Washington, DC Chapter

DC/SLA Cares – Community Relations

DC/SLA CARES was designed by the Community Relations Committee to assist chapter members who are interested in volunteering to find opportunities to serve within the local communities where we live and work.  We hope to promote the image of special librarians as active and engaged community members as well as provide chapter members with a chance to give back!

Special librarians who volunteer learn more about their communities and neighbors, gain a fresh perspective on the world around them, have the opportunity to do real good for others, and often share their professional skills of service, organization, and information retrieval in unique ways.  It is a terrific feeling at the end of the day!

Check out our webpages for links to local and national organizations which promote volunteer opportunities.  These are just a starting point!  We hope that you will take the time to contact the members of the Community Relations Committee with your suggestions.  Let us know where you volunteer; share your stories and your good experiences;  invite your colleagues to join you!    We look forward to starting a conversation on how special librarians have given back to the community and how they hope to contribute in the future!

DC/SLA Community Relations Committee members:

To get involved with this committee or others, please contact:
volunteer@dc.sla.org

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Here are some ways to get involved:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Cavalry Bible Institute Library

The Calvary Bible Institute (CBI) is looking for a librarian to volunteer at their library in Washington, D.C. to supervise various MLS graduate interns and community volunteers. The position involves 4-10 hours a week in the late afternoon or evening (depending on the librarian’s availability).

CBI is in the process of preparing their school’s library for degree licensure and accreditation.  They are presently an evening school and need assistance in building their library. They have approximately 4,956 books inventoried via barcode, 75% of which are cataloged in the LOC classification scheme.  They use Resource Mate 3.0 by Jaywil Software Development, Inc., which allows them to access the Library of Congress database in search of LOC numbers, etc. They hope to subscribe to OCLC and other software upon recommendation of the librarian. The library supports 2 Certificate Programs (i.e., Biblical Studies, Ministry and Service), on their journey to degree licensure (2 year degrees) and accreditation. They’re presently licensed by the DC Office of the State Superintendant of Education (OSSE) and are preparing to offer a GED program in Fall 2013.
Here is a link to the library’s website: http://oak.nowsprouting.com/calvarybibleinstitute/#/library
If you are interested in this wonderful volunteer opportunity, please contact Rev. Karen P. McNair at 202-832-8291 or kmcnair@gmchc.org

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