Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

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The Hymn Society has made great strides in the past year or so in offering introductory workshops to students of music at colleges and universities. It is a promising and valuable development for us as we search for ways to advocate for the Society, for the practice of hymn singing, and to address audiences that might not have given either much thought. In a similar effort, to encourage new research in hymnology we have instituted the Emerging Scholars Forum in recent years. However, it does not necessarily reach much beyond our established membership, as the workshops do, although a few Forum participants have come from programs not typically associated with the Hymn Society.

Before discussing ways in which we can look beyond ourselves, I think we need to ask a more general question, that is, "What do we want from our research?" New discoveries and insights, to be sure. But what do we want our research to do? I think we want people to find our materials so that not only can they read them, but also network and partner with the authors on new projects and research questions. Our work should be readily available, meaning not only online, but easy to find and presented in such a way that it is easy to make personal contact.

I've written about open access journals and digital repositories before (The Hymn 63:1, Winter 2012), and I think that discussion should continue apace. …

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