World Religions

Steering Committee

The Nature and Aims of the World Religions Interest Group (WRIG) of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA): An Official Statement

The ATLA WRIG understands itself to be concerned primarily with: (a) the role of theological libraries in the study of world religions; (b) the on-going education of theological librarians in the field of world religions; and (c) helping the ATLA expand its presence among a broader cross-section of librarians by means of the opportunities for professional enrichment it will offer in the field of world religions.

  1. The first aim of the ATLA WRIG is to act as a forum for the discussion of the role of theological libraries in the study of world religions, including areas such as collection development, reference services, etc.
  2. The second aim is to serve as a source for the on-going education of theological librarians in the field of comparative religion by offering opportunities to listen to and interact with invited speakers in the field of comparative religion or specific faith traditions, or by other means that would be effective for this goal. Initially, this will be accomplished within the context of the yearly meetings of the ATLA, but such activity may be broadened as seen fit and effective.
  3. The third aim is to become a magnet drawing librarians serving in libraries with general or specific world religions collections into membership in the ATLA and the WRIG because of the opportunities for professional enrichment it will be able to offer.
  4. The fourth aim is to be a channel and clearinghouse of creativity for its members.
  5. The fifth aim is to exert influence in its special areas of concern, for example, by helping to bring the concerns of the field of world religions into a more central place within the ATLA.
  6. The sixth aim is to critique and review regularly the ways in which the WRIG can foster the academic study and teaching of world religions. It will do this as a means of enhancing professionalism and the leadership role of the WRIG.
  7. The seventh aim is to offer services to the membership of the WRIG and to the broader ATLA community by making available on the ATLA website electronic projects related to world religions.

All of these aims are limited to the central concerns as delineated above, in most cases with the library patrons being the primary beneficiaries.

Contact 

E-mail questions to the Member Programs Department at memberrep@atla.com 

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 Organizational Documents

 
 

 Bibliographical Resources for the Study of World Religions