Updates from the National Library of Israel

Updates from the National Library of Israel

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In the first part of the presentation, Sylviane will outline the history, developments and changes of RAMBI in its 50 years of existence. RAMBI is a multilingual bibliography of academic articles in all fields of Judaica, the history of Eretz Israel, including the archaeology of the whole area, and the history of the State of Israel, its economy, society, the conflict and more. It is not computer generated. Instead, it is compiled by a professional staff that reads the articles and assigns subjects on the basis of topics and not words used. At the beginning, RAMBI appeared each year in book form, but now it is an online resource that is available free of charge to anyone. Sylviane will present not only the history of the database, but also ideas and plans for its future and suggestions on how it can be used best. In the second part of her talk, Sylviane will discuss some of last year's highlights at the National Library of Israel including acquisitions, events and new programs.

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The Future of Legal Deposit Materials: Digital Collection Management at the National Library of Israel

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The National Library of Israel has historically collected all Israeli publications under the Legal Deposit Law. A recently approved revision of this law broadened it to also include digital materials. With this revision, Israel joined the handful of countries that have committed to collect the wide variety of digital publications, including e-books, music, databases and various digital-born publications. The speaker will analyze the practical implications of the revisions of the Legal Deposit Law and examine the NLI's endeavors to meet the new requirements and opportunities embedded in this revision. Understanding the challenges and the potential answers will open new avenues for collaboration and shape how we manage and access these digital collections.

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