"People of the Books" Blog

June Jewish Book Carnival

The June Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere, is being hosted by Kathy Bloomfield at ForWords Books. You can read it at http://forwordsbooks.com/the-june-jewish-book-carnival. You’ll find links to Jewish book reviews, interviews, and essays, as well as Kathy's excellent report on the Bloggers' conference at Book Expo America.

Next month’s Carnival will be hosted by Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah. Submit your posts to barbarakrasner [at] att [dot] net by July 12, 2013.

Facebooking the AJL Conference

The 48th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Houston, Texas starts in one week! I am looking forward to seeing many of you there, but I hope that those who can't join us in person will keep an eye on Facebook for the duration of the conference (June 16-19). We'll be posting photos and status updates live from Houston to www.facebook.com/jewishlibraries.

If you are not a Facebook user, don't worry! You don't have to sign up or log in to view AJL's Facebook page! Just go towww.facebook.com/jewishlibraries and you'll see everything we post!

If you ARE a Facebook user, please click Like on AJL's page if you haven't already. This will allow you to receive our posts in your news feed, and it will mean you can post comments on our photos and status updates! We would LOVE to hear from you, so please do add your "likes" and comments once we start posting from the conference!

To those who will be in Houston - I'd be happy to have additional volunteers help Facebook the conference! If you're interested, send a friend request to Heidi Rabinowitz Estrin (if we're not FB friends already) and message me to let me know you'd like to be part of the fun!

See you all soon in Houston and on Facebook!
Heidi Rabinowitz Estrin
Association of Jewish Libraries

Poster series 2013: Get your copy

Get Your Copy!

48th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference

June 16-19, 2013

Houston, TX

Free Trial Version of Kotar Products for AJL Members

AJL member Uri Kolodney recently attended the Info2013 conference in Tel Aviv, representing AJL. This is an annual conference organized by Teldan, an Israeli company that acts as a leading "supplier of business, scientific and technological information, offering a full range of information products and services to Libraries, Information Centers, Universities..." and so on. For full information, seetinyurl.com/mydhkbc.

All sessions were conducted in Hebrew, and the full program (in Hebrew) is available on the website. Many of the attendees were local librarians and information specialists.

The goal of Uri's attendance was to discuss possible cooperation between Teldan and AJL, and to promote AJL to the professionals at the conference.

To that end, Uri has obtained a free trial for AJL members of four products in Hebrew distributed by Teldan. The goal is to see whether there is interest in these products among AJL members and the patrons of their libraries.

1) Maya's Secret is an interactive website for kids ages 3-7 including Hebrew, math, and English instruction. See sodmaya.co.il.

2) Kotar Iyun is a digital library with hundreds of titles in Hebrew, dealing mainly with the history of Israel and Erets-Yisrael, biblical studies, education, sociology and Israeli culture. This library includes encyclopedias, bibliographies, and reference works. Seekotar.co.il.

3) Kotar Limud is a digital library that includes all textbooks used in the Israeli education system. See school.kotar.co.il.

4) Ofek is an interactive database of "assessment tasks" for teachers and students in the Israeli education system See ofek.cet.ac.il

For usernames and passwords to test these products, please contact Uri Kolodney at kolodney@austin.utexas.edu, and let him know your opinion of the products after you try them out. The free trial is available until July 1, 2013.

We do not yet have information about probably costs or discounts on these products, we are just in the stage of assessing interest.


You're Invited: A Social Gathering During ALA

A Cordial Invitation 

The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), the Catholic Library Association (CLA) and the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) present:


Sunday, June 30, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

For ATLA, AJL, and CLA members and friends. Light, kosher refreshments will be served.

Venue: St. James Common
Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
65 East Huron
Chicago, IL 60611


Please RSVP no later than June 25, 2013 to:
Rick Rybak, rrybak@atla.com / 312.775.9435

A printable PDF, including a map and directions, is available here.