forum of Asian Theological Librarians is the outcome
of the Consultation of Asian Theological Librarians,
held in May 1991 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Held
under the sponsorship of the Programe for Theology and
Cultures in Asia, representative from eight countries
participated in the Consultation.
second Consultation of the Forum for Asian
Theological Librarians was held in Kaliurang, Indonesia,
in October 1997. This Forum reaffirmed the following
aims and plans:
* To encourage the formation of a Master's Degree Course
in Theological Librarianship.
* To expand the network of Librarians in Asia.
* To revise the Directory of Asian Theological Libraries.
* To revise and expand the Guidelines for Asian Theological
the help of Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE) and
the Association for Theological Education in South East
Asia (ATESEA), a third Consultation
was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in February 2003 to consolidate
the organization of ForATL and to identify and work
on achieving its objectives.
fourth was held from 19-23 April 2006 at Seminari
Theoloji Malaysia in Seremban, Malaysia with the theme:
“Strengthening the Collaboration between Theological
Librarians and Scholars Towards Growth in Asian Theological
facilitate the development and exchange of resources
of theology in the Asian contexts for the formation
national theological library associations
depositories of Christian literature,
listings, directory of Asian theological libraries,
guidelines, indexes, bibliographies, etc.
promote co-operation among, and training of, theological
arrange short-term courses and workshops.
develop an Asia-wide network of theological libraries.
is open to
* Practising librarians
* Any other organization or individual interested in
the development of Asian theological resources.
will receive occasional newsletter to keep them up-to-date
on current ForATL developments, news and events.
are encouraged to share information from their areas
on publications in theology and cultures, church history
and current developments in churches and missions, as
well as other topics, which are relevant to theological