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Over seven years in the making, the Gershwind-Bennett Isaac Leeser Digitization Project uses digital technologies to make accessible on-line the physically dispersed corpus of over 2,100 handwritten letters, monograph and serial publications, as well as print material related to Isaac Leeser. Isaac Leeser (1806-1868) was an architect of 19th century American Jewish life, editor of the Occident, the first American Jewish monthly periodical, the founder of the first American Jewish publication society and of Maimonides College, the nation's first rabbinical seminary. The Leeser corpus is the first of what we hope will be a continuing series of such initiatives within the framework of the Jesselson-Kaplan American Genizah Project, an international initiative to integrate digital technologies into the way we study early American Jewry. Its primary goal is to create an open access digital repository or "genizah" of physically dispersed primary sources that document the development of Jewish life in the western hemisphere form the 16th-19th centuries.

Presented by Arthur Kiron 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

Get creative! Embrace technology in your library and learn about 21st entury tools that can be used by students, teachers, and librarians. Learn about useful tech tools to help promote, collaborate, and share with your faculty, parents, community, and the world. Tools to be discussed include Prezi, Livebinders, Mighty Bell, Smore, Flip Snack, Symbaloo, Google Apps and more. See Jennifer's blog for links to the tools mentioned in her presentation at http://www.jennifershaferwyatt.com/2013/06/tech-tools-for-collaboration-promotion.html.

Presented by Jennifer Shafer Wyatt at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.

Posted in: RAS, SSC

As the e-revolution rolls on, and Kindles and tablets begin to rule the world, how are librarians to deal with the material we already have? This talk discusses some of the questions we are discussing in Oakland, and suggests some concepts that may be useful, as technology becomes even more ubiquitous. These important issues include: How "new" does the collection have to be? How do we decide what to purchase? Who is our clientele, if the younger generation is using e-readers? How do we reach them? What is our teaching role? How do we market ourselves?

Presented by Fred Isaac at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.


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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

In the fast-changing world of e-books, how do you determine what the best product is for your school or institution and which vendors do you use? Three experienced librarians from the Los Angeles area will introduce youto some of the different publishers, vendors and platforms entering the e-book market and discuss the main questions to be considered as schools and institutions move forward into this volatile area.

Presented by Shannon Acedo, Cathy Leverkus and Lisa Silverman at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

1 hr 12 min 40 sec

Posted in: SSC

In early November 2011, the Center for Jewish History held a gathering of academicians, librarians, and archivists, "From Access to Integration." At this two-day conference, the North American, European, and Israeli participants showcased a variety of digital projects, discussing avenues for a more coordinated way to share information about present and future digital initiatives. From June 4-6, 2012, the National Library of Israel hosted a meeting complementing the New York conference: "Curating and Cultivating Exchange: The First International Conference of Judacia Collection Curators." Mr. Baker provides firsthand impressions of both conferences.

Presented by Zachary Baker at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.

26 min 10 sec

Posted in: RAS
Of all the legal issues libraries face in the digital world, copyright is certainly the most important. Issues abound, from legislative reforms that impact library operations to mass digitization projects or digital licensing of materials. Libraries and the professionals who care for them must build an understanding of how digital copyright imposes new constraints on our institutions.

Presented by Olivier Charbonneau at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

36 min 17 sec

Posted in: RAS
The Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana has invested considerably in the digitization of its collections. The Rosenthaliana hosts a large biographical database of Jews in the Netherlands during the 20th century, containing more than 6,000 biographical entries. On the occasion of the exhibition of the Swiss private collection of Rene Braginsky in the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana in 2009, several dozens of the most important Amsterdam holdings were published on the web. In 2011, some fifty online inventories of Jewish archival collections will be published. Further digital collections planned to be published include the incoming correspondence of the charitable organization "Pekidim and Amarkalim" of Amsterdam, Dutch-Jewish newspapers, and a substantial section of the Hebrew manuscripts of the Rosenthaliana, including its small but important collection of medieval manuscripts (in cooperation with the Naitnoal Library of Irael). The Rosenthaliana will also upload its holdings to the Judaica Europeana project. The presentation not only showcases the ongoing project, but also discusses technical and strategic aspects of the library's digitization efforts.

Presented by Rachel Boertjens at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

27 min 10 sec

Posted in: RAS
The previous two decades have witnessed a revolution in scholarly communications and learning: a massive migration to a digital and virtually connected world. Many of us have been thinking about and studying the impact of electronic information resources and technologies on Jewish Studies. Within the cross-discipline arena of Jewish Studies, alongside the traditional print journals, conference proceedings, and academic presses, are appearing new forms of digital scholarship, discourse and output that are challenging scholars to reorient the way they think about and conduct their work. Going beyond the massive and proprietary digitization projects, digial reformatting, and new digital editions of print and analog works or simultaneous publication of digital and print materials, this includes work and methods of communication that have been "born digitally." This presentation examines scholarly and creative output and methods of discourse that have been generated entirely digitally and do not, or cannot, have a print or analog version. Some of them may have even been initiated outside of the academy or by students.

A paper by Heidi Lerner, presented in absentia by Anna Levia, at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

29 min 15 sec

Posted in: RAS
The shealot ve-teshuvot, Responsa genre draws Jewish law from the past by analogizing halakhicprinciples that apply to questions regarding the new technologies. We will identify some of these ethical concerns and classify them. Some of the many halakhic issues treated include: (1) invading privacy rights in 4 categories: (a) . Hezeq re’iyya, (b) privacy of one’s residence against tresspassers i.e., אִם-בַּמַּחְתֶּרֶת יִמָּצֵא הַגַּנָּב (c) prohibition of disclosure of nistarot and tailbearing, הוֹלֵךְ רָכִיל, מְגַלֶּה-סּוֹד; וְנֶאֱמַן-רוּחַ, מְכַסֶּה דָבָר[ thereby transgressing against the Chofetz Chaim’s laws of shemirat loshon (lashon harah, and motzhi shem rah) (d) privacy of one’s emails a warning against which can include the phrase: בחדר"גמה בחרם ד,רבננו גרשום מאור הגולה meaning herem d’rabbeinu Gershom, or pagi’in פג,ין an acronymn forפורץ גדד י-שכנו נחש (2) The sanctity of Hashem’s name and the prohibitions of erasing the name (mechikat Hashem) based on Devarim 12:2-3, and does this apply on a computer screen i.e. lo ta’asum ken is an issur chaftza, a prohibition pivoting around a physical object (a) sefer torah with a specific halakhic status, written by a sofer who has teveled in a mikvah and written the name with yirat shamayim (haikkar ve-takhlit ha-adam) and kavanah (3) internet commerce on Shabbat, (4) social network listserves, blogs, wikis, etc. by which Orthodox Jews can construct "cyber" communities (5) employing filters for screening out “pritzus,narishkeit, and stius,(6) spyware and cookies that marketers use to target consumer groups, who may not wish these marketing techniques be used to waste their time, bitul zeman; (7) davoningfrom a kindle or ipod obviously not on Shabbos, (8) cyber minyanim and mizumem?, (9) permissibility of censoring hate literature on the web, (10) computer crimes of abuse and fraud by which one piggy-backs on another’s Wi-fi unsecured signals without authorization or permission to access to a computer network, contracted by others, possibly harming the network and damaging others’ data, and also diminishing bandwidth which can effect speed of connection for the paying subscriber, ergo constituting geneiva , (11) illegal film and music downloading causing financial loss to royalties of copyrighted works, despite minhago shel olam (normative practice) and hamotzi l’or yodeah mizeh (the author knew full well upon making the work public how it might be abused, i.e. umdenah (common assumption) (12) ethical concern with author copyright within 5 categories: A. Hasagat gevul -- unfair competition:B. Haskamot -- approbations; C. Dina d’malkhuta dina (based on Shmuel )--secular law; D. Shiur b’kinyan-- witholding the right to copy.and copyright- E. sighting a law in the name of one’s Rebbe who learned it from his Rebbe, a reason Rabbi Yosef Karo wrote the pirush Kesef Mishnahon Rambam’s Sefer Mishnah Torah, MT. see: Megilah 15a explicating Esther 2:22וַיִּוָּדַע הַדָּבָר לְמָרְדֳּכַי , וַיַּגֵּד לְאֶסְתֵּר הַמַּלְכָּה ; וַתֹּאמֶר אֶסְתֵּר לַמֶּלֶךְ , בְּשֵׁם מָרְדֳּכָי and P.A 6:6משנה מסכת אבות פרק This presentation attempts to outline and gather some of the basic frameworks of the halakhic approaches and principles to online ethical issues, for practical guidance please consult a qualified halakhic authority credentialed to field sheolos.

Presented by David B. Levy at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

40 min 44 sec]

Posted in: RAS
While the names of two Major League Baseball Hall of Famers, Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, easily spring to mind even for those impervious tot he US national pastime, according to baseball "halakhah," over 150 Jews have swung bats, tossed balls, and wielded leather in the North American major leagues. Many others were minor leaguers, executives, sportscasters, sportswriters, and authors. There is even a new baseball league in Israel. We examine a number of Web resources dealing with the abundant Jewish participation in the grand old game.

Presented by Elliot H. Gertel at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

37 min 02 sec

Posted in: RAS, SSC
Modern Judaica librarianship is not very different from general librarianship in that it concentrates more and more on the integration of digital presentations into the facilities offered to all users. A fast-growing corpus of Hebrew manuscripts and printed books are offered online in many different formats, in many different selections, and with greatly varying usefulness. This presentation concentrates on the digital presentation of Hebrew manuscripts and printed books on various websites, both from the professional librarian's perspective, with its natural concentration on best practices, international standards and sustainability, and from the researcher's perspective, with a far more limited perspective: usefulness. The presentation also includes an overview of new initiatives for international cooperation in the field of digitization of Jewish collections.

Presented by Dr. Emile G.L. Schrijver at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

37 min 18 sec

Posted in: RAS
This presentation highlights a unique digitization project being undertaken by the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida. The library will digitize an important collection of over 200 anniversary editions of Jewish newspapers held at the University of Florida. These jubilee issues have never been catalogued and until now have remained "hidden" from its patrons. Anniversary issues of newspaper titles contain a great deal of information about the history of the particular newspaper in question. Together, as a large and varied collection, they provide a key resource for research into the  history of the Jewish press. The presentation includes a slide show featuring images of some of the newly digitized newspapers. Particular focus is given to the Canadian issue.

[Note: Powerpoint presentation is available in the AJL Convention Proceedings members-only section of the website. Click here to become a member.]

Presented by Dr. Rebecca J.W. Jefferson

18 min 55 sec

Posted in: RAS

The use of mobile devices in libraries is an ever-growing area of development. With the advent and broad usage of mobile devices (PDA’s, iPhones, etc.), the demand for and the ability to use these devices in library settings continue to grow. Issues to be addressed include: library policy with regard to mobile devices, ability to use in the Judaica framework (i.e. character support for mobile application or catalog accessed by mobile device, a look at the uses, needs, and desires of university/graduate students with regard to availability of information in mobile format, and a general look at the use of mobile devices in higher education institutions.

Presented by Tina Weiss at the 2010 Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Seattle, WA.

27 min 08 sec

Posted in: RAS

Over the past several years, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum has undertaken vast digitizing projects. More than 10 million pages were involved. This presentation includes descriptions of digitized large collections, problems encountered with storage, access, quality control, and restrictions issues, and plans for the future of the Museum’s archival collections.

Presented by Michlean Amir at the 2010 AJL Convention in Seattle, WA.

40 min 31 sec

Posted in: RAS

MyHeritage.com, an Israeli hi-tech genealogy company, recently partnered with Beit Hatfutsot (Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv) to help the museum fulfill its main goal of preserving the history of the Jewish people via collection family trees from visitors and students participating in the annual “My Family Story” international competition. With this partnership, the museum has been able to provide individuals with a free state-of-the-art technology tool to help them build and research their family trees and to significantly increase data collected for Beit Hatfutsot database. Learn about this success story, the distribution channels used, the support offered, the goals achieved, and future plans.

Presented by Daniel Horowitz at the 2010 Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Seattle, WA.

44 min 39 sec

Posted in: RAS

In this two-part presentation, we offer a virtual tour of AJL’s online presence (including the AJL website, blog, podcast, and Facebook page as well as AJL’s Jewish ValuesFinder database). Then we move beyond AJL to explore other Jewish literary websites, blogs, and podcasts. Our emphasis is on “social media” and how we can interact with these online resources rather than being passive consumers of content.

Presented by Heidi Estrin and Diane Romm at the 2010 Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Seattle.

1 hr 10 min 40 sec

Posted in: RAS, SSC

As we’ve all made the transition into an increasingly digital world, we’ve developed new practice, updated some old favorites, and perhaps bid farewell to some tools and ideas we no longer find useful. Let’s spend a little while thinking about how library work has changed, how it hasn’t, and maybe what comes next.

Joseph Janes is Associate Professor at the Information School of the University of Washington. A frequent speaker in the US and abroad, he was the Founding Director of the Internet Public Library and the co-author of eight books on librarianship, technology, and their relationship, and he writes the “Internet Librarian” column for American Libraries magazine. He gave this presentation as the keynote address at the 2010 AJL Convention in Seattle, WA.

33 min 25 sec

Posted in: RAS, SSC

Forty librarians from all over the country gathered at the National Library of Israel on 28 April, 2010 to participate in the Spring Study Day of the Judaica Librarians’ Group. The event took place in the newly renovated lecture hall of the National Library’s Music and Sound Archives Collection.

Project Europeana Judaica, a part of the larger Europeana project to create a multi-lingual online collection of millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, and archives, was described by the Director of the Israeli section of the project, Dov Weiner. The Israel National Library has recently joined the project and will provide important items for the collection.

This presentation is in Hebrew.

Posted in: RAS

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