Tim Bryson joined Woodruff Library in 1999 as its first South Asian Studies librarian. Having earned a doctorate in 1992 from the University of Chicago in the history of religions in South Asia and having previously worked for the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard (1992-1996) and for the Emory-affiliated American Academy of Religion (1996-1999), he was happy to add Religious Studies to his responsibilities.
Previously, Tim lived and studied several years in Buddhist and in Hindu monasteries and, supplemented by study in graduate school and at Emory, acquired sufficient knowledge of Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindi, and Tibetan to select and catalog materials in those languages.
Environmental sustainability is one of his other passions, and he has served on Emory’s University Senate Committee on the Environment since 2000. He bikes every day to work and maintains a campus listserv for cyclists.
As a founding member of the Digital Librarian Initiative in 2008, Tim enjoys exploring the emerging roles of the library in digital scholarship.