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The 2015 AJL annual conference will be held in Silver Spring, Maryland, June 21-24.

Proceedings and podcasts of the 2014 conference will be online shortly.


The Association of Jewish Libraries offers a variety of publications to assist librarians in their work in developing and maintaining Judaic collections in all types of institutions.

    Serials include:

  • Judaica Librarianship, AJL's scholarly peer reviewed annual journal. Judaica Librarianship is now published online only, AJL members can access the current volume for free. Recent back issues (Volumes 14­-16/17) are available to the public (Open Access). Previous back issues will be available soon as well. If you have questions, please contact the Editor at Older back issues (1983-2000) are available on microfilm from the American Jewish Periodical Center 
  • AJL News, AJL's quarterly newsletter
  • AJL Reviews, a quarterly reviews of relevant Judaic content materials
  • AJL Conference Proceedings, papers from the annual AJL conference. These can be accessed online from 2001 to the present. 1998-2000 Proceedings are available on microfilm from the American Jewish Periodical Center 

    Print monographs include:

  • The Weine Classification Scheme and Relative Index: for Judaica Libraries 9th ed. by Association of Jewish Libraries and Joel Tuchman (2013), a classification system used in many synagogue libraries [also available for free download from the "Members Only" section of this website] 
  • Creating a Collection: a Resource Booklist for a Beginning Judaic Library 5th ed. by Merrily Hart (2008). An annotated subject bibliography and guide to developing a core collection in a synagogue, school or community center library
  • Jewish Classics for Kids by Linda Silver (2006). An annotated bibliography of a classic canon for children.
  • The Association of Jewish Libraries Guide to Yiddish Short Stories by Bennett Muraskin (2011), an annotated summary of over 130 Yiddish stories available in English translation
  • Freiband, Susan, with Barbara Leff. Collection Development in Smaller Judaica Libraries (2 vol. set) New York: AJL, 2006. Includes Introduction and Guide (34 p.) and Resource Guide (18 p.). Practical information to help with collection development and an annotated bibliography of tools for selection of materials. $10. For purchase, please contact the AJL Publications Chair, Joyce Levine at
  • Notable Children's Books of Jewish Content. New York: AJL, 2001. (60 p.) Annotated lists of recommended books for 1985-2000, prepared by the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. $10. For purchase, please contact the AJL Publications Chair, Joyce Levine at

  • Online resources include:

  • The AJL Wiki, an ongoing compilation of information on many topics related to Jewish libraries
  • The Jewish ValuesFinder, a searchable database that identifies quality Jewish children's books
  • The Jewish Library Advocacy Kit, created to assist Judaic libraries as they educate their communities about the value of their services.
  • The Bibliography Bank, a resource of bibliographies compiled by AJL members
  • Excellence in Jewish Children's Literature, a guide for book selectors, reviewers and award judges
  • The All-of-a-Kind Family Companion, a reader's guide to the Sydney Taylor series
  • Jewish Stars: recommended books with Jewish themes for schools and libraries edited by Rachel Kamin et al.
  • In Celebration of Jewish Book Month, lists of recommended Jewish books published annually by AJL divisions and chapters

For inquiries about AJL publications, please contact the AJL Publications Chair, Joyce Levine. at