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AJL 2020 DIGITAL CONFERENCE: Sunday Announcements

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Welcome to the first ever Association of Jewish Libraries Digital Conference!  We are so excited to have over 300 AJL members and guests from all over the world participate in the 30+ meetings and sessions, over the course of five days, that will address the needs of synagogue, school, community center, and public libraries, as well as research libraries, archives, and special collections.

Please review the AJL Conference Attendee Guidelines that were emailed out last week. Below are some answers to additional questions you may have:   

  • Where is the conference program book and schedule?

Using your computer, go to the Socio website (registered participants can get the necessary passphrase from Marcie Eskin for the first time you log on) for the AJL 2020 Digital Conference where you can view the conference schedule, session description, speaker bios, announcements, and more. You can also view and print a PDF of the Program Book or see a brief schedule here.  We also recommend that you download the optional Socio App by accessing this link from your smartphone, iPad or tablet (registered participants can get the necessary access code from Marcie Eskin). From the app you can create your profile and personal agenda, participate on the discussion board, and connect with other attendees. Note that it is possible to participate in the conference without using the app at all, but the app will give you a more well-rounded experience.


Helpful Hint: Be sure to update the Socio App frequently by clicking on the orange circular refresh arrow at the top right corner of your screen.  

We strongly encourage everyone to attend the Tech Orientation on Sunday, June 28 at 11amEDT, especially if you have questions about how to use Socio or Zoom.  

  • I registered for the Conference. Why doesn’t my name appear on the Socio Attendee list?

Your name will appear in the Socio Attendee list only if you download the Socio App to your smartphone, iPad or tablet and create a profile. But don’t worry, even if your name doesn’t appear on the Socio Attendee list, you ARE registered and can participate fully in the conference.

  • Where are the Zoom links for each session?

If you will be joining from a laptop or desktop computer, go to our Socio website and click on Schedule. Select the session you wish to attend. You will see the Zoom link in each session description. If you will be joining from a smartphone, iPad or tablet, open the Socio App. Select the session you wish to attend. You will see the Zoom link in each session description.

  • What if I can’t make it to a session? Will they be recorded?

Yes!  All sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees.  You will be able to access the recordings from the Socio website or the Socio App. Please be patient as it may take us some time to upload all of the recordings.  

  • Are there handouts for the sessions?

Yes! You can view and download handouts for each session from the Socio website or the Socio App. Select the session and scroll down. If the presenters have provided handouts, they will be listed as PDFs under “Attachments” (beneath the session sponsors). Some presenters may elect to share their slides and/or handouts after their session so be sure to check back.  

  • I have a friend who wants to attend one of the sessions.  Can I share the Zoom link with them?

No, please do not share the Socio passphrase or access code, or any of the session Zoom links, with anyone who has not registered for the conference. However, it is not too late - encourage your friends and colleagues to register for the conference! Contact Marcie Eskin, Conference Registrar, if you have any questions about registration.  

  • I still have questions. Who should I contact?

Email [email protected] and we will direct your question to the appropriate person.  You can also post a question on the Discussion Board in the Socio App.



Please consider participating in our Zoom Background Challenge! We will be offering fun certificates for the best backgrounds, both real and virtual, displayed during the AJL Virtual Roundtable on Sunday June 28, 2pmEDT! Also, if you post on social media about the conference, please use the hashtag #AJLConnect20.


AJL would like to thank our sponsors for the Sunday sessions: Dan Wyman Books and OPALS/MediaFlex. Also, be sure to visit our Sponsor Ads from our Socio website or App.  


Please check your email each morning for important information and updates about the conference.  We look forward to “Staying Connected” with you all week!

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

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