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AJL Classroom

AJL Educational Opportunities


The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) is pleased to announce AJL Classroom, providing librarianship training with a focus on Judaic and Hebraic content. As the leading authority on Judaic librarianship, AJL is committed to providing professional development and educational opportunities to its members and the public, serving all types of libraries, including academic, archival, research, school, center, public, and synagogue libraries. AJL Classroom will develop and offer specialized courses (both online and in person) on a variety of topics.

AJL Classroom: Evaluating YA Literature
Dates: May 9–10, 2022
Time: 7:00–9:00 pm EDT
Instructor: Rebecca Levitan

AJL members $75.00
Nonmembers $150.00

What makes a book a young adult book? How can you provide appropriate advisories for teen readers while standing on one foot? Participants will discuss appropriateness in terms of both content and readability and focus on making matches between books and readers.

Rebecca Levitan holds a BA in history and Judaic studies from Binghamton University and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a full-time generalist librarian and the children’s coordinator at the Pikesville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the immediate past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, vice president of AJL’s Schools, Synagogues, Centers and Public Libraries Division, coeditor of children’s and teen books for AJL News and Reviews, and president of the AJL Capital Area Chapter. As a mom of three young children, she is passionate about quality Jewish literature. Rebecca is also an avid knitter and can often be found working on a shawl that she will likely not wear because it is too warm in Baltimore most of the year.

Past Classes

Library Management 101
Dates: March 10, 15, 24 (March 15 is correct, since March 17 is Purim)
Time: 6:00-7:30pm ET
Fee – AJL Members $75 and Non-AJL Members $150
Instructor: Kathy Bloomfield
Does your library have a mission statement? Or a strategic plan?
Do you know how to prepare a budget for the library?
Do you know how to attract and keep volunteers?  Or “fire” a volunteer?
What is your leadership style?
This highly interactive class will delve into these topics and more to teach the management skills needed to understand the “business” of running your library.  There will be discussions and homework. An assignment due at the end of Session 3 will demonstrate that you know how to ensure that your library is a priority in your institution.
Instructor Kathy Bloomfield is the president of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Though currently “retired,” she uses her time for a variety of activities such as book editing, book reviewing, and managing her personal library of over two thousand books. With over forty-five years of experience in for-profit, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial business, volunteer roles including synagogue president, and innumerable committee work, she is ideally suited to use her expertise to assist others in finding their managerial talents. Kathy lives in Seal Beach, California..
Introduction to Elazar for Synagogue Libraries
Mondays, January 10, 17, and 24, 2022
4:30PM PT / 7:30PM ET (90 minutes)
$150 nonmembers / $75 members
Instructor: Marcie Eskin

AJL Classroom: Programming & Outreach for Synagogue Libraries

Mondays, November 15 & 22, 2021 via Zoom
4:30PM PT / 7:30PM ET (90 minutes)
$150 nonmembers / $75 members
Instructor: Rachel Kamin

AJL Classroom: Storytelling

Wednesdays, August 11 & August 18, 2021
1:00–3:00 pm EDT both days
Via Zoom

$75 AJL members
$150 Nonmembers

Classes in Development

  • Judaism 101
  • Introduction to Evaluating a Collection