"People of the Books" Blog

Early Bird Deadline

The April 27 deadline for registering for the 53rd Annual AJL Conference in Boston (June 18-20, 2018) at the early bird member rate of $400 is just one month away. After that the member registration fee will be $440 (the non-AJL member rate will jump from $480 to $520). The organizing committee has been working very hard to put together another wonderful conference. You can view conference details, including the latest conference schedule, on the AJL website. Don't miss your opportunity to register at the discounted member rate by going to the Conference Registration page of the website. If you have applied for a stipend (note that the application deadline for Judy R. Cohn Conference Stipends is this Thursday, March 29), we encourage you to register now. If you aren't comfortable paying before hearing back  from the Stipends Committee (which is planning to send out their notifications of stipend amounts by April 23), just bypass payment for now.

Please contact me with any registration questions.

Looking forward to seeing all of you in June, and wishing you a Chag Sameach,

 

Marcie Eskin

AJL Conference Registrar

mjeskin (at) comcast (dot) net

Scholarships for Students

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

The Association of Jewish Libraries awards annual academic scholarships to promising students with a history of participating in Judaic studies or libraries, accepted into or attending or an accredited graduate school of library and information science. This scholarship is merit-based rather than needs-based.

CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP

AJL will now also provide conference subvention for attendance at the Association of Jewish Libraries’ annual conference to a promising student with a history of participating in Judaic studies or libraries, accepted into or attending or an accredited graduate school of library and information science. Free full conference registration, travel and (shared) room is included. As such, conference attendance is required. This award is merit-based rather than needs-based.

 

These awards also include a service component at the conference to benefit the Association of Jewish Libraries to be determined by the awardees and committee, for example, volunteering during the conference or writing up their experience for the AJL Newsletter.

 

The Association of Jewish Libraries is pleased to announce three separate student awards for 2018:

1) An academic scholarship of $1000 to a student enrolled or accepted in a graduate school of library and information science. Additionally, free full conference registration is included and encouraged.

2) An academic scholarship of $750 CDN to a Canadian student enrolled or accepted in a graduate school of library and information science. Additionally, free full conference registration is included and encouraged.

3) A conference subvention award for attending the Association of Jewish Libraries’ annual conference. Free full conference registration, travel and (shared) room are included.

Students have the opportunity to apply for both awards, yet one student will not receive both awards.

 

Applying for an AJL Scholarship and Conference Subvention

Students who wish to apply for this scholarship and/or conference subvention should submit to the Scholarship co-chair by March 29, 2018:

1.     Completed online application or application form sent via e-mail to scholarship@jewishlibraries.org.

2.     Documentation of acceptance or enrollment in one of the qualified graduate library school programs mentioned above. Transcripts and/or letters on official letterhead, submitted via e-mail or uploaded via the online form.

3.     Documentation of Jewish studies completed at an academic or less formal level or of experience working in Judaica libraries. Transcripts and/or letters on official letterhead, submitted via e-mail or uploaded via the online form, will be accepted as documentation.

4.     Personal statement as a Word, RTF or PDF document, submitted via e-mail or uploaded via the online form to the Scholarship co-chair.

Please submit a short statement (200/300 words) highlighting the extent of your participation in Judaic studies, in libraries, and other relevant experiences. Relate how you feel your involvement in such activities might be reflected in your future career in library and information science.

Submit application and supporting materials online or send via e-mail to: scholarship@jewishlibraries.org. Applicants must indicate which award(s) (student scholarship or conference subvention) they seek.

FINAL DATE FOR SUBMITTING ALL ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION: March 29, 2018.

Special post-conference Amherst Tour

Join AJL for a special post-conference field trip to Amherst. Tours will include a choice of the Michelson Gallery or Schoen books on Wednesday, then the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Yiddish Book Center on Thursday.

AJL Trip Itinerary to Amherst, MA—June 20-21, 2018

Wednesday, June 20

 

2:30 pm

Bus leaves Temple Israel, Brookline

4:15 pm

4:15 – 4:45

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bus arrives at historic inn and tavern, Hotel Northampton,

Check in to hotel http://www.hotelnorthampton.com/

4:45 – 6:45 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk to Michelson Galleries, Northampton, MA

http://www.rmichelson.com  Private tour of gallery by Rich!.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres. Possible artist/author appearance

Michelson galleries

 -OR-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit to https://schoenbooks.com

Transportation from hotel and kosher dinner provided by Ken Schoen!

6:45 pm

 

 

Dinner on your own in quaint and historic Northampton

(Kosher meals can be ordered in advance--there is no kosher restaurant within walking distance)

Thursday, June 21

 

7:00 – 9:00 am

9:30 am

10:00 – 11:30 am

 

11:30 – 1:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free continental breakfast available in hotel

Board bus to travel to Amherst, 20 minutes

Arrive at Eric Carle Museum, private tour

https://www.carlemuseum.org/

Eric Carle Museum

1:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk to nearby Yiddish Book Center, private tour

https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/

 

Yiddish book center

 3:00-3:30 pm

 

 

Board bus, sack lunches provided for bus ride back to Boston

Arrive back to Holiday Inn, Brookline or other pre-arranged location in Boston, to be decided according to request

Price

 

Single or Double Room

2 day bus transportation

Thursday lunch

Two entrance fees

Pre-Pay TOTAL:

$155 plus tax, paid to hotel, call them to request AJL rate

$150 

$20

$16

$186, paid by check to Lisa Silverman, by April 15 to reserve spot

Contact trip planner

 

Lisa Silverman lisa.silverman@aju.edu

Download itinerary

 

2018 Conference - Call for Papers

AJL Conference, Boston, June 18 – 20, 2018.  Call for Conference Papers

The AJL 2018 Conference Committee is now soliciting paper proposals for its annual conference at Temple Israel of Boston from Monday, June 18 - Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Librarians, archivists, scholars, educators, authors, and others will meet to share their interest in Judaica librarianship, Jewish history and culture, and related topics.    

The programing committee is soliciting proposals for papers and presentations on all aspects of Judaica librarianship as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, schools, synagogues, and related institutions. Past topics have included: collection management, programming, reader advisory services, special and rare collections, cataloging and classification, digital and electronic resources and emerging technologies.   Presentations on Jewish resources in Boston, Boston Jewish library collections and local authors would be especially welcomed.


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, 2017.  Please submit proposals by e-mail (PREFERRED) to: conference@jewishlibraries.org

Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Planning Committee, which is composed of national and local AJL members. Notification will be made in January, 2018.

 

Harvey Sukenic

Hebrew College Library

Local Chair Program Planning Committee

NYC 2017 Program book

We are very pleased to present the conference program book.  Browse through to get a taste of the fantastic programs and presentations that we have planned for the conference.  Don't forget to take a look at the advertisements as well - there are some special offers in there!

 

We look forward to seeing you in NYC in a couple of weeks!