Thursday, August 23, 2012

Reviving the church library

Because a library is a labour-intensive enterprise, many congregational libraries go through  cycles of boom and bust as competent people come and go in the life of a congregation.
In a recent issue of Associates - The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal,  Tinker Massey describes her experience reviving a congregational library over a five year period. From consultation with the users and administration to weeding, reorganizing and writing book reviews for the bulletin,  she has seen the collection being used more than ever -and she has documented the work for her successor.
Tinker's comments are a valuable encouragement both to the church librarian who inherits a dormant library and to the one who plans to hand off the responsibilities to successors seen or unseen.

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