Digital Libraries

History of Missiology

The longest standing digital library project is the History of Missiology project that began as a collaboration between the Theology Library and the Center for Global Christianity and Mission. Professor Dana L. Robert, the director of the Center approached the Theology Library in 2003, asking if the Library would be willing to digitize texts that she routinely uses in teaching a graduate course in the History of Christian Mission. What began as a web site designed for that course has grown to include biographical information about missionaries as well as texts by and about missionaries. Building on early informal efforts to digitize portions of the collection, the Mugar Memorial Library began supporting the project by funding the scanning of approximately 1000 books through the Internet Archive. This portal provides online access biographical material about missionaries as well as to classic writings in the history of Protestant mission thought, including works on mission theology, theory, and strategy. The scope has been primarily protestant missionaries with a geographical focus on mission work in Africa and East Asia. Most of the digitized texts were published in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Open Content Alliance

Boston Public Libraries, through its participation in the Boston Library Consortium, is a member of the Open Content Alliance (OCA) is a collaborative effort of a group of cultural, technology, nonprofit, and governmental organizations from around the world that helps build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia material. An archive of contributed material is available on the Internet Archive website and through Yahoo! and other search engines and sites.

Boston University Libraries selects books from its collection each year to be digitized and added to the BLC collection on the Internet Archive.