United Methodist Church Librarians


United Methodist Church Librarians

To promote church libraries within UM congregations, inspire effective standards in church library ministries, advance inter-library and inter-denominational cooperation and dialogue.

Website: http://www.umc.org
Location: The World is Our Parish
Members: 18
Latest Activity: Jun 19, 2019

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umc.org reading lists 2 Replies

Hello, does anyone use umc.org reading lists for purchase suggestions?

Started by Susan Garlisch. Last reply by Cynthia McConniel Jul 14, 2017.

UMC Library consortium? 3 Replies

Is there a UMC library consortium?  Either nationally or regional/city?  I am in Dallas, have a small library (5000 or so titles), still on physical paper cards for borrowers, though keep my database…Continue

Started by Marj Atkinson. Last reply by Allison Maynard Sep 12, 2016.

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Comment by Marilyn A. Hudson, MLIS on June 2, 2019 at 5:22pm
Comment by Marilyn A. Hudson, MLIS on June 2, 2019 at 5:20pm

November is Tellabration! An event for storytelling (primarily for adults but can be for families as well). There is a website on the celebration held around the globe in various venues. It provides a nice and natural link to books for people to check out after they have listened to the stories told by the storyteller. Themes of hope, survival, challenges overcome, and helping one another. If there is a storytelling organization in your area contact members to see if they will come and share.  The website is: https://storynet.org/nsnevents/tellabration/

Oral storytelling is linked to memory, visualization, imagination, vocabulary development, language use and empathy building.

Comment by Charles E Brown Jr. on July 14, 2017 at 7:22am

I'm a new librarian.   Does anybody have suggestions about improving the library's circulation?    Several problems:   competition with the Internet;  some groups in the church have their own collections of books;  we're on a wing of the building that's not on people's main paths.

Comment by Cynthia McConniel on July 14, 2017 at 12:48am

I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share their library mission statement as well as their collection and purging policies and whether or not you charge fines for late and lost materials,  Does anyone here use Church Library Organizer Pro?

Comment by JoAnn Overholt on September 6, 2016 at 11:25am

What new books are you adding to your collections this Fall??  I am going to order a couple UMW books and have added to our "Quilts of Love" collection.  What ideas do you have for Spiritual growth and for  the pre teen reader? 

Comment by Allison Maynard on September 5, 2016 at 3:51pm

I know this is a late notice, but there is a church library workshop in Chattanooga, TN, this Saturday, Sept. 10. There are sessions on book repair, library administration, Atriuum and Concourse training, and much more. It is not too late to register.

The workshops are also going to be offered on Oct. 8 at Woodmont Baptist Church in Nashville, TN; Oct. 22 at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, TN; and Oct. 29 at Central Baptist Bearden in Knoxville, TN. All church, school, and public libraries are welcome to attend. You can find registration information on the Church Librarians Network home page. It is well worth your time. 

Comment by Rachel Mitchell on January 20, 2016 at 1:58pm

Hi!  Has anyone ever done up a formal proposal for revamping a languishing church library, or something similar?  Thanks in advance! :)

Comment by Ellen Barrett on August 5, 2014 at 4:48pm

I am librarian at Riverchase UMC in Hoover, AL .  I am looking for promotion, bulletin board and display ideas. 

Comment by Susan Garlisch on March 5, 2014 at 11:37pm
Hello, does anyone use umc.org reading lists for purchase suggestions?
Comment by Marilyn A. Hudson, MLIS on November 7, 2013 at 11:24am

Hello, fellow UMC librarians - what are your doing in your churches? Any ideas on ways to best insert and link the library to the life od the community? Do you have recommended book lists to share? Etc.


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