ERIC Number: ED316251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Setting Up a Library: How To Begin or Begin Again. CSLA Guide No. 1.
Smith, Ruth S.
Designed as a simple how-to guide, this handbook presents guidelines for setting up a church or synagogue library or revitalizing an existing one. The first of 10 sections, "Begin with a Purpose," advocates thinking about the goals of the library and putting them in writing. It includes two brief sample mission statements. The second, "Establish Objectives," gives advice about summarizing broad objectives and identifying specific objectives. A list of 11 basic manuals about congregational libraries is included. The third, "Obtain Approval," suggests ways to rally support from influential individuals or officers of the church or synagogue, survey user needs, and request formal approval. The fourth, "Set Up a Library Committee," provides guidelines for appointing a chairperson, recruiting committee members, and assembling meetings. The fifth, "Survey Your Assets," recommends gathering up already existing resource materials, sorting them, and finding a place to store them. The sixth, "Develop Program Plans," provides specific suggestions for planning programs to meet the library's objectives. The seventh, "Carry Out Specific Projects," lists steps for implementing programs. The eighth, "Arrange for Continuing Education," suggests ways to orient and train volunteers to work in the library. The ninth, "Provide for Continuity," recommends that an annual report and yearly program plans be prepared and presented to the library's sponsors. The final section, "Stretch Your Horizons," advises community outreach, learning from professional librarians, and staying optimistic. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Church and Synagogue Library Association, Bryn Mawr, PA.
Note: For other guides in this series, see IR 053 108-110.