Tim Bryson retires with 16 years of service with Emory Libraries

Published 08-28-2015

by Chuck Spornick, services division director

Tim Bryson
Tim Bryson will retire from the Emory Libraries on Sept. 5, 2015, with 16 years of service.

Tim was hired in 1999 to serve as our first subject librarian for South Asia. For the last 16 years, he has worked with faculty in South Asian Studies and with his colleagues in the library to build our collection, notably in Hindi, Sanskrit, and a few other vernaculars, as well as English. Six years ago, he strengthened this collection with the acquisition of the Ingalls library of works on and in Sanskrit, arguably one of the best private Sanskrit collections in the world.

In 2005, Tim took on the challenge of learning Tibetan, a new skill that he put to immediate use in building from scratch our collection for Tibetan studies. In the span of 10 years, working with our faculty, he has built a collection, including access to thousands of digitized manuscripts, that successfully supports the research and teaching of both our Emory faculty and the work of our many visiting students and scholars in Tibetan studies. Tim also served as our librarian for Religious Studies and built our collections in important non-Western religions, especially Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as religious studies more broadly in coordination with Pat Graham, the director of our Pitts Theology Library; Tarina Rosen, our Jewish Studies librarian; and Hikmat Faraj, our Islamic Studies librarian.
Active in CONSALD, the North American organization for South Asian studies librarians, he served twice as chair and set up their current website. For the last seven years, Tim has played an active role in guiding the work of the Digital Librarian Initiative (DLI). After learning Drupal, Tim set up the first website for the DLI, as well as an associated blog. In partnership with Alain St. Pierre, Tim helped the DLI complete an ARL Spec Kit on the digital humanities, hold a number of library InfoForums, and organize ongoing meetings for in-depth conversations about the impact of technology on scholarship and libraries. Tim also played a key role in recent years coordinating RIL meetings to facilitate information sharing. In addition, he served actively on the Library Blog Committee and other groups engaged in improving the library online interfaces. And, as part of the library’s wellness campaign in 2013, he organized the library’s mindfulness group, which now meets in the library twice a week.

On campus, Tim served two terms as chair of the University Senate’s Committee on the Environment (COE). During his tenure, he helped launch the first Emory environment website, manage the COE listserv and archives, name Emory’s creeks, draft the campus Land Use Plan, and develop a long-term strategy for managing Lullwater. He was the organizer of “ivy pulls” from the two ravines that flank the library, removing non-native flora from both. He was also the moderator of the Emory Bicycle Users Group, which encouraged alternative transportation with more bike routes and places to park bikes on campus. The group was succeeded by BikeEmory.

We thank Tim for his dedication and service to the Emory Libraries, and we wish him the best in his retirement.