Congregational Libraries Today

Congregational Libraries Today is CSLA’s quarterly publication, provided free to members of the Church and Synagogue Library Association.

Each issue of Congregational Libraries Today contains news about CSLA and its chapters, feature stories about congregational libraries and librarians, promotion ideas, information on using computers in the library, and reviews of books, videos and CDs for adults and children. Congregational Libraries Today is produced by a publications editor; reviews are written by a media review editor and a staff of volunteer reviewers.

As useful and informative as Congregational Libraries Today is on larger issues affecting congregational libraries, it’s also full of handy tips to make librarians’ lives easier. Consider, for example, one blogger’s mention of an idea she gained from Congregational Libraries Today.

CSLA is proud to provide a sample copy of Congregational Libraries Today so you can see first-hand the helpful articles, reviews and tips for all levels of librarians.

Subscription Rates

For non-members, the cost for a subscription to Congregational Libraries Today is $40 per year (Canada: US$50; International: US$60). Single copies of any Congregational Libraries Today issue are available for $6.00. To obtain a single issue, contact our office administrator (don’t forget to let us know which issue).

A subscription to Congregational Libraries Today is included in the membership fee for CSLA members. Membership in CSLA is open to all interested persons, groups, churches or libraries. Learn about other membership benefits and categories and choose the one that’s right for you. An extra subscription for CSLA members may be obtained for $5.00 (Canada and International: US$10).

Writer’s Guidelines

We are always looking for for writers and photographers who can share their expertise with other congregational librarians. Some examples are:

  • Basic librarian skills
  • Using the library to advance your congregation’s ministry
  • Promoting the congregational library
  • Attracting special interest groups (e.g. Gen Xers/Gen Yers, singles, men)
  • What has worked for you in your library — share your successes!
  • Interviews with authors
  • Recruiting and keeping volunteers
  • Other useful ideas for congregational librarians

Articles should be no more than 500 words (if you need more space, please clear this with the publications editor prior to submission). We prefer copy to be submitted either on disk or as an email attachment. Please run a spell check before sending, and do not indent or use tabs to start paragraphs. Include a brief biography with your story (two to three sentences in length).

We regret that we cannot pay for articles, but you will receive a byline. Rights revert to the writer upon publication.

If your story has been published elsewhere, please send written permission from that publication to reprint your story, along with its requirements for wording of acknowledgement, if applicable.

Please contact the publications editor if you would like to write for Congregational Libraries Today. Contact the media review editor if you would like to review books or other media.

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