Over the past year SU librarians Joan Parks and Theresa Zelasko have been lending their expertise to the library of First United Methodist Church of Georgetown on East University Avenue.
They have assisted the church’s dedicated library-volunteers, led by Dotty Hooker, Director of Christian Education, in creating a library mission statement, a collection development policy, and a de-accession system. The church library now has a clear idea of the services it provides to church members and other patrons, what kinds of items are accepted for donation, and what items need to be removed from the collection.
During Spring Break the library will begin to automate its collection of books and DVDs. This will allow easy access to library materials by library users and make it easier for volunteers in the library to track item usage and location. A training session for cataloging items using Concourse software will be taught by Theresa Zelasko. Volunteers will learn to easily obtain cataloging records from the Library of Congress for use in the church’s catalog as part of a shared cataloging agreement.
While already a warm and inviting place, FUMC’s library is on-track to become more user-friendly and accessible.