The “Fossick…in our collections” blog is a small part of wider preparations for the 2014 bi-centenary of the Anglican Church in New Zealand. It was created and is maintained by the staff of the John Kinder Theological Library. We aim to showcase the breadth and depth of the library’s archival content, and engage with a wider audience online.
The John Kinder Theological Library holds unique resources (unique to theological libraries, archives and heritage repositories in N.Z and the world). This blog will make available some of the content turned up in our regular research for clients as well as our own contributions as professional librarians.
This blog is also a pilot for other theological libraries in New Zealand to demonstrate the pros and cons of this communications format.
The John Kinder Theological Library is the library and archive for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia Te Hahi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Niu Tireni, ki Nga Moutere o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa. It was formerly known as the Kinder Library, St John’s Theological College.
The collection includes 85,000 books, DVDs, CDs and some older audio and video tapes, as well as both print and electronic copies of journals. Most resources are in the subject areas of Biblical study, theology, ministry, Anglicanism, church history, missions and pastoral care. There are smaller collections of Maori and Pacific resources, and extensive print and archive and manuscript collections in church history for New Zealand and parts of the Pacific.
The Library is a resource for the whole Anglican Church, not just for St John’s College. It also holds the former library from Trinity Methodist Theological College which has been on the St John’s College campus since 1973. The library is also a resource for the Methodist Church of New Zealand Te Hahi Weteriana O Aotearoa.