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Daniel Roland, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. (Library and Information Management), Emporia State University
    • Dissertation: Interpreting Scripture in Contemporary Times: A Study of a Clergy Member's Sense-Making Behavior in Preparing the Sunday Sermon 
  • M.L.S., Emporia State University
  • M.Div., Wesley Theological Seminary
  • B.A. (Sociology), Mid-America Nazarene University

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, 2008-present 
  • Director of Academic Programs, School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University, 1996-2008
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University, 2003-2007
  • Information Specialist, Koch Crime Commission, 1995-1996
  • Minister, United Methodist Church, Kansas East Annual Conference, 1984-1995
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Refereed Journals

  • Roland, D. (2012). Using Sermon Text Archives to Investigate the Construction of Social Values: A Proposal for a Collaborative Research Agenda in Social Epistemology. Theological Librarianship. Vol. 5, No. 1.
  • Roland, D. (2012). The Information Behavior of Clergy Members Engaged in the Sermon Preparation Task: Wicks revisited. Journal of Religious and Theological Information. Vol. 11, No. 1-2.
  • Roland, D. (2011). Serendipitous Juxtaposition? The Revised Common Lectionary and Political Cue Giving in Sermons Prior to the 2008 Presidential Election. Journal of Religious and Theological Information. Vol. 10, No. 1-2, pp. 16-29
  • Roland, D. and Wicks, D (2010).  A Conversational Model for Qualitative Research: A Case Study of Clergy and Religious Knowledge. Australian Academic and Research Libraries Journal. Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 252-265.
  • Afzal, W., Roland, D., and Al-Squri, M. (2009). Information Asymmetry and Product Valuation: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Information Science Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 192-203.

Book Chapter

  • Maintaining high touch for effective distance education. In D. Barron, editor, Creating Opportunities for Distance Learners: Models from Library and Information Science.  2003, pp. 23-27. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited

Non-refereed Journal articles

  • Roland, D. (1998). Going the distance for a library science education: a report on the SLIM distance education program in Nebraska. Nebraska Library Association Quarterly, 28(4), 9-16
  • Roland, D. (1998). The MLS for distance learners: A case study.  Business & Finance Bulletin 109, 53-56. Business and Finance Division, Special Libraries Association
  • Roland, D. (2003). Emporia State University provides education options for the Colorado library profession. Colorado Libraries, 29(2), 23-25

Selected Presentations

  • To Whom Shall We Go? Hard Decisions, Denominational Affiliation, and Social Identification. The Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion International Interdisciplinary Conference: Meaning, Identity and Culture: East and West. Kolkata, India. December 28-30, 2010.
  • Responding to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Sunday Sermon: A Study in How Clergy Members Apply Scripture in Addressing an Environmental Disaster. Fourth International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture: Living on the Edge. Perth, Australia. December 16-19, 2010.
  • Are You Going to Leave? A Study of How ELCA Clergy Used the Sunday Sermon to Address with Their Congregations the Denominational Decision to Ordain Gay Clergy Members. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 2010. Baltimore, MD. October 29, 2010. Co-presented with SLIS graduate, Esther Bardo.
  • Political Cue Giving in Sermons and the Common Lectionary Affect: A Study of Sermons Speaking to Matthew 22:15-22 in a Presidential Election Year. Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 2010. Baltimore, MD. October 29, 2010. Co-presented with CSIR Director, Dr. Don Wicks.
  • The Sunday Sermon as Knowledge Product: An Exercise in Social Epistemology. The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, October 2009, Denver CO.
  • Clergy Member Sense-Making Behavior and the Sermon Preparation Task. Southwestern Commission on Religious Studies, March 2008, Dallas TX.
  • Relating faith to the contemporary world: A study of a clergy member's sense-making behavior in preparing the Sunday sermon. Connections 2007, Drexel University.
  • The challenges and benefits of insider status: A critique of a single-case study of the Sense-Making behavior of a clergy member and the interpretation of Scripture.. Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting March 2008, St. Louis, Mo.
Research Areas
  • Information Behavior of Clergy in the Routine Task of Sermon Preparation
  • Influence of Sermons in the Social Construction of Knowledge
Daniel Roland, Ph.D.
School of Library and Information Science
Phone: 330-672-2782
Fax: 330-672-7965
Spring 2015
  • LIS 60092 - 059 Culmin Exper Internship In Lis
  • LIS 60098 - 029 Culmin Exp Paper Project Lis
  • LIS 60647 - 001 Netwk Softwr Info System
  • LIS 60650 - 001 Information Policy