"People of the Books" Blog

Openings on the Bibliography & Reference Awards Committee

The RAS Awards Committee invites all RAS members to apply to serve on the committee. The AJL Judaica Bibliography and Reference Awards were established to encourage the publication of outstanding academic reference resources.

Awards committee members must be a member in good standing of AJL and actively participate in the work of the committee through email discussions and work on other web-based platforms. The members review chosen reference and bibliography publications and submit reviews at the beginning of the calendar year and participate in email discussions about the redacted reviews. Members can serve on two consecutive two-year terms.

If you are interested in being a part of Awards Committee, please speak with Rachel Simon or send her an email at rsimon@princeton.edu by September 1, 2016.

To see a list of past winners, they are available on the AJL website: http://jewishlibraries.org/content.php?page=Reference___Bibliography_Awards

June 2016 Jewish Book Carnival

The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere. You’ll find links to Jewish book news, book reviews and author interviews. Various bloggers take turns hosting the Carnival, and June's host is Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah. Barbara is an AJL member who has served on the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee and has been a recipient of the Groner-Wikler Scholarship for AJL Conference Attendance, given to an AJL member who demonstrates dedication to Jewish children's literature and library services. 

You can find the June 2016 Jewish Book Carnival here: https://thewholemegillah.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/june-2016-jewish-book-carnival/

And you can learn how to participate in a future Carnival here: http://jewishlibraries.org/Jewish_Book_Carnival_HQ

Judaica Librarianship, Volume 19

Volume 19 of AJL's peer reviewed journal, Judaica Librarianship, is now available at http://ajlpublishing.org/jl/. Full text of the articles is available to AJL members. (Become a member at http://jewishlibraries.org/join.php.)

Judaica Librarianship provides a forum for scholarship on all theoretical or practical aspects of Jewish Studies librarianship and cultural stewardship in the digital age; bibliographical, bibliometric and comprehensive studies related to Jewish booklore; historical studies or current surveys of noteworthy collections; and extensive reviews of reference works and other resources, including electronic databases and informational websites.

2016 AJL Conference Program Book

AJL Election Results

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the following slate has been voted into office by AJL membership in the elections that took place in May, 2016. My heartfelt gratitude to all the candidates who stepped up to the challenge, to Heidi Rabinowitz for chairing the Nominating Committee, and to all who worked with her, and to our tireless Parliamentarian, Joyce Kingsolver who supervised the elections.

Here is the 2016-2018 Executive Board of AJL:

The current VP/President-Elect, already in place, is Amalia Warshenbrot. She will be installed as the new President at the General meeting at the 2016 AJL conference in June.

Dina Herbert is the Coordinator for the Innovation Hub at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.

VP for Membership
Shulamis Hes manages print/digital resource integration and spending, including 400 databases and over 300,000 journals, for Yeshiva University’s (YU) three libraries; and guides patrons in general and Judaic research.

VP for Development
Fred Isaac has been a member of AJL since 1991. He has served as SSC President and on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, and co-chaired the 2005 Conference in Oakland. He is the past librarian at Temple Sinai in Oakland and now is their historian and Archivist.

Pat Fenton is the Manager of Judaica and Public Services at the Ostrow Library of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and she teaches classes in rabbinic literature in the rabbinical school, the school of education, and the undergraduate college.

Nancy Sack has been a member of AJL for the past 25 years. She has served the Association as Newsletter editor, exhibits chair, conference co-chair, and web slave. She was a cataloger at Northwestern University for nine years before moving to Hawaii 14 years ago to work at the University of Hawaii.

SSC President
Kathy Bloomfield is the founder of Forwordsbooks, a national Jewish book fair business. Currently, she is the Clergy Assistant at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD where she is also assisting with the revitalization of the Adat Shalom library.

Susan Kusel is the librarian at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia. She is also the children's book buyer and selector for Words bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey and the owner of Dream On Books, a book consulting company.

RAS President
Rebecca Jefferson has been a member of AJL since 2010 and since 2012 has served as a co-editor for the Adult Reviews section of the AJL newsletter. She has served also as the AJL RAS Vice President for two years between 2014-2016. As a librarian, Jefferson is responsible for the collection development and overall management of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida.

Rachel Simon is a cataloger at Princeton University, and researches Jews in the modern Middle East and North Africa. She contributes regularly to AJL Reviews, has twice been a member of the RAS Cataloging Committee (chairing it once), as well as the RAS Bibliography and Reference Awards Committee, the Education Committee, and the By-Laws Committee.

best wishes, your future Past President

Yaffa Weisman