The Adventist Virtual Library is a project which supports the educational system of the Interamerican Division (IAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its main objectives are the acquisition and management of relevant sources of information for the educational plans of schools and educational institutions of the IAD to provide users access to such sources. Among potential users of the Adventist Virtual Library (AVL) are students from primary and secondary school, university students, faculty and researchers affiliated with Adventist educational institutions within the IAD.
The Adventist Virtual Library (AVL) was created in 2007, and functions under the sponsorship of the Inter-American Division of the Seventh-day Adventists, whose headquarters are located in Miami, Florida, USA. It was created as an initiative of the IAD’s Department of Education. Our sponsor is a non-profit organization. Although the Inter-American Division remains the owner of the BVA, Herbert Fletcher University handles the administrative side.
The AVL is a cybernetic port created to facilitate the access to various databases and links in several languages and diverse educational disciplines that complement the teaching-learning and investigative process in all the educational Adventist institutions that are part of the Inter-American Division.
This project has been a cooperative effort for the purpose of accessing valid academic information at the least possible cost. The users of the AVL will be teachers, students, parents, leaders, and pastors, who are sponsors and members of the Inter-American Adventist Educational system.
The objective of the AVL is to promote the religious aspect which characterizes us as an organization and to contribute to the academic, cultural, and social development of our institutions and constituents.
Mission, Vision, and Values of the AVL
The AVL takes the declarations of Mission, Vision, and Values of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, as its own.
To glorify God, and under the influence of the Holy Spirit, lead every convert to experience a personal and transforming relationship with Christ, enabling the believer to become a disciple in sharing the Everlasting Gospel with everyone.
Every member of the body of Christ living in readiness for the Kingdom of God.
Integrity, unity, respect, glory to God, lifestyle, excellence, and humility, compassion, fairness, commitment.
Premises of the Adventist Virtual Library
“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” —Philemon 1:6
“Happy is the man who has found wisdom, and the man who has acquired understanding.” —Proverbs 3:13
“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” —Proverbs 23:23
“Every human being, created in the image of God, is endowed with a power akin to that of the Creator—individuality, power to think and to do. The men in whom this power is developed are the men who bear responsibilities, who are leaders in enterprise, and who influence character. It is the work of true education to develop this power, to train the youth to be thinkers and not mere reflectors of other men’s thought. Instead of confining their study to that which men have said or written, let students be directed to the sources of truth, to the vast fields opened for research in nature and revelation. Let them contemplate the great facts of duty and destiny, and the mind will expand and strengthen. Instead of educated weaklings, institutions of learning may send forth men strong to think and to act, men who are masters and not slaves of circumstances, men who possess a breadth of mind, clearness of thought, and the courage of their convictions” (Education, 17, 18).
True education “prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come” (Education, 13).