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Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious and Cultural Celebrations in the Library
(1996)
  • Andrée Rathemacher, University of Rhode Island
  • Sheila Black Grubman, University of Rhode Island
  • Amar Lahiri, University of Rhode Island
  • Donna Gilton, University of Rhode Island
  • Mohammed Sharif, University of Rhode Island
Abstract
The charge of the University of Rhode Island's Ad Hoc Committee on Religious and Cultural Celebrations in the Library was to: investigate all opportunities for the library to educate the campus community about religious and cultural holidays; consider all the major religions of the world and the possibility of having displays for the symbols of religious holidays; make recommendations to the director of possible courses of action; and assume no money beyond a token amount is available. The major religions of the world and most important holidays were identified as: (1) Christianity (Easter, Christmas); (2) Judaism (Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur, Passover, Channukah); (3) Islam (Ramadhan/Eidul Fitr (or Eid al Fitr), Eidul Adha(or Eid al Adha)); (4) Hinduism (Divali); (5) Buddhism (Buddha's Day); and (6) other (Chinese New Year). A timeline for these holidays and suggestions for displays and programs were developed. The committee decided to have the Multicultural Center, working with student organizations and interested individuals on campus, coordinate the displays and events, while remaining in close communication with the library. An 11-year calendar (1996-2006) of the recommended holidays, brief descriptions of each holiday, and a list of undergraduate student organizations are attached.
Keywords
  • Academic Libraries,
  • Buddhism,
  • Christianity,
  • Committees,
  • Cultural Activities,
  • Cultural Awareness,
  • Exhibits,
  • Higher Education,
  • Hinduism,
  • Islam,
  • Judaism,
  • Library Planning,
  • Library Services,
  • Religious Holidays,
  • Student Organizations
Publication Date
1996
Citation Information
Rathemacher, Andrée, Sheila Black Grubman, Amar Lahiri, Donna Gilton and Mohammed Sharif. Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious and Cultural Celebrations in the Library. Washington, D.C.: Education Resources Information Center, 1996. ED424873.