Theological Librarianship 2018-12-12T00:29:53-06:00 Editorial Board Open Journal Systems <p><em>Theological Librarianship&nbsp;</em>is an&nbsp;open access journal publishing essays, columns, critical reviews, bibliographic essays, and peer-reviewed articles on various aspects of theological librarianship and its contribution to theological education. The purposes of<em>&nbsp;Theological Librarianship&nbsp;</em>are to foster the professional development of theological librarians and to contribute to and enrich the profession of theological librarianship.</p> Theological Librarianship at 10 2018-12-12T00:29:53-06:00 Jennifer Woodruff Tait <p><em>Theological Librarianship</em> was the result of careful planning and part of a long history of ATLA members writing about their profession. It has committed itself over the years to&nbsp;&nbsp;talking about issues relevant to the profession; thinking through the implications of new technology; and publishing articles that appeal to a variety of librarians and come from a variety of sources. This editorial surveys its first decade of history and concludes with some thoughts for the future of the journal.</p> 2018-10-19T16:46:31-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Introducing the Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) 2018-12-12T00:29:53-06:00 Thomas E. Phillips Drew Baker Ann Hidalgo <p>This article introduces the Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL), a new, fully open access digital library for religious studies. The OADTL, curated by professional librarians and employing OCLC's integrated library system, seeks to apply the principles of professional librarianship to make all open access content in religious studies fully discoverable to a global audience. The initial collections contain over 100,000 ebooks and over 200,000 full text, peer-reviewed, articles. The project is funded by a not-for-profit corporation, the Digital Theological Library, a 501c3 charity. Collections include recently published OA content, dissertations, public domain documents, and books from institutional repositories--as well content for Open Access journals. Much of the content is cataloged as e-content for the first time in this library. There are no fees of any kind for use.</p> 2018-10-23T13:02:29-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fake News, Confirmation Bias, the Search for Truth, and the Theology Student 2018-12-12T00:29:52-06:00 William Badke <p>In an era in which the reliability of many kinds of information are in question, the theological library has a crucial role to play in guiding students in their evaluation of the resources available to them both within and outside of our collections.&nbsp; Confirmation bias creates a strong obstacle, as does the tendency for theological students to create fortresses of belief that prevent them from fully engaging with all views and evaluating them both openly and effectively.&nbsp; While students may have varying opinions about the possibility of finding truth, they need to discover the best means to come to a strong measure of certainty.</p> 2018-10-23T15:07:22-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Theological Librarians and Collection Management 2018-12-12T00:29:52-06:00 Robert J Mayer <p>Theological libraries exist in a changing educational environment. New technologies impact how library services and library resources are managed and provided for students and faculty. This essay describes the formation of the 2015 collection management policy for the libraries of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a multi-campus graduate school that trains students for service in congregations, religious organizations and ministries, and in mental health practice. The article suggests that collection management policy development must be collaborative and align with the mission, degree programs, and courses offered by the school. Moreover, it must serve all students--those in residence, those who commute to campus, and those who study through distance courses and programs. Library directors must engage their library professionals, faculty, students, and senior administrators.</p> 2018-10-23T13:33:33-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Theological Libraries in Prison 2018-12-12T00:29:51-06:00 Jennifer Woodruff Tait <p>For over 200 years, American prisons have operated library programs. Today, many colleges and seminaries with prison programs leading to theological degrees are working with how to provide resources to their incarcerated students. Here, several librarians share how they are meeting the challenges.</p> 2018-10-23T15:12:01-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Library Services for the North Carolina Field Minister Program 2018-12-12T00:29:51-06:00 Jason Fowler 2018-10-23T15:18:12-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Prison Theological Librarianship 2018-12-12T00:29:51-06:00 Jeff Griffin 2018-10-23T15:31:38-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Providing Library Services to Prisoners 2018-12-12T00:29:50-06:00 David Brian Malone <p>Libraries are necessary to the educational process. Access to resources for incarcerated students is a challenge. Hekman Library supports the Calvin Prison Initiative in ways that support the educational mission of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.</p> 2018-10-23T15:35:39-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Recent Research in Religion 2018-12-12T00:29:50-06:00 Martha Adkins <p>This paper reports the results of a study of the citations accompanying research published over ten years in the fields of theology, religious studies, and biblical studies. The purpose of the citation analysis project was to determine patterns of material usage by scholars in the discipline of Religion. The project proposed to seek answers to questions that frequently cross the minds of theological librarians, including, among others, the types of sources used by researchers in our fields, the prominence of primary sources, the currency of sources cited, dominant languages of publication and research, and most frequently used journals.&nbsp;</p> <p>A sample of peer-reviewed articles from these fields, chosen from journals indexed by the ATLA Religion Database, was examined from a variety of angles. 4107 cited references from 96 articles were analyzed for source type, publication language, dating, and authorship; articles were further examined for the peer review status of the publishing journal and the subject area covered.&nbsp;</p> <p>The cited references of the 96 articles analyzed were primarily monographs, published in English, published and created within the decades before the publication of the citing articles, and most had a single author. The 14 most frequently cited journals covered topics in religion and the social sciences.</p> <p>&nbsp;The results reported here are expected to be informative to theological librarians in making collection development decisions and building subject liaison relationships. Librarians may choose monograph acquisitions over other types, or consider promoting other types of resources differently to encourage use. Theological librarians might consider subscribing to journal titles which overlap in subject coverage with the social sciences. Librarians and discipline faculty will likely find many conversation points among the data presented here.</p> 2018-10-23T16:06:38-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Theological Libraries and Scholarly Publishing in Religion and Theology 2018-12-12T00:29:49-06:00 Andrew J. Keck <p>Theological libraries and scholarly publishing in religion and theology operate within multiple overlapping contexts and economic markets: faith communities, theological education, scholars, libraries, and publishing. This paper will complete an analysis of available religious publishing and theological library purchasing trends in order to create a thicker description of the system of scholarly communication. Even allowing for degrees of uncertainty in the data presented, there remains a significant disconnect in the rising collective costs for publishing versus the declining expenditures among theological libraries. The trend appears to be that the average theological library is purchasing a declining portion of the scholarship. The evidence may suggest an increasingly unsustainable market.</p> 2018-10-23T16:29:34-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Book of Revelation and Its Interpreters: Short Studies and an Annotated Bibliography 2018-12-12T00:29:49-06:00 Martha Adkins 2018-10-23T16:35:02-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Archives in Libraries 2018-12-12T00:29:49-06:00 Christopher J. Anderson 2018-10-23T16:41:57-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Leadership in Theological Education 2018-12-12T00:29:48-06:00 Bob Phillips 2018-10-23T16:48:09-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Pastor's Library: An Annotated Bibliography of Biblical and Theological Resources for Ministry 2018-12-12T00:29:48-06:00 Craig Rosenbeck 2018-10-23T16:53:32-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##