Decentralized library

We've had a good-sized library (roughly 1200 items, print and non-print), but recent church reorganization will dismantle it.  The collection will be weeded to remove anything not furthering the church mission, then we will store the collection (I hope to shelve it in order for retrieval), give removed items to departments that might use them, put together a Parent Resource Collection, feature items around the church and also promote to church Small Group series.  The collection is online, so members can also request items.  We'll really need to talk up the online catalog and requesting. 

Has anybody else a similar way of operating their collection?  Suggestions?  This will take a lot more work than the present more traditional library.  I can't find anything similar in the Search box, but if there's a better way to find it, please say it.

This is our library's catalog CELC Library.

You need to be a member of Church Librarians Network to add comments!

Join Church Librarians Network

Email me when people reply –


  • Sadly none of us responded to your request for suggestions here. You wrote this post back in 2016. Would you give us an update?
This reply was deleted.