Highlighting a very worthwhile project headed by Melissa Inouye.
As Mormonism continues to develop internationally, so too does the field of Mormon studies. More and more foreign scholars are looking to do work in the area, but often lack the requisite resources. The International Mormon Studies Book Project is a new effort to provide critical resources for developing Mormon studies internationally by purchasing books to form a base Mormon studies collection at institutions where scholars have demonstrated a keen interest in doing research on Mormonism. Currently, institutions interested in partnering with the IMS Book Project span the globe, from Asia to Australia to Europe. The first two IMS Book Project collections are slated for donation to Jianghan University（江汉大学) in Wuhan, China, and the newly formed French Institute for Research on Mormonism (Institut Français pour la Recherche sur le Mormonisme) in Bordeaux, France. In the coming months and years we hope to place as many IMS Book Project collections as continued donations will allow and as interested recipient institutions can be found.
Donors to the IMS Book Project can purchase books directly from the organizational wishlist on Amazon.com for shipping to the Mormon Studies program at Claremont Graduate University, where IMS Book Project volunteers will assemble the collection and ready it for shipping to the recipient institution. IMS Book Project collections represent a comprehensive selection of the best work in Mormon studies, tailored to the specific disciplinary, language, and other unique needs of the recipient institution.
The project’s Amazon.com wishlist can be found here.
If you would like to help identify donors, identify recipient institutions, suggest books for inclusion on the IMS “menu,” help cover shipping costs, or be involved in other International Mormon Studies initiatives, send an email to internationalmormonstudies AT gmail DOT com.
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