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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.

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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.

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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

2020 AJL Conference update, March 25, 2020

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AJL Conference 2020 Update: March 25, 2020

After much research, discussion, and deliberation, the Association of Jewish Libraries has decided to cancel our annual conference scheduled for June 29-July 1, 2020 in Evanston, IL.

We know that you are disappointed in hearing this news, but the AJL Board felt strongly that there was no other choice to make given the uncertainty of the progress of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus).

We will be in touch soon with information for those who have pre-registered for the conference and with information about potential alternative opportunities for us to share our knowledge and skills. Our hope is to have answers to these questions soon, but with the situation changing so rapidly, and Passover on the horizon, it might be a few weeks.

Thank you for your continued support of AJL. We appreciate your patience as we work through this unparalleled situation. The Board and Council hope to have resources available for members related to librarianship in this interesting time and ways to best serve our patrons. 

A huge thank you goes out to our conference organizers, especially National Conference Chair Lisa Silverman and local chairs, Rachel Kamin and Marcie Eskin for all the work they and their committee did in preparation for the conference.

 

Dina Herbert                                   Kathy Bloomfield

President, AJL                                  VP-President Elect, AJL     

View the complete announcement here: https://jewishlibraries.org/announcements.php?id=79

2020 AJL Conference Update, March 18, 2020

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Due to the COVID-19 virus, the in-person conference has been canceled and a new virtual conference is being designed.

AJL Conference Update 

by Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin

March 18, 2020

 

 

 

AN UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE CHAIR

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Due to ongoing uncertainty in regard to future conferences in general, AJL leadership has made the decision to put a freeze on registrations for the 2020 Conference at this time. The conference is not cancelled. We will accept new registrations when things become more clear in regard to current issues surrounding the Coronavirus measures across the country. 

We also advise those who have already registered and may wish a refund to please wait until there is more direction from the organization. At this time, as stated on the Registration Frequently Asked Questions document on the Upcoming Conference page of the AJL website, refunds are permitted, with a charge of $36 if you paid electronically.

We have also eliminated the "Early Bird" member rate, and, if we proceed, all registrations will be at the $450 rate up until the day before the start of the conference.

Please check the AJL website and conference page. All future notifications in this regard will be posted there and also on the HaSafran listserv.

Stay healthy everyone!

Lisa Silverman

[email protected]

National Conference Chair

 

To read previous weekly conference updates, go to the 55TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020 page of the AJL website and scroll down to the “Documents” section.

 

 

Association of Jewish Libraries

Annual Conference

June 29-July 1, 2020

Hilton Orrington Hotel

Evanston, Illinois

[email protected]

 

AJL Conference Update, March 11 2020 (COVID 19 update)

 

AJL Conference Update

by Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin
March 11, 2020

 


AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR AJL PRESIDENT

With the spreading of the Coronavirus COVID 19, the Association of Jewish Libraries is thinking of all those affected by the virus in the United States and worldwide. We are all mindful of the impact it is currently having on the greater community and Jewish community.

As of now, we are preparing to go ahead with the 55th Annual Conference in Evanston, IL, June 29-July 1, 2020. However, we understand that this is a rapidly changing situation. And should our decision change, we will respond accordingly and communicate our plans to you. Please check the AJL website and conference page. All future notifications in this regard will be posted there and also on the HaSafran listserv.

We do understand some organizations have implemented their own travel bans and recognize that traveling to conferences is a choice that each attendee will need to make, based on his or her individual situation.

Dina Herbert
AJL President
[email protected]


REGISTER FOR THE AJL CONFERENCE HERE
To read previous weekly conference updates, go to the 55TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020 page

of the AJL website and scroll down to the “Documents” section.

 

Association of Jewish Libraries
Annual Conference
June 29-July 1, 2020
Hilton Orrington Hotel
Evanston, Illinois
[email protected]

AJL 2020 Conference Update: March 4, 2020

 

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Due to the COVID-19 virus, the in-person conference has been canceled and a new virtual conference is being designed.

 

AJL Conference Update

by Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin
March 4, 2020

 


PRELIMINARY PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE!


The 2020 AJL Conference will feature 32 sessions presented by 118 presenters!
Click here to view the preliminary program (subject to change). Abstracts for each session and presenter bios will be available soon from Socio, the new conference app.

From “Documenting Global Jewish Communities,” “Early Childhood Literacy,” “Digital Projects and Conservation,” “Tech in the Library,” and “Why Social Media Matters” to “Creating LGBTQ-Inclusive Communities,” “Yiddish Texts Within the Digital Commons,” “Promoting Jewish Culture through Film,” “Reimagining Library Spaces,” and “Trends in Jewish Studies Publications,” there will be a wide range of sessions for library professionals working in academic and research institutions, archives, synagogues, day schools, and Jewish community centers as well as public schools and public libraries serving Jewish communities. There will also be presentations and discussions about archives, cataloging, award-winning children’s and adult literature, advocacy, development and fundraising, and more. Our diverse group of expert presenters are librarians, authors, educators, and scholars from across North America plus Israel, Lithuania, Panama and Poland.

When making your travel plans, be sure to plan on arriving in Evanston by Monday morning, June 29 and staying through Wednesday evening, July 1. Stay tuned for more details about the Wednesday afternoon tours.

REGISTER FOR THE AJL CONFERENCE HERE


To read previous weekly conference updates, go to the 55TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020 page of the AJL website and scroll down to the “Documents” section.

Association of Jewish Libraries
Annual Conference
June 29-July 1, 2020
Hilton Orrington Hotel
Evanston, Illinois
[email protected]