Resource Manual for Congregational Libraries


ResourcesManualBosman, Ellen.  Resources Manual for Congregational Libraries.  2012
An annotated bibliography by Ellen Bosman. An entirely new approach to resources for congregational libraries.  Bosman has carefully researched and annotated various resources for libraries and has chosen the very best for this guide.  Divided into two major sections one with tools for librarians and the other for enrichment resources for library patrons. Resources are arranged in large topic areas such as: reference materials, cataloging and classification, promotion, world religions, parenting, prayer, gender studies, and recommended authors to name a few.   50 pp.

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 1.   Suggested Books for Church Librarians.
Northwestern Publishing House (NPH) provides this list as a service to church libraries. Materials are approved by NPH reviewers who are WELS/ELS pastors.

2.  TitleTrakk.
Features book reviews and excerpts, author interviews, music and film reviews.

3.  Wasman, Wendy.  Jewish Graphic Novels: A Selected Bibliography. novels.pdf
A 2007 list of thirty-seven titles organized by age group.  Includes a list of readings about graphic novels.

4.  Booklist.
Issued twice a month as a guide to print and non-print review materials deemed worthy of purchase.  Special issues and features spotlight religion and spirituality.  Full access to the online presence requires subscription; alternatively view the free electronic.  Friend on Facebook.

5.   BookPage.  ProMotion, Inc.
With an upbeat and literate tone focusing on new releases in all genres, BookPage also reviews spoken word audio books and contains features about authors and illustrators.  Use the search or browse by genre features.  Available in print editions customized for subscribing libraries.  Indexed.  Follow on Facebook and Twitter.

6.   Fiction Connection.
Available via subscription, this product is a reader’s advisory tool for fiction and nonfiction.  Search by topic, genre, setting, character, location, timeframe, author, title, or keyword.  View cover art, plot summary, and bestseller list status.  Subscribers to Books in Print receive complementary access.

Librarian’s Tools
Library associations
Handbooks and Manuals
Periodicals and Newsletters
Awards and Best Seller Lists
Technical Aids
Acquisition and Selection
Reviewing Resources and Reader’s Advisory
Cataloging and Classification
Processing, Weeding, Non-Print Resources
Preservation and Supplies
Internet Resources
Promotion and Book Clubs
Directory of Publishers

Enrichment  Resources

Reference Materials


World Religions and Religious Literacy
Sacred Texts
Study Guides


Belief and Faith

Business Ethics and Personal Finance


Crime and Abuse

Death, Dying, Grief, and the Afterlife

Disabilities, Differences, and Diversity


Crime and Abuse

Ethics and Social Justice



Gender Studies

Health and Mental Wellness

Holidays and Traditions

Infertility and Miscarriage

Love, Dating, Marriage, and Sex

Missions and Outreach



Science, Creation

Sexual Orientation and Same-Sex Marriage

Technology and Media

Worship and Religious Education


Fiction Authors

Recommended Non-fiction Authors