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Christianity and Libraries: A Selective Bibliography (2000-2010)

In the late 1990s and early 2000s I did quite a bit of research on the connections between the Christian faith and the world of libraries/information. As time progressed I began to accumulate a substantial bibliography of sources that explored these connections. Many of the sources that I discovered were obscure: articles published in journals of limited circulation, chapters in books, theses and dissertations, conference presentations, and the like.

I presented a list of nearly 150 sources as an appendix to my 2002 anthology, Christian Librarianship: Essays on the Integration of Faith and Profession. Over the next 5 years, I added many more sources to the bibliography, and I began to look for a way to make it publicly searchable on the Web. In 2007 or 2008 I discovered CiteULike, a Web-based utility that describes itself as “a free service to help you to store, organise and share the scholarly papers you are reading.” I decided to enter my data into this form, and by March of 2008 I had created a public database of 340 entries.

In 2008 I wrote a prologue that explained the nature and features of the bibliography, and in 2009 I shared what I had created at the annual conference of the Association of Christian Librarians. I continued to develop the database actively until 2010, accumulating a total of more than 500 sources. While my current commitments do not allow me to keep the bibliography current, it remains valuable for its retrospective coverage. The tag cloud excerpt below provides insight into the breadth of the topics that it covers.

Tag cloud - Christianity and libraries

In 2014 I decided to port the bibliographic data to the Zotero platform. The CiteULike version remains live, but any future additions or enhancements to the bibliography are likely to be applied only on Zotero. The Zotero bibliography bears the title “Christianity and Libraries” and runs as a public, closed group.