BETH is an ecumenical association of European national theological library organizations as well as single libraries. It has a membership of nearly 1500 libraries, spreading from north to south, east to west of Europe.
BETH builds networks and establishes contacts, supports and promotes cooperation, stimulates library development, serves the interests of European theological libraries and works for the preservation of the rich cultural patrimony found in the theological and ecclesiastical libraries of Europe.
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The Presentations of the 42nd BETH Assembly in Paris to be found here!
André Geuns, who passed from this life on 26 May 2013, was one of the founding fathers and a true driving force in BETH for many years.
In 1998 he wrote an article about theological libraries, together with Barbara Wolf-Dahm, about the history and activities of the International Council of Associations of Theological Libraries (now known as BETH). You’ll find the article here.
In 1990 he took leave from his job as librarian from the library of the Theological Faculty in Tilburg, Netherlands. His speech was recorded (in Dutch).
Dr. Andre Geuns (26/05/2013) †
Andre Geuns, worked in the Netherlands, lived in Rome and born in Belgium, I knew him well. As librarian of the Theological Faculty of Tilburg he was the collegue proximus. As president of the Association for Theological Bibliothecariaat in the Netherlands (VTB) and successor to Dr.. Rudolf van Dijck (o.carm.), he has always very welcoming to me at our many meetings with the VTB.
Andre was well liked and respected by the first presidents of the Conseil International des associations de bibliothèques de théologie (International Council of theological library Associations), ie Father JFH Ooms (O.F.M.) and Father H. Morlion (SJ) and the editor of the “Clavis foliorum periodicorum” and “Guide of the Theological Libraries in Flanders and the Netherlands”, Willem Audenaert (O. Carm.) with whom he worked. During his time at Tilburg, he was responsible for many important projects: building a large faculty library, introducing a restoration program for rare books, publishing several exhibition catalogues, integration of deposit collections etc.
As president (1989-2002) of the “Conseil”, (later named BETH), he ensured that BETH focused its attention on Eastern Europe and to the important contacts with ATLA (American Theological Library Association). Thanks to him BETH now works on a wider European and international platform. I have fond memories of our general meetings in Paris, Strasbourg, Krakow, Panonhalma, Vienna etc. but especially in Rome, where very interesting contacts were made with colleagues from across Europe and the USA. As president he only missed one Assembly, Salamanca, due to illness.
I also met him regularly when he came to the Leuven University Hospital for treatment for his illness, which sadly in the end defeated him.
Requiescat in pace cum sanctis
During the Belfast meeting in september 2012 BETH decided to join the International Consortium of the Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism, GlobeTheoLib.
ATLA Welcomes Seven Titles to ATLASerials®
Index theologicus Berlin/Tübingen, 19 November 2012 – The academic publishing house De Gruyter has signed a cooperative agreement making its entire collection of journals in theology and religious studies available to Tübingen University Library’s Index Theologicus. This comprehensive database contains … Continue reading