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Call for Papers: 54th Annual AJL Conference

The AJL 2019 Conference Committee is now soliciting paper proposals for our upcoming conference at the Warner Center Marriott, Woodland Hills, CA from June 17 - 19th, 2019.

We are seeking papers and presentations on all aspects of Judaica librarianship as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, schools, synagogues, and related institutions. This year we would like to emphasis hands-on sessions. We are especially soliciting proposals dealing with digital humanities and Jewish Studies and sessions aimed at the needs of high school librarians.

Past topics have included: collection management, programming, reader advisory services, special and rare collections, cataloging and classification, digital and electronic resources and emerging technologies.   Presentations on Jewish resources in Los Angeles Jewish library collections and local authors would also be welcomed.

Submissions should include the following: 

*       Presenter's name, address, affiliation, telephone and email contacts.
*       Brief biography
*       Title of proposed presentation
*       Summary of proposal not to exceed 300 words
*       Specific technology or equipment requirements, if any

All submissions must be received by November 30, 2018.  Please submit proposals by e-mail (PREFERRED) to: conference@jewishlibraries.org

Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Planning Committee, composed of national and local AJL members. Notification will be made in January, 2019.

 

50th Anniversary of the Sydney Taylor Book Award

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. To honor this amazing milestone, we have planned events to take place before and during the Boston AJL Conference:

On Sunday, June 17, 2018, we invite you, your family and friends to join us from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Boston Public Library - Central Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston for an afternoon of Story Time, Singing, Arts & Crafts, A Raffle, and a Panel Discussion. This event is FREE and fun for he entire family. See more information on the flyer below.

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 12:30 PM, we will host over 30 writers and artists at our Author & Illustrator lunch at Temple Israel. In addition, Caldecott-winning illustrator Paul Zelinsky will give us a sneak peak and speak to us about creating his new book, All-Of-A-Kind Family Hanukkah. (The cost of the lunch is included in your Conference Registration or can be purchased separately on the conference website.)

Of course the celebration continues during the afternoon sessions with presentations by the 2018 Sydney Taylor Award winning authors and illustrators speaking about their books and ends with our giving Harold Grinspoon and PJ Library the Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award at our annual Awards Banquet along with the 2018 Sydney Taylor Awardees, the Sydney Taylor Manuscript winner, the new AJL Fiction Prize winner and the RAS Winners. (The cost of the Awards Banquet is included in your Conference Registration or can be purchased separately on the conference website.)

Also, please look in the upcoming Judaica Librarianship for an article by Fred Isaac and Diane Rauchwerger about 50 years of Sydney Taylor Award Winning Books.

We want to thank our Sponsors: Follett, Kar-Ben Publishing, Albert Whitman & Company, Apples & Honey Press, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge, Macmillan Children's, Random House Children's Books, American Girl, Boston Public Library, HarperCollins Children's Books, PJ Library & Seven Stories Press for their generous donations to make these celebrations possible.

There is so much happening. You don't want to miss it.

Conference Countdown! - Final Program

With the conference only two weeks away, we are thrilled to give you this sneak peek at this year's program book.

What to do in Boston?

Are you wondering what to do in Boston and Brookline before, during, or after the conference? Harvey Sukenic compiled a list of select Jewish eateries, shopping, and synagogues. See the bottom of the conference information page for the complete downloadable list.

2018 Reference and Bibliography Awards

The Judaica Reference and Bibliography Awards Committee decided as following regarding the Judaica Reference and Bibliography 2018 awards:

Bibliography

David Hollander, Legal Scholarship in Jewish Law : an Annotated Bibliography of Journal Articles (Getzville, New York : William S. Hein & Co., 2017)

Honorable Mention: Steven J. Weiss, Pirke Avot: a Thesaurus : an Annotated Bibliography of Printed Hebrew Commentaries, 1485-2015 (Los Angeles & Jerusalem : The Dr. Steven J. Weiss Collection, 2016)

Reference

Paul R Bartrop & Michael Dickerman The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection (Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, 2017)

Honorable mention: Zachary M. Baker, “Resources in Yiddish Studies” published in: In Geveb : A Journal of Yiddish Studies https://ingeveb.org/tags/Resources%20in%20Yiddish%20Studies )

I would like to thank the awards’ sponsors: Dr. Greta Silver of New York City, who established the AJL Judaica Reference Award, to encourage the publication of outstanding Judaica reference works, and Eric Chaim Kline of Los Angeles, who established the AJL Judaica Bibliography Award,  to encourage the publication of outstanding Judaica bibliographies.


I would also like to thank the Committee members Amalia S. Levi, David B. Levy, Michelle Chesner and Shulamith Z Berger for their enthusiastic and thoughtful input.

Rachel Simon