Sunday, November 10, 2013

MH Librarian FB Group

I will not be updating the  Meetinghouse Library Index webpages; I did delete the expired links, plus added links to image webpages in the sidebar: 
lds.orgImage Library All
Gospel Art All

Some picture categories:
Book of Mormon
I will leave these LDS MHL pages intact until media images cross references their pictures online with the picture numbers in the MH Materials Centers. 
Until that happens, these pages will provide us with an easy reference for church pictures found in the Primary Manuals, Gospel Art Kit, Gospel Art Book, and the 11 by 17 pictures in the Materials Center.  
For up-to-date Meetinghouse Librarian ideas, indexes and the like, visit our Facebook Group @

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cathy from Provo has started a website and a blog.  Her website has lots of good ideas to help librarians as we serve in our local Meetinghouse Material Centers.
Meanwhile, I started a Facebook Group Page, because I need one place in which to store all the links.  I wish that Facebook would let us have an index of the links, instead of having to search for it on the wall.  If anyone knows how to do that, share.  and yes, please come and add helpful links to either the FB group or Cathy's blog.  Cathy's blog invites ideas and input from other LDS MH librarians.
I made up an index of all the MP4s I downloaded to flash drive for the Youth classes to use.  I uploaded the index to the FB group page.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I have been very busy downloading all the MP4's unto flash drives, so that the Youth Sunday School and YM/YW can show the videos with their lessons.  It has been a long process, but was wonderful when the YW teacher had both video clips she needed for last weeks lesson.  Our building needed to purchase the media player and a few flashdrives (see to show the mp4s on their TV's. 
I wondered what all the other librarians were doing for the sudden change in the youth lessons. There was a tech forum on January 4th, 2013, which walked me through what we needed to do to help the teachers have the equipment and videos needed. this is the link:
I noticed the gospel doctrine lessons on the church website have the pictures and videos to use with the lesson in the right side bar.  Perhaps someone will do the same for the Primary lessons shortly.
I obtained the outdated computer and monitor from the clerk's office, (the clerk's office recieves a new computer every 5 years, I was able to obtain the old one after it was wiped clean) and then taught our Primary teachers how to find the 'learning resources' for their primary classes. it is at:
It is wonderful that we have 40 years of 'the friend' activities, stories and colouring pages for the teachers to use as a resource for their lessons.  The building's physical facilites person was a great help with setting the computer up to the printer, which allows all members to search for a teaching aid on the computer, and then print it off. 
For Sunday a teacher requested a MP4 video from Mormon Messages for Youth; I was able to download it unto a library flashdrive, and have it ready for her to show in her lesson.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Thanks to C Robinson input we have an (older) index of the videos.  And thanks to the person who did up the index.
I have glanced through the pages, it is going to be a huge help. 
I have to figure out where some of the older ones come from and where they might be, as there is no VHS or DVD name or number.
the author of the index has done all members a huge service, as the index will be a great help to locating videos under name and subject/topic.
Thanks C Robinson for the tip

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I still haven't gotten around to taking pictures of the video drawers, and a few other things, the last few Sundays have been busy.  I will get to it soon. 
thanks to Teresa and L. H. for great ideas which I am now going to use for our library.  it is so nice to share ideas with other librarians. 
I STILL struggle to find the links to the images and videos on the church website.  (just saying...)  L.H. introduced me to pinterest, and I am trying to save the links on there, so I can find them easier.  I should make time to ensure that I have saved them here as well, i guess. 
A very cool thing happened this week.  The branch president wanted a video that he saw decades ago; he described the video, the message, and who was speaking in it.  I tried to find the video on the church website, but with no luck.  I then searched the church website with the key words, and yes! i found an article in the Church News 1982 talking about the video; it contained the catalogue number and title.  I went back to the churches video page and online store, and nothing.  (I wasn't too surprised)  Tonight in the library I looked up the title in the catalogue index, and it was there!  It indicated where I would find the video (it was now one of several videos on a VHS with a different name and number)
I am going to try to search on the church website again, and see if I cannot get it to show up.  If it is in the catalogue, it should be on the church online store as well.
I was happy that I succeeded in finding it, in any case

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Links and pictures

Upper cabinets are great for holding books
It has been long since I wrote anything, I almost forgot how to sign in! A wonderful fellow librarian has been in touch with me, and we have been able to share lots of ideas. She encouraged me to take some pictures of our library, and post them.

We have a very small room for our library.  Upper and lower cabinets line one wall; I wish we had more upper cabinets as lower cabinets are more difficult to use when it comes to manuels and most supplies.

I had a multi-shelve paper holder at home which I no longer needed, and though it does take up valuable counter space, it is a great way to have all the paper right there, ready to grab.  I have the telephone perched on top of it, maybe not the greatest idea, but it got it off the counter.

lower cabinet not so great
We do have a copy of every manual, phamphet and guidebook in the library; the extra copies of Young Women, Young Men, Relief Society, Priesthood, and all Primary manuals are stored in that aux's cupboard.  If it is in their cupboard, they are aware of what manuals they have and what manuals they need. We do store all of the Sunday School manuals, as libraries are in the Sunday School aux. 

The guidebooks are stored in the clerk or branch presidents office.  The welfare manuals and phamphets are stored in the Relief Society and Priesthood cupboards.

The 11 by 17 inch pictures are in the upper cabinets; we have 'index' dividers for them, going from 62000, 62025, 62050, 62075, 62100, and on. This method helps us to quickly locate a specific number.  We also store the cutout packets on these shelves.  Our pictures are current. if it is not in the church distribution catalogue, then we do not have it in the library.

Class kits
This last week I had a fun time preparing teacher kits.  Instead of our tiny library being congested as teachers are having to check out each item separately, I emsembled kits for each teacher.  the primary teachers have more supplies (chalk, brush, magnets, scissors, pencils, erasers, masking tape wrapped around a tongue depresser, sticky tac and crayons.)  The older primary classes have pencil crayons instead of wax crayons.  I found out about 'twist' pencil crayons, which are wonderful, as they don't need to be sharpened due to a broken lead.  The youth and adult classes have less items (chalk, brush, magnets, pencils and eraser.)

I am not into plastic, but in this case, and with the small children 'taking turns' getting the kits, it works great.

Members of the branch tease me about having an "office". We have so little counter space, I brought a small table in for the paper cutter to be used on, and another small table for all of my paper work and projects, saving the counter space for members and their projects.  I am the branch bulletin person and the branch history person; this little corner keeps those items out of the way of the 'library' space.           I had a simple 2 drawer filing cabinet at home that I was able to spare.  Unbound manuals are in hanging file folders.  When someone needs pages copied, it is so much easier to feed flat sheets into the machine then trying to hold down a bound manual. 
on a different note, the church website continues to add illustrations, pictures, games and activies, and video for members to use in church lessons and at home, here are some of their links:
for images:
the Gospel Art images:
Children lesson helps:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I am waiting for the church website to finish the visual media section, which would also act as an index for the Meetinghouse libraries. Their Media Library ( is coming along nicely; I don't know if they will add the primary pictures and cutouts; it would be wonderful if they did.
On a different note, this is the latest thing done in our meetinghouse library. The primary pictures (as well as the Young Men and Young Women Manuals' pictures) are on very flimsy paper. They are always the last choice of any teacher. I happened to have a box of letter size 3 mil laminating film, and I laminated the Primary Manual 4, 5 and 6 pictures. They are beautiful, and wonderful to work with. Now I can have them in the easy to grab picture shelve along with the 11 x 17 inch pictures. I would have done the pictures of all the manuals, but ran out of laminating film, and it is terribly expensive.