Wednesday, July 2, 2008

JLN Press Release

Text Box: Local participants included:  From the left: Cheryl Banks of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El (retired),  Marcie Eskin of the Board of Jewish Education and Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, Rose Novil of Oakton Community College, Rachel Kamin of Des Plaines Public Library, Debbie Colodny of Cook Memorial Public Library and Sefer So Good,  Donna Stewart of Temple Chai, Joy Kingsolver of Spertus Institute. Seating in front Shoshanah Seidman of Northwestern University, and Judy Weintraub (retired).  Missing from picture: Debbie Feder of Ida Crown Jewish Academy.

From : Judaica Library Network Of Metropolitan Chicago

Date: July 2, 2008

Contact: Daniel Stuhlman

Chicago Area Librarians Attend Annual Professional Conferences

The Judaica Library Network of Metropolitan Chicago (JLN), an organization of over 50 local librarians, had 10 members attend the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) annual convention held in Cleveland, OH June 22-25, 2008. The convention’s theme was: Jewish Libraries: Tradition, Text & Technology. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Ellen Frankel, editor-in-chief and CEO of the Jewish Publication Society. Her topic was: “How the People of the Book Became the People of the Book Business: A History of Jewish Publishing in America.” Dr. Frankel examined the rich history of the Jewish Publication Society and how it promoted Jewish history, culture and religion in English.

The 2008 Sydney Taylor Book Awards for children’s books were presented by Rachel Kamin, outgoing chair of the award committee, to: Sarah Gershman and Kristina Swarner for The Bedtime Sh'ma, Sid Flesichman for The Entertainer and the Dybbuk, and Sonia Levitin for Strange Relations. The ceremony also recognized other notable books and continued with a special celebration of Jewish children's literature in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Awards.

The Research and Special Libraries division (RAS) had sessions on the digitization of archival collections, changing the Jewish National and University Library to the National Library of Israel, the history of Yeshiva University Libraries, and the role of printed ephemera in special collections.

Chicago area Judaica librarians have been participating in AJL for over 33 years. The national association's annual convention last met in Chicago in 1995 and JLN will host the convention in July 2009.

This international gathering of Judaica librarians included specialists from academic, school, research, community center and synagogue/temple libraries. It is a wonderful opportunity for professional development and networking with other Judaica librarians.

In addition, librarians attended other educational and training conferences to help them in their work. Rena Citrin, of Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, will be attending with other area teachers a two week seminar in Israel. We at JLN are proud of our members' dedication to their profession and to their libraries.

The officers for 2008-09 are: President: Debbie Feder; Vice-President/President-elect: Rochelle Elstein; Treasurer: Susan Bayer: Recording Secretary; Rena Citrin; Corresponding Secretary: Joy Kingsolver.

For more information about the Association of Jewish Libraries, visit or locally the Judaica Library Network of Metropolitan Chicago

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