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The September Jewish Book Carnival is here! The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly round-up of some of the great reviews, interviews, and articles about Jewish books and authors from around the web. This month's Carnival is being hosted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter, blogger at The Prosen People, the blog of the Jewish Book Council. Naomi says "Hosting an early fall Jewish Book Carnival is particularly exciting, as we get to provide you with lots of interesting reads to munch on right before the holidays!"

Read the September Jewish Book Carnival here: 

http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/_blog/The_ProsenPeople/post/jewish-book-carnival-september-2014/

If you are a blogger and would like to participate in a future Jewish Book Carnival, learn more here:

http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/Resources/Blog/JewishBookCarnivalHQ.aspx


Posted in: Conferences
The 49th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada starts in just over a week! I am looking forward to seeing many of you there, but I hope that those who can't join us in person will keep an eye on Facebook for the duration of the conference (June 22-25). We'll be posting photos and status updates live from Vegas to www.facebook.com/jewishlibraries.

If you are not a Facebook user, don't worry! You don't have to sign up or log in to view AJL's Facebook page! Just go to www.facebook.com/jewishlibraries and you'll see everything we post!

If you ARE a Facebook user, please click Like on AJL's page if you haven't already. This will allow you to receive our posts in your news feed, and it will mean you can post comments on our photos and status updates. We would LOVE to hear from you, so please do add your "likes" and comments once we start posting from the conference!

See you all soon in Vegas and on Facebook!
Heidi Rabinowitz Estrin
President
Association of Jewish Libraries
www.facebook.com/heidiestrin
Posted in: Conferences

The 49th annual AJL Conference will be held in Las Vegas, NV, June 22-25, 2014. The full program book is now available online at http://tinyurl.com/ajlvegas. Start choosing your sessions!

Posted in: Conferences
Thanks to all who voted in the AJL elections! The slate is now officially elected:
Amalia Warshenbrot -- VP/Pres-Elect
Sheryl Stahl -- VP Membership 
Jim Rosenbloom – VP Development
Debbie Stern – Treasurer 
Marga Hirsch – Secretary 
Sharon Benamou – RAS President 
Rebecca Jefferson – RAS VP
Aimee Lurie -- SSC President 
Chaya Weisman – SSC VP


Incoming President Yaffa Weismann was voted in during the previous election as Vice President/President-Elect.

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the AJL Awards Committee comprised of Joan Biella, Fred Isaac, Amalia Warshenbrot, and myself, I am delighted to announce that this year’s AJL Life Membership Award will be given to our esteemed colleague Heidi Lerner of Stanford University. A citation that includes some of Heidi’s numerous achievements is below. Special thanks to the committee members for their thoughtful deliberation and to Joan Biella for crafting this citation. Please join me in congratulating Heidi on this much-deserved award!

With best wishes,

Aaron Taub, Chairperson
AJL Awards Committee



For the past 25 years, Heidi Lerner has worked as Metadata Librarian for Hebraica and Judaica in the Catalog Department of Green Library at Stanford University. She performed original cataloging of monographs and serials in Hebrew and related languages and Judaica in those and Western languages in the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) and local bibliographic systems using the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules/2nd edition (AACR2), Library of Congress (LC) subject headings and LC classification schedules until the advent of the new cataloging system known as Resource Description and Access (RDA). Then she chose to become an early student and eventually an expert user and teacher of the new rules. An experienced participant in LC’s Name Authorities Cooperative Program (NACO) and Monographic Bibliographic Record Cooperative Program (BIBCO), she also coordinates and provides specialized training for fellow catalogers worldwide through the Hebraica and Judaica funnel projects sponsored by the Library of Congress. At Stanford she performs as liaison with the Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections and with every other library service with personnel handling Hebraica materials. In particular she participates in planning efforts for the processing of large-scale Hebraica acquisitions. In addition she assists in cataloging of humanities and art monographs in a variety of languages, and her well-rounded career includes valuable service at the Green Library Reference Desk/Information Center.

 

She earned her Master’s of Library Science (MLS) degree in 1982 at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she performed her first cataloging and classification as a music librarian. Returning to the United States, she served as a music librarian for the San Francisco Opera. Moving through a variety of cataloging and reference posts, she eventually found a home in the Stanford University Libraries system. Her fluency in Hebrew and her cataloger’s reading knowledge of Arabic, Yiddish, Ladino, French, Russian and German led her to her present work in Hebraica and Judaica, fields in which she is an acknowledged master and teacher.


Heidi is a vital force in professional organizations, especially as a member and often as an officer of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She served two terms, one ongoing, as Chair of the Research & Special Libraries Division’s Cataloging Committee. She has also contributed expertise to the University of Pennsylvania/Cambridge University Genizah cataloging and digitization project, the digital library JSTOR’s Hebrew Journals project, and the editorial board of AJS Perspectives, the newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies. She is a founding member of the NACO Hebraica Funnel Project of the Library of Congress, which since 1994 has provided online coordination and training for a multinational group of Hebraica catalogers who provide high-quality records to the world’s bibliographic databases. She also coordinates the sister projects for Hebraica/Judaica subject headings and bibliographic records, which increase through standardization the shareability of records for Hebraic materials.


Mazal tov, Heidi!

From Sharon Benamou, Vice President of the Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Division and chair of the Reference and Bibliography Awards committee:

I am pleased to announce that the AJL Judaica Awards Committee has reviewed 2013 reference and bibliography publications and successfully selected winners for both the reference and bibliography categories.   

Solon Beinfeld and Harry Bochner’s Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary was chosen for the AJL Judaica Reference Award. The work includes 37,000 words and 53,000 definitions. It is a massive achievement and is a valuable resource forstudents, readers and researchers.

Mosheh Peli’s Mi-kitveha-ʻitim : ʻitonut ha-haśkalah me-1820 ʻad 1845 was chosen for the AJL Judaica Bibliography Award.  It is a bibliography of eight journals of Haskalah from the Netherlands, Galicia, Germany and Lithuania. The bibliography analyzes each title separately and makes it possible to find articles that are written in archaic Hebrew.

Congratulations to all winners on their achievements!

Posted in: Awards

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


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