In the West, we have become accustomed to the benefits of the Digital Revolution. The world’s information is available to us instantly through our digital devices. For hundreds of our partner schools across the Majority World, however, this is not the case. Important theological information is not readily available due to erratic electrical supply, unreliable internet connections, low bandwidth, and expensive internet access costs.
The Theological Book Network has three projects to help our partner schools access digital material:
A curated list of free online resources is placed in every shipped box and posted here. The infrastructure and internet capacity at many schools does not support extended searching for relevant materials. This list allows scholars to more easily access the high-quality materials that are available. To view, click here.
Most of our partner schools have told us that they prefer to receive electronic resources on CD, DVD, or hard drive. Internet costs are very high and electricity is erratic making it difficult to access digital resources. We provide hard drives loaded with theological resources under Creative Commons License to help bridge the gap as schools and their communities move towards a more reliable infrastructure.
The Network launched a pilot project to provide 10 seminary libraries in the Majority World with access to over 250 valuable e-books for 10 years through the JSTOR platform. These schools have the infrastructure but not the financial means to procure these resources.