Open Access Digital Library launched

The following is an announcement sent to me by Dr Thomas E. Phillips, the project’s Director.


Open Access Content Available Globally

Open Access Digitial LibraryWe at the Digital Theological Library have created a separate, fully Open Access, library in religious studies (and related disciplines) for global use.

This is OCLC’s only fully OA library.  It currently has about 100,000 ebooks and 1 million articles in it.

We encourage you to use it and to encourage others to use it. The more use it gets, the easier it will be to get external funding.

Please let us if there are important OCLC catalogued OA resources that should be added to be the collections. (We can add materials with relative ease if they are already cataloged in OCLC; otherwise it is difficult to add uncataloged content.)

The url is: http://oadtl.org/

Feel free to share this information widely.


Fact Sheet

Mission:

  • Our mission is to:
    • make all open access content
      • in religious studies (and related fields)
        • discoverable
          • by everyone,
            • everywhere in the world
              • through a single search experience
                • for free
                  • forever
                  • in a non-commercial
                • Approach: Curate OA content in religious studies in the Knowledge Base of OCLC’s WMS and make that content discoverable through a search engine powered by OCLC.
                • The OADTL (Open Access Digital Theological Library) goes live on June 15, 2018.
                • The OADTL is the world’s only fully open access library powered by the search capacity of OCLC.

Current Collections:

  • As of 6/5/18, the OADTL provides access to
    • Nearly 100,000 ebooks
      • over 17,000 from the last 25 years
      • over 11,000 from the last 10 years
      • over 5,000 from the last 5 years
    • over 150 collections
    • over 2,500 journal titles
    • over 1,000,000 full-text, peer-reviewed, articles

Ownership:

The OADTL is owned and operated by the Digital Theological Library, a non-profit corporation in support of religious studies education. Its sponsoring seminaries are (as of 5/30/18):

  • Claremont School of Theology (CA)
  • Denver Seminary (CO)
  • Evangelical Seminary (PA)
  • Lexington Theological Seminary (KY)
  • Singapore Bible College
  • International Baptist Theological Study Centre (Amsterdam)
  • Hartford Seminary (beginning 2018-19 academic year)
  • Gordon-Conwell Seminary (beginning 2018-19 academic year)

Content Selection & Curation:

  • Publisher content (e.g., Brill, de Gruyter, University of Chicago, Cambridge, Oxford, Georgias, Archeopress, various university presses)
  • Institutional Repositories (e.g., Claremont School of Theology, Liberty University, University of Glasgow, Harvard, BYU, Duke, Asbury Theological Seminary, Yale)
  • Scholarly Societies (e.g., SBL, Numismatics Society)
  • Public Domain & Creative Commons Providers (e.g., Princeton Theological Commons, Hathitrust, Globethics, Oapen.org)
  • Museums (e.g., Metropolitan)
  • Denominational Archives
  • OA journals

 

How much does it cost?

          Nada, zilch, zero. Our Pledge: “Free for everyone forever!”

 

Believe in our mission?

Help us fulfill our open access mission

  • by alerting us to high quality content,
  • by encouraging people to use the OADTL; and
  • by volunteering to help curate content.

Canadian Journal of Theology

Canadian Journal of Theology
A full set of the Canadian Journal of Theology, courtesy of Canterbury Cathedral library

The Canadian Journal of Theology was published by the University of Toronto and ran for 16 volumes between 1955 and 1970. It is valuable resource of learned articles from an interesting range of theological perspectives. Canterbury Cathedral library have kindly provided me with a full set of this journal. However, as far as digitisation is concerned, it presents some unusual challenges. In Canada the copyright term is life of author + 50 years and so some of the articles are now in the public domain. The digital rights (which were not thought of when the journal was published) belong to the authors, the majority of whom are now, sadly, deceased. Tracing the estates of authors is always a difficult task and so far I have only been able to make contact with a few of them.

As I have corresponded with folks in Canada, however, it has become clear that they are very interested in seeing this journal placed on-line. Because of this positive feedback and the tremendous value to students of the journal itself,  I have decided to go ahead (cautiously) with this project straight away. While still attempting at every stage to find the copyright holder, I am going to begin making most of the articles available in the hope that the rights holders that I have been unable to trace, will contact me. I am making Volume 1 of the Journal available today.

It would be a great help if you could look through the table of contents and share this post with anyone whom you think might know one of the copyright holders.

Click here to visit the table of contents for the Canadian Journal of Theology

Evangel Journal (1983-2008) on-line

The digitisation of Evangel began about 10 years ago, but other projects meant that it had to set aside. I returned to it recently and found that I was able to contact most of the authors for their permissions. Over the intervening years my network has grown and more contact information about the contributors is available via search engines. As a result the majority of the articles in this journal are now available for free download.

Evangel 1983-2008

The range of subject covered and the authors writing on them are impressive, so I am confident that this will prove a tremendous resource.

Click here to access the table of contents