Journal Article: Zotero in Faith Community: Encouraging Religious Literacy Through the Use of an Online Library

The revised version of a paper that I presented at the 2014 Annual Conference on Information and Religion at Kent State University.

Klemme Eliceiri, Rebecca (2014) “Zotero in Faith Community: Encouraging Religious Literacy Through the Use of an Online Library,” Advances in the Study of Information and Religion: Vol. 4, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kent.edu/asir/vol4/iss1/6

Abstract

Zotero, known in academic institutions as a research tool for students, faculty, and other scholars, has tremendous potential for use in faith communities as a place to store and share nearly any type of digital information encountered in congregational life. This paper opens with defining the role of information in congregations’ lives, followed by a discussion of religious literacy within a metaliteracy framework. It continues with the use of Zotero at Liberation Christian Church, covering its benefits, including a more fully-integrated intellectual presence in the congregation’s faith life. It also discusses generating interest and skills within the congregation about Zotero through marketing and educational efforts, which provide congregational members greater opportunities to benefit from the resource. It concludes with the potential issues, such as ethical and copyright concerns, of using Zotero within faith communities, as well as a summary of Liberation’s current Zotero use.

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Rebecca is a theological librarian (M.Div., Eden Theological Seminary; M.A., I.S.L.T., University of Missouri - Columbia) from St. Louis, MO with an interest in the intersection of theological and religious literacies and metaliteracy in the lives of all people, especially those of faith. Some of her Big Life Questions are "How do people of faith explore their faith questions; how can I support that exploration with proven and emerging educational strategies, research processes, and quality resources; and so informed, decisively act as disciples of Jesus in the real world in which we live?"