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Gut Shabbos everyone! Here are this week's bookmarkable links:

I am loading all of the PowerPoint presentations into Slideshare. So far I've only received 2 (!) but any that I receive (please send to will be accessible in a single location here:

The following links are culled from this year's AJL 2011 presentations. More to come next week!

The Joe Fishstein Collection of Yiddish Poetry, housed in the Division of Rare Books and Special Collections at McLennan Library, McGill University, is considered to be one of the finest private collections of its kind in the world. It consists of some 2300 Yiddish works, mostly poetry, and includes many rare volumes, most of which have been preserved in vintage condition:

McGill University will print a book for you on demand even if you aren't affiliated with the college. Check out their one of a kind digitization lab here:

Judaica Europeana works to identify content documenting the Jewish presence and heritage in the cities of Europe. It will digitise 10,500 photos, 1,500 postcards and 7,150 recordings as well as several million pages from books, newspapers, archives and press clippings. The digitised content will be available at    

Digital Catalogs at Bibliotheca Rosenthalia  contains thousands of documents of digitized Judaica, searchable in English:

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Shabbat Shalom Safranim! Here is the AJL weekly list of bookmarkable links.

In the spirit of the upcoming convention in Montreal, check out their Jewish Public Library Archives. They're also on Flickr, accessible here:

The Vilnius Jewish Library has been established to celebrate culture created by Jews. It is the first Jewish library in Lithuania since 1943, and will be opening spring/summer of 2011:

Marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yad Vashem and Google announced a partnership that will greatly facilitate preservation of and access to the world’s largest historical collection on the Holocaust. They have almost 140,000 pictures available for viewing here:

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has announced it will host a new discussion forum dedicated to the unique needs of the subject-based digital repository community. As repositories continue to grow as an engine for driving Open Access worldwide, new challenges and opportunities emerge and the demand for more focused conversations grows:

Putting misshelved books back in their proper places is not a library worker’s favorite task. It takes time and it’s not exactly scintillating. Now a computer-science professor has come up with a way to make the process faster and less burdensome: an augmented-reality shelf-reading app that can scan an entire shelf’s worth of books at a time and alert workers which ones are out of place:
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Shavua Tov Safranim! Here is this week's bookmarkable links:

Judaica Libraries Unite

The New York Public Library, New York University, and Columbia University, which all have extensive Judaica collections are collaborating to offer scholars/members of any one of the three institutions to access to all three collections, Read more here. (By way of Michelle Chesner's blog).

Google Settlement goes Sour

Google has been getting some negative news this past week. In this interview with Tech Crunch, you can watch Siva Vaidyanathan talk about his new book Googlization, in which he describes Google as an unchecked monopolist of information services.

Also, the Scholarly Kitchen and Boook offer some thoughts about the rejection of the second attempt at the GoogleBooks court settlement for copyright infringement.

Some thoughts on education for digital natives

Given the rapid pace of changing technology, need to keep thinking about how they can change their services to meet the needs of new students. These two links below offer some ideas:


PBS documentary on reaching today’s youth through digital media

Watch the full episode. See more Digital Media - New Learners Of The 21st Century.

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Shalom Safranim! Hope everyone had a great Purim. Here is this week's bookmarkable links:

Gearing up for Pesach

Harvard University Press recently published a facsimile version of the Library of Congress's beautiful Washingoton Haggadah, written and illustrated by Yoel ben Shimon during the 15th century. More pictures are available here  and a description of the book here (thanks to Heidi Estrein for sending this link along).

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Also, in case you've never seen it, the Library of Congress has its Hebraic Collection online which contains a variety of Judaica as well as information and pictures of other Haggadot.

This year's Computer's in Libaries Conference:

Professor Jill Hurst-Wahl has been blogging on some of the issues being discussed at this year's Computer's in Libraries conference, such as community tagging, library marketing, and new search features for web search engines:

In the spirit of the AJL conference in Montreal this coming summer:

A video glossary of Yiddish words and expressions from the Shtetl Montreal:

Yiddish humorist and native Torontorian Michael Wex talks about Canadian Jewish History and his new book, The Frumkiss Family Business:
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Shavua Tov Safranim! Here is this week's list of Bookmarkable links. Remember that all of the links from recent posts on the Weekly Link Roundup can also now be searched at by searching for "ajl_links". 

The Flickr Commons: Get photos through participating organizations at the Flickr Commons; most of them have no known copyright restrictions. The Center for Jewish History has contributions  as well as the Jewish Society of the Upper Midwest. (Anyone else I missed?)

-Folks who might be looking forJudaica library  jobs, here's a great exhaustive list of Jewish studies programs  available globally.

-Bodleian Library holds a copy of Rambam's Mishneh Torah, signed by Maimonides himself. They have digitized it here and made it available for all to see (by way of the YU blog)

-In my Internet travels, I came across this great pathfinder with links for the study of American Jewish History from the Myer And Rosaline Feinstein Center For American Jewish History, Temple University.

-Historical Jewish Press: "This site contains a collection of Jewish newspapers published in various countries, languages, and time periods. We display digital versions of each newspaper, making it possible to view the papers in their original layout. Full-text search is also available for all content published over the course of each newspaper’s publication." (By way of Michelle Chesner's recent talk at AJL-NYC).

-Computers in Libraries conference will be in Washington D.C. from March 21-23 For those who might be in D.C. free exhibit passes are available for even if you don't necessarily want to pay for the entire conference. The Twitter hashtag will be #cil11 and hashtags for Flickr will also most likely be under tags cil2011 or cil11.
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Good Shabbos everyone! Here are this week's suggested links to bookmark:

Israeli online library catalogs (OPACs): The MALMAD - Israel Center for Digital Information Services publishes and maintains an extensive, if not exhaustive, list of library web catalogs from Israel's universities.

Available for searching online, "The monumental 19-volume Encyclopedia of the Founders and Builders of Israel was compiled and published by David Tidhar (1897-1970) over the 23 years from 1947 until his death."

A great LibGuides page for Yiddish resources published by Johns Hopkins University is available here.

Looking for a job? METRO in NYC publishes a Libguides page of professional development resources here (from the NY Librarian's Meetup blog).

For those of you out there who thought it was too difficult or expensive to publish your writing, Barnes&Noble has now released PubIt, an electronic upload service that allows easier entry into the ebook market for self-published authors and independent publishing companies (a boon for almost any Jewish publisher or author). Barnes&Noble says that 35 of their 200 top best-sellers in on the Nook were published through this new service.
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