Conference Proceeding: Contemporary World Jewish Publications - Collection Assessment / Collection Building: The Case of the Harvard Judaica Collection

Over the past three years, the Harvard Library Judaica Division has been undergoing a systematic review of its contemporary holdings of Western Judaica. This has involved a country-by-country extraction and synthesis of bibliographic data from national, university, and Jewish community libraries, as well as WorldCat, based on a honed series of keywords and author headings. Automated searching techniques are then used to compare the compiled country lists with Harvard holdings, and sources are identified for books not held. This talk will describe the workflow, data design, and automation techniques used for this project.

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