AJL member Uri Kolodney recently attended the Info2013 conference in Tel Aviv, representing AJL. This is an annual conference organized by Teldan, an Israeli company that acts as a leading "supplier of business, scientific and technological information, offering a full range of information products and services to Libraries, Information Centers, Universities..." and so on. For full information, see tinyurl.com/mydhkbc.
All sessions were conducted in Hebrew, and the full program (in Hebrew) is available on the website. Many of the attendees were local librarians and information specialists.
The goal of Uri's attendance was to discuss possible cooperation between Teldan and AJL, and to promote AJL to the professionals at the conference.
To that end, Uri has obtained a free trial for AJL members of four products in Hebrew distributed by Teldan. The goal is to see whether there is interest in these products among AJL members and the patrons of their libraries.
1) Maya's Secret is an interactive website for kids ages 3-7 including Hebrew, math, and English instruction. See sodmaya.co.il.
2) Kotar Iyun is a digital library with hundreds of titles in Hebrew, dealing mainly with the history of Israel and Erets-Yisrael, biblical studies, education, sociology and Israeli culture. This library includes encyclopedias, bibliographies, and reference works. See kotar.co.il.
3) Kotar Limud is a digital library that includes all textbooks used in the Israeli education system. See school.kotar.co.il.
4) Ofek is an interactive database of "assessment tasks" for teachers and students in the Israeli education system See ofek.cet.ac.il.
For usernames and passwords to test these products, please contact Uri Kolodney at email@example.com, and let him know your opinion of the products after you try them out. The free trial is available until July 1, 2013.
We do not yet have information about probably costs or discounts on these products, we are just in the stage of assessing interest.