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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. 

AJL 2020 DIGITAL CONFERENCE: Monday Announcements

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MONDAY, JUNE 29

 

  • ATTENTION: A Virtual “Hospitality Suite” has been added to the schedule on Monday at 5pmEDT.  Small groups can create a break-out room to discuss specific topics such as day school libraries, high school libraries, synagogue libraries, catalogers, bibliographers, best practices for opening after the pandemic or anything else you’re interested in.  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.

 

  • Kick-off your Monday with our Keynote Address at 11amEDT: “Who Wants to Be a Jewish Reader? A Discussion on Reviewing Jewish Books” with Adam Kirsch and Jonathan Kirsch, moderated by Erika Dreifus.

 

  • Library Accreditation Awards will be presented during the School, Synagogue, Centers & Public Libraries Division Meeting at 12:30pmEDT. Please join us to recognize these recipients:

Advanced Accreditation: The Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown, PA (Sean Boyle, Head Librarian and Educational Technology Specialist) and The Lainer Library, Pressman Academy of Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, CA (Essia Cartoon-Fredman, Librarian)

Advanced Accreditation Renewal: The Alfred & Adele Davis Academy, Atlanta, GA (Stacy Brown, 21st Century Learning Coordinator)

Basic Accreditation Renewal: Torah Day School of Atlanta, GA (Linda Rabinowitz, Academic Dean, and Davida Levin, recently retired) and The Marian Renee Saltzberg Learning Resource Center/Irving Rubenstein Memorial Library of Congregation Beth Shalom, Northbrook, IL (Shira Cohen, Librarian)

 

  • Join the RAS Division Meeting at 12:30pmEDT to discuss how Research, Archives, and Special Libraries are dealing with the current COVID pandemic (including discussion of a recent resolution by SALALM regarding international vendors), what the focus of RAS should be in the coming year, and how we can best serve our RAS colleagues in the current moment and in the future.

 

  • At the AJL Member General Meeting at 2:00pmEDT, we will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Singerman, the Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award to Lesléa Newman and the Fanny Goldstein Merit Award to Zachary Baker as well as install the new AJL Board.

 

  • Do you lead a Jewish book club? Be sure to attend the Book Club Facilitators Roundtable at 6pmEDT and then stay on to discuss On Division by Goldie Goldbloom, winner of the 2020 AJL Fiction Award at 7pmEDT. Bring your own book club snacks!

 

MORE FUN STUFF:

Congratulations to Sunday’s Background Contest Winners!  Best AJL Swag: Joyce Levine; Best Self Referential: Heidi Rabinowitz; Best Dopplegägner: Judy Weidner; Best Animated: Sarah Feldman; Best Sitcom: Sally Stieglitz; and Best Overall: Daniel Scheide.

 

AJL is pleased to present you with this moon-and-stars coloring page from Creation Colors by Ann D. Koffsky (Apples & Honey Press). Thanks very much to Ann for sharing her artwork with us. The Cleveland Clinic reports that adult coloring can reduce stress and relax the brain. This coloring sheet is offered to give our attendees a relaxing gift during these difficult times, and to give the doodlers among us something to do with their hands while attending the online sessions. We invite you to scan or take a photo of your finished artwork, and to use it as a virtual background on Zoom during the final conference event, the Brain Bash Trivia and Cocktail Hour on Thursday at 7pmEDT  in order to help our community create a fun and festive atmosphere. Don't worry if you are not able to use virtual backgrounds; we will also ask everyone to hold up their artwork at some point so we can take a group photo.

 

REMINDERS:

  • If you are using the Socio App, please create a profile with your photo, job title, institution, location, and brief bio. so that other conference attendees can connect with you.
  • Be sure to update the Socio App frequently by clicking on the orange circular refresh arrow at the top right corner of your screen.  Reload and refresh the Socio website too to ensure that you will see anything that has recently been added.
  • Due to cloud-based space requirements, the recordings will not be available until 24 hours (or more) after the session. You will be able to find them within the session schedule in place of the original Zoom session. Thank you for your patience!

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

AJL would like to thank our sponsors for the Monday sessions: Dan Wyman Books, OPALS/MediaFlex, Eric Chaim Kline, and Psik Books & Technologies Ltd. Also, be sure to visit our Sponsor Ads from our Socio website or App.  

 

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

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.

 

MORE FUN STUFF ON SUNDAY:

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.
 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

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

AJL 2020 Online Conference - Starting Soon!

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Everyone who has registered for the AJL 2020 Digital Conference should have received an email with instructions for accessing Socio, the conference app, as well as a set of guidelines for attendees. Be sure to get yourself set up on Socio by Friday, June 26 to avoid last minute access issues. As a reminder, to create your profile and personal agenda, participate on the discussion board, and to be able to connect with other attendees, follow the instructions to download the Socio app to your phone or tablet. Your name will appear in the Socio Attendee list only if you create this profile on a mobile device. To participate in the conference from your laptop or desktop computer, access Socio via the website. Unfortunately, the app and the website do not sync, but you will find the Schedule and Zoom links (in each individual session's description) in both the app and on the website.

Please join us for the Tech. Orientation on Sunday, June 28 at 11amEDT to learn how to use Socio and Zoom. 

Contact Marcie Eskin if you have questions about your registration.

Contact Lisa Silverman if you have questions about accessing Socio.

An updated schedule is available here. Full abstracts and presenter bios are available on Socio where you can also view, download and print the full program book. 

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: MONDAY, JUNE 29, 11:00amEDT

“Who Wants to Be a Jewish Reader? A Discussion on Reviewing Jewish Books”

Inspired by Adam Kirsch's recent book Who Wants to Be a Jewish Writer? (Yale University Press, 2019), this conversation between Adam Kirsch and his father, Jewish Journal Books Editor Jonathan Kirsch, will trace issues in the reviewing of Jewish books: past, present, future. They will be joined by moderator Erika Dreifus. Q&A will follow the discussion.

Keynote speakers Adam Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch with Erica Dreifus

 

SPECIAL AUTHOR EVENT: TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 7:00pmEDT

Leslea NewmanMaidels & Dreidels & Ladles, Oh My!

The Journey of a Jewish Children’s Book Writer

In this lively presentation Lesléa Newman, the 2020 Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award Winner, will discuss how her early childhood and books she read growing up inspired her to write children’s books with Jewish themes including Remember That, A Sweet Passover, and Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are not among the 275+ people who have already registered for the AJL 2020 Digital Conference, REGISTER NOW. You won’t want to miss it!

Remember to wash your hands, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and stay well!

Dina Herbert, AJL President, Kathy Bloomfield, AJL President-Elect, and the AJL 2020 Digital Conference Planning Team