The two divisions of AJL allow members to identify colleagues in similar positions to their own, who share their professional interests. Each division oversees committees and book awards of interest to its own members, and organizes sessions at the annual conference. However, every AJL member is welcome to take an interest in any committee, conference session, or any facet of the organization, regardless of division.

Division affairs are overseen by elected officers who hold two-year terms: each division has an elected president and vice president, assisted by an appointed secretary. 


The SSCPL (Schools, Synagogues, Centers, and Public libraries) Division serves synagogue libraries of all denominations, libraries in Jewish day schools and Hebrew schools, Jewish community center libraries, and libraries serving other Jewish organizations (for example, a Federation library or a museum library,) and Jewish collections in public libraries.

Some of the projects undertaken by SSCPL include: 

  • The Library Management Resources section provides many helpful tips on establishing and managing libraries of all types
  • The Jewish ValuesFinder which helps us choose and evaluate titles for children and teens
  • The Bibliography Bank, providing a wealth of tailored lists for acquisitions, book discussions, and subject research
  • The Accreditation Committee, which offers certification to qualifying SSCPL libraries
  • The Sydney Taylor Book Awards Committee which recognizes the best in children’s and teen literature of Jewish interest each year
  • The Sydney Taylor Manuscript Awards Committee, which provide recognition for outstanding Jewish juvenile unpublished manuscripts


AJL's RAS (Research Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections) Division serves academic and scholarly libraries, archives, and special collections in Judaic institutions, of Judaic collections in non-Judaic institutions.

Some of the projects undertaken by RAS include:

  • Judaica Librarianship, AJL’s peer-reviewed journal which is the only English language scholarly journal in its field.
  • The Cataloging Committee, an influential body dealing with issues affecting Hebraica and Judaica cataloging policies. Committee members often consult with the Library of Congress and other national bodies to help create new cataloging policies.
  • The Reference and Bibliography Awards. These awards represent the best in the fields of Judaica reference and bibliography.