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Vision accepted into theological library collection

Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, copublished by Canadian Mennonite University and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, has been accepted by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) for inclusion in its online collection.

At a celebration of this milestone on April 29, AMBS Librarian Eileen Saner explained that more than 1,500 libraries around the world subscribe to the ATLA Religion Database index. "Each of these libraries has hundreds of users, some thousands," she noted. "These patrons can look in the ATLA Religion Database by topic, author or scripture text and identify articles in thousands of books and journals, including-soon-our own Vision journal." If these libraries don't have their own subscriptions, then the staff will request photocopies of any articles that users want.

In addition, more than 1,200 seminary and university libraries subscribe not only to the database, but also to the full texts of all the publications that are included. Saner explained, "These users will not only identify Vision articles through the index; they also will be able to click through and open up the full text of Vision articles to read on their computers."

Gerald Gerbrandt, president of CMU, said in a note that was read at the celebration, "I trust this will foster increased dialogue between our Anabaptist-Mennonite voice and many others who now will have greater access to this journal. The editorial council, the editors and authors are to be congratulated for the work they have done with and in Vision."

Vision began in fall 2000 and is published two times a year. The spring issue is coordinated and edited by CMU; the fall issue by AMBS. Gordon Zerbe was the first CMU editor and helped to initiate the journal. Dan Epp-Tiessen served as editor for several years, and the current CMU editor is Abe Bergen, director of enrolment services for CMU. The AMBS editor through the ten-year history of Vision has been Mary H. Schertz, professor of New Testament.

An editorial council guides the planning for Vision, and members include representatives from the two denominations, MC Canada and MC USA; representatives from the two schools; and pastors from the two denominations.

This summer a larger celebration will mark the ten-year anniversary of Vision. For more information, see the Vision Web site: Selected articles from all issues are available on this site, as well as information about subscribing and upcoming topics.

Mary E. Klassen | April 2010

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