Jackie D. Harris

Virginia Church Librarians


Virginia Church Librarians

Website: http://www.vacla.org/
Members: 30
Latest Activity: May 8

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Online Library Management

Are there any Concourse (Book Systems) users in the Virginia Church Librarians?I am new and am happy to find out about this group!Continue

Started by Carolyn D. Oakley Dec 20, 2010.

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Comment by Lee Smith on May 8, 2019 at 8:46pm

We have several upcoming events for VCLA.  Information and fliers are below.  Also available on our website vacla.org and Facebook VCLA/Virginia Church Library Association.

Coffee & Chat

VCLA & Memorial Baptist Church Library Staff

Saturday, July 13, 10:00-12:00 pm

Memorial Baptist Church, Staunton, VA

Learn various ways to promote your library!
Share your ideas!
Roundtable discussion and more!


Coffee & Chat

VCLA & Immanuel Baptist Church Library Staff

Saturday, August 3, 10:00-12:00 pm

Immanuel Baptist Church, Richmond, VA

Come join us for a time of fellowship and roundtable discussions
on various topics!


VCLA Fall Conference

Book Your Vacation

Friday, October 11 & Saturday, October 12, 2019

Liberty Baptist Church, Hampton, VA 

Guest Conference Leaders

Carolyn Walker - LifeWay Church Library Ministry Specialist

Allison Maynard - Book Systems, Inc Trainer


Comment by Lee Smith on April 28, 2019 at 8:36pm

It's still not to late to come and join us for a weekend of training, fellowship and fun. There are people from 6 different states already attending. We will need to know by Wednesday, May 1 if you are going to attend to guarantee meals.

Conference schedule can be found in our spring newsletter along with the registration form. vacla.org/newsletters

Comment by Lee Smith on March 30, 2019 at 12:47pm

April 1 is the deadline for Scholarship Applications and Early Registration Fees.

We are offering scholarships for first-time conference attendees to introduce them to everything VCLA has to offer.

The scholarship information, application and conference information can be found on our website under the newsletters tab. http://www.vacla.org/newsletters/

Comment by Lee Smith on February 14, 2019 at 11:41pm

VCLA Spring Newsletter with detailed conference, registration and scholarship information is now available on our website under the newsletters tab


Early registration deadline is April 1.

Comment by Lee Smith on January 23, 2019 at 11:40pm


We have used it at our church also for at least 10 years now.  It is very user friendly.  Which church are you with in Lynchburg?  I didn't see you in our database to receive emails about events and other things VCLA does.

Comment by Ruth A Niehaus on January 23, 2019 at 2:39pm

We have used Concourse for a long time.  Love how user friendly it is.

Comment by Lee Smith on January 4, 2019 at 12:07pm

Reminder that Bon Air Baptist Church Library Staff (Buford Road Campus) & VCLA are hosting a Coffee & Chat next Saturday, January 12th from 10-12 pm.  This is a Free Event for church librarians to network and fellowship with other librarians. We will learn How to Promote Your Library as well as a Round-table Discussion on topics of interest.  Please RSVP to Susan Thorniley at susan.thorniley@verizon.net  ASAP or by Thursday, January 10.   Susan is trying to see how many people are actually planning on coming.  Attached is a flier which provides more detailed information. 

Comment by Lee Smith on November 29, 2018 at 4:07pm

Virginia Church Library Association 


Bon Air Baptist Church Library Staff

Coffee & Chat

Learn how to promote your library!

Roundtable discussion to share your ideas and more!

This is a FREE event open to any church library workers whether you are a VCLA member or not.


Comment by Becky Moore on November 18, 2018 at 7:24am

Amen, sister!

Comment by Carol Kerr Buckles on November 17, 2018 at 8:35am

I am on fire to use some of what I learned at the last VCLA conference!  

My Brain Is Full: Back to Back Conventions


From Friday Nov. 9th through Wednesday Nov. 14th, I had the pleasure and the duty to attend the Virginia Church Library Association’s Fall Conference and 60th year celebration, followed by hosting a booth for VCLA at the Baptist General Assembly of Virginia.  Both were in the Richmond area.  I was able to attend classes at the first and 2 breakout sessions of the latter.


I got the theme as follows: that churches, and their libraries, are breaking down walls and getting out of our buildings and comfort zones to reach new disciples for Christ.  This is quite a challenge to most of us, but the model we’ve been using is simply not working anymore.


This has all been done before, of course.  Jesus did it.  Paul did it.  You have to take your message to where people are; you can’t just make an attractive place and then wait for people to come. 


The model must be the First Century Church.  The body of believers supports the active sending and support of brothers to go out on mission.  The supporters serve to make this happen with fundraising and prayer.  But we have another opportunity here, using 21st Century methods.  There are new and creative ways to use modern technology in these efforts.  The obvious ones are social media and ebooks.


Focusing on the library or media center of the church, it is obvious that libraries and literacy go together.  The Southern Baptist Literacy Ministry is one that I will be investigating and reporting to you about.  I am looking for training and learning ways to get out there to help teach.  Sanford Elementary School right across from our church will be my first venue.  We have been active there with Good News Club and Backpack Ministries for years now.  I’m genuinely ashamed I didn’t think about literacy needs.


The new trend in church libraries is essentially new branding: the library as a “sending center,” equipping church members to evangelize and otherwise love on our community.  This is not new either, but I visualize our library as a combination study hall, cheering squad and refueling center.  And I want to create a jumping off place for ministries such as Bless Every Home, literacy outreach and brainstorm center.  Once we create disciples, we support them with study materials, recreational Christian reading and the like, both in the library and outside our walls.


In the next few years, I plan to create satellite libraries in the community.  This might take the shape of a Little Library on our corner that anyone might borrow from; taking the church van out as a Bookmobile to retirement homes, hospitals, the jail and our own shut-ins; help start a group to read and tutor at Sanford Elementary [to start with]; teach our church to use ebooks and ipads to access more learning and sharing the Gospel. 


Can I get an AMEN?


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