Church Librarians Seek Training, Fellowship at Annual Conference

Date Posted: 5/9/2013

The Church and Synagogue Library Association (CSLA), an ecumenical professional organization for church and synagogue librarians, is hosting their 46th annual conference at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina, July 28–30.  The conference theme is "Librarians at the Lakeside: Enrichment, Reflection, Renewal."


Along with networking opportunities, the conference offers formal training in the School for Beginning Librarians, as well as 16 different workshops that cover topics such as library skills, technology, book recommendations, life skills, and involving youth and children in the library.


Popular Christian authors including Nancy Robinson Masters and Missy Buchanan will join the conference, as well as Karen Greenwaldt, who just retired from leading the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. 

Other highlights include exhibitors, a silent auction, software demonstrations, and a worship service.  Two special events, tours of nearby congregational libraries and the Cherokee Nation, are also open to families of participants who are welcome to enjoy all that Lake Junaluska has to offer.


First-time attendees to the conference will be paired with a seasoned mentor who will enrich the conference experience.  CSLA also offers continued mentoring support for new church librarians, some of whom may have no previous library experience or formal training.


Registration and additional conference information is available on the CSLA website at



Marjorie Smink, CSLA Conference Chair and Past President
8890 Greenwich Hills Way
Ft. Myers, FL  33908
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