There is an abundance of resources for libraries and libraries. Resources for Christian libraries and librarians, however, are a little harder to find.
I’ve compiled a list of resources that have been helpful to me. Not all of them are directly related to Christian school libraries, but they may be helpful anyways.
Associations, Organizations & Publications
- Association of Christian Librarians
- Christian Library Journal
- Evangelical Church Library Association
- National Church Library Association
- Children’s Crown Award
- The Christy Award
- ECPA Christian Book Awards
- The INSPY Award (for excellence in faith-driven literature)
- Christian Librarianship: Essays on the Integration of Faith & Profession
- Sacred Stacks: The Higher Purpose of Libraries & Librarianship
Christian Publishers & Christian Book Vendors
- Banner of Truth
- Berean Christian Stores
- Bethany House
- Evangelical Christian Publishers Association
- Intervarsity Press
- Lamplighter Publishing
- Moody Publishers
- Thomas Nelson
- Tyndale House
- California Christian School Librarians Facebook Group (Full disclosure: This is a group I created)
- Christian College Librarians Facebook Group
- Christian Librarian Networking LinkedIn Group
- Christian School Librarians LinkedIn Group (Full disclosure: This is a group I created)
- Christianity Today: Books. Make sure you also check out their book awards.
- Librarians’ Christian Fellowship Facebook Group
Did I leave out your favorite Christian resource? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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This post will be the first in a long-running series I’ll call the “Beginner’s Guides.” I plan on posting a new Beginner’s Guide post about once a month. Please let me know if you have any requests for Beginner’s Guides topics.
Many school libraries are run by staff who have little to no library training. Even those of us who attended library school or have our library credentials may lack certain knowledge about basic details like supplies. On my first day at my first library job, I realized I had a ton of theoretical knowledge about collection development, information literacy, and reading instruction, but I had NO CLUE where to buy shelf signs or spine labels. I also had little knowledge about the types of book suppliers and book processing options available to libraries.
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Here are some basic things every school library beginner needs to know about ordering.
Where Do I Buy Books?
- Amazon*- Probably the easiest and quickest way to order book, IF you’re using a credit card. Purchase orders are a little trickier on Amazon, and the processing options leave much to be desired.
- School Library Book Suppliers- I’m partial to Follett, but I’ve also had positive experiences with Mackin, PermaBound, and Junior Library Guild. Each of these suppliers carries a huge selection of books, e-books, and AV materials, and they all offer a variety of processing options. They also offer collection development services, opening day collections, and subscription/standing order services. It’s very easy to use a purchase order with any of these companies.
- ChristianBook (CBD)- I can usually find any Christian I need from Amazon or any of the school library book suppliers I mentioned above. However, there are instances where CBD is the only place I can find a certain book. They are also good if you’re a Christian school looking for Christian-themed gifts or awards.
Where Do I Buy Library Supplies?
I’ve had positive experiences with Demco, Brodart, Gaylord, and Highsmith. Each of them has a large selection of bookmarks, processing materials, promotional materials (bookmarks, posters, etc.), furniture, and displays. They all accept credit cards, purchase order, and account billing.
I purchase most of my barcodes from Follett Software because I like the quality of their barcodes. However, their ordering process is cumbersome and inefficient. (They require you to fax in your order every time, and then they call you back if you want to use a credit card number).
What questions or advice do you have regarding ordering books and supplies? Please share your thoughts.