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Judaica Librarianship Certification

Applications are now closed for the first cohort. Applications will reopen in late Spring. For more information, contact

Available courses are listed below (more to come!)

Upcoming courses:

  • Introduction to Judaica Cataloging (Mondays at 12 ET; March 13, 2023 – May 1, 2023; no class on April 10)
  • Collection Development for Judaic Studies (Tuesdays at 11 ET; June 27-August 1, 2023; no class on July 4)
  • Judaica Reference (Fall 2023)

Required Courses for certification:

  • Introduction to Judaica Cataloging
  • Collection Development for Judaic Studies
  • Judaica Reference
  • Internship
  • Elective
  • Elective

Electives: (2 required for certification)

  • Judaica Manuscripts, Early Prints, and Ephemera
  • Judaica Archives
  • Digital Scholarship and e-resources in Jewish Studies
  • Intro to Judaic Paleography and Codicology
  • History, practice, and politics of Jewish Studies in Academia

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long are the classes?

We are expecting the classes to be about 90 minutes each. If they are longer, it will be noted.

When in the day will the courses take place?

To accommodate our global membership, we will be offering courses at midday EST.

What do you mean by modules?

Modules are all of the elements of a program – this includes courses as well as the internship.

How many courses are required to complete the program?

Four required courses (including the internship) and two electives, for a total of six.

Are scholarships available? Is there a separate application process for scholarships?

At present, we can offer scholarships for European students. We are waiting to hear back on grant funding that would cover costs for students in the United States.

Can you explain the internship a bit more?

One registers for the internship like a course – the internship will vary based on the student’s location and interests. The internship must be at an AJL member institutions and/or supervised by an AJL member. While we recommend that students take their internships in a location other than the one that they are currently working in, it must be with a discrete project that is supervised and evaluated by a professional librarian.

What does “a la carte” mean?

“A la carte” means you can take individual courses without committing to the whole certification. However, we expect there will be limited space in the courses, and priority will be given to students working on certification.