In February 2009, Dr. Daniel Roland applied for a Publication Grant from the American Theological Library Association. The maximum award was $4,000 and the grant proposal was funded for $2,000.


Part 1 – Applicant Information
Dr. Daniel Roland
Library 314G
Kent State University
Kent OH 44242
droland1@kent.edu
330-672-0032 – Office
330-672- 7965 - Fax
Assistant Professor
School of Library and Information Science
Kent State University
Professional experience: I am an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church with eleven years of experience in local church ministry. My research is in the area of information and religion. I worked as a student assistant in the library of Wesley Theological Seminary. I am finishing my first year as an Assistant Professor at the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science where I teach courses in Access to Information and Information Sources and Services for the Social Sciences.
Educational background: I have a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary; a Master of Library Science and a Ph.D. in Library and Information Management from Emporia State University.
Part 2 – Project Information

Project Title: Online Data Sources for Research in Religion: An Annotated Bibliography
Project description: The purpose of the project is to create a comprehensive reference tool to assist scholars in the research of topics relating to religion. Websites with freely available data sets relating to religion will be reviewed, critically evaluated, and indexed in order to facilitate access to reliable and applicable information as needed by researchers. Websites will be indexed by name, data topics, and the availability of particular features such as search engines, RSS feeds, email subscriptions, and site maps. Websites will be evaluated and rated for transparency and timeliness of data, authorship, and funding sources. Strengths and weaknesses of each web site and its data will be annotated.
Nearly 200 web sites are currently identified to be included in the project. The list of web sites is global in scope both in terms of geography and religion. The annotation for each web site will require one to two pages so that the anticipated length of the published bibliography is estimated to be from 300 to 400 pages. The preliminary list of web sites and draft annotations for ten sites are included with this proposal.
Funds are requested to pay for 230 hours of clerical assistance at a rate of $15 per hour, plus benefits. It is anticipated that the project would be completed within six months of receiving grant funds.
The project would be suitable for publication/presentation/distribution in multiple analog and digital formats including, but not limited to an ATLA serial, PDF document, CD-ROM, and as a searchable online database.
Part 3 – Reference Information

First letter of reference:
Dr. Carolyn Brodie
Interim Director
School of Library and Information Science
Kent State University
Second letter of reference:
Dr. Don Wicks
Associate Professor
School of Library and Information Science
Kent State University