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Enjoy links to Jewish literary content across the blogosphere on the monthly Jewish Book Carnival! This month's roundup is hosted by Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah. You'll find links to book reviews, author interviews, and more!

Check it out at http://thewholemegillah.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/april-2014-jewish-book-carnival !

Chicago, IL, February 25, 2014 – Through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and project partners the Catholic Library Association (CLA) and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) are preparing a preservation survey for small theological and religious studies libraries, archives, and cultural institutions.  The survey is the centerpiece of an IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libr​aries Planning Grant for the project, “In Good Faith: Collection Care, Preservation, and Access in Small Theological and Religious Studies Libraries.”

The survey will help the project partners gain a better understanding of collection care, preservation, and access practices in small theological and religious studies libraries, archives, and cultural institutions and begin to identify valuable and vulnerable collections held in these institutions.  The partners will use the results of the survey to explore collaborative initiatives to respond to identified long-term collection care, preservation, and access needs. 


The survey is expected to be available March 12, 2014 through April 14, 2014. Participants should be part of a formal or established institution; have a library, archive, or other research collection which includes religious and/or theological materials; have religious and/or theological historical or rare materials as part of the library, archive, or research collection; and have at least one contact person (volunteer or salaried, full-time or part-time) responsible for the care/management of the research collection that can serve as the contact for the survey.  

The partners will promote the project through their memberships as well as through discussion lists and forums that include religious and theological libraries, archives, and cultural institutions. Institutions interested in participating in the survey and organizations interested in helping to promote the survey may contact memberrep@atla.com to receive notice of the survey’s availability.  

National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that address challenges faced by the museum, library, and/or archive fields and that have the potential to advance practices in those fields. IMLS offers grants to help make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

About ATLA

Established in 1946, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a professional association of nearly eight hundred individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products, and services for theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA offers a prestigious product line of electronic resources to support the scholarly study of religion and theology, including the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®), ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) and ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®). For more information visit http://www.atla.com/.

About AJL

The Association of Jewish Libraries promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship. The Association fosters access to information, learning, teaching and research relating to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel.  To learn more, please visit http://www.jewishlibraries.org/.

About CLA

Established in 1921, the Catholic Library Association is an international membership organization, providing its members professional development through educational and networking experiences, publications, scholarships, and other services. The Catholic Library Association coordinates the exchange of ideas, provides a source of inspirational support and guidance in ethical issues related to librarianship, and offers fellowship for those who seek, serve, preserve, and share the word in all its forms.  To learn more, please visit http://www.cathla.org/.

About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

Press Contact

Miguel Figueroa, +1.312.454.5100 ext. 4415, mfigueroa@atla.com
Posted in: Announcements

The first The Whole Megillah Seminar on Jewish Story, co-sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries, is planned for Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, and you are invited! The full-day event features several panels:

Keynotes:

  • Peninnah Schram, Storyteller, Professor of Speech and Drama, Yeshiva University’s Stern College
  • Samuel Norich, Publisher, The Jewish Daily Forward

Children’s books:

  • Deborah Heiligman, author of Intentions, winner of the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Teen Readers
  • Susan Lynn Meyer, author of Black Radishes, a 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor recipient for Older Readers
  • Rebecca Short, Assistant Editor, Delacorte Press/Random House
  • April Halprin Wayland, author of New Year at the Pier, a 2010 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers.

Memoir:

  • Ellen Cassedy, author of We Are Here, winner of the Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction
  • Joy Ladin, author of Through The Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between the Genders, 2012 National Jewish Book Award finalist
  • Nancy K. Miller, author of What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past and other memoirs
  • Tahneer Oksman, Jewish women in comics

Poetry:

  • Michal Mahgerefteh, Editor, Poetica Magazine
  • Joy Ladin
  • Elana Bell, author of Eyes, Stones, winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award

Fiction:


Special Features:

On Monday, May 19, interested attendees are welcome to visit the Jewish Museum for special events:

  • A special docent-led tour of the museum
  • A hands-on writing session, inspired by the museum’s art

An extra $35 fee applies.

Cost of Seminar: $125, includes kosher lunch - temporarily reduced to $99!

For more information and to register, please contact barbarakrasner(at)att(dot)net

Patricia Polacco, author and illustrator of The Blessing Cup
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At Ann Koffsky's Blog

Blog Tour Wrap-Up with All Authors and Illustrators
At The Whole Megillah

Cosei Kawa, illustrator of Rifka Takes a Bow
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Jewish Books for Children

Elisabeth Leyson and Dr. Marilyn J. Harran, contributors to The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler’s List
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At The Interlace Place

Neal Bascomb, author of The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Randomly Reading

 

Carol Matas, author of Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At Pen and Prose

Laurel Snyder, author of The Longest Night
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Geo Librarian

Catia Chen, illustrator of The Longest Night
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Holy Sparks

Robyn Bavati, author of Dancing in the Dark
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Bildungsroman

Renee Londner, author of Stones for Grandpa
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At The Write Stuff

Martha Aviles, illustrator of Stones for Grandpa
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Practically Paradise

Aline Sax, author, Caryl Strzelecki, illustrator, and Laura Watkinson, translator of The War Within These Walls
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At The 3 R's: Reading, 'Riting, Research

The application form for AJL 2014 Conference Stipends has been posted on the AJL website(http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/), under Member Resources.

Applications should be completed and sent to Lenore Bell at bell1614@msn.com, by March 21, 2014.

Please note that those eligible and seeking to apply for Littauer Foundation stipends are asked to submit their applications by February 28, 2014. This earlier deadline will help us to secure this important funding source before other stipend funds are allocated.

Additional information about application requirements appear on the form. If you have any questions, please contact Lenore Bell or Rachel Glasser.

Please note that the application form is found in the members-only region of the website. If you require a log-in, please contact Webmaster Nancy Sack (sack@hawaii.edu) or VP for Membership Sheryl Stahl (membership@jewishlibraries.org).


We look forward to seeing as many members as possible in Las Vegas for the 2014 AJL Conference!

 


Lenore Bell (bell1614@msn.com)
Rachel Glasser (rkglasser@gmail.com)
AJL Conference Stipends Committee

Posted in: Conferences

The Association of Jewish Libraries is pleased to announce the Groner-Wikler Scholarship of $1,000 for attendance at the AJL Annual Conference. The annual scholarship is funded by Kar-Ben Publishing in honor of founding publishers Judye Groner and Madeline Wikler, who retired in December.

 

The Groner-Wikler Scholarship will be awarded annually to an AJL member who demonstrates dedication to Jewish children's literature and library services. Candidates should have an active involvement in the Judaic library profession or related fields; demonstrate strong advocacy for library and literary services to children and youth; be a positive role model to colleagues and the wider community; and should exhibit innovative approaches to Jewish children's literature or library services.  Extra consideration is given to applicants who are seen as promising new movers and shakers in the field of Jewish children’s literature and services.

 

Candidates may self-nominate, or be nominated by others. The nominator does not have to be a member of AJL, but the nominee must be a current AJL member. Nomination forms may be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/3q7gdhfhyatjiyq/Groner-Wikler%20Nomination%20Form.docx.

The deadline for application is March 7, 2014. The winner will receive $1,000 to assist with the expense of attending the 49th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Las Vegas, NV, June 22-25, 2014.

 

For more information, please contact Amalia Warshenbrot, President of AJL’s Synagogues, Schools and Centers Division at AmaliaIma@ATT.net or 704-365-3313.

 

The Sydney Taylor Book Award will be celebrating and showcasing its 2014 gold and silver medalists with a Blog Tour, February 16-20, 2014! Interviews with winning authors and illustrators will appear on a wide variety of Jewish and kidlit blogs. For those of you who have not yet experienced a Blog Tour, it’s basically a virtual book tour. Instead of going to a library or bookstore to see an author or illustrator speak, you go to a website on or after the advertised date to read an author’s or illustrator’s interview.

Below is the schedule for the 2014 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour. Please follow the links to visit the hosting blogs on or after their tour dates, and be sure to leave them plenty of comments!


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2014

Renee Londner, author of Stones for Grandpa
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At The Write Stuff

Martha Aviles, illustrator of Stones for Grandpa
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Practically Paradise

Aline Sax, author, Caryl Strzelecki, illustrator, and Laura Watkinson, translator of The War Within These Walls
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At The 3 R's: Reading, 'Riting, Research

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014

Laurel Snyder, author of The Longest Night
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Geo Librarian

Catia Chen, illustrator of The Longest Night
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Holy Sparks

Robyn Bavati, author of Dancing in the Dark
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Bildungsroman

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014

Neal Bascomb, author of The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Randomly Reading

Carol Matas, author of Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At Pen and Prose

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014

Cosei Kawa, illustrator of Rifka Takes a Bow
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Jewish Books for Children

Elisabeth Leyson, contributor to The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler’s List
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At The Interlace Place

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014

Patricia Polacco, author and illustrator of The Blessing Cup
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At Ann Koffsky's Blog

Blog Tour Wrap-Up with All Authors and Illustrators
At The Whole Megillah

Thanksgivukkah is on the way, so I’ve created a suggested list of children’s books about Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and gratitude in general. You can find it through Facebook’s “Riffle” app at read.rifflebooks.com/list/112918 or via AJL’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jewishlibraries (look for the Thanksgivukkah post dated November 5). Please share the list with your colleagues. Thanks to my kidlit friends who helped me compile the list!

To add your suggestions for more titles, please leave a comment on the Facebook post.

 

Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Heidi Estrin

President, AJL

Heidi@cbiboca.org

Posted in: Children's Books

Dear AJL Members,

 As announced in the Sept./Oct. issue of AJL News, themembership of AJL will be asked to vote on proposed revisions to the AJLConstitution. The proposed changes, along with an explanatory message from ourpresident, Heidi Estrin, can be found on the AJL website.

See:  http://www.jewishlibraries.org

The complete text of the constitution, with proposedchanged highlighted in red, is also on the website. There is a link to thisdocument within the explanatory message on the website.

To access the text directly, see:

http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/Portals/0/AJL_Assets/documents/about/AJLconstitution2013withChanges.pdf

AJL is using Survey Monkey to conduct this vote online.In preparation for this vote, a test message will be sent out from SurveyMonkey tomorrow, Tuesday Oct. 22.  If youare an AJL member and do NOT receive a test message, please contact me at joy.kingsolver@gmail.com.

 

Thank you,

Joy Kingsolver

AJL Parliamentarian

This press release was published on ATLA's website to announce a collaboration with AJL and CLA:

ATLA RECEIVES IMLS GRANT TO EXPLORE PRESERVATION NEEDS IN SMALL THEOLOGICAL AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES LIBRARIES

   Chicago, IL, September 27, 2013 - The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) has received a 2013 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) in the amount of $46,500.  The grant will support the project, “In Good Faith: Collection Care, Preservation, and Access in Small Theological and Religious Studies Libraries,” in partnership with the Catholic Library Association (CLA) and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL).

   During the grant period, the American Theological Library Association, the Catholic Library Association, and the Association of Jewish Libraries will assess the collection care, preservation, and access practices of small theological and religious studies libraries and begin to identify valuable and vulnerable collections held in these institutions.  The centerpiece of the project will be a survey designed for and deployed to institutions that may not have previously been included in such studies. Existing standards and practices that help libraries respond to their unique circumstances will be promoted to the targeted libraries and at the same time the partners will communicate the challenges and opportunities faced by these libraries to the larger library and research communities. Finally, the project will explore collaborative initiatives to respond to identified long-term collection care, preservation, and access needs. 

   “’In Good Faith’ is an exciting project that will benefit the members of all three associations. Based on earlier research, we know that many small theological and religious studies libraries hold valuable unique special collections but lack the resources locally to preserve them and make them easily accessible to researchers. This project will begin to identify and inventory these collections and to seek solutions  – before these materials are lost to scholars forever,” said Brenda Bailey-Hainer, ATLA Executive Director.    

   National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that address challenges faced by the museum, library, and/or archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. IMLS offers grants to help make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

About ATLA

Established in 1946, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a professional association of nearly one thousand individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products and services for theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA offers a prestigious product line of electronic resources to support the scholarly study of religion and theology, including the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®), ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) and ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®). For more information visit http://www.atla.com/.
 
About AJL
The Association of Jewish Libraries promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship. The Association fosters access to information, learning, teaching and research relating to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel.  To learn more, please visit http://www.jewishlibraries.org/.
 
About CLA
Established in 1921, the Catholic Library Association is an international membership organization, providing its members professional development through educational and networking experiences, publications, scholarships, and other services. The Catholic Library Association coordinates the exchange of ideas, provides a source of inspirational support and guidance in ethical issues related to librarianship, and offers fellowship for those who seek, serve, preserve, and share the word in all its forms.  To learn more, please visit http://www.cathla.org/.
 
About IMLS
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.
Posted in: Announcements

   Three positions on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee will be available beginning January 1, 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for lovers of Jewish children's literature.

   Applicants should be members of AJL, familiar with the scope of Judaic children’s literature, experienced in writing critical reviews, willing and able to read and review over 120 books during the course of a year, and able to meet deadlines.

   Committee members are expected to attend annual conventions and to participate in committee-sponsored events, including speaking at the Committee’s annual presentation. The term of membership on the Committee is four years. Each committee member typically receives more than $1,500 in books for review each year, which may be kept for personal use or added to the member’s library.

   Membership on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee is both fun and intellectually challenging, but it also requires a substantial commitment in terms of time and energy.

   Members must be able to submit reviews electronically and correspond with other committee members through regular e-mail. Familiarity with Google Docs is helpful but not required.

   To apply, send a letter indicating the reasons for your interest, a resume, and several examples of your recent reviews of Jewish children’s books to Aimee Lurie, Committee Chair, at chair@sydneytaylorbookaward.org or aimeelurie@mac.com.

   Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2013.

Dear Friends of AJL,

I know I’m always nagging you to use GoodSearch for yourInternet searching. I nag because I care! Goodsearch helps AJL raise funds,without taking anything out of YOUR pockets!

You can now add GoodSearch to your mobile device: iPhone,Android phone, iPad or tablet, etc.

 ·    ~   For any Apple device, follow the instructions athttp://dailygoodblog.tumblr.com/post/61798376888/mobile-search-made-easy-ios-instructions.

 ·    ~   For any Android device, follow the instructionsat http://dailygoodblog.tumblr.com/private/62105601644/tumblr_mtls6t1uDO1sue1eo.

~·  ~   I suggest making one change to the instructionsfor either kind of device: instead of starting at www.goodsearch.com, start instead at http://tinyurl.com/AJLgoodsearch. This will put you directly on the AJL GoodSearch page instead of justGoodSearch in general.

 

Thanks for helping AJL raise money painlessly!

Heidi Estrin

President, Association of Jewish Libraries

president@jewishlibraries.org

This adorable original artwork was created for us by Michelle Mau.  SHANA TOVA from the Association of Jewish Libraries!

 

 

 

The August Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere, is being hosted Leora Wenger at SketchingOut. You can read it at http://www.leoraw.com/blog/2013/08/august-jewish-book-carnival/. You’ll find links to Jewish bibliographies, book reviews and author interviews!

 

Next month’s Carnival will be hosted by Erika Dreifus at My Machberet. If you blog and you’d like to participate,please contact her through http://www.erikadreifus.com/contact/ by September12 to send her your links!

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of Judaica Librarianship's Editorial Board, I am pleased to announcethat AJL's peer-reviewed journal is now available online, at http://ajlpublishing.org.

The site currently features the most recent issue of Judaica Librarianship (vol. 16/17). According to our new policy, back issues will be freely available 12 months after the publication date.

Judaica Librarianship provides a forum for scholarship on the theory and practice of Jewish Studies librarianship and Information Studies. The journal seeks to publish research articles and essays related to the development and management of Judaica collections in all types of libraries and archives, the initiation and coordination of digital curation projects, the creation and dissemination of information resources in all formats, and the promotion of Jewish information literacy for diverse audiences through various outreach activities. The Editorial Board also welcomes thoroughly revised and updated versions of papers presented at AJL Annual Conferences or chapter meetings. Additional information about topics covered in the journal is available online on the Focus and Scope page. Submission deadline for the next issue is September 30, 2013.

Students currently enrolled in any accredited Library and Information Science program are encouraged to submit essays to AJL's Student Essay Contest. Essays must be relevant to the field of Jewish Studies librarianship. The winning essay will be considered for publication, and the winner will receive a cash award.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate contacting me.

Best wishes,

Rachel

Rachel Leket-Mor
Editor-in-Chief, Judaica Librarianship
Association of Jewish Libraries

Associate Librarian
Religious Studies, Philosophy, Jewish Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Arizona State University Libraries

 

The AJL website has been down for a few weeks but we are finally back up and running! You should  have seen the link to the July Jewish Book Carnival on our Facebook page in the meantime, but now we are pleased to officially post it here on our blog.

The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly roundup of links to Jewish literary content from across the blogosphere. This month's Carnival is hosted by Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah. You'll find interviews, reviews, and a report on Book Expo. Enjoy!


 


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