Sunday, June 18, 2017

Library customer-service priorities reflected in posts to RVUUF blog

Black-and-white image of people browsing and reading in bookstore
Image credit: inSpirit/UU Book and Gift Shop

I’ve left Ashland, Oregon, but continue to work as web content editor for Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Recent posts to the RVUUF blog are aligned with my passion for library customer-service; they draw attention to informational resources that enhance the church community.

UUA Common Read, 2017-2018

For years I’ve followed the “Common Read” that is announced each year by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). As a church library administrator, I stocked each selection and promoted it to the congregation. I continued to promote it with ongoing publicity during my tenure at RVUUF.

The Unitarian Universalist Association’s Common Read Selection Committee has chosen two books for this year’s program. They are: Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), and Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, (Beacon Press, September 2017).

A Common Read “invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time.” It can “build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.”

Commission on Appraisal’s 2017 report

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)’s “Commission on Appraisal” has issued its 2017 report, Class Action: The Struggle with Class in Unitarian Universalism. Given the commission’s mandate to provide independent review, I’d consider its findings to provide essential reference in a UU church library.

“In a time of vast and growing social and economic inequality, the 2017 Commission on Appraisal examines the impact of class and classism on Unitarian Universalism-its association, congregations, members, and friends. Classism thwarts Unitarian Universalism’s vital work of building community and giving life the shape of justice.”

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