Call for Proposals

2016 Annual Conference

Association of Jewish Libraries
Call for Conference Papers 2016

The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) will hold its annual conference entitled “Libraries of the Future: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate” at the Charleston Marriott in Charleston, South Carolina from Sunday, June 19 – Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Librarians, archivists, scholars, educators, authors, and others will meet to share their interest in Judaica librarianship, Jewish history and culture, and related topics.

AJL is soliciting proposals for papers and presentations on all aspects of Judaica librarianship as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, schools, synagogues, and related institutions. Past topics have included: collection management, programming, reader advisory services, special and rare collections, cataloging and classification, digital and electronic resources and emerging technologies.  Current research topics related to Judaica studies and local Jewish history would also be of interest. The 2016 conference will introduce a professional development track devoted to practical aspects of librarianship. Submissions dealing with topics in organizational development, institutional administration, vendor relations, job retention, etc. are especially welcome.

Submissions should include the following:

  • Presenter's name, address, affiliation, telephine and email contact info
  • Brief biography
  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Summary of proposal
  • Specific technology or equipment requirements, if any

All submissions must be received by November 30, 2015.  Please submit proposals by e-mail (PREFERRED) to: or by mail to: Shoshanah Seidman, Northwestern University Library, 1970 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL 60208

Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Planning Committee, which is composed of national and AJL members. Notification will be made in January, 2016.

Note: An individual may give only one paper or presentation. If an individual submits more than one proposal, the committee will choose between them based on what topics best fit the conference program. Someone who presents a paper may participate in a second session as a moderator.