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 THE 53rd ANNUAL AJL CONFERENCE, 2018

The conference was held June 18-20 at Temple Israel in Boston. We have reserved sleeping rooms at the Holiday Inn in Brookline, a half mile from Temple Israel. Details about transportation and travel can be found below. You can register for the conference and hotel. You will also find the Preliminary Program Schedule.

This is a special year for the Sydney Taylor awards. We are celebrating fifty years since the start of these awards. There will be a special body of work award presented at the Awards Dinner to Harold Grinspoon and PJ Library. On the Sunday previous to the conference, the SSC Division is sponsoring a special community program at the Boston Public Library (a short train ride away from the hotel). Any AJL member who is already in Boston at that time is welcome to join the event.

Our keynote speak is Dan Cohen, who was the founding executive director of the Digital Public Library of America. This online site contains a wealth of information of value to L-12 and academic librarians, as well as to lifelong learners.

We are cooperating with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research for a session entitled The Role of Individuals in Rescuing Vilna Collections. In addition, Jonathan Brent, executive director of YIVO, will make a special presentation at our Wednesday lunch to Dainius Ulpis, whose father Antanas Ulpis hid and preserved after the war books that survived the Nazi plundering of the YIVO Institute in Vilna. We are honored to partner with YIVO in this special public recognition of the courage and dedication of Antanas Ulpis.

You can see from our preliminary program the many interesting topics in our sessions. We will have an authors luncheon this year, to which we will invite childrens’ and academic authors to join us at our tables. Since this is an AJL election year, at our annual business meeting we will install our new officers and Council.

I look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Jim Rosenbloom, Conference Chair

2018 Program book