The Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library is a free, multidisciplinary, open access, digital resource of books, literature, multimedia material, and archives collected into a single institutional repository initiated by the global Church of the Nazarene in response to the global need for access to resources for education, lifelong learning, and specifically ministerial preparation.
Rapidly expanding technology has become a two-edged sword, providing the potential for greater access to resources and widening the technology and resource gap between the haves and have-nots. It is a reality that is especially obvious in education. Library resources are crucial to providing quality education. Until recently the expense of filling libraries globally with resources was prohibitive, especially for developing institutions. Beyond traditional campuses, current trends of extension centers, online courses, and video conferencing lectures add pressure to the need for resources. The development of the Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library as a digital, open access resource will help fill the gap for those without adequate resources for their educational pursuits by providing a system for sharing and accessing resources across the globe.
The purpose of the repository is to provide global access to the largest electronic library of Wesleyan-Holiness resources in the world through the development and maintenance of a multilingual, cross-discipline, and cross-cultural collection to support international ministerial preparation, academic excellence, and spiritual development in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. As financial and personnel resources become available, plans are to expand the library to include documents and resources from across the disciplines of education. It is the desire of the Nazarene planners and developers of this digital library that other Wesleyan-Holiness traditions will see fit to join this effort and add their own educational materials and archival resources to the rich collection being developed in this online location.
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