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Advances in the Study of Information and Religion

Abstract

Zotero, known in academic institutions as a research tool for students, faculty, and other scholars, has tremendous potential for use in faith communities as a place to store and share nearly any type of digital information encountered in congregational life. This paper opens with defining the role of information in congregations’ lives, followed by a discussion of religious literacy within a metaliteracy framework. It continues with the use of Zotero at Liberation Christian Church, covering its benefits, including a more fully-integrated intellectual presence in the congregation’s faith life. It also discusses generating interest and skills within the congregation about Zotero through marketing and educational efforts, which provide congregational members greater opportunities to benefit from the resource. It concludes with the potential issues, such as ethical and copyright concerns, of using Zotero within faith communities, as well as a summary of Liberation’s current Zotero use.

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