Entries for 'Technology'
posted on February 10,
The staff at Sinai Temple Library in Los Angeles has developed an online catalog with many new features that are fun to use. Library director Lisa Silverman shares what they have learned about how libraries can offer tools to patrons such as e-books, Kindle books, databases and lists of "newest" or "most popular" titles that can be accessed directly from the catalog page within the Alexandria software program. Those who use other online systems will be able to adapt their catalogs to include all these features.
Presented by Lisa Silverman at the 2013 AJL Conference in Houston, TX.
posted on December 21,
In the fast-changing world of e-books, how do you determine what the best product is for your school or institution and which vendors do you use? Three experienced librarians from the Los Angeles area will introduce youto some of the different publishers, vendors and platforms entering the e-book market and discuss the main questions to be considered as schools and institutions move forward into this volatile area.
Presented by Shannon Acedo, Cathy Leverkus and Lisa Silverman at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.
1 hr 12 min 40 sec
posted on December 21,
In early November 2011, the Center for Jewish History held a gathering of academicians, librarians, and archivists, "From Access to Integration." At this two-day conference, the North American, European, and Israeli participants showcased a variety of digital projects, discussing avenues for a more coordinated way to share information about present and future digital initiatives. From June 4-6, 2012, the National Library of Israel hosted a meeting complementing the New York conference: "Curating and Cultivating Exchange: The First International Conference of Judacia Collection Curators." Mr. Baker provides firsthand impressions of both conferences.
Presented by Zachary Baker at the 2012 AJL Conference in Pasadena, CA.
26 min 10 sec
posted on August 09,
Of all the legal issues libraries face in the digital world, copyright is certainly the most important. Issues abound, from legislative reforms that impact library operations to mass digitization projects or digital licensing of materials. Libraries and the professionals who care for them must build an understanding of how digital copyright imposes new constraints on our institutions.
Presented by Olivier Charbonneau at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.
36 min 17 sec
posted on August 09,
The Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana has invested considerably in the digitization of its collections. The Rosenthaliana hosts a large biographical database of Jews in the Netherlands during the 20th century, containing more than 6,000 biographical entries. On the occasion of the exhibition of the Swiss private collection of Rene Braginsky in the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana in 2009, several dozens of the most important Amsterdam holdings were published on the web. In 2011, some fifty online inventories of Jewish archival collections will be published. Further digital collections planned to be published include the incoming correspondence of the charitable organization "Pekidim and Amarkalim" of Amsterdam, Dutch-Jewish newspapers, and a substantial section of the Hebrew manuscripts of the Rosenthaliana, including its small but important collection of medieval manuscripts (in cooperation with the Naitnoal Library of Irael). The Rosenthaliana will also upload its holdings to the Judaica Europeana project. The presentation not only showcases the ongoing project, but also discusses technical and strategic aspects of the library's digitization efforts.
Presented by Rachel Boertjens at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.
27 min 10 sec
posted on August 09,
The previous two decades have witnessed a revolution in scholarly communications and learning: a massive migration to a digital and virtually connected world. Many of us have been thinking about and studying the impact of electronic information resources and technologies on Jewish Studies. Within the cross-discipline arena of Jewish Studies, alongside the traditional print journals, conference proceedings, and academic presses, are appearing new forms of digital scholarship, discourse and output that are challenging scholars to reorient the way they think about and conduct their work. Going beyond the massive and proprietary digitization projects, digial reformatting, and new digital editions of print and analog works or simultaneous publication of digital and print materials, this includes work and methods of communication that have been "born digitally." This presentation examines scholarly and creative output and methods of discourse that have been generated entirely digitally and do not, or cannot, have a print or analog version. Some of them may have even been initiated outside of the academy or by students.
A paper by Heidi Lerner, presented in absentia by Anna Levia, at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.
29 min 15 sec
posted on July 20,
The shealot ve-teshuvot, Responsa
genre draws Jewish law from the past by analogizing halakhic
principles that apply to questions regarding the new technologies. We will identify some of these ethical concerns and classify them. Some of the many halakhic
issues treated include: (1) invading privacy rights in 4 categories: (a) . Hezeq re’iyya
, (b) privacy of one’s residence against tresspassers i.e., אִם-בַּמַּחְתֶּרֶת יִמָּצֵא הַגַּנָּב (c) prohibition of disclosure of nistarot and tailbearing,
הוֹלֵךְ רָכִיל, מְגַלֶּה-סּוֹד; וְנֶאֱמַן-רוּחַ, מְכַסֶּה דָבָר[ thereby transgressing against the Chofetz Chaim’s laws of shemirat loshon (lashon harah, and motzhi shem rah) (d)
privacy of one’s emails a warning against which can include the phrase: בחדר"גמה בחרם ד,רבננו גרשום מאור הגולה meaning herem d’rabbeinu Gershom
, or pagi’in פג,ין
an acronymn forפורץ גדד י-שכנו נחש (2)
The sanctity of Hashem
’s name and the prohibitions of erasing the name (mechikat Hashem
) based on Devarim 12:2-3, and does this apply on a computer screen i.e. lo ta’asum ken
is an issur chaftza
, a prohibition pivoting around a physical object (a) sefer torah with a specific halakhic
status, written by a sofer
who has teveled
in a mikvah
and written the name with yirat shamayim
(haikkar ve-takhlit ha-adam) and kavanah (3)
internet commerce on Shabbat
social network listserves
, blogs, wikis
, etc. by which Orthodox Jews can construct "cyber" communities (5)
employing filters for screening out “pritzus,narishkeit, and stius
spyware and cookies that marketers use to target consumer groups, who may not wish these marketing techniques be used to waste their time, bitul zeman
from a kindle or ipod obviously not on Shabbos
cyber minyanim and mizumem?
permissibility of censoring hate literature on the web, (10)
computer crimes of abuse and fraud by which one piggy-backs on another’s Wi-fi
unsecured signals without authorization or permission to access to a computer network, contracted by others, possibly harming the network and damaging others’ data, and also diminishing bandwidth which can effect speed of connection for the paying subscriber, ergo constituting geneiva
illegal film and music downloading causing financial loss to royalties of copyrighted works, despite minhago shel olam
(normative practice) and hamotzi l’or yodeah mizeh
(the author knew full well upon making the work public how it might be abused, i.e. umdenah
(common assumption) (12) ethical
concern with author copyright within 5 categories: A. Hasagat gevul
-- unfair competition:B. Haskamot
-- approbations; C. Dina d’malkhuta dina (based on Shmuel )
--secular law; D. Shiur b’kinyan
-- witholding the right to copy.and copyright- E. sighting a law in the name of one’s Rebbe who learned it from his Rebbe, a reason Rabbi Yosef Karo wrote the pirush Kesef Mishnah
on Rambam’s Sefer Mishnah Torah, MT.
see: Megilah 15a explicating Esther 2:22וַיִּוָּדַע הַדָּבָר לְמָרְדֳּכַי , וַיַּגֵּד לְאֶסְתֵּר הַמַּלְכָּה ; וַתֹּאמֶר אֶסְתֵּר לַמֶּלֶךְ , בְּשֵׁם מָרְדֳּכָי and P.A 6:6משנה מסכת אבות פרק This presentation attempts to outline and gather some of the basic frameworks of the halakhic approaches and principles to online ethical issues, for practical guidance please consult a qualified halakhic authority credentialed to field sheolos.
Presented by David B. Levy at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.
40 min 44 sec]
posted on July 20,
While the names of two Major League Baseball Hall of Famers, Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, easily spring to mind even for those impervious tot he US national pastime, according to baseball "halakhah," over 150 Jews have swung bats, tossed balls, and wielded leather in the North American major leagues. Many others were minor leaguers, executives, sportscasters, sportswriters, and authors. There is even a new baseball league in Israel. We examine a number of Web resources dealing with the abundant Jewish participation in the grand old game.
Presented by Elliot H. Gertel at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.
37 min 02 sec
posted on July 20,
Modern Judaica librarianship is not very different from general librarianship in that it concentrates more and more on the integration of digital presentations into the facilities offered to all users. A fast-growing corpus of Hebrew manuscripts and printed books are offered online in many different formats, in many different selections, and with greatly varying usefulness. This presentation concentrates on the digital presentation of Hebrew manuscripts and printed books on various websites, both from the professional librarian's perspective, with its natural concentration on best practices, international standards and sustainability, and from the researcher's perspective, with a far more limited perspective: usefulness. The presentation also includes an overview of new initiatives for international cooperation in the field of digitization of Jewish collections.
Presented by Dr. Emile G.L. Schrijver at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.
37 min 18 sec
posted on July 20,
This presentation highlights a unique digitization project being undertaken by the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida. The library will digitize an important collection of over 200 anniversary editions of Jewish newspapers held at the University of Florida. These jubilee issues have never been catalogued and until now have remained "hidden" from its patrons. Anniversary issues of newspaper titles contain a great deal of information about the history of the particular newspaper in question. Together, as a large and varied collection, they provide a key resource for research into the history of the Jewish press. The presentation includes a slide show featuring images of some of the newly digitized newspapers. Particular focus is given to the Canadian issue.
[Note: Powerpoint presentation is available in the AJL Convention Proceedings members-only section of the website. Click here to become a member
Presented by Dr. Rebecca J.W. Jefferson
18 min 55 sec
posted on May 03,
The use of mobile devices in libraries is an ever-growing area of development. With the advent and broad usage of mobile devices (PDA’s, iPhones, etc.), the demand for and the ability to use these devices in library settings continue to grow. Issues to be addressed include: library policy with regard to mobile devices, ability to use in the Judaica framework (i.e. character support for mobile application or catalog accessed by mobile device, a look at the uses, needs, and desires of university/graduate students with regard to availability of information in mobile format, and a general look at the use of mobile devices in higher education institutions.
Presented by Tina Weiss at the 2010 Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Seattle, WA.
27 min 08 sec
posted on May 03,
Over the past several years, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum has undertaken vast digitizing projects. More than 10 million pages were involved. This presentation includes descriptions of digitized large collections, problems encountered with storage, access, quality control, and restrictions issues, and plans for the future of the Museum’s archival collections.
Presented by Michlean Amir at the 2010 AJL Convention in Seattle, WA.
40 min 31 sec
posted on May 03,
MyHeritage.com, an Israeli hi-tech genealogy company, recently partnered with Beit Hatfutsot (Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv) to help the museum fulfill its main goal of preserving the history of the Jewish people via collection family trees from visitors and students participating in the annual “My Family Story” international competition. With this partnership, the museum has been able to provide individuals with a free state-of-the-art technology tool to help them build and research their family trees and to significantly increase data collected for Beit Hatfutsot database. Learn about this success story, the distribution channels used, the support offered, the goals achieved, and future plans.
Presented by Daniel Horowitz at the 2010 Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Seattle, WA.
44 min 39 sec
posted on April 28,
In this two-part presentation, we offer a virtual tour of AJL’s online presence (including the AJL website, blog, podcast, and Facebook page as well as AJL’s Jewish ValuesFinder database). Then we move beyond AJL to explore other Jewish literary websites, blogs, and podcasts. Our emphasis is on “social media” and how we can interact with these online resources rather than being passive consumers of content.
Presented by Heidi Estrin and Diane Romm at the 2010 Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Seattle.
1 hr 10 min 40 sec
posted on July 28,
As we’ve all made the transition into an increasingly digital world, we’ve developed new practice, updated some old favorites, and perhaps bid farewell to some tools and ideas we no longer find useful. Let’s spend a little while thinking about how library work has changed, how it hasn’t, and maybe what comes next.
Joseph Janes is Associate Professor at the Information School of the University of Washington. A frequent speaker in the US and abroad, he was the Founding Director of the Internet Public Library and the co-author of eight books on librarianship, technology, and their relationship, and he writes the “Internet Librarian” column for American Libraries magazine. He gave this presentation as the keynote address at the 2010 AJL Convention in Seattle, WA.
33 min 25 sec
posted on July 14,
Forty librarians from all over the country gathered at the National Library of Israel on 28 April, 2010 to participate in the Spring Study Day of the Judaica Librarians’ Group. The event took place in the newly renovated lecture hall of the National Library’s Music and Sound Archives Collection.
Project Europeana Judaica, a part of the larger Europeana project to create a multi-lingual online collection of millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, and archives, was described by the Director of the Israeli section of the project, Dov Weiner. The Israel National Library has recently joined the project and will provide important items for the collection.
This presentation is in Hebrew.
posted on February 19,
This session highlights ways in which Jewish children’s books and their authors and illustrators are being promoted using the Internet, and how communities of people are engaging in the conversation about Jewish literature. It will demystify social media and identify ways in which real people, particularly the Digital Natives (people that have grown up not knowing a time before the Internet) are talking, sharing, and making a difference for Judaica using the Internet. Presented by blogger, podcaster, and digital public affairs strategist Mark Blevis.
1 hr 4 min 50 sec
posted on February 17,
This talk was presented by Professor Elhanan Adler, Deputy Director for Information Technology of the National Library of Israel at the AJL Regional conference at Bar Ilan University on November 5, 2009. The talk is presented in Hebrew.
44 min 04 sec
posted on December 16,
This session on electronic resources has three parts:
C.O.T.A.R., Collection of Torah Articles: The Evolution of a Database and its Uses, presented by Yaakov Aronson of Bar Ilan University
COTAR is a DVD database containing the full texts of articles in the field of Jewish law published in journals not readily available to the general public. The material chosen for scanning was chosen from the yearly bibliographies of outstanding articles in this field prepared by Rabbi Meir Wunder of the Jewish National and University Library (now National Library of Israel) and published in the annual Tehumin over a period of 20 years. The presentation discusses the preparations necessary before scanning could begin, permissions from authors and publications, etc, and the challenges presented by the project. Though the articles in the database are from the field of Jewish Law, their use as primary sources for political, cultural, social and economic history is discussed.
Creating a Bibliography and Catalog of All Hebrew Writings for the Future National Library of Israel, presented by Donald Goldman, publisher and producer
With the acceptance of using the MARBI Model B structure for Name Authority Files, and the linking together of all the various international formats with a VIAF (Virtual International Authority File) type server, and the experience gained in using these tools with Arabic, Goldman explains how it is now possible to create a cohesive bio-bibliographical unit.
The ‘Voices of the Holocaust’ Project at the Illinois Institute of Technology presented by Christopher Stewart, Ralph Pugh and Eben English, all three from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
In 1946, IIT psychology professor David P. BOder travelled to Europe to document the traumas suffered by persons displaced by the recent world war, including many survivors of the Holocaust. As his interviews progressed, Boder (armed with a wire recorder) soon abandoned his pre-planned structure interview questions and let his interviewees tell their personal narratives with as little hindrance as possible. His interviews contain much of the earliest extant Holocaust testimony anbd convey what scholar Donald Niewyk aptly describes as “fresh wounds.” In 1999, IIT’s Galvin Library launched its “Voices of the Holocaust” website, which features Boder’s translations of 70 of his 124 interviews. Galvin Library is currently coordinating the original language transcription of all the interviews, along with the translation of those that Boder was unable to complete himself. The augmented website, which will include many search capabilities for students and scholars, will be unveiled during 2009. IIT Dean of Libraries Christopher Stewart, Galvin Library Digital Services Librarian Eben English, and IIT Assistant University Archivist Ralph Pugh discuss David Boder’s life and work, the scope of his 1946 interviews, and the challenges facing IIT as it seeks to promote the widest possible sue of this invaluable resource.
See the Voices of the Holocaust website at http://voices.iit.edu.
These presentations were given at the 2009 Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Chicago, IL.
1 hr 6 min 59 sec
posted on November 04,
This lecture addresses how terrorists use the Internet to carry out their deadly plans on a daily basis and threats posed to our civil liberties by government efforts to constrain cyberterror.
Presented by Dr. Gabriel Weimann at the 2009 Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Chicago, IL.
Click here for Dr. Weiman’s handout on The Dark Side of the Web.
1 hr 6 min 50 sec