Conference: 2012 Conference Proceedings

The 47th Annual AJL Conference was held at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California, USA, June 17-20, 2012.

Pasadena, CA

Proceedings

In early November 2011, the Center for Jewish History held a gathering of academicians, librarians, and archivists, "From Access to Integration." At this two-day conference, the North American, European, and Israeli participants showcased a variety of digital projects, discussing avenues for a more coordinated way to share information about present and future digital initiatives.

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Representatives from the Israel and Judaica Section at the Library of Congress discuss developments in acquisitions and cataloging during the past year, and address questions submitted in advance by AJL members. The session includes a report by Joan Biella of LC and Heidi Lerner of Stanford University on progress in RDA implementation as it relates to Hebraica/Judaica cataloging.

Presented by Joan Biella, Marina Korenberg, Heidi Lerner, Gail Shirazi, Aaron Taub and Galina Teverovsky

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Columbia's rare Judaica manuscript collection is the third largest in the United States, behind JTS and HUC, ranging from the 10th to the 20th century, from India to the Caribbean. Ms. Chesner gives a history of the collection, detail the stories found within it, and discuss ways they are promoting use and awareness of the collection.

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Which children's books with significant Jewish content are among the winners of the two most important US awards for translated books? Goldsmith describes the Mildred L. Batchelder Award and the Outstanding International Books (OIB) List, analyzes editors' decision-making processes and discusses the modest number of winners with Jewish content. Findings from her dissertation research outlines editors' motivations for and barriers to publishing translations, as well as editors' awareness of helpful resources that are available to them.

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In the fast-changing world of e-books, how do you determine what the best product is for your school or institution and which vendors do you use? Three experienced librarians from the Los Angeles area will introduce youto some of the different publishers, vendors and platforms entering the e-book market and discuss the main questions to be considered as schools and institutions move forward into this volatile area.

Presented by Shannon Acedo, Cathy Leverkus and Lisa Silverman

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A Jewish presence in China can be traced back to the Tang period in the 8th century. In modern history, the rise of anti-Semitism in Russia and Eastern Europe in early 19th century and the Holocaust propelled waves of Jews to North and South China. These historical events have been researched and updated by Jewish people ever since their gradual departure from China in the beginning of the 1950s. This presentation provides details on Chinese records of Jewish "guest dwelling" in China.

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