In the last few weeks five new hymnals have come online: the historic Hymns of the Greek Church, two volumes by Mary Nelson Keithahn and John D. Horman: The Song Lingers On and Time Now to Gather, a collection of new Christmas carols: If I Could Visit Bethlehem, and 16 new songs by Kathleen Thomerson and Patricia B. Clark: A Taste of Heaven's Joys.
Our Baptists users have rallied admirably in response to our recent call for volunteers to edit our Baptist hymnals. Thank you! Now we need to turn our attention to some other areas of the Hymnary. We have no African American collections, no Praise & Worship songbooks, and only one Roman Catholic hymnal.
We now have a number of Baptist hymnals online, but we need a few people to complete the information in the Baptist Hymnal 1991 and the Baptist Hymnal 2008. While we're at it, the Celebration Hymnal could use a little sprucing up, too. If you own one of these hymnals and can give a little time, please contact us here.
Like any library, the Hymnary's collection is complete in some areas and incomplete in others. For example, all the songs in the Psalter Hymnal contain entries from the Psalter Hymnal Handbook and many have Sibelius Scorch scores that are playable, printable, and transposable; the Southern Harmony has page scans, MIDI files and MP3 recordings.
As you can see, the Hymnary has an ever-growing list of hymnals. But this is barely the tip of the hymnological iceberg. It's easy to add your favorite hymnal to the Hymnary. Instructions are available to lead you through the process and there's an online group supporting those who are adding and editing hymnals.
By now you've probably poked around the Hymnary enough to know that it is a powerful tool for researching and enjoying hymns. "Is there anything," you ask, "that the Hymnary doesn't do?" Well, here's one: the Hymnary doesn't grant licensing permission.