Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL): The Leading Authority on Judaic Librarianship
We would like to invite all scholars of Jewish studies to KNOW YOUR LIBRARIAN
Know your librarian! Many academic institutions with a Jewish studies program also have librarians who specialize in collecting and providing access to Judaic books and electronic resources.
Many of us publish resource guides for specific topics (LibGuides), such as this Jewish Studies guide from Columbia University’s Michelle Margolis Chesner and even for specific courses, such as Rachel Greenblatt’s guide for “Jewish Feminisms,” taught by Lisa Fishbayne Joffe at Brandeis University. In a real-time conversation, we can help guide you to the resources best suited to your specific needs.
Know the literature! Judaica Librarianship is an academic peer-reviewed journal featuring articles on the history of Jewish books, libraries, cataloging and more.
Judaica Librarianship is now open-access: check out articles on primary sources and open data in Jewish Studies, the papers of a Sephardic-American writer, teaching with primary sources, and more!
Join AJL: AJS members receive a $10 discount on individual AJL membership. Join here, using discount code AJSAJL22. Benefits include access to members-only events and recordings, and so much more!
Below, you’ll find a list of Judaica librarians at several leading academic institutions.
Don’t have a Jewish Studies librarian at your institution? Coming soon from AJL: a pilot program to provide reference support to scholars of Jewish Studies worldwide.
Know the resources! Academic librarians are eager to assist in teaching you and your students how to utilize the most innovative scholarship and sources in all platforms, from early manuscripts to the most cutting-edge databases.
Jewish Studies Reference Librarians at Select Institutions
This list is specifically meant to help you, scholars of Jewish Studies, find librarians at your own institution. We do not intend that you use this list to contact reference librarians at other institutions, unless, of course, you are looking for material held by that institution specifically. Don’t see your institution? Email Rachel Greenblatt (AJL-AJS liaison) to see if there is a local Judaica librarian in your university! (The list that follows is in no way comprehensive, was constructed on the basis of an opt-in questionnaire, and no attempt has been made to include all Judaica reference librarians in North America.)
We at AJL are, simultaneously, getting ready to launch a pilot program that would allow AJS members who are not at institutions that have their own Judaica librarian to submit questions to an AJL reference service. More information about that pilot will be forthcoming.
Alliance israélite universelle (Paris, France)
Rachel Greenblatt, Judaica Librarian
Michelle Margolis Chesner,
Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies
Librarian for Jewish Studies
George Washington University
Judaic Studies Librarian
Project Cataloger for Rare Materials
JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary)
The New York Public Library
Cathy Sorokurs, Librarian, Dorot Jewish Division
The Ohio State University
614-292-3362 ; 614-805-9954
David Hollander, Librarian for Judaic Studies and Hebrew
Ella Berenstein, Librarian
David B. Levy, Chief Librarian, Lander College for Women
Elaine Mael, Cataloging Librarian/Jewish Studies Librarian
Librarian for Social Sciences, Jewish and Israel Studies
University of Florida
Rebecca J. W. Jefferson, Librarian for Social Sciences, Jewish and Israel Studies
University of Maryland
Yelena Luckert, Director, Research, Teaching and Learning, Librarian for Jewish Studies
Contact information available through the University of Maryland Libraries
University of Michigan
Gabriel Mordoch, Associate Librarian, Irving M. Hermelin Curator of Judaica
The University of Texas at Austin Libraries
Hebrew, Jewish, and Israel Studies Librarian firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Toronto
Nadav Sharon, Judaica Librarian
Konstanze H. Kunst, Joseph and Ceil Mazer Librarian for Judaic Studies
Beren Campus (Midtown Manhattan)
Hedi Steinberg Library
Elinor Grumet, Reference & Instruction Librarian email@example.com
Rina Krautwirth, Reference and Instruction Librarian
Hindishe Lee, Reference and Instruction Librarian
646 592 4986
Edith Lubetski, Head Librarian
Wilf Campus (Morningside Heights, NY)
Archives and Special Collections
Shulamith Berger, Curator of Special Collections
Deena Schwimmer, Archivist
Mendel Gottesman Library of Hebraica/Judaica
Zvi Erenyi, Collection Development and Reference Librarian
Moshe Schapiro, Reference Librarian
Tina Weiss, Head Librarian of Hebraica-Judaica
**Once again, don’t see your institution? Email Rachel Greenblatt (AJL-AJS liaison) to see if there is a local Judaica librarian in your university!**