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AJL 2020 Online Conference - Starting Soon!

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Everyone who has registered for the AJL 2020 Digital Conference should have received an email with instructions for accessing Socio, the conference app, as well as a set of guidelines for attendees. Be sure to get yourself set up on Socio by Friday, June 26 to avoid last minute access issues. As a reminder, to create your profile and personal agenda, participate on the discussion board, and to be able to connect with other attendees, follow the instructions to download the Socio app to your phone or tablet. Your name will appear in the Socio Attendee list only if you create this profile on a mobile device. To participate in the conference from your laptop or desktop computer, access Socio via the website. Unfortunately, the app and the website do not sync, but you will find the Schedule and Zoom links (in each individual session's description) in both the app and on the website.

Please join us for the Tech. Orientation on Sunday, June 28 at 11amEDT to learn how to use Socio and Zoom. 

Contact Marcie Eskin if you have questions about your registration.

Contact Lisa Silverman if you have questions about accessing Socio.

An updated schedule is available here. Full abstracts and presenter bios are available on Socio where you can also view, download and print the full program book. 

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: MONDAY, JUNE 29, 11:00amEDT

“Who Wants to Be a Jewish Reader? A Discussion on Reviewing Jewish Books”

Inspired by Adam Kirsch's recent book Who Wants to Be a Jewish Writer? (Yale University Press, 2019), this conversation between Adam Kirsch and his father, Jewish Journal Books Editor Jonathan Kirsch, will trace issues in the reviewing of Jewish books: past, present, future. They will be joined by moderator Erika Dreifus. Q&A will follow the discussion.

Keynote speakers Adam Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch with Erica Dreifus

 

SPECIAL AUTHOR EVENT: TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 7:00pmEDT

Leslea NewmanMaidels & Dreidels & Ladles, Oh My!

The Journey of a Jewish Children’s Book Writer

In this lively presentation Lesléa Newman, the 2020 Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award Winner, will discuss how her early childhood and books she read growing up inspired her to write children’s books with Jewish themes including Remember That, A Sweet Passover, and Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are not among the 275+ people who have already registered for the AJL 2020 Digital Conference, REGISTER NOW. You won’t want to miss it!

Remember to wash your hands, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and stay well!

Dina Herbert, AJL President, Kathy Bloomfield, AJL President-Elect, and the AJL 2020 Digital Conference Planning Team

2020 AJL Conference Update, June 15, 2020

 

2020 Conference logoMore than 200 people have registered for the AJL 2020 Digital Conference, Sunday, June 28 - Thursday, July 2, 2020. You do not want to miss out!

NOTE: All registered attendees will have access to recordings of all of the sessions after the conference, as well as all of the presenter’s handouts. So, even if you can’t participate “live,” you should still register.

An updated schedule is available here. Full abstracts and presenter bios will be included on Socio, the digital program book. Instructions for downloading and accessing the app will be e-mailed to conference registrants separately this week.

ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL LIBRARIANS:

We have added an International Librarians’ Roundtable on Wednesday, July 1 at 8:00 am EDT, facilitated by the AJL International Liaison, Michael Young. We'd like to hear from those of you in the Eastern Hemisphere (whether you identify as RAS, SSCPL, or somewhere in between) about what you would like to see from AJL, and how we can better support your work. Please join us!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

Plan to celebrate the end of the conference with a super fun, interactive Brain Bash Trivia event on Thursday, July 2 at 7:00 pm EDT. Host Jeremy Cahnmann has been quizzing audiences all over the country for more than a decade and is cooking up some special AJL and library related questions along with lots of other stuff you know or don’t even realize you know! There will be prizes! Bring your own beverage and/or munchies and encourage all of your AJL friends to join the fun.

REGISTER NOW

The registration fee for members and library school students is $36 for the entire digital conference! We welcome non-members to register for $136 but we encourage you to join AJL to benefit from the member rate.

SHOP

Visit our store on Zazzle, to purchase AJL t-shirt, pens, notebooks and more and show off your conference swag from your Zoom Room!

We hope to see you soon at the AJL 2020 Digital Conference!

Dina Herbert, AJL President, Kathy Bloomfield, AJL President-Elect, and the AJL 2020 Digital Conference Planning Team

AJL Statement on Violence

The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) condemns the hatred, violence, and systemic racism infecting our nation that led to the horrifying death of George Floyd at the hands of police just a few days ago. As the leading authority on Judaic librarianship, we stand for learning and understanding; more importantly, we stand for justice (tzedek) and the protection of human life (pikuach nefesh). In solidarity with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), we pledge to engage with our friends in the Black community, to work for the repair of the world (tikkun olam).

As a number of Black Jews explain on the Jewish Telegraphic Agency website, the work of anti-racism is exhausting, and people of all races and backgrounds need to step up, speak out, and take action. The Ethics of Our Fathers (Mishna Avot 2:21) famously says, "You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it." AJL, together with everyone who craves a just world, will continue to work toward justice for all.

2020 Digital Conference - Update 5/27/2020

 

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Join the Association of Jewish Libraries Sunday, June 28 - Thursday, July 2, 2020 for the AJL 2020 Digital Conference. Sessions will take place between 11:00am-3:30pm EDT with additional programming in the evenings. All sessions will take place on Zoom and will provide participants with the opportunity to hear from outstanding scholars and award-winning authors, as well as witness our leadership transition, receive updates from our divisions, pay tribute to our Fanny Goldstein Awardee and honor all of our book award winners.  In addition, there will be optional “open rooms” for everyone to see and chat with each other. Click here to view the preliminary program. Full abstracts and presenter bios will be available soon.

REGISTER NOW

The registration fee for members and library school students is $36 for the entire digital conference! We welcome non-members to register for $136 but we encourage you to join AJL to benefit from the member rate.

SHOP

And did we mention the swag? Visit our store on Zazzle, to purchase your conference t-shirt, pens, notebooks and more!

Until we “meet” in June, stay safe, stay connected, and we will see you soon at the AJL 2020 Digital Conference!

Chag Sameach – Wishing you a warm, wonderful & joyous Shavuot!

 

Dina Herbert, AJL President, Kathy Bloomfield, AJL President-Elect, and the AJL 2020 Digital Conference Planning Team

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Co-editor,  Children's and Teen Literature

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Co-editor,  Children's and Teen Literature , AJL News and Reviews 

Reports to Editor-in-Chief

Background:

The AJL Newsletter was published in print until December 2010. As of January 2011, that publication was split into two separate electronic publications (in PDF format) – AJL News and AJL Reviews. All correspondence and production of the News and Reviews sections are done electronically. The News and Reviews staff consists of adult literature co-editors (2), children and teen literature co-editors (2), advertising manager, layout editor, and the editor-in-chief.

Co-editors:

  • Recruit reviewers and assign books for review
  • Distribute review copies and guidelines to reviewers by mail
  • Receives contributions to Reviews and edits the text for grammar, style, and space
  • Edit reviews and prepare manuscript for publication
  • Correspond as needed with publishers to request review copies
  • Correspond as needed with reviewers and authors
  • Maintain a database of titles and reviewers, as well as files of other necessary records
  • Send printed reviews to publishers
  • Work closely with editor-in-chief
  • Co-editors must have an extensive knowledge of the literature reviewed in the section they edit, excellent command of written and spoken English; knowledge of written English style; familiarity with the conventions of editing and proofreading; ability to use word processing, database management, and e-mail programs; ability to meet deadlines; and good interpersonal skills
 For more information, please contact Sally Stieglitz, AJL News and Reviews, Editor-in-Chief, at [email protected] 

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Sally Stieglitz
Editor-in-Chief, AJL News and Reviews
Association of Jewish Libraries