Library Committee

Westminster offers its members and visitors a superb collection of resources which are intended to further faith development, improve skills as Christian educators and parents, assist with become more effective caregivers within their families and community, more effectively live out faith as leaders within the congregation and community, and provide comfort and nurture during life's transitions.  The collection includes materials for all age groups from infants to older adults.

Library Committee members select new materials and re-evaluate older ones, including books and magazines, videos, sound recordings (music, lectures, and recorded books), and website recommendations.  The library contains approximately 3,500 items plus magazine subscriptions and catalogs from Presbyterian seminaries.  Audio recordings of selected adult Sunday School classes from the past few years are maintained and loaned by the Library. An online computer catalog is available in the Library (Room 203).

The Library Committee meets monthly, usually the third Sunday morning.  Work sessions and committee training are scheduled as needed at other times.  A minimum commitment of one year is generally needed (with the exception of writing newsletter articles and special projects). 

 

Ministry Opportunities:

  • Write reviews for Library Resource columns in WPC's e-newsletter.   Promote the Library and keep readers updated about selected materials and relevant websites.  Members of all ages are needed to write reviews.  Reviews written by teens or jointly by a child and a parent are especially welcome.  Ask for a review assignment or suggest a title that you'd like to encourage others at Westminster to read, view, or listen to. 
    • Flexible hours
  • Assist library users on Sundays with using the computer catalog, locating library materials, checking items out, and identifying appropriate sources of information beyond the Library's own collection.  Check-out cards are replaced in returned items, and these materials are then re-shelved.
    • Flexible hours
  • Catalog new materials and write summaries of their content. This process is one of the best ways to learn in depth about the content of new materials being added to the collection.  Although most catalog records are downloaded from other libraries, WPC's catalog contains more extensive information than those found in many libraries. A Summary note and Table of Contents are added to each catalog record for new materials.  Members interested in learning this process need to be comfortable with creating and revising text on a keyboard, ready to learn the use of specialized software and library systems, and able to commit to weekly work sessions during a multi-week training period.
    • Flexible hours
  • Circulation tasks: Dusting, reading the shelves and returning mis-shelved items to their proper locations, telephoning with reminders of overdue items, inventorying, sign making, designing bulletin board displays, keeping the mobile book cart stocked with attractive and up-to-date displays.  With the number of tasks involved in keeping a library running effectively, there are jobs of many sizes for members.
    • Flexible hours
  • Computer assistance: Updating library applications software is preformed by members, as is troubleshooting system problems and working with contract support staff and vendors to correct these problems in a timely manner.
    • Flexible hours
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