"People of the Books" Blog

The Jewish Book Carnival: November 2016

The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly round-up of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere. Participating bloggers contribute links from their own blogs, and take turns hosting the carnival.

This month's Jewish Book Carnival is being hosted by Heidi Rabinowitz at The Book of Life. Visit bookoflifepodcast.com for links to reviews, author interviews, and more!

If you're a blogger and you'd like to participate, please visit the Jewish Book Carnival HQ on the webpage of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Questions? Email carnival@jewishlibraries.org.


AJL READS, and a Raffle

Thanks to those who sent in suggestions for the AJL Reads virtual book discussion. From among all those excellent suggestions, we have chosen Reading Claudius: A Memoir in Two Parts by Caroline Heller because it’s about the power of literature.

We will hold the book discussion November 1-2, 2016 at our AJL READS Facebook group, where discussion questions will be posted throughout those two days. Author Caroline Heller will join us to answer questions about the book. If you have a Facebook account, you can join the Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ajlreads. If you are not a member of Facebook, you may be able to read the discussion but not participate.

Join the Facebook group any time between now and September 30, 2016 to be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Reading Claudius! Two lucky winners will receive free copies by mail.


The Jewish Library Handbook

Originally published in 1982 as How to Organize a Jewish Library by Margot Berman, this practical guide has been extensively revised and rewritten by AJL's Publications Chair Joyce Levine. 

Contains up to date information on:

  • Starting a New Library
  • The Budget
  • The Collection
  • Cataloging
  • Classification
  • Automation
  • Programming
  • Promotion and Advocacy
  • Accreditation

Also included are sample mission statements and policies for circulation and collection development.

Order your copy of The Jewish Library Handbook here!

For other useful works published by AJL, see our Publications page. 

AJL Conference, NYC June 19-21, 2017: Call for Papers

The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) will hold its annual conference entitled "The Sky's the Limit: The Next Generation of Judaica Librarianship" at Hebrew Union College in New York, NY from Monday, June 19 - Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Librarians, archivists, scholars, educators, authors, and others will meet to share their interest in Judaica librarianship, Jewish history and culture, and related topics.

AJL is soliciting proposals for papers and presentations on all aspects of Judaica librarianship as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, schools, synagogues, and related institutions. Past topics have included: collection management, programming, reader advisory services, special and rare collections, cataloging and classification, digital and electronic resources and emerging technologies. The 2017 conference will have a special focus on the international nature of AJL and New York City, and we encourage international presentations (and attendees!). Submissions dealing with topics such as programming, cataloging and linked data, collaboration, digital curation and dissemination, genealogy, and social media in libraries are especially welcome.

Submissions should include the following:

  • Presenter's name, address, affiliation, telephone and email contacts.
  • Brief biography
  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Summary of proposal
  • Specific technology or equipment requirements, if any

All submissions must be received by November 30, 2016. Please submit proposals by e-mail (PREFERRED) to: conference@jewishlibraries.org

Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Planning Committee, which is composed of national and local AJL members. Notification will be made in January, 2017.

Opening on Council: Publications Chair

The AJL Council is seeking to fill the position of Publications Chair. The Publications Chair oversees sales of existing AJL Publications and looks for opportunities to create new publications. The Chair also works with related committees as needed, such as Bibliography Bank, Conference Proceedings, News & Reviews, and Judaica Librarianship.

The Publications Chair is a Council position with voting rights. The Chair attends the Council meeting at the annual conference in June and the midwinter meeting in January (this year being held in New York).

This is a great opportunity to get involved in AJL leadership, influence the organization, and bolster the profession through timely publications. Past Chair Joyce Levine will be happy to mentor the incoming Chair.

To learn more, please contact Member Relations Chair Heidi Rabinowitz at heidi@cbiboca.org or 561-241-8118 ext. 206.