Church and Synagogue Library Association

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The Church and Synagogue Library Association provides educational guidance in the establishment and maintenance of congregational libraries.

CSLA helps congregational librarians learn from and teach each other. Since 1967, CSLA has been an outstanding source of collegial support for congregational librarians where lifetime friendships are formed through common interests. And in a world where religious tolerance is strained, our unique ability to bring together librarians from different faiths is more important than ever.

Are you wondering where to start with weeding? Facing the daunting task of automating a catalog? Charged with organizing archives? Whether you are new at library work or have 30 years of professional experience, there is something for you in CSLA.

Our members publish guides on librarianship that set the standard for excellence. We provide one-to-one mentoring in all areas of librarianship. We organize conferences that provide solutions to today’s pressing challenges and identify new print and digital resources for your collection.

Joining CSLA gives you access to the knowledge and advice of those who know congregational libraries best. Make an investment in the life of your congregation. Join us today!.



Plan to Attend the 2017 Conference!

Early-bird pricing through July 1

Our much-anticipated 50th Anniversary Conference will be held July 14-18, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in beautiful Rochester, New York. Full conference details and the downloadable registration form are now available on the Conference page. Please note that the schedule of workshops has been revised and the registration form has been updated. If you have a version of the registration form before June 3, please download the new form on the Conference page.

New Shared Resources for Members Only

We have now begun adding helpful content on the CLT & Members Only page. You are invited to submit additional material once you have gained permission from the content owner to share it. Featured now are reading club book lists, links to book repair videos, and an extensive manual on weeding from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Here's a teaser:
CREW ManualDo you need to weed your collection?
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has developed the CREW Method of weeding. (CREW – continuous, review, evaluation, weeding) It gives the six benefits of weeding: You save space, You save time, You make the collection more appealing, You will enhance your library’s reputation, You will keep up with collection needs, and You have constant feedback on the collection’s strengths and weaknesses. This information is included in a 108-page pdf file. You will find pages 15-22 very useful. These eight pages would benefit members of your library committee. This would also make a good chapter workshop.

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