"People of the Books" Blog

AJL's Regional Chapters on the Web

So you're interested in AJL and want to connect with a group of AJL librarians local to you? Here's a list of some of the websites and blogs set up for and by some of AJL's regional chapters.

Greater Cleveland AJL Chapter

Judaica Librarians’ Group (Israel) (in Hebrew)

Judaica Library Network of Metropolitan Chicago

New England AJL Chapter

AJL of Southern California

South Florida AJL

Some of these are fully-functional website and some are blog-style; all of them provide great basic information on what folks are up to elsewhere in the United States, and elsewhere in the world.

This list is also included in AJL's blogroll, which is linked to on the right hand side of this page. The list is updated regularly. If you are part of a regional chapter and you don't see your chapter's site listed, please email me at mcloutier at jewishlibraries.org and I'll be sure to include it.

Beautiful Blogger Award

The Jewish Publication Society has honored People of the Books with the "Beautiful Blogger" award for our efforts at building community in the Jewish book blogosphere through our Jewish Book Carnival initiative (and they're going to host in September!).

In return, the rules of the award state that we must share seven interesting facts about AJL and pass the award along to seven of our favorite blogs.

The facts:

1. AJL has held 45 annual conventions in the US, Canada and Israel, beginning in 1966 in Philadelphia. Ohio and California are tied for hosting the largest number of conventions over the years - six each, and Canada will catch up by holding its 6th AJL convention in 2011 in Montreal. While conventions are always exciting, we have persevered through many outrageous adventures such as the SARS scare (Toronto in 2003) and the transvestite beauty pageant being held at the convention hotel (Miami Beach in 1991).

2. AJL is the Association of Jewish LIBRARIES, not LIBRARIANS. We have members from all streams of Judaism and members who are not Jewish. What we all have in common is an interest in sharing Jewish culture and knowledge through libraries.

3. AJL is a volunteer-run organization with no central office. Members volunteer their time for everything from running local chapter meetings to writing publications to organizing international conventions.

4. AJL has been podcasting its convention sessions and other events since 2008. You can hear recordings of lectures, panel discussions, author talks, and workshops at jewishlibraries.org/podcast.

5. AJL has two divisions- the Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections division (RAS) for academic libraries and the School, Synagogue, and Community Centers division (SSC) for general interest libraries.

6. AJL publishes a quarterly Newsletter and an occasional scholarly journal called Judaica Librarianship, as well as various guidebooks and bibliographies available through the Publications Department [link:http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/Portals/0/AJL_Assets/documents/Publications/publications.htm].

7. AJL recognizes great Jewish literature through several annual awards: the Sydney Taylor Book Award [link:http://www.jewishlibraries.org/ajlweb/awards/stba/index.htm] and Manuscript Award [link:http://www.jewishlibraries.org/ajlweb/awards/st_ms.htm] for children's literature, and the Reference and Bibliography Awards for scholarly works [link: http://www.jewishlibraries.org/ajlweb/awards/ref_and_bib.htm].

The seven blogs we'd like to nominate are:

Jewish Book Council

Jewish Publication Society

Jewish Womens Archive

Kar-Ben Publishing

My Machberet

The Sisterhood, a blog of The Forward

Tablet Magazine

Thank you to JPS for this honor!

Posted by Marie

Link Roundup

Things have been a little slow over the summer, so I have to apologize for the lack of blog posts lately. I promise we're going to have some great content for you very soon. In the mean time here's our roundup of great finds on the web for the week.

From Stephen's Lighthouse, Another Great Library Video, from the University of Bergen in Norway.

A report from the Jewish Women's Archive on their 2010 Institute for Educators.

The Most Interesting Reaction to my NewCAJE Workshop, from OnLion/Behrman House.

Summer Nostalgia, from the Jewish Publication Society.

Summer Reading: Jewish Bestsellers on Amazon, from the Jewish Literary Review.

Got a link you'd like to share? Email me at mcloutier at jewishlibraries.org. Have a great week.

Posted by Marie.

Link Roundup

We have a bunch of great links to share this week!

Book Recommendation Services, about online readers' advisory sources, from the great Stephen's Lighthouse blog. What are your favorite online resources for RA?

Connecting Kids to Character, from OnLion.

Social Media: Fad or Friend? from the AJL's Greater Cleveland Chapter blog. This is such an important topic for all libraries and librarians.

News Update from ALA's Washington Office: 'Topic du Jour? Access' (aka A Busy Time in DC), from ResourceShelf.

ebrary Adds 400 Titles to Public Library Complete, from Points of Reference.

Posted by Marie.

Link Roundup

We skipped our weekly link roundup last week because we had the Jewish Book Carnival but we're back today with some great things to share.

Why the Next Big Pop Culture Wave After Cupcakes Might be Libraries, from NPR.org.

ALA Virtual Conference: Top 10 Trends in Academic Librarianship, from Blogomancy.

Rabbi Harvey Interviews Gary Shteyngart, at Jbooks.com.

The New Era of Israeli Literature, from Jewcy.com.

Jamie Keiles: Teens Writing About Teens, from the Jewish Womens' Archive.

Legal Research Guide: Israel, from the Library of Congress.

Special Treasures from the JTS Library.

PLA offers free library advocacy training, from ALA.

Harvey Pekar Dies, from Tablet.org.

Art for Peace: A Poet's Voyage to Israel, from TCJewfolk.com.

Oldest Written Document Ever Found in Jerusalem, from PhysOrg.com.

I am actively seeking new blogs to add to the feedreader. If you know of an interesting, well-written blog that's updated regularly focusing on librarianship and/or Jewish books and publishing, please email me at mcloutier at jewishlibraries.org. In particular I'm looking for blogs on academic librarianship.