You Know You’ve Found a Good Research Library When…

December 9, 2010 — 2 Comments

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Anderson Campbell

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  • Andy Gingrich

    nothing quite like the moment when you discover a book like that. those are the ones you want to buy for people as it’s 1)awesome & 2)don’t want to let out of your grubby fingers

  • Anderson Campbell

    Martyn Percy is the Principal at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, UK, and is one of the smartest people I’ve ever been around. One of his books was a recommended read for our cohort’s Advance, but it was hard to come by. And it cost nearly $100. But this library has that book also. This particular book is his newest offering, published in August just before we made the trek to see him and stay at Ripon. I just happened to see it as I was browsing the stacks for another book. If I’m correct, this book is much of what his lecture was about: how the implicit theology of a congregation or denomination is often coded in how people talk and act about God.From norms surrounding congregational care to how a church smells to what (and indeed event the presence of) the greeting time looks like, all these things reflect an implicit theology that may or may not be consistent with their articulated theology. Anyway, the presence of this book (as well as others I came across) bolstered my confidence that I have found a research library local to me that will have much of what I need in the coming years. ILL is great, but for me it is no substitute for roaming the stacks, browsing books nearby the one I’m hunting, and making piles all around me in my little corral.