The Sharing the Word Project was set up to address the many problems faced by Catholic seminary libraries in the 21st century, especially in the majority world. These problems include isolation, poverty of resources, a lack of funding and of trained library staff as well as the inability to access adequate digital resources.
The Sharing the Word Project has several objectives to address these problems. They include
- Providing Catholic seminaries with adequate information and formation resources needed for a sound education and formation of ministers of Sacrament and Gospel.
- Building up and improving existing print-based libraries and making their content more accessible with good cataloguing and search facilities.
- Automating library functions to achieve this, especially by promoting and assisting with the installation of the Koha open source library system and other access solutions.
- Helping seminaries to get access to online resources and negotiating affordable access to information databases.
- Maximizing access to open source material and building up a major information resource that can be used to supplement and if necessary be a substitute for commercial databases.
- Educating library staff in good library and information management practices and promoting cooperation and information exchange at local level.
- Maintaining a website to make the Project's various initiatives known and to provide a means of mutual communication (see http://sharingtheword.info/).
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