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AJL 2020 DIGITAL CONFERENCE: Follow-Up

CONFERENCE FOLLOW-UP

  • It’s not too late to complete the Conference Evaluation.  Access it from the Socio website or App.  Your feedback is extremely important to us!

  • An overwhelming percentage of our Digital Conference attendees said they got a fantastic experience for very little gelt.  Thank you for all of the kind comments! Show your appreciation for all of the people who put in countless hours of work and sweat to deliver an extraordinary conference during these tumultuous times by making a donation to AJL in their names. Your gift is tax deductible.  

  • Have you been gushing to your colleagues about how fabulous the conference was? Well, tell them it’s not too late to register!  AJL members who missed out on participating in real time, can purchase a post-conference all access pass for $36 which will entitle them to the recordings of all of the sessions plus all of the handouts.  Click here for more details.  

  • Because we learned how important seeing each other is, we are developing a series of virtual round tables for this summer and fall. Stay tuned for details . . . 

  • REMINDER: The Socio website and app will remain in place and you can continue to access the session recordings and handouts until it’s time for next year’s conference! The one exception is Lesléa Newman’s talk, “Maidels and Dreidels and Ladles, Oh My! The Journey of a Jewish Children’s Book Writer,” which will only be available until July 30, 2020.

 

AJL IN THE NEWS:

Please share your experience at AJL's Digital Conference in your institution's newsletter or blog, then share that posting with AJL members. Spreading the word that you stay up to date with the latest Judaic librarianship practices is a great advocacy tool.

Thank you so much for being a part of the AJL 2020 Digital Conference! 
We look forward to “Staying Connected” with you all year!

Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin, AJL 2020 Conference Co-Chairs
Lisa Silverman, AJL National Conference Chair
Kathy Bloomfield, AJL President
Dina Herbert, AJL Immediate Past President
and the entire AJL 2020 Digital Conference Planning Team

AJL 2020 DIGITAL CONFERENCE: Final Announcements

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • 340 people participated in the AJL 2020 Digital Conference! From longtime AJL members to newcomers, presenters and award-winners, sponsors and guests - we’re so glad that you chose to spend your week with us!

  • While you can rate individual sessions on the Socio App, we also ask that you complete the Conference Evaluation.  Access it from the Socio website or App.  Your feedback is extremely important to us!

  • The Socio website and app will remain in place and you can continue to access the session recordings and handouts until it’s time for next year’s conference! The one exception is Lesléa Newman’s talk, “Maidels and Dreidels and Ladles, Oh My! The Journey of a Jewish Children’s Book Writer,” which will only be available until July 31, 2020.

  • More AJL Roundtables on Zoom will be scheduled throughout the summer and the rest of the year.  Check Hasafran and stay tuned for more details.  

  • Princeton Press has graciously extended the 50% off sale for Marcin Wodzinski's Historical Atlas of Hasidism to all AJL conference attendees. Visit their website and click the “buy this” button to add the book to your “cart.” At checkout enter the discount code AJL-FG and click “apply.” Princeton Press is also offering free shipping via UPS. Or, call 800-833-3324 during regular business hours and provide the discount code to get 50% off your order plus free shipping.

  • Kar-Ben’s FREE e-book program is available through September 30. These multi-user editions allow for unlimited simultaneous access by every student in your school or by any family member. Kids can access the digital bookshelf here; the username and password is karbenkids.

  • We had such a diverse and talented group of authors & illustrators participate in the AJL 2020 Conference!  27 of them shared their recent, new, and upcoming books for children, teens, and adults with us during the Author Open House.  Look for the list of participating authors, with their book titles and websites, in Socio. 

  • And the winners of the AJL Brain Bash Trivia Event were Sean Boyle, Annette Goldsmith, Susan Kusel, Arlene Ratzabi, Jasmin Shinohara, and Daniel Stuhlman of The July Jokers! They will each receive a gift certificate to purchase AJL swag from Zazzle. Thank you Jeremy Cahnmann for helping us to end the conference in such a fun way!  

 

WITH APPRECIATION:

  • A huge thanks to the 2020 Digital Conference Committee who dedicated countless hours over the past several months to pull everything together for this Conference: Lenore Bell, Jackie Ben-Efraim, Emily Bergman, Kathy Bloomfield, Michelle Chesner, Marcie Eskin, Elana Gensler, Dina Herbert, Rachel Kamin, Jerry Krautman, Rebecca Levitan, Heidi Rabinowitz, and Lisa Silverman.  This was an all-star team of volunteers!

  • Thank you to the 95+ presenters and moderators who shared their knowledge and expertise with AJL! We truly appreciate their flexibility and grace under difficult circumstances. Many swiftly changed their presentations to work on Zoom and several pulled together new presentations on short notice. Every session far exceeded expectations and was enthusiastically received by all of the attendees. 

  • Pivoting from an in-person to a digital conference in just a few short months was a remarkable achievement that would not have been possible without the members of the AJL20 AV Crew, coordinated by Heidi Rabinowitz, who stepped up to lend their time, energy, and willingness to learn new tech skills. Thank you to: Lenore Bell, Sharon Benamou, Jackie Ben Efraim, Emily Bergman, Kathy Bloomfield, Sean Boyle, Michelle Chesner, Erika Dreifus, Suzi Dubin , Taylor Dwyer, Annette Goldsmith, Haim Gottschalk, Toby Harris, Jacqueline Jules, Rachel Kamin, Robbin Katzin, Joy Kingsolver, Sonia Kozlovsky, Jerry Krautman, Rachel Leket-Mor, Amalia Levi, Joyce Levine, Rebecca Levitan, Elaine Mael, Susan Pankowsky, Arlene Ratzabi, Aviva Rosenberg, Sylvie Shaffer, Daniel Scheide, Amanda Seigel, Sheryl Stahl, Daniel Stuhlman, Aaron Taub, and Danielle Winter.

 

Thank you so much for being a part of the AJL 2020 Digital Conference!  We look forward to “Staying Connected” with you all year!

Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin, AJL 2020 Conference Co-Chairs
Lisa Silverman, AJL National Conference Chair
Kathy Bloomfield, AJL President
Dina Herbert, AJL Immediate Past President
and the entire AJL 2020 Digital Conference Planning Team

AJL 2020 DIGITAL CONFERENCE: Thursday Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 2:

  • WOW, what a week it’s been!  It’s the final day of the AJL Digital Conference with six more sessions and two more special evening programs.  Be sure to check Socio for the most up-to-date information.  

  • ADDITION TO THE PROGRAM: AJL will host an Author Open House on Thursday at 5pmEDT.  All authors (children’s, adult, fiction, non-fiction, Jewish or any topic) are invited to briefly share a few words about their newest book.  We have such a diverse and talented group of authors & illustrators as part of our AJL community - come and meet them all in this fun, informal and interactive session!

  • Show off your AJL swag, favorite librarian t-shirt, stylish hat, pajamas, or other fun apparel at our closing program, the Brain Bash Trivia Event on Thursday at 7pmEDT.  There will be prizes! Bring your own beverage and/or munchies and encourage all of your AJL friends to join the fun!

  • While you can rate individual sessions on the Socio App, we also ask that you complete the Conference Evaluation.  Access it from the Socio website or App.  Your feedback is incredibly important to us!

  • All conference attendees will have access to the Socio App and website for at least a year so you have plenty of time to watch the recordings of the sessions you missed and download the handouts.  However, please note the recording of Lesléa Newman’s presentation “Maidels and Dreidels and Ladles, Oh My! The Journey of a Jewish Children’s Book Writer” will only be available until the end of July.  Most of the content will be archived as part of the conference proceedings as well.  You can also continue to use Socio to connect with colleagues.  We will be using Socio for future conferences so don’t delete the app from your phone just yet! 

 

 

REMINDERS:

  • Don’t forget to bring your finished moon-and-stars coloring page from Creation Colors by Ann D. Koffsky (Apples & Honey Press) to the Brain Bash Trivia and Cocktail Hour at 7pm ET on Thursday!

  • You can still shop the AJL store on Zazzle for t-shirts, mugs, notebooks, and more!

AJL @ ALA:

Heidi Rabinowitz presented at the ALA Virtual Conference on June 26 as part of the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) about “Promoting Multicultural Library Services in Virtual Spaces.” Click here to read more about it in American Libraries Magazine and read Heidi’s remarks on her blog

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

 

AJL would like to thank our sponsors for the Thursday sessions: Kalaniot Books/Endless Mountain PublishingPsik Books & Technologies Ltd.Jerusalem Books/Geffen PublishingOPALS/MediaFlexKar-Ben PublishingDan Wyman BooksEric Chaim KlineEBSCOand OCLC. Also, be sure to visit our Sponsor Ads from our Socio website or App.  

 

AJL 2020 DIGITAL CONFERENCE: Wednesday Announcements

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 1:
 

  • What an incredible day!  Thank you so much to all of our award winners who shared their time, expertise, passion, and insights with us: 
AJL Bibliography Award Winner: William Gross (Catalog of Catalogs: A Bibliography of Temporary Exhibition Catalogs Since 1876 that Contain Items of Judaica)

AJL Reference Award Winner: Noam Sienna (A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969)

We also enjoyed hearing from from last year’s Reference Award Winner, Marcin Wodzinski (Historical Atlas of Hasidism)

AJL Fiction Award Winner: Goldie Goldbloom (On Division)
AJL Fiction Award Honor Book Winner: Julie Orringer (The Flight Portfolio)

Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award Winner: Lesléa Newman
Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners: Sue Macy & Stacy Innerst (The Book Rescuer),  R.J. Palacio (White Bird), and Rachel DeWoskin (Someday We Will Fly)
Sydney Taylor Honor Award Winners: Amy June Bates (Gittel’s Journey), Debbie Levy (The Key from Spain), Andrew Maraniss (Games of Deception), Sofiya Pasternack (Anya and the Dragon), and Victoria Ortiz (Dissenter on the Bench)
 
  • The RAS and SSCPL Virtual Hospitality Suites will be open again on Wednesday at 5pmEDT. Small groups can create a break-out room to discuss specific topics. Librarians who work in Jewish Community Center and Public Library settings are looking to network with each other.  Please join them in the Virtual Hospitality Suite on Wednesday!
     

  • ADDITION TO THE PROGRAM: AJL will host an Author Open House on Thursday, July 2 at 5pmEDT.  All authors (children’s, adult, fiction, non-fiction, Jewish or any topic) are invited to briefly share a few words about their newest book.  We have such a diverse and talented group of authors & illustrators as part of our AJL community - come and meet them all in this fun, informal and interactive session!
     

  • Many of the session recordings have now been added to Socio so check back if you missed one.  Some have passwords you will need to copy and paste. Additional handouts have also been added.  Look for them in each session under “Attachments.”

 

REMINDER:

  • Don’t forget to complete your moon-and-stars coloring page from Creation Colors by Ann D. Koffsky (Apples & Honey Press). Scan or take a photo of your finished artwork, and to use it as a virtual background on Zoom (or just bring it along if you can’t do virtual backgrounds) at the final conference event, Brain Bash Trivia and Cocktail Hour on Thursday July 2 at 7pmEDT.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

 

AJL would like to thank our sponsors for the Wednesday sessions: Psik Books & Technologies Ltd.Kar-Ben PublishingSchool Library JournalOPALS/MediaFlex,  EBSCOJerusalem Books/Geffen PublishingEric Chaim KlineYale University PressOCLCDan Wyman Booksand Scholar’s Choice. Also, be sure to visit our Sponsor Ads from our Socio website or App.

AJL 2020 DIGITAL CONFERENCE: Tuesday Announcements

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 30:

  • We have a packed schedule of sessions on Tuesday featuring the Sydney Taylor Book Awards, the AJL Judaica Reference Award, the Judaica Bibliography Awards, and the AJL Fiction Award plus sessions on cataloging, collections and collecting. Be sure to refer to the Socio App or website for up-to-date information.  

  • Addition to the Program: Join the AJL Fiction Award Committee at 2:00 pm EDT to meet both Goldie Goldbloom, author of On Division, the 2020 AJL Fiction Award Winner, and Julie Orringer, author of The Flight Portfolio, the 2020 Honor Award Winner.  

  • The RAS and SSCPL Virtual Hospitality Suites were so popular on Monday that we’ve added them to the schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday at 5pmEDT.  Small groups can create a break-out room to discuss specific topics. Connect with colleagues on the Socio App and plan to meet in the Virtual Hospitality Suite.  This session won't be recorded, but the chat will be saved.

  • The recording of Monday’s Keynote Address with Adam Kirsch and Jonathan Kirsch, facilitated by Erika Dreifus, has been posted on Socio. You can find the link in the session on the Socio App or website along with notes from the conversation.  Other session recordings will be posted as they become available - please be patient as it will take some time.  

  • Thank you to the 2018-2020 AJL Board for all their hard work on behalf of our organization.  Special thanks to Amalia Warshenbrot and Ellen Share who are leaving the Board, but not AJL. We deeply appreciate their years of dedicated service as AJL leaders. During Monday’s General Membership meeting, the new 2020-2022 AJL Board was installed.  Please welcome the following incredibly talented group of individuals:

President – Kathy Bloomfield
Immediate Past President – Dina Herbert
First Vice President/President Elect – Michelle Chesner
VP for Membership - Sharon Benamou
VP for Development – Jackie Benefraim
Secretary – Eitan Kensky
Treasurer - Holly Zimmerman
RAS President – Amalia Levi
RAS Vice President – Anna Levia
SSCPL President – Sean Patrick Boyle
SSCPL Vice President - Emily Bergman

They will all be working hard to ensure that AJL continues to flourish over the next two years and beyond.

 

REMINDERS:

  • The International Librarians' Roundtable will begin at 8:00amEDT on Wednesday, July 1.  

  • If your Zoom name is something generic like "My iPad" please change it to your first and last name so we can see that you are a registered conference attendee. If you do not identify yourself, the hosts may not let you into the session from the Zoom “waiting room.”

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

 

AJL would like to thank our sponsors for the Tuesday sessions: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jo Taylor Marshall,  Eric Chaim Kline, Dr. Greta Silver, EBSCOOCLCDan Wyman BooksOPALS/MediaFlexYale University PressPsik Books & Technologies Ltd.and School Library Journal. Also, be sure to visit our Sponsor Ads from our Socio website or App.