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Seattle Conference Summary - Monday

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  • 17 photos from Sunday, the first day of the 45th Annual Conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries

  • I'm sitting at the awesome Seattle Public Library listening to a Reader's advisory talk by David Wright. The speaker got a big round of applause when our moderator, Diann Romm mentioned that he reads and speaks on NPR's All Things Considered. sfs.

  • David spoke about the difference between Readers Advisory and reference work. In reference, the patron know what subject she/he is looking for. For fiction, they're looking for other "appeal characteristics" such as the genre, the type of ending (happy, sad, open-ended), the tone, the age of the characters, setting, a......nd many others. He showed several libraries services and blogs that help people find new authors or title. Check out or

  • Kathy Bloomfield is starting off her library management workshop with relevant comparisons to classic Jewish children's books. She's using And Shira Imagined to talk about planning.

  • David Gilner introduces Laurel Wolfson for the AJL Life Membership Award.

  • Laurel Wolfson accepts the AJL Life Membership Award.

  • Enid Sperber lights up the room as she promotes chapters around the country.

  • Yelena Luckert welcomed AJL first time attendees. What brave souls!

  • Hazzan Isaac Azose led us in a beautiful Sephardic version of the Birkat ha-mazon

  • Sarah Barnard and Shuli Berger presented the library school scholarship to Haim Gottschalk (former conference chair in Phoenix) The other recipient Rachel Isaac-Menard couldn't make it to the convention. sfs

  • Heidi Rabinowitz explores Facebook and other Social Media with Jewish librarians in Seattle.

  • Tina Weiss gave a talk on the use of mobile devices in the library. I'm taking notes on how to enhance, or rather simplify our library homepage and catalog. She advised taking out the graphics and any java scripts.I'm adding this to my "to-do" list once I get home. Oh the joy (sincere) and joy (light sarcasm) of learning... from my colleagues. sfs

  • After Tina spoke, Daniel Horowitz spoke about the genealogy program People can use their free download to create their family trees and then upload them to Bet Ha-tefutsot.

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