For many years B’nai Israel’s library, home to a collection of over 2,000 books, was managed by volunteer librarians who worked hours cataloging and organizing it to keep it as a valuable resource. In the last few years with the time-consuming move to our new building, the collection has become disorganized with books shelved in the three media rooms and chapel.
Caren Zaft observed how books were strewn on the shelves, some arranged in a decimal system-style that were once accompanied by catalog cards, no longer available. Shelves were at maximum capacity, so additional books were stored elsewhere and not in any particular order. Books are not cataloged, not arranged in easily retrievable order nor can the books on the upper shelves be easily reached.
Never having obtained any library training or experience, Caren is learning cataloging the current high-tech way. Determined to rescue this valuable resource Caren has taken on the daunting task of reorganizing the books by categories suggested by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Among her ambitious goals are:
So next time you’re at CBI, be sure and check out our reorganized library. You might find a great title to read.
To view the current collection recently indexed online, go to Congregation B’nai Israel’s pages on LibraryThing.