Conference Proceeding: What is Judaica? Measuring the Harvard Judaica Collection

For years, the Harvard Library Judaica Division has sought to measure the size of the Judaica Collection. The Harvard Library's reporting system allowed straightforward measurement and parsing of Hebraica holdings (Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian). The broader category of "Judaica" was more challenging, cutting as it does over a variety of criteria -language, country of publication, and subject matter, and no report or series of reports could provide an accurate accounting and picture of the collection as a whole. This presentation provides a description of the methodology that the Harvard Library Judaica Division employed to build metrics on the Judaica Collection and how the Division made use of that data for a variety of purposes.

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