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AJL Elections Will Take Place in May

AJL will hold its regular biennial election May 2 to May 31, 2016. Once again, we will be voting by electronic ballot. It’s very important that we have up-to-date email addresses for all members. If your email address has changed, please contact our vice-president for membership, Sheryl Stahl at sstahl@huc.edu. Ballots will be sent to all current AJL members by email on May 2. If you do not receive one, please contact Joy Kingsolver at 630-988-4726 or joy.kingsolver@gmail.com. If you need a paper ballot, please call Joy to request one.

THE SLATE OF OFFICERS

[Note: The current VP/President-Elect, already in place, is Amalia Warshenbrot. She will become the President during the 2016 AJL conference in June.]

VP/President-Elect
Dina Herbert is the Coordinator for the Innovation Hub at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. She was previously the librarian for the Iraqi Jewish Archive project at the National Archives and has held positions at the JTS Library in New York and the SAIS Library in Washington, D.C. She's been active in AJL since 2012 and co-chaired the 2015 Silver Spring Conference. Dina has a B.A. in Ancient Studies from Columbia University and both a B.A. and an M.A. in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She received her M.L.S. from the University of Maryland. She lives with her husband and young daughter in Northern Virginia.

VP for Membership
Shulamis Hes manages print/digital resource integration and spending, including 400 databases and over 300,000 journals, for Yeshiva University’s (YU) three libraries; and guides patrons in general and Judaic research. She develops tools and programs such as YUFind discovery service and The Last Minute, a marathon evening of research and writing assistance. Shulamis leads these patron-centered initiatives collaboratively with library staff, YU administration and faculty, and affiliated medical/law librarians.

VP for Development
Fred Isaac has been a member of AJL since 1991. He has served as SSC President and on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, and co-chaired the 2005 Conference in Oakland. He is the past librarian at Temple Sinai in Oakland and now is their historian and Archivist. He currently serves on the Board of the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay. When not involved in synagogue activities, he plays tennis, walks, and reads (preferably Judaica and crime fiction).

Treasurer
Pat Fenton is the Manager of Judaica and Public Services at the Ostrow Library of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and she teaches classes in rabbinic literature in the rabbinical school, the school of education, and the undergraduate college. A graduate of UC Berkeley and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Pat is a Conservative rabbi.

Secretary
Nancy Sack has been a member of AJL for the past 25 years. She has served the association as Newsletter editor, exhibits chair, conference co-chair, and web slave. She was a cataloger at Northwestern University for nine years before moving to Hawaii 14 years ago to work at the University of Hawaii.

SSC President
Kathy Bloomfield is the founder of forwordsbooks, a national Jewish book fair business. Currently, she is the Clergy Assistant at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD where she is also assisting with the revitalization of the Adat Shalom library. Her volunteer roles have included Temple President, Mikveh Guide, URJ Outreach Fellow, and member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. Kathy’s website is http://forwordsbooks.com, where she writes about children’s literature with Jewish values content.

SSC VP
Susan Kusel is the librarian at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia. She is also the children's book buyer and selector for Words bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey and the owner of Dream On Books, a book consulting company. She has been a librarian at Arlington Public Library, and a bookseller for Politics and Prose and Child's Play. She was a member of the 2015 Caldecott Medal selection committee and is currently a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee.

RAS President
Rebecca Jefferson has been a member of AJL since 2010, and since 2012 has served as a co-editor for the Adult Reviews section of the AJL newsletter. She has served also as the AJL RAS Vice President for two years between 2014-2016. As a librarian, Jefferson is responsible for the collection development and overall management of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida. Since 2015, she has been the Principle Investigator on a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant to refocus the Judaica Library as a regional center of excellence for Jewish resources from Florida, Latin American and the Caribbean. Jefferson holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Hebrew from the University of Cambridge. She previously worked as a research associate in Cambridge University Library where she was the bibliographer for the Cairo Genizah collections.

RAS VP
Rachel Simon is a cataloger at Princeton University, and researches Jews in the modern Middle East and North Africa. She contributes regularly to AJL Reviews, has twice been a member of the RAS Cataloging Committee (chairing it once), as well as the RAS Bibliography and Reference Awards Committee, the Education Committee, and the By-Laws Committee. Rachel introduced the "Judaica/Hebraica T-shirt" activity at the AJL conference lunch. Among her recent scholarly contributions, she has been a section editor of the online edition of the Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (Brill), writing several entries including those on Jewish printing and publishing and on Jewish journals. She also compiled an annotated bibliography on the Jews of North Africa for Oxford Bibliographies Online.

2017 SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARDS NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

For Immediate Release: April 2016

For more information, contact:
Ellen Tilman, Chair
Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee; Association of Jewish Libraries
Meyers Library, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel
8339 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
215-887-8700 ext 122
chair@sydneytaylorbookaward.org

2017 SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARDS NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

Elkins Park, PA - The Association of Jewish Libraries is now accepting titles to be considered for the 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award. This prize, named for the author of the beloved All-of-a-Kind Family series, recognizes the best in children’s and teen literature of Jewish content.  Children’s and teen books that meet these criteria are eligible:

  1. The book has a 2016 copyright.
  2. The book has literary merit.
  3. The book has positive or authentic Jewish religious or cultural content.
  4. The book is appropriate for the intended grade level in style, vocabulary, format, and illustration.
  5. Whether fiction or nonfiction, the book is solidly rooted in authentic and accurate detail through scholarship and research by the author.
  6. Textbooks and reprints are not eligible, although revised editions and re-illustrated editions are eligible.

In order to be considered for the award, a review copy must be sent to each of the nine members of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. No application form is necessary. Review copies must be received no later than November 30, 2016. The awards will be announced in January, 2017.  

More details are available from Ellen Tilman, Chair of the committee at chair@sydneytaylorbookaward.org or at www.SydneyTaylorBookAward.org, a section of the Association of Jewish Libraries website.  

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