Theological Librarianship <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> en-US <center></center> <p>Articles published in <em>Theological Librarianship&nbsp;</em>are licensed under <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Creative Commons CC-BY-NC</a>.</p> (Editorial Board) (ATLA Member Programs) Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:06:37 -0500 OJS 60 Full Text - Volume 11, Issue 1 Jennifer Woodruff Tait ##submission.copyrightStatement## Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:07:33 -0500 We're All Librarians Now? Jennifer Woodruff Tait ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Seeing the Salzburgers in their Books <p>The “Salzburger Collection” that once belonged to the group of pietist Lutherans who emigrated from Salzburg, Austria to Ebenezer, Georgia in 1734 and is now preserved at the Crumley Archives in Columbia, SC, contains 160 books printed 1615-1824. After a brief history and record of provenance of the collection, this essay focuses on books that demonstrate the connection to the pietist center of Halle (Germany) and devotion to the pietist forerunner Johann Arndt, as well as a prayer book believed to contain the “London Liturgy” passed on to the emigrant community by the Lutheran chaplain of their English patron, King George II. The collection was evaluated in light of reports and letters from earliest members of the community and their supporters as well as inscriptions and other unique identifiers, giving preferences to those volumes in the collection most closely tied to earliest members of the community. In so doing, it becomes clear that while sweeping assumption about a community based upon the presence of a book in such a collection are ill-advised, when proper attention is given to matters of provenance, the contents of a library do reflect the values of a community.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Timothy Scott Reeves ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:24:26 -0500 The Open Access Availability of Articles from Highly Ranked Religious Studies Journals <p>Across the past decade, open access (OA) journal scholarship has seen a massive global increase. Scant research, however, has been done to examine the effect of this trend on religious studies journal scholarship. This article seeks to explore the current state of OA scholarship among journals covering religion. To examine the state of OA scholarship among journals of religious studies, the OA availability of articles from ten, peer-reviewed, religious studies journals were examined. Using the SCImago Journal &amp; Country Rank, a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database, the ten most highly rated journals in mid-2015, according to the SJR indicator, were selected for evaluation. Articles that appeared in the journal volumes published in 2014 were selected for analysis, and were identified through online research databases and journal websites which provided bibliographic information. Only articles and essays dealing with research were included. A total of 377 articles were included in the study. Of the 377 articles examined, OA versions were found for 132 (35%) of them. Approximately one third of articles (33.3%) were located in multiple locations, with more than half of all OA articles found (53.0%) on either Institutional or Subject repositories, or, on the social networking sites or Of the total number of OA articles found, 87 (65.9%) were found by both Google and Google Scholar, and 43 (32.6%) were found by only Google or Google Scholar, but not both. The results indicate that religious studies journal scholarship is not widely archived and made available as OA, as a regular practice. Results also indicate that those scholars who publish in journals covering religious studies and who embrace open access, make strong use of either institutional or subject repositories and/or social networking sites to make their scholarship openly available. The relatively low rate of OA religious studies journal scholarship, has limited support in previous literature. While the results of this study indicate an increase in the OA availability of religious studies journal scholarship, as compared to previous findings, scholars and journals of religion still lag behind other disciplines in the output of OA research.</p> Joshua M. Avery ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:42:27 -0500 A Gentle Introduction to Topic Modeling Using Python <p>Topic modeling is a data mining method which can be used to understand and categorize large corpora of data; as such, it is a tool which theological librarians can use in their professional workflows and scholarly practices. In this article I provide a gentle introduction to topic modeling for those who have no prior knowledge of the topic. I begin with a conceptual overview of topic modeling which does not rely on the complicated mathematics behind the process<em>.</em> Then, I illustrate topic modeling by providing a narrative of building a topic model using the entirety <em>Theological Librarianship</em> as my example corpus. This narrative ends with an analysis of the success of the model and suggestions for improvement. Finally, I recommend a few resources for those who would like to pursue topic modeling further.</p> Micah D. Saxton ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:38:40 -0500 An Evaluation of the Classification Scheme for Adventists and Ellen White <em><em></em></em>Libraries at Seventh-day Adventist affiliated colleges and universities collect their denominational materials exhaustively. Many use the Library of Congress Classification Scheme (LCC). The challenge is that these exhaustive collections must fit in a classification scheme based on a general collection that does not typically hold much on this topic. LCC uses BX6151-6155 for Seventh-day Adventists. Following the LCC notation without modification or expansion results in the proliferation of decimals, impeding both library users and staff. When a number of institutions share this same need, finding a standard notation they all can use is a mutual benefit. This paper reports on the development of a modification and expansion to LCC to address this need for libraries with exhaustive collections of Seventh-day Adventist books. This scheme follows a different method than the other denominational collections that have published an expanded or modified LCC to meet their purposes. The method has proven functional and collaborative efforts have made the scheme a success for libraries using it. This method may be of use to other small and highly specialized denominational collections in the LCC class BX.<em><em></em></em> Felipe E. Tan, Terry Dwain Robertson ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:41:17 -0500 Towards an Online Searchable Bibliographic Database for Ismāʿīlī Studies <div class="WordSection1"><p>Research in the field of Ismāʿīlī Studies has increased exponentially during the last decades. However, all of the existing bibliographies in the field are print-based which lack the efficient and effective searchability offered by online bibliographic databases. This paper explores some ideas towards creating an online searchable database dedicated exclusively to Ismāʿīlī Studies. It covers elements of an ideal database such as search features, subject headings, linking, metadata, abstracting, and indexing. Moreover, it provides the rationale for a specialized disciplinary database, as opposed to using multi - or interdisciplinary databases to conduct research in Ismāʿīlī Studies. The database can serve as a model for theological libraries that wish to implement a similar disciplinary database for others areas of research in theological and religious studies.</p></div> Nawazali Alibhai Jiwa ##submission.copyrightStatement## Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:30:10 -0500 Review of William Brown's "A Handbook to Old Testament Exegesis" Jonathan David Redding ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:25:02 -0500 America's Public Bible Jacob A. DeBoer ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:26:47 -0500 Church History: An Introduction to Research Methods and Resources James Andrew Estes ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:28:01 -0500 Review of STEP Bible Elizabeth Young Miller ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:29:22 -0500 Theologians and Philosophers Using Social Media: Advice, Tips, and Testimonials Jennifer Woodruff Tait ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:36:05 -0500