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Gut Shabbos everyone! Here are this week's bookmarkable links:

I am loading all of the PowerPoint presentations into Slideshare. So far I've only received 2 (!) but any that I receive (please send to will be accessible in a single location here:

The following links are culled from this year's AJL 2011 presentations. More to come next week!

The Joe Fishstein Collection of Yiddish Poetry, housed in the Division of Rare Books and Special Collections at McLennan Library, McGill University, is considered to be one of the finest private collections of its kind in the world. It consists of some 2300 Yiddish works, mostly poetry, and includes many rare volumes, most of which have been preserved in vintage condition:

McGill University will print a book for you on demand even if you aren't affiliated with the college. Check out their one of a kind digitization lab here:

Judaica Europeana works to identify content documenting the Jewish presence and heritage in the cities of Europe. It will digitise 10,500 photos, 1,500 postcards and 7,150 recordings as well as several million pages from books, newspapers, archives and press clippings. The digitised content will be available at    

Digital Catalogs at Bibliotheca Rosenthalia  contains thousands of documents of digitized Judaica, searchable in English:

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Hope everyone had a kosher and simcha-filled Pesach. Back to work for us here on the link round up. Here are this week’s bookmarkable links.

In the spirit of Preservation Week coming up…

The World Digital Library contains a number of digitized maps of Israel here:

If a newspaper goes out of business, what happens to its archives? If a newspaper becomes available only online, what happens to yesterday’s (or last year’s) news? Why should we care? Read more about the recent Newspaper Archive Summit:

Follow the upcoming Archiving 2011 conference. Read more about it here:

Check out the recently updated Digital Libraries Wiki by the ischool of Syracuse University:

That’s all for this week. Good Shabbos!

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Shabbat Shalom Safranim! Here is the AJL weekly list of bookmarkable links.

In the spirit of the upcoming convention in Montreal, check out their Jewish Public Library Archives. They're also on Flickr, accessible here:

The Vilnius Jewish Library has been established to celebrate culture created by Jews. It is the first Jewish library in Lithuania since 1943, and will be opening spring/summer of 2011:

Marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yad Vashem and Google announced a partnership that will greatly facilitate preservation of and access to the world’s largest historical collection on the Holocaust. They have almost 140,000 pictures available for viewing here:

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has announced it will host a new discussion forum dedicated to the unique needs of the subject-based digital repository community. As repositories continue to grow as an engine for driving Open Access worldwide, new challenges and opportunities emerge and the demand for more focused conversations grows:

Putting misshelved books back in their proper places is not a library worker’s favorite task. It takes time and it’s not exactly scintillating. Now a computer-science professor has come up with a way to make the process faster and less burdensome: an augmented-reality shelf-reading app that can scan an entire shelf’s worth of books at a time and alert workers which ones are out of place:
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Shavua Tov Safranim! Here is this week's bookmarkable links:

Judaica Libraries Unite

The New York Public Library, New York University, and Columbia University, which all have extensive Judaica collections are collaborating to offer scholars/members of any one of the three institutions to access to all three collections, Read more here. (By way of Michelle Chesner's blog).

Google Settlement goes Sour

Google has been getting some negative news this past week. In this interview with Tech Crunch, you can watch Siva Vaidyanathan talk about his new book Googlization, in which he describes Google as an unchecked monopolist of information services.

Also, the Scholarly Kitchen and Boook offer some thoughts about the rejection of the second attempt at the GoogleBooks court settlement for copyright infringement.

Some thoughts on education for digital natives

Given the rapid pace of changing technology, need to keep thinking about how they can change their services to meet the needs of new students. These two links below offer some ideas:


PBS documentary on reaching today’s youth through digital media

Watch the full episode. See more Digital Media - New Learners Of The 21st Century.

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Shalom Safranim! Hope everyone had a great Purim. Here is this week's bookmarkable links:

Gearing up for Pesach

Harvard University Press recently published a facsimile version of the Library of Congress's beautiful Washingoton Haggadah, written and illustrated by Yoel ben Shimon during the 15th century. More pictures are available here  and a description of the book here (thanks to Heidi Estrein for sending this link along).

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Also, in case you've never seen it, the Library of Congress has its Hebraic Collection online which contains a variety of Judaica as well as information and pictures of other Haggadot.

This year's Computer's in Libaries Conference:

Professor Jill Hurst-Wahl has been blogging on some of the issues being discussed at this year's Computer's in Libraries conference, such as community tagging, library marketing, and new search features for web search engines:

In the spirit of the AJL conference in Montreal this coming summer:

A video glossary of Yiddish words and expressions from the Shtetl Montreal:

Yiddish humorist and native Torontorian Michael Wex talks about Canadian Jewish History and his new book, The Frumkiss Family Business:
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Shavua Tov Safranim! Here is this week's list of Bookmarkable links. Remember that all of the links from recent posts on the Weekly Link Roundup can also now be searched at by searching for "ajl_links". 

The Flickr Commons: Get photos through participating organizations at the Flickr Commons; most of them have no known copyright restrictions. The Center for Jewish History has contributions  as well as the Jewish Society of the Upper Midwest. (Anyone else I missed?)

-Folks who might be looking forJudaica library  jobs, here's a great exhaustive list of Jewish studies programs  available globally.

-Bodleian Library holds a copy of Rambam's Mishneh Torah, signed by Maimonides himself. They have digitized it here and made it available for all to see (by way of the YU blog)

-In my Internet travels, I came across this great pathfinder with links for the study of American Jewish History from the Myer And Rosaline Feinstein Center For American Jewish History, Temple University.

-Historical Jewish Press: "This site contains a collection of Jewish newspapers published in various countries, languages, and time periods. We display digital versions of each newspaper, making it possible to view the papers in their original layout. Full-text search is also available for all content published over the course of each newspaper’s publication." (By way of Michelle Chesner's recent talk at AJL-NYC).

-Computers in Libraries conference will be in Washington D.C. from March 21-23 For those who might be in D.C. free exhibit passes are available for even if you don't necessarily want to pay for the entire conference. The Twitter hashtag will be #cil11 and hashtags for Flickr will also most likely be under tags cil2011 or cil11.
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Good Shabbos everyone! Here are this week's suggested links to bookmark:

Israeli online library catalogs (OPACs): The MALMAD - Israel Center for Digital Information Services publishes and maintains an extensive, if not exhaustive, list of library web catalogs from Israel's universities.

Available for searching online, "The monumental 19-volume Encyclopedia of the Founders and Builders of Israel was compiled and published by David Tidhar (1897-1970) over the 23 years from 1947 until his death."

A great LibGuides page for Yiddish resources published by Johns Hopkins University is available here.

Looking for a job? METRO in NYC publishes a Libguides page of professional development resources here (from the NY Librarian's Meetup blog).

For those of you out there who thought it was too difficult or expensive to publish your writing, Barnes&Noble has now released PubIt, an electronic upload service that allows easier entry into the ebook market for self-published authors and independent publishing companies (a boon for almost any Jewish publisher or author). Barnes&Noble says that 35 of their 200 top best-sellers in on the Nook were published through this new service.
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Hello Safranim, here are this week’s Judaica links of interest. I'll be trying to post the link roundups earlier in the week in order to give you more time to explore them. From here on out, I’ll also be archiving all of these links under the tag “ajl_links” in Delicious. If you want to see them, just go to the and type the query “ajl_links” in the search box. More on this next week…  Bob

World War, 1939-1945, German Concentration Camps and Prisons Collection
Correspondences available from various concentration camps. "More than 2000 correspondences were scanned and the images are in jpg format. Images are available for screenshow or download (by way of Blog for IST 677: Creating, Managing & Preserving Digital Assets 2010).

Flickr accidentally nukes user's 4,000 photos: Makes you think twice about the viability of preserving your pictures and other personal content online.

Selections from Three Faiths Exhibit at NYPL. You can also watch a few videos on the making of parchment and ink as well as the scribal arts by linking to videos from the main page here. If you're in the NYC area, try to go see this great exhibit before it closes on February 27th.

Jewish Life in America, 1654-1954: “Jewish Life in America will enable you to explore the history of Jewish communities in America from the arrival of the first Jews in the 17th century right through to the mid-20th century…This treasure trove of material provides digital images of collections from the American Jewish Historical Society in New York. All of the typescript and printed material is full-text searchable.” (by way of Michelle Chesner’s Jewish Studies at CUL Blog).

Extensive Collections from the Center for Jewish History: I was fortunate to have had the opportunity this week to interview Andrea Buchner (director of the Gruss Lipper Digital Lab) for one of my classes. If you’ve never been to the catalog, take a look now. This is a gigantic (and FREE) repository of Judaica artifacts which includes all different types of media formats.
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Here’s this week’s collection of links about libraries, Jewish libraries, librarianship and more. Many thanks to Marie Cloutier for establishing this feature on AJL's Blog, and welcome to Bob Schrier, who now takes up the reins!

In the recent reference workshop held by the local NYC chapter of AJL, Columbia University’s Michelle Chesner discussed the social bookmarking tool Delicious. If you haven't signed up for an account yet, now is the time. Use Delicious to save your bookmarks into a searchable index that can be shared with others and is web-accessible (rather than accessible only locally on your computer).   Search and see what a couple of AJL members have done with Delicious here and here.

Are upper-classmen popping into your library yet to begin looking for jobs? JewishJobs provides a searchable database and weekly email digest for Jewish-related jobs nationwide.

Cooking based on the weekly parsha brought to you by Elisha's Double Portion. Each week, Elisha takes some element of the weekly Torah portion and transforms it into an idea for a recipe. Look at her recipe for gold dusted chocolate covered sesame cookies for Parshas Terumah.

Keep your eyes on the National Digital Public Library program sponsored by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, which is attempting to make millions of books and resources accessible to library and school systems nationwide for free (as opposed to GoogleBooks). Follow their blog here at Library City.

The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure recently began its large-scale four year project. Financially sponsored by the EU, 20 organizations worldwide are joining together on a collaborative digitization program that will promote greater access to geographically dispersed Holocaust documents and artifacts.

Check out Anya's War, a new young adult Jewish novel by Andrea Alban about a girl and her family who escape Hitler's forces by running away to China. The book is due to be released sometime in the beginning of this month.

Enjoy! Email Bob at schriro at with feedback and suggestions of links for future roundups!

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Here's this week's collection of links on Jewish books, libraries and librarianship.

Do you know a librarian superhero? Enter him or her in a contest starting from this post on Stephen's Lighthouse.

Graphic Storytelling by Jewish Women from the Sisterhood.

From Tablet, Daybreak: Holocaust Remembrance Day.

OA: Just Another Business Model, from ACRLog.

Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns, from Information Wants to be Free.

The Jewish Book Council's J Lit Links.

That's it for me. The weekly roundup may be on a brief hiatus in the coming weeks.

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Here's this week's collection of links about libraries, Jewish libraries, librarianship and more, as well as some holiday links for Tu B'Shevat.

What Doesn't Kill You on Tu  B'Shevat, from TCJewfolk.

Eating Jewish: Recipes for a Tasty Tu B'Shevat table, from Jewesses with Attitude.

The Triangle Fire, in Couplets: Enter the Poetry Contest! from Tablet. This might be fun to share with your patrons as well!

Another 12 Technologies on the Verge of Extinction, from Stephen's Lighthouse. I'm not sure I agree with all of his choices, but it's thought-provoking. What do you think?

The Jewish Museum tells us about Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish and the Opening Night: 2011 New York Jewish Film Festival.

New Book on American Hebrew Literature, discussed at the Jewish Literary Review.

Searching 60 Million Pages of Canadian History, an article highlighting the Canadiana Discovery Portal, a new database of Canadian history sources. A search for the keyword "Jewish" brought up 10 pages of results!

That's it for this week. Email me at mcloutier at with feedback and suggestions. Have a great week.

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jbcWelcome to the January edition of the Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read and comment on each others' posts.

The carnival was started by Heidi Estrin and Marie Cloutier to build community among bloggers and blogs who feature Jewish books. It will run every month on the 15th.

We're hosting this month, and we got a fantastic collection of links from our participants.

From Barbara Bietz comes Welcome Howard Schwartz- Gathering Sparks.

Boston Bibliophile has a review of Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, by Barry Deutsch.

Waste Not, Want Not comes from

The Fourth Musketeer brings Book Review: Threads and Flames, by Esther Friesener.

Leora of Here in HP gave us Scapegoat by Eli Amir: A Book Review.

Ilana-Davita sends Hush: A Short Book Review.

The Jewish Book Council blog sends two great links: 2010 National Jewish Book Award Announcement and JBC Bookshelf: First Edition.

Turning Numbers into People comes from the Jewish Journal.

The Jewish Publication Society offers Tu B'Shevat is Almost Here, So Get Ready to Plant Some Trees!

Review: An Italian Renaissance, Choosing Life in Canada: a review from JewWishes.

Ann Koffsky sent us two links this month: Reports of the Death of the Book Have Been Greatly Exaggerated for your consideration, and Snowman Coloring Pages, just for fun.

My Machberet has Richard Holbrooke's German War Photo-and Mine.

Needle in the Bookstacks sends us Treasures in the Library.

Rhapsody in Books offers a Review of Stronger than Iron: The Destruction of Vilna Jewry 1941-1945: An Eyewitness Account, by Mendel Balberyszski.

Sylvia Rouss has Everyone Loves Sammy!

Thanks to all our participants for these links. Please take some time to visit and comment on those that interest you- which I hope is all of them! Stay tuned to the Jewish Book Carnival home page for a schedule of upcoming Carnivals and email Heidi Estrin at if you'd like to participate!

The Jewish Book Carnival has a GoodReads page, where we host discussions and more. Whether or not you’re participating in the Carnival, we hope you’ll stop by, join and take part!

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The Jewish Book Carnival has a GoodReads page, where we host discussions and more. Whether or not you're participating, we hope you'll stop by, join and take part!
So many great links this week. So difficult to choose!

Stephen's Lighthouse offers his Predictions on the Future of Book Publishing.  What do you think?

The Greater Cleveland Chapter of AJL has an article by our very own Linda Silver called For the Trees, a list of recommended books for Tu B'Shevat. I'll have more Tu B'Shevat book lists next week. I was overwhelmed with the responses I got when I put out my call for ideas!

OnLion, the blog from Behrman House, offers Transformative Learning in the Religious School Classroom.

Yehuda Halevi, National Jewish Book Award Winner!, from Schocken Books.

A List to End All Lists! from the Jewish Publication Society.

The Jewish Literary Review has The Comic Torah: Reimagining a Very Good Book.

What's Your Favorite Yiddish Word? from the Yiddish Book Center.

Have a great week. Email me at mcloutier at with questions, feedback or suggestions.

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Welcome to 2011 and here we are yet again with our roundup of great links on libraries, librarianship, Jewish libraries, books, and more.

Don't Make It Easy For Them, this month's entry in ACRLog's monthly academic-librarian guest-post series.

Re-energize Your Students, from OnLion/Behrman House. This sounds fun!

From Booklist's Points of Reference blog, Subject Encyclopedias Dead or Alive is an interesting article in the context of Jewish libraries and the questions many of us face around collection development.

From the Jewish Literary Reviews comes an Interview with Bryna Kranzler, author of The Accidental Anarchist, the story of her grandfather in the early 1900s Russia.

The Yiddish Book Center asks, Which Yiddish Books Would You Like to See Translated? And it's not an idle question...

Are you going? London's Jewish Book Week, at the Jewish Book Council blog. Wow!

That's it for this week. Come back on Monday for the schedule of the remaining Facebook Friday Q&As in January and if you're reading this before 1pm EST don't forget to check out today's event at AJL's Facebook page starting at noon EST!

Contact me at mcloutier at or a leave a comment on this post with suggestions and feedback.

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Well, here we are, up to our last link roundup of 2010. It's been quite a year online and off for AJL. Here are some great links on Jewish libraries, librarianship, books and more, to round out the calendar year.

Yet Another Russian-Immigrant Novel, from Tablet.

From Stephen's Lighthouse, 2000 vs. 2010: How the World has Changed. Includes statistics on demographics, technology, entertainment and more.

From ResourceShelf, Amazon Enables Kindle's Lending Feature and Other E-Book/Publishing Briefs.

'Unexpectedly Eighty': Judith Viorst's Poetry of Aging, from The Sisterhood.

Have a great week! Contact me at mcloutier at with feedback or suggestions.

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Here we are back again with this week's collection of interesting links from around the web on libraries, Jewish books and more.

From ACRLog, Incorporating Failure into Library Instruction.

Tu B'Shevat books for kids, from the Jewish Literary Review.

From, Procrastinator's Guide: MidWinter '11, for those going to ALA MidWinter in a couple of weeks.

The Genesis of a Cartoon, from the Jewish Book Council.

The Future of Publishing, from Stephen's Lighthouse.

Have a great week! Email me at mcloutier at

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It's been another busy week for the blogosphere and we have plenty of terrific links for you on libraries, Jewish libraries, books and publishing and more.

Margo from The Fourth Musketeer offers us My Top Books for the Eight Nights of Hanukkah.

AJL's own Edith Lubetski has an article featured in Theological Librarianship, "Considerations in Preparing a Biblical Bibliography: Case Study: The Scroll of Esther"; you can find the download here.

Gartner Research Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011.

Stephen Abram of Stephen's Lighthouse lists The 10 Ways Social Media Will Change in 2011. This brief laundry-list post is a great starting-point for thinking and talking about the evolution of social media in the immediate future.

Schocken Books' blog features Joseph Tellushkin's Hillel: If Not Now, When?

Yiddish Literature Making A Comeback? from the Jewish Literary Review.

From OnLion, Without Bread... Reflections on Resources and Funding.

On Twitter? On Wednesday, January 12 from 12:30pm- 1:10pm EST, the Jewish Book Council will lead a Twitter Book Club chat about Elizabeth Rosner's novel Blue Nude.

That's it for this week. See you back here next Friday for more links and news. Email feedback or suggestions to mcloutier at

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Here are some great links on libraries, librarianship, Jewish books and more. Included are a book list, great posts to share, links new resources and an opportunity to add a new reference book to the shelf.

My Top Books for the Eight Nights of Hanukkah, by Marg at The Fourth Musketeer blog.

Ebooks for professional development: ALA's books available on the Google Ebookstore.

A Fresh Look at Your Home Library, from Reading Rockets. This is a great post to share with patrons, too!

On Twitter? Want to find out what Jewish organizations are there? See AJL's list here. And see all of AJL's list at AJL's Twitter homepage

The Distributed Library: Our Two-Year Experiment, this month's guest blog at ACRLog.

Great Reference Ideas Contest, from Salem Press. Any Jewish topics that need to be covered in a reference work? Suggest them here!

From ResourceShelf, Harvard Business Review's "Six Social Media Trends for 2011."

Email me at mcloutier at with feedback or suggestions and have a great week.

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Some fun Chanukah-related posts:

The Donut Diaries- First Night, from TCJewfolk.

Happy Hanukkah (in song), from Jewesses with Attitude.

From the Jewish Book Council and featuring several members of AJL, It's Christmastime for Chanukah Books.

Hanukkah Lights 2010, from National Public Radio.

Now some non-holiday related posts:

Brown University's John Carter Brown Library features an online exhibit on Jews and the Americas.

Finding 'Teachable Moments' in Animal Tales, from National Public Radio.

Just for fun from the Library History Buff Blog, a New York Society Library Charger, 1798-1792. Do you have any interesting artifacts in your library you'd like to share with the AJL community?

From the University of Toronto Libraries newsletter, Creating a Culture of Connection Among Instructors, Librarians and Students, an academic libraries perspective.

The Academic Librarian's Identity Conflict, from the ACRLog.

Got some great links to share? Feedback? Email me at mcloutier at Have a happy holiday!

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Here's another collection of great links from around the web on books, libraries, Jewish books and Jewish libraries. Enjoy the weekend and the upcoming Chanukah holiday!

Eating Jewish: The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food, a review at Jewesses with Attitude.

Stephen Abram from Stephen's Lighthouse shares a great article on Global Changes in Online Behavior, something all librarians need to stay on top of.

ACRLog brings us Focus on Flexibility, an academic library perspective on adapting to changing times.

The Jewish Book Council blog shares their Report on the 12th Annual Jewish Childrens' Book Writers and Illustrators Conference. Were there any AJL folks in attendance? It would be great to offer a home-grown perspective on the event if one is available.

Prepare Yourself for Chanukah Shopping! from the Jewish Publication Society.

The Book of Life brings us the 2010 Canadian Jewish Book Awards.

Reference Webinar Archive Now Available from Booklist Online. I'm a big fan of webinars for convenient, subject-specific, just-in-time learning. This is a great resource from a great supporter of librarians and libraries.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you back here next week. In the mean time feel free to contact me at mcloutier at with comments, feedback and suggestions.

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