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Proceedings of the 36th Annual Convention of the Association of Jewish Libraries

La Jolla, California, June 24-27, 2001

Compiled by Laurel Wolfson and Barbara Leff

© 2001 by the Association of Jewish Libraries
ISSN: 1525-4496

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Table of Contents


Title page and verso

Book Awards

2000 Reference & Bibliography Awards
Introduction by Rita Saccal, Chair
Reference Book Award: History and Guide to Judaic Dictionaries and Concordances by Shimeon Brisman
Presentation of award by David Hirsch; acceptance speech read by Bella Hass Weinberg, with comments
Bibliography Book Award: Bratslav: An Annotated Bibliography by David Assaf
Presentation of award by Rita Saccal; acceptance speech read by Rita Saccal

2000 Sydney Taylor Book Awards
Introduction by Linda R. Silver, Chair
Sydney Taylor Book Award for Older Readers:The Key is Lost by Ida Vos
Presentation of award by Linda R. Silver; acceptance speech read by Terese Edelstein, translator
Sydney Taylor Book Award for Younger Readers: Gershon's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year written by Eric R. Kimmel, illustrated by Jon J Muth
Presentation of award by Linda R. Silver; acceptance speeches by Eric R. Kimmel and Jon J Muth

Sessions and Papers

Accreditation: Blueprint for Your Library's Future by the AJL Accreditation Committee
Tuchman, Helene (Chair): Philosophical and Professional Principles Used in Reviewing the Applications
Gold, Etta D.: Review of the Documentation: Mission Statements, Collection Development, Job Descriptions, etc.
Dublin, Anne: The Application Process (From the Point of View of Applicant)
Frischer, Rita C.: How It All Began ...

Adler, Elhanan: The Digitization Project of the Jewish National and University Library: Progress Report 2001

Amir, Michlean: From Memorials to Invaluable Historical Documentation: Using Yizkor Books as Resources for Studying a Vanished World

Automation: A Live Comparison of Three Hebrew-Capable Library Systems
Adler, Leah: VTLS
Ferdman, Glenn & Kathy Bloch: Aleph 500 Series, ver. 12.4
Miller, Paul A.: Innovative Interfaces (Millennium Integrated Library System)

Banks, Cheryl: Best Holocaust Videos for Children

Belinfante, Randall: Building a Sephardic Library

Bell, Lenore & Joan Biella: Library of Congress Cataloging Update
Bell, Lenore: Subject Cataloging
Biella, Joan: Descriptive Cataloging

Bringing Diversity to Your Collection
Ohnstad, Michelle: The Secular School Library
Levy, Norma: The Public Library

Cataloging Issues (dedicated to Rosalie Katchen z"l)
Lerner, Heidi: In Memory of Rosalie Katchen: A Tribute Delivered on June 24, 2001
Biella, Joan: Authority Work in Ruritania
Miller, Caroline R.: Cataloging Internet Resources Using the OCLC CORC System: The UCLA Experience
Schiffman, Marlene: Cataloging Archival Materials for the History of the Jews of Europe: The Louis Lewin Collection at Yeshiva University

Cummins, June & Naomi Toder: The Jewish Child in Picture Books? (presentation by June Cummins)

Dublin, Anne, Ellen G. Cole, & Enid Sperber: Creating a Chapter Newsletter with Content, Bite and Heartwarming Chatter

Erlich, Rachel: There's a Lot Going On in the Library (poster session)

Felder, Leonard: An Author's Perspective on What Makes an Outstanding Librarian

Freedman, David Noel: The Nine Commandments

Friedman, Richard Elliott: What Should a Commentary Comment On?

Hirsch, David: Latin American Jewish Websites

Kimmel, Eric A. & Jon J Muth: Migrations of a Tale: Gershon's Monster

Kline, Eric Chaim: Gifts, Deaccession, and Appraisals

Landau, Rebecca: Bar Coding a Library: Issues and Concerns (poster session)

Leff, Barbara Y.: Planning to Automate Your Synagogue, School, or Center Library?(Included in appendices are a List of Selected Library Management Software for Small Libraries by Susan Dubin and Overview by Cindy Gerecht.)

Lerner, Heidi: Teaching Electronic Resources for Research in Jewish Studies: A Workshop for Use in the Academic Library

Levine, Janice Resnick: Children's Hebrew Books: What's Available, Where to Find Them, and How to Catalog Them

Levy, David B.: Ancient to Modern Jewish Classification Systems: An Overview from the Beit HaMikdash Temple Archive to H.A. Wolfson, G. Scholem, A. Freidus, D. Elazar & LC

Levy, Nomi: Video Screenings at the AJL Convention 2001

Levy, Norma: First Aid for Books (poster session)

Librarian as Teacher: Lessons to Use in Your Classroom
Glasser, Rachel K.: Library Skills, Reference, Reading, and Folklore
Berman, Susan: Enhancing Current Curriculum with Technology

Meyers, Dr. Charles: Dr. Hector Nuñes: Dedicated Patriot and Despised Alien

Stabler, Elizabeth F.: Starting & Running Book Discussion Groups: Reading Groups and Reading Selections, Including What Constitutes a "Jewish Book"

Starr, Kevin: Library of California: An Electronic Network of California Libraries

Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee: Jewish Children's Books in the New Century: What's Hot? What's Not? Linda R. Silver (Chair), Kathleen Clotfelter, Etta Gold, Fred Isaac, Naomi Morse, Libby White

Temko, Florence: Hands-On Jewish Origami (public presentation)

White, Libby: In the Shadows of the Inquisition: The Jews of Colonial Mexico and Their Uncertain Legacy

Appendix: 36th Annual AJL Convention Program (La Jolla, California, June 24-27, 2002; convention co-chairs: Barbara Sutton and Nomi Levy)