GlobeTheoLib is a project of Globethics.net and the World Council of Churches. It is an online digital library for Theology and Ecumenism.
In 2016, the GlobeTheoLib projected celebrated its 5th anniversary when the consortium met in September. During that time, a major publication and global digital collection on Ecotheology, Climate Justice and Food Security was launched. The GlobeTheoLib online community now has over 38,000 registered participants, with a clear majority from the global South, and more than 2 million documents are available free-of-charge. The Globethics.net Library now holds 4.9 million documents including those in the Theology Library, available for free to over 180,000 participants worldwide (see www.globethics.net/library/libraries-home). To access GlobeTheoLib please go to www.globethics.net/gtl.
Last year marked the end of the second three-year strategic period of GlobeTheoLib (2014-2016). Globethics.net re-focussed its strategic plan around ethics in higher education, which will be the major programme for the years to come (2017-2020). The aim is to contribute to creating a more ethical society through the education of future leaders for life and sustainable development in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the UNESCO education Framework 2030.
In 2016 there were some major changes in the Globethics.net leadership and library staff: first Andreas Waldvogel, previously the WCC Librarian, joined Globethics.net as Programme Executive Online Library, with particular responsibility for GlobeTheoLib, replacing Stephen Brown and Viktória Kóczián; and Obiora Ike succeeded Christoph Stückelberger as the new Globethics.net Executive Director.
The World Methodist Council is a supporter of GlobeTheoLib and encourages its member churches to take advantage of this valuable online resource.
The GlobeTheoLib Annual Report and accounts for 2016 are available online at www.globethics.net/web/gtl/policy-papers-and-reports. Additionally, the Globethics.net Annual Report 2016, which also features GlobeTheoLib activities during the year, is available at www.globethics.net/about-us/reports.