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AJL Conference Proceedings

The AJL Conference Proceedings (formerly the AJL Convention Proceedings) are a record of Judaica librarianship papers presented at the annual AJL conferences. All AJL conference speakers on Judaica librarianship topics are invited to submit their presentations for publication; all papers submitted are published. (Continuing Education Unit (CEU) presentations are not included because they are fee-based classes.) Submitted papers are not edited for content; responsibility for content lies solely with the author.

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History of the AJL Proceedings

The AJL Proceedings were originally published from 1966-1980, and were suspended, until 1998, following the 15th annual AJL convention in 1980. A cumulative index to these Proceedings was published in 1981. A few print copies of these Proceedings are available for purchase from AJL Publications.

Publication of the AJL Proceedings resumed with the 33rd annual AJL convention in 1998. Print editions were published for the next three years and distributed free to AJL members at that time. Copies are still available of the Proceedings for the 1998 (Philadelphia, PA), 1999 (Boca Raton, FL), and 2000 (Washington, DC) conventions. The cost is $15 each and they may be ordered from AJL Publications.

Since 2001 the Proceedings have been published only on the AJL Web site. In 2012, following the decision to change the name of the AJL annual meeting from “convention” to “conference,” the title Proceedings of the … Annual Convention of the Association of Jewish Libraries was changed to Proceedings of the … Annual Conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries.

History of the AJL Conference

1966  Philadelphia, PA
1967  Boston, MA
1968  Cincinnati, OH
1969  Atlantic City, NJ
1970  New York, NY
1971  Jerusalem, Israel
1972  Toronto, ON, Canada
1973  Los Angeles, CA
1974  Chicago, IL
1975  Miami Beach, FL
1976  Montreal, QC, Canada
1977  Waltham, MA
1978  San Francisco, CA
1979  Cincinnati, OH
1980 Philadelphia, PA
1981  Liberty, NY
1982  Columbus, OH
1983  Long Beach, CA
1984  Atlanta, GA

1985  Cleveland, OH
1986  Montreal, QC, Canada
1987  Livingston, NJ
1988  Kansas City, MO
1989  Washington, DC
1990  Jerusalem, Israel
1991  Miami Beach, FL
1992  Los Angeles, CA
1993  New York, NY
1994  Atlanta, GA
1995  Chicago, IL
1996  Toronto, ON, Canada
1997  Cleveland, OH
1998  Philadelphia, PA
1999  Boca Raton, FL
2000  Washington, DC
2001  La Jolla, CA
2002  Denver, CO
2003  Toronto, ON, Canada

2004  Brooklyn, NY
2005  Oakland, CA
2006  Cambridge, MA
2007  Scottsdale, AZ
2008  Cleveland, OH
2009  Chicago, IL
2010  Seattle, WA
2011  Montreal, QC, Canada
2012  Pasadena, CA
2013  Houston, TX
2014  Las Vegas, NV
2015  Washington, DC
2016 Charleston, SC
2017 New York, NY
2018 Boston, MA
2019 Los Angeles (Woodland Hills), CA
2020 Online
2021 Online
2022 Philadelphia

ContributorsPresentation TitleDescriptionSession TitleFilesConference
Ben-Efraim, Jackie, Rabinowitz, Heidi, Silverman, LisaHow to Use Socio, Zoom and Zoom Webinar2020
Bernstein, Brandon, Bernstein, HenryFunny, They Don't Look Jewish! A Live Comic Book PodcastExplore the Jewish content in comic books with podcast hosts Brandon Bernstein & Henry Bernstein who make the case that superhero comics are an excellent avenue to get young people to read, as well as an untapped tool to explore Jewish identity in a positive, thought-provoking and inclusive way. Abstract, Slides2020
Boyle, Sean PatrickLibrary Advocacy ConversationLearn how to ensure your organization understands the worth of having a qualified librarian in its library, and how to gain community advocates to support your initiatives. This session will be directed to school, synagogue and center libraries, but can also be applied to other settings. We will start by exploring the AJL Advocacy Toolkit, as well as those from other library associations. Examples of successful collaborations between libraries and Jewish organizations will be discussed and participants can share their own inspiring stories. We will then explore different ways to gain advocates in the larger community, and explore ways that AJL can both advocate for current members and for Jewish organizations to reestablish libraries. Abstract, Slides2020
Brown, Aviva, Sussman, Joni Kibort, Codell, Esme RajiListening & Learning about Diversity in Jewish Literature for Children & TeensJoin experts Aviva Brown, Joni Sussman (Kar-Ben Publishing), and Esme Raji Codell (librarian/author/blogger) to discuss issues of diversity within modern children's literature: why it's important, how it is being achieved, who can/should write it, and how Jewish kidlit fits in. Abstract2020
Cahnmann,JeremyBrain Bash Trivia and Cocktail HourPlan to celebrate the end of the conference with a super fun, interactive Brain Bash Trivia event! Host Jeremy Cahnmann has been quizzing audiences all over the country for more than a decade and is cooking up some special AJL and library-related questions, along with lots of other stuff you know or don’t even realize you know! There will be prizes! Bring your own beverage and/or munchies and encourage all of your AJL friends to join the fun. Abstract2020
Dietrick, KatePartnership on the Prairie In 2012, the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (JHSUM) made the decision to gift their entire archival collection, amassed over nearly thirty years, to the University of Minnesota. The creation of the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives (UMJA) marked a second act for the collection. Placed within a research university setting amongst other nationally recognized collections, UMJA is now more accessible and visible to academic scholars. But what about the community that built it? Archivist Kate Dietrick will talk about how UMJA partners with JHSUM in innovative but sometimes messy ways, and how embracing community archiving illustrates how archives can remain a vibrant part of a local community while residing within a large institution. Archives Old & New Abstract2020
Dorpinghaus, Sarah, Glogower, Abby, Fox, HeatherCollecting Kentucky Jewish HistoryThis presentation explores questions around Jewish archival collections and the role of secular institutions in providing stewardship to these materials and histories. Three Kentucky archivists discuss the goals, rationale and impact of Jewish collecting initiatives at their respective universities and historical societies. Each case study demonstrates ways in which Kentucky Jewish history has been gaining both a pragmatic and ideologically rightful place in area repositories and, as a result, illustrating the interplay between Jewish and secular local history. Additionally, the presenters enumerate educational, programming and research opportunities afforded by building new and expanded interest in and audiences for Kentucky Jewish history. Archives Old & New Abstract2020
Fedden, ElizabethRDA ‘Oy Vey’ Copy and Complex Cataloging in the Languages of Judaism Jewish materials present a challenge due to the number of languages involved, Hebrew, German, and Yiddish to name a few, some of which may be unfamiliar to the cataloger. However, catalogers can learn to work with materials in unfamiliar languages with a few tips and tools. Attendees will learn: to identify quality MARC records in OCLC in non-English languages; to correctly code language fields in RDA; ways to engage with volunteers with language skills to assist in cataloging; and to identify Library of Congress standards for non-English records. Using sample records, attendees will gain these skills for use at their home library. Attendees will also be given a hands-on opportunity to test their skills at the end of the talk. Cataloging Updates Abstract, Links2020
Feldman, SarahLibrarians and Teachers: Integrating Modern Jewish Literature into Jewish Education Librarians, teachers, and administrators in day schools, community centers, and synagogues will explore the benefits of integrating modern Jewish literature at the middle and high school level. We will look at stories and poems that invite students to ask big questions and join in a global conversation about Jewish and human struggles. The focus will be on how librarians can support making modern Jewish literature an integral part of school culture, and on generating ideas for fruitful collaborations between librarians and teachers. Participants will be introduced to an excellent resource for teaching modern Jewish literature, as well as to professional development opportunities for those wanting to learn more about the subject. Building Bridges in the Day School Library Abstract, Slides2020
Finkelman, Yoel, Berger, ShulamithCollecting on Covid-19 in the Jewish Community The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacted the global Jewish community in ways that were perhaps unique. Throughout the world, librarians, archivists and historians began collecting artifacts (both digital and physical) that documented this experience. This talk will address some of the discussions that surrounded these collecting endeavors, as well as the challenges of archival collection in the face of pandemic. Collecting & Cataloging in 2020 Abstract2020
Friedman, Robbin, Kusel, Susan, Levitan, Rebecca, Shaffer, SylvieJewish Librarians in Secular LibrariesBeing a Jewish librarian at a secular institution can present special challenges and rewards. Learn from four librarians in the field who work with Jewish communities of varying sizes and find out about their experiences. The panel will represent both public and school libraries. Lessons from both Jewish institutions and secular organizations will be discussed. Abstract2020
Gottschalk, Haim, Meyerowitz, Yisrael, Shirazi, Gail, Taub, Jeremiah Aaron, Teverovsky, Galina, Gerstein, NahidIsrael and Judaica Section (Library of Congress) UpdateRepresentatives from the Israel and Judaica Section of the Library of Congress will discuss a variety of acquisitions and cataloging matters, including new and recent classification numbers and subject headings, highlights of IJ Section cataloging practice, developments in serials cataloging and processing, and general Library of Congress news. Cataloging Updates Abstract, Slides2020
Gross, William, Sienna, Noam, Wodzinski, MarcinRAS AwardsIn this session, we will hear from the winners of AJL’s Reference and Bibliography Awards. William Gross’s Catalog of Catalogs is a monumental work that brings together untapped source material that will be of interest to scholars of Judaica, Jewish art, social life and customs, liturgical objects and religious life, architecture, Jewish museums, the Holocaust, as well as the history of exhibiting. Noam Sienna’s The Rainbow Thread identifies and collects a range of texts that bear witness to two millennia of Queer Jewish life and history, and introduces researchers to a new range of primary sources by recovering a lineage that, according to the authors, “has been denied and withheld from the people who have sought it.” Marcin Wodzinski, whose Historical Atlas of Hasidism won the 2018 AJL Reference Award will be discussing his work as well. Awards2020
Gruenwald, Michal, Caplan, Anna Nizza, Oleshkevich, Ekaterina, Toronyi, Zsuzsanna, Tamasi, BalazsInternational Judaica Collections Spanning the Globe: Part IImportant collections of Judaica span the globe. In this session, we will learn about libraries in Israel, Russia, and Budapest. Abstract, Handout2020
Herbert, Dina, Bloomfield, KathyAJL Virtual RoundtableJoin AJL President Dina Herbert and President-Elect Kathy Bloomfield to check-in, support one another during this turbulent time, and continue “Staying Connected.” Make sure to participate in our "Best Zoom Background" contest! 2020
Kamin, RachelBook DiscussionJoin Rachel Kamin and the members of the AJL Fiction Award Committee for a discussion of the 2020 award winner, On Division by Goldie Goldbloom. Participants are encouraged to read the book ahead of time but all are welcome. Abstract, Bibliography, JBC2020
Kirsch, Adam, Kirsch, Jonathan, Dreifus, ErikaWho Wants to be a Jewish Reader? A Discussion on Reviewing Jewish BooksInspired by Adam Kirsch's recent Who Wants to Be a Jewish Writer? (Yale UP, 2019), this conversation between Adam Kirsch and his father, Jewish Journal Books Editor Jonathan Kirsch, will trace issues in the reviewing of Jewish books: past, present, future. They will be joined by moderator Erika Dreifus. Q&A will follow the discussion. Keynote Address Abstract2020
Kuperminc, Jean-ClaudeAlliance Israelite Universelle, Paris Since the first decade of the Alliance israélite universelle in 1860, the library has been part of its project for protecting the Jews worldwide through culture and education. The specialized library has an important heritage of books, manuscripts and newspapers, mainly regarding French and Oriental Jewries. Severely impacted by the Nazis and the Soviets during and after WWII, the AIU is developing a rich digital library. Its archives are invaluable resources for the history of the Jews in the Maghrib, Balkans, and Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries. The library has been active in many international cooperative projects. International Judaica Collections Abstract2020
Levi, AmaliaDisplaced Archives in the Study of the Western Sephardic Diaspora Due to historical factors, research on historical Jewish communities usually requires consulting libraries and archives in multiple countries. Archival dispersion is due to traumatic events, such as expulsions or wars; family ties or commerce; but also to political conditions. This presentation will focus on the Sephardic Jewish communities in the Caribbean. Due to colonialism, many records of these communities were displaced from their originating countries to imperial centers. Other records exist in the US and Israel. Today, this physical dispersion is complicated by the digital. To reconstruct the history of these communities, how do we deal with gaps in the historical record? What is the role of librarians and archivists in this process? Documenting Global Jewish Communities Abstract2020
Levine, Julie KovenInfusing Jewish Values into a Digital Citizenship CurriculumThis session will detail how Jewish values have been integrated into the digital citizenship curriculum at a K-8 school, particularly in grades 3-5. At Rashi, our core values of Kehillah, Limud, Ruach, Tzedek, and Kavod guide our behavior. As the network is an extension of the school, our school-wide Derech Eretz policy applies to the use of our school computers and other electronic devices. Digital citizenship lessons are often framed in a Jewish context as we teach how to use the internet safely and respectfully. Lessons include discussions of Shmirat HaLashon in terms of electronic communication; awareness of our digital footprint and responsibilities when in the larger world-wide kehillah; and kavod for creators' rights. Building Bridges in the Day School Library Abstract, Slides, Resources2020
Levy, David B"Ask thy father, and he will declare unto thee, thine elders, and they will tell thee." (Hazinu) This genealogical research describes the methods and strategies, to uncover history of various family back 18 generations and place this account in historical context. The testimony is peppered with primary sources including interviews, photos, genealogical trees, letters, Hespadim, Hashkamot, letters of semicha certification, pinkasim, maps, the historic Jewish press and current Israeli Newspapers, memoirs, public records, oral histories, tombstone inscriptions, family photos, original poems, emails, blogs, FB posts. Many secondary sources such as Eleh Ezkarah, Minsk yizkor books including an article by brother in law of Rav Menachem Gluskin, Dr. S. Lieberman who roomed with the Chazon Ish in Minsk, a Hesped by Dr. Hillel Zeitlin, Iggerot Kodesh to Rav Menachem Gluskin by the Friedicker Rebbe, Sefer Mishpachot kehilat kodesh Shklov, Morgen Yiddish Daily, and Dr Ezra Fleischer’s articles on Dr. Aryeh Vilsker including one in 1988 Kiryat Sefer. etc. Attendees interested in research librarian Dr. Vilsker should see handouts at paper “Learning from scholar librarians” at This presentation in genealogical research notes Individuals who made major impacts in their Eastern European Jewish communities, Judaism, cultural history at large, Zionism, and Eretz Yisrael and rabbinic scholarship. It is an attempt to turn to the past to guide the future, to make us better persons, seeking wisdom from the elders, as parasha Hazinu enjoins: זְכֹר יְמוֹת עוֹלָם, בִּינוּ שְׁנוֹת דֹּר-וָדֹר; שְׁאַל אָבִיךָ וְיַגֵּדְךָ, זְקֵנֶיךָ וְיֹאמְרוּ לָךְ Collecting & Collections Abstract, Slides, Notes, Gluskin Abstract, Dedication, Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, Handout 4, Handout 5, Handout 6, Handout 72020
Macy, Sue, Innerst, Stacy, Palacio, RJ, DeWoskin, RachelSydney Taylor Book Award Winners: Part IIMeet the Sydney Taylor Book Award winners Sue Macy & Stacy Innerst (The Book Rescuer), R.J. Palacio (White Bird), and Rachel DeWoskin (Someday We Will Fly). Abstract, Winners2020
Margolin, Lauren, Wiemer, LizaWhy Social Media Matters to Readers and WritersAn informative program with blogger and speaker Lauren Margolin (the Good Book Fairy) and educator & author Liza Wiemer about what it takes to become a trusted reviewer readers can rely upon, what it means to be an influencer, the unique environment for interactions between reviewers, readers, and authors and how social media can have positive impact on the books authors write. Abstract, Slides2020
Margolis, DeborahBeyond the Holocaust: Studying Global Jewish History Through the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive The VHA contains over 50,000 videotaped “life history” interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses. It is not generally thought of as a source for history of the pre- and post-war periods, but this session aims to highlight its potential usage for pre-war life and post-war migration and resettlement. Deborah will discuss the structure and content of VHA testimonies of the pre- and post-war periods, as well as show the still photographs which are embedded at the end of most testimonies in the VHA. She will emphasize the global nature of the VHA and demonstrate ways of searching by geography, language and time period. Deborah has worked with the VHA since 2013, leading workshops for librarians, faculty and graduate students, and teaching undergraduates from first year students in an Honors Research Seminar to upper-level history undergraduates. Documenting Global Jewish Communities Abstract, Slides2020
Meiselman, ChaimDiscoveries in the Fragments Collection in the 2019 Moldovan Gift to the UPenn Libraries The Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress provides cartographic and geographic information for all parts of the globe. It has custody of one of the largest cartographic collections in the world. What started as a collection of 47,000 maps in 1897 has grown to over five million maps, which includes a sizable number of maps in Hebrew and on the Jewish world. This presentation will highlight this collection, focusing on the Hebrew language maps and Judaica maps and a nod to some of the unique maps to pique your interest. Collecting & Collections Abstract, Slides2020
Mezistrano, MakenaReconsidering Library Standards to Capture the World of Ladino Publishing The Sephardic Studies Digital Collection is emerging as the largest repository of Ladino texts written by Sepharadim. While most of the collection is sourced from Seattle community members, they are exploring partnerships with Harvard, the National Library of Israel, and other private collections worldwide to consolidate scattered repositories. Pre-existing metadata for Ladino books is inconsistent for a number of reasons; current bibliographies cannot talk to each other and must be unified. Library standards often do not account for important data pertaining to Ladino books. They work with librarians at the UW to explore creating or modifying the Dublin Core to reflect the world of Ladino publishing, and to document those standards for reuse. Documenting Global Jewish Communities Abstract2020
Newman, LesleaMaidels and Dreidels and Ladles, Oh My! The Journey of a Jewish Children’s Book Writer. In this lively presentation Lesléa Newman, the 2020 Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award Winner, will discuss how her early childhood and books she read growing up inspired her to write children’s books with Jewish themes including Remember That, A Sweet Passover, and Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story. Special Author Event Abstract2020
Newman, Leslea, Bates, Amy June [nid:50781], illustrator, Levy, Debbie, Maraniss, Andrew, Pasternack, Sofiya, Levitan, Rebecca, Citrin, Rena, Flax, Shoshana, Ingall, Marjorie, Shaffer, Sylvie, Yerushalmi, Rivka, Ortiz,VictoriaSydney Taylor Book Award Winners: Part IMeet the Sydney Taylor Honor Award winners, including Lesléa Newman & Amy June Bates (Gittel’s Journey), Debbie Levy (The Key from Spain), Andrew Maraniss (Games of Deception), Sofiya Pasternack (Anya and the Dragon), and Victoria Ortiz (Dissenter on the Bench), and hear from the committee members (Rebecca Levitan, Rena Citrin, Shoshana Flax, Marjorie Ingall, Sylvie Shaffer & Rivka Yerushalmi) about their favorite books of the year. Abstract, Slides, Winners2020
Putnam, NathanOCLC UpdatesThis presentation will cover updates to cataloging policies and practices, as well as selected highlights of OCLC products and services. Collecting & Cataloging in 2020 Abstract2020
Reisner, Rosalind, Hart, Merrily, Kamin, Rachel, Schutzman, Laura, Stahl, Sheryl F., Goldbloom, Goldie, Orringer, JulieFresh Lit: Recent & Forthcoming Adult Jewish FictionHow can you keep up with all the Jewish fiction published in a year? Come hear from the members of the AJL Fiction Award committee (Rosalind Reisner, Merrily Hart, Rachel Kamin, Laura Schutzman & Sheryl Stahl) and meet the 2020 AJL Fiction Award Winner Goldie Goldbloom, author of On Division and Julie Orringer, Honor Award Winner, for The Flight Portfolio. Abstract, Slides, Bibliography, 2019 Bibliography, 2020 Bibliography2020
Schrijver, Emile G.L.Braginsky Collection, Zurich International Judaica Collections2020
Silverman, Lisa, Kamin, RachelBook Club Facilitators RoundtableDo you lead a Jewish book club? Join Lisa Silverman Silverman and Rachel Kamin to discuss best practices, share your tried & true book club favorites, and learn about new resources to enhance your discussions. Abstract, Bibliography1, Slides, Tips2020
Stuhlman, Daniel D.Cataloging and Collecting of Unconventional Materials Both libraries and museums collect items to preserve the historical record. The missions overlap, but the theory of collection building differs. This presentation will discuss collecting and developing rules for entering unconventional items into the catalog. Collecting & Collections Abstract, Slides2020
Tahan, IlanaBibliophiles and Milestones: An Overview of the British Library’s Hebrew CollectionWhen and how was the Hebrew collection of the British Library formed? Who were the individuals who contributed to its genesis and evolution? What about current developments and how has the Hebrew collection benefited from technological advances? These are key points that will be addressed in this PowerPoint presentation. International Judaica Collections Abstract2020
von der Krone, KerstinGoethe University, Frankfurt Established during the 19th century as part of the Public Library Frankfurt am Main and with the support of the local Jewish community, the Judaica Division at the University Library Frankfurt am Main is today the largest Hebraica and Judaica collection in Germany with ca. 250,000 titles, including 65,000 Hebraica. For more than twenty years, the Judaica division is involved in various digital projects, drawing on its own collection and in close collaboration with partners in Germany and beyond. Its digital collections offer access to Yiddish prints, Hebrew manuscripts and Incunables, a large collection of Jewish periodicals (Compact Memory) and the literature of the Wissenschaft des Judentums (Freimann collection). International Judaica Collections Abstract2020
Warncke, HeideEts Haim Library, Livraria Montezinos, AmsterdamEts Haim was founded in 1616 and is the oldest active Jewish library in the world. The core of the collection are the books of the school that was part of the Portuguese congregation. It was established when the conversos who came from the Iberian Peninsula to Amsterdam were in need of Jewish education. In 1889, the private collection of the librarian of Ets Haim, David Montezinos was added. Today Ets Haim holds about 600 manuscripts and 23,000 printed books mainly in Hebrew, Spanish and Portuguese. The presentation will tell more about the history of Ets Haim and the unique nature of the collection. International Judaica Collections Abstract2020
Waxman, Joshua, Esten, Emily, Rodriguez, Kepa J., Netzer, Yael, Rusinek, SinaiDigital Projects in Jewish StudiesThe digital world has impacted research in important ways. This session will discuss three institutions working to develop projects that have already had, or will have, a great impact on Jewish studies research: The Natural Language Processing Lab at Stern College (Josh Waxman); The Judaica Digital Humanities Project at Penn Libraries (Emily Esten); and the DiJeSt Project at Haifa University (Kepa Rodriguez, Yael Netzer, Sinai Rusenik). Abstract2020
Wilson, Brian, Bird, BetsyReviewing & Evaluating Picture BooksWhat makes an excellent picture book for young readers? What are some great picture books of 2019 and 2020? Betsy and Brian will discuss what they look for when choosing books for programs or one-on-one sharing, for best-of-the-year presentations, and for their blog reviews. This energetic, interactive program will celebrate a diverse group of titles. We will provide an extensive list of recommended titles. Abstract, Slides, Bibliography2020
Young, MichaelInternational Librarians' RoundtableMeet other librarians from outside North America in this roundtable session, facilitated by AJL's international liaison, Michael Young. 2020
Author Open HouseAll authors are invited to briefly share a few words about their newest book. 2020
Adler, Rachel, Anton, Maggie, Lieberman, BethThe Holy Mysticat: Pairing Whimsy with ScholarshipRabbi Rachel Adler PhD, Ellenson Professor of Jewish Religious Thought, Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at the HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, whose Engendering Judaism (1999) earned her the distinction of being the first female theologian to win the National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought, has a new book coming out. Tales of the Holy Mysticat (2019, Banot Press) began as a series of Facebook posts about Adler’s cat, intended as a creative way to share additional teachings with her students outside of the classroom. These posts garnered a following. Maggie Anton offered to publish Tales of the Holy Mysticat with her independent press, Banot Books (the original publisher of Rashi’s Daughters). Judaic books editor Rabbi Beth Lieberman is serving as editor on the project. Rachel, Maggie, and Rabbi Lieberman will speak as a team about how this process unfolded – the author’s vision for teaching Jewish texts, thought, and theology; the editor’s techniques of pairing the author’s whimsy with her scholarship; and the publisher’s strategies for bringing this out into the world. It is worth noting, of course, that all three individuals share a love of cats. Jewish Texts and Literature2019
Aguilar, SandraIndexing and Searching Testimony in USC Shoah Foundation Visual History ArchiveIn this hands-on demo, Sandra will show conference attendees the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive database which contains more than 50,000 testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. She will also demonstrate how the database is accessed by ProQuest subscribers at academic institutions worldwide and the special research features of that interface. Shoah Foundation Archives and Data2019
Anton, MaggieBringing the Women into Chaim Potok’s Greatest WorkAfter reading Chaim Potok’s The Chosen and its sequel The Promise, Anton discovered Davita’s Harp, Potok’s novel with a female protagonist. Anton noted that the girl goes to school with The Chosen’s hero and, believing this was a “Chekov’s gun,” she waited for the book where they’d reconnect. But Potok died in 2002. Anton, a novelist and feminist Talmud student, revisited his duology. To say his female characters got short shrift is putting it mildly. The protagonists’ mothers didn’t even have names. So Anton wove those neglected women, others from Davita’s Harp and Potok’s male characters into a new novel. She created backstories based on extensive research into women’s lives in Brooklyn’s Jewish community between 1915-1955. And she gave her protagonists a romantic happy ending. Jewish Texts and Literature2019
Baston, JudyDocumenting the Vilna Ghetto LibraryVilna – known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania – had a strong cultural tradition before the Shoah that flourished even after the Vilna Ghetto was established in 1941. One of the most important cultural institutions in the Ghetto was the Vilna Ghetto Library. In many ways, The Vilna Ghetto was unique – it was the only ghetto with a central, officially sanctioned library that functioned during the Shoah. Documentation from the Vilna Ghetto Library has survived and includes lists of readers in the Library, lists of workers in the Library and even a list of readers who did not return books to the Library. Most of these lists are in the Lithuanian State Central Archive (LCVA) in Vilnius. One such list, “List of Readers with a Subscription to the Vilna Ghetto Library, Arranged in Alphabetical Order,” includes names and addresses of 4,401 Vilna Ghetto residents. This list is now publicly searchable by surname at Although none of the lists of Vilna Ghetto Library patrons appear to include the names of the particular books that specific patrons took out of the Library, several documents from Vilna Ghetto librarians provide insight into which kinds of books were preferred by which sorts of Ghetto patrons. Genealogy2019
Beer, LitalUsing Yad Vashem's Databases in Reconstructing Life Histories of Holocaust VictimsSince its very beginning, Yad Vashem has been collecting documentation about the Holocaust from various sources and in a variety of topics, original or copy. A main goal has been the documentation and commemoration of the individual victims, "unto every person there is a name", as embodied in the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names. Recent years have brought about great technological advantages in giving access to the vast collections. Documents and photos have been cataloged, scanned and made available to the public through online databases. These different sources can be researched and assist in reconstructing individual life stories of victims. In this presentation, Lital will give examples of how different sources available at Yad Vashem can create a puzzle, from which a narrative of a person's story can emerge. Holocaust/Collections2019
Beliauskas, ZilvinasPrivate Collections in Vilnius Jewish Public LibraryVilnius Jewish Public Library is in the process of structuring and presenting private libraries of distinguished book donators. In this way, not only VJP library’s collection is being expanded, but the memory and character of some prominent personalities is saved and reflected. This presentation will focus on three personalities who contributed to the collection. Izrealis Lempertas (1925-2013) was a professor in Vilnius Pedagogical University and with the restoration of the Lithuanian Independence dedicated his scientific endeavors to the investigation of the Jewish and in particular Litvak culture and history. Esfir Bramson-Alpernienė (1924 -2016) was a great cultural, social and literary activist, librarian, book collector, and the author of the famous “At the Treasury of Judaica” (2009). Irena Veisaitė,(1918- ) is a Holocaust survivor and great humanist, specialist in theater, art, literature and humanities. Collections from Near and Far2019
Benamou, Sharon, Kligman, Mark L., Vest, MatthewFrom Mickey to Lowell: Creation of a Center for the Study and Preservation of Jewish Music In 2014, Dr. Mark Kligman was hired as the first Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music at UCLA. This has attracted students to UCLA as a center for Jewish music scholarship. The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music received a gift to establish the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music in order to give attention to American Jewish music as an area of research and study. The UCLA Libraries are coordinating with the archive and across units to develop a shared collection development plan, programming and research. Jewish Music Research Across Archives and Libraries2019
Berger, ShulamithGenealogical Resources in Yeshiva University’s Special CollectionThis illustrated lecture will provide an overview of archival collections and manuscripts held by Yeshiva University Library's Special Collections relating to German, Hungarian and American genealogical primary research sources, dating primarily from the mid-eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries. The lecture will also include background information on the collections as well as specific examples of items in the collections. There will be a brief explanation of how to locate genealogical resources in the Yeshiva University’s online catalog and archival finding aids. Genealogy2019
Biesaga, MonikaNon-Kosher Shelves: An Insight into the Literary Offerings of Jewish Public Libraries in Interwar PolandNowadays, when many Jewish book collections and libraries from the interwar period no longer exist, printed catalogues are the only remaining sources which enable us to reconstruct their contents and make it possible to study reading preferences of their founders, owners and users. In her presentation, Monika will analyze the content of a few survived printed catalogues of Jewish public libraries in Poland and present the literary offer they had for a Jewish reader. Archives/Collections2019
Bitton, YoramAlpha Beta of ben SiraThis year is the 500th anniversary of a publication of very unique and interesting book, Alpha Betah of Ben Sira. The book was published for the first time in Constantinople in 1519. It became very popular and was published many times in the 16th century. The book, which caused disagreement in the Middle Ages, is representative of what today we would call Pulp Fiction or low-quality literature. Yoram will discuss the importance of the book and more importantly, the social-historical context that caused this book to be published. Bible Collections2019
Blasnik, LindaBooks teaching valuesLibrarians know that children’s books can also be used to teach important values to adults. Examples of books that can be used to teach both parents and children about treating people equally will be shared. SSCPL Roundtable Text, Bibliography, Abstract, Slides2019
Chesner, MichelleDigitizing 140,000 Pages of Yiddish Linguistics: Strategies and Lessons LearnedIn 2016, the National Endowment for the Humanities granted Columbia University Libraries funding to digitize and make available c.140,000 pages of field notes from the Language and Culture Atlas of Ashkenazic Jewry. The two-year project involved extensive collaboration, both within and outside the university, and required new ideas and strategies for digitizing a large quantity of archival materials for patron use. This talk will discuss some of the strategies, challenges, and creative thinking and work that was required to take the idea into reality. Digitization Slides, Abstract2019
Cohen, AhavaUpdate from NLI Rock out with the National Library of Israel (NLI) and our new music streaming application, Shiri. Or browse our catalog from anywhere in the world and click on our links for instant free access to tens of thousands of Judaic resources, both old and new. NLI has been celebrating 450 years of the Hebrew book and has teamed up with a variety of organizations within Israel and abroad to increase public access to our collections and to catalog exciting new collections. Also on our schedule this year has been work with the Wikimedia Foundation to create Wikipedia articles and add metadata to Wikidata, planning our migration from the ALEPH ILS to Alma, service to librarians through professional development courses, continuing work on the English text of RDA, and leadership in the international cataloging community. Archives/Collections Slides, Abstract2019
Daniel, MaxUCLA’s Sephardic Archive Initiative: Community Engagement, University Libraries and Building a Digital PresenceThis presentation will provide an overview of the Sephardic Archive Initiative at UCLA, with an aim of introducing this project to a wider audience of Judaica librarians and exploring issues related to university, library and community relationships. It also seeks to provide insight into the unique challenges and opportunities around collecting and accessing Sephardic materials. Specifically, the presentation will cover a few main topics: the initiative’s acquisitions, especially the archives of Los Angeles’ Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel; community engagement efforts including the March 2018 event, “Save the Data: Sephardic Antiques Roadshow” and an upcoming centennial commemoration of the community; and the building of a digital platform for the initiative. Digitization2019
Duvdevani, TamarRachel and Yalta: New Perspectives on Talmudic WomenDiscussed during this talk will be two relatively new Israeli novels, portraying female Talmudic characters: • Yochi Brandes's Ha-Pardes Shel Akiva (translated into English as: The Orchard) • Ruhama Weiss's Yalta (currently in the process of being translated into English) These books, written from the point of view of the female main characters, flesh out these Talmudic personalities, giving them a voice and a back story, adding depth to the Talmudic text. The books offer a new interpretation of Talmudic literature, focusing on the experiences of women and making them the heroes not only of their own story, but also of the Jewish people. New Israeli Literature in Translation2019
Eller, DarynSpreadsheet Madness: Mapping Data from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive to MARCThe 50,000-plus audiovisual testimonies in the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive each have significant metadata, but it is organized in ways unique to the Institute and not compatible with Library of Congress standards. When tasked with creating library records for the archive, the challenge was to not only map the individualized data behind each testimony to MARC, but - since viewing each testimony for content would be impossible - to come up with uniform subject headings and summaries that could be used across experience groups. The presentation will take conference attendees through the process, familiarize them with the tools used, and explain how it was attempted to make the records less generic by adding geographical terms specific to each testimony. Also covered will be the additional challenge of getting the MARC records into USC’s Primo/Alma catalog and the collaboration with USC librarians. Is it a good idea to create such generic records? Will it help researchers find useful resources or clutter up their searches? Shoah Foundation Archives and Data Slides, Text2019
Frau-Cortes, Neil ManelMetadata Granularity, Historical Anachronism: Towards a Digital Reconstruction of Catalan JewryThis presentation is of two digital humanities projects aimed at reconstructing aspects of Catalano-Aragonese Jewish literature. The first one deals with the relation teacher-student among Catalan rabbis and the visualization of clusters and schools of thought. The second one aims at reconstructing the Majorcan and Catalan nusach through digital reunification of manuscripts and prints of prayer books. Both cases serve as a reflection on metadata granularity, including the inconvenience of grouping historical nations under anachronistic modern labels such as “Medieval Spain.” Special attention will be paid to the use and edition of Wikidata as authority corpus. Cataloging2019
Gann, MarjorieLiterature or Propaganda? How They Write About the Arab Israeli ConflictDespite its complexity, the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict is a surprisingly popular theme in contemporary children’s fiction and fictionalized memoirs. This presentation will focus on books written in English by American, Canadian and British authors, as well as on translations from Hebrew and from bilingual Arabic-Hebrew picture books from Israel. It will examine this literature from both political and literary perspectives, comparing how authors from different interest groups present the history and lives of Jews and Arabs in Israel and the West Bank. Drawing on personal interviews with several authors, Marjorie will explore their goals in addressing this highly controversial topic in books for young readers. This paper will also examine the sources authors consulted or ignored in their research into the daily lives of the residents of Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Marjorie will situate this wave of political literature within a comparative context, comparing these books with classics of the American Civil Rights Movement. Finally, she will explore the literary quality of these highly political books. The discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of these novels should help school and synagogue librarians choose appropriate novels on the Middle East conflict for middle grade and high school students. Lookking at International Youth Literature Text2019
Geller, StephanieDigitization of the Cummings Collection of Judaica and Hebraica at UCLAThis presentation introduces the Cummings Collection of Judaica and Hebraica, part of the UCLA libraries, and the current project to digitize its particularly damaged and fragile volumes. The history of the collection, as well as some facts/figures about the collection and the digitization project will be discussed. The digitization decision tree and workflow will also be shared, followed by the decision to upload to the Hathi Trust and technical requirements for working with them. Finally, some of the difficulties of using OCR with Hebrew characters and on books with a number of conservation concerns will be shared. Digitization2019
Givens, PatriciaAdvocacy Tools for Judaic LibrariansWe will review scholarly research demonstrating the nexus between library services and academic achievement. Examples of successful collaborations between educators and librarians in secular and non-secular educational institutions will be demonstrated. We will provide reasons why it is crucial that educational institutions commit to high levels of funding for library spaces, library staff and library materials. SSCPL Roundtable2019
Goldsmith, AnnetteWhat’s New in Award-Winning Translated Children’s Books with Jewish ContentAt the 2012 AJL Conference, Annette identified and discussed children’s books with significant Jewish content among winners of the two most important U.S. awards for translated books for youth, the Mildred L. Batchelder Award and the Outstanding International Books List. In the last few years there has been increased activity in publishing and promoting translations, including the appearance of the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative (GLLI), a group of translators, librarians, teachers, etc. that provides librarians with collection development information and programming ideas for world literature. In 2018, GLLI introduced a new award, the Translated YA Book Prize - another award to check for Jewish content. With the findings from her 2012 session as a point of departure, Annette will provide an update on the children’s literature translation scene today, drawing on her dissertation research into decision making by children’s book editors in choosing books from other countries to translate into English for the U.S. market. She will identify award-winning translations with significant Jewish content published from 2013-2018 and facilitate hands-on activities for using them. Looking at International Youth Literature Slides, Bibliography, Abstract2019
Gottschalk, HaimDr. Lou Shub: A Pioneer Judaica Librarian in Sunny Southern CaliforniaDr. Lou Shub was the first director of the library at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, CA. He was also a pioneer in Judaica librarianship in Southern California. This presentation will present the life of Dr. Lou Shub and highlight his accomplishments in developing the collection at the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) and his contributions to librarianship in general. Remembering the Past and Preserving for the Future2019
Gottschalk, Haim, Shirazi, Gail, Teverovky, Galina, Taub, Jeremiah AaronIsrael and Judaica Section (Library of Congress) UpdateRepresentatives from the Israel and Judaica Section of the Library of Congress will discuss a variety of acquisitions and cataloging matters, including new and recent classification numbers and subject headings, highlights of IJ Section cataloging practice, developments in serials cataloging and processing, and general Library of Congress news. LC's IJ Section Update Slides, Abstract2019
Kamin, RachelLost (and Found) in Translation: New Israeli Literature in EnglishIt is an established fact in the literary world that Americans just aren’t that motivated to read fiction in translation. Only three percent of all books published in the United States each year are in translation, but the small number of books being translated from Hebrew has been steadily increasing. Rachel will discuss some of these new books that are now available to those of us who are not quite fluent enough to read them in their original Hebrew, as well as trends in Israeli literature and books written in English by native Hebrew speakers. New Israeli Literature in Translation Bibliography, Abstract2019
Kanfer, YedidaZamlung: Acquisition, Outreach and Community Engagement in the Post-Survivor EraIn recent years, the responsibility for maintaining Holocaust collections has shifted from survivors themselves to the librarians and archivists who preserve their stories. As the post-survivor era draws near, how do we continue to maintain user interest in Holocaust collections? This session proposes that wider communities must have a stake in the collections that until now have been supported and donated by Holocaust survivors. Drawing from the most recent literature on community archives, this session explores the meaning of ‘community’ and the extent to which the concept has shifted over time. It argues that strategic ‘zamlung’ (what we might term ‘acquisition’) allows archivists to create invested communities that will sustain institutions and the collections within them. The JFCS Holocaust Center has focused its outreach on Jewish communities (eg. the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, religious school students) as well as diverse, non-Jewish communities within the Bay Area. This session will end with hands-on examples of how the JFCS Holocaust Center has engaged its growing community via social media, web exhibits, and blog posts. Holocaust/Collections2019
Katz, SamaraJewish Technology Education for AdultsLearn about resources that can enhance both Jewish education and entertainment requests by your library patrons. SSCPL Roundtable Slides, Abstract2019
Lampert, Lynn, Paskow, MicheleScrutinizing Bias and Searching for Accuracy: Information Literacy Instruction Interventions for Jewish Studies StudentsFaculty from California State University Northridge (CSUN) will discuss the methods and assignments employed to teach a diverse group of undergraduate students to develop information literacy skills while gaining a basic understanding of Judaic and Jewish literacy through their enrollment in a popular general education Jewish studies course. This presentation will discuss how students are introduced to critical thinking skills through library instruction interventions that assign them to locate and analyze authoritative and scholarly information in order to help them learn how to detect the bias and misinformation that often permeates online digital searches. Information Literacy2019
Leganovic, JulijanaEster Eliashev and the Idea of People’s University (Di Folks Univerzitet) in Interwar KaunasWhen Kaunas in 1919 became the provisional capital of the newly established Lithuanian state, Kaunas Jewish Community took an active part in the development of social, cultural, educational and political life. This year, during the cataloging work at the National Library, a collection of manuscripts, notes and letters which belonged to Ester Eliashev - literary critic, journalist and teacher – was discovered. These documents reveal about trying to establish a Jewish University (Di Folks Univerzitet) in Kaunas, cooperation with Albert Einstein and Simon Dubnow, and efforts to have an institution of Jewish higher education. Important Persons and Their Collections2019
Leket-Mor, RachelA Sabbatical in Israel: Libraries, Bookstores and Non-Print AdventuresDuring her semester-long sabbatical in Israel, Rachel visited several archives and research, public, and special libraries, mostly for research and study purposes, but also just for fun. In this presentation, she will share her experiences as a library user in both famed and obscure, regional libraries where she made discoveries of all sorts. General Interest2019
Lempert, LaraLost and Found: Traces of Lithuanian Jewish Cultural DialogIn the middle of the 1930s in independent Lithuania, representatives of Lithuanian and Jewish intelligentsia and professionals began to develop mutual interest and initiated a number of common educational and cultural projects. This process was brutally terminated by the Holocaust, and its documentation and representations are rare and precious. This paper will present main tendencies of those intercultural contacts as they are seen through documents from Lithuania’s depositories. Lithuania2019
Levi, AmaliaUsing Community-Based Archives for Diversifying the Historical Record Many of the material that document the lives of Jewish communities in the US and abroad are not found in academic libraries or mainstream archival repositories, but in community, synagogue and personal archives. These community-based archives have often little to no inventories or finding aids and are curated with severely restricted budgets and staff. The result is that they remain invisible and their full potential is not taken advantage of. Simple steps, both analogue as well as digital, can aid Jewish community-based archives increase their visibility, diversify the historical record, and enhance programming, education, outreach and fundraising. In this workshop, we will explore practical ways to showcase and use your institution’s or community’s archival collections. The workshop will consist of two parts: A. Archival outreach and digital tools Learn of various methods to promote and facilitate the use of your community archival collections. You will also learn of digital tools, available for free or low cost, that can help you use collections in different ways. Such tools can vary in complexity from ones that require no or very little technical skills to more advanced digital sophistication. B. Build your own exhibit Do you want to start showing your institution’s collection online? Participants will be introduced to Omeka, a free tool that allows individuals and institutions to put in place a content management system for their collections, build different exhibits and display them on the web. You will have the chance to try out the tool and build a small exhibit. Requirements: Wi-fi enabled laptop. Bring your own digitized items or use the ones provided. Feel free to contact the workshop instructor for any clarifications ( Archival Outreach and Digital Tools2019
Levi, LindaHands-On Resources of the JDC Archives for High School Librarians and StudentsThe JDC Archives is an unparalleled repository of modern Jewish history. Its vast holdings document JDC’s global humanitarian mission, activities, and partnerships from World War I to the present and are a unique window into Jewish communal relief, development, migration, and resettlement in the 20th and 21st centuries in over 90 countries. The JDC Archives is a treasure trove for those researching their Jewish family history and for students of Jewish history. The JDC Archives website ( includes a database for digitized collections, an interactive timeline, topic guides for educators, and a names index. This presentation will highlight JDC Archives resources, with a focus on material of interest to high school librarians including: • JDC Archives website and Our Stories feature • JDC Archives Names Index and resources for family history projects • How to access our historic Film Collection, including screening of a film clip • JDC Archives Photo Collection • Online exhibits • Education resources on The Story of the St. Louis, Refuge in Shanghai, JDC and the Displaced Persons Camps, etc. Information Literacy2019
Levitan, RebeccaMeet the Sydney Taylor Book Award WinnersThe 2019 award winning authors and illustrators will present their books. This award is given each year in three categories: Younger readers (birth to grade 3), Older readers (grades 4 – 8) and Teen readers (grades 9 – 12) for books that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. Winner, Honor, and Notable books are given in each category. MEET THE SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD WINNERS2019
Levitan, Rebecca, Citrin, Rena, Flax, Shoshana, Shaffer, Sylvie, Shuster, Marjorie, Yerushalmi, RivkaPresentation by Members of the Sydney Taylor Book Award CommitteeThe committee will discuss favorite Jewish children’s books as seen from the award submissions and give a behind-the-scenes look at how the award winners are selected. Presentation by Members of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee Slides, Abstract2019
Lieberman, EliOy Vey and Excelsior! Jewish Representation and Moral Lessons in Graphic Novels and ComicsThis presentation will focus on graphic novels and comic books with characters who are identifiably Jewish. Mr. Lieberman will discuss how Haredi and other such groups utilize comic books and graphic novels to impart religious and moral lessons, as well as providing an alternative to secular comic books and culture. With the recent passing of Stan Lee, co-creator of many of the most well-known superheroes and superhero teams for Marvel Comics, there has been an increased focus on the history and use of graphic novels and comics in the general culture. Examples of Jewish characters in these materials include Shaloman by Al Weisner, as well as characters from the Marvel Comics universe who have markedly Jewish identities, such as Ben Grimm aka The Thing, Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat, Magneto, and others. The benefits of collecting this genre, especially for adolescents, in Jewish school libraries will also be discussed. Youth Literature and Teaching Slides, Text, Abstract2019
Meiselman, ChaimA Newly-Discovered Document of Nineteenth-Century Orthodox Jewry: The Notebook of a Mohel in Baltimore and BeyondDuring the course of cataloging work at Towson University, Chaim discovered a volume of Sod ha-Shem, a manual for a mohel (ritual circumciser) printed in Amsterdam in 1744. Appended to the leaves is a complete log of the mohel Noteh Grümbach's travels beginning in 1818 in Hesse and Bavaria and environs and continuing with his relocation to Baltimore in 1853. The historical record presented by the writing in this volume is wide-ranging and significant. This presentation will detail events in Grümbach’s life and situate his work in the broader context of 19th century American history. Chaim will demonstrate Grümbach's extensive itineraries into states as far as Ohio and South Carolina via a map outlining dates and places of travel, and will discuss the effects of increased urbanization and the growth of railroads on his travels. Important Persons and Their Collections2019
Metselaar, MennoAnne Frank at 90: Why Is the Diary Not Enough Today? In June 2019, Anne Frank would have been 90 years old. Anne and her family’s hiding place, now a museum, is still one of the top attractions in Amsterdam today. At the same time, studies show that fifty percent of millennials in the United States don’t know what Auschwitz was, and twenty percent can’t tell you what the Holocaust was. As a result, Anne Frank House is producing literature and educational support materials to help young people make connections between the past and the present, to make what seems like distant history feel relevant to their lives and their current experiences. Speaking from his long-standing role as Project Manager at the Anne Frank House museum, Menno Metselaar will talk about using the familiar Anne Frank as the original source for new books, teaching materials, websites and exhibits that are being developed to help both adults and young people better understand the experience of anti-Semitism, as well as all forms of racism and injustice that they may experience in their lives or see playing out in the news and the world around them. This session will encourage discussion around collection development relevant to these topics, and the resources available to librarians who want to work with Anne Frank House. Menno will answer librarians’ questions and exchange ideas in regards to exhibits, special projects and programming, and support materials for educators, libraries and schools. General Interest2019
Miller, Paul A.The Book of Psalms: Translations and TransformationsThe Hebrew book of Psalms (Tehillim) has been translated and transformed to become an integral part of Jewish and Christian worship throughout the centuries. This presentation explores the history of the use of Psalms in liturgy. It will be illustrated by examples of worship books from the collections of the Lowy-Winkler Family Rare Book Center. It will also include musical examples. Bible Collections2019
Mitchell, Casey AnnThe Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture: Jews and OscarsThe Margaret Herrick Library is a world-renowned, non-circulating reference and research collection devoted to the history and development of the motion picture as an art form and an industry. Established in 1928 and now located in Beverly Hills, the library is open to the public and used year-round by students, scholars, historians and industry professionals. This presentation will highlight its collections and databases. Collections from Near and Far2019
Mordoch, GabrielFrom Guatemala to California via Brooklyn and Ann Arbor: The Life and Work of Sephardi Author Victor Perera (1934-2003) as Reflected in the University of Michigan Library Special Collections Research Center.A son of Sephardic parents from Jerusalem, the author, journalist and scholar Victor Haim Perera (1934-2003), was born in Guatemala City and moved to New York at the age of twelve. He graduated from Brooklyn College and subsequently received a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Michigan. After that, he moved to California to teach literature, writing and journalism at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and later at the Berkeley campus. Perera’s writings focused on Sephardic Jewry and on Latin America (particularly the Maya Indians). The goal of this presentation is to offer a glimpse into his works, personal library, interviews and other materials housed at the University of Michigan Library Special Collections Research Center. Collections from Near and Far Abstract2019
Morganstern, KarenHand in Hand with TechStudents need to be proficient with digital devices, and they are. An all-digital approach often leads to superficial learning. Discover research-based strategies to strengthen students' information literacy by combining digital information and tools with that which needs no recharging--the human hand! SSCPL Roundtable2019
Nahai, Gina B., Babaknia, Ari, Khalili, BijanPersian Literature and PublishingDr. Ari Babaknia will speak about his four-volume book in Persian on the Holocaust and its impact on Iranian's awareness and sensitivity to this human tragedy, specifically on non-Jews. Bijan Khalili, publisher, bookseller and journalist, will speak about the publications of the Iranian Jewish community outside Iran in the last forty years. Gina Nahai will speak about the reasons why the 2,500-year history of Iranian Jews went largely unrecorded until they moved to the US, the process of collecting data, and the impact on the community on seeing their stories gathered and archived. Gina’s work deals primarily with the history (both ancient and contemporary) of Iranian Jews, from their beginnings in what was then Babylon to their present here in the United States. Persian Literature and Publishing2019
Neiss, RusselChoose Your Own Torah Adventure with SefariaSefaria is deeply committed to the democratization of Jewish knowledge and helping individuals access Jewish resources in order to help promote Jewish literacy. The digitized texts and links are equally beloved by teachers and librarians in Jewish supplemental and day schools, and those engaged in text-centered Jewish digital humanities projects. In this hands-on session, participants will get a chance to play and explore Sefaria's core library along with some of its lesser known functions and features including visualizations, lexicons, contextualized topics, and other third party tools designed using API and texts. Participants will leave the session being proficient users of Sefaria and will emerge having begun the process of creating materials to use in their work. Digital Resources Workshop2019
Neiss, Russel, Chesner, Michelle “Twitter Workshop”: Build Your Own Digital Humanities Twitter Bot {no coding experience required} You may have heard about those "twitter bots" that are to blame for sowing discord and false information during the 2016 election. They're small automated programs that usually spam users or scrape data from pages, and engage in other nefarious activities. But did you know that there are many creative bots that help contribute to the broader culture of the internet, digital humanities, and yes, even Jewish librarianship? Join us at this informal gathering with a link to your favorite digital Judaica collection, and leave (hopefully) having created a twitter bot that showcases it to the world. Bonus Session2019
Pataricza, Dora, Glatter, KathyCataloging and Digitization of the Archives of the Szeged (Hungary) Jewish Community: A Central European Case StudySzeged is the third biggest city in Hungary and was a focal point of Neolog Judaism. The archive’s spectrum contains official and private documents from a time span of two hundred years. In a two-year project, 82 linear feet of the Szeged Jewish Community are digitized and indexed. The archives contain the plans of the world-famous Szeged Synagogue (1907), paintings, and liturgical textiles. These are highly endangered and irreplaceable records that need to be preserved and made internationally researchable. Additionally, the Archive has created a large integrative database from historical and genealogical sites including the 1944 original Holocaust deportation list, plus 1,700 survivors who returned to Szeged in 1945-1946, sources from Yad Vashem, and the archival records. Electronic resources are used to locate maiden names of female Holocaust victims from their Hungarian marriage licenses. This innovative library project provides a comprehensive overview spanning decades recording the Szeged Jewish community. Holocaust/Collections Slides, Abstract2019
Potap, OlgaAbba Balosher's Library as a Model of Pre-War Lithuanian InstitutionsIn pre-World War II Kaunas, Abba Balosher (1869-1944), an intellectual and a scholar, managed a private library and distributed books in eight languages. He kept contacts with many book dealers and publishing houses overseas which make his library unique and expendable. The spirit of Balosher’s library has matched the sense of the independent Lithuanian democratic society – intellectual and open-minded, not limited by languages and geographical borders. Efforts were made to save Balosher’s library during the Nazi occupation. More than 9,000 volumes were sent to the National Library of Lithuania. However, the most valuable Hebrew books and manuscripts were prepared for transport to Germany, while the rest of Yiddish and Hebrew books were burned or sent to the paper mill. Until last year, the librarians at the National Library of Lithuanua and Balosher’s relatives were confident that all Jewish books from Balosher’s library were destroyed during the Nazi occupation. In 2017, the librarians at the National Library of Lithuania found a collection of Yiddish and Hebrew books in some storage facilities. The presentation will provide information about this finding and will also emphasize the attempts taken by the Lithuanian intellectuals to save the Jewish library. Lithuania2019
Presner, ToddCurating and Publishing Digital Archives: The Case of "Mapping Jewish Los Angeles"Through an ever-expanding series of collaborations with community partners throughout Los Angeles, the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies is creating a multimedia archive and a series of digital exhibitions called “Mapping Jewish Los Angeles” ( The aim of the project is to “map” the diverse cultural and social histories of Jews in Los Angeles from the mid-19th century through the present. The project not only preserves the rich history of Jewish LA for generations to come, but also makes it accessible using cutting-edge digital technologies to stimulate new research, teaching, and community engagement throughout Los Angeles and beyond. Feinstein Lecture Slides, Abstract2019
Rabinowitz, DanThe Friedlandia Library: A Missed Opportunity for the Jewish People?By the end of the 19th century, the title of greatest library in Eastern Europe, in terms of size, rarities, of both books and manuscripts was that of Moses Areyeh Löeb Friedland (1826-1899). According to some, his collection was even ranked in the same class as that of the Bodleian. The library included three hundred volumes of manuscripts (including a few on parchment), thirty-two incunabula, and 10,000 volumes printed mostly in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The collection was created by proxy, through the efforts of the outstanding bibliographer Samuel Wiener (Samuil Eremeevich Viner, 1860-1929). In the early 1890s, Friedland began examining various Jewish institutions to which to donate his library. In 1892, however, Friedland rejected all of the Jewish options and instead donated his library to the Russian state, to the Asiatic Museum in St. Petersburg where it still resides. Dan will discuss the history of the formation of the library, its path to the Asiatic museum and why it was not donated to a Jewish institution, some of its most important items and Wiener, one of the great bibliographers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, whose catalog of the Friedland collection is still relied upon by scholars today. Important Persons and Their Collections2019
Rabinowitz, Heidi, Sussman, Joni Kibort, Saltzberg, BarneyThe Book of Life Live Show: "Boys and Girls or Monkeys and Raccoons?"Podcast live shows are all the rage these days! In this session, join host Heidi Rabinowitz as she creates a podcast episode for The Book of Life before your very eyes. Guest Joni Sussman of Kar-Ben Publishing and author/illustrator Barney Saltzberg will discuss how they decide on an "art profile" for picture books - i.e. whether to use humans or animals, the ethnic diversity of the characters, any special needs portrayed, etc. Audience participation will be encouraged. Since 2005, The Book of Life has been interviewing creators of Jewish books, music, film and websites. The Book of Life is closely affiliated with AJL. Many interviews take place during the annual conference, and the podcast has a tradition of offering exclusive interviews with the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee chair to reveal the winning titles. In this session, attendees will learn a little history about the show and record a live interview that will ultimately become an episode online. Live Podcast2019
Raikin, LeoraTeaching the Holocaust through the ArtsThe purpose of the David Labkovski Project is to educate through the art of David Labkovski. By engaging viewers with his paintings and sketches, students learn lessons of life, survival, tolerance, acceptance, and the importance of bearing witness to history. Ms. Raikin will provide examples of how Holocaust materials, either those of David Labkovski, or items already in Judaica libraries, can be used to inspire middle and high school students to produce their own works of art or creative writing to then share with their local community or online. Youth Literature and Teaching2019
Ruiz, AnjelicaHow does one go about rejuvenating a neglected library collection? The answer is with a lot of humor, flexibility, creativity, and a willingness to try some unorthodox methods. SSCPL Roundtable2019
Sapozhnikov, VadimVilnius: In Search of Traces of the Jerusalem of LithuaniaMr. Sapozhnikov will discuss the complexities of translating a soon to be published English translation of a book that includes 23 pedestrian routes around the city of Vilnius and its suburbs tracing the often-tragic history of local Jewish community. These challenges are comparable to many of the issues librarians face when cataloging resources in multiple languages. Some of the challenges faced in creating this translation were the multitude of sources in a variety of languages: old documents, governmental archives, photographs, advertisements, ticket stubs, lithographic prints and architectural drawings. Relatively recently declassified Soviet archive documents, as well as the sizeable portion of the book that deals with the Holocaust in excruciating detail, placed additional psychological demands and responsibility on the translator. In addition, Vilnius has undergone several political changes throughout its history which often changed the official language. In order to be useful, it was important for this volume to strictly adhere to names used by the official language at a specific time in history. Lithuania Slides, Abstract2019
Scheide, DanielThe Struggle is Reel: Jewish Cassettes in the Recorded Sound Archive at Florida Atlantic University Home taping couldn't kill music when there were halakhic warnings on the insert. As audio cassettes are making a comeback, the Recorded Sound Archive at FAU is preserving and cataloging recordings found nowhere else, unearthing hidden gems not available in other formats. Orthodox pop parodies, Israeli pre-Eurovision Contest collections and cantorial rarities are among the highlights presented by Daniel Scheide in his inimitable style. Jewish Music Research Across Archives and Libraries2019
Schiffman, MarleneIt All Adds Up: Chronograms in Hebrew BooksChronograms are often used as a dating method for classical Hebrew books. They are constructed from a phrase or biblical verse which yields a numerical value when the letters are added up. They are meant to yield a year, but often, also give another message. They often reveal the author’s name, messianic hope, or a quotation from the Bible that is relevant to the topic of the book. The mathematics are not always so easy to compute: sometimes the cataloger has to count only certain letters, and sometimes s/he has to know which ones to subtract. We come across these every day in our cataloging, in both rare books and in recent publications. This paper will discuss the way in which chronograms are presented and how they can be useful to catalogers. Cataloging Slides, Text2019
Schreiber, MonikaVienna University Library’s Collection of Old Hebrew PrintsVienna University Library owns a collection of roughly 1,200 Old Hebrew prints, produced and circulated all over Europe over a period of more than 400 years, starting with the late fifteenth century. All of them have comprehensive bibliographic and item records in ALMA, which are in the process of being incorporated into “Footprints,” a database on Jewish book history managed at Columbia University. Using showcase examples from the Vienna collection, this talk will address the subject of early modern academic collection building in the fields of Hebrew, the Bible and Judaism. The earlier Jewish and Christian repositories consolidated in the Vienna collection will be discussed in connection with questions concerning the work of Christian Hebraists who edited and authored books in Hebrew. The second part of the presentation will describe the digital processing of the ALMA records required for their inclusion into the “Footprints” database and the creation of a linked data graph designed to support research questions formulated using a digital humanities approach. Remembering the Past and Preserving for the Future2019
Schuetze-Coburn, Marje, Ullman, MichaelaGerman-Jewish Exiles in Los Angeles: Promoting the Legacy of Lion Feuchtwanger and Jewish Emigres at USC in the 21st CenturyThe Feuchtwanger Memorial Library (FML) at USC has a long history and documents the legacy of novelist Lion Feuchtwanger and other Jewish and German-speaking exiles in Los Angeles. The collection is not only heavily used by local and international researchers, but has also seen a steady increase in its use by students, thanks to newly developed instruction and outreach efforts. In the first part of the presentation, Marje Schuetze-Coburn will discuss Feuchtwanger’s path into exile, shine light on this rich archival and rare book collection and cover the fate of his three libraries, including his final library now held at USC and Villa Aurora. Schuetze-Coburn will also discuss the FML’s role to develop USC Libraries’ strong focus on Exile Studies as well as Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In the second part of the presentation, Michaela Ullmann will talk about the relevance of the collection for teaching and learning at USC. She will present case studies from a variety of classes she has worked with to document how she brings students into contact with these rich historical resources using hands-on active learning assignments and digital humanities projects. Finally, Ullmann will review a variety of outreach efforts that she and Schuetze-Coburn have conducted to actively engage USC’s students and faculty with the FML and other Exile Studies-related collections at USC. Archives/Collections2019
Seigel, Amanda (Miryem-Khaye)Just Like a Dream: Finding Jennie Goldstein's Voice in the ArchivesWith her distinctive voice and style, the Yiddish actress, singer, and lyricist Jennie Goldstein (1896-1961) performed, recorded and published dozens of songs during her nearly sixty-year career. Goldstein's musical output reflects the multiple roles she played, on and off-stage, and the changing cultural landscape of (Yiddish) America. What research methods can we use to discover musical (and other) sources from Goldstein's work? Jewish Music Research Across Archives and Libraries2019
Share, EllenArt Projects from PinterestAttractive bulletin boards and student art projects give the library visibility along with disseminating Jewish knowledge. This presentation will show how to navigate the website, Pinterest, to locate assorted ideas and projects. SSCPL Roundtable2019
Shuchatowitz, AvromEarly Tanach Printings in the Yeshiva University LibraryIn August 2018, Dr. Parviz Lalazari donated two volumes of early Tanach (Hebrew Bible) printings to the library of Yeshiva University. One was a volume from a Tanach printed in Venice in 1524 by Daniel Bomberg (1483-1553) and the other was a volume from an Amsterdam publication by Moses Frankfurter (1672-1762). Beginning with just these two volumes, YU proceeded to locate other uncatalogued volumes so complete sets could be made. YU now has three Bomberg printings: 1524, 1546, and 1547. These Bible printings contain many early commentaries, as well as additional material on the Masorah, the traditional text of the Bible. Also completed was a set of the 1724 Amsterdam printing. This one also contained a large compilation of early and later commentaries. There were multiple copies, each one from a different owner. One owner appended to the volume handwritten information and newspaper clippings about his family. Other owners were in Poland and England, each bearing their stamps and inscriptions. Bible Collections Text2019
Silverman, LisaCapsule Collections from Beit HaTfutsotLearn how to choose, order, and display a variety of wonderful archival photo collections to your community, offered for free from Tel Aviv’s Diaspora Museum, Beit HaTfutsot. SSCPL Roundtable2019
Simkovich, MalkaRecovering and Disseminating Ancient Jewish Texts in the Digital AgeThis session will address how ancient Jewish documents that have been discovered in the Cairo Genizah, in Greek Orthodox monasteries, and in the Judean desert's Dead Sea caves can be accessed and utilized in the teaching of Jewish history and literature. These documents have only recently been (or are in the process of being) digitized, and with this new accessibility, students can gain a deeper appreciation for how early Jewish literature was written, transmitted, and preserved. This session will also suggest ways in which Malka Z. Simkovich's book, Discovering Second Temple Literature, can be used to supplement the teaching of these documents. Jewish Texts and Literature2019
Smith, HillelUsing Libraries as Jewish Art and Design MuseumsMost library users are looking to find content. However, Hillel often uses Judaica collections superficially, examining how the books look and feel. By doing so, he can gain inspiration for his work as a visual artist, as well as develop a deeper understanding of how Jews throughout history have thought about their place in the cultures they inhabited. Paying close attention to aesthetics - including typography, illustration, and overall design - we can discover historic trends in taste and style. We can see evidence of interaction between Jews and non-Jews and view the interplay between assimilationist and isolationist tendencies. We can glean insight into the creators' political and religious affiliations and sympathies. And we can see the big questions of our day reflected in artifacts from the distant past. Particularly as we explore what it means to be Jewish now, in a globalized, humanistic society, finding precedent is empowering. How can we explore our collections in new ways? What else do they have to teach us? General Interest2019
Stahl, Sheryl F.Cataloging Scrolls and PostersOver the years, Sheryl had been letting the library’s collection of Esther scrolls and posters sit around in the hopes that they would catalog themselves or that she would wake up one day with the ability to identify the provenance of each piece in these collections. Eventually she decided that it was better to catalog them poorly, than to have them on a shelf uncataloged. Sheryl will go over the minimal requirements for cataloging scrolls and her adventures in describing the posters. Cataloging Slides, Abstract2019
Tanenbaum, MargoTikkun Olam: Repairing the World through Children’s BooksWe live in an often disturbing and frightening world - one where natural disasters, bullying, violence, and intolerance seem to be all around us. Ms. Tanenbaum will use the traditional Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam to highlight recent releases, particularly picture books, which focus on social justice issues, encouraging kindness and creating a better world. She will describe how she put these ideas into practice through a social justice book club for families. In addition, she will highlight web resources for keeping up to date on new titles, as well as free curriculum resources helpful for the classroom. A book list and resource list will be provided to all participants. Youth Literature and Teaching2019
Taub, Yermiyahu Ahron, Kamin, Rachel, Reisner, RosalindThe Best New Fiction for Adult Readers: A Presentation by the AJL Jewish Fiction Award CommitteeOver 100 works of fiction with Jewish content are published each year by mainstream, Jewish and small, independent presses. So many books, so little time! How do we sift through the good, the great and the not-so-great? How can reading books with Jewish characters and themes help educate, enlighten and inspire us? What are the new trends in the Jewish publishing world? Explore the latest and greatest in Jewish fiction for adult readers with the members of the AJL Fiction Award Committee and come prepared to share some of your favorite new titles. Our special guests will be two of the three 2019 award winners: Mark Sarvas, author of Memento Park, and Scott Nadelson, author of The Fourth Corner of the World. Best New Fiction for Adult Readers Slides, Table, List, Abstract2019
Yelchin, EugeneKeynote SpeakerKeynote2019
Ariel, RachelBringing Israeli Art to America: The Unique Story of Kathryn YochelsonIn the late 1940s, Kathryn Yochelson, a Jewish American student and lover of art, discovered that new Jewish art was being created in the Land of Israel. With a strengthened belief in the continuity of Jewish art from ancient times to the modern period, she set herself up to introducing Israeli art to the American public as a way to enhance connections between communities in the U.S. and the newly founded state. Yochelson lectured about Israeli art and organized exhibitions in public spaces, presenting Israel’s landscape, people and culture to the local audience. With her husband, she traveled to Israel where they befriended members of the artistic circles and began building their own collection of Israeli art. Kathryn Yochelson, in her exhibitions, lectures and art collection, provided a wide panoramic view of the developments and changes in early Israeli art and served as a vehicle for bringing Israeli culture closer to the Jewish community and the general American public. ENGAGING WITH ART2018
Band, DebraWords, Color and Gold: Illuminating Jewish Values through Engaging with Jewish ArtHebrew illuminated books rich with color and intriguing imagery offer a means of conveying complex ideas of Jewish spirituality, history and thought to the reader through a joyful, yet intimate reading experience. In the four decades since the advent of a popular internet, as visual iconography has increasingly augmented the power of the written word, the power of Jewish iconography to convey Jewish values, thought and text becomes increasingly relevant in many aspects of Jewish life. In this slide presentation, Debra Band will discuss her development of a modern Jewish iconographic vocabulary drawn from midrash, archeology, science and general western culture in her books The Song of Songs: the Honeybee in the Garden (2005), I Will Wake the Dawn: Illuminated Psalms (2007), Arise! Arise! Deborah, Ruth and Hannah (2012), Kabbalat Shabbat: the Grand Unification (2016), and All the World Praises You!: an Illuminated Aleph-Bet Book (forthcoming July 2018). The analysis of a series of illuminated pages will reveal their power to convey Jewish tradition and values to readers across the spectrum of Jewish life. ENGAGING WITH ART Text, Slides2018
Barber, Jennifer, Leipziger, Deborah, Rifkah, Eve, Taub, Yermiyahu AhronPoetry Reading and DiscussionWhat is a Jewish poem? How can poetry be integrated into educational curricula and cultural programming? How can poetry enhance our understanding of Jewish history and culture? What is a Jewish poetic praxis? What is the state of Jewish poetry today? Through a reading of their own poems and an ensuing panel discussion, the poets will aim to address some of these questions. Each of the panelists has published widely on the Jewish experience (broadly defined) and is active in promoting poets and poetry in their communities. Three of the poets currently reside in the Massachusetts region. POETRY READING AND DISCUSSION Text2018
Beliauskas, ZilvinasVilnius Jewish Public Library's Role in Modern Lithuanian Identity Building: From Exclusive to Inclusive This presentation reveals the attempts of the library to influence the current national identity dynamics in turning its vectors into acceptance and integration through knowing and reflecting. It is being done by making the library an influential cultural actor. This paper demonstrates the agility of the tensions and changes in the evaluation of the past becoming a constituent of the present-day identity. In the context of global processes, Lithuanian society is undergoing changes in cultural, political and psychological identity. It is characteristic to constantly reflect and reevaluate the national history in the process of learning and discovering new denied facts during the years of the Soviet regime and by psychological self-defense mechanisms. We argue that preservation and restoration of the Jewish material and cultural legacy is important for society on its way to healing traumatic effects. Discussions about the significance and embodiment of the Jewish legacy serve as an indicator of society factions in relation to the issue but raise general awareness. Architectural discourse with the restored Great Vilna Synagogue and other monuments would contribute considerably to the connection of the past to the present day national self-identity building. EUROPEAN LIBRARIES AND INSTITUTIONS2018
Ben-Efraim, JackieIdentifying and Preserving Media CollectionsEveryone is familiar with digitization as a method of preserving obsolete media formats. However, it is always best to preserve the original source when possible. Jackie will cover how to identify unfamiliar types of film and the different conditions required to store them. She will also give some tips on handling them so as to cause the least amount of damage. TOOLS FOR IDENTIFYING AND CATALOGING COLLECTIONS2018
Berger, ShulamithThe Great War: World War I in the Collections of the Yeshiva University Libraries The activity of the Jewish community and individual Jews during World War I - on both sides of the conflict - is reflected in archival collections, rare items, books, documents and ephemera held in the Yeshiva University Libraries, particularly in its Special Collections. This will be an illustrated presentation utilizing material from the collections and will discuss a variety of topics related to World War I, such as relief work organized by the American Jewish community for its brethren overseas and publications issued specifically for Jewish soldiers and distributed during the conflict. ARCHIVES AND WAR2018
Berlin, Charles, Radnofsky, Violet, Wolfson, Laurel, Topf-Mazeh, RivkaHarvard Judaica Joint Digital ProjectsThe Judaica Collection of the Harvard Library has as its mission the documentation of the Jewish people throughout history in order to support teaching and research at Harvard and to serve as a resource for the global scholarly community. One of the key components in carrying out that mission is the documentation of Jewish life and culture in the State of Israel. This session will describe the transformative impact of digital technology on the Judaica Collection’s mission through a series of joint digital projects carried out by the Harvard Library’s Judaica Division in partnership with the National Library of Israel, the Central Zionist Archives, the Jewish National Fund Archives, the Center for Jewish Art at Hebrew University, the Israel Museum, the Israel Architecture Archive, the Israel Theater Archive at Tel Aviv University, the Yigal Allon Center, the Hebrew Union College Klau Library, the Alliance Israelite Universelle, the National Library of Poland, and other institutions and individuals. Many of the projects in Israel are carried out in cooperation with the Intangible Cultural Heritage unit at the Israeli Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage. HARVARD JUDAICA JOINT DIGITAL PROJECTS2018
Biesaga, MonikaBibliocaust Survivors: The Fate of the Jewish Book Collections in Poland after 1945The Second World War brought to an end a thousand-years existence of Polish Jews and their cultural heritage. From over 748 secular Jewish libraries and unnumbered religious and private book collections that existed in Poland before 1939, only fragments remained. Usually, little attention is paid to these Bibliocaust survivors, but like other cultural assets stolen by the Nazis, they have a particular memory value. Using the example of the Esra Public Library and Reading Room, which existed in Cracow for 40 years (1899-1939), Monika will present the fate of the Jewish book collections after 1945, map their dispersion, and briefly describe the research strategy in rediscovering looted books. ARCHIVES AND WAR Abstract, Slides2018
Blooomfield, KatyAdvocating for Your Library: What Your Board Wants to KnowFor a variety of reasons, the value of maintaining a Synagogue, Center or School Library has been called into question in recent years. While librarians are passionate about the need for a library in their institution, what information can they provide to their Board members so that fiduciary decisions can be made responsibly? This session will explore ways to define both the tangible and intangible benefits of School, Synagogue and Center Libraries in a manner that will encourage the Board of Trustees to support this crucial part of the institution. LIBRARY POLICIES Text2018
Chesner, MichelleFootprints Redux: Utilizing Collaboration to Build Strong Projects At the 2015 AJL conference in Washington, DC, there was a presentation about a fledgling project called Footprints, which had the ambitious goal of tracking the movement of all printed Jewish books from the hand-press era (through 1800). Since that time, Footprints has grown to world-renown, with partners across the United States, Europe and Asia. How did a small project between a librarian, two historians, and a Talmudist grow the way it did, with no paid staff or direct funding? This talk will discuss the power of collaboration in building and supporting projects that extend beyond the library. TOOLS FOR IDENTIFYING AND CATALOGING COLLECTIONS2018
Cohen, DanKeynote: Putting It All Together Abstract, Slides2018
de Farber, Bess, Jefferson, RebeccaCOLAB at AJL: A "Speed-Dating" Workshop to Discover Hidden Assets and Potential PartnershipsThis will be the most productive and enjoyable time you have ever spent at any conference! Join presenters for a facilitated process that has benefitted over 2,800 participants (students, faculty, librarians, and academic and nonprofit administrators). CoLAB Workshops connect conference participants during 3-minute speed-meetings. You’ll walk away with more resources than you ever imagined. Focused conversations will yield: potential collaborative relationships and problem solving of issues by discovering hidden resources. COLAB AT AJL: A “SPEED-DATING” WORKSHOP TO DISCOVER HIDDEN ASSETS AND POTENTIAL PARTNERSHIPS2018
Diamant, Anita, Locke, Katherine, Jules, Jacqueline, Levitan, RebeccaSupporting the Creative Mind: How a Librarian's Research Strengthens an Author's ImaginationAuthors of both fiction and non-fiction books must do serious research before beginning to put words on paper. Facts must be checked. Characters – both real and imagined – must be fleshed out. Librarians are important partners in this process. This panel of authors and librarians will discuss how they work together to make books come alive. SUPPORTING THE CREATIVE MIND: HOW A LIBRARIAN’S RESEARCH STRENGTHENS AN AUTHOR’S IMAGINATION2018
Edelstein, JeffreyNew Resources of the JDC Archives of Interest to LibrariansThis presentation will highlight a number of new resources of the JDC Archives. The focus will be on material of interest to Judaica librarians including: • A new exciting face to the JDC Archives website • New collections available online • Newly opened Artifacts and Ephemera Collection now online • How to access our historic Film Collection, including screening of a film clip • New resources of interest to genealogists and family historians • New fellowships for scholars and researchers • New documentary film grant • Education resources available online INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES Slides, Abstract2018
Eran, AmiraThe Main Features of the Kibbutz Passover Haggadah CollectionsAmira will talk about the significance of the editing modifications that the kibbutzim that belonged to the Labor Zionist socialist movement made to the traditional version of the Passover Haggadah. She will present special and exceptional items from the kibbutz movement Haggadot collection, which includes various types of handwritten, rare and artistic Haggadot that were designed to be read in a large family-like community and used at the Passover Seder to transmit its local myth to new generations. The modifications in the style and the wording of the kibbutz Haggadah contain new interpretations of the traditional text, additions of well-known Hebrew songs, and illustrations by famous Israeli artists. The content and the design of the kibbutz Haggadot collection convey the vision of a new type of Jew living in the newly-established state. Amira believes that the process of collecting and assessing these archival artifacts sheds light on the construction of new narratives from an ancient text. She will analyze the meaning of these adaptations and discuss the way they challenged the established concept of Jewish identity. LIBRARIES COLLECTING ARTIFACTS Text2018
Feinberg, HarrietTheft and Recovery: The Fate of Rosa Manus’ Feminist Archive in the Context of Nazi Looting of Archives and Libraries in the Netherlands In 1935, Rosa Manus (1881-1942) and two other Dutch feminists founded the International Archives for the Women’s Movement (IAV) in Amsterdam. It contained Manus’s collection from her work in international suffrage and the collection of physician Aletta Jacobs (l854-1929). The archives’ core was material collected by these two Dutch Jewish women. After the Nazis invaded the Netherlands in 1940, soldiers stole the collection. Manus was arrested in 1941 and gassed in 1942. In 1992, a Dutch scholar spotted some of the stolen materials in an archive in Moscow. Russian soldiers had seized the papers and shipped them there. After much frustration and diplomacy, in 2003, a significant portion of the original collection was returned to ATRIA, a feminist archive in Amsterdam that continues Manus’s project. The theft and partial return of this archive will be considered in the context of other Nazi thefts from progressive and Jewish libraries and archives in the Netherlands. ARCHIVES AND WAR2018
Finkelman, YoelThe National Library of Israel: Developments in Collections, Cataloguing and Public AccessIn 2017-2018, The National Library of Israel has made important strides in its collections, cataloguing, digitization and public access. From the continuing processing of the famed Valmadonna collection to mysterious manuscript amulets smuggled out of the Soviet Union, collections continue to expand. Digitizing and cataloguing of Kiyat Sefer as well as international cooperation related to RDA and authority files also lead the agenda. The NLI's new user interface, expanding digital collections and social media presence can help access to the collections, while cultural activities and cooperation with Israel's Education Ministry bring the library to the general public in new ways. THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL2018
Finkelstein, Norman H.Knowing What Young Readers Don’t: Filling Jewish Holes in Their Knowledge of American HistoryJews have been part of the American fabric since 1654, yet you wouldn’t know that from the history courses Jewish kids take. Textbooks reveal little about the Jewish experience and teachers themselves often are not aware. Jews have fought in every American war. They have contributed to every aspect of American life from literature and the arts to science and politics. We are a distinct minority whose story remains hidden. So how can young readers learn about the Jewish presence in American history? Through nonfiction, historical fiction and biographies targeting all aspects of Jewish involvement in the story of America. HISTORY AS INSPIRATION FOR STORYTELLING Text2018
Fishman, David E.Herman Kruk: Librarian and Book Rescuer in the Vilna GhettoThe Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Collections Project is a landmark initiative that digitally reunites pre-war archival and library collections from YIVO, the Strashun Library, the An-sky Museum and other important Jewish institutions in pre-war Vilna. It encompasses over 2.5 million pages of material from YIVO in New York, the Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Central State Archives and the Wroblewski Library in Vilnius. The project draws its inspiration from the dramatic history of the collections and the heroic efforts of several generations of individual Jews and Lithuanians who helped rescue and hide the collections during WWII and in the Soviet period. Leading scholars and librarians participating in the Project will discuss how passing the invisible torch of the noble work of their predecessors has made the project possible. THE ROLE OF INDIVIDUALS IN RESCUING THE YIVO VILNA COLLECTIONS2018
Flax, Shoshana, Newman, Leslea, Rabinowitz, Heidi, Soeiro, Liz Phipps, Saxton, HillarySocial Justice and Jewish Children's Books Jewish children’s books have a history of reflecting Jewish values - social justice and activism, kindness and compassion, the value of education, etc. A panel of social justice educators will discuss sharing books with children and helping young people find their voices in whatever endeavors motivate them to help change the world for the better. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND JEWISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS2018
Freedman, Catriella, Travis, Madelyn J., Newman, Miriam, Toffler-Corrie, LauraWhere are the Jewish Middle Grade Books?The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities in developing middle grade literature from the perspective of readership, writing, publishing and marketing. Catriella will share insights from four years of market testing books with tweens, including PJ Our Way’s selection criteria, as well as a discussion of their three selection principles: market testing, author support, and user feedback. Text, Slides2018
Gershowitz, Elissa, Mercier, CathrynThe Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners Through an Academic LensThe Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College is a rigorous advanced degree program (MA/MS/MFA/MAT) that looks at children’s literature as literature, examining children’s books through a variety of critical-theory lenses. Among other pursuits, master’s candidates are directed to “apply varied theoretical frameworks to historical and contemporary texts to discover their imaginative ambitions and critical successes.” This panel will apply the Center’s unique academic approach to this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Awards (and past winners, as time allows) to enhance understanding of their literary, cultural, and sociohistorical places in the field of children’s literature. THE SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD WINNERS THROUGH AN ACADEMIC LENS2018
Gertel, ElliotPortal of Hope: The Elazar Troppe/Hoffman Family Library of Petaḥ-Tikvahabilia at MichiganIn 2015, Dalia Hoffman, one of the first to receive a degree through the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, donated a library of some two hundred printed materials, primarily written in Hebrew and published in the first half of the twentieth century, to the research collections of the University Library. These items were amassed by Dalia's maternal grandfather, Elazar Troppe, who was one of the founders of Petaḥ-Tikvah and shipped in the 1980s to Dalia's parents in East Lansing, MI. Included in these writings are histories of Zionist agricultural collectives in Eastern Europe, the formative years of Israel, narratives on Petaḥ-Tikvah, and some not widely-held children's titles. This presentation will highlight some of the more intriguing items in the gift. COLLECTIONS AT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN2018
Goldin, Barbara Diamond, Michelson, Richard, Newman, Leslea, Sutton, RogerA Conversation with Roger Sutton and Leslea Newman with Previous and Current Sydney Taylor WinnersBarbara Diamond Goldin, Rich Michelson and Lesléa Newman, all of whom received the Sydney Taylor Award, will discuss their careers as creators of Jewish children’s books with Horn Book editor-in-chief Roger Sutton. Topics they will discuss include: What inspired you to become an author? What did you read as a child? What were and are your main influences? What brings you to Jewish topics? What is the role of Jewish books in the movement for more diverse children’s books? What has been your viewpoint on the need for diverse books and where Jewish books fit in to that? What are your latest projects? A CONVERSATION WITH ROGER SUTTON AND LESLÉA NEWMAN WITH PREVIOUS AND CURRENT SYDNEY TAYLOR WINNERS2018
Gottschalk, HaimThe Home Library – Provenance and Reading HabitMany libraries acquire their Judaica collections from private individuals. These personal collections were developed, some with purpose and direction, while others were developed more randomly. This presentation will look at the books of one personal home library that was frozen in time and place, glean from the inscriptions and stamps found therein, surmise how this collection was put together, and perhaps even learn the reading habits of the owners. LIBRARIES COLLECTING ARTIFACTS2018
Gottschalk, Haim, Meyerowitz, Yisrael, Shirazi, Gail, Taub, Aaron, Kohn, Roger S.Israel and Judaica Section of the Library of Congress Update Representatives from the Israel and Judaica Section of the Library of Congress will discuss a variety of acquisitions and cataloging matters, including new and recent classification numbers and subject headings, highlights of IJ Section cataloging practice, developments in serials cataloging and processing, and general Library of Congress news. ISRAEL AND JUDAICA SECTION OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS UPDATE Abstract, Slides2018
Grinspoon, Winnie Sandler, Pransky, JudithAwards Banquet Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award Acceptance Speech, Manuscript Award Introduction, Manuscript Award Acceptance Speech2018
Herbert, DinaHaving a Nosh with SNAC SNAC (Social Networks and Archival Context) is a way to address the archival diaspora issue by allowing archivists, librarians and scholars to jointly maintain information about the people documented in archival collections. This presentation will introduce the AJL community to the tool, its research and development, and where the project is currently headed by examining examples. Find out how to use the tool for your institution and how it is built. INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES Abstract, Text, Slides2018
Hoffenberg, ElenaCrying over Spilled Ink: A Century of John Singer Sargent's "The Synagogue" in the Boston Public Library Among the beautiful murals produced by John Singer Sargent for the Boston Public Library, The Synagogue stands out for its fraught history. While recognizing Sargent's exceptional artistic achievement, the community of Boston and beyond met this piece's installation with resistance. For several years following its initial unveiling in 1919, public debate raged over whether the piece reinforced past prejudice, taking place in printed words, in legislation in the Massachusetts State House, and in splashing ink on the painting itself. This case study of responses to the mural and controversy around its continued presence in the library sheds light on the representation of Judaism in public spaces, specifically the role of the public library as a forum for the Jewish community's negotiation of this representation. ENGAGING WITH ART Text2018
Kamin, Rachel, Reisner, Rosalind, Taub, Yermiyahu Ahron, Kadish, RachelStories to Savor: A Presentation by the AJL Jewish Fiction Award CommitteeOver one hundred works of fiction with Jewish content are published each year by mainstream, Jewish, and small, independent presses. So many books, so little time! How do we sift through the good, the great, and the not-so-great? How can reading books with Jewish characters and themes help educate, enlighten and inspire us? What are the new trends in the Jewish publishing world? Explore the latest and greatest in Jewish fiction for adult readers with the members of the new AJL Fiction Award Committee and come prepared to share some of your favorite new titles. Our special guest will be the inaugural award winner, Rachel Kadish, who will offer behind-the-scenes insights into the winning work. STORIES TO SAVOR: A PRESENTATION BY THE AJL JEWISH FICTION AWARD COMMITTEE Abstract, Slides, Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 32018
Kent, MichaelDigital Public Lab, Library and Archives Canada Access to online content is an ever-increasing demand by researchers. This demand has benefitted libraries with significant digitized collections as they can now attract new users who previously could not have accessed the institution’s holdings. This opportunity comes with the challenge that digitization is time consuming, which creates a significant staffing expense. One way Library and Archives Canada is responding to this challenge is by offering a public digitization lab in which users may use professional quality scanners and imaging technology to digitize published and archival material held by LAC. This allows users to create digital files for their own research, with LAC keeping those digital images and making them accessible free online. The presentation will discuss this project, including the origins, challenges and technology in use. Specific digitization projects undertaken in this lab will be presented, with a focus on certain Judaica projects currently being developed. This digitization innovation has the possibility to benefit both institutions and users in a meaningful way. DIGITIZING ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS2018
Kiron, ArthurJudaica Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania LibrariesThanks to a start-up gift from the Gershwind-Bennett Families, in the Fall of 2016, the Penn Libraries initiated an integrated program of Judaica Digital Humanities (DH) research and development. The primary goal has been to think creatively and experimentally about what we can DO with data that we have already produced in digital formats. Our understanding of DH as “what we can do with data” is not limited to specific applications like text-mining, but to an unlimited potential number of ways in which to recycle and play with data. In this talk, we will explore some of the projects in which we test out this approach, such as the “Scribes of the Cairo Geniza” partnership with the Zooniverse. DIGITIZING ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS2018
Klein, Warren, Prinz, Deborah R.Book ‘Optioned’ for Museum Exhibition: Crossing Boundaries of Venue, Lenders, Content and Theme This session explores the first-of-its-kind exhibition on the topic “of Jews and Chocolate”, at the Bernard Museum of Temple Emanu-El, New York City, and how it crosses the museum/library divisions. While many museum exhibitions generate catalogs, this one builds on the research from an existing book, On the Chocolate Trail. It brings food into a museum setting rather than to demonstrations or expos. Refugee Jews, initially Sephardim and later Ashkenazim, not only helped spread chocolate making skills through the world, they also found sustenance and commercial opportunity in their chocolate businesses. This session will explore how books, objects, and archival materials come together to tell these stories. What are the challenges faced when putting together an exhibition based on previous research and how might this work in other library spaces? LIBRARY COLLECTIONS2018
Lambert, Megan DowdThe Whole Book Approach Simmons College professor and author Megan Dowd Lambert will present a range of picture books, many by Jewish authors and illustrators, to provide an introduction to her Whole Book Approach (WBA) storytime model. She developed the WBA in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and it is the subject of her book, Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See (Charlesbridge 2015). Drawing on this work, attendees will consider how words, pictures and design elements work together to tell stories and convey information to picture book readers. The group will also reflect on the difference between reading with children and reading to children as it examines the role of adult mediators in children’s reading experiences. JEWISH CHILDREN'S LITERATURE Abstract, Text, Bibliography2018
Landau, RebeccaRevitalization of Jewish Monuments in the Czech Republic: A Tour of Preserved and Restored SitesMany Czech synagogues and cemeteries were damaged during the German occupation in World War II or were destroyed following the war when the country was under communist rule for forty years. Financed by a grant from the EU, plus additional funding from the Czech Culture Ministry, The Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic undertook the 10 Star Project, a project to reconstruct, restore and preserve fifteen important historical buildings: synagogues, rabbinical houses and Jewish schools (cheders) in ten towns in Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia. Completed in 2014, the 10 Star Project creates a national network of Jewish heritage sites and cultural exhibits. This slide presentation documents the presenter's 2017 tour of these sites. EUROPEAN LIBRARIES AND INSTITUTIONS Abstract, Text, Map2018
Lempert, LaraPeople of Many Books: Rescuing the Jewish Documentary Heritage in Lithuania after WWIIThe Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Collections Project is a landmark initiative that digitally reunites pre-war archival and library collections from YIVO, the Strashun Library, the An-sky Museum and other important Jewish institutions in pre-war Vilna. It encompasses over 2.5 million pages of material from YIVO in New York, the Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Central State Archives and the Wroblewski Library in Vilnius. The project draws its inspiration from the dramatic history of the collections and the heroic efforts of several generations of individual Jews and Lithuanians who helped rescue and hide the collections during WWII and in the Soviet period. Leading scholars and librarians participating in the Project will discuss how passing the invisible torch of the noble work of their predecessors has made the project possible. THE ROLE OF INDIVIDUALS IN RESCUING THE YIVO VILNA COLLECTIONS2018
Levi, AmaliaTracing the Jews of Barbados: Archival Dispersion and Digital ‘Repatriation’At the 2017 AJL conference, Amalia presented on the archival processing and digitization of the Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project records. The resulting digital archives offer a glimpse into a series of initiatives to restore and develop the synagogue block and into Jewish life and history on this island in the Caribbean. At the same time, the completion of this project was not really an end, but the beginning of a quest to extend the information contained within. In this presentation, Amalia will discuss how digitization and links among digital archives can help a “digital repatriation” of dispersed collections. JEWS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA2018
Levy, David BThe Image of the Librarian in Film, Television, and literature: A Derridean Deconstruction of the stereotypes and Foucaultian analysis of why these stereotypes exist- Test Case of Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, Louis Borges' "The Library of Babel", aThis paper focuses on the image of the librarian, and the subcategory of the Jewish librarian in film, literature, and television. Of the many examples of the Jewish librarian in film and TV, we consider David Mamet's work, Homicide, the Israeli film The Matchmaker, the film Sophie's Choice, and the Israeli film, The Footnote הערת שוליים‎, translit. He'arat Shulayim), among many other test cases. We put the images of Jewish librarians in the context of the many images of librarians and libraries from the wider world from Marian the librarian in The Music Man to Citizen Cane. As examples of favorable portraits of librarians we consider classic works such as Umberto Eco's semiotic novel, The Name of the Rose (Il nome della rosa), Louis Borges' labyrinth library thesis in "The Library of Babel" (La biblioteca de Babel) , and other examples of high intellectual culture that depart from popular culture flat stereotypes, by portraying the librarian in a positive light and valuing the knowledge that libraries contribute. By the method of Derridian Deconstruction (Mal d'Archive: Une Impression Freudienne) we will show why the popular flat simplistic stereotypes in pop low culture from the Saturn commercial to Seinfeld, are often false, and through the work of Michel Foucualt (“La Bibliotheque. Fantastique") analyze why popular degrading reductionist stereotypes sometimes exist in the popular uneducated imagination. We will derive insights into the popular negative stereotypes and categories in which librarians, and Jewish librarians in particular, are often depicted and classified in pop mass culture, under conventional devalued categories, as well as those examples of high cultural films and literature that break out of the box, and present a more multi-faceted, diverse, complicated, and in depth look at the profession and practitioners as valuable contributors to the the heart of any educational institution. Sound clips are deployed throughout the presentation for educational purposes, as well as primary documents such as interviews with film buffs, film makers and film cultural critics in NYU's film studies faculty, and at Jerusalem's film Ma'ale film school. We conclude that lack of knowledge concerning what librarians really do, and preconceived notions that libraries are limited to clerical duties of checking out books, "shushing," stamping, and shelving, often contribute to the popular negative image of the librarian in the general public, ad captum vulgi. On the flip side, intellectual authors like Umberto Eco, Louis Borges, and Arthur Conan Doyle (librarians help solve detective mysteries by deciphering clues) show appreciation, respect, and acknowledge essential value of the librarians role, not only teach how to “access” knowledge [and importantly serve as “fact checkers,”] but also to take an active role in organizing, interpreting commenting upon, and creatively fostering the furtherance of interdisciplinary international research in the knowledge revolutions we are living through in the digital Humanities, recognizing (anagoresis) that librarians are even capable of solving murder detective mysteries, and unlocking esoteric mysteries beyond and beyond, as the factotum Janus gatekeepers, giving meaning and redemption in the journey of life. LIBRARIANS AND MEDIA Short Text, Long Text, Slides 1, Slides 2, Slides 3, Slides 4, Slides 52018
Mordoch, Gabriel, Gertel, ElliotThe Correspondence of Bracha Fuld (Berlin, 1926 - Tel Aviv, 1946) in the Netzorg Family Papers Collection at the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library The goal of this presentation is to familiarize the audience with the history of Bracha Fuld (1926-1946). Bracha was born in Berlin and moved to London with her mother in 1938. In 1939, they moved to British Mandate Palestine. Although considered the first female resistance fighter killed in pre-state Israel in the struggle against the British authorities (she was a member of the Palmach), Bracha Fuld’s story remains relatively unknown to scholars as well as to the general public. She was killed on March 25, 1946 during what was later called Wingate Night - an operation designed to assist illegal Jewish immigrants to disembark on the coast of Tel Aviv. The Fuld Family correspondence is part of the Netzorg Family Papers collection housed in the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library. This presentation intends to focus on the exchange of correspondence between Bracha and her older sister Petra (unlike Bracha, Petra did not migrate to British Palestine, but to the United States). Other materials related to Bracha within the collection will also be discussed. COLLECTIONS AT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN2018
Namdar, RubyLiving in English, Writing in Hebrew: A Conversation with Israeli American Author Ruby NamdarEighteen years ago, Israeli author Ruby Namdar arrived in New York, not knowing that he had just taken the first step of an incredible literary, cultural and personal journey. The novel The Ruined House, winner of the 2014 Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award, was an artistic response to Namdar’s wonderful experience of discovering America, American Jewry and American Jewish literature. Translated from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin, The Ruined House was recently published in the United Staates by Harper Collins and was recognized by The New York Times as a “masterpiece of modern-religious literature”. The renowned critic Adam Kirsch (Tablet Magazine) called it "a new kind of Jewish novel, which everyone interested in Jewish literature should read." In this talk, Ruby Namdar will discuss his sources of inspiration, his new-found relationship to the great Jewish-American authors of the previous generation and the rewards - as well as the setbacks - of living in one language while writing in another. ISRAELI LITERATURE2018
Newman, Roberta, Sholokhova, LyudmilaPresentation of the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Collections Project: History, Achievements and PerspectivesThe Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Collections Project is a landmark initiative that digitally reunites pre-war archival and library collections from YIVO, the Strashun Library, the An-sky Museum and other important Jewish institutions in pre-war Vilna. It encompasses over 2.5 million pages of material from YIVO in New York, the Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Central State Archives and the Wroblewski Library in Vilnius. The project draws its inspiration from the dramatic history of the collections and the heroic efforts of several generations of individual Jews and Lithuanians who helped rescue and hide the collections during WWII and in the Soviet period. Leading scholars and librarians participating in the Project will discuss how passing the invisible torch of the noble work of their predecessors has made the project possible. THE ROLE OF INDIVIDUALS IN RESCUING THE YIVO VILNA COLLECTIONS2018
Nobel, RobinRothschild Foundation Support for European Libraries In July 2003, the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe launched its Jewish Archives and Libraries Grant Programme. Fifteen years later, the Foundation has grown this programme tenfold, supporting increased accessibility to Jewish materials in 30 European countries – from Belgium to Uzbekistan, Bosnia to Finland, and many points in between. It has initiated the first ever pan-European archival survey conducted in Jewish and non-Jewish archives alike, and it has run a series of training seminars in partnership with the National Library of Israel for European archivists responsible for Jewish collections. Yet, in most instances, the Foundation prefers to remain anonymous in its grant giving. This presentation will provide an insight into the considerations framing RFHE’s grant-making priorities and is an opportunity to learn about some of the unique, diverse and exciting projects the Foundation supported over the years. The central question framing the session is “how can one achieve maximum impact with philanthropic investment where the heritage field is concerned?” EUROPEAN LIBRARIES AND INSTITUTIONS2018
Pattee, AmyStatements of Value: Library Collection Development PoliciesLibrary collection development policies establish the parameters of the library’s collection and describe the criteria librarians and information professionals employ to select and maintain collections of material. Ideally, library collection development policies reflect and enact the library’s mission statement and, as they do so, they serve as operationalized statements of the values of the library and the greater institution in which it might be situated. This workshop will draw from best practices literature in librarianship to walk participants through the process of developing, revising and updating a small (school, synagogue or center) library’s collection development policy. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of their library’s current collection development policies to the workshop to review in the context of the workshop. LIBRARY POLICIES2018
Pearl, SydelleHow a Milk Can Changed My Life: An Author’s Journey Author Sydelle Pearl will explain how seeing a milk can on exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum nearly twenty years ago touched her deeply and served as the inspiration for her to write her novel, Wordwings, set in the Warsaw Ghetto. Sydelle will describe her research, writing and publication journey for Wordwings (Guernica Editions, October 2017) and about how the power of Story and Art can uplift people during bleak times. HISTORY AS INSPIRATION FOR STORYTELLING2018
Saccal, RitaSephardim in Argentina, Their History and the History of the Main Sephardic Institution, the CIDICSEF (Cidicsef-Centro de Investigacion y Difusion Cultura Sefardi - Research and Dissemination of Sephardic Culture) This is a short introduction to the first Sephardic immigration to Argentina, including the four main groups according to their places of origin, their institutions, synagogues and schools. Rita Saccal will be specifically referring to the CIDICSEF, the only academic Sephardic institution in Latin America, their activities, publications and library. JEWS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA Text, Slides2018
Schiffman, MarleneNACO after 25 Years: The Yeshiva University Experience In 1999, Marlene authored a presentation entitled “NACO after Five Years: The Experience of Yeshiva University” (Proceedings of the 34th Annual Convention of the Association of Jewish Libraries, AJL: 2000, pp. 106-113). It is time to reevaluate our experience with a paper entitled “NACO after 25 Years.” There have been many changes in cataloging in general, and in the establishment of names in particular, that have both benefited the NACO community and have complicated the process. This paper will provide examples of name authorities that have been proposed or altered according to the newest rules and the effects of later standards and methods such as RDA and electronic resources (Wikipedia, Facebook, E-mail, pop-up template, etc.) in the process of entering NARs (name authority records) in the NACO Hebraica Funnel. TOOLS FOR IDENTIFYING AND CATALOGING COLLECTIONS Text, Slides2018
Schulman, LisaWhy Truth in Fiction MattersGetting the facts right is imperative for fiction writers. Lisa believes that children’s literature has a crucial goal beyond entertainment, as certain subject matters may only be presented to a child once in their lifetime, creating a lasting impression that may or may not be accurate to history. Authors should strive to balance the fiction genre with a responsibility to educate our youth with truth, whenever possible. To delve more into this idea, the presentation will explore the following: 1) Examine challenges in writing the fictional parts of Anne Frank’s life after the annex betrayal. How were the invented points of the story incorporated? How and why were true facts woven into a fictional story? 2) Discuss Lisa’s in-progress picture book project. The story is based on the true story of Louis Armstrong’s early years and his relationship with the family of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants who hired him 3) Explore how librarians can use the Author Note at the end of a novel as a teaching tool. HISTORY AS INSPIRATION FOR STORYTELLING2018
Seelig, SurellaTransnational Archival Collaboration: Connecting the Past, Present and Future of Global FeminismBrandeis University’s Archives & Special Collections Department and the Haifa Feminist Institute at Isha L’Isha have embarked on a joint pilot project based on their extensive archival American Jewish and Israeli feminism collections. The project centers around a web portal designed to serve as an online clearinghouse and educational and academic resource wherein researchers can learn about the feminism collections at these institutions. The long-term goal for this project is to expand the collections at each institution beyond the Second-Wave, as well as to welcome additional international partner institutions into this collaborative venture. There is considerable material at both Brandeis and Haifa that relates to connections between American and Israeli women and to issues regarding international, global matters with which both groups of women were involved. This collaboration, the brainchild of Brandeis Professor Emerita Joyce Antler and Hannah Safran of the Haifa Institute, was born of the recognition of these linkages and both marks and embraces a new and exciting direction in the development of a transnational feminist Archive. INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES2018
Seigel, Amanda (Miryem-Khaye)My Life by Bertha Kalich, Found in TranslationThe memoirs of Bertha Kalich (1874‐1939) constitute an important primary source for research in Jewish studies, gender studies, and theater history. Bertha Kalich was among the first actresses to publish her memoirs in Yiddish, serialized in the newspaper “Der Tog” in 1925 under the title, “Mayn Lebn” (My Life) and microfilmed by The New York Public Library. Amanda Seigel has translated Kalich’s memoirs and subsequently published excerpts from the translation, revealing a treasure trove of information and insights. From her childhood in Lemberg (today Lviv, Ukraine), to her ascent on the early Yiddish stage in Eastern Europe and then America, to her crossover success in English, Kalich describes key moments and personalities in the early Yiddish theater and the struggles she faced as a Jewish woman. Join us for an illustrated exploration of her incredible life, now accessible for reading and study in English. LIBRARIANS AND MEDIA Text2018
Share, EllenTheir Love of ChildrenEllen’s presentation will be about American Jewish children’s book authors and illustrators who have had a lasting impact on children’s literature. These authors have written books that are considered classics, read by millions of children, and published in numerous languages. The focus will be on the authors Ezra Jack Keats and Margaret and H. A. Rey. Other authors mentioned will be Maurice Sendak and Margot Zemach. Ellen will conclude her presentation with suggestions for programs of Jewish interest based on the life of these authors. LIBRARIANS AND MEDIA2018
Stahl, NanetteThe History and Contents of the Alexander Kohut Collection of Judaica at Yale University This paper will discuss the history of how the collection came to Yale and some of the rare and important books it contains. LIBRARY COLLECTIONS Text, Slides2018
Sussman, Joni KibortFrom Golda Meir to Gal Gadot: Jewish Wonder Women in Children’s LiteratureSince 1980, women’s history has been celebrated nationally in the month of March. Stories of ordinary and extraordinary women provide resources and inspiration for learning about women’s history – and particularly Jewish women’s history - throughout the year. We’ll explore picture books dealing with a variety of these “Wonder Women,” from Gal Gadot to Golda Meir, the biblical Sarah, Rabbi Akiva’s wife, the artist Lee Krasner, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Yiddish theater actress Betty Rosenberg and others. Sneak a peek at Kar-Ben’s upcoming book, An Unlikely Ballerina, about Jewish ballerina Alicia Markova, coming out in Fall 2018. JEWISH CHILDREN'S LITERATURE2018
OCLC Update Slides2018
A Presentation by Members of the Sydney Taylor Book Award CommitteeThe committee will discuss favorite Jewish children’s books as seen from the award submissions and give a behind-the-scenes look at how the award winners are selected. A PRESENTATION BY MEMBERS OF THE SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD COMMITTEE2018
Meet the Sydney Taylor Book Award WinnersThe 2018 award winning authors and illustrators will present their books. This award is given each year in three categories: Younger readers (grades PreK-3), Older readers (grades 4-8) and Teen readers (grades 9-12) for books that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. Winner, Honor, and Notable books are given in each category. MEET THE SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD WINNERS2018
SSC RoundtableThe SSC Roundtable session is an opportunity for those working in day school, synagogue, and JCC libraries to meet together and exchange ideas. We plan to change up the format this year and allow participants to rotate among different “round tables” to discuss specific issues and challenges and share success stories and tried and true strategies. SSC ROUNDTABLE2018
Ashkenazi, JenniferThe Future of Legal Deposit Materials: Digital Collection Management at the National Library of Israel The National Library of Israel has historically collected all Israeli publications under the Legal Deposit Law. A recently approved revision of this law broadened it to also include digital materials. With this revision, Israel joined the handful of countries that have committed to collect the wide variety of digital publications, including e-books, music, databases and various digital-born publications. The speaker will analyze the practical implications of the revisions of the Legal Deposit Law and examine the NLI's endeavors to meet the new requirements and opportunities embedded in this revision. Understanding the challenges and the potential answers will open new avenues for collaboration and shape how we manage and access these digital collections. Updates from the National Library of Israel2017
Astrinsky, Aviva, Gilner, David J.Fanny Goldstein Merit Award Gilner Acceptance Speech2017
Baker, ZacharyResources in Yiddish Studies: Building a Research Guide for the Online Scholarly Platform, In geveb“Resources in Yiddish Studies” is the title of a research guide that has appeared in several installments in In geveb, an online scholarly forum for Yiddish Studies. This presentation will include an overview of the research guide itself and will attempt to situate it within the larger context of web-based scholarship in Jewish Studies. “Resources in Yiddish Studies” is a hybrid creation, combining traditional bibliographical features with links to digitized and born-digital content. Reference Sources in Jewish Studies Abstract, Slides2017
Beliauskas, ZilvinasBuilding Bridges and Creating New Communities of Tolerance in Vilnius Jewish Public LibraryThe aim of this presentation is to explicate the Mission of the Vilnius Jewish Public Library which is to bring back the Jewish literary and cultural heritage to the Lithuanian society and to demonstrate the contribution of Jewish nation into the world culture and in particular the contribution made by Litvaks. Cultural events which consisted of meeting authors and their book presentations, round-table discussions, film screenings, lectures, concerts and commemorations were organized. The rather intensive process led to the gathering and building of groups consisting of those who found the library as their meeting place for themselves and the interests they share. The grouping process is growing and reaching different sub-groups joining the whole network of developing community. It encompasses intellectuals, academia, including the Third University (for senior citizens), students, pupils, international community in Lithuania, and such interesting groups such as Polish Scouts and others. Collaborating to Support Library Collections2017
Belling, Veronica PenkinThe End of an Era: The Jewish Studies Library at the University of Cape TownThe protest movements “Rhodes Must Fall” initiated at the University of Cape Town in March 2015 and its outgrowth “Fees Must Fall” caused widespread unrest at universities throughout South Africa. With the resultant introduction of austerity measures, the Jewish Studies Library, whose hours of opening had already been reduced in 2006 and the librarian’s post downgraded in 2013, was now threatened with closure and the transfer of the books into the Main Library. Unfortunately, these developments coincided with the resignation of the Jewish Studies Librarian who will not be replaced. This paper will consider the factors leading to this development and the implications of this move for the collection, for the status of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research, and for the future of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Cape Town. Collections of the Past the Present and the Future2017
Ben-Efraim, JackieThe Curator’s Tool BoxToday, more and more librarians’ jobs seem to be merging with that of a museum curator. Jackie learned the basic curating skills at AJL’s 2012 convention in Pasadena. In this presentation, she will share the forms and spreadsheets she depends on to organize all the different aspects of her exhibits. Practical Case Studies Slides, Text2017
Berger, Shulamith, Cassedy, Ellen, Taub, Yermiyahu AhronYiddish Literature in TranslationYiddish literature is being widely translated into English today. For example, the new Norton anthology Have I Got a Story for You: More Than a Century of Fiction from The Forward showcases a wide range of Yiddish literary offerings translated by some of today's leading Yiddish translators. A plethora of translated full-length volumes by Yiddish writers have also appeared recently. This session will provide case studies of three distinguished Yiddish writers - Blume Lempel, Yenta Mash, and Joseph Opatoshu - and the efforts to render their writing into English. Focus will be given to the author's lives, their oeuvre as a whole, and narrative strategies as well as the translators' overall selection and translation process. Yiddish Literature in Translation Cassedy Text, Cassedy and Taub Slides, Cassedy and Taub Text, Berger Text, Berger Slides2017
Bloomfield, KathyAdvocating for Your Library: What Your Board Wants to KnowFor a variety of reasons, the value of maintaining a Synagogue or Center – and yes, even School – Library has been called into question in recent years. While librarians are passionate about the need for a library in their institution, what information can they provide their Board members so that fiduciary decisions can be made responsibly? This session will explore ways to define both the tangible and intangible benefits of School, Synagogue and Center Libraries in a manner that will encourage the Board of Trustees to support this crucial piece of the institution. Accreditation and Advocacy2017
Blumenfeld, DenisePlanning Strategies to Make Your School Book Fair a Great SuccessThis session is meant to teach and guide school librarians to strategically plan their book fairs in order to make the most of the event. The purpose is to engage students in reading, to get new books for the library, to obtain resources different than books - for example, tablets and software, - make the library more noticeable around the institution, and fun training in library user education and fun techniques of specialist search (books and internet). Keeping Our Libraries Relevant Abstract, Text2017
Boertjens, Rachel, Werdmolder, Rachel CiliaBibliotheca Rosenthaliana: Training the Next GenerationThe last two decades have seen a great change in the way libraries function and are used. New technologies, fast-developing digital possibilities, increased national and international inter-library cooperation, and the new demands placed on libraries by users have influenced the way they have developed. The modern library extends far beyond its own four walls. Furthermore, each generation has its own interests and needs, as well as different strengths and weaknesses that need to be catered to and addressed. Common to all generations is that in the digital age requests are often more specific and answers are expected quickly and internationally. The Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana is working hard to keep up with and ahead of the change. The curator and the junior curator will discuss the need for the training of young professionals as a way to accomplish this, and to be prepared for the generations to come. They will also share their experiences and the contents of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana junior curator training programme, begun in August 2016. Practical Case Studies Text, Slides2017
Braunstein, Beth AnshenJewish Values in Secular Children’s LiteratureGood quality picture books are an effective way of teaching children acceptance and respect for diversity and individual differences. The selections presented will include books that are appropriate for preschool through elementary grades. Jewish values will be explored in the literature with an emphasis on respect for each other. An annotated bibliography will be distributed and an online version will be available. Secular Children's Literature in a Jewish Context2017
Chesner, MichelleCodex Conquest: The Game of (Jewish) Book History: Pedagogy and Gaming in the Rare Book Room"Codex Conquest: The Game of Book History" is an Open Educational Resource card game intended to teach the history of the book. Created by Amy Chen, Special Collections Instruction Librarian at the University of Iowa, the game is easily and intentionally adaptable to other fields. This paper will discuss the original game and its adaptation to "Codex Conquest: Jewish Edition." History of and Through the Jewish Book2017
David, Ravit H.‘Vehigadeta’: Retelling the Story of the Exodus from Egypt in Digitized Kibbutz Haggadot In 2008, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto purchased from Arnold Druck the largest collection of Kibbutz Haggadot in the world. In June 2016, the author of this paper has begun to digitize the collection in order to secure its preservation and to enhance its discoverability. This paper aims to discuss the process of building a digital collection of enduring value in both English and Hebrew; the challenges encountered during the digitization of the Druck collection, and the best practices developed to make the collection available to research by scholarly and public communities from across the world. History of and Through the Jewish Book2017
Dickel, Jerry AnneYale Library’s “American Jewish Immigration Collection”Yale Library’s archival collection “American Jewish Immigration Collection” contains correspondence and other documents relating to Jewish immigration, mainly from Russia, dated from 1888-1938. These documents come from various Jewish organizations, whose work of assisting Jewish immigrants was supported by the Baron de Hirsch Fund. This collection offers glimpses of the lives of the immigrants, many of whom were women, some with children, who came to the United States via Japan to join husbands who had arrived earlier. Focus On: Collection Highlights2017
Dubin, Susan, Berkovits, MyraDeveloping a Holocaust Education Curriculum to Certify Holocaust Educators through the Library Susan Dubin and Myra Berkovits have developed a series of teacher workshops on Holocaust education that they have been presenting to public school teachers in the Clark County (NV) School District for the past several years. Each workshop is sixteen hours and is recognized by the state of Nevada as a Professional Development class for one unit of credit. They now have ten courses certified and are continuing to write more. Each class is given in the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center and relies heavily on library materials and search methods. When teachers have completed four courses, attended a student-teacher workshop, taken a methods class, and prepared a lesson with students for observation, they will receive certification as a Holocaust Educator from the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center and the Governor’s Advisory Council on Education Relating to the Holocaust. This will qualify them to offer Holocaust education workshops for other teachers and will carry a special designation with the school district. This conference session will share the curriculum, materials, and methodology used at the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center in the hopes that other libraries can develop similar programs. 21st Century Holocaust Education Abstract, Slides, Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, Handout 4, Handout 5, Handout 6, Handout 7, Handout 8, Handout 9, Handout 102017
Dublin, AnneWriting Labor Union Strife: The Toronto ILGWU Strike and BeyondAnne will discuss the history of the labor union movement in the garment industry and her latest novel, 44 Hours or Strike! She is an experienced speaker and has a lively presentation about her research and writing. She shows visual material via PowerPoint, and engages the audience through singing songs (English and Yiddish) and sharing stories. Anne also brings real objects from the era to give concrete examples of how people lived and worked. From Concept to Book: Authors Tell Their Stories2017
Dwoskin, BethMake your Library a Magnet for Jewish GenealogistsFollowing up on a 2009 article in Judaica Librarianship, “Genealogy in the Jewish Library: An Update”, this session will inform librarians about ways to make their libraries welcoming to Jewish genealogists in their communities. Ms. Dwoskin’s article was comprehensive in 2009, describing resources such as JewishGen, Routes to Roots, the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, the Family History Library and the International Tracing Service, and PERSI, the comprehensive index to genealogical serials. It emphasized the importance of local genealogical societies and their newsletters. This session will highlight the changes to these resources. Genealogy: New and Important Resources for Studying Family History Text, Slides, Bibliography2017
Elswit, Sharon BarcanBringing Folktales to LifeThis is an interactive workshop demonstrating the relevance of Jewish folk stories for children, teens, and adults and showing how to interweave tales into programs and curriculum. Folktales are short, enduring, and advise the alienated. Strategies for coping and survival, for using cleverness and laughter to understand the world, show up in our heritage of tales from the past. Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to tell stories and creative ways to share and engage others in sharing them. Bringing Folktales to Life Text2017
Evers, RenateThe “Schocken-Bücherei” in the Collections of the Leo Baeck Institute New YorkThe Schocken-Bücherei was one of the signature publications of the Schocken Verlag during the Third Reich - a high quality book series published in 92 counted volumes between 1933 and 1939 with a representative selection of literary texts by mainly Jewish and a few non-Jewish authors. The Schocken-Bücherei became a strong symbol for finding a cultural Jewish expression as well as spiritual and moral resistance in a time of peril and persecution. The presentation focuses on observations and reflections about the Schocken-Bücherei in estates and bequests from book collections of German-speaking Jewish emigrants to the Leo Baeck Institute New York. This material culture study joins the growing awareness among digital collections, repositories, collectors, and the scholarly community about the importance of individual books as objects which tell unique stories parallel to the life stories of their owners, often intertwined with the content of the books. Exposing Collections2017
Freedman, VanessaA Jewish Library in a Godless InstitutionUniversity College London was founded as an explicitly secular institution, the first of its kind in England. Unlike the other universities, religion was not a requirement for admission, there was no theology department and no place of worship. Yet within a century, UCL was home to one of the most important Judaica libraries in the UK. This talk will recount the history of UCL’s Jewish Studies collections and examine how the secular ethos of the college has affected their development. Focus On: Collection Highlights2017
Gershowitz, Elissa, Marcus, Leonard S.More Than Just One Person's Opinion: What Makes Good Book Criticism?How do we know what makes a good book? There’s that feeling - “I love that book! And so will you!” But it’s important to be able to talk specifically about what’s good, what’s bad; what works and what doesn’t, in order to understand how a good book is made - one that will stay in print past the current publishing season and might make future readers say: “I love that book! And so will you!” Noted children’s book critic Leonard S. Marcus and Tablet magazine writer Marjorie Ingall will discuss how they approach the assessment and review of books, including when - and how - to put aside personal biases… and when to embrace and acknowledge them. Panel members representing book review journals will talk about issues specific to their audience. Topics will include literary excellence, content expertise, the shared language of reviewing (including “useless” words), potential audience reception (including how much to consider it as a factor), cultural sensitivities/diversity, in-group reviewing versus reviewing outside one’s own culture, and non-professional reviewing (i.e., Amazon). More Than Just One Person's Opinion: What Makes Good Book Criticism?2017
Gottschalk, HaimThe Discarding of Hebrew WorksHave you ever stumbled upon Hebrew books that were tattered or photocopies of Hebrew texts and weren't sure of how to properly discard them? This presentation will go into the details of handling such material - whether it can be recycled or buried. Included in this presentation will be the rabbinic origin of this topic. Practical Case Studies2017
Gottschalk, Haim, Shirazi, Gail, Taub, Aaron, Teverovsky, GalinaLibrary of Congress' Israel and Judaica Section UpdateThis session will include cataloging, acquisitions, and general LC news, including exhibits, initiatives, and projects. Representatives from the IJ Section will discuss a variety of acquisitions and cataloging matters, including new and recent classification numbers and subject headings, highlights of IJ Section cataloging practice, and developments in serials cataloging and processing and general LC news. Library of Congress' Israel and Judaica Section Update Abstract, Slides2017
Gribetz, Sarit KattanThe Talmud in Korean: Rabbinic Literature as Children's LiteratureThis paper tells the story of the reception of rabbinic literature in South Korea, where a series of books titled Talmud (T'almudŭ) appears on best-seller lists and suggested reading lists for elementary school students, fills university library stacks, and has become the topic of national and diplomatic conversations. Based on a close analysis of dozens of volumes published between 1979 and 2016, we examine the different sub-genres that have been produced, individual editions that exemplify the development and diversity of the editions, and the religious traditions – Jewish, Confucian, and Christian – with which these books engage and that they ultimately merge. The presentation will focus especially on the collection of children's editions of the Talmud, including cartoon Talmuds and prenatal Talmuds; the transformation of Jewish narratives and values for use by children in a Korean context; and the role that these books play in the South Korean educational landscape. Secular Children's Literature in a Jewish Context2017
Heuberger, RachelThe Hebraica and Judaica Collection in Frankfurt am Main/Germany - Past, Present and Future The Hebraica and Judaica Collection in Frankfurt am Main/Germany The University Library JCS houses the largest collection of literature on Judaism and Israel in the Federal Republic of Germany. Formed by librarian Prof. Dr. Aron Freimann (1871-1948), the collection turned into the largest Hebraica and Judaica collection of the European continent before World War II. Most parts remained unharmed during the war. In recent years the historic resources have been digitized and are freely accessible in the internet. The presentation will give an overview of the development of the collection and introduce the digitization strategy of the library. The online portal “Digital Collections Judaica” offers a wide range of Hebraica and Judaica databases, including Hebrew manuscripts and Incunabula, Yiddish prints, historic prints and sheets of music, the unique collection of newspaper clippings about the Rothschild family, the Freimann collection of books and Compact Memory with periodicals. The new “Specialised Information Service Jewish Studies” is being developed as an innovative information infrastructure, aiming to facilitating access to resources and services for the research community. Collections of the Past the Present and the Future2017
Jefferson, RebeccaCooperative Digitization Initiatives to Reveal Hidden Resources from Jewish Latin America and the CaribbeanIn 2014, the Judaica Library at the University of Florida was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant in support of building a Cooperative Digital Library of Jewish resources from Latin America and the Caribbean. The new open access database, the Jewish Diaspora Collection (JDoC) at the University of Florida, is being modelled on and in conjunction with UF’s highly successful Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), which is a partnership of 44 libraries and archives in the Caribbean and U.S. To date, five partnerships have been agreed for dLOC/JDoC, including Jewish institutions and research groups from New York, Argentina, Mexico, Barbados, and Jamaica, and new content has been added thanks to contacts in El Salvador, Panama and Cuba. The database now holds over 500 items, including archives, photographs, newspapers, pamphlets, memoires, and ephemera, many of which were previously hidden and unknown. This paper will provide a summary of the JDoC project; it will share examples of the new content available in this database; and it will touch upon some of the project challenges, such as how to find and add content from under-researched areas, like the Jewish community of Peru, or from the endangered community of Venezuela. Judaica Libraries in Latin and South America2017
Jules, JacquelineJewish Picture Books: Activities, Songs, and a Behind-the-Scenes-LookJacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of twenty books for Jewish children, including The Hardest Word, Once Upon a Shabbos, Good-night Sh’ma, Sarah Laughs, and Never Say a Mean Word Again. She is also a former synagogue librarian, religious school teacher, and Tot Shabbat leader. In this presentation, the author will share how her picture books grew out of needs she saw as a Jewish educator. Ms. Jules will also provide extension activities for her books including songs, crafts, writing prompts, and discussion questions. Please join her for a lively session designed to enhance lesson planning and programming in your library. Hand-outs provided. From Concept to Book: Authors Tell Their Stories2017
Kamin, Rachel, Reisner, Rosalind, Weidman, JudyRecommended Reads: The Latest & Greatest in Jewish Fiction for AdultsOver 100 works of fiction with Jewish content are published each year by mainstream, Jewish, and small, independent presses. So many books, so little time! How do we sift through the good, the great, and the not-so-great? How can reading books with Jewish characters and themes help educate, enlighten, and inspire us? What are Jewish book groups reading? What are the new trends in the Jewish publishing world? What are the major Jewish literary awards? Explore the latest and greatest in Jewish fiction for adult readers with the members of the new AJL Fiction Award Committee and come prepared to share some of your favorite new titles. Recommended Reads: The Latest & Greatest in Jewish Fiction for Adults Abstract, Slides, Bibliography2017
Katz, Brian, Weinstein, Bruchie, Dubin, SusanThe Process of Achieving Library Accreditation: Receiving Credit for ExcellenceReceiving library accreditation marks a library as having achieved a high professional standard in librarianship, resources, programs and e-resources. How does a library achieve accreditation? What are the standards of requirement? Is there guidance during the process? How can the librarian make the library more relevant in the eyes of the parent organization? Is it possible to take a fresh look at the library’s policies and procedures to meet the changing needs of the 21st century? What is required to meet the standards of Basic Accreditation? What is required to meet the standards of Advanced Accreditation? These are some of the issues that will be discussed with a panel representing the AJL Accreditation Committee, a librarian who guided her library to Basic Accreditation, and a librarian who achieved Advanced Accreditation for her library. They will share their experiences and offer tips on the process. A Q & A will follow each presentation. Accreditation and Advocacy2017
Kent, StephanieCall Me Ishmael: Exploring Jewish Literature Through Digital CommunitiesCall Me Ishmael has partnered with AJL and the Jewish Book Council to collect and promote stories about the power of Jewish literature. The presentation will share findings from this partnership and focus on how to use online and digital tools to create communities around books and reading. SSC in a Digital World Abstract, Slides2017
Kestenbaum, Daniel, Schoen, Ken, Mizrahi, Israel, Fishburn, JonathanSelling Jewish BooksParticipants will present a brief history of their company and their methods of operation, their customer base and target audience, and the types of material collected, including special collections. Particular focus of the discussion will be on the changing bibliographic environment, including the impact of digital materials and the effect of the Information Age on their daily work flows. Participants will be asked to speculate on the future of their trade. Selling Jewish Books2017
Kiron, Arthur, Mintz, Sharon, Bergmann, AriBridging Private and Public CollectionsWhile institutional and private collections often hold similar materials, and librarians and collectors often acquire materials in similar ways, the two groups often work in complete isolation from one another. This panel brings together a university librarian who works closely with private collectors, a curator for both public and private collections, and a collector who has used his collections in the classroom, a public context, for a conversation on the intersections between public and private, and how we might work together to achieve common goals. Bridging Private and Public Collections2017
Krasner, BarbaraThe Who-What-Where of Holocaust Children’s Literature: The Holocaust Kidlit DatabaseIn this presentation, Holocaust children’s literature scholar Barbara Krasner debuts and demonstrates her searchable database on This resource inventories literature published since 2002 and includes fields for genre, age group, place of publication, geographical scope of the narrative, and category (i.e., flight, resistance, occupation, death camps, rescue, and return). She discusses the results of quantitative analysis to identify trends in the literature and potential gaps and highlights selections among picture books, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for younger, older, and young adult readers. 21st Century Holocaust Education Abstract, Slides2017
Kusel, Susan, Levine, Arthur, Pappenheimer, Andrea, Caplan, DavidThe Path to PublishingHow is a Jewish book created? We will examine how a book goes from an idea in a writer’s head to a finished product on a library shelf. What are the steps in the process, particularly the less familiar ones? How does each person who touches the manuscript shape the final book? What additional steps does a Jewish book go through, such as fact checking or PJ Library considerations? The goal of this session is to include multiple facets of publishing that are not usually discussed but influence the book such as art direction, copyediting, and marketing. The Path to Publishing2017
Leket-Mor, RachelFrom Siófok to New York to the American Southwest: The Life, Music, and Personal Library of Emmerich Kálmán, Composer of Arizona LadyThe Jewish-Hungarian Emmerich Kálmán (1882-1953) was a celebrated composer of Silver Age operetta. This light, entertaining genre of Viennese musical theater, a precursor of the Broadway musical, was immensely popular at the beginning of the 20th century (1905–1935), as was Kálmán himself. Yet his personal life was not as carefree as his music - he was able to escape Nazi persecutions again and again, but after more than a decade of displacement and itinerancy, the composer’s efforts to revive his career in the United States were defeated. Nothing represents that tragedy better than Kálmán’s last operetta, Arizona Lady (1954), which was nationally premiered in 2015 thanks to a collaboration of Arizona State University’s Center for Jewish Studies with Arizona Opera. The presenter will discuss Kálmán’s life, musical career, and reading preferences as they relate to his lesser-known western-à-la-operetta Arizona Lady. Music in Libraries2017
Levi, AmaliaAn End and a Beginning: Reflecting on Archival Work Completed at the Nidhe Israel Synagogue in Barbados At the AJL conference in 2016, Amalia Levi presented about ongoing archival work undertaken with the records of the Bridgetown Synagogue Restoration Project in Barbados. The project was completed in November 2016. In this presentation, she will focus on two topics: “lessons learned” and “now what.” Amalia will first discuss the process of partnering with the Digital Library of the Caribbean, the details of work performed, and the insights gained by seeking to reconcile the needs of archival description and arrangement with the requirements of the digital and the affordances of the interface. The second part of the presentation will describe how this project, rather than being “finished,” has led to opportunities for collaborations and possibilities for future projects building upon it, both on the island, as well as abroad. Judaica Libraries in Latin and South America2017
Levi, LindaGenealogical Resources in the JDC Archives Since 1914, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has borne witness to the most pivotal events of 20th century Jewish history. The JDC Archives include eyewitness accounts, reports, logs, passenger lists, emigration cards, and more, including 100,000 photographs, which document the organization’s global activities. The presentation will provide an overview for librarians of resources in the JDC Archives that are useful for Jewish genealogists and those researching their family history. Participants will learn how the Archives are organized, view examples of rich genealogical records, and discover how to conduct research in its repositories. Genealogy: New and Important Resources for Studying Family History Abstract, Slides2017
Levy, David BReference Services at Touro Lander College for WomenFifty five of the Touro College LCW library guides content compiled by the speaker include more than just standard web directories, recommended databases and bibliographies. Power points, mikorot packets of Hebrew Rabbinic primary sources, outlines-charts-exercises, book reviews, graphs, and substantive introductions pepper and spice up the library guides and make them unique resources. As Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi says in Pirke Avot: אל תסתכל בקנקן אלא במה שיש בו יש קנקן חדש מלא ישן וישן שאפילו חדש אין בו While the library guides template container may be likened to “new wine” if you explore these guides you will find “old wine. The Library Guides composed for the LCW curriculum show the increasing Interdisciplinarity of Jewish studies. Making these guides interdisciplinary shows that librarians not only teach how to “access” knowledge [and importantly serve as “fact checkers,”] but also can take an active role in organizing, interpreting commenting upon, and creatively fostering the furtherance of interdisciplinary international research. Reference Sources in Jewish Studies Slides, Text, Spreadsheet2017
Lieberman, EliMusic Cataloging in Jewish Libraries: The Offenbach Collection and BeyondThis paper will discuss a current project to catalog the Offenbach collection of sheet music at HUC-JIR New York Campus, as well as the Birnbaum collection in Cincinnati. In working with the physical sheet music for the Offenbach collection and the digitized images provided by colleagues in Cincinnati for the Birnbaum collection, the Repertoire International Des Sources Musicales (RISM), Hebrew Annotated Manuscripts Vol .1, by Israel Adler is used as a guide to the collections. The ultimate goal is to create a website that houses both images of sheet music and metadata in order to help preserve the materials and provide access to those who may be interested in these materials. Music in Libraries Text, Slides2017
Mordoch, GabrielThe Portuguese Dreyfus, Apostle of the Marranos and more: Arthur Carlos de Barros Basto Collection at The Ohio State University Library.This is a brief survey and contextualization of a small collection of thirteen items either written by or related to Arthur Carlos de Barros Basto (1887-1961), an outstanding Jew leader of 20th Century Portugal. Sephardic Collections Abstract, Slides2017
Neal, James G.Keynote AddressKeynote Biography, Slides2017
Neusner, Dena, Jules, Jacqueline, Kusel, Susan, Rabinowitz, HeidiTrends in Jewish Children's LiteratureWhat are the current issues in the field of Jewish children’s literature? A panel of experts, including a publisher, a reviewer and a librarian, will discuss large questions and developments in this area. In keeping with the theme of the conference, this session will discuss the next generation of Jewish children’s books. The intention is to greatly expand on the brief discussion about trends in Jewish children’s books held during the Sydney Taylor book sessions. Also, we would like to more deeply discuss issues that have been brought up in the past few years online and at AJL conferences. We would like to offer a larger perspective, not just about patterns in any particular year, but where experts see the field of Jewish children’s publishing headed. Topics include, but are not limited to, diversity and the We Need Diverse Books movement, how PJ Library has influenced Jewish children’s publishing, and changes in Holocaust literature. Trends in Jewish Children's Literature2017
Prebor, Gila, Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Maayan, Miller, YitzchakPlace, Space and Time in the Censorship of the Hebrew Book in ItalyIn the context of the Counter-Reformation, during the 16th-18th centuries, the Catholic Church closely supervised written and printed literature. The books of a controversial nature were expurgated and when the expurgation of a book was completed, the censor wrote a short approval note. Proof of the activity of the various censors can be found in a large number of manuscripts and printed works which have survived until the present day. We can find a lot of information on censored manuscripts in the catalogue of the Department of Manuscripts and the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts in the National Library of Israel (IMHM) that contain information about almost 2,500 censored manuscripts. The availability of a relatively large censorship database on the one hand, and the ability to apply to it modern analysis and visual techniques, on the other hand, can lead us to discover new insights into censorship activity over the years. History of and Through the Jewish Book2017
Ratzabi, ArleneHolocaust Testimonies in SynagoguesIn 2012, the Holocaust Learning Center (HLC) at the Westchester Jewish Center (WJC) became a permanent part of the Hendel Family Library and is a living memorial and educational tool to accompany the existing physical memorial to the Holocaust on WJC grounds. The HLC is not only a center of learning about the Holocaust with its many volumes of books, but also provides the interested person with specific, personal histories, artifacts, and videos to understand WJC families who were impacted by the Holocaust on a personal basis. The HLC presents periodic programs concerning the Holocaust, such as talks by survivors, scholars, and educators. Lightning Talks on NYC Collections2017
Saccal, RitaThe Jews of Iquitos (Peru)Iquitos, a town located 1,200 miles from Lima - the capital city of Peru - is the world’s largest city that cannot be reached by road. Located in the heart of the Amazonas, Iquitos used to be the home of a Jewish group that travelled from Morrocos to Peru, in search of "a promised better land". This is the fascinating story of these "self-exiles" who migrated to this hidden part of the world pursuing the 19th century rubber boom, their beginnings, their Jewish life, the construction of a Jewish community and their aliya to Israel. Judaica Libraries in Latin and South America Text, Slides2017
Schiffman, MarleneThe Baruch Strauss Collection at Yeshiva UniversityApproximately eight thousand printed volumes, most of them in Hebrew, are included in the rare collections at Yeshiva University. Many of the rare books were originally part of the library of Berthold Baruch Strauss (1901-1962), a London collector. This important collection, catalogued in part in his Ohel Barukh (1959), was acquired after his death for Yeshiva. The discussion will center on his acquisition of the volumes, some of the highlights Hebrew imprints in the collection and their most recent cataloging, and will feature some examples. Focus On: Collection Highlights Text, Slides2017
Schreiber, MonikaWhose Piano Is This Anyway? Vienna University Library and the Looted Heritage of the University’s Jewish Luminaries: A Double Case StudyThis paper presents two intriguing new cases that have recently been under the investigation of Vienna University Library’s NS-provenance research project on the university’s research and teaching collections, namely those of two erstwhile Jewish professors at the University of Vienna and distinguished players in the social networks of the fin-de- siècle Jewish elite: Guido Adler (1855 – 1941), musicologist of world repute, and Berthold Hatschek (1854 – 1941), innovative and influential zoologist. Caught up in the ever increasing anti-Semitic terror of the interwar years, both died in loneliness and misery within a month of the year 1941. Their multifaceted and widely scattered material legacies, which include private libraries, archival bequest, and teaching objects alike, have turned up in the holdings of the university at various points in time during its postwar history. The account given of these case studies will include positive and negative research results, the quest for heirs, and restitution. Exposing Collections Text, Slides2017
Schwimmer, DeenaHungarian Materials at YUThis is a presentation on Yeshiva University Libraries’ Zoltan Erenyi Memorial Collection of Hungarian Judaica, a fairly new and growing collection that documents the lives, experiences and pursuits of the past 250 years of Hungarian Jewry. It consists of works in a variety of formats, including books, periodicals, manuscripts, and archives. Lightning Talks on NYC Collections2017
Seigel, Amanda"Yikhes": Researching Your Roots at The Dorot Jewish Division, New York Public Library The Dorot Jewish Division is one of the world's great Judaica collections, freely accessible in The New York Public Library (NYPL). It serves researchers from around the block and around the world and genealogy is one of the most popular research topics. Together with colleagues in the Milstein Division of Local History, U.S. History and Genealogy, and throughout NYPL, we have a wealth of resources available for your genealogical research. This talk will provide an overview of the Dorot Jewish Division, explore how to utilize the physical and digital collections for genealogical research, and showcase some of the diverse and unexpected research sources that can help you better understand your own yikhes (lineage). Genealogy: New and Important Resources for Studying Family History Text, Slides, Handout2017
Share, EllenThe Great White WayThe racial conflicts and religious persecution will be identified in three plays: Porgy and Bess (revival) with music by George Gershwin (1953), West Side Story with music by Leonard Bernstein (1957), and Fiddler on the Roof with music by Jerry Block (1964). The analysis will come largely from a chapter in the book American Musical and the Formation of National Identity by Raymond Knapp. Of particular interest is that all the composers of these musicals were Jewish, along with many of the creators, choreographers, directors, lyricist, etc. Ellen will examine the origins of Fiddler on the Roof as a groundbreaking musical on Broadway with its portrayal of Jewish characters in a shtetl setting and the adaption of the stories of Shalom Aleichem as a musical. She will recommend book titles and suggest library programs (that she has used) for adults and children that are about musicals and their composers. Music in Libraries Text, Slides2017
Shuchatowitz, AvromThe Ladino Collection at Yeshiva UniversityThe Yeshiva University library owns several hundred books in the Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) language. In this collection are works in every genre of Jewish literature, including fiction and translations of the works of famous foreign authors. Many of the books are from the 19th century. There are also manuscripts and newspapers. The presentation will discuss the nature of the Ladino language and examples of the books in the collection. Sephardic Collections2017
Silverman, Lisa, Feder, DebbieRenovations and Transformations: Refreshing and Improving Library Spaces in SSC InstitutionsJoin Lisa and Debbie in a workshop about renovating and transforming your library to meet 21st century needs. Hear about and see photos of their stories of renewal and improvement and get focused on what you can do for your institution. Lisa just opened a brand new library on the premises of American Jewish University and Debbie’s high school just moved into a brand new facility. Learn what went well for them and what advice they have to avoid problems before they happen. The second half of the session will be focused on generating and narrowing ideas that each librarian would like to see implemented in his/her institution. Keeping Our Libraries Relevant2017
Stabler, Elizabeth F.Interested in Publishing Your Own Cookbook?This session will discuss how to start putting together a cookbook for your school, library or community center. After deciding on which cookbook press to use, what are the steps involved? Community cookbooks not only serve as fundraisers but also are a means to celebrate and memorialize a group’s members and its particular customs. Community cookbooks are now being studied by scholars for insights into Jewish and women’s lives. Collaborating to Support Library Collections Abstract, Slides2017
Stampfer, SylvianeUpdates from the National Library of Israel In the first part of the presentation, Sylviane will outline the history, developments and changes of RAMBI in its 50 years of existence. RAMBI is a multilingual bibliography of academic articles in all fields of Judaica, the history of Eretz Israel, including the archaeology of the whole area, and the history of the State of Israel, its economy, society, the conflict and more. It is not computer generated. Instead, it is compiled by a professional staff that reads the articles and assigns subjects on the basis of topics and not words used. At the beginning, RAMBI appeared each year in book form, but now it is an online resource that is available free of charge to anyone. Sylviane will present not only the history of the database, but also ideas and plans for its future and suggestions on how it can be used best. In the second part of her talk, Sylviane will discuss some of last year's highlights at the National Library of Israel including acquisitions, events and new programs. Updates from the National Library of Israel Abstract, Slides2017
Stein, TammarInspire New Books: How Librarians Can Make a DifferenceUntil early this year, there were no books about Israeli history for children. What changed? A middle grade novel about the Six Day War was published in April, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the war. Why was a children’s book finally written about Israel’s history? The answer: because a Jewish educator spoke up. Librarians have a unique understanding of which topics lack representation. Want to inspire change? Come find out how you can. From Concept to Book: Authors Tell Their Stories2017
Steinberger, ChaimSynagogue Archives Around New YorkOver the course of the last decade, Chaim has found that a number of synagogues have hidden archives in unexpected places. This presentation will show where documents and artifacts were found – within the synagogue buildings, in a local public library, in members’ homes and at auction. The presentation will focus on five synagogues, four in Manhattan and one in Westchester County. Chaim will describe how he found the materials, what he did with them, and suggest how researchers can be creative and go forth looking for archival materials. Lightning Talks on NYC Collections2017
Steinberger, Naomi M.JTS in Transition (2016-2019) The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary has undergone extensive changes over the past year and a half. While a new library will open in 2019, the collections are currently housed off site at two main locations and with specific special collections at two additional locations. This will be a lightning talk on finding what you need from the JTS collections, onsite, offsite, online and what to expect in 2019. Lightning Talks on NYC Collections2017
Stempler, Amy F.Bringing a Jewish Community to Light Through Oral History: A Librarian-Archivist CollaborationThe first scholarly article on the Jewish community of Staten Island, NY was based largely on an oral history collection maintained by the Archives and Special Collections in the Library of the College of Staten Island (CSI), CUNY. The recent publication was written by a CSI Librarian who worked closely with the archivist on this research project that was many years in the making. The librarian will discuss her collaboration with the archivist, which included securing funding to digitize the original cassette tapes. The digitization initiative not only preserved the archival materials and made them more accessible, but proved to be instrumental for the author to complete her study. The author-librarian will review the process of using the oral history collection to shed light on a community that had never received academic treatment and will address how this hidden collection was made discoverable to researchers. Exposing Collections2017
Tahan, IlanaThe Hebrew Manuscript Digitisation Project at the British LibraryThe aim of the project is to provide free online access to Hebrew manuscripts from the British Library’s collection, through manuscript conservation and imaging, catalogue creation and online presentation. The British Library’s collection of Hebrew manuscripts includes items representing Jewish cultural, religious and scientific endeavor between the 10th century and the beginning of the 20th century, covering a vast geographical expanse from Europe and North Africa in the west, through the Middle East to China in the east. By the end of the first phase of this project (July 2016), the digitisation of 1,300 manuscripts has been finalized, capturing over 435,000 images. The PowerPoint presentation will show the stages of the project, focusing on the progress made to date and the main challenges faced by the project team. Collections of the Past the Present and the Future2017
Wachs, NoreenMakerspaces and Library Commons: What Does This Mean for Conventional School Libaries?Makerspaces and Library Commons, sometimes called “Information Commons” is a new change sweeping libraries. It can be described as a full-service learning, research and project space. Noreen will discuss and show pictures of libraries that adopt some of these ideas and others that completely remake their library settings to fit into this new philosophy. SSC in a Digital World2017
Waghalter, Lynn, Potap, OlgaThe Mitzvah Project: The Collaborative Initiative of the AJL Librarians to Help the Vilnius Jewish Public Library with Collection Developing The Mitzvah project commenced during the summer of 2015 at the initiative of Ms. Lynn Waghalter, a librarian from Beldon Library, San Antonio, TX. After attending a session concerning the efforts of rebuilding the Vilnius Jewish Public Library at the 50th Annual AJL Conference in Silver Spring, MD in June 2015, Lynn decided to help them with their goal. The Mitzvah project came into being. Another AJL member, Olga Potap, a librarian from Boston University, contacted Žilvinas Beliauskas, Head of the Vilnius Jewish Public Library inviting him to start this collaborative project. This paper addresses the issue of how the private collaborative initiative can be transformed to a full-scale international project. We hope that the Mitzvah project will attract interest from other AJL members. Collaborating to Support Library Collections Text, Slides2017
Weinberg, PaulAntisemitism Then and NowThis is an introduction to the scholarly approach towards modern forms of Antisemitism, with special attention to economic assaults like BDS, quasi-scientific forms like the New Eugenics, and the academic delegitimization of Jewish history in Israel. The talk will also cover Christian and Muslim Antisemitism's reactions to these new parameters. Handouts and other printed materials will be included. Discussion and comments are encouraged. Reference Sources in Jewish Studies2017
White, Barb, Hexter, EstherTogether We Will Remember: How Collaboration and Commitment Have Brought a Community Together Around Holocaust Study - For Twenty Years!For over twenty years, Akron, Ohio’s Jewish Community and the Akron-Summit County Public Library have worked collaboratively to offer middle and high school educators (from urban and suburban public, private, and parochial schools) and interested community members an annual opportunity to engage in learning and dialogue around topics of Holocaust study. This community seminar has welcomed keynote speakers from art institutions, USHMM, local universities, the Northern Cheyenne Nation, and more, along with local survivors, liberators, and Second Generation family to bear witness to the events that have shaped and inform their lives. Seminar topics are wide-ranging, from the experiences of women and children in the Holocaust to the role of Helpers and Bystanders, and more. This presentation will focus on the strengths and strategies of collaboration, the evolution of the seminar to address state mandates for public education and a changing demographic, and best practices in conveying the lessons of the Holocaust to new generations of students through dialogue and print, media, and e-media resources. 21st Century Holocaust Education Slides, Handout1, Handout2, Handout3, Handout42017
A Presentation by Members of the Sydney Taylor Book Award CommitteeThe committee will discuss trends in Jewish children’s books as seen from the award submissions, share favorite titles, and give a behind-the-scenes look at how the award winners are selected. Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee2017
Meet the Sydney Taylor Book Award WinnersThe 2017 award winning authors and illustrators will present their books. This award is given each year in three categories: younger readers (grades PreK -3), older readers (Grades 4 – 8) and teen readers (grades 9 – 12) for books that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. Winner, honor, and notable books are given in each category. Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners2017
Adler, ElhananA Kabbalistic View of Jewish BibliographyShabbetai Bass, the first Jewish bibliographer, proposes a unique reward for those who study Jewish bibliography. 2016
Aronson, Ya'akovJews in Antebellum South CarolinaThis presentation will deal with Jewish involvement in the history of South Carolina, and more specifically of Charleston, from the earliest days of the colony to the outbreak of the War Between the States. In addition to the role Jews played in the general development of South Carolina, the internal organization of the Jewish community will be covered. Text2016
Atkinson, Keith, Atkinson, NancyCrossing Borders: The Transatlantic Migrations of the Nines Carvalhos Over 500 YearsThis paper recounts the story of a Jewish family that started in Portugal 350 years ago this year and crossed many borders on the way to the New World - not only geographic boundaries but religious and racial ones as well. Having spent five years and travelled many miles tracing the routes the Nunes Carvalhos took, the presenters would like to share their journey of discovery and reflect on what they have learned. Text, Slides2016
Baker, ZacharyBuilding the Israeli Nation: Two Decades of Collecting Initiatives at StanfordOver the past two decades, the Stanford University Libraries have pursued a collection development strategy that has resulted in the assembling of a critical mass of primary source materials documenting pivotal aspects of the Israeli nation-building enterprise and Israeli cultural production. These include literary collections such as the Israel Cohen library, historically based holdings such as the Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel-Aviv, archives on Israeli water resources and infrastructure, contemporary art exhibition catalogs, and – most recently – the Lahiton-Cinema World photo archive [the focus of Anna Levia’s presentation]. In addition to showcasing examples from these collections, the presentation will include an overview of the emergence and development of Stanford’s collecting efforts in this arena, and a discussion of ways in which they respond to the university’s broader research agenda. In the context of North American library collections, Stanford’s collections relating to Israel can be described as distinctive, highly selective, and largely retrospective in nature – and as complementing more ambitious collecting enterprises at other research establishments. Technological advances offer the hope (if not always the promise) of facilitating access to these holdings, to the research community at large. Abstract, Slides2016
Bazemore, SerenaSubmerged Archives: The Acquisition, Archival and Annihilation of Local Jewish ArchivesThe Duke Center for Jewish Studies has been pleased to acquire the archives of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina. The Rubenstein Library at Duke has collected and processed the materials, but they currently are submerged in the plethora of Judaica materials, as well as the sheer amount of holdings in the Rubenstein library. How can local Jewish foundations, organizations, federations, and synagogues avoid this? How can universities make better use of the archives with which they have been entrusted? What methods can we utilize in order to ensure these archives are brought to light – whether through research, digital exhibits, better finding aids – what are the best and most appropriate methods? What are the unique challenges in collecting, processing, and archiving these small collections that often require institutional memory? This presentation will offer examples from the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, while also exploring new approaches and hopefully connecting with a larger community in working through these challenges. 2016
Beliauskas, ZilvinasVilnius Jewish Public Library: History, Activities, Objectives and ChallengesVilnius Jewish Public Library was established by the Ministry of Culture in 2011 as a result of many joint efforts and lucky coincidences. For seventy previous years, the wording “Jewish library” had no actual reference in Lithuania. Now, still in its childish age, the library is very ambitious to bring back, develop and integrate the lost local and world Jewish cultural heritage to the Jerusalem of the North. The library energetically seeks to enrich its collection and to energize its cultural and educational functions to the scale of becoming the largest of its kind in Europe. Abstract, Slides2016
Berger, ShulamithFartaytshed un Farbesert? Translated and Improved?American Yiddish theater productions of Shakespeare in Yiddish translation were often fartaytshed un farbesert, i.e. “translated and improved.” Typically, the “improvement” substituted a happy ending for a tragic one. Shuli Berger is a 2015 Translation fellow at the Yiddish Book Center. Her project is to translate the Yiddish novel, Hebrew, by Joseph Opatoshu, into English. The novel is set on the Lower East Side of New York in the 1910s. The main characters are Hebrew teachers, recent immigrants to the United States from Eastern Europe. The book discusses their lives and loves in New York. This talk will describe the year-long experience of the Yiddish Book Center fellowship, the training and guidance it provided, and Shuli’s reflections on wrestling with translation. 2016
Bergman, EmilyCombating BDS in the American Library Association: The View from the Trenches2016
Bitton, YoramMusic Collection at the Klau Library HUC-JIR New YorkThis presentation will summarize the written music collection in the Klau library at HUC-JIR in New York. This collection has been recently organized and cataloged and could be of great value to scholars of Jewish music. The presentation will discuss the importance of the collection and ways in which the Jewish librarian community can create a database of this and similar collections around the world. 2016
Blumenfeld, DeniseAppeal and Encourage Children to Read from Jewish School LibraryIn this presentation, the evolution of the library project management for the technical reorganization of the school library of Albert Einstein Institute in Panamá City will be discussed. The management of an educational project for the acquisition of habit and reading promotion through various recreational, technology and traditional strategies will be touched upon. 2016
Butler, NicholasSephardic Translators and Anglo-Iberian Diplomacy in Colonial CharlestonFrom the arrival of the first English settlers in Carolina in 1670 to the Treaty of Paris in 1763, the hostile relationship between England and Spain cast a perpetual shadow over the development of Colonial Charleston. In response to the constant fear of being invaded by their neighbors in Spanish Florida, the government of South Carolina erected an ever-evolving ring of expen-sive fortifications around the capital town and kept a watchful eye on military activities in St. Augustine. The government required trustworthy translators to assist with diplomatic missions between the two adversaries and Charleston's early Sephardic Jews were consistently drafted for such services. Similarly, the opening of Portuguese markets to South Carolina rice in the 1730s led to a considerable economic boom for the young colony, and Sephardic "linguists" again played an important assisting role. Through such activities, Charleston's earliest Jews used their unique cultural skills to contribute effectively to the preservation and success of their adopted home. 2016
Chan, Harry, Rabinowitz, Heidi, Levine, JoyceTuesday Awards LunchHeidi Rabinowtiz: AJL Fanny Goldstein Award Harry Chan: MediaFlex/OPALS Fanny Goldstein Acceptance, Presentation to Harry Chan2016
Evers, RenateThe Complete Horse Connoisseur: A Glimpse into Everyday Life at the Threshold of Modernity“Der vollkommene Pferdekenner” (The Complete Horse Connoisseur) was written in 1764 by the Southern German nobleman Wolf Ehrenfried Freiherr von Reizenstein. It contains everything there is to know about horses. The Leo Baeck Institute acquired this veterinary work designed for equestrians because of an extraordinary appendix, which consists of 36 pages of Hebrew words and phrases which were used by Jewish horse traders. The dictionary was transliterated into Gothic letters and provided with German definitions and is followed by five lively sample dialogues between Jewish horse traders in their peculiar Hebraeo-German jargon. This appendix gives interesting insights into the everyday life of German-Jews, their socio-economic circumstances, and their relationships to their non-Jewish and Jewish environment at the threshold of modernity. 2016
Feder, Debbie, Novil, Rose B.From Nextbook’s Let’s Talk About It to Oakton Reads: Jewish Literature Discussion Groups in a Community College SettingAs a recipient of the Nextbook/ALA “Let’s Talk about It” grant in 2007, Oakton Community College offered its first Jewish book series. When the program ended in 2009, the library decided to continue the series by getting grant funding through Oakton’s Educational Foundation. Learn about the evolution of this program and how it has become so successful. Slides, Text2016
Finkelman, YoelExpanding Collections and New Technology at the National Library of IsraelThe cornerstone-laying ceremony for the new building of the National Library of Israel has received more attention than any other part of the Library's ongoing Renewal Plan. Still, the National Library of Israel is advancing in several other directions as well: collections, educational activities, technology, and international cooperation. The National Library of Israel continues to create educational materials for the school systems in Israel and elsewhere. It's brand new interface for digitized Hebrew manuscripts and for the Israel Archives Network offers new user experience and access to materials. Its cooperation with major collections around the world guarantees increased access to wider and broader digital collections. All of these tools can help researchers, students and other libraries. Abstract, Slides2016
Freedman, VanessaHonoured and Venerable Sir…University College London holds on loan from the Montefiore Endowment a stunning collection of tributes presented to Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885) and his wife Judith (d.1862). They have recently been digitized and transcribed and are freely available online. The tributes are both beautiful objects in themselves and also a rich source of information about Jewish communities around the world. This illustrated talk will give the background to the collection and present some highlights, as well as discussing the process of digitization. 2016
Freiband, SusanStrategies for Weeding the Small Library CollectionSusan Freiband will discuss the following in her presentation: the justification, rationale and benefits of weeding; qualities or skills useful in carrying out a successful weeding project in the small library; what is needed to know about the collection in order to carry out a weeding project; planning the weeding project and who should be involved; key decisions to be made, what should be documented and how; the connection between weeding and other aspects of collection development; specific techniques or strategies used to weed the collection; follow-up to weeding, including disposal of weeded items, and options available. Text2016
Galron, Joseph (Yossi)Twelve Years of the Lexicon of Modern Hebrew Literature and Other ProjectsThe Lexicon of Modern Hebrew Literature began in 2004. This talk will report the progress of this project after twelve years. There will also be a report on other bibliographic projects under the umbrella of the Lexicon (and one project that is not under the umbrella). 2016
Gottschalk, Haim, Taub, Aaron, Teverovsky, GalinaIsrael and Judaica Section Cataloging Update Representatives from the IJ Section will discuss a variety of cataloging matters, including new and recent classification numbers and subject headings, highlights of IJ Section cataloging practice, and developments in serials cataloging and processing. Additionally, Roger Kohn will contribute slides regarding his experiences as a participant in the BibFrame Pilot Project. Abstract, Slides2016
Greene, HarlanMapping Jewish CharlestonThe Jewish Heritage Collection at the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library is currently engaged in a digital project on mapping Jewish Charleston. When the library began collecting materials twenty years ago, on a very small scale, Jewish Charleston was NOT on the map. Now, thanks to persistence and determination, Charleston is recognized for its major role in Jewish American history and the archives are used by scholars all over the world. Collections not only document Charleston’s Jewish history, but Southern Jewish culture, while the growing Holocaust archives and the internationally important William A. Rosenthall Judaica collection bring the library further attention. This session will discuss both the current digital project aimed at charting the Jewish geography of Charleston and the back story - how a library and archival collection was created from the ground up, how it brought in grants, created academic programs, attracted Jewish students, and impacted the local economy. Perhaps this story will provide a road map that other institutions can follow. 2016
Guberman, JasonOn the Front Lines: Preserving Middle Eastern Jewish History in the Age of ISISAmidst the horrors of the Syrian civil war, the historic Eliyahu Hanabi (“Elijah the Prophet”) Synagogue in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus was destroyed. More recently, ISIS has demolished the purported Tomb of Jonah, which was located in one of Mosul’s oldest mosques. ISIS has also caused the Christian village of al-Qoosh in Iraqi-Kurdistan, home to the traditional Tomb of Nahum, to be evacuated several times, and has looted Dura Europas, in which the ruins of one of the world’s oldest synagogues reside. These are brusque reminders of how the synagogues, schools, and other structures that once composed Jewish life in hundreds of communities across the Middle East and North Africa are decaying or being destroyed, and the last generation with memories of these communities is passing on. There is limited time left to capture site data and record place-based stories before they are forever lost. Diarna, “Our Homes” in Judeo-Arabic, meets this urgent challenge with a synthesis of traditional scholarship, fieldwork, and multimedia technologies - satellite imagery (complete with terrain, zoomable perspectives, tiltable views and 360-degree rotation), immersive panoramas, three-dimensional architectural reconstructions, archival and contemporary photography, and place- based oral history recordings - all meant to create virtual entry points to once vibrant yet now largely vanished communities. Jason Guberman-P., Diarna’s co-founder and the executive director of the American Sephardi Federation, will provide a tour ranging from Holocaust-era Vichy Camps in Morocco to Jewish fortresses in Arabia. He will also provide a briefing on the latest, ongoing research in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, and Yemen. 2016
Hes,ShulamisTreat Them Like CustomersIn this workshop, you will learn how to improve customer satisfaction at your academic library; increase e-resource discoverability and accessibility; and convert your physical and/or virtual space into a student-centered Information Commons. Abstract, Slides2016
Hirsch, MargaThe Role of the Court Jew in Southern GermanyLaemmle Seligmann (d. 1742) was the Court Jew in Weikersheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, where his responsibilities to the prince included horse trading. Laemmle was respected and beloved by the townspeople of his day and remains a renowned icon of the town today. Marga Hirsch, Laemmle’s 7-times great-granddaughter, will speak about the role of the Court Jew and about Laemmle’s particular history. 2016
Ivry, SaraVox Tablet: The Story of a Jewish PodcastThis is a brief overview on the history of the Tablet Magazine podcast - from its origins, to its purpose, to its final chapter. 2016
Jefferson, RebeccaCollecting to Fundraise; Fundraising to Collect – Tales from the Price Library of Judaica NEH Challenge GrantThe National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant is a set amount of funding awarded to an institution to assist with its long-term planning and development and to grow its support base. The funding is split over several years and released only upon receipt of matching funds raised. In December 2014, the Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida (UF) won the maximum NEH Challenge Grant award of $500,000 spread over four years to build a $2 million endowment. Once established, the endowment will fund in perpetuity the collection, preservation and provision of access to Jewish materials from Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. But after receiving the award, the Price Library faced a second, unanticipated challenge: the distinctive, collaborative and cross-disciplinary idea that held great appeal for the NEH granting body proved to be less compelling to the library’s potential donor base whose major philanthropic giving was directed more towards projects concerned with Israel and Holocaust education. Thus, the library decided to turn the project on its head and collect to fundraise rather than fundraising to collect. In other words, the library would direct its energies towards proving the concept first by purchasing relevant and engaging materials, developing dynamic digital partnerships, establishing a new oral history series, and creating unique public outreach programs to generate wider interest and support. This TED talk will take you on a whirlwind tour of the first eighteen months of this unusual campaign, with its highs and lows and tales of the truly unexpected. 2016
Jefferson, Rebecca, de Farber, BessWhat You Don’t Know about the NEH Challenge GrantThe George A. Smathers Libraries were awarded a second NEH Challenge Grant in 2014 entitled “Repositioning Florida’s Judaica Library: Increasing Access to Humanities Resources from Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean”. The project proposes to raise $1.5 million matched by an NEH contribution of $500,000 to build an endowment in support of purchasing and preserving hidden and/or endangered Judaica materials from Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean, and in support of research fellowships, studentships, and ongoing public outreach and engagement. This presentation by the Libraries’ Grants Manager, Bess de Farber, and Judaica Librarian, Rebecca Jefferson, will introduce the NEH Challenge Grant program, grant-seeking strategies and post-award management rewards and challenges. The presenters will provide a step-by-step retrospective describing how the proposal came to be conceived and submitted, time-tested practices for planning and preparing a fundable project, and the risks that project team members may encounter. 2016
Kamin, Rachel, Tilman, Ellen, Weidman, JudyRecommended Reads: The Latest and Greatest in Jewish Fiction for AdultsOver one hundred works of fiction with Jewish content are published each year by mainstream, Jewish, and small, independent presses. So many books, so little time! How do we sift through the good, the great, and the not-so-great? How can reading books with Jewish characters and themes help educate, enlighten, and inspire us? What are Jewish book groups reading? What are the new trends in the Jewish publishing world? What are the major Jewish literary awards? Explore the latest and greatest in Jewish fiction for adult readers and come prepared to share some of your favorite new titles. Abstract, Slides, Spreadsheet, Bibliography2016
Kusel, SusanFrom Paper to Digital: How One Library Transformed ItselfHave you always wanted to join the digital revolution but time and budgets have stopped you? Has the project seemed too overwhelming and you don’t know where to begin? Learn how a synagogue library managed to transform their card catalog into a fully digital collection within fifteen months using only a part-time librarian, a small budget and volunteers. The project will be broken down into manageable steps including how to recruit and train volunteers from existing synagogue groups, how to select a database and how to organize the workflow. Unlike public or school libraries, many synagogue and center libraries are not yet digitized due to the size of their staff and their collections. Find out how this daunting task can become manageable, even if you have no starting catalog at all. Text2016
Leket-Mor, RachelA Niche Collection in a Non-Knish Land: On Stewarding and Marketing a “Special” Special CollectionThe IsraPulp Collection at Arizona State University is comprised of rare books and serials associated with Hebrew popular literature. Spanning decades of production (1930s to present day) and a wide range of genres, this special collection focuses on trivial, non-canonized literature published by peripheral publishers, in Hebrew. Although conveniently tagged under the umbrella of Jewish Studies, the dual-themed collection development guidelines constitute this repository as a double special, or niche collection. The presenter, who established the collection in 2004 and serves as its curator, will describe recent updates and efforts to preserve, catalog, and enable access to collection items, as well as outreach and marketing attempts to broaden its compass beyond the particularistic enclosure of Jewish Studies. 2016
Lerner, Heidi G.Hebraica Cataloging and Catalogers in North America: Today and Tomorrow The past 15 years have been a period of change not only for Hebraica catalogers, but also for the larger community of catalogers of which we are a part. Today our colleagues are learning about and exploring new data models for expressing bibliographic description; most likely at least one of these will replace the MARC21 system of encoding bibliographic data. Resource Description and Access (RDA) has largely taken over Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (2nd ed., 1988 revision) as a cataloging standard. Digital collections which require description and access are expanding within our libraries. Questions are being asked as to whether cataloging, metadata creation and remediation are the same things or not. This presentation will provide the results of a survey sent out earlier the year and give some questions for us to think about on what are the future roles and workflows for Hebraica catalogers. 2016
Levi, AmaliaOngoing Archival and Library Work at the Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum in Bridgetown, BarbadosThis presentation will focus on archival work undertaken with the records of the Nidhe Israel Synagogue Restoration Project in Bridgetown, Barbados. Ms. Levi will provide a brief overview of the history of the Jewish community in Barbados and background information on the project’s undertaking of restoring the synagogue and its adjacent area. She will discuss the digitization of these records and describe the thought processes and decisions that went into arranging, describing, and digitizing the collection. The possibility of establishing a library at the museum will be touched upon. Considerations will be shared, and the pros and cons of a physical library will be discussed. Comments and suggestions by the audience in the form of brainstorming will be appreciated. Slides, Abstract2016
Levi, LindaTreasures of the JDC Archives and Resources for LibrariansThe JDC Archives is an unparalleled repository of modern Jewish history. Its vast holdings document JDC’s global humanitarian mission, activities, and partnerships from World War I to the present. Its Archives are considered “one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history” (Long Island University Professor Mimi Bowling, consultant, 2006) and indeed for the history of American humanitarian involvement. This presentation will provide an overview of the JDC Archives, and a taste of its treasures. The focus will be on material of interest to Judaica librarians including: --Digital collections available online for scholars and researchers --How to access our Photo Collection Online --Resources of interest to genealogists and family historians --Education resources available online such Topic Guides on The Story of the St. Louis, JDC and the US War Refugee Board, Refuge in Shanghai, etc. Abstract, Slides2016
Levia, AnnaThe Lahiton/Cinema World Image Collection at Stanford University LibrariesThe entertainment magazines Cinema World (‘Olam ha-kolno’a), established in 1951, and Lahiton, which was established in 1969 and merged with Cinema World in 1974, were the first Israeli publications devoted solely to popular culture. As such, they documented the development and growth of the Israeli entertainment industry and encompassed all forms of popular entertainment in Israel from the late 1950s through the 1980s, with a focus on music and cinema, but also covering theater, television and dance. Many prominent politicians appeared in the pages as well. These images illustrate the extent to which Israel’s leaders mingled with entertainers, particularly the foreign celebrities invited by Lahiton for promotional tours of the country - from Arik Einstein, Shalom Hanoch, and Gidi Gov to Anat Atzmon, Anat Topol, and Anat Zahor, with many more in between. View highlights of the Lahiton/Cinema World collection as we take a historical tour of Israeli entertainment. Abstract, Slides2016
Levine, JoyceLibrary Advocacy – The Role of the School LibrarianThis talk showcases a PowerPoint presentation entitled “The School Library: a Vital Component of Jewish Education” prepared by school librarians Joyce Levine, Rachail Kurtz, Michal Malen and Karen Ulrich. Designed to demonstrate the value of the library in Jewish day schools, the PowerPoint highlights the various roles that the school librarian plays in supporting educational goals. It provides examples of the librarian as an information specialist, a collection developer and organizer, a program innovator, a facility designer, and a bridge between the Judaic and secular curriculums. The PowerPoint includes talking points for outreach to school administrators and educational funders. Abstract, Slides2016
Levy, David BLearning from Scholar LibrariansWe have much to learn today from Scholar largely autodidact librarians Drs: Moritz Steinschneider, Abraham Berliner, Abraham Freidus, Solomon Schechter, Umberto Cassutto, Alexander Marx, Jacob Dienstag, Rabbi Efraim Oshry, Chaim Leib Aryeh Vilsker, Gershom Scholem, Haim Maccoby, Stefen Reif, Malachi Beit Arie, and Menachem Schmeltzer- M.S. to MS. These scholar librarians should serve as inspiring models to Judaica Librarians for the proper integration and fusion of scholarship with practicing Judaica Librarianship. These extraordinary scholarly librarians' research gave mission, guidance, and purpose to their being great Judaica Librarians. These scholar librarians show us that there is no substitute (especially mechanized automation) for authentic subject knowledge, seeing back-stretched interdisciplinary connections, and wide-reading background and autodidacticism, that allows one to cast a wide cognitive net in familiarization with a broad range of Judaica subjects, disciplines, and methods that benefits the field of Judaica librarianship. Until Judaica Librarianship again `values’ the importance of Jewish scholarship as an essential key component working in tandem with serving as a Judaica Librarian, the profession will be less for this myopic lack of vision. The understanding of these scholarly librarians shines as a beacon paradigm for weathering the fashions of ephemeral technological changes that morph into the truncated type of professional librarian specialist technocrats. Because these scholar librarians know the substantial content of books, manuscripts, and journals in their collections etc rather than `getting by' as task master technocrats, proficient in merely “accessing information” ad captum vulgi, their examples serve as standards by which Judaica Librarianship should set high the bar. Librarianship based on Technocrasy (the fusion of technology and bureaucracy) favors specialization rather than the ideal of the independent autodidact scholar librarian, who never loses sight of the big picture, or seeing the forest for the trees, possessing visionary scope from the alpha to the omega, the perspective of the mental sunrise from eagle's wings as Rambam the Nesher HaGadol teaches. All of the above extraordinary 20th century Jewish scholar librarians serve as shining examples that Judaica librarianship is a mission, not merely a bourgeois professional career, punching a clock 9 to 5 pm. We learn from these scholarly librarians devoted foremost to the quest for hokmah-binah-vedaas, and in this quest for attainment of intellectual virtue, we find the fullest completion (shelemut) for which the human being was created BiTzelem Elokim. All of these scholar librarians strived ad astra for deepening Jewish knowledge, expanding the palace of Torah, by affirming that the link (kesher) between Hashem and human being is the sekel ha-poel (active intellect) which is not only redemptive, but enables the ultimate heavenly rewards, whereby one's merit is directly proportional to the cognitive virtue gained in this world (olam ha-zeh) which accrues [as the language of the Mishna notes] as `interest’ in the next world and beyond etc. The example of these scholar librarians are an answer to the question- Why Judaica libraries [which are different and unique from other types of libraries], matter now more than ever? If we do not harken to the clarion call of their perfect harmonization of librarianship with scholarship, Judaica librarianship is at risk. Abstract, Slides, Text, Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, Handout 4, Handout 5, Handout 6, Handout 7, Full Text2016
Lewis, MeredithHow PJ Library Chooses Books Biography, Slides2016
Lewis, MeredithThe Most Jewish Non-Jewish Book Ever: What Makes a Book Jewish, Beyond Its Overt Content?PJ Library is a global Jewish program that sends nearly 150,000 books in the United States and Canada, alone. Over the past ten years, PJ Library has expanded to think broadly about Jewish content and family engagement. So what does PJ Library look like today? Why does PJ Library focus its lineup on picture books through age 8? How does PJ Library approach the monumental task of determining whether or not a book is “Jewish?” Come learn more about the program with PJ Library’s Director of Content and Engagement. Abstract, Slides2016
Newman, LesleaAwards Banquet Newman Acceptance Speech2016
Newman, LesleaCarrying On: How Poetry Helped a Jewish Daughter Mourn the Loss of Her MotherLesléa Newman and her mother shared a love of literature, particularly poetry. Lesléa found that writing poems both during her mother’s illness and after she died was a great comfort and a way to both mourn her mother’s death and to celebrate her life. During this presentation, Lesléa will read brief selections from her poetry collection, I Carry My Mother, and discuss the writing process. Text, Slides2016
Newman, Leslea, Green, Jeffrey M., Schlitz, Laura Amy , Kimmelman, LeslieSydney Taylor Award Committee PanelLeslea Newman, award winning author of the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Younger Readers will discuss her book Ketzel the Cat who Composed, illustrated by Amy June Bates. Jeffrey M. Green, translator of the Sydney Taylor Book Award winning book for Older Readers will discuss the winning book Adam and Thomas, by Aharon Appelfeld, illustrated by Philippe Dumas. Author Laura Amy Schlitz will discuss her Sydney Taylor Award Winning Book for Teen Readers, The Hired Girl. Leslie Kimmelman, author of the Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Younger Readers, Everybody Says Shalom, illustrated by Tabitha Shipman and Suzanne Nelson, author of the Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Teen Readers, Serendipity’s Footsteps, will discuss their books. The Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee will discuss trends in Jewish Children’s Literature. 2016
Olmert, JosephBDS: Another Stage in a Long CampaignThis talk will focus on the factual background of the emergence of BDS; putting BDS in the proper historic context of boycotts and campaigns against Israel; a factual description of what is happening on campuses in the United States and elsewhere; how to combat it; and an overall analysis of the situation on US campuses. 2016
Ovadia, HaimMizrahi and Judeo Arabic Traditional MusicThis presentation will showcase the liturgy of Babylonian Jews through some well-known poems and liturgical works, as well as some which were handed from generation to generation in close circles of cantors and mystics. The rich musical tradition of Babylonian Jews includes hundreds of poems as well as tropes and tunes for prayers, scriptures, and sacred texts such as the Mishnah and the Zohar. The musical influence of the surrounding cultures, which is still traceable to the trained ear, encompasses Arabic, Turkish, and Kurdish traditions. Jewish Babylonian music is generally soulful and at times even mournful, echoing the famous verse in Psalms, “On the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and cried, as we remembered Zion.” However, there is no lack of joyous, fast-paced songs which were sung in life cycle celebrations and pilgrimage caravans, often accompanied by excited ululations and distribution of candies. The presentation will also address the revival of the Sephardi and Mizrahi liturgy in Israel today. 2016
Pastcan, BenBuilding the Alliance: School and Public LibrariesFor the past two years, Ben Pastcan’s school has partnered closely with the community public library. They have introduced students to getting public library cards, have had visits from a local public librarian, and have linked their OPAC to their web site. They have gotten full sets of World Book encyclopedias (some are within a couple of years of the current year) and have built the alliance to where the public librarians do story times. The school has an institutional public library card which has proved to be helpful more than once if the school lacks a certain title or database. This is an advocacy technique and an alliance that should continue in the future. Working on-call as a librarian for the public library, Ben had seen firsthand how relevant it is for the school to ally closely with the public library. 2016
Peters, JacquelineFull STEAM Ahead with Children’s ProgrammingWhat’s the buzz about STEAM programming in libraries? Learn how to incorporate science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) into children’s events for those eleven years and younger. Discover tips on how to create exciting, innovative, and successful STEAM programs whether they are simple or complex. The sky is the limit when STEAM programs are involved. 2016
Phillips, AbigailAssessing and Improving Your Library’s Social Media PresenceIn this workshop, the presenter will discuss ways in which attendees can assess their library's social media presence, determine an action plan for improving or maintaining this presence, and present best practices for marketing and promoting libraries through social media. 2016
Rabinowitz, Heidi, Feder, DebbieVirtual Book Discussion: AJL ReadsThis session will encompass a presentation on the AJL Reads virtual book discussion group and a live discussion of Biblio Tech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfrey - AJL's community-wide read for June 2016. The presenters will explain the purpose and technical aspects of running a virtual book club and will discuss Biblio Tech. Attendees are encouraged to participate in this live discussion (whether or not they've read the book) and join AJL Reads for future virtual discussions. AJL Reads AJL Reads: BiblioTech, Text2016
Rosen, RhondaWhat’s a Nice Jewish Book Group Doing in a Catholic University? The Book Group as a Community Outreach ToolThis presentation addresses the question of how academic libraries can support Jewish culture on their campuses and beyond by describing the experience of designing and delivering a Jewish literature reading and discussion group. The presenter will discuss the features that distinguish this academic book group from more traditional recreational reading groups, describe the surprising membership of the group, and illustrate how over time a program like this can act as outreach to an entire community. Abstract, Slides2016
Rosenbloom, Jim, Chesner, MichelleRAS Librarians Collection Development RoundtableThis round table is for librarians involved in collection development. Subjects of discussion may include purchasing policies, subscriptions, Hebrew e-books and digitizing. 2016
Rosengarten, DalePortrait of Two Painters: The Work of Theodore Sidney Moïse and Solomon Nunes CarvalhoContenders for the title of first American-born Jewish artist, both Theodore Sidney Moïse (1808–1885) and Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815–1897) were born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina - then the cultural center of American Jewry - into families with Sephardic ancestry and strong ties to the West Indies. Each attained renown in his area of expertise: Moïse as a portrait painter, Carvalho as a daguerreotypist. Largely self-taught and based in New Orleans, Moïse cultivated a clientele among the rich and powerful. Carvalho made his reputation by photographing, sketching, and painting the western landscape and its inhabitants, whom he encountered on John C. Frémont’s fifth expedition across the Rockies. Their diverging political and religious trajectories demonstrate the unaccustomed degree of freedom available to Jews in antebellum America. 2016
Roxlau, TravisPreserving History: The Construction of the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center of the United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumThe United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began collecting more than a quarter century ago and since then has created the collection of record on the Holocaust. Soon after collecting began, the Museum leased a temporary facility to house the nascent collection. After twenty years of unforeseen growth and three expansions later at the leased facility, an appropriate permanent home for the collection was necessary. Beginning in 2010 with the commissioning of a feasibility study, the Museum began a multi-year process of designing, fundraising, and moving the Museum’s collection from its current facility to the new Center. With construction nearing completion in December 2016 and the collection move looming in September 2016, this session will present the development of the collection, the case for a new facility and the numerous stages and challenges of designing, building, and moving the collection. Text, Slides2016
Saccal, RitaLa Polaca – The Story of the Zwi MigdalThe Zwi Migdal was a group that operated between the 1860s and 1939 and trafficked Jewish women from the shtetls in Eastern Europe for sexual slavery and forced prostitution. The most important center was Buenos Aires, with connections in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Santos in Brazil, as well as South Africa, India and China. This session will be dedicated mainly to the story of the Zwi Migdal in Argentina. This organization reached its peak in the 1920s with 30,000 women in Argentina. Buenos Aires was cited as a haven for white slavers who were protected by the police and whose rules were "based on order, discipline and honesty". This network was well organized and their members cooperated in order to protect their interests. 2016
Schaffer, RobertaStrategic Planning: Library of CongressStrategic planning within both large and small organizations has changed significantly in the past several years as business models, staffing and technology have become more fluid. This presentation will look at the recent implementation of a new strategic plan at the Library of Congress, but also address other models that might work or have been used in libraries. Related issues on plan monitoring, modification, "mining," and minding will also be covered. Text2016
Share, EllenWe Came to AmericaThe speaker will use the life of two important Americans, Emma Lazarus and Levi Strauss, to compare and contrast two different immigrant experiences and attitudes. It is especially interesting because they were both from different waves of Jewish immigrants: Emma was from an established Sephardic family in America and Levi from a newly arrived Ashkenazi family. They both made lasting contributions to America. Ms. Share will also mention books that are available on these historical figures. Text, Slides2016
Shirazi, GailHighlights of Israel and Judaica Section AcquisitionsItems acquired by the Israel and Judaica (I/J) Section at the Library of Congress are varied in format and in language. These items are primarily in Hebrew, English, Russian and Yiddish, but not exclusively. Materials of interest acquired by our section are in Amharic, Arabic, Hungarian, Persian, French, Rumanian, Hungarian, German and other languages. In addition to books and serials, formats include maps, political ephemera, posters and audio-visual material (DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, cassette tapes, 35mm film etc.). Materials are acquired through exchange, purchase, transfer and gift. Many international exchange partners participate in the DMEP (Duplicate Materials Exchange Program). Abstract, Slides2016
Silverman, Lisa, Gershowitz, ElissaThe Wonderful World of International Children’s BooksThe mission of IBBY (The International Board of Books for Young People) is to promote international understanding through children's books, to give children everywhere the opportunity to have access to books with high literary and artistic standards, to encourage the publication and distribution of quality children's books (especially in developing countries) and to stimulate research and scholarly works in the field of children's literature. They are also the sponsors of the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award. This session will connect those interested in the issues and trends of international publishing with the interests of Jewish children’s librarians, especially in regard to Israel and Jewish-themed books. A bibliography will be provided. 2016
Smith, SoniaMerging Collections for User’s BenefitAt McGill University, most of the collection that supports the Jewish Studies program is located at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library. However, the Nahum Gelber Law Library also has a strong collection on Talmudic Law. In 2015, the presenter worked on a project to relocate the Talmudic Law books into one library. In this presentation, she will share tips on how to proceed and detail problems and benefits of combining collections. Abstract, Slides2016
Sokol, ArielleThe Modern Library – UM’s Jewish Heritage Collection as a Model of Innovation and IntegrationWhen one thinks of a library, the typical image is of a collection of books and serials. Today, the image might also include electronic resources and digitized materials. The Jewish Heritage Collection (JHC) at the University of Michigan expands these boundaries even further. The JHC is a unique assemblage of books, ephemera, archival materials, and objects that relate to the Jewish experience. By including objects, the JHC expands the definition of a “library” into worlds previously dominated by museums and cultural institutions. However, unlike these institutions, libraries pride themselves on accessibility to researchers, scholars, and the public at large. This allows the collection to be utilized rather than just displayed and also gives those involved with the collection an opportunity to look to the future in new and innovative ways. The JHC is an example of an immersive collection, a collection in which all five senses are served and researchers are given the opportunity to interact with more than just texts related to their subject. Abstract, Slides2016
Sparks, TimTraveling with a Guitar through Jewish MusicTim Sparks will discuss the process of creating repertoire for his series of recordings for Tzadik Records by adapting traditional music from the Jewish Diaspora to be played as solo, jazz flavored instrumentals. He will talk about his encounters with musicians playing Jewish music and compare the differences in perspectives and styles between New York and Paris. Musical samples of some of these musicians will be shared. Mr. Sparks will also talk about his experiences performing for Jewish communities in Southern France and Paris. 2016
Strauch, Katina, Perlmutter, Martin, Ivry, SaraWelcome DinnerKeynote Conversation with Katina Strauch and Professor Martin Perlmutter. Interviewed by Sara Ivry 2016
Sussman, Joni KibortA Tale to Tell: So You Want to Get PublishedThis workshop for aspiring authors, led by children's book publisher Joni Sussman of Kar-Ben Publishing, will provide the basics on how to get a book manuscript published. Topics to be covered include: how to decide what to write about, how to write and prepare a manuscript for submission, how the acquisitions process works, what to look for in a publisher or agent, as well as what a publisher or agent looks for when acquiring manuscripts. Also covered will be the basics of what an aspiring author should know about marketing even before submitting a manuscript. This information can also be used by librarians in advising library patrons seeking to get a book published. A manuscript evaluation is included for all participants who would like to bring one. 2016
Taub, AaronGeneral News from the Library of CongressThis talk will bring to the attention of conference attendees a variety of new developments, including exhibitions, initiatives, and projects, from across the Library of Congress throughout the past year. Because of the brevity of the presentation, no particular item will be explored in depth. However, online addresses will be included for further exploration. Abstract, Slides2016
Ulric, KarenFrom the Ground Up: A Complete Library RenovationThe speaker’s 6-12 school library did a complete renovation project over the summer of 2015. Karen Ulric spearheaded the project, working with a lot of other stakeholders. Learn about the process, from idea to fundraising to weeding, and the actual makeover. A good amount of money was spent, but some ideas could happen without as much money. An interesting aspect is how it is pushing Karen to move out of ruts that have developed over her time in the school and look toward the future. 2016
Vernon, ElizabethWhat is Judaica? Measuring the Harvard Judaica CollectionFor years, the Harvard Library Judaica Division has sought to measure the size of the Judaica Collection. The Harvard Library's reporting system allowed straightforward measurement and parsing of Hebraica holdings (Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian). The broader category of "Judaica" was more challenging, cutting as it does over a variety of criteria -language, country of publication, and subject matter, and no report or series of reports could provide an accurate accounting and picture of the collection as a whole. This presentation provides a description of the methodology that the Harvard Library Judaica Division employed to build metrics on the Judaica Collection and how the Division made use of that data for a variety of purposes. 2016
Wachs, NoreenThe Newbery Challenge: An Exciting Reading InitiativeAll librarians are looking for ways to foster literacy. The speaker will describe a program she spearheaded this past fall called “The Newbery Challenge” which got parents, students, and faculty reading. The Newbery Challenge is a mock Newbery Award Contest. Participants read preselected books that may win the Newbery, discuss them and vote before the real Newbery Award is given out. Noreen will describe how to implement this initiative from A to Z. Abstract, Slides2016
Walfish, BarryAs It Is Written: Highlights of an ExhibitionThis lecture will feature highlights of the Judaica Exhibition displayed at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of the University of Toronto early in 2015. The exhibition includes items spanning 1100 years from the 10th century to the 21st, with at least one item from every intervening century. Included are medieval biblical, halakhic and liturgical manuscripts, one of the earliest copies of the Zohar, a tribute album for Moses Montefiore, one of the earliest printed items of Canadiana and much more, all taken from the holdings of the Fisher Library. 2016
Weinryb, AviUnderstanding Delegitimization of Israel: A Librarian’s GuideWhat is delegitimization of Israel? How has it manifested itself in the field of librarianship and information science? How can librarians protect the integrity of their profession against those seeking to advance boycotts and divestment and undermine peace? In this innovative session, answers will be provided and participants will explore the most effective strategies for effectively advocating for Israel and the cause of two states for two peoples. Text2016
Whitacre, CynthiaOCLC Update Biography, Slides2016
Adler, Elhanan, Goldsmith, MarinaNATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL UPDATE 2015In the past year, The National Library of Israel (NLI) has continued to develop and upgrade services serving libraries, researchers, and the general public. The library has taken over management of the Israel national union list (ULI) and introduced a new user interface. It is also actively expanding its name authority data with both biographical data and multi-script headings towards becoming a national authority file. The Library is also linking its bibliographic records to those of the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. The process of integrating the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People is also underway. In the area of digitization, the Library is working with numerous institutions to help in digitizing and proving access to their Hebrew manuscripts. Planning for the Library's new building, which will include significantly more space for events, exhibitions, and other educational and cultural activities is almost completed. This session will present these and additional ongoing and planned projects. National Library of Israel Update 2015 Adler Slides, Abstract, Goldsmith Slides2015
Apelbaum, Laura CohenBuilding a Jewish Museum in the 21st CenturyIn the 20th century Jewish museums expanded, were built, and grew across the United States. Now a new Jewish museum is on the horizon in Washington, D.C. (projected opening 2020). What elements will distinguish this new facility? How will the core exhibition be a reflection of the unique Jewish community in Washington - a city that is at once local, national, and international. Attendees will be among the first to hear plans for the new facility and about the challenges building a Jewish museum presents in the 21st century. Museums Roundtable2015
Ariel, RachelIllustrated Haggadot from the Collection of Duke LibraryDuke University libraries hold a significant collection of illustrated Haggadot, ranging from limited edition facsimiles of early manuscripts to a rich variety of Haggadot published all over the Jewish Diaspora and in Israel in the last hundred years. Among the 450 Haggadot in the collection are facsimiles of the 13th century Birds-Heads Haggadah and of illuminated medieval Haggadot created in Germany, Spain and Italy, as well as of Haggadot printed in Prague and in Amsterdam during the Early Modern era. The collection also holds modern, non-traditional Kibbutz Haggadot, unique Haggadot created by well-known contemporary artists, as well as recent Haggadot that represent the feminist and gender revolutions. Each illustrated Haggadah is the product of the time, culture and space in which it was created. In this presentation, Rachel Ariel will show an abundance of images and discuss how the time period in which Haggadot were produced, and the culture and artistic environment in which the artists lived and worked, influenced the style and imagery that accompany the traditional text. The illustrations that describe Biblical scenes and themes from the Midrash represent the artistic style, architecture and fashion of the time. The pictures of preparations for Pesach and the various parts of the Seder reflect the lives of the Jews at that particular period, their customs and traditions. In some illuminated Haggadot the landscape of the land of Canaan features medieval castles surrounded by green valleys and wooded European mountains. Moses searching for his stray sheep in front of Mount Horev looks like a shepherd in the Alps, and the Jewish figures, in the 13th century manuscript, are given birds’ heads instead of human heads. Modern artists such as Ze’ev Raban, Arthur Szyk, Maty Grunberg, David Moss and others bring to their illustrated Haggadot recent historical events, issues and ideologies that have permeated Jewish life since the beginning of the twentieth century. In the Jewish Archives and Rare Book Stacks2015
Aylesworth, Jim, McClintock, Barbara, Napoli, Donna Jo, Dauvillier, LoicSYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD COMMITTEE IAward winning author and illustrator Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock, Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners for Young Readers, will discuss their book My Grandfather’s Coat. Editor Sylvie Frank will discuss Storm, by Donna Jo Napoli, Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Teen Readers. Diane Rauchwerger will discuss Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust, by Loic Dauvillier, illustrated by Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo, winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Older Readers. Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee I Text, Text2015
Baltakov, AndonImproving Research Outcomes through Digitization of Jewish Historical NewspapersThis presentation will address how careful digitization of Jewish historical newspapers can influence and inform new forms and fields of research. Front-page headlines, classified advertisements, marriage and death announcements, comic strips, reviews, display advertising, editorials, birth notices, photographs, and many other article types can – when digitized and indexed carefully – be used to help today’s researchers not only access this important primary source material, but crucially also understand the context in which it was written and consumed. Using examples from ProQuest’s Jewish historical newspapers collection, Mr. Baltakov will look at examples of family and scholarly research made possible through this scale of digitization project – as well the next generation of research made possible through use of the latest text and data mining techniques.  Digitization and Libraries2015
Bard, MitchellHas Anti-Semitism Become an Epidemic on American College Campuses?Anti-Semitism on American college campuses has been growing in recent years. While the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the BDS movement have been major themes in this rise, they are by no means the only ones. This talk will examine the specific threats that anti-Semitism poses on today’s college campus and will frame them within the context of a resurgent global anti-Semitism. Contemporary Anti-Semitism Slides, Text2015
Bard, Mitchell G.Building the World’s Most Comprehensive and Popular Online Library of Jewish History: Culture and Politics and the Future of the Jewish Virtual LibraryIn 1997, a student interested in learning about a Jewish topic would be hard-pressed to find it on the Internet. Most of what was available was hard to find, spread across many sites and not always good or credible. As students began to look first to the Internet for information, AICE decided it was necessary to create a one-stop shop where the answers to most questions could be found. This was the start of the Jewish Student Online Resource Center (JSOURCE), later renamed the Jewish Virtual Library (JVL), which now has approximately 30,000 entries, more than 6,000 maps, photos and other graphics, and a global audience of 900,000 users each month. This presentation will trace the growth of the JVL, some of the obstacles to its creation and maintenance, current challenges and plans for the future. Putting History to Work2015
Belling, Veronica PenkinRecovering the Lives of South African Jewish Women During the Migration Years, c1880-1945Of all Jewish diaspora communities in modern times, social conditions unique to South Africa allowed Jewish women, part of a privileged white European settler minority, to play a pioneering role in fields, such as politics, law, literature, theatre and art, to a degree beyond that in the older, larger and more established Jewish communities of the United Kingdom and the United States. If individual Jewish women became conspicuous in the public sphere, their self-confidence was nurtured by a Jewish community unusual in its cohesiveness, rooted in its homogeneous origins in the rural communities in Lithuania and Latvia that forged a common identity that was reinforced within South Africa’s racially and ethnically divided society. This presentation, based on the author’s doctoral thesis, will survey the collective experiences of Jewish women - including migration, immigrant neighbourhoods, marriage, education and careers, welfare and Zionist societies and the women’s enfranchisement movement - and will juxtapose them to those of a small number of highly individualistic women, iconoclasts, whose cultural and political backgrounds predisposed them to rebel against accepted social and political conventions and to contribute (in some cases at great personal sacrifice), to the political and cultural life of South Africa. Jewish Communities Around the World2015
Bergen, LesJewish Aspects of Arlington National Cemetery Over 5,500 Jews are buried at the beautiful cemetery overlooking Washington. This talk will tell the accomplishments of several of them - warriors, but also Supreme Court Justices, U.S. senators, ambassadors, astronauts, the sculptor of the Confederate Memorial. All either served in the military from the Civil War to the Iraq War, or are spouses of veterans. This will be a slide presentation of a selection of veterans. It will also tell the Jewish history associated with the Confederate Memorial, USS Maine, and the Columbia and Challenger space shuttle monuments. Some examples are a dozen Union soldiers among the first interred at Arlington. Most were likely recent German immigrants about whom little is known and a Sephardi Confederate veteran who became famous after the war. Other examples to be discussed are Albert Sabin, who learned his skills in the WWII Army, Justice Arthur Goldberg, Senators Lautenberg (WWII), Warren Rudman (Korea combat leader), and two Millennials killed a month apart in Iraq – one a Soviet Jew; the other a grandson of a 1930s refugee from Germany. Jews in the Military Text2015
Bergson, Steven M.Secret Origins of The Jewish Comix AnthologyWhen an author is asked "What was your inspiration?" or "Where did the idea for your book come from?", the answer usually involves a singular story or event. The Jewish Comix Anthology is a varied mixture of stories and artistic styles. The sources and experiences which led to its eventual publication were varied, as well. Comic books, storytelling circles, library school and conventions (including AJL) had their roles to play in sparking the idea that a comix anthology could be a wonderful way to bring certain Jewish stories to life, while also gathering together the work of a talented group of artists and writers. Graphic Representations of the Holocaust and Jewish Life2015
Bertot, John Carlo, Kiron, Arthur, Shaffer, Roberta I., Shumaker, DavidTHE FUTURE OF LIBRARIANSHIP: A ROUNDTABLEPlease join us for a wide-ranging, thought-provoking discussion on the future of our profession. The participants will bring expertise from a variety of perspectives on the innovations currently taking place and ones they envision will take place in the future. Given the rapidly changing nature of librarianship, what skill sets will librarians and information professionals need to fit this new reality? How can librarians prepare for the new changes? At the same time, how can we retain and hone our core skills in this new marketplace? How can we encourage information and cultural literary and sustained critical analysis in the era of Twitter and apps and Internet surfing? The Future of Librarianship: A Roundtable Kiron Text, Shumaker Text2015
Brener, AnnOf Whitest Marble, Gold, and Pearls: Odes to the Printing Press in Early Hebrew BooksIt was apparently a case of love at first sight. How else to describe those first encounters between the earliest Hebrew printers and that newfangled technology that was spreading across Europe? Already in the Arba’ah Turim from 1475, the first dated Hebrew book, the printer expressed passionate admiration for the new invention - and he did so in a poem, a lovely little Hebrew poem written according to all the strictest rules of Golden Age Poetry from Muslim Spain. And this was only the beginning. Throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, printers often began (or ended) their books with poems expressing their sense of wonder over the new invention - and extolling the beauty and accuracy of their own craftsmanship. Although these poems have been almost entirely ignored in the research, they are often rich in historical data and peculiarly evocative of time and place. This lecture will examine the themes of these printers’ poems, their techniques and goals, and the use of biblical vocabulary in promoting the new technology. In the Jewish Archives and Rare Book Stacks2015
Brylawski, SamDi Grine Kuzine and Green Label ColumbiasThis presentation will provide an overview of recordings from the first decades of the 20th century that were directed at the Jewish market in the United States. From the beginning of the century, record companies, both large and small, produced music and spoken word recordings intended for Jewish immigrants, in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English. Many of these recordings may be heard through the internet, on the Library of Congress National Jukebox website and on websites of other institutions. We will look at, and listen to, these websites and examine the broad range of content to be heard on the records. Jewish Music2015
Cassedy, EllenNew Life for an Old Library: Report from the Vilna GhettoIn the Vilna Ghetto during World War II, the ghetto library drew thousands of patrons and circulated more than 100,000 books. Today, a group of young Lithuanians are hoping that the now-empty building, currently owned by the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, will again become a place where Lithuania’s magnificent Jewish cultural heritage can be remembered, mourned, and honored. The first event – a reading of poetry by ghetto prisoner Avrom Sutzkever, in Lithuanian translation – was held in September. This presentation describes the library’s prewar history and its functioning as a cultural center within the ghetto. Ellen will then describe how current plans for the building’s restoration fit within the broader project of Lithuania’s encounter with the Jewish past. As expressions of anti-Semitism proliferate in many European countries, officials, educators, activists, and scholars are seeking to connect this small Baltic land with the Jewish past and with the Holocaust. Once, the ghetto library opened a wider world to trapped ghetto residents. In the future, perhaps, it will once again become a place that opens minds and hearts. A Tale of Two Biblio-Cities: Libraries in Vienna and Vilnius Text2015
Castiel, CarolCape Verde Historical ProjectThis presentation will discuss the work of The Cape Verde Jewish Heritage Project, Inc. (CVJHP), a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization that aims to honor the memory and explore the contributions of the many Sephardic Jewish families who immigrated to Cape Verde from Morocco and Gibraltar in the mid-19th century. The primary goals of CVJHP are to preserve Cape Verde’s Jewish heritage by restoring and maintaining Jewish burial grounds, to educate future generations about the Jews of Cape Verde, and to encourage Jewish heritage tourism. CVJHP has the support of the Government of the Republic of Cape Verde and is working in close partnership with both municipal authorities and descendants of Jewish families to achieve these goals. Jewish Communities Around the World2015
Chesner, MichelleFootprints: An Experiment in Digital HumanitiesAs a result of a working group on the history of the Jewish book, four scholars got together and decided that they wanted to take their research to the next level. The result was Footprints - a database on the movement of the Hebrew book through time and space. This session will discuss the many aspects of creating a crowdsourced digital resource from scratch with no technical knowledge or funding, and the many lessons learned along the way. Digitization and Libraries2015
Cheuse, Alan, Dirda, Michael, Gershowitz, Elissa, Malen, Michal Hoschander, Silverman, LisaWRITING AN EXCELLENT BOOK REVIEW: TIPS & TOOLS FOR LIBRARIANSReviewing books is an essential part of any librarian’s job, but how is a book review actually written? What are the elements of a good review? Does the book need to be read in order to review it? How can the review be critical, but not too negative? How do we evaluate e-books? What does a librarian look for in a book and write about in the review in order to make their review educational, engaging, and most of all encourage patrons to read the book? These are some of the issues that will be discussed as this lively panel of well-known and highly successful reviewing experts share their tips and tools for writing book reviews for your library. Writing an Excellent Book Review2015
Ehrlich, EvelynThe American Jewish Newspaper Digitization Project The objective of the American Jewish Newspaper project is to build “The Jewish Press in the USA” section, hosted by JPress, in collaboration with the National Library of Israel, Tel Aviv University, the MaRLI (Manhattan Research Library Initiative) partners (N.Y.U., Columbia University, New York Public Library), and additional partners. This presentation will talk about the genesis of the project and address how it was conceived. It will cover what was learned along the way, in terms of logistics, but will also explore the question: how can a number of institutions with very different cultures and resources available to them collaborate successfully? The presentation will conclude highlighting a number of planned “future developments.” Digitization and Libraries Slides, Slide Text2015
Elvgren, Jennifer Riesmeyer, Napoli, Donna Jo, Aylesworth, Jim, Grossberg, Aileen, Krawitz, SusanAwards Banquet Elvgren Speech, Napoli Speech, Aylesworth Speech, Grossberg Introduction, Krawitz Text2015
Enszer, Dr. Julie R., Leffler, Merrill, Roberts, Kim, Sklarew, Myra, Taub, Yermiyahu AhronJEWISH POETRY READING BY WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA POETSThe Washington, D.C. area is home to a vibrant poetry scene, including the Split This Rock Festival, numerous poetry journals, countless readings, and several Busboys & Poets cafes across the city and in the suburbs, including U Street, Brookland, Chinatown, Takoma, Arlington, Va., and Hyattsville, Md., with additional locations in development. By hosting readings and building poetry collections, libraries and librarians play an important role in the nurturing of poetic culture. This session will bring together D.C. area poets in a group reading and discussion. Poets will read poems on Jewish themes and discuss the role of Jewish culture in their work. Jewish Poetry Readings by Washington D.C. Area Poets Poetry Text2015
Evers, RenateDigitization and Beyond: New Projects at the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI)DigiBaeck was launched in 2012 and is the gateway to LBI's digital collections, a growing treasury of artifacts that document the rich heritage of German-speaking Jewry in the modern era. DigiBaeck not only provides instant access to almost all the archival holdings of the LBI which include more than 3.5 million pages of personal documents, correspondence, family and community histories, genealogical materials, business records, and audio files but also to materials ranging from art works, photographs to rare books and periodicals. The presentation focuses on experiences since the launch of the portal, new challenges, insights, and new projects. Digitization and Libraries Abstract, Slides2015
Feldman, Sari, Leffler, MerrillAuthors' Luncheon Feldman Text, Leffler Text2015
Foltin, RichardThe BDS Movement: Challenges and ResponsesFor close to a decade, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has sought to delegitimize and dismantle Israel as a Jewish state by unfairly and dishonestly singling out Israel for criticism and economic pressure, and by disregarding the responsibility of other parties for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. BDS is not only about criticisms of Israeli policy - it is a wholescale assault on the legitimacy of the only democratic nation in a sea of autocracy and oppression. Moreover, while BDS activists invoke parallels to the earlier movement to ostracize South Africa, the claims that Israel is an apartheid state are risible - not least because, unlike other parts of the region, Israeli Arab citizens are entitled to full civil rights and the protection of law. While there are trade and economic aspects to BDS, a key focus of the BDS movement has been on university campuses, where activists seek to delegitimize Israel via promotion of academic boycotts and university divestment from Israel. These efforts to limit interchange between American and Israeli academic institutions and scholars are contrary to basic principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech. Opponents of BDS must be respectful of those principles, even if BDS advocates are not. At the same time, it is crucial that opponents of the movement make use of their own right of free speech to show why the BDS movement is fundamentally flawed, as well as seek to change the conversation about Israel, and develop allies, both on and off campus, in that effort. Perspectives on Modern Israel2015
Freedman, VanessaRelics of a Long life: the Gaster Papers at University College LondonMoses Gaster (1856-1939), Sephardi Chief Rabbi, Zionist leader and polymath, left behind a vast archive of over 170,000 items, including correspondence, diaries, notebooks, unpublished memoirs, photographs, press cuttings, ephemera and more. This paper will explain the history and content of the archive and how it illuminates both Gaster’s life and work, as well as the Anglo-Jewish community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It will describe the arrangement, cataloguing, conservation and digitization of the archive carried out by the presenter and her predecessors since its deposit at University College London in 1960. It will also address the challenges faced by librarians in dealing with archival material. Profiles of Judaica Collectors and Librarians Abstract, Text2015
Glazer, AndreaFUNDRAISING WORKSHOP: SPEAKING OF MONEY!This session will focus on creating fiscal stability for our libraries. Annual giving, planned giving, and capital campaigns are components of funding plans. But how do they work? Is each mutually exclusive of the others? Does emphasizing one mean you diminish the potential of the others? We don’t have a development staff, how can we raise money and still do our jobs? Annual gifts are the lifeblood of an operating budget. What are the components of an annual appeal? Do I need training in financial planning to build an endowment? Why should we bother with planned giving when we need money now? Will a capital campaign detract from our other solicitations? The above questions and many others will be addressed. Sponsorships, partnerships, direct mail, managing a donor database, and donor recognition are important aspects of successful fundraising. What role does the board of directors have in meeting our goals? This session will help you create an annual approach and plan to raising operating funds, as well as longer term goals to building funding stability for years to come. Fundraising Workshop: Speaking of Money2015
Glazer, Rabbi SteveA Most Unusual Source of Halakha (Jewish law)While the law codes and responsa are the major sources of Jewish law, a third, and rarely discussed, additional source is Piyyut, Hebrew Liturgical Poetry. Of the extant piyyutim, which may number as many as one hundred thousand, less than one thousand contain laws. After a brief overview of the field of Piyyut, this presentation will focus on several piyyutim that contain laws relating to Passover and will examine regional variants. In addition, it will offer suggestions as to why those variants existed. The crucial role that research librarians, from Alabama to Oxford, played in assisting the presenter will be highlighted! Reading and Translating Jewish Texts2015
Gold, NoraWhy One Writer Chose to Write a Novel about Anti-Israelism on Campus (rather than a Non-Fiction Book)Fields of Exile is the first novel about anti-Israelism on campus. Nora is frequently asked why she chose to write a novel on this difficult topic, rather than a non-fiction book. This question is understandable given that Fields of Exile contains considerable intellectual content - so much that both Phyllis Chesler and Thane Rosenbaum called Fields of Exile a “novel of ideas.” The above question, though, seems to express a common attitude toward fiction (i.e., that it is less “truthful,” and therefore less valid, than non-fiction) which Nora doesn’t share. In her presentation, Nora will enumerate some excellent reasons why a writer might approach a complex contemporary issue through fiction rather than non-fiction. She will also reflect on how the activism and research she did on anti-Israelism prior to writing this novel both helped her book and created special challenges for it - challenges probably typical for authors writing “political” novels. Finally, she will comment on the “usefulness” or “uselessness” of books, and whether or not fiction can - or should - play a role in trying to promote social change. Perspectives on Modern Israel2015
Goldsmith, Martin, Krasner, Barbara, Medoff, Dr. Rafael, Miller, ScottPERSPECTIVES ON THE HOLOCAUST: THE CASE OF THE S.S. ST. LOUIS, 1939On May 13, 1939, nearly 1,000 German-Jewish refugees boarded the MS St. Louis in Hamburg and set off for Cuba. When the ship arrived at its destination two weeks later, only 22 passengers were allowed to disembark. After a week in the harbor and failed negotiations between the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the volatile Cuban government, the ship was forced back to international water. The shipping line ordered the St. Louis back to Germany, setting off panic among the passengers, many of whom had been interned at Buchenwald, Dachau, and Sachsenhausen as a result of Kristallnacht. Ultimately, through the Joint’s Paris office, four countries—Belgium, the Netherlands, England, and France—agreed to provide safe haven, short-lived as it was for many. This panel explores the doomed voyage of the MS St. Louis and its repercussions, captured in children’s books by Kacer and Krasner, articles by Krasner, memoir by Goldsmith, author and survivor liaison Scott Miller, and scholarly and film interpretation by Medoff. Each panelist will discuss his/her research process and production of works. Perspectives on the Holocaust2015
Gottschalk, HaimEvaluating a Small Synagogue LibraryAre you a librarian in a small Midwest synagogue library? Have you ever wondered if your library is “up to par”? Did you ever have a gut feeling that your collection might be lacking some books? This presentation will answer these questions and more by providing tools that can assist you in evaluating your collection to better help you organize and maintain your library. Small Libraries2015
Grunberger, Michael W.Rescuing the Evidence of the HolocaustThis presentation will focus on the work of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to “rescue the evidence” of the Holocaust. The collection - which is inextricably bound to the Jewish experience - supports the Museum’s overall objective to ensure the permanence and relevance of Holocaust memory. As America’s national collection on the Holocaust, the Museum seeks to build the collection of record on the Holocaust that is fully accessible and preserved for posterity. This presentation will describe the extent and scope of the collections; the tools that have been developed to provide both on campus as well as web access; and the preservation challenges that the Museum faces in its work. Included in this part of the presentation will be a preview of the Museum’s new Shapell Collections and Conservation Center that is currently under construction in Bowie, Md. Museums Roundtable2015
Grunberger, Michael W.NEGOTIATING SKILLS FOR LIBRARIANS WORKSHOPBy setting clear goals and expectations, information professionals can make the most of their meetings with vendors and develop mutually beneficial relationships with content salespeople. Get strategies, tips, and techniques from a longtime sales executive, supporter of libraries, and recent author of Buying and Selling Information: A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Ensure Mutual Success. Filled with real-life situations resulting in real solutions, this interactive workshop provides practical strategies, tips, and tricks for successful negotiations around content purchase and licensing. Be prepared to participate! Bring your latest negotiation frustrations -vendor names not necessary - and get expert views on how your last negotiation could have resulted in a better conclusion for the library and how to develop a better plan that will help the information professional face future negotiations with more confidence. This session will provide the tools that you can use in your very next negotiation. Negotiating Skills for Librarians2015
Gurman, JeanJewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV)’s Book Club for Special NeedsThe Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV)’s Special Needs Committee launched a book club two years ago. The book club’s focus is on books about special needs, non-fictional stories of inspiration, and books related to disabilities to broaden knowledge. The goal is to be educated on most, if not all, disabilities. The JCCNV Cultural Arts Director attends the Conference of Jewish Authors in New York, held in May of each year, to identify inspiring authors who write about the story of their struggle of coming to terms and coping with their disability and are living successful and meaningful lives. They are invited to participate in the J Talk speaker programs of which the Special Needs Book Club and Special Needs Committee are partners in this program. The Book Club meetings are held at the JCCNV every six weeks from 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. prior to the special needs committee meetings. The members are diverse in age, profession, single or married, with and without a child or children with a disability, and neighbors or friends of someone they know who has a disability in their family. All are welcome. On Presenting and Reading2015
Harris, TobySecular Stories from a Jewish PerspectiveFrom picture books to young adult series fiction, secular books can be used to illustrate Jewish values and culture. Though there are certainly many high quality Jewish stories available to us, bringing Jewish perspective to a secular story demonstrates the value of Jewish texts and insight for our students. Learn about some popular and not-so-popular titles for a range of ages along with crossover authors who write secular and Jewish books. On Presenting and Reading2015
Herbert, Dina, Lurie, AimeeOn Presenting at AJL and Other ConferencesMany of us have stage fright getting up in front of our peers to present topics relevant to AJL or librarianship. This workshop will give seasoned and new AJL members an opportunity to learn how to prepare and present at a session to dazzle peers. We will look at tools for presenting, like PowerPoint and Prezi, some basics like how to create slides and come up with an intriguing topic, and how to present in a panel, poster session, forum, or other ways. We hope to tap some AJL members and local talent, especially DC area librarians and professors at library schools, who are seasoned presenters, to give AJL members an opportunity to learn from colleagues and gain confidence in presenting in the future. On Presenting and Reading Abstract, Slides2015
Hill, Brad SabinThe Life and Career of Dr. Israel Schapiro, First Head of the Hebraic Section of the Library of CongressPolish-born Israel Schapiro, who headed the Semitic Division of the Library of Congress for over three decades, brought together various strands of traditional East European learning, modern Orientalist scholarship, Hebrew bibliography, and Western librarianship. This paper examines his background, education, writings and professional activity, especially in bibliography and the establishment of a national collection of Hebraica. Profiles of Judaica Collectors and Librarians2015
Huh, ChristopherKeeping My HopeChristopher Huh started writing Keeping My Hope when he was 13, after learning about the Holocaust in his middle school. Created entirely with just paper and pencil, it took him about 1½ years to complete the book. To write Keeping My Hope, Christopher spent over a thousand hours conducting research on the subject. When the book was published in February 2013, Christopher was 14, and an 8th grade honor student attending public school in Montgomery County, Maryland. Keeping My Hope is a 169 page historical fiction graphic novel. Ari is a teenager whose entire life is turned upside down by the horrors of the Holocaust. He and his family are torn apart and moved to Auschwitz, where the reader gains an inside look at what prisoners in concentration camps suffered. However, even with these atrocities, the power of friendship shines through and gives Ari hope to keep surviving through the darkest blizzards of terror. Informative yet touching, Keeping My Hope spreads the message of how powerfully racism and prejudice can affect those around us. Graphic Representations of the Holocaust and Jewish Life Slides, Abstract2015
Isaacs, MiriamTransition: Yiddish Audio Archives and the Benjamin Stonehill CollectionIn 1948, Ben Stonehill, a lover of Yiddish culture, employed newly established wire recording equipment to collect over a thousand songs and the spoken words of Holocaust survivors. This collection was from men, women and children, who informally gathered in a hotel lobby, where they were temporarily housed in Manhattan. This presentation explores the range of the thousand songs gathered, mainly in Yiddish, and what the archive tells about the psychological condition of people in transition from DP camps. The Library of Congress played a key role in creating a lasting legacy, by taking on the transfer to tape and later digitizing the collection, and even more, by sharing this audio archive, especially with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and elsewhere. Possession of the sound archive is just the first step. Tracking, transcribing, translating, interpreting the rich materials, and understanding the social context all remain to be done. The task remains, to revive the voices to contemporary interests and uses. Next steps include creation of a website, an online resource and transforming the audio to a form usable by contemporary musicians. Jewish Music2015
Jules, Jacqueline, Levy, Debbie [nid:11937] , Perl, Erica S., Rosenberg, MadelynWHAT MOTIVATES JEWISH CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AUTHORS?Jacqueline Jules, Debbie Levy, Erica Perl, and Madelyn Rosenberg have all written children’s books of Jewish interest and books for general audiences. In a panel discussion, these authors will discuss the following questions pertinent to librarians acquiring children’s books for their libraries. What factors help an author decide to include a Jewish character? Do authors sometimes choose to make a story less Jewish (or more so) for marketing reasons? Is it difficult to sell a story with Jewish content? Has the market for Jewish children’s books grown or shrunk in the last decade? Is self-publishing a good option for a Jewish author who can’t find a publisher? Should librarians consider self-published books for their collections? What can librarians do to help make sure there is a viable market for Jewish children’s books? Join us for a lively discussion about what motivates Jewish children’s authors to include or exclude Jewish content from their work. What Motivates Jewish Children's Literature Authors?2015
Kamin, Rachel Erlich, Silverman, Lisa, Tilman, EllenWHAT ARE WE READING? THE LATEST AND GREATEST IN JEWISH FICTION FOR ADULTSOur patrons are looking for a "Good Read." How can we help them find an appropriate book? How can we keep up with all of the new releases? What are Jewish book groups reading? Explore the latest and greatest in Jewish fiction for adult readers and come prepared to share some of your favorite new titles. What Are We Reading? The Latest and Greatest in Jewish Fiction for Adults Abstract, Slides, Handout2015
Kessous, MireleBringing History to Life in Your School Library: How a Librarian and a Jewish History Teacher Created a Simulation to Teach Students about Jewish Immigration after World War Two This session will describe how the library teamed up with the Jewish History department to design a simulation that retraced the steps of DP camp survivors on their journeys to Palestine and the United States. Students were equipped with visas, ID cards, and packs containing fake money and valuables. Their objective was to take a train out of the DP camp, board a boat either to Palestine or the USA, and make it to their destinations safely. Included in this presentation will be photographs and lesson plans, as well as reflections on what went well and how it can be improved next time. Putting History to Work2015
Leff, Lisa MosesRescue or Theft? The Postwar Transfer of French Jewish Archives to the U.S.Historian Zosa Szajkowski (1911-1978) was responsible for the transfer of French-Jewish archives to a number of research libraries in the United States after the Holocaust. While some see these transfers as a form of rescue from certain destruction in the war and its wake, others see them as a form of theft, carried out at a time of crisis for French Jewry. This paper seeks neither to condemn nor to exculpate Szajkowski. Instead, Ms. Leff situates these transfers in the tumultuous aftermath of World War II, when vast quantities of Judaica were being moved across the Atlantic for political and economic reasons. Szajkowski had a complex set of motivations, shared with other refugee historians - the desire to preserve and study the Jewish past; to defend the Jewish people using documentation; and to establish the preeminence of American Jewish research institutions in the wake of the Nazi genocide. In putting these transfers in their historical context, the paper raises questions about why archives mattered in the aftermath of the war, and what effect the archive transfer has had on our conception of French Jewish history. In the Jewish Archives and Rare Book Stacks2015
Levush, RuthJewish Identity in the Jewish State: Legal implications of the Jewish Character of the State of Israel This session will explore constitutional aspects of Israel as a “Jewish and Democratic State.” Among topics discussed will be the meaning of the Jewish character of the state, its impact on a variety of issues such as freedom of religion in the Jewish State, the application of Jewish law in Israel, personal Jewish identity and its implications on marriage, divorce, immigration, extradition, IDF draft of yeshiva students, etc. Relevant resources available at the Law Library of Congress and elsewhere will be mentioned. LEGAL ASPECTS OF JEWISH IDENTITY IN AN EVOLVING WORLD2015
Mael, Elaine, Nasr, NadiaPutting History in their Hands: White Gloves Sessions as a User Outreach Tool White gloves sessions have proven to be a popular and adaptable presentation format that creatively engages attendees by allowing them to hold history in their hands. This presentation will address the concept, content, and methodology of the WGS as a vehicle for library programming. It will encourage librarians of all types of libraries to contemplate the inherent value of their collections and to evaluate them for possible venues of involvement for the communities they serve. Local and/or unique collections would be prime candidates for benefitting from this concept. The presentation will also include planning, implementing and marketing ideas to inspire other libraries to consider the potential methods of leveraging their collections by means of this interactive programming model. Putting History to Work Abstract, Slides2015
Malka, Jeffrey S.Jacob's Children in the Land of the Mahdi: Jews of the SudanThe story of a little known community of Jews who lived and prospered in the Sudan when it was still a British colony will be discussed. This presentation, based on Eli S. Malka's book, Jacob's Children in the Land of the Mahdi, will tell the group's history from its origins as an isolated group of eight Jewish families trapped in the turmoil of the Mahdi's revolt in 1881, through its period of growth, to its final demise a mere eighty years later. Eli Malka, who was at one time president of the community, director of the largest British company in East Africa, and eldest son of the Chief Rabbi was an eyewitness to most of the events in the book. The speaker is the son of Eli Malka and was born in the Sudan and therefore lived through many of the events presented. Jewish Communities Around the World2015
Manabat, CarloMICROSOFT WORKSHOPCarlo Manabat, Business Sales Specialist with Microsoft, will discuss the usage of Office365 with modern electronic devices (e.g. tablets, laptops, etc.). A range of innovations will be presented. Special focus will be paid to the many features of the new Cloud technology. Microsost Workshop2015
Markus, RivkaThe Members of the Knesset as Consumers of InformationThe objective of this research was to investigate how the Members of the Knesset from 1949 till 2007 used information. A sampling of quotations of Members of Parliament ("participants") who participated in the debates that took place in the Plenum during a typical week of the second session in seven Knessets was analyzed. Three groups of variables were postulated: Period - the chronological development of informational resources and their uses; Type of activities - the relationship between, the framework of the activities and type of activities, and how the Members of the Knesset relate to the different sources of information; Personal Background - the relationship between the personal background characteristics of the members of the Knesset and how they relate to the various sources that were examined. The most significant finding regarding the sources used in the work of the Plenum regards the seniority of the participants in the debate in the Plenum. The more senior the "participant" in the debate, the more inclined he is to use internal sources. A lower-ranking participant relied on external sources. Perspectives on Modern Israel2015
Medoff, Dr. RafaelCartoonists Against the Holocaust: A New Way of Teaching About GenocidePolitical cartoons offer an important but overlooked resource for learning about the Holocaust. Exhibits of select cartoons from 1930s-1940s U.S. newspapers can be used, both in classrooms and as library displays, to shed light on the plight of Europe's Jews - and the world's response. When juxtaposed with political cartoons about more recent genocides, such as Darfur, such displays can foster greater understanding of the way Americans have viewed human rights crises around the world. This presentation will examine how schools and libraries alike can take advantage of the recent surge of interest in graphic novels, comic books, and cartoons, by utilizing resources that shed light on the intersection between cartoons and current events. The presentation will include slides of sample cartoons from the Holocaust and Darfur. Graphic Representations of the Holocaust and Jewish Life2015
Merowitz, Morton J.The Curlicues of Translating a 19th Century Text in Terms of the 21st Century This presentation will consist of reading portions of Merowitz’s translation of Nahman Krochmal's Moreh Nevuchei HaZeman, (A Guide for the Perplexed of Our Time), a book which seeks to analyze both the uniqueness of the Jewish people and its history. Krochmal (1785-1840), a Galician businessman and autodidact, was a rather reclusive individual, who evidently saw himself as an 18th century Maimonides. His Moreh Nevuchei HaZeman is an attempt to explain the unique nature of Jewish history and how something Krochmal called 'the Absolute Spirit' (רוחני המוחלט) gave impetus to the Jewish people's survival throughoutits history. The book, edited by Krochmal's literary executor, Leopold Zunz, was published posthumously in 1851. It has been published a number of times since then (one edition as recently as 2010) and consists of some seventeen chapters trying to ferret out the key of 'The Eternal People's” survival. The introductory part of this rather arcane work sets the tone for a journey through Jewish history and the Hebrew language as both evolved, and as the people and their unique history, transformed one another. Reading and Translating Jewish Texts Text2015
Muravchik, JoshuaIsrael and Anti-SemitismCriticism of Israel need not stem from anti-Semitism nor is one tantamount to the other; nonetheless a growing share is in fact laced with anti-Semitism. One reason is that relentless extreme and unbalanced criticism of Israel has created a hothouse atmosphere in which anti-Semitism is metastasizing. The United Nations General Assembly, for example, has condemned Israel three times more than all other nations combined. British teacher unions have voted academic boycotts of Israeli universities but not those in countries where there is neither academic freedom nor independent labor unions. American church denominations have divested from Israeli companies but not those of countries which allow no freedom of religion and persecute Christians. With the 2014 war in Gaza, Turkey’s President Erdogan accused Israel of “barbarism that surpasses Hitler.” If that is so, then Hitler was the lesser evil. Had he only finished the job the world would have been spared something worse. The logic is plain. If the Jewish state is so evil, can the Jewish people be innocent? Contemporary Anti-Semitism2015
Nachmany, Shai, Somova, Zina, Wyman, Dan, Zeilingold, MosheLIBRARY VENDORS ROUNDTABLEParticipants will present a brief history of their company and their methods of operation, their customer base and target audience, and the types of material collected, including special collections. Particular focus of the discussion will be on the changing bibliographic environment, including the impact of digital materials and the effect of the Information Age on their daily work flows. Participants will be asked to speculate on the future of their trade. Library Vendors Roundtable2015
Nathan, JoanThe Roots and Routes of Jewish Cooking For the past several years, and really throughout the majority of her professional life, Joan Nathan has been digging into the roots and routes of Jewish cooking investigating how food has changed and adapted as Jews moved throughout the Diaspora, and how the foods themselves have been transported across countries after centuries of exploration and conquests. She will talk about a few of her findings, such as the curious question of cornmeal's popularity in Italy and Romania, how a New World tuber came to be known as the Jerusalem artichoke, and how the spice trade has shifted and evolved over the centuries, changing not only the flavors of our food but also the very nations that grow and trade them. Reading Jewish Social History Through Cookbooks Text2015
Nussbaum, Esther, Pearlstein, PeggyAJL Awards Lunch Nussbaum Text, AJL Commemorative Slide Show2015
Patrick, BobPreserving the Voices of Our (Jewish) Veterans: the Veterans History Project at the Library of CongressBob Patrick, Director, Veterans History Project (VHP), will speak on the background of VHP’s creation, the current status of VHP archive, VHP’s value to librarians, researchers and the general public, and the importance of volunteer participation in VHP to collect and preserve the stories of veterans in our families, our lives and our communities. He will also discuss the service of some of the Jewish veterans who have participated in VHP. Jews in the Military2015
Peppler, JaneReviving Lost Yiddish Theater Songs: The Itzik Zhelonek CollectionFor decades, performers of Yiddish music have been recycling the same few "shlagers" (hits), ignorant of the wealth of Yiddish theater songs now almost extinct but still - just barely - findable. When the last 78 of a pre-war song is broken, the song disappears from our world forever. Jane will discuss a spectacular primary resource found at the Chabad library in Brooklyn: a collection of seven booklets of "Newest and Most Beloved" theater song lyrics published in Warsaw, Poland 1929-1934. Jane spent three years tracking down the melodies to these lyrics and will share her process and some of the wonderful treasures she unearthed. The end product was the songbook Yiddish Songs from Warsaw 1929-1934: the Itsik Zhelonek Collection and three CDs of this clever, lovely, but obscure music, adored between the World Wars but evidently deemed too frothy and cosmopolitan for the post-Holocaust era. The presentation will include musical examples and the projected translations she now uses to bring the music alive for a generation which has lost its understanding of the Yiddish language. Jewish Music2015
Pinkert, MarvinWhat Makes a Museum Experience "Jewish"?Marvin Pinkert's 27 years in the museum field has included displays of model trains, a coal mine, the US Constitution and Shaquille O'Neal's sneakers. Now as director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland he is leading the team that is reshaping that organization's future. His biggest surprise at JMM is how often the question arises "what makes that exhibit (on comic books, medicine, scrap industry) Jewish?" Pinkert will draw on examples, past, present and future to try to explain why he finds this question so unusual. Museums Roundtable Abstract, Slides2015
Pollock, DavidAnti-Semitism and the Middle East: Hard Data about a Hard (But Not Hopeless) ProblemAnti-Semitism related to Middle East conflicts is a major contemporary issue, but there is relatively little data-driven research about it. This presentation will attempt to fill that gap by analyzing actual empirical findings from survey and other research about the causes, consequences, and possible cures for anti-Semitism related to Middle East problems, especially the Arab-Israeli conflict and Islamic extremism. Reference will be made to public opinion polls, official statements, and related material from the U.S., Europe, and around the Muslim world. Contemporary Anti-Semitism2015
Potap, OlgaReconnecting the Past and Present at the Vilna/Vilnius Jewish LibraryThe Vilnius Jewish Public Library, the first Jewish library in Lithuania since World War II, opened in 2011 thanks to the initiative of Mr. Wyman Brent. His goal was to establish a cultural institution for Jews and Gentiles that would foster compassion, respect, and responsibility for all members of the community. By 2014, the Vilnius Jewish Public Library made significant improvements, especially in the areas of collection development, the management of public relations, and the unification of the local community. However, the library website and its social networks provided very little information about the history of Jewish libraries in Vilna. This paper will explore how to create a bridge between the past and the present for the Jewish Public Library through an exhibition of digitized primary source materials that tells the story of the community built around the Strashun and Ghetto libraries in Vilna. Allowing the primary sources to tell the story of the Vilna Jewish Library’s past makes the Vilnius Jewish Public Library community more versatile, diverse, and not limited by geographic borders. A Tale of Two Biblio-Cities: Libraries in Vienna and Vilnius Text, Slides2015
Rabinowitz, DanThe Library of Matisyahu Strashun: A Study of Private and Public Book Collection and DispersalMost modern libraries with substantial Hebraica holdings were created through the acquisition of private collections either by purchase, donation, or fiat. This interplay between the private collector and library is a symbiotic and necessary one, ultimately furthering knowledge of the Hebrew book. Matisyahu Strashun was an avid collector of Hebraica in 19th century Vilna amassing a significant library. He bequeathed his library to the Vilna community after his death with instructions and capital to create a public library. His library has survived, while not completely intact, in remarkable condition, if in changed circumstances. Tracing his library’s journey, from Strashun’s collection efforts, the transformation into one of Vilna’s most important pre-World War II libraries, its survival through the war, and its status today, provides a window into the interplay between the public and private individual and each’s role in preserving and disseminating the Hebrew book. Profiles of Judaica Collectors and Librarians2015
Roudik, PeterParagraph Five: Defining Jewishness by a non-Jewish EmpireThis presentation will focus on legal and procedural aspects of defining the so-called “Jewish nationality” under laws of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia. Mechanisms of registering as a Jew in government issued identification documents and following legal consequences will be analyzed in historical perspective. Domestic and foreign resources from the Law Library of Congress collection that might be of interest to a researcher of Jewish legal history will be introduced to the attendees. LEGAL ASPECTS OF JEWISH IDENTITY IN AN EVOLVING WORLD2015
Saccal, RitaRedesigning Jewish life in Argentina: Fundación Judaica: A Network of Communities: Unity in Diversity Fundación Judaica´s commitment for the future is to ensure continuity, enhancing Jewish identity through the spiritual and real connection with Israel and other Jewish communities of the Diaspora. This means Argentine Jewish life with all its components: synagogue, education, tzedakah, integration, participation and culture. Fundación Judaica trains and educates a new generation of leaders who will be able to lead the community by the Jewish values and principles of respect, plurality, and inclusion. Jewish Communities Around the World2015
Schreiber, MonikaRestoring Knowledge and Fairness: Vienna University's Jewish Studies Library and Historical Responsibility at the Seventieth Anniversary of the End of World War TwoIn 2015, Austrian libraries still struggle with the country’s responsibility for the legacy of National Socialism. Nazi looting is the issue here; historical fairness the aim; extended provenance research the pathway to achieving it. Vienna University's Jewish Studies Library has recently been a twofold site of this struggle: both as an unexpected holder of NS-confiscated Judaica and as the workplace of its librarian, who has just begun a new research project concerned with the provenance of the university's object collections. In both these areas, Monika has needed to address questions of Jewish identity, education, and the persecution of the Jewish intelligentsia. The presentation will include an account of the practical challenges posed by the occurrence of looted/restored books and objects among library holdings (cataloging, availability), as well as examples of stamps and notes that have allowed books and objects to be identified as looted. A Tale of Two Biblio-Cities: Libraries in Vienna and Vilnius Text, Slides2015
Schwartz, Barry L.The Past and Future of American Jewish Bible Translation and CommentaryAdvances in scholarship and the digital revolution are shaping the translation, commentary and presentation of Judaism’s sacred texts, including the Bible, in dramatic new ways. This session outlines the history of American Jewish Bible translation and commentary and discusses the challenges with this enterprise in the coming decades. The session will be organized as follows: I. A brief introductory word on the place of the TANAKH and the history of Hebrew Bible translation and commentary through the ages. II. The translation of the Bible in America from Isaac Leeser to the Jewish Publication Society and contemporary efforts by Alter, Fox, Artscroll, Koren, and others. III. The commentary of the Bible in America by JPS, the Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox movements, and the Jewish Study Bible (Oxford). IV. What’s next in Bible translation and commentary? V. The quest for a fully integrated digital TANAKH: promises and challenges. Reading and Translating Jewish Texts2015
Shapiro, LynnResearching the History of Hungarian/Czech Jewry through the Food and Memories of One Family Who Survived the HolocaustFood Family and Tradition: Hungarian Kosher Family Recipes and Remembrances presents a unique perspective on the Holocaust by merging Lynn’s family’s authentic recipes with their culture and history. This presentation will allow participants to taste the spirit of Eastern European Jewry and appreciate the journey of developing the book. First, the book is a resource to learn about the Holocaust. Memories evoked by the comfort foods of “home” personalize the history. Lynn will describe the culinary traditions of Hungarian and Czechoslovakian Jews, as typified by her parents’ and family’s heritage. Lynn will describe the journey: the process of developing the recipes, documenting the memories, researching details, documents, and history through resources available, guiding others in researching their own family history. Additionally, Lynn’s presentation will pay tribute to all survivors of the Holocaust, recognizing their courage, kindness, and resilience. Finally, the goal of the presentation is to bring this important historical period alive by enveloping the culinary flavors within the memories – through food and storytelling, together. Reading Jewish Social History Through Cookbooks Text2015
Share, EllenLet’s Focus Attracting and holding children’s attention during library period is not easy in these times when children spend hours watching TV or movies and surfing the web. Ellen has found beginning a library period with an introductory activity which serves to transition and focus is important. An origami demonstration or yoga posture quiets the class as a whole, blocks out distractions and focuses the attention. The origami figures can also be integrated into storytelling and used as an easy and clean art project in the library. NO ARTISTIC ABILITY IS REQUIRED. Moving the body in the shape of Hebrew letters is for all ages, including pre-school. In addition to focusing and calming, it provides familiarity with Hebrew letters and helps to reinforce the Hebrew alphabet. It is another teaching modality to use to help students learn the shape of Hebrew letters. NO ATHLETIC ABILITY REQUIRED. On Presenting and Reading Text2015
Steinhauer, JasonOurs to Fight For: American Jewish Soldiers in World War IIJason Steinhauer will present on the contributions, impact, and legacy of American Jewish service during World War II. Jews in the Military2015
Sussman, Joni Kibort, Gehl, Laura, Kahn, Katherine Janus, Rauchwerger, Diane LevinFAREWELL, KIBBUTZIM AND PIONEERS: BRINGING ISRAEL TO TODAY’S KIDS AND FAMILIES THROUGH CHILDREN’S BOOKSLearning about Israel is not about the kibbutz anymore. How do we foster a love of Israel and a connection to the Jewish state through children's books in challenging political times? Join Kar-Ben Publisher Joni Sussman and the panelists as they discuss the current state of children's books about Israel. They'll discuss how topics and story-lines are selected, how they're different from past stories about Israel, what inspires the authors to write their stories, the research that goes into them, as well as the illustration process and marketing of the books. In a world where virtually every aspect of Israel is political - ask Joni how she handles maps of Israel in Kar-Ben books! - picture books are a wonderful non-political way to bring the joys and wonders of Israel to children and families, showing us all that American and Israeli Jews have in common as well as celebrating the ways we are different. Joni attended the Jerusalem International Book fair in February and will talk a bit about the Israeli children's book market as well. Farewell Kibbutzim and Pioneers Text2015
Thomas, Samuel R. TorjmanCity Blocks Make Good Neighbors: Muslim-Jewish Musical Interaction in BrooklynThis paper explores the role of music in shaping individual and collective memories. In particular, it examines ways in which members of Brooklyn's Sephardi Jewish community — a transnational group comprised of Jews from North Africa, the Levant and Iraq — use music in sacred and secular contexts to construct and express a paradoxical identity. Due to massive emigration from Muslim lands, politics associated with events and tensions in recent decades as well as developing religious ideologies, Jews and Muslims have grown increasingly estranged, creating feelings of resentment and distrust. Yet, as co-ethnics in many ways, they remain deeply connected through aspects of a shared cultural and historical consciousness — music, food, language, geographic origin and cultural mores. Out of the intersection of social estrangement and affinities for shared cultural and historical consciousness, a paradoxical identity has emerged. Brooklyn, New York, is home to many immigrant communities from Arab countries. The earliest communities were established in the first two decades of the twentieth century, with new waves of immigrants in the past three to four decades expanding and diversifying these Muslim-Jewish population centers. The ethnographic fieldwork presented in this paper is drawn from participant observations and interviews with Muslim and Jewish musicians, community leaders and lay informants. Musical selections will be presented as a means for illustrating ways in which memory serves to construct identity in the present. Jewish Music2015
Trock, BeyhanThe Surprisingly Provocative Effects of a Turkish/ Sephardic CookbookIn this presentation, Beyhan Çagri Trock, the author of the Turkish and Sephardic cookbook/memoir The Ottoman Turk and the Pretty Jewish Girl: Real Turkish Cooking, will discuss the historical and culinary contexts of her family’s history. In Istanbul in the early 1940’s, Muslims and Jews rarely mixed. The cross-cultural love of Trock's Muslim father Zeki Bey and her mother, a Jewish girl named Beti was quite scandalous. The couple ran off together and ultimately immigrated to the United States with their children in the late 1950’s, bringing with them an exceptionally rich culture and cuisine. By presenting the history of the Turks and Sephardic Jews as the setting for her family’s cultural and culinary odyssey, Trock has woven a wonderful tapestry of her bi-religious family’s trek through some of humanity’s most tumultuous times. Her book reveals a complex saga of sacrifice and resilience as she traces the major political events which eventually brought her Turkish and Jewish ancestors to the shores of the Bosphorus. Trock’s presentation will highlight some of the central themes of her book and how she used family recipes and traditions to illustrate wider cultural norms. Reading Jewish Social History Through Cookbooks2015
Wald, Stephanie EntinBehind The Scenes: Library Design for the FutureIn 2012, divisions of The Heschel School in New York City moved to a new campus. This, of course, meant the library moved as well. This was a monumental task on many levels. In this multimedia presentation, Stephanie will discuss the process - from start to finish - of moving the library including major involvement with design (which included visiting other libraries for ideas) and the technicalities of the move itself. Practical applications for modifying an existing library or designing a new library will be discussed. Small Libraries2015
West, AviPracticing the Art of "Tzimtzum" in Preserving Jewish Communal Ready Reference CollectionsPresiding over the culling and transfer of a 10,000 item Jewish public library, a few challenges and questions surfaced. Is there any way to defend sustaining a public Jewish collection in the age of the Internet and in the face of sharply declining client traffic? How may we practice sacred contraction to preserve collections of resources (media and human) and continue our quest for a literate Jewish community? What are the flexible goals we need to have? Who may our partners be in creating a more decentralized network of resources? How can we prepare students of all ages to better use Rabbi Dr. Google in doing Jewish research and researching Jewishly? Should today's library professional have a "succession plan" to keep replenishing "library champions" for the future? We may not as yet have all the answers, but we ALL need to have the conversation. Small Libraries Text2015
Whitacre, Cynthia, Chapman, John, Jones, SandiOCLC Update Slides2015
SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD COMMITTEE IIThe Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee will discuss recent trends in Jewish children’s literature and will highlight selected books received in 2014. Bibliographies for all ages will include inclusivity, young adult love stories, graphic novels and Holocaust literature. Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee II Lenson Text, Bloomfield Text2015
Adler, Elhanan, Goldsmith, MarinaNational Library of Israel: Update 2014In the past year the National Library of Israel (NLI) has advanced on many fronts towards its goal of transforming itself from a Judaica research-centered academic library to a broad-spectrum institution serving all sectors of Israeli society and the Jewish people. The Library has initiated a number of projects to enrich its bibliographic and authority data from outside sources, as well as to allow other institutions to link to the library's own data and to add to the library's authority file. As part of this initiative the NLI plans to take over responsibility for the management of the Israeli national union list (ULI) and upgrading it. The Library also has led the national implementation of the new RDA cataloging rules. The Library's digitization programs continue to expand with a wide range of projects. The Library sponsors and hosts a wide variety of cultural and educational activities open to the public. This session will present these and additional ongoing and planned projects. Podcast2014
Amir, MichleanIsraeli Literature in the Early 21st Century - A Short Bibliography The purpose of this presentation is to provide a bibliography of some of the books written by well known and highly respected Israeli authors which were published in English in the first dozen years of the 21st Century. Literature is often a great mirror of a society and these books can be used by book discussion groups as well as for informative, pleasure reading. Podcast2014
Ben-Efraim, JackieBook Repair in a Digital World Today, most people think that if a book is damaged, it’s time to throw it out as everything is online. Besides the fact that not everything is online, there are many titles that are costly to acquire digital rights, and a 15 minute book repair costing just a few dollars would preserve the currently cataloged copy, saving acquisition dollars and staff time. Most librarians treat damaged books by slapping tape on them, which is almost as bad as assuming that everything is online. Over time, these repairs end up doing more harm than good as the tape oozes onto unintended surfaces and is nearly impossible to remove. The tape also puts undue pressure at the point of repair, causing other parts of the book to begin to fall apart from the stress. During my session I will teach participants how to make wheat starch paste to use with Japanese paper to mend and hinge-in pages, as well as how to tighten spines of books. These repairs conform to modern conservation practices as being both durable and reversible. Due to time constraints, I will not be teaching participants how to completely rebind a book, which often is not cost effective and should only be done on non-valuable books that are not replaceable in either digital or book formats. Text2014
Berger, ShulamithTevyeh Talks: Books Plucked from the Fire: A Litvak Child’s Bookshelf When Shuli Berger was a student in an introductory Yiddish course, her mother showed her a group of Yiddish children’s books she had owned since her childhood. Shuli will lecture on these books, which upon investigation were discovered to be rare Yiddish children’s books, written and illustrated by Moshe Levin, under the pseudonym Ber Sarin, published in Vilna in the late 1930s. The presentation will include a discussion of the books and their author, and the backstory of the books; how they traveled from Kovno, Lithuania, to Chicago, IL. The presentation will be illustrated with images from the books, archival documents, and photographs. Podcast2014
Berman, CherilleEducating Students to be Responsible Digital Citizens Presentation will focus on how to teach good practices on the internet. It is designed to create greater awareness amongst high school students to: • Participate positively (no cyberbullying or risky behavior) • Protect privacy and security • Build identities • Respect intellectual property Podcast2014
Bitton, YoramThe Forgery of the Talmud Yerushalmi Seder Kodashim: How Were So Many Fooled? The history of the Jewish Book includes numerous forgeries and false authorships. In my presentation, I want to focus on a specific event that demonstrates how scholars and rabbis can be easily fooled by forgeries. In the early 20th century, an unknown scholar, Shlomo Freidlander, presented a Seder Kodashim from the Talmud Yerushalmi which was thought not to exist. Many were eager to accept this new addition to the canon of Jewish sacred texts. I will present documents and other evidence showing how Friedlander built the case of its acceptance, and try to understand how the leading scholars of the time were convinced. Podcast2014
Brooks, SamIdeas for Supporting Jewish Studies Research – An Interactive Session with EBSCO’s Executive Vice President EBSCO’s has advisory boards for business, medicine, art, music, law, political science, and other academic disciplines, but it is not feasible to have a board for every subject area. As a result, EBSCO complements its boards by running informal focus groups with library experts in other disciplines. The company would like to receive feedback on how it can improve its platform in the area of Jewish Studies. EBSCO has a comprehensive discovery service and wants to ensure that it contains the most comprehensive coverage in all disciplines. Further, EBSCOhost is a platform for hundreds of databases (including Index to Jewish Periodicals, Jewish Studies Source, etc.) and more than 500,000 e-books, and the company would like to learn about improving these products and possibly adding new ones. EBSCO will give a review of its strategic direction and a summary of its related content, and then open the session for feedback from librarians. 2014
Brysk, MiriamSurviving the Holocaust in the Soviet UnionDr. Brysk will describe her family's life in the Lida Ghetto in Belarus and how they narrowly escaped death by an Einsatzgruppe because the Germans needed her father, a surgeon, to operate on wounded German soldiers. In late 1942, when she was nearly 8, Jewish Partisans rescued her family from the ghetto and brought them to the Lipiczany forest where she became a Partisan. In order to protect her from rape by Russian partisans, she was dressed like a boy and given a gun of her own. After liberation, to escape the Soviet authorities' travel bans, she escaped to Poland and started her trek through Central Europe as homeless refugees until her arrival in America. After retirement, Miriam became a noted artist. Her memoir, Amidst the Shadows of Trees, was published by Gihon River Press in 2013. 2014
Brysk, Miriam, Lincoln, MargaretThe Stones Weep: Teaching the Holocaust through Art Miriam Brysk, a Holocaust survivor, author, and artist, and Margaret Lincoln, a school librarian and teacher, will share the lessons they use to introduce Holocaust studies to students using art. Abstract, Text, Slides, Podcast2014
Chesner, Michelle, Buehler, Marianne A., Kiron, ArthurRoundtable on Digital Humanities This session will be a discussion and follow-up to the plenary address by Dr. Schrijver. The members of the panel will share how they are using digital humanities and present some of their current projects. Abstract, Slides2014
Corona, LaurelConvivencia: Jews in the Golden Age of Spain From the eighth through the fifteenth centuries, Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together on the Iberian Peninsula, creating a dynamic culture with artistic, technological, intellectual, and scientific achievements unparalleled elsewhere in Europe. Was this peaceful coexistence real or superficial, or perhaps a fantasy created by a modern world eager for such coexistence ourselves? What do these centuries of living together have to tell us about our chances for “convivencia” (living together) today? Laurel Corona, professor of humanities at San Diego City College, will discuss the history and lives of the Jews during the Convivencia, as chronicled in her book The Mapmaker’s Daughter, and offer insight as to how we should interpret this history in the present Podcast2014
Dardashti, Schelly TalalayPlace in Space: Honoring Our Ancestral Communities OnlineIn this digital age, it is easier than ever before to honor our ancestral communities, preserve resources and recreate memories for all descendants of a particular place in history. Why this is important - Internet/Digital presence vs brick-and-mortar presence - Who will be interested? - Where and how to locate interested collaborators and descendants - What to include - examples of successful projects. Podcast2014
Dardashti, Schelly TalalayTevyeh Talks: Sephardic Genealogy: an OverviewJewish genealogy's "other side," Sephardic research focuses on families originating in Spain and Portugal, but whom today live globally. In the past few years, resources have grown exponentially with many new books, websites and databases. Topics include geography; customs, traditions, history; languages, documents; basic online and archival resources; new books and journals; new projects and conferences. 2014
Diamond, WendyBDS & Bias in Academia: What can librarians doThis session will consider the establishment of a working group to prepare for potential BDS activities in college settings, professional associations, and public library communities. In addition, the discussion will address increasing bias against Israel’s perspective in mainstream library resources, such as reference tools, databases, journal literature, and video collections. Although most evident in academia, public librarians have a role and are welcome to join the discussion. 2014
Elswit, Sharon BarcanTevyeh Talks: Why Talk about the Old Tales Now?• Once upon a time, a Jewish grandfather told his granddaughter who was being bullied about a woman who had to figure out how to pull three hairs from a lion’s mane. • Once upon a time when times were hard, a rabbi told the community the story of the miracle that occurred after the Baal Shem Tov’s secret spot for praying for his people was lost. • Once upon a time, a stranger helped a lost young man find his way in the world by telling him the tale where King Solomon loses his whole identity in one moment of arrogance and needs to start again. They began once upon a time, and they’re still here –all these relationships and struggles in a messy world - and all the folktales. Jewish stories people have passed on from generation to generation stand ready to bring wonder, comfort, teaching, laughter, argument, and quiet reflection to enrich our human lives. Not just for children. Applying Jewish values, the old stories are ready to show us how to forgive; how to help others; the importance of education, devotion, generosity, and perspective; when to proceed with caution, and why to bother. So many Jewish stories are out there. But, how can you find the right story to fit a situation? How do you choose one variant of a story over a different telling? How have the old tales changed over time? How do they inform new ones? Why share them outside of the Jewish community? And why do I collect them for you? I’d like you to come out of my talk with renewed appreciation for seeking and sharing the old tales and some practice with me in finding them. Text, Podcast2014
Galron, Joseph (Yossi)A Modern Hebrew Literature Bio-Bibliographic Lexicon After almost ten years building, updating, adding and expanding the Hebrew literature database, The Lexicon of Modern Hebrew Literature, Yossi will describe the history of the project, its challenges and its future Podcast2014
Gilbert, JoanneWomen of Valor: Female Resistance to the Nazis As a little girl growing up in a post-World War II Jewish suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Joanne Gilbert was profoundly influenced by her Grandmother’s vivid stories of the beloved family members and friends who were so brutally murdered in Vilna, Lithuania during the Holocaust. She was particularly troubled by the images of Jews going to their deaths “like sheep going to the slaughter,” and wondered if any of them fought for their lives. She was also curious about their Gentile friends and neighbors--did any of them try to help the Jews? And as a Baby-Boomer growing up at the beginning of the Women’s Movement, she was particularly interested in finding out about the role of women during the darkest time in human history. Her research has taken her all over the U.S., Canada and to Europe researching Jewish and Gentile women who were anti-Nazi Resisters and Partisans during World War II. According to Joanne, “the unsung stories of these amazing 90+ year-old women, from different countries and different walks of life, who still lead lives committed to human rights--provide testimony to not just to the strength of the female body and soul but to the finest qualities of humanity—qualities that transcend age, ethnicity, religion and socio-economic status. 2014
Gold, EttaWhere Do We Go From Here? A Roundtable Discussion about the future of Judaic Librarianship With many schools and synagogues closing their libraries or severely cutting back on hours and services, this session will seek to explore new ideas for keeping the idea of a Judaic library collection viable in today’s (and tomorrow’s) world. 2014
Hansel, LisaBringing Research to Life: The Crucial Role of Librarians in Meeting—and Exceeding—the Common Core The Common Core State Standards in English language arts and literacy present a great challenge for students and teachers. Librarians are crucial allies, uniquely able to take three essential steps. First, they can help disseminate the research on reading comprehension underlying the standards. This body of research, which will be fully explained in the presentation, boils down to this: reading comprehension depends chiefly on prior knowledge. That’s why the ELA standards have such a strong emphasis on informational texts. Second, librarians can assist teachers in finding appropriate fictional and informational texts. Broad literacy depends on broad knowledge, so the K-12 years must be carefully designed to impart as much knowledge as possible. Research shows that the most efficient and effective means is to immerse students, for two to three weeks at a time, in specific topics. Doing so requires a range of introductory to advanced texts on each topic. Librarians can create sets of texts on a great variety of topics, and they can both share their texts sets with teachers and create topic-focused reading areas throughout the youth sections of their libraries. University librarians will see this trend carried through on the college level with much more emphasis on broad reading in specific topics. Third, librarians can directly increase children’s knowledge, and love of books, by frequently reading aloud. Even after children can read—even up to, on average, 13 years old—children’s listening comprehension is greater than their reading comprehension. So, please schedule as many read-alouds as you can—even better, develop a series of read-alouds on a single topic. Abstract, Slides, Podcast2014
Harris, TobyHow to Get Attention aka Library Advocacy Learn how to flaunt your assets, get attention and practice library advocacy. This session will be directed to synagogue and center libraries but can also be applied to schools and other settings. We will go through the AJL Advocacy Toolkit, its talking points, value calculator and other resources. We will also touch on community assessment as well as share ideas for effective action and programming to improve visibility for your library. Abstract, Slides, Podcast2014
Herbert, DinaAccessing the Iraqi Jewish Archive The Iraqi Jewish Archive, a group of 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents found in Saddam Hussein’s flooded intelligence building, came to the United States in 2003 for preservation, cataloging, and exhibition. The books and documents all relate to the Baghdadi Jewish Community. After nearly ten years, the material is now all available through an online database ensuring access. This paper will discuss the unique challenges of the collection plus the exciting discoveries of materials from the basement. Text, Slides, Podcast2014
Hirsch, David, Levia, AnnaThe World of Jewish Cookbooks: Sliced two waysWith the establishment of Food Studies programs at universities in North America and elsewhere over the past several decades, cookbooks are now fully recognized by academic libraries as valuable troves of all kinds of information. Foodways researcher Barbara Wheaton uses cookbooks to document the use of ingredients; kitchen equipment and the workspace; and cooking techniques across time and space. And as NYU professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health Marion Nestle writes in her foreword to 101 Classic Cookbooks, “food history is inscribed in cookbooks. Recipes are gateways to understanding how people ate and thought about foodways in the past.” This presentation will examine the Jewish cookbook collections at UCLA and Stanford University Libraries in two ways. First, David Hirsch will talk about his experiences with cookbook collecting and show examples from UCLA’s holdings. Then Anna Levia will explore the question: Using tools of textual analysis, what can digital humanities researchers discover and learn from Jewish cookbooks? Drawing on congregation and other Jewish community cookbooks from the library holdings of Stanford University and UCLA, Anna will outline the steps of a simple text mining project. She will document process, challenges and possibilities along the way. Abstract, Slides, Podcast2014
Kalmar, JulieJewish Refugees in Shanghai: Curating Personal Artifacts Based on my experiences curating a portion of the exhibit Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941) at UCLA in Fall 2013, I will present a brief history of the Shanghai Ghetto, an overview of the exhibition, and my work with Shanghailanders who live in Los Angeles, contributed artifacts to the exhibit, and participated in the symposium. Local Shanghailanders will present 5 minute “stories” of their experiences. Questions can be directed to me and to them in a discussion afterwards. There will be artifacts to display. Podcast2014
Kamin, Rachel Erlich, Tilman, EllenWhat Are We Reading? The Latest and Greatest in Jewish Adult Fiction Our patrons are looking for a "Good Read" - how can we help them find an appropriate book? How can we keep up with all of the new releases? What are Jewish book groups reading? Explore the latest and greatest in Jewish fiction for adult readers and come prepared to share some of your favorite new titles. Tips for running a successful book group and reading lists will be shared. Podcast2014
Kaplan, Elaine, Weinstein, JuliaAn All School Read Rockwern Academy’s All-School-Read programs began with a seed that grew into a huge tree branching in many directions. Julia Weinstein, the school librarian at Cincinnati’s Jewish day school, and Language Arts teacher Elaine Kaplan were discussing Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea. Then Ms. Weinstein learned the book had both a young adult version and a picture book companion, Listen to the Wind. The two considered the possibility of sharing the book and its messages of tolerance and education with the entire school, from Pre-K to 8th grade, across all disciplines, from Language Arts to Music to Art to Judaic Studies. The two developed a program for the book to serve as the basis of a community outreach program. After four years, the All-School-Read has become a Rockwern institution, integrated into every classroom across many subjects, unifying the school around an innovative reading program and providing a unique opportunity for Day School students to meet and learn with students from a variety of backgrounds. Text, Slides, Podcast2014
Korenberg, Marina, Shirazi, Gail, Taub, Aaron, Teverovsky, GalinaLibrary of Congress UpdateRepresentatives from the Israel and Judaica Section at the Library of Congress will discuss developments in acquisitions and cataloging during the past year and will address questions submitted in advance by AJL members. Podcast2014
Krasner, BarbaraBuilding the Credible World: The Importance of History in Jewish Children’s BooksHistorical fiction and history nonfiction for young readers bear the obligation to make history come alive. They also bear the obligation to create a credible world. Many do so through a mixture of seven components: painstaking research, contextual setting, tone, focused storytelling, engaging characters, vetting by subject matter experts, and compelling back matter. Yet, others suffer from the lack of these things. This presentation celebrates the books that do it well (promoters) and shows why others do a disservice to young readers (detractors). Abstract, Slides, Podcast2014
Lehnhardt, AndreasThe Old Jewish Library in Mainz The Old Jewish Library of Mainz was saved during World War II. The books were hidden in a coal cellar and survived in rather good condition. The collection of almost 5500 volumes, among them rare Hebraica and manuscripts, is one of the very few libraries saved from the persecutions in Germany. In 1946 the books were brought to the newly founded university of Mainz. Most interesting is the reconstruction of the ownership of some of the books. Some of the books came from the private libraries of Rabbis and preachers the Mainz community; most famous are Marcus Lehmann (1831-1890) and Siegmund Salfeld (1843-1926).The presentation will give an overview of the most precious volumes and the libraries history. Text2014
Lenson, HeatherThe Jewish Valuesfinder: The Online Datebase of Jewish Children’s Books – Does It Still Exist and How Do I Access It?/ In this presentation, I will explain the features of the Jewish Valuesfinder. Also, I will demonstrate how to access the database from the AJL website and the different access points to search the database Podcast2014
Levine, JoyceWebsite 613: Creative Ways to Provide Your Patrons with Jewish Resources An essential part of the library program, the library web site has become a primary tool for disseminating information in the current electronic environment. Your site should support the curriculum of your school and provide continuing education for synagogue library patrons by offering a wide range of resources tailored to their needs. Online Jewish resources abound. How can they be organized in logical and attractive ways on your synagogue or school library website? How can you provide your patrons with diverse sources, especially avoiding bias in coverage of Israel? Text, Podcast2014
Levy, David BHalakha and Netiquette What does the Jewish tradition have to share with regards to questions concerning netiquette and online ethics? What is the relationship between the internet and civility? Has incivility in America increased due to social media and what are its effects on democratic public discourse? How can we measure the effects of online incivility by objective scientific criteria? Does online anonymity encourage harassment of women or does online anonymity protect marginalized groups? Why is cyberbullying a serious problem from the standpoint of Jewish ethics? How do we attempt to curb the epidemic of cyberbulling amongst students? How can schools and teachers take a