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Member Spotlight with Esther van Haaren-Hart

Our Member of the Month is Esther van Haaren-Hart of Curaçao.

Amalia Warshenbrot and Esther van Haaren-Hart

Amalia Warshenbrot and Esther van Haaren-Hart, 2017.

Esther van Haaren-Hart is the librarian and general manager of the Foundation at the Maduro Library and Museum housed in the plantation house at Rooi Catootje in Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean.

The foundation is named after Salomon Abraham (Mongui) Levy Maduro (1891-1967) who started collecting documents, books, manuscripts, archivalia and periodicals relating to Curaçao, the Dutch West Indies and his Sephardic Jewish community which goes back to the 17th century. One of the goals of the foundation is to preserve historical collections on subjects of Sephardic Jewish and Dutch Caribbean interest for future research.

The library collection consists of more than 10,000 books, 450 documentation files by subject, containing newspaper clippings and more than one thousand Antillean and Jewish periodicals, collected over a period of more than 100 years. Due to the growth of the collection, the library collection was moved to a state of the art new building, the Ena Dankmeijer-Maduro Pavilion, in 2010. Throughout the years, a wide variety of writers, historians, elementary school students and researchers have consulted the library collection. The library cooperates closely with other academic libraries, both in Curaçao and abroad.

Mrs. van Haaren-Hart is a mother of three and grandmother of one.  She attended the 2017 AJL conference, commenting:

“I enjoyed this well organized 52nd conference. There was a great variety in themes, the sessions were well planned and well prepared by the speakers. Networking with participants of so many countries and places in the USA was one of the highlights of the conference. I was very pleased to meet some old library friends and to make new ones. In general I consider the information about digitized materials, many of them online available, as another highlight of the conference.”

Esther plans to continue to communicate with AJL in the future to exchange ideas and information on a global scale and to be able to access information through application of advanced technologies

Esther welcomes AJL members and friends to visit her library’s website at www.madurolibrary.org to get acquainted with the library and the museum collection. Esther encourages all to visit the island and the facilities in person, like so many Jewish groups have done in the past and are still doing.

Webinar redux with discount!

We forgot to let you know that any AJL member in good standing is eligible for a 10% discount on any/all of the AJL/ALA webinars coming up.  Contact Sharon Benamou or Nancy Sack to get the discount code.

AJL/ALA Webinars

As you may know, AJL partnered with ALA last year to deliver a series of webinars. ALA/AJL Cataloging Sacred texts webinarThe first three webinars, to be held November 16, December 14, and mid-January, cover collection development and cataloging of Judaica resources for non-specialist librarians. The webinars are aimed primarily at librarians in school, public, and academic libraries whose responsibilities include collection development and cataloging of Judaica but who are not subject specialists. The webinars may also offer some tips and tricks to subject specialists who are new to the field of librarianship.
AJL/ALA webinar collection development
Registration is now open for the first 90-minute workshop, which will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017, starting at 2:30 pm Eastern time. For more information please contact Sharon Benamou or Nancy Sack.

2018 Conference - Call for Papers

AJL Conference, Boston, June 18 – 20, 2018.  Call for Conference Papers

The AJL 2018 Conference Committee is now soliciting paper proposals for its annual conference at Temple Israel of Boston from Monday, June 18 - Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Librarians, archivists, scholars, educators, authors, and others will meet to share their interest in Judaica librarianship, Jewish history and culture, and related topics.    

The programing committee is soliciting proposals for papers and presentations on all aspects of Judaica librarianship as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, schools, synagogues, and related institutions. Past topics have included: collection management, programming, reader advisory services, special and rare collections, cataloging and classification, digital and electronic resources and emerging technologies.   Presentations on Jewish resources in Boston, Boston Jewish library collections and local authors would be especially welcomed.


Submissions should include the following:

Presenter's name, address, affiliation, telephone and email contacts.
*       Brief biography
*       Title of proposed presentation
*       Summary of proposal
*       Specific technology or equipment requirements, if any

All submissions must be received by November 30, 2017.  Please submit proposals by e-mail (PREFERRED) to: conference@jewishlibraries.org

Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Planning Committee, which is composed of national and local AJL members. Notification will be made in January, 2018.

 

Harvey Sukenic

Hebrew College Library

Local Chair Program Planning Committee

NYC 2017 Program book

We are very pleased to present the conference program book.  Browse through to get a taste of the fantastic programs and presentations that we have planned for the conference.  Don't forget to take a look at the advertisements as well - there are some special offers in there!

 

We look forward to seeing you in NYC in a couple of weeks!

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