"People of the Books" Blog

50th Anniversary of the Sydney Taylor Book Award

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. To honor this amazing milestone, we have planned events to take place before and during the Boston AJL Conference:

On Sunday, June 17, 2018, we invite you, your family and friends to join us from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Boston Public Library - Central Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston for an afternoon of Story Time, Singing, Arts & Crafts, A Raffle, and a Panel Discussion. This event is FREE and fun for he entire family. See more information on the flyer below.

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 12:30 PM, we will host over 30 writers and artists at our Author & Illustrator lunch at Temple Israel. In addition, Caldecott-winning illustrator Paul Zelinsky will give us a sneak peak and speak to us about creating his new book, All-Of-A-Kind Family Hanukkah. (The cost of the lunch is included in your Conference Registration or can be purchased separately on the conference website.)

Of course the celebration continues during the afternoon sessions with presentations by the 2018 Sydney Taylor Award winning authors and illustrators speaking about their books and ends with our giving Harold Grinspoon and PJ Library the Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award at our annual Awards Banquet along with the 2018 Sydney Taylor Awardees, the Sydney Taylor Manuscript winner, the new AJL Fiction Prize winner and the RAS Winners. (The cost of the Awards Banquet is included in your Conference Registration or can be purchased separately on the conference website.)

Also, please look in the upcoming Judaica Librarianship for an article by Fred Isaac and Diane Rauchwerger about 50 years of Sydney Taylor Award Winning Books.

We want to thank our Sponsors: Follett, Kar-Ben Publishing, Albert Whitman & Company, Apples & Honey Press, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge, Macmillan Children's, Random House Children's Books, American Girl, Boston Public Library, HarperCollins Children's Books, PJ Library & Seven Stories Press for their generous donations to make these celebrations possible.

There is so much happening. You don't want to miss it.

Conference Countdown! - Final Program

With the conference only two weeks away, we are thrilled to give you this sneak peek at this year's program book.

What to do in Boston?

Are you wondering what to do in Boston and Brookline before, during, or after the conference? Harvey Sukenic compiled a list of select Jewish eateries, shopping, and synagogues. See the bottom of the conference information page for the complete downloadable list.

Early Bird Deadline

The April 27 deadline for registering for the 53rd Annual AJL Conference in Boston (June 18-20, 2018) at the early bird member rate of $400 is just one month away. After that the member registration fee will be $440 (the non-AJL member rate will jump from $480 to $520). The organizing committee has been working very hard to put together another wonderful conference. You can view conference details, including the latest conference schedule, on the AJL website. Don't miss your opportunity to register at the discounted member rate by going to the Conference Registration page of the website. If you have applied for a stipend (note that the application deadline for Judy R. Cohn Conference Stipends is this Thursday, March 29), we encourage you to register now. If you aren't comfortable paying before hearing back  from the Stipends Committee (which is planning to send out their notifications of stipend amounts by April 23), just bypass payment for now.

Please contact me with any registration questions.

Looking forward to seeing all of you in June, and wishing you a Chag Sameach,

 

Marcie Eskin

AJL Conference Registrar

mjeskin (at) comcast (dot) net

Scholarships for Students

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

The Association of Jewish Libraries awards annual academic scholarships to promising students with a history of participating in Judaic studies or libraries, accepted into or attending or an accredited graduate school of library and information science. This scholarship is merit-based rather than needs-based.

CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP

AJL will now also provide conference subvention for attendance at the Association of Jewish Libraries’ annual conference to a promising student with a history of participating in Judaic studies or libraries, accepted into or attending or an accredited graduate school of library and information science. Free full conference registration, travel and (shared) room is included. As such, conference attendance is required. This award is merit-based rather than needs-based.

 

These awards also include a service component at the conference to benefit the Association of Jewish Libraries to be determined by the awardees and committee, for example, volunteering during the conference or writing up their experience for the AJL Newsletter.

 

The Association of Jewish Libraries is pleased to announce three separate student awards for 2018:

1) An academic scholarship of $1000 to a student enrolled or accepted in a graduate school of library and information science. Additionally, free full conference registration is included and encouraged.

2) An academic scholarship of $750 CDN to a Canadian student enrolled or accepted in a graduate school of library and information science. Additionally, free full conference registration is included and encouraged.

3) A conference subvention award for attending the Association of Jewish Libraries’ annual conference. Free full conference registration, travel and (shared) room are included.

Students have the opportunity to apply for both awards, yet one student will not receive both awards.

 

Applying for an AJL Scholarship and Conference Subvention

Students who wish to apply for this scholarship and/or conference subvention should submit to the Scholarship co-chair by March 29, 2018:

1.     Completed online application or application form sent via e-mail to scholarship@jewishlibraries.org.

2.     Documentation of acceptance or enrollment in one of the qualified graduate library school programs mentioned above. Transcripts and/or letters on official letterhead, submitted via e-mail or uploaded via the online form.

3.     Documentation of Jewish studies completed at an academic or less formal level or of experience working in Judaica libraries. Transcripts and/or letters on official letterhead, submitted via e-mail or uploaded via the online form, will be accepted as documentation.

4.     Personal statement as a Word, RTF or PDF document, submitted via e-mail or uploaded via the online form to the Scholarship co-chair.

Please submit a short statement (200/300 words) highlighting the extent of your participation in Judaic studies, in libraries, and other relevant experiences. Relate how you feel your involvement in such activities might be reflected in your future career in library and information science.

Submit application and supporting materials online or send via e-mail to: scholarship@jewishlibraries.org. Applicants must indicate which award(s) (student scholarship or conference subvention) they seek.

FINAL DATE FOR SUBMITTING ALL ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION: March 29, 2018.