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Entries for 'cataloging'

The National Library of Israel (NLI) continues to make major progress towards its goal of being a modern national library for both the State of Israel and the Jewish people. During the past year, the library has introduced a new user interface to its bibliographic records, enabled multi-alphabet searching (both persons and subjects), as well as preparing for the changes in national bibliographic standards related to RDA. The library has created and staffed a department of educational services which offers many options to all levels of users, from school children to researchers. Construction f the new building, on a site opposite the Knesset, will begin soon. On the international scene, the Library is taking an active part in the Europeana digital initiative and planning a cooperative project of scanning Hebrew manuscripts worldwide. This session presents these and additional ongoing and planned projects.

Presented by Marina Goldsmith and Elhanan Adler at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.


Posted in: RAS

A library is more than a collection of books found within the library walls. It extends out into every area of the synagogue and school, including the administration office, music department, gym and sports area, and to each classroom. Each area has a variety of resources and items that help to enrich the synagogue's congregation and student education. A library automation software program will help to organize, catalog, and keep track of all of these valuable and important resources.

Presented by Shara Blackmore at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Posted in: SSC

When new library initiatives were paired with space limitations, staff and librarians in the Cataloging and Metadata Center at UCLA became concerned about their growing backlogs, especially those in non-Roman scripts. Sharon Benamou was appointed chair of a group charged to develop new workflows and methods to eliminate these backlogs. The speaker discusses the specific methods chosen for different historic backlogs held in the department, including Southeast Asian, the general backlog and our newest project, the Cummings Collection of Hebraica and Judaica.

Presented by Sharon Benamou at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Posted in: RAS

Representatives from the Israel and Judaica Section at the Library of Congress discuss developments in acquisitions and cataloging during the past year, including a presentation by Joan Biella on progress in RDA implementation as it relates to Hebraica and Judaica cataloging.

Presented by Aaron Taub, Joan Biella, Marina Korenberg, Gail Shirazi, Galina Teverovsky, and Aaron Kuperman at the  2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.


Posted in: RAS

The staff at Sinai Temple Library in Los Angeles has developed an online catalog with many new features that are fun to use. Library director Lisa Silverman shares what they have learned about how libraries can offer tools to patrons such as e-books, Kindle books, databases and lists of "newest" or "most popular" titles that can be accessed directly from the catalog page within the Alexandria software program. Those who use other online systems will be able to adapt their catalogs to include all these features.

Presented by Lisa Silverman at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Posted in: SSC

Ephemera have a storied and stormy history in archives and special collections: they live in a space between printed, non-unique material and unique materials, and pose preservation challenges for librarians and archivists. yet ephemera are among the most interesting materials in libraries and archives. As researchers start to utilize ephemera, catalogers must address the need for using ephemera. This presentation demonstrates challenges facing catalogers of ephemera in all types of institutions, including Judaic collections, and offers some possible solutions. While few standards are offered to catalogers, methods exist to allow users access to collections.

Presented by Dina Herbert at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Posted in: RAS
This paper describes and analyzes three library classification schemes for Judaica in their historical context and discusses how the libraries for which they were originally designed, and the interests and background of their compilers, shaped the design of each scheme. The three schemes in question are the Freidus, Scholem and Elazar classifications. An outline is given of how each scheme has continued to develop since its first publication and how they have been adapted by other libraries to suit their particular collections.

Presented by Vanessa Freedman at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

30 min 30 sec

Posted in: RAS
RDA, Resource Description and Access, is the proposed content standard for cataloging that would supersede the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules. The Library of Congress, National Agricultural Library, National Library of Medicine and 23 partnering institutions joined together to test RDA as a first step to determine whether or not the standard should be adopted. Joan Biella of the Library of Congress and Heidi Lerner of Stanford University Libraries were the only two Hebraica catalogers to participate in the test. Heidi was not able to attend the convention, but Joan spoke about their experiences as official participants in the test and focus on how what they learned and experienced through the test can impact future Hebraica cataloging.

Presented by Joan Biella at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

56 min 25 sec

Posted in: RAS