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: https://www.lds.org/media-library?lang=eng
for images: https://www.lds.org/media-library/images?lang=eng
the Gospel Art images: https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/categories/gospel-art?lang=eng
Children lesson helps: https://www.lds.org/children/resources?lang=eng&country=ca