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   Three positions on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee will be available beginning January 1, 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for lovers of Jewish children's literature.

   Applicants should be members of AJL, familiar with the scope of Judaic children’s literature, experienced in writing critical reviews, willing and able to read and review over 120 books during the course of a year, and able to meet deadlines.

   Committee members are expected to attend annual conventions and to participate in committee-sponsored events, including speaking at the Committee’s annual presentation. The term of membership on the Committee is four years. Each committee member typically receives more than $1,500 in books for review each year, which may be kept for personal use or added to the member’s library.

   Membership on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee is both fun and intellectually challenging, but it also requires a substantial commitment in terms of time and energy.

   Members must be able to submit reviews electronically and correspond with other committee members through regular e-mail. Familiarity with Google Docs is helpful but not required.

   To apply, send a letter indicating the reasons for your interest, a resume, and several examples of your recent reviews of Jewish children’s books to Aimee Lurie, Committee Chair, at chair@sydneytaylorbookaward.org or aimeelurie@mac.com.

   Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2013.

Dear Friends of AJL,

I know I’m always nagging you to use GoodSearch for yourInternet searching. I nag because I care! Goodsearch helps AJL raise funds,without taking anything out of YOUR pockets!

You can now add GoodSearch to your mobile device: iPhone,Android phone, iPad or tablet, etc.

 ·    ~   For any Apple device, follow the instructions athttp://dailygoodblog.tumblr.com/post/61798376888/mobile-search-made-easy-ios-instructions.

 ·    ~   For any Android device, follow the instructionsat http://dailygoodblog.tumblr.com/private/62105601644/tumblr_mtls6t1uDO1sue1eo.

~·  ~   I suggest making one change to the instructionsfor either kind of device: instead of starting at www.goodsearch.com, start instead at http://tinyurl.com/AJLgoodsearch. This will put you directly on the AJL GoodSearch page instead of justGoodSearch in general.

 

Thanks for helping AJL raise money painlessly!

Heidi Estrin

President, Association of Jewish Libraries

president@jewishlibraries.org

This adorable original artwork was created for us by Michelle Mau.  SHANA TOVA from the Association of Jewish Libraries!

 

 

 

The August Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere, is being hosted Leora Wenger at SketchingOut. You can read it at http://www.leoraw.com/blog/2013/08/august-jewish-book-carnival/. You’ll find links to Jewish bibliographies, book reviews and author interviews!

 

Next month’s Carnival will be hosted by Erika Dreifus at My Machberet. If you blog and you’d like to participate,please contact her through http://www.erikadreifus.com/contact/ by September12 to send her your links!

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of Judaica Librarianship's Editorial Board, I am pleased to announcethat AJL's peer-reviewed journal is now available online, at http://ajlpublishing.org.

The site currently features the most recent issue of Judaica Librarianship (vol. 16/17). According to our new policy, back issues will be freely available 12 months after the publication date.

Judaica Librarianship provides a forum for scholarship on the theory and practice of Jewish Studies librarianship and Information Studies. The journal 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 also welcomes thoroughly revised and updated versions of papers presented at AJL Annual Conferences or chapter meetings. Additional information about topics covered in the journal is available online on the Focus and Scope page. Submission deadline for the next issue is September 30, 2013.

Students currently enrolled in any accredited Library and Information Science program are encouraged to submit essays to AJL's Student Essay Contest. Essays must be relevant to the field of Jewish Studies librarianship. The winning essay will be considered for publication, and the winner will receive a cash award.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate contacting me.

Best wishes,

Rachel

Rachel Leket-Mor
Editor-in-Chief, Judaica Librarianship
Association of Jewish Libraries

Associate Librarian
Religious Studies, Philosophy, Jewish Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Arizona State University Libraries

 

The AJL website has been down for a few weeks but we are finally back up and running! You should  have seen the link to the July Jewish Book Carnival on our Facebook page in the meantime, but now we are pleased to officially post it here on our blog.

The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly roundup of links to Jewish literary content from across the blogosphere. This month's Carnival is hosted by Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah. You'll find interviews, reviews, and a report on Book Expo. Enjoy!


 

 

The June Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere, is being hosted by Kathy Bloomfield at ForWords Books. You can read it at http://forwordsbooks.com/the-june-jewish-book-carnival. You’ll find links to Jewish book reviews, interviews, and essays, as well as Kathy's excellent report on the Bloggers' conference at Book Expo America.


Next month’s Carnival will be hosted by Barbara Krasner at The Whole Megillah. Submit your posts to barbarakrasner [at] att [dot] net by July 12, 2013.

The 48th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Houston, Texas starts in one week! I am looking forward to seeing many of you there, but I hope that those who can't join us in person will keep an eye on Facebook for the duration of the conference (June 16-19). We'll be posting photos and status updates live from Houston to www.facebook.com/jewishlibraries.

If you are not a Facebook user, don't worry! You don't have to sign up or log in to view AJL's Facebook page! Just go to www.facebook.com/jewishlibraries and you'll see everything we post!

If you ARE a Facebook user, please click Like on AJL's page if you haven't already. This will allow you to receive our posts in your news feed, and it will mean you can post comments on our photos and status updates! We would LOVE to hear from you, so please do add your "likes" and comments once we start posting from the conference!

To those who will be in Houston - I'd be happy to have additional volunteers help Facebook the conference! If you're interested, send a friend request to Heidi Rabinowitz Estrin (if we're not FB friends already) and message me to let me know you'd like to be part of the fun!

See you all soon in Houston and on Facebook!
Heidi Rabinowitz Estrin
President
Association of Jewish Libraries
www.facebook.com/heidiestrin
heidi@cbiboca.org
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48th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference

June 16-19, 2013

Houston, TX

 

 

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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 kolodney@austin.utexas.edu, 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.


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For the Record:

48th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference

June 16-19, 2013

Houston, TX

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A Cordial Invitation 

The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), the Catholic Library Association (CLA) and the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) present:

A SOCIAL GATHERING DURING ALA

Sunday, June 30, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

For ATLA, AJL, and CLA members and friends. Light, kosher refreshments will be served.

Venue: St. James Common
Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
65 East Huron
Chicago, IL 60611


Please RSVP no later than June 25, 2013 to:
Rick Rybak, rrybak@atla.com / 312.775.9435

A printable PDF, including a map and directions, is available here.

48th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference

June 16-19, 2013

Houston, TX

www.jewishlibraries.org

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48th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference

June 16-19, 2013

Houston, TX

www.jewishlibraries.org

The May Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere, is being hosted by Heidi Estrin at The Book of Life. You can read it at www.jewishbooks.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-jewish-book-carnival-may-2013.htmlYou’ll find links to Jewish book reviews, interviews, and essays! 


Next month’s Carnival will be hosted by Kathy Bloomfield at Forwords Books. If you blog and you’d like to participate, please email her at kathyb [at] forwordsbooks [dot] com by June 12 with your links!


48th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference

June 16-19, 2013

Houston, TX

www.jewishlibraries.org

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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

http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/Publications/JudaicaLibrarianship.aspx, under Guidelines for Contributors. Submissions and/or inquiries should be sent to rachel.leket-mor@asu.edu
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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48th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference

June 16-19, 2013

Houston, TX

www.jewishlibraries.org


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We have something new and exciting we'd like to share with you! It's the new Association of Jewish Libraries GoodApp - once added to Internet Explorer or Firefox, each time you shop at more than 2,500 stores (from Amazon to Zazzle!) a percentage of your purchase will automatically be donated to Association of Jewish Libraries - at no cost to you (and you may even save money as the app provides coupons and deals as well!). The GoodApp also has a search box and each time you search the Internet, about a penny is donated to Association of Jewish Libraries. 

http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/association-of-jewish-libraries

And please pass this along to all of your friends. The two minutes it takes to add this toolbar to your browser can make a lifetime of difference!

Get the toolbar NOW! http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/association-of-jewish-libraries


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48th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference

June 16-19, 2013

Houston, TX

www.jewishlibraries.org




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