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Kyle G. Anderson | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Mar 11 2021 9:34 AM

When we released 9.3 last week we included support for 23 new resource types.

Our goal has been to move more titles that are currently classified as “Monograph” to something with more specificity.

Here are the new resource types and a brief description for each new resource type:

New Resource Types

Ancient Manuscript Translation: Ancient Manuscript Translation are translations of Ancient texts from their original language. Ancient texts are those that are from the first millennium or earlier. This is closely related to our existing resource type of “Ancient Manuscript”. 

Autobiography: An autobiography is a self-written account of one's life.

Bible Study: Bible Study resources are resources that are designed to be used by individuals or groups to facilitate study of specific texts of the Bible. They often feature opportunities for question and answer and reflection. They are organized to be completed by the individual or the group in a short period of time. There can be a strong overlap between “Bible Study” and “Study Guide”. Currently we are taking the lead of the publisher but generally speaking “Bible Study” focuses on specific texts of the Bible while “Study Guide” tends to be more thematic in nature.

Bibliography: A bibliography is a list of books for further study.

Biography: A biography is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person's experience of these life events.

Catechism: A catechism is a summary or exposition of doctrine and serves as a learning introduction to the Sacraments traditionally used in catechesis, or Christian religious teaching of children and adult converts. Catechisms are doctrinal manuals – often in the form of questions followed by answers to be memorised – a format that has been used in non-religious or secular contexts as well. The “Catechism” resource type might have crossover with the “Confessional Document” resource type. At this time we are trying to limit the “Catechism” resource type to resources that are exclusively a catechism.

Church History: Church history or ecclesiastical history as an academic discipline studies the history of Christianity and the way the Christian Church has developed since its inception.

Collected Work: One or (usually) more books that bring together already-published works by a single author that are edited by a publisher. Collected or Complete Works is a collection of all the cultural works of one artist, writer, musician, group, etc. For example, Complete Works of Shakespeare is an edition containing all the plays and poems of William Shakespeare. A "Complete Works" published edition of a text corpus is normally accompanied with additional information and critical apparatus. It may include notes, introduction, a biographical sketch, and may pay attention to textual variants. Note: There is a strong possibility that we will be refining this work further to differentiate between Complete Works (i.e. the full works of a single author) and Collected Works (i.e. single- or multi-volume books that pull together various material around a single theme, era or other organizational principle.)

Curriculum: Curriculum, unlike “Bible Study” or “Study Guide”, material designed include the totality of a learning process. When describing material as “Curriculum” we are currently taking the publisher lead. Currently this has sparse coverage.

Devotional: Christian devotional literature (also called devotionals or Christian living literature) is religious writing that Christian individuals read for their personal growth and spiritual formation. These are usually daily readings for spiritual reflection and encouragement. Unlike the “Calendar Devotional” resource type, which uses day of the year milestones, the “Devotional” resource type will not follow specific days on a calendar.

Festschrift: A Festschrift is a book honoring a respected person, especially an academic, and presented during their lifetime. It generally takes the form of an edited volume, containing contributions from the honoree's colleagues, former pupils, and friends. Festschriften are often titled something like Essays in Honour of... or Essays Presented to... .

Handbook: A handbook is a type of reference work, or other collection of instructions, that is intended to provide ready reference. Handbooks tend to be brief and portable in their print form.

Illustrations: Illustrations are collections of illustrations or anecdotes meant to be used as teaching or speaking aids.

Lecture: A lecture is a collection of public orations that are not sermons which will receive the “Sermon” resource type.

New/Old Testament Introduction: New or Old Testament Introduction expands on the Old or New Testament resource type by including discussion of critical issues such as theology, themes, authorship, historical setting, etc.

New/Old Testament Survey: New or Old Testament Survey focuses on the content of the various books of the New or Old Testament. A survey tends to be briefer and more cursory than an Introduction.

Personal Journal: A Personal Journal is a collection of the private diary or journal writings of a person.

Quotations: Quotations are a collection of famous quotes. They are often organized thematically and are often meant as a teaching or speaking aid.

Sermon Outlines: Sermon Outlines are a collection of outlines of sermons or potential sermons. They are distinct from the “Sermon” resource type which are edited, or lightly edited, collections of transcripts of sermons.

Study Guide: Study guides can be broad based to facilitate learning for individuals or groups in a number of areas, or be resources that foster comprehension of literature, research topics, history, and other subjects. They often feature opportunities for question and answer and reflection. They are organized to be completed by the individual or the group in a short period of time. There can be a strong overlap between “Bible Study” and “Study Guide”. Currently we are taking the lead of the publisher but generally speaking “Bible Study” focuses on specific texts of the Bible while “Study Guide” tends to be more thematic in nature.

Workbook: A Workbook is a resource that is intended to accompany another resource. It is meant to be a supplement for individuals and groups who wish to explore further study in the main resource. It often includes opportunities for questions and answers and reflection.

Although we made an initial batch of resource type changes, we are still in the process of switching resources to one of these new resource types.

As a caveat, at this point, a single resource can only have one resource type.

We welcome your input in transitioning books in your library to new resource types. There are two main ways this can happen:

Proposing Resource Type Changes

Although we switched approximately 5000 titles to one of these new resource types there are still many that can be switched. If you notice titles that you think can be changed there are two main ways to make a proposal:

  • Write a forum post. Here is a great example.
  • Make a proposal on Faithlife Feedback. Here is another example.

Proposing New Resource Types

The number of our resource types isn't fixed. We’d like to expand the number of resource types available. If you know of a resource type that we don’t support but you think we should feel free to propose a new resource type.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 11 2021 9:58 AM

Thanks Kyle, I really appreciate those changes - this will make it easier to use the Logos libraries we own. 

Just a quick question:

Kyle G. Anderson:
Personal Journal: A Personal Journal is a collection of the private diary or journal writings of a person.

I own four of those, two being eBooks of fictional content:

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I assume this is intentional?

And a possibly not so quick question: When will PB makers be able to utilize the full range of resource types, e.g. classify their own personal journals with this type? 

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Kyle G. Anderson | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 11 2021 10:13 AM

NB.Mick:

Thanks Kyle, I really appreciate those changes - this will make it easier to use the Logos libraries we own. 

Just a quick question:

Kyle G. Anderson:
Personal Journal: A Personal Journal is a collection of the private diary or journal writings of a person.

I own four of those, two being eBooks of fictional content:

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I assume this is intentional?

Nope. Not intentional. Journal was meant to be used for non-fiction resources. I'll get it fixed.

NB.Mick:

And a possibly not so quick question: When will PB makers be able to utilize the full range of resource types, e.g. classify their own personal journals with this type? 

I don't know on this one. I've asked about it.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 11 2021 10:15 AM

Thanks a lot for both!

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David Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 11 2021 10:40 AM

This seems like constructive effort. Thanks.

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Richard Villanueva | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 11 2021 10:44 AM

Gotta say this is really exciting to me! I can see this fueling new guides, increasing the helpfulness of Factbook, and new tools being created that can access more specific Resource Types.

Looks like a great move to make future features even more robust and save even more time. I'm excited to see where this leads.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 11 2021 10:48 AM

This looks really helpful

Thanks Kyle

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Kenneth Neighoff | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 11 2021 10:53 AM

thanks for this update.

It will be really useful, and already has been.

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 11 2021 11:21 AM

Thank you Kyle. Appreciate the work put into this change. Will be helpful in many ways.

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PL | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 11 2021 1:23 PM

This is truly awesome! Will there be a type for fiction/novels so we can easily hide them?

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Dave Colclough | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 11 2021 2:34 PM

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 11 2021 4:11 PM

Please look at these and consider retagging them (except the Spurgeon volume) as type:Illustrations 

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Ryland Brown | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 11 2021 8:38 PM

I love this update! Thanks so much. 

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 12 2021 11:28 PM

Kyle G. Anderson:
Handbook: A handbook is a type of reference work, or other collection of instructions, that is intended to provide ready reference. Handbooks tend to be brief and portable in their print form.

I think that there should be a better alignment with Subjects along with these welcome changes e.g.

type:handbook -subj:handbook  shows that I have 16/20 resources without the corresponding Subject, but where the title predominately contains "handbook" (and some have no subject at all).

Outside this new type, I have 86 with "handbook" in the Subject (covering 8 of the 'established' types + one with type Bibliography).

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 14 2021 4:18 PM

Dave Hooton:

type:handbook -subj:handbook  shows that I have 16/20 resources without the corresponding Subject, but where the title predominately contains "handbook" (and some have no subject at all).

Outside this new type, I have 86 with "handbook" in the Subject (covering 8 of the 'established' types + one with type Bibliography).

I am now thinking that type Handbook is too generic.

1. Books with "Handbook" in the title:

  • Those w/out the type include  Atlas ("Handbook and Atlas..."), Bible Commentary (2x "...Bible Handbook"), Bible Notes ("...Bible Handbook"), Encyclopedia ("Handbook of Evangelical Theologians"), Prayers, and Systematic Theology
    • this is because of their indexing or tagging by Faithlife
  • Those with the type include topics like Bible Study, Culture, Spiritual Warfare, Church Communication, Bible Promises, Apologetics, Christian Education, Difficult Verses, Prayer, Bible Handbook, Homiletics, Small Groups
    • Those underlined could well be their own type ("Prayer" and "Bible Study" are!). But they are type handbook because they were Monographs with "handbook" in their title.

2. Books without "Handbook" in the title:  NiI i.e. all type Handbook have "Handbook" in the title

3. Books with "Handbook" in the subject but not type Handbook: 

  • 66 of type Monograph covering a variety of topics e.g. Counseling, Preaching, Worship, Pastoral Care
    • these are yet to be assigned a new type. Hopefully, their topic will be examined in making this decision.
  • 20 cover established types like Bible Commentary, Bible Notes, Study Bible, Atlas, Encyclopedia, Manual, Systematic Theology

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