Collaborating to Support Library Collections

Interested in Publishing Your Own Cookbook?

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This session will discuss how to start putting together a cookbook for your school, library or community center. After deciding on which cookbook press to use, what are the steps involved? Community cookbooks not only serve as fundraisers but also are a means to celebrate and memorialize a group’s members and its particular customs. Community cookbooks are now being studied by scholars for insights into Jewish and women’s lives.

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Building Bridges and Creating New Communities of Tolerance in Vilnius Jewish Public Library

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The aim of this presentation is to explicate the Mission of the Vilnius Jewish Public Library which is to bring back the Jewish literary and cultural heritage to the Lithuanian society and to demonstrate the contribution of Jewish nation into the world culture and in particular the contribution made by Litvaks. Cultural events which consisted of meeting authors and their book presentations, round-table discussions, film screenings, lectures, concerts and commemorations were organized. The rather intensive process led to the gathering and building of groups consisting of those who found the library as their meeting place for themselves and the interests they share. The grouping process is growing and reaching different sub-groups joining the whole network of developing community. It encompasses intellectuals, academia, including the Third University (for senior citizens), students, pupils, international community in Lithuania, and such interesting groups such as Polish Scouts and others.

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The Mitzvah Project: The Collaborative Initiative of the AJL Librarians to Help the Vilnius Jewish Public Library with Collection Developing

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The Mitzvah project commenced during the summer of 2015 at the initiative of Ms. Lynn Waghalter, a librarian from Beldon Library, San Antonio, TX. After attending a session concerning the efforts of rebuilding the Vilnius Jewish Public Library at the 50th Annual AJL Conference in Silver Spring, MD in June 2015, Lynn decided to help them with their goal. The Mitzvah project came into being. Another AJL member, Olga Potap, a librarian from Boston University, contacted Žilvinas Beliauskas, Head of the Vilnius Jewish Public Library inviting him to start this collaborative project. This paper addresses the issue of how the private collaborative initiative can be transformed to a full-scale international project. We hope that the Mitzvah project will attract interest from other AJL members.

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