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AJL 2020 Conference Update #4

Your AJL Conference Update

by Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin

February 19, 2020

Announcing the 2020 Feinstein Lecture:

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Description automatically generatedDr. Malka Z. Simkovich will deliver the annual Feinstein Lecture during lunch on Wednesday, July 1 at 12:15pm at the Annual Conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries in Evanston, IL. She is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and the director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She earned a doctoral degree in Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism from Brandeis University and a Masters degree in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University. Her first book, The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria was published in 2016, and her second book, Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism, was published in 2018 and received the 2019 AJL Judaica Reference Honor Award. Simkovich’s articles have been published in the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, as well as on online forums such as The Lehrhaus and the Times of Israel. Her third book, a co-authored commentary on Zechariah, is forthcoming in 2021, and she is currently working on a book regarding Jewish concepts of diaspora in the Greco-Roman period.

 

About the Feinstein Lecture:

Logo for AJL 2020 conference in EvanstonThe Association of Jewish Libraries received a grant from the Foundation for Jewish Culture (FJC) given by the Myer and Rosalind Feinstein Family to fund an annual lecture. Lectures on Judaic bibliography and librarianship were delivered at the annual conferences from 1996-2010. The FJC is no longer active, but it left AJL with monies to continue these lectures. The Feinstein Lecture resumed at the 2019 AJL Conference and will continue to encourage and inspire Judaica librarians at future conferences. 

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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.

 

AJL 2020 Conference Update #3

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by Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin

February 12, 2020

Conference Registration and Support Information

We welcome you to register for the 2020 Conference by going to the Upcoming Conference page of the AJL website. Full Conference registration includes all conference sessions and kosher meals (Chicago Rabbinical Council certification): Keynote Lunch on Monday; breakfast, lunch & Awards Dinner on Tuesday; and breakfast & lunch on Wednesday. Per diem and other special rates are also available. Scroll down to the “Documents” section at the end of the 55TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020 page for links to Conference Tickets and Rates 2020 and Registration Frequently Asked Questions.

 

To register, follow these instructions:

Members Full Conference Registration: For the discounted membership rate of $450 (by April 30), click on the "Register Now" button and login as a member. Please review your contact information, update as necessary, and fill in the information requested in the box at the bottom of the page. If you have questions regarding your membership status or member login information, please contact Sharon Benamou , VP Membership.

Non-members: Click on the "Register Now" button and then click on the "Continue as a Guest" button. Fill out your contact information and the information requested in the box at the bottom of the page.

All Registrants: After the preliminary steps above, click "Continue." and Select the appropriate "ticket" (e.g., Full Registration, Per Diem registration, etc.) and click on the "Add" button. Answer the questions and click on the "Add" button. Choose any additional tickets and add them as well. When you have completed your selections, scroll down to the Added Tickets and Products section and click "Continue." Review your information and then click “Continue” to finish the registration process, opting to pay by credit card or clicking "Bypass Payment" to pay by check or with an international credit card. If you would like to pay by check, mail your check made out to 'AJL Conference 2020' to:

Holly Zimmerman, AJL Treasurer
707 North Belgrade Road
Silver Spring, MD 20902

 

Once you have completed your registration, you will receive a meeting registration notification email as well as a payment receipt. For payment questions, including how to pay with a non-US/Canada credit card, please contact Holly.

For registration questions, please email Marcie Eskin, Conference Registrar, or call 847-926-7903.

Please note that applications for assistance and scholarships to attend the conference are now available. For more information, go to the CONFERENCE SUPPORT & SCHOLARSHIPS page of the AJL website.

 

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.

AJL 2020 Conference Update #2

Your AJL Conference Update #2

by Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin

February 5, 2020

Announcing the Opening Keynote Address:

Portrait of Dr. Daniel GreeneDr. Daniel Greene, President and Librarian at the Newberry Library and Adjunct Professor of History at Northwestern University, will deliver the opening keynote address at the Association of Jewish Libraries Conference on Monday, June 29 at 12:00pm. Before taking on his current role at the Newberry, Greene curated Americans and the Holocaust, an exhibition at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. A traveling version of this exhibition, produced in cooperation with the American Library Association, will be mounted at fifty public and university libraries across the United States between 2020 and 2022. Greene has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians since 2015. He earned his PhD in history at the University of Chicago. 

In 2016, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum launched a crowdsourcing project called History Unfolded. This digital initiative asks students, teachers, and others with an interest in researching local history to search their local newspapers for coverage of Nazism. To date, more than 20,000 newspaper articles have been uploaded to the History Unfolded site. Greene will address how this community-based research project upended conventional wisdom about American newspapers coverage of Nazism between 1933 and 1945. He also will consider the opportunities associated with incorporating crowdsourced research into both the Americans and the Holocaust exhibition and projects at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Conference Registration Is Open!

Click here and scroll down for Registration How-Tos

The full conference Early Bird Rate for AJL members is $450 (by April 30). This includes all conference sessions and meals (lunch on Monday; breakfast, lunch & dinner on Tuesday; and breakfast & lunch on Wednesday). Per diem and other special rates will also be available.

To read previous weekly conference updates, go to the  55TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020 page of the AJL website.

AJL 2020 Conference Update #1

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by Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin

January 30, 2020

Shalom Safranim & Friends! You are reading the first in a series of conference updates to keep you informed about the upcoming Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Evanston, Illinois, June 29-July 1, 2020.

In each update we will highlight information to help you make your conference plans.

The local Chicago planning committee, supported by the Judaica Library Network of Metropolitan Chicago, is hard at work. Here are some updates from our recent meeting hosted by Debbie Steinberg at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy:

  • The 2020 AJL Conference will be held at the Hilton Orrington, a 4-star hotel in the heart of downtown Evanston, a block away from the Northwestern University campus. The conference rate is $159/night (plus taxes and fees). Click here to reserve a room. After you select the dates you want, click on “MORE OPTIONS” and then on “Add Special Rate Codes.” Enter the code AJL20 in the box marked "Group Code." To reserve by phone, call 1-800-HILTONS referencing  “AJL Annual Conference, Chicago Vicinity June 2020” to receive the group rate. The cut-off date for this rate is Friday, June 5.
  • Our Conference will kick off with lunch and a keynote address on Monday, June 29 at 12:00pm. However, we encourage you to attend the ALA Conference the day before which is taking place in downtown Chicago (more information will be forthcoming). There will be some committee meetings on Monday morning as well as the Newcomer’s Welcome at 10:30am. Registration will open at 8:30am and the Exhibit Hall will open at 11am.
  • The Conference will conclude with lunch and the annual Feinstein Lecture on Wednesday, July 1, 12:15-1:45pm. Optional tours will be offered on Wednesday afternoon, departing from the Orrington at 2pm. Stay tuned for more information and plan to extend your stay.
  • The full conference Early Bird Rate for AJL members is $450 (by April 30). This includes all conference sessions and meals (lunch on Monday; breakfast, lunch & dinner on Tuesday; and breakfast & lunch on Wednesday). Per diem and other special rates will also be available.
  • We received more than 70 presentation proposals on a wide range of topics related to various aspects of librarianship, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel that will be relevant to library professionals working in academic and research institutions, archives, synagogues, day schools, and Jewish community centers as well as public schools and libraries serving Jewish communities. Acceptance letters will be going out the first week of February. Twenty-eight sessions will be offered – it’s going to be a great conference!
  • Several special programs during the conference are being planned, including an author showcase at the Evanston Public Library (right across the street from the hotel) on Monday, June 29 at 7:00pm. Plus, invitations have The AJL Chicago conference planning teambeen extended to the award-winning authors of the AJL Fiction Award and the Sydney Taylor Book Awards.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be posting additional information about registration, travel, vendors, tours, session details, volunteer opportunities and more. The 2020 AJL Conference promises to be innovative, exciting, and interesting plus it’s always "Cooler by the Lake"!

Marcie Eskin and Rachel Kamin, Local Conference Co-Chairs

Lisa Silverman, National Conference Chair

AJL 2020 Call for Proposals

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Deadline November 15, 2019.

Call for Proposals

Shalom, 

The Association of Jewish Libraries is now soliciting proposals for our upcoming conference at the Hilton Orrington Hotel in Evanston, Illinois, June 29-July 1, 2020. 

Librarians, scholars, educators, and authors are invited to submit proposals for papers and presentations on all aspects of librarianship and on topics related to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel. Presentations should be relevant to library professionals working in academic and research institutions, archives, synagogues, day schools, and Jewish community centers as well as public schools and libraries serving Jewish communities.  Past topics have included collection development and management, programming, reader advisory services, special and rare collections, cataloging and classification, Jewish literature and literacy, digital and electronic resources and emerging technologies.    

Click here to submit your proposal. All submissions must be received by November 15, 2019. If you are unable to access the Google form, contact [email protected]. Proposals will be reviewed by the Programming Committee and all applicants will be notified in January, 2020. 

 

Thank you, 

Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin 
Co-Chairs 
2020 Association of Jewish Libraries Conference 
www.jewishlibraries.org