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Title: The role of libraries in the mission of the Church
Authors: Spiteri, Josephine (2003)
Keywords: Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Malta
Libraries -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Laity -- Catholic Church
Catholic Church -- Missions
Issue Date: 2003
Citation: Spiteri, J. (2003). The role of libraries in the mission of the Church (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: The Church in Malta has a number of libraries, most of which are for the spiritual formation of its religious members. During the past century, however, she has opened a number of them for and to the general public. Some contain purely religious matter, in order to serve the Church's primary mission, that of saving souls. Others contain works intended to aid in the Church's secondary mission, that of improving life for its members as far as is possible. Still others contain a mixture of religious and general matter. Before branch libraries had come into existence, some parishes were already running their own, highly successful, lending libraries. Other libraries were set up in order to provide the necessary back-up for various Church lay organisations such as the MUSEUM, the Cana Movement, etc. What happens to these libraries after a time? Do they fulfil the function for which they were created, or are they forced to close because of lack of patronage, or for some other reason? Is the Church making full use of these facilities available to her? Or is a good opportunity to reach people by means of these libraries being lost? If these libraries are forced to close, or drastically reduce their opening hours, where does the fault lie? A general overview of the situation of religious libraries in Malta will be given. Then a closer look will be taken at some of these libraries, their staff, their holdings, the people who use them. What of the people (e.g. those in lay organizations) who do not use such libraries, which were opened for their own development? Is it just because they "cannot be bothered" to spend time in a library? Or do they feel that their particular library is irrelevant to them, or holds obsolete stock, or the person on duty there (who will rarely be a qualified librarian) cannot help them to satisfy their needs? The study will conclude with some suggestions as to what should be done to improve matters.
Description: B.A.RELIGIOUS STUD.
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