ERIC Number: ED314071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Getting the Books Off the Shelves. Making the Most of Your Congregation's Library. Revised Edition. CSLA Guide No. 12.
Smith, Ruth S.
This guide provides guidelines for promoting and attracting users to a church library. The first of six chapters, "Promoting Library Use," discusses stages of promotion, methods of attracting the attention and interest of prospective users, and how to involve members of the congregation in library activities; the second chapter, "Publicizing the Library," suggests ways to "sell" the library to potential users, such as informing the church community of what the library has and what it can do for them, with emphasis on special services, milestones, and future plans. The third chapter, "Reading People and Programs," focuses on the involvement of library personnel with books, programs, and users. The fourth chapter, "Sponsoring Special Events," describes various activities that the library can sponsor to publicize its services, create good will, and even earn money for books and supplies. These include open houses, tours, luncheons, story hours, book fairs, and library weeks. The fifth chapter, "Creating and Reporting News," discusses the kinds of events that make news, and provides guidelines for announcing such events in notices and announcements, church calendars, annual reports, and articles in the parish and/or local newspapers. The final chapter, "Posters, Bulletin Boards, and Displays," provides detailed guidelines for planning, designing, and arranging visual publicity materials. A resource guide lists books and audiovisual materials on book clubs; book reviewing; posters, bulletin boards, and displays; storytelling; and library supplies and promotional materials. Professional library journals and publications of the Church and Synagogue Library Association (CSLA) are also listed. (SD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Church and Synagogue Library Association, Portland, OR.