A critical analysis of the need to establish, develop, and maintain libraries for parish churches
The problem to be explored in this project report is the sequential aspects of establishing, developing and maintaining parish libraries as a means of creating effective networks of communication between the constituent members of a parish church. To understand the nature of the sequential aspects of establishing, developing and maintaining parish libraries, it is necessary to clarify the presuppositions which underlie the statement of the problem and its solution. The term ‘library’, as will be described in Chapter II, is understood to have a conceptual meaning that transcends any definition. ‘Library’ as a concept refers to the function of a learning resource center in a parish church. To call a church library a ‘learning’ center is predicated on the concept that the library is a place where learning happens rather than one in which learning materials are stored. Its function, then, is to advance the cause of learning by providing materials (documents, books, filmstrips, etc.) and services (answering ready reference questions, circulation of materials, etc.) to parish constituents. The emphasis here implies that the bringing of knowledge or information to the parishioner is important, not the collecting or processing of knowledge or information. The character of the parish library changes from collecting library materials to fostering learning so that the parishioner learns how to acquire information. If a parish library is understood to be a ‘learning resource’ center, the focus is on the parishioner and how he can best use the collection of books, magazines, etc. to facilitate his learning process. This is why it is important to clarify the use of the terms used in this project report.
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