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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



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.


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]


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