Hello.  I'm a member of St. John's Episcoapal Church, Charleston, WV; we have a 'library' consisting of some rather dusty, musty books which hardly anyone ever reads.  Our new pastor wants to change this.    Because I have an MLS, I've been asked to be point man on the project, but I've never actually designed a library from the ground up.  HELP!

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Comment by Lacie Abell on February 13, 2017 at 5:30pm

I'm in the same boat, Bruce! I'll follow your thread to see what happens. Best of luck on this responsibility/adventure!

Comment by Bruce Alan Wilson on February 12, 2017 at 6:56pm

An excellent idea, but I'm still working, so I can't go gallavanting around to conferences; and even if I could, I can't afford to go myself and there's no money in the church budget to pay to send me.

One thing we'll have to do is go through the current collection and decide what to keep and what to get rid of.  

Comment by Renee Paquin on February 12, 2017 at 4:04pm

I am starting a library from scratch, too.  I attended a church library conference this past September and really learned alot.  I would recommend seeing if there is a conference in your area and attend it if you can.  it is a great way to learn and of course meeting others from church libraries gives you personal help.  It is a great networking experience!  I also went home with a ton of free books that others brought in from their libraries that were extras, giving me an advantage on our startup.

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