CLAO Publications

Library Lines

We bring four issues yearly of our helpful newsletter, Library Lines, to your door. It is packed with articles, book reviews, and other useful information on church libraries.

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CLAO Resources

ResourcesCLAO keeps an inventory of selected resources from various publishers that can support the work of church libraries. We are able to buy at discounted pricing and can pass those savings on to you.

All resources listed are available at our conferences. Orders made by email must add handling and shipping charges. If you would like further information or would like to order items please email .

Copyright Basics – FREE

Alison McCullough, Church Library Association of Ontario. 2010. PDF Format

Topics include an introduction to copyright, the Copyright Act, how long does copyright last, copyright owner rights, responsibilities and owner authorization. Download the presentation in PDF format

Collections and Tools for Persons with Low Vision – FREE

Alison McCullough, Church Library Association of Ontario. 2010. PDF Format

Topics include an overview of disabilities in Canada, what is low vision, types of eye conditions, collections, tools, services, legislation and resources. Download the presentation in PDF format

Librarian Resources Help List

Jane Rocoski, Church Library Association of Ontario. 2013.

Members only. Dowload as Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or download the list in PDF format

Organizing a Library or Resource Center: Creating a Policy & Procedure Manual. CSLA $15.00

Carol Campbell, Dianne Oswald & Glenda Strombom. 1st. ed. 2010. 28p.

Revised and compiled from three previous CSLA publications, A Policy & Procedure Manual for Church & Synagogue Libraries Do-It-Yourself Guide, Standards for Church & Synagogue Libraries: Guidelines for Measuring Effectiveness & Progress and Setting Up a Library, How To Begin or Begin Again, this new publication provides a simple method of developing a working manual which is valuable for all aspects of organizing and operating a congregational library.

Subject Headings For Church or Synagogue Libraries. CSLA $12.00

Dorothy G. Lewis. 3rd Rev. ed. 2007. 32p.

This guide provides standard subject headings which will give uniformity of terms, so that all books on a given subject will be in the correct place. The list is limited to subjects most likely to be found in a congregational library.

Planning a Congregational Archives Centre. CSLA $15.00

Curtis D. Howard. Ph.D. 2011. 33p.

This is a great reference book on processing, preserving, and storing your archives and how to exhibit them. It offers tips on what to include in your archives and discusses their importance to your congregation.

Recruiting and Training Volunteers For Church and Synagogue Libraries. CSLA $10.00

Lorraine E. Burson. 2nd Rev. ed. 1999. 24p.

How to recruit and train volunteers, orient new workers, delegate responsibilities, and motivate and support workers.

Disaster Management in the Church and Synagogue Library. CSLA $10.00

Nadia J. Martin. 2000. 14p.

The information in this guide can help you prepare for natural and "unnatural" disasters. It will provide you with the tools you need to create a customized disaster plan for your church or synagogue library and help you minimize the costs and loss of value of your collection due to disaster.

Cataloging and Classification. CSLA $13.00

Susan E. Snyder. 2004. 52p.

Covers physical processing encouraging the use of the catalog and creating bibliographic records, classification, and classification schedules. Three appendices provide cataloging terms, information on typing cards, and resources.

Beyond the Book: Enhancing Your Congregational Library With Audio-Visual Resources. CSLA $13.00

Rusty Tryon. 2008. 21p.

This guide is designed to assist congregational librarians in making audio-visual resources an integral part of their library collections. Ideas on selection, cataloguing, classification & circulation included.

Fundamentals of Financing Your Congregational Church Library. CSLA $15.00

Craig Kubic. 2008. 33p.

This guide will assist in developing a plan for acquisition and management of the financial resources libraries need to become a vital part of a congregation.

A Classification System For Church Libraries – Based on the Dewey Decimal Classification System - $19.00

LifeWay Press. 3rd Rev. ed. 2007. 140 p.

This book provides number values and headings from the Dewey Decimal System most often used by church libraries.

Dewey Decimal Classification – 200 Religion Class - $40.00

1st Impression Publishing. 2004. 269p.

An in-depth source of detailed Dewey numbers and headings for the 200 Religion class only.

A Handbook For Church Librarians - $25.00

National Church Library Association. 2nd Rev. ed. 2006. 100p.

A great resource with everything you need to know to create, organize and manage a successful church library.

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