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Searchable Resources Go On-line


Winnipeg, Man.-The Resource Centre at Mennonite Church Canada now has an on-line, searchable database accessible to users via the Mennonite Church Canada web site.

The project, initiated by Aiden Schlichting Enns and Resource Centre manager Kathy Giesbrecht, went on-line as a demonstration site on November 14.

Users can visit the site, search for books, videos, and audio-visual materials, add items to a shopping basket, and email their requests directly to the Resource Centre for fulfillment. Users can search the site by information category, title, author, or keyword. The service is free to MC Canada congregations. Print items are shipped post paid, while videos carry a mailing fee.

Giesbrecht recognizes that lay leaders, teachers, and worship leaders typically have other day jobs and may have difficulty accessing the Resource Centre during normal business hours. "While this doesn't replace the advisory service and guidance we offer by our toll-free phone number, it does make our database of resources searchable and available to users twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week," said Giesbrecht. She invites users to visit the site and provide feedback to MC Canada staff.

Ken Derksen (Lundar, Man.) and Nolan Andres of Peaceworks (Waterloo, On.) developed the interfaces for the database.