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Librarians Come Together to Help New Zealand College

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L to R: Debbie Bradshaw, library director at Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City; Lon Dagley, computer services librarian at MNU; Meagan Towle, Library Media Specialist at North Modified Unified School District Waterville, Vermont; Noreen Del Rosario, Library Director at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, Manila, Philippines.

Lon Dagley, MNU computer services librarian and three other librarians from the U.S. and the Philippines spent 18 days in Auckland, New Zealand this July as they cataloged and organized the Nazarene Theological College – Auckland library. The dream of Dagley, his daughter, Elizabeth Dagley Graham (’04) and son-in-law Jaron Graham, the library has been two years in the making. The Graham’s make their home in New Zealand and are missionaries helping to train and equip pastors and lay people for the New Zealand District Church of the Nazarene and give leadership to the recently developed theological college.

Over the last two years, Dagley and others have sent books to New Zealand, one 50-pound airline-checked bag at a time, to populate the collection. MNU, Nazarene Bible College and at least two other organizations donated books. Then last December, a shipment of 2,700 books in 88 boxes arrived, leaving Elizabeth and Jaron with a happy problem--how to organize the collection.   

Enter the team of librarians. Altogether, they cataloged 4,413 books to set up the library this summer. They also found time to explore the sights and sounds of New Zealand, including a Maori village, Hobbiton, and the glow worms. They returned to the U.S. with a sense of the cultural diversity of New Zealand and gratitude for a successful project. 

The library will be used by the students of NTC-Auckland and the pastors of New Zealand. Dagley says this library now ranks among one of the best in the church of the Nazarene on the Asia-Pacific Region. 

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