries,” I thought. “What do I know

about that?” Well, I had a chance to assess three libraries prior to that presentation, so I got some idea of the work these libraries have accomplished despite the difficulties they face because of lack of money and personnel. So I decided to turn the seminar from a didactic presentation into a moderated discussion. The 26 participants discussed such topics as: What does your library do well? If you could change one thing about your library, what would it be? In this time of undersupply, how can we attract librarians to our institutions? In what ways could our libraries collaborate for

FRESH WAYS OF LOOKING AT GOD’S GLOBAL MISSION

our collective benefit? In discussing the final question, we discovered that the theological libraries in the Davao area had been working in isolation from one another for decades. Toward the end of the discussion, a respected librarian stood up and invited her colleagues to meet together in a month’s time to discuss ways of working together. That was the very thing I had hoped would happen! (I felt like dancing, but I knew somebody— probably me—would get hurt if I did). The angExchange shows no signs of slowing down. Recently, Jaffray firstPeoples convener Rev. Ray Aldred was invited to visit a Christian liberal arts college in the Philippines as a guest speaker for their faculty retreat. In June, Ray presented on “Character Formation in the Christian University.” Jaffray director, Dr. Charles Cook already has plans underway for another teaching exchange this fall. And after that? Stay in touch: we welcome fresh ideas and qualified professionals. u

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...fresh ways of looking at God’s global mission

Perspectives August 2017  

fresh ways of looking at God’s global mission Perspectives is published twice a year for the Jaffray Centre for Global Initiatives at Ambro...

Perspectives August 2017  

fresh ways of looking at God’s global mission Perspectives is published twice a year for the Jaffray Centre for Global Initiatives at Ambro...