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For all those who will be attending the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC from next Thursday June 24-Tuesday, June 29, 2010 ­

You are very cordially invited to attend any or all of the following ALA Jewish Information Committee and AJL-related events (AJL is now an affiliate of ALA):

Sunday, June 27th: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
ONE POEM, ENRICHING LIVES ACROSS THE GLOBE: SAMUEL UULLMAN, GENERAL
DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, AND "YOUTH" ALA ETHNIC & MULTICULTURAL INFORMATION EXCHANGE ROUND TABLE (EMIERT) JEWISH INFORMATION COMMITTEE and REFERENCE & USER SERVICES ASSOCIATION (RUSA) HISTORY SECTION
Washington Convention Center -147A
Judith Schaefer's 59-minute film, "So Long Are You Young: Samuel Ullman's Poems and Passion," tells the remarkable story of the serendipitous international influence of one poem. This inspiring
documentary highlights Ullman's life (1840-1924), community humanitarian work, and personal courage as an immigrant Jew in Birmingham, Alabama, and how his philosophy came to influence General Douglas MacArthur, postwar Japanese society, and world leaders like Robert and Ted Kennedy.  Ullman biographer and historian Margaret Armbrester will facilitate audience discussion following the screening.

Monday, June 29th: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
IMMIGRANT VIGNETTES: THE SAGA OF ROMANIAN JEWS IN THE US AND CANADA
EMIERT JEWISH INFORMATION COMMITTEE
Washington Convention Center -147A
Overview of two millennia-long Jewish community in Romania including the Holocaust, Communist, and post-Communist periods; immigration and history of Jews in the USA and Canada; Romanian Holocaust survivors and righteous Gentiles; biographical sketches of noted Romanian Jews; library materials on North American Romanian Jewry including Multicultural Review; and a discussion of the publication, The Romanian Jews in America and Canada (1850-2010) are the main components of this program.  Speakers: Lyn Miller-Lachman, Multicultural Review, Editor-in-Chief; Vladimir Wertsman, EMIERT Publishing and Multicultural Materials Committee, Chair.

Monday, June 29th: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
EMIERT JEWISH INFORMATION COMMITTEE
Washington Convention Center -147A
Jewish Information Committee Meeting.
Please join us to discuss Jewish-related activities in ALA; to talk about how AJL's recent affiliation with ALA will impact the JIC; and to help us plan for the future in relation to programming at ALA's
upcoming Annual Conferences in New Orleans, June 23–28, 2011; Anaheim, CA: June 21–26, 2012; Chicago, June 27- July 2, 2013; and Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014.  Full listing of upcoming ALA Midwinter Meetings and Annual (summer) Conferences through June 2017 can be found at http://www.ala.org/ala/conferencesevents/upcoming/index.cfm

Monday, June 29th: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

EMIERT JEWISH INFORMATION COMMITTEE
Eli's Restaurant
Kosher* dinner at popular Dupont Circle restaurant where we can continue the discussion in more relaxed surroundings and unwind from the intense activity of the world's oldest and largest professional
library association conference.  This is the same heymish/homey place we dined in 2007 as then co-ordinated by JIC immediate Past Chair Ellen Zyroff and current AJL/ALA Co-Liaison.

Directions, menus, and more information at http://www.elisdc.com/
Reviews: http://www.shamash.org/kosher/comments.php?Recno=10789

*Eli's menu and facility are strictly kosher under the supervision of the Vaad Harabanim of Greater Washington
http://www.capitolk.org/supervised/restaurants.html

****PLEASE NOTE: If you are certain that you will be joining us for
dinner, please let me know as soon as possible, but no later than
next Wednesday, June 24th to insure your reservation by contacting me
directly (off list) at egertel@umich.edu ****
Whether you're registered for the entire conference, a single day's full participation, or exhibits only, please come by the ALA Affiliates Exhibit Booth # 2533 in the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, and say hello at the following times:

Sunday, June 27 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday, June 28 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Or volunteer to staff the booth for AJL at another time (please contact me for details).

Exhibit Hours:
Friday, June 25 -- Exhibits ribbon cutting 5:15 pm; Exhibits will open at 5:30 pm
Saturday, June 26 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, June 27 9:00am-5:00pm
Monday, June 28 9:00am-4:00pm

Hope to see you in Washington, DC at ALA and in Seattle, Washington State at AJL (July 4-7)!

Elliot H. Gertel
Irving M. Hermelin Curator of Judaica
Association of Jewish Libraries/American Library Association Co-Liaison
Chair, ALA EMIERT Jewish Information Committee
The University of Michigan
Near East Division, Area Programs
111-C Hatcher Graduate Library North
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1190
egertel@umich.edu

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