Ohio State University Libraries. Professorial Lecture
Professorial Lecture of Tina Schneider, Director, Lima Campus Library, The Ohio State University. The lecture covers what makes hymns and hymnals different from other types of bibliographic items, and how the database Hymnary.org works to help people find hymns and hymnals. The variety of pairs of texts and tunes, in addition to poetic liberties taken with hymn texts over the years, complicates the process of finding hymns. However, their study can trace theological, musical, and social trends among various denominations and religions. With the development of the Dictionary of North American Hymnology, and its pairing with Hymnary.org, hymn texts and tunes are now more easily found for both the scholar and the practicing musician.