Conference Proceeding: UCLA’s Sephardic Archive Initiative: Community Engagement, University Libraries and Building a Digital Presence

This presentation will provide an overview of the Sephardic Archive Initiative at UCLA, with an aim of introducing this project to a wider audience of Judaica librarians and exploring issues related to university, library and community relationships. It also seeks to provide insight into the unique challenges and opportunities around collecting and accessing Sephardic materials. Specifically, the presentation will cover a few main topics: the initiative’s acquisitions, especially the archives of Los Angeles’ Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel; community engagement efforts including the March 2018 event, “Save the Data: Sephardic Antiques Roadshow” and an upcoming centennial commemoration of the community; and the building of a digital platform for
the initiative.

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