ERIC Number: ED374821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Setting Up a Library: How To Begin or Being Again. CSLA Guide No. 1. Second Revised Edition.
Smith, Ruth S.
Designed as a simple how-to guide, this revised handbook presents guidelines for setting up a church or synagogue library or revitalizing an existing one. The first section, "Begin with a Purpose," advocates preparing a statement of purpose. The second step, "Be Prepared," discusses the importance of the planning process. Section 3, "Obtain Approval," suggests ways to make sure the congregation approves of the library and supports it. The fourth, "Organize a Library Committee," provides the procedures to establish a library committee. "Staff the Library" examines how to find people to manage the library, acquire and maintain its collection, and to operate its services. Step 6, "Survey Your Assets," suggests how to gather existing materials, sort and store them, and how to review the collection and user requirements. The seventh, "Establish Basic Policies," gives examples of library policies. Step 8, "Develop Action Plans," provides the steps of the planning process. The ninth section, "Carry Out the Plan," provides suggestions for implementing the plan. Step 10, "Provide for Continuity," recommends preparing annual reports and plans. The final section, "Stretch Your Horizons," examines outreach possibilities with the community, congregational libraries, and professional librarians. A planning worksheet is appended. (JLB)
Descriptors: Guidelines, Library Administration, Library Associations, Library Collection Development, Library Development, Library Planning, Library Services, Mission Statements, Outreach Programs, Religious Libraries
Church and Synagogue Library Association, P.O. Box 19357, Portland, OR 97280-0357 ($7; members $5.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Church and Synagogue Library Association, Portland, OR.