The goal of this index, first published by Norma Olin Ireland as Index to Inspiration (Faxon, 1976) and well-reviewed in library journals is to help inspire speakers and writers who wish to address others effectively and imaginatively on all manner of subjects, early and modern, serious and humorous, with some emphasis on current problems of the day, especially on topics of moral significance. The word "inspiration" is used in the broad sense of the term, meaning not only religious but creative inspiration as well. The first edition analyzed 220 books; the second edition retains the original concept, analyzing 396 books published primarily between 1975 and 1990, with additional subheadings.
Joseph Sprug (MA, MLS, Catholic University) has taught both philosophy and library science. For numerous years he has held full-time administrative positions in college/university, public, and special libraries. He has reviewed hundreds of books, made indexes for more than 500 books, edited a periodical index, had ten books published (all indexes), and served on national professional library associations. With Norma Olin Ireland, he co-compiled the fifth supplement to Index to Fairy Tales, covering 1978-1986 (Scarecrow, 1989).