Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

Academic journal article The Hymn

Research Director's Report

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So, here it is-my last column as Director of Research! I want to tell you all how wonderful it has been to have had the privilege of serving on the Executive Committee for the past six years. I have grown and matured in my appreciation of what it takes for our presidents, executive directors, executive assistants, editors, and volunteers to corral our organization into functionality. The past few years have also made me realize that I can't think of a more generous and thoughtful crowd than The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.

I should also say a heartfelt thank you to my in-laws for their faithful help in taking our boys, Quinn and Charlie, every summer for Hymn Society week so that David and I could go on our conference/vacation together. The boys were little when this journey started, and are now entering adolescence; what began as a week of grandparents caring for young children has turned into a week of the boys taking pride in being able to help their grandparents with projects around the house. That week has become one of their favorites (for both generations!) and I love that the boys will carry those summer memories with them for the rest of their Uves.

The past six years have also brought about several changes in the research landscape in hymnology and in The Hymn Society's stewardship of its research legacy. For example, the Dictionary of North American Hymnology has now partnered with Hymnary.org. What was once the domain of microfilm and CD-ROM is now widely available, with more multimedia features and data being added all the time. The faithfulness of The Hymn Society in maintaining and migrating this project to new platforms through the years has been rewarded, and Hymnary.org received a two-year NEH grant from 20102012 to digitize over 2,000 public domain hymnals, which has greatly enhanced the DNAH material.

Also, when I came on board as the Research Director, I learned that I was to start an Emerging Scholars Forum. …

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