"People of the Books" Blog

AJL to Work with ATLA and CLA on Preservation Grant

This press release was published on ATLA's website to announce a collaboration with AJL and CLA:


   Chicago, IL, September 27, 2013 - The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) has received a 2013 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) in the amount of $46,500.  The grant will support the project, “In Good Faith: Collection Care, Preservation, and Access in Small Theological and Religious Studies Libraries,” in partnership with the Catholic Library Association (CLA) and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL).

   During the grant period, the American Theological Library Association, the Catholic Library Association, and the Association of Jewish Libraries will assess the collection care, preservation, and access practices of small theological and religious studies libraries and begin to identify valuable and vulnerable collections held in these institutions.  The centerpiece of the project will be a survey designed for and deployed to institutions that may not have previously been included in such studies. Existing standards and practices that help libraries respond to their unique circumstances will be promoted to the targeted libraries and at the same time the partners will communicate the challenges and opportunities faced by these libraries to the larger library and research communities. Finally, the project will explore collaborative initiatives to respond to identified long-term collection care, preservation, and access needs. 

   “’In Good Faith’ is an exciting project that will benefit the members of all three associations. Based on earlier research, we know that many small theological and religious studies libraries hold valuable unique special collections but lack the resources locally to preserve them and make them easily accessible to researchers. This project will begin to identify and inventory these collections and to seek solutions  – before these materials are lost to scholars forever,” said Brenda Bailey-Hainer, ATLA Executive Director.    

   National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that address challenges faced by the museum, library, and/or archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. IMLS offers grants to help make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

About ATLA

Established in 1946, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a professional association of nearly one thousand individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products and services for theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA offers a prestigious product line of electronic resources to support the scholarly study of religion and theology, including the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®), ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) and ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®). For more information visit http://www.atla.com/.
About AJL
The Association of Jewish Libraries promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship. The Association fosters access to information, learning, teaching and research relating to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel.  To learn more, please visithttp://www.jewishlibraries.org/.
About CLA
Established in 1921, the Catholic Library Association is an international membership organization, providing its members professional development through educational and networking experiences, publications, scholarships, and other services. The Catholic Library Association coordinates the exchange of ideas, provides a source of inspirational support and guidance in ethical issues related to librarianship, and offers fellowship for those who seek, serve, preserve, and share the word in all its forms.  To learn more, please visit http://www.cathla.org/.
About IMLS
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

Openings on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee

 Three positions on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee will be available beginning January 1, 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for lovers of Jewish children's literature.

   Applicants should be members of AJL, familiar with the scope of Judaic children’s literature, experienced in writing critical reviews, willing and able to read and review over 120 books during the course of a year, and able to meet deadlines.

   Committee members are expected to attend annual conventions and to participate in committee-sponsored events, including speaking at the Committee’s annual presentation. The term of membership on the Committee is four years. Each committee member typically receives more than $1,500 in books for review each year, which may be kept for personal use or added to the member’s library.

   Membership on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee is both fun and intellectually challenging, but it also requires a substantial commitment in terms of time and energy.

   Members must be able to submit reviews electronically and correspond with other committee members through regular e-mail. Familiarity with Google Docs is helpful but not required.

   To apply, send a letter indicating the reasons for your interest, a resume, and several examples of your recent reviews of Jewish children’s books to Aimee Lurie, Committee Chair, at chair@sydneytaylorbookaward.org or aimeelurie@mac.com.

   Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2013.

Use GoodSearch on Mobile Devices to Help AJL

Dear Friends of AJL,

I know I’m always nagging you to use GoodSearch for yourInternet searching. I nag because I care! Goodsearch helps AJL raise funds,without taking anything out of YOUR pockets!

You can now add GoodSearch to your mobile device: iPhone,Android phone, iPad or tablet, etc.

 ·    ~   For any Apple device, follow the instructions athttp://dailygoodblog.tumblr.com/post/61798376888/mobile-search-made-easy-ios-instructions.

 ·    ~   For any Android device, follow the instructionsathttp://dailygoodblog.tumblr.com/private/62105601644/tumblr_mtls6t1uDO1sue1eo.

~·  ~   I suggest making one change to the instructionsfor either kind of device: instead of starting at www.goodsearch.com, start instead at http://tinyurl.com/AJLgoodsearch. This will put you directly on the AJL GoodSearch page instead of justGoodSearch in general.


Thanks for helping AJL raise money painlessly!

Heidi Estrin
President, Association of Jewish Libraries


Judaica Librarianship Now Online!

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of Judaica Librarianship's Editorial Board, I am pleased to announcethat AJL's peer-reviewed journal is now available online, at http://ajlpublishing.org.

The site currently features the most recent issue of Judaica Librarianship (vol. 16/17). According to our new policy, back issues will be freely available 12 months after the publication date.

Judaica Librarianship provides a forum for scholarship on the theory and practice of Jewish Studies librarianship and Information Studies. The journal seeks to publish research articles and essays related to the development and management of Judaica collections in all types of libraries and archives, the initiation and coordination of digital curation projects, the creation and dissemination of information resources in all formats, and the promotion of Jewish information literacy for diverse audiences through various outreach activities. The Editorial Board also welcomes thoroughly revised and updated versions of papers presented at AJL Annual Conferences or chapter meetings. Additional information about topics covered in the journal is available online on the Focus and Scope page. Submission deadline for the next issue is September 30, 2013.

Students currently enrolled in any accredited Library and Information Science program are encouraged to submit essays to AJL's Student Essay Contest. Essays must be relevant to the field of Jewish Studies librarianship. The winning essay will be considered for publication, and the winner will receive a cash award.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate contacting me.

Best wishes,


Rachel Leket-Mor
Editor-in-Chief, Judaica Librarianship
Association of Jewish Libraries

Associate Librarian
Religious Studies, Philosophy, Jewish Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Arizona State University Libraries

Shanah Tovah!

SHANAH TOVAH from the Association of Jewish Libraries!