"Kathryn, I'm attaching an I wrote for another library forum about our process for selecting software. I evaluated Concourse, ResourceMate and Surpass and selected Concourse. Since the priorities & requirements for each library may vary, I…"
"I catalog individual commentaries by the Bible book or the first book (e.g. 1 & 2 Cor.). However, I catalog a series (Barclay, Mastering the Old Test, etc.) as a series so the full set is together, using Vol-01, Vol-02, etc. as an extra Dewey…"
"We purchase these kits only as requested by a specific group. We also store them seperately from our self-service library to avoid loss of individual DVD's. I would caution that you read the church agreements on the Financial Peace University…"
"I also use Concourse/eZcat. We completely recataloged our library withing the last two years and have added books since then. I find 90-95% of my books in Library of Congress, OhioLink, Access Pennsylvania, Central Baptist-Decatur, Champion Forest…"
"We're primarily using Amazon for purchases. They offer good prices and free shipping for orders over $25. We also order some materials from Warner Press (Church of God, Anderson, IN publisher). With our Concourse system,…"
"I've set up a similar process to Sandra's with a different way to flag the weeded items. I defined a Location code as "Removed". When an item is weeded, a quick change to the Location code not only flags the item for later…"
"Here's another resource I used a lot while recataloging our entire collection to Dewey: "A Classification System for Church Libraries, Revised Edition, Based on the Dewey Decimal Classification System". It is availble through Lifeway…"
"Here's a helpful site for cataloging: http://classify.oclc.org/classify2/ You can look up at item, and it tells you where other libraries have placed it. It was published a few months ago in (I believe) the CSLA library association website."
"I researched Concourse (Book Systems), ResourceMate (Jaywill), and Surpass systems carefully last year, including about 70 hours of demo time among these. I decided Concourse was the best, ordered it, and have been very pleased with the decision now…"
"I agree with the others responding and also celebrated being able to dump the "card" catalog. It was far out of date and by author only. With our automated catalog, entering a single "keyword" can relate to an author, title,…"
"Yes, that's how the Mediagraphy works...When searching for items, the user can check the box on the left, add the item to the Mediagraphy, do additional searches, then finally print the selected lists. I find this very useful when doing…"
"We reclassified our 4,000+ collection from a manual set of general topics to Dewey as we loaded Concourse last year. One site that I found very helpful is http://classify.oclc.org/classify2/. This can show where other libraries have classified an…"
"We purchased the WebOPAC module with our Concourse software. It provides a very easy to use and comprehensive catalog with searches by author, title, keyword, and/or subject. I don't have any problem with the catalog being available to anyone…"
"Laura, I would really recommend you look at existing church library software. While you may be able to build something in an open source software, consider what's already built with the multiple databases (catalog, circulation, patrons, etc.)…"