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2020 AJL Conference update, March 25, 2020

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AJL Conference 2020 Update: March 25, 2020

After much research, discussion, and deliberation, the Association of Jewish Libraries has decided to cancel our annual conference scheduled for June 29-July 1, 2020 in Evanston, IL.

We know that you are disappointed in hearing this news, but the AJL Board felt strongly that there was no other choice to make given the uncertainty of the progress of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus).

We will be in touch soon with information for those who have pre-registered for the conference and with information about potential alternative opportunities for us to share our knowledge and skills. Our hope is to have answers to these questions soon, but with the situation changing so rapidly, and Passover on the horizon, it might be a few weeks.

Thank you for your continued support of AJL. We appreciate your patience as we work through this unparalleled situation. The Board and Council hope to have resources available for members related to librarianship in this interesting time and ways to best serve our patrons. 

A huge thank you goes out to our conference organizers, especially National Conference Chair Lisa Silverman and local chairs, Rachel Kamin and Marcie Eskin for all the work they and their committee did in preparation for the conference.

 

Dina Herbert                                   Kathy Bloomfield

President, AJL                                  VP-President Elect, AJL     

View the complete announcement here: https://jewishlibraries.org/announcements.php?id=79

2020 AJL Conference Update, March 18, 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 18, 2020

 

 

 

AN UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE CHAIR

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Due to ongoing uncertainty in regard to future conferences in general, AJL leadership has made the decision to put a freeze on registrations for the 2020 Conference at this time. The conference is not cancelled. We will accept new registrations when things become more clear in regard to current issues surrounding the Coronavirus measures across the country. 

We also advise those who have already registered and may wish a refund to please wait until there is more direction from the organization. At this time, as stated on the Registration Frequently Asked Questions document on the Upcoming Conference page of the AJL website, refunds are permitted, with a charge of $36 if you paid electronically.

We have also eliminated the "Early Bird" member rate, and, if we proceed, all registrations will be at the $450 rate up until the day before the start of the conference.

Please check the AJL website and conference page. All future notifications in this regard will be posted there and also on the HaSafran listserv.

Stay healthy everyone!

Lisa Silverman

[email protected]

National Conference Chair

 

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]

 

AJL Conference Update, March 11 2020 (COVID 19 update)

 

AJL Conference Update

by Marcie Eskin & Rachel Kamin
March 11, 2020

 


AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR AJL PRESIDENT

With the spreading of the Coronavirus COVID 19, the Association of Jewish Libraries is thinking of all those affected by the virus in the United States and worldwide. We are all mindful of the impact it is currently having on the greater community and Jewish community.

As of now, we are preparing to go ahead with the 55th Annual Conference in Evanston, IL, June 29-July 1, 2020. However, we understand that this is a rapidly changing situation. And should our decision change, we will respond accordingly and communicate our plans to you. Please check the AJL website and conference page. All future notifications in this regard will be posted there and also on the HaSafran listserv.

We do understand some organizations have implemented their own travel bans and recognize that traveling to conferences is a choice that each attendee will need to make, based on his or her individual situation.

Dina Herbert
AJL President
[email protected]


REGISTER FOR THE AJL CONFERENCE HERE
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]

AJL 2020 Conference Update: March 4, 2020

 

AJL 2020 Conference logo

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

 


PRELIMINARY PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE!


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.

REGISTER FOR THE AJL CONFERENCE HERE


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]

 

AJL 2020 Conference Update: February 26

AJL 2020 conference logo

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
February 26, 2020

AJL @ ALA

Sunday, June 28, 2020

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In anticipation of the Association of Jewish Libraries Conference and the American Library Association Annual Conference both taking place in Chicagoland this summer, AJL has put together two programs at ALA on Sunday, June 28, 2020. We would love to see AJL well-represented at ALA! We encourage you to schedule your arrival in Chicago to attend at least one full day of ALA and join us at one or both of these exciting events. Note that our AJL conference rate at the Hilton Orrington Evanston of $159/night (plus taxes) is available beginning Sunday, June 28.

Combating Antisemitism and Islamophobia with Multicultural Children’s Literature

10:00 AM (Location TBD)

Joint Presentation sponsored by The Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) & the Association of Jewish Libraries

With the rise in antisemitism and Islamophobia, the need to break down stereotypes is more urgent than ever. This panel will offer an overview of "mirror and window" children's books that give readers a better understanding of Jewish and Muslim cultures. Experts in Judaic and Muslim kidlit, including AJL’s own Susan Kusel and Heidi Rabinowitz along with Sadaf Siddique and Gauri Manglik from Kitaab World, will share the history and current state of each genre, introduce specific titles, and discuss issues common to publishing while a minority.

A Little Schmooze. A Little Nosh: A Little Chat. A Little Food.

Late afternoon, Time & Location TBD

Join the Association of Jewish Libraries at our third Schmooze & Nosh event! Meet members of AJL's Board and Council, network with Jewish librarians from around the country and listen to publishers and authors discuss their upcoming work, all while noshing on delicious kosher refreshments! This event will take place in a nearby ALA Hotel. Additional details will be provided as soon as we receive them.

ALA Exhibit Hall

Take advantage of the enormous number of exhibitors who participate at the ALA Annual Conference. Exhibits Only Badges are available that include access to the exhibits on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Note: the discounted early bird deadline ends on March 15. 

ALA Annual Conference

The majority of the conference will take place in the McCormick Place Convention CenterSome sessions will occur at various, nearby hotels. Detailed location information for sessions will be available when the Scheduler opens. McCormick place is 16 miles south of the Hilton Orrington Hotel (approximately 30-40 minutes by car or cab). Public transportation is also available but could take up to 90 minutes and does involve some walking.

While badges will not be necessary to attend “Combating Antisemitism and Islamophobia with Multicultural Children’s Literature” at 10:00 am or “A Little Schmooze. A Little Nosh: A Little Chat. A Little Food” in the afternoon, we encourage you to “make a day of it” and experience all that ALA has to offer. One Day rates are available for members, non-members, retirees, and students.  Note: No discounts are given to ALA Affiliates like AJL. You must be an ALA member to get the member rate.

Click here for a preliminary list of additional sessions taking place on Sunday, June 28 at the ALA Annual. Visit the ALA Conference website for more information. If you have any questions, reach out to these AJL members who regularly attend the ALA Conference: Emily Bergman ([email protected]), Susan Kusel ([email protected]) or Elliot Gertel ([email protected]).

REGISTER FOR THE AJL CONFERENCE HERE

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]