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AJL Conference 2021 - Call for Proposals


The Association of Jewish Libraries is now soliciting proposals for our upcoming Digital Conference 2021: Moving ForwardSunday, June 27 - Thursday, July 1, 2021. Librarians, scholars, educators, archivists, authors, and library advocates are invited to submit proposals for papers and presentations on all aspects of librarianship and on topics related to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience or Israel. Presentations should be relevant to library professionals working in academic and research institutions, archives, synagogues, day schools, or Jewish community centers as well as public schools or libraries serving Jewish communities. Past topics have included collection development and management, programming, reader advisory services, special and rare collections, archival science, cataloging and classification, Jewish literature and literacy, digital and electronic resources and emerging technologies.  All presentations will be delivered over Zoom.

Click here to submit your proposal. Co-presenters and panel presentations are welcome, however, each presenter must submit a separate proposal. All submissions must be received by January 31, 2021. If you are unable to access the Google form, contact [email protected]. Proposals will be reviewed by the Programming Committee and all applicants will be notified in March, 2021.


Thank you,


The 2021 Association of Jewish Libraries Conference Committee

[email protected] ● www.jewishlibraries.org

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You do not need to be an AJL member to apply, however being a committee member is contingent upon AJL membership. 

The application can be found here at: https://jewishlibraries.org/STBA_committee_application 

Applications close November 20, 2020.

Please contact Rebecca Levitan, committee chair, if you have any quesitons: [email protected]

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