Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the Library.
What is The Biblioblog Reference Library?
In the Information Age, expert opinions, commentary and peer review on everything from longstanding debates to breaking discoveries move much quicker across the blogosphere than they do through the pages of traditional journals. However, trying to keep up with everything can quickly become a daunting task.
The Biblioblog Reference Library is an attempt to organize the "living library" of knowledge shared on a daily basis by the world’s Bibliobloggers as well as organize a channel for contact and handling commentary on topics and breaking news of Biblical significance.
What is a Biblioblog?
A "Biblioblog" is a blog that focuses upon Biblical Studies as a field. An individual who writes a Biblioblog is known as a "Biblioblogger." Most Bibliobloggers are students or professors of Biblical Studies, and many (but not all) are affiliated with the Society for Biblical Literature.
What is a "Related Blog"?
A "Related Blog" is a blog that deals with Biblical Studies as a field, but it is either not the blog's primary focus or, seperately, it is a blog that does not promote Biblical Studies with mainstream academic methodology but is still Bible-related. Blogs that focus on apologetics, homiletics, or personal theology also fall into this category.
Does the Library endorse all content in the archive?
Due to the nature of blogging as a social medium, there is a wide range of content archived here and not all of it is relevant to Biblical Studies as an academic field. Because of this, the Library cannot endorse or referee all content posted. Content that is endorsed can be found in the Featured Articles and Featured Topics sections, as well as peer reviewed articles in The Biblioblog Journal and materials published by Bibliobloggers via The Biblioblog Reference Library Press (both forthcoming).
What is "Bybliotheca Bibliablogārum?"
The unusual spelling for the more common Latin "bibliotheca" ("library") was taken from an inscription from 56 AD which mentions "Alexandrina Bybliothece," a Latinized verion of the Greek name for "The Library of Alexandria." "Bibliablogārum," on the other hand, is an attempt to render "Biblioblogs" in Latin. Together they roughly translate to "The Library of Biblioblogs" or more colloquially in English, "The Biblioblog Library."
What is the seal on the left of it?
It is the publisher's mark that appeared on the title page of "Histoire Critique du Vieux Testament" (Critical History of the New Testament) by Richard Simon, first published in 1685, which was an early work in the field of Biblical Textual Criticism. The banner in Church Latin reads "PRESTARE SURGET" (praestāre surget), or roughly "it will rise to be outstanding."
Why Are You In Beta?
In short, because we're a work in progress. The Reference Library is currently in Beta 3, so some features might not quite be working yet.
Isn't Gathering Content Like This Illegal?
As of September 2011, new blog listings are consentually shared by opting in through our new Library ID system which allows blog owners to submit their blogs and content for indexing.
With material added prior to that, under the law feeds and other public webpages are subject to an Implied License under Fair Use Doctrine that allows for their archival and indexing in Good Faith. This is how nearly every search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) and archival system (such as Archive.org) can operate freely without having to obtain permissions for each and every file they scan and index. Problems with illegality tend to crop up when issues such as plagiarism (not citing sources), trademark/dress infringement (impersonating another website or company), or unscrupulous commercial interests (such as “site scraping”; tailoring scraped content to influence Google rankings) come into play, all of which we are trying to staunchly avoid.
One element of keeping the Implied License in Good Faith is to have some means for owners of content to opt out and have their contributions either hidden or removed entirely. You can do so by contacting the Librarian.
How Do I Have My Blog Syndicated?
Simply sign up for a Library ID and on your account page click the "Blogs" tab followed by "add." From there you will be prompted to identify your blog, categorize it, and then submit it for review for inclusion by the Librarian. If your blog is already in the archive, simply follow the same procedure to "claim it" (i.e. associate it with your Library ID).
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