The Jewish Publication Society has honored People of the Books with the "Beautiful Blogger" award for our efforts at building community in the Jewish book blogosphere through our Jewish Book Carnival initiative (and they're going to host in September!).
In return, the rules of the award state that we must share seven interesting facts about AJL and pass the award along to seven of our favorite blogs.
1. AJL has held 45 annual conventions in the US, Canada and Israel, beginning in 1966 in Philadelphia. Ohio and California are tied for hosting the largest number of conventions over the years - six each, and Canada will catch up by holding its 6th AJL convention in 2011 in Montreal. While conventions are always exciting, we have persevered through many outrageous adventures such as the SARS scare (Toronto in 2003) and the transvestite beauty pageant being held at the convention hotel (Miami Beach in 1991).
2. AJL is the Association of Jewish LIBRARIES, not LIBRARIANS. We have members from all streams of Judaism and members who are not Jewish. What we all have in common is an interest in sharing Jewish culture and knowledge through libraries.
3. AJL is a volunteer-run organization with no central office. Members volunteer their time for everything from running local chapter meetings to writing publications to organizing international conventions.
4. AJL has been podcasting its convention sessions and other events since 2008. You can hear recordings of lectures, panel discussions, author talks, and workshops at jewishlibraries.org/podcast.
5. AJL has two divisions- the Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections division (RAS) for academic libraries and the School, Synagogue, and Community Centers division (SSC) for general interest libraries.
6. AJL publishes a quarterly Newsletter and an occasional scholarly journal called Judaica Librarianship, as well as various guidebooks and bibliographies available through the Publications Department [link: http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/Portals/0/AJL_Assets/documents/Publications/publications.htm].
7. AJL recognizes great Jewish literature through several annual awards: the Sydney Taylor Book Award [link: http://www.jewishlibraries.org/ajlweb/awards/stba/index.htm] and Manuscript Award [link: http://www.jewishlibraries.org/ajlweb/awards/st_ms.htm] for children's literature, and the Reference and Bibliography Awards for scholarly works [link: http://www.jewishlibraries.org/ajlweb/awards/ref_and_bib.htm].
The seven blogs we'd like to nominate are:
Jewish Book Council
Jewish Publication Society
Jewish Womens Archive
The Sisterhood, a blog of The Forward
Thank you to JPS for this honor!
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