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AJL Convention 2009 in Chicago a Wonderful Event

            Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Chicago Convention Committee and the co-chairs Shoshanah Seidman, Cheryl Banks, and Rose Novil, the annual AJL convention was a huge success. From the keynote speaker to the last vote at the general membership meeting, everything was perfect. The hotel was well-located just a few blocks from Navy Pier and downtown Chicago and an easy walk to the Art Institute and Grant Park. The weather was comfortable although we did get a few sprinkles. The food was delicious. But most important, the sessions were outstanding!

Most of the sessions were recorded and will be uploaded to the AJL web site as podcasts. Speakers were asked to give their handouts and papers to Leah Moskovits, our Proceedings Chair. She will gather everything and post the official proceedings on the Members Only web page soon. Meanwhile, people have been blogging about the convention through the Convention blog set up by Heidi Estrin. Blog posts can be seen at ajl09.posterous.com. Thank you to all our "on-the-spot" reporters.

New initiatives passed by Council and the membership include continued support for convention attendance through convention stipends, an increase in the AJL scholarship for library students from $500 to $1000, hiring a web design service to revitalize our web presence, hiring a consultant to help put AJL in social media sites, a plan to affiliate with ALA, and updates to our Constitution and by-laws.

New chapters were formed in the Pacific Northwest and Atlanta, and chapters are looking toward chapter status recognition in Austin, Sacramento, and Israel. A one day conference in Israel this fall will draw attention to new efforts to connect to librarians there.

To get a taste of the excitement, check out the Convention pictures posted on Flckr.

B'shalom,

Susan Dubin

AJL President
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