Each of the communities hosting or participating in one of the programs of the Camphill Academy maintains a community library that includes the basic resources needed to support the specific learning experiences offered to its members. Students are also expected to find and access local resources, such as public library systems and local college or university libraries, including the interlibrary loan facilities available through these. In addition, students and faculty are encouraged to use the following resources:
Rudolf Steiner Library
The Rudolf Steiner Library is the lending and mail-order library of the Anthroposophical Society in America. It includes a wide range of holdings, many of which are directly relevant to the programs and courses offered in the Camphill Academy. The catalog can be searched online and librarians are available to provide assistance. Borrowing service is free for members of the Anthroposophical Society, and students are strongly encouraged to join the Anthroposophical Society, a supporting organization for the School of Spiritual Science, with which the Camphill Academy is affiliated. Non-members can access the library for an annual fee.
Project Gutenberg is a free, searchable electronic library. Its contents are based on previously published editions of books, for which copyrights have expired, and which are now in the public domain. This includes most of the ‘classics’ of Western literature.
Collections of Rudolf Steiner’s Work
The Camphill Academy is dedicated to the cultivation of Anthroposophy, the approach to Spiritual Science developed by Rudolf Steiner. Rudolf Steiner’s complete works are published by the Rudolf Steiner Archiv in Dornach, Switzerland, a subsidiary of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung that holds the rights to Steiner’s scientific, literary and artistic estate. The sources listed below were developed after the copyrights to some of Steiner’s works expired. They are not affiliated with the Rudolf Steiner Archiv in Dornach, Switzerland. They may be helpful to students of Steiner’s work. However, no guarantee can be given for the accuracy of the texts provided.
- Rudolf Steiner Online Archiv – Based at Brigham Young University’s Department of German Studies and Slavic Languages, this collection brings together previously published German editions of Rudolf Steiner’s writings and lectures, as well as previously published translations into English and other languages.
- RS Archive – This independent, non-profit initiative provides access to previously published English translations of Rudolf Steiner’s writings and lectures, as well as previously published German editions (and some other translations). It also includes original (not previously published) translations, which may be of poor quality and need to be treated with caution.
The Online Waldorf Library
The Online Waldorf Library is a project of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education and provides access to publications on Waldorf education and related subjects.
RoSE: Research on Steiner Education
An open-access, peer-reviewed journal on Steiner/Waldorf education, co-sponsored by Rudolf Steiner University College (Oslo, Norway) and Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Alfter, Germany), Research on Steiner Education (RoSE) publishes empirical, theoretical and philosophical research serving the theoretical and practical development of Steiner/Waldorf education within the contemporary globalizing world.
Open Access Journals
Peer-reviewed scholarly and professional articles in a wide range of subject areas are made available through open access journals. Several directories will be particularly helpful to those seeking to find current scholarly and professional literature:
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – Provided by Lund University Library in Sweden, this service covers free, full-text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in all subjects and languages.
- Open J-Gate – This is another searchable database of peer-reviewed and professional open access journals in all subject areas.
- Free Electronic Journals – Sorted by subject areas and journal titles, this list, maintained by the library of the University of Nevada, provides links to a wide range of peer-reviewed open access journals for browsing.
- Directory of Open Access Scholarly Journals in Education – The American Educational Research Association (AERA) provides this subject-specific directory through the Center for Educational Research for Global Sustainability at Arizona State University.
Open Access Repositories
Institutional repositories hold documents generated by members of universities, colleges, institutes and scholarly associations. The Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) is a quality-controlled, searchable directory, maintained by Lund University Library in Sweden, which provides access to academic works across many subject areas.
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Advertised by the U.S. Department of Education, which hosts this database, as the “world’s largest digital library of education literature”, ERIC provides searchable access to comprehensive bibliographic records of education literature and full-text articles.
Disclaimer: The resources listed here are not maintained by the Camphill Academy, Camphill Special School, Inc., or any of its affiliates. Links are provided as a service to students and faculty, and do not imply endorsement. As with all sources, users are expected to exercise independent judgment and discretion in evaluating the reliability, merits and flaws of any publication accessed through this site.
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