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Call for Papers: Judaica Librarianship

The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) is pleased to announce that its peer-reviewed journal, Judaica Librarianship, will be published online starting with the next issue. The journal will be available to subscribers for 12 months following the publication of each issue, while back issues will be freely accessible to all on the Internet. Additional information about the new online configuration will be released soon.

The Editorial Board of Judaica Librarianship invites submissions for the journal's next issue, scheduled to appear in late 2013. We welcome research articles on all theoretical or practical aspects of Jewish Studies librarianship and cultural stewardship in the digital age, as well as historical studies or current surveys of noteworthy libraries or collections. All articles will go through a double-blind peer review process. We also welcome extensive reviews of reference works and electronic resources, including electronic databases and informational websites, as well as thoroughly revised and updated versions of papers presented at AJL Annual Conferences or chapter meetings.

We extend our invitation to the global community of scholars and information specialists in anticipation of a vigorous discussion on the multifaceted intersection of Library and Information Science and Jewish Studies. These are some of the relevant topics for article submissions:

* Theoretical or empirical studies integrating Library and Information Science with aspects of Jewish Studies and related fields that could stimulate the scholarly discussion about Jewish libraries. Possible areas of connection would include: the History of the Book, Bibliometrics, Literary Studies, Media Studies, Jewish languages and Linguistics, Information Technology, Literacy Studies, or Social History, to name a few.
* Best practices and policies for Jewish libraries of all kinds: school libraries (all levels); community center libraries; public libraries; Judaica collections in religious institutions; archival collections; museum and historical society libraries; research libraries; and special libraries.
* Innovative approaches to data curation, discovery tools, or preservation of library materials in the digital age.
* Descriptive essays and surveys of special collections.
* Digital Humanities projects relevant to Jewish Studies and other digitization projects.
* Historical or bibliographical studies pertaining to Hebraica and/or Judaica materials, libraries, or librarians.
* Library services for users, including but not limited to reference tools and instruction guidelines for teaching Jewish literacy, cultural programming, or any other outreach programs.
* Collaborative collection development initiatives across library networks.

AJL's Student Essay Contest

Current students enrolled in any accredited Library and Information Science program are encouraged to submit essays relevant to the field of Jewish Studies librarianship to AJL's Student Essay Contest. All student essays will be refereed; the winning essay will be considered for publication in the Student Essay section of Judaica Librarianship, and the winner will be awarded $300. Please refer to the Journal's Call for Papers for suggested topics.

Focus and Scope

Judaica Librarianship is a peer-reviewed annual published by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Situated in the field of Library and Information Science and international in scope, the journal provides a forum for scholarship on the theory and practice of Jewish Studies librarianship and Information Studies.

Judaica Librarianship seeks to publish research articles and essays related to the development and management of Judaica collections in all types of libraries and archives, the initiation and coordination of digital curation projects, the creation and dissemination of information resources in all formats, and the promotion of Jewish information literacy for diverse audiences through various outreach activities. The editorial board welcomes submissions on all theoretical or practical aspects of Jewish Studies librarianship and cultural stewardship in the digital age, as well as historical studies or current surveys of noteworthy libraries or collections.

Editorial Board

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University (Editor-in-Chief) Zachary Baker, Stanford University Pearl Berger, Yeshiva University Annette Goldsmith, University of Washington Arthur Kiron, University of Pennsylvania Roger Kohn, Library of Congress James Rosenbloom, Brandeis University Barry Dov Walfish, University of Toronto

Manuscript Submission

Please email articles, reviews, or letters, in English, to the editor (manuscripts should be single-spaced, in 12-point type). Typical peer-reviewed articles are 12-30 pages in length (3,000-8,000 words); column pieces tend to be shorter.

Text, image, audio, or video files are accepted in most file types, provided that they can be attached via email. Illustrations (tables, figures, diagrams, charts, graphs, photos, screen captures) should not be saved within text files, but submitted separately if created in other than word-processing software. Please contact the editor for inquiries regarding large or unconventional file types.

For additional details, please check the Association of Jewish Libraries website, at, under Guidelines for Contributors. Submissions and/or inquiries should be sent to
Rachel Leket-Mor
Judaica Librarianship, Editor-in-Chief
Association of Jewish Libraries

Subject Librarian
Religious Studies, Philosophy, Jewish Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Collections and Scholarly Communication Office, Hayden Library Arizona State University Libraries PO Box 871006 |Tempe, AZ 85287-1006, USA
Phone: 480 965 2618 |Fax: 480 965 9127
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The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) will hold the 47th Annual Convention in Los Angeles, California June 17-20, 2012. Librarians, archivists, scholars, educators, authors and others will meet to share their interest in Judaica librarianship and related topics. AJL is soliciting proposals for papers and presentations on aspects of Judaica librarianship as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, schools, synagogues and related institutions. Past topics have included literature and other resources, collection management, programming, reader advisory services, special and rare collections, cataloging and classification, digital and electronic resources, technology and local Jewish history.

Submissions should include the following:

Presenter's name, address, affiliation, telephone and email contacts.
Brief biography
Title of proposed presentation
Summary of proposal
Specific technology or equipment requirements, if any

All submissions must be received by November 30, 2011.

Please submit proposals by email to:

or by mail to:

Sharon Benamou
UCLA Library Cataloging & Metadata Center
11020 Kinross Ave. Box 957230
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7230

Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Planning Committee, which is composed of national and local AJL members. Notification will be made in January, 2012.
Did you present at the 2011 AJLConvention in Montreal? Would you like your work to be included in the published proceedings that are available on AJL's website?

Please consider sharing your paper with those who were unable to attend your session. For submission guidelines and examples from previous years go to

Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you!

Jasmin Nof
Proceedings Chair
The Israel branch of AJL, formally called Judaica Librarians' Group (Israel), issues a publication entitled Alon from time to time. The publication gives librarians an opportunity to describe briefly some interesting item they have come across in the course of their work. Articles are accepted in all languages and should be directed to the publication's editor, Rabbi Avishai Elboim, Director of the Rambam Library in Tel Aviv (rambaml1 at gmail dot com).

All the issues of the Alon are available at So far only articles in Hebrew have been submitted but articles in any other language are welcome. A notice that a new issue has been posted to the Internet is sent to a couple of hundred Israeli librarians who are registered with the Judaica Librarians' Group. The audience is librarians working in the field of Judaica. Anyone can subscribe, just like anyone can subscribe to AJL's listserv, haSafran.  On the left hand side of the webpage, toward the bottom, is a link to the signup form.

We look forward to receiving your articles!
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Association of Jewish Libraries

Research Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections Division

Call for Papers, 2011 Annual Convention

The Research Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections Division (RAS) of the Association of Jewish Libraries is soliciting paper proposals for AJL's 46th Annual Convention, to be held at the Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Quebec, June 19-22, 2011. Librarians, archivists, scholars, educators, and authors will meet to share their interest in Judaica librarianship, Jewish literacy and related topics.

We solicit paper proposals on aspects of Judaica librarianship as it is practiced in research libraries, archives, museums, and special collections and as it pertains to higher education. Examples of suitable topics include, but are not limited to:

§  Technological developments and tools in higher education institutions: cloud computing, academic social networks, e-book platforms, mobile devices and virtual reference;

§  Resource sharing: database access, union catalogs, reference sources, cataloging services;

§  Cataloging in RDA (Resource Description and Access).

§  The future of print book collections in academic institutions, seminaries and Hebrew colleges, as revealed in collection development practices and policies, or other library operations;

§  Changes in Jewish Studies methodology as they are portrayed in libraries.

A special focus this year will be the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Montreal Jewish community. Appropriate topics may include archives or special collections in the area, history of the Canadian Yiddish theater, programs about Jewish Canadian notables such as Mordechai Richler or Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg, as well as Canadian women writers, history of local synagogues and other community landmarks, or unique Jewish communities in Montreal (Moroccan, Iraqi, Spanish-Portuguese).

Proposals should be emailed to, with the following: presenter's name, address, affiliation, telephone and email address; brief biography; title of proposed presentation; paper abstract (up to 250 words); and specific technology or equipment requirements, if any.

All submissions must be received by November 30, 2010. Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Planning Committee, which is composed of national and local AJL members. Notification will be made in January 2011.