Developing An Adult Collection
2005 FRESHMAN SEMINAR
ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES
A LIBRARIAN’S GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED:
DEVELOPING AN ADULT COLLECTION
www.ajlsc.org -- Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California > Resources &
Links -- Bibliography for “Developing an Adult Collection” by Ellen Cole
www.amazon.com -- Useful if you narrow search with key words as Jewish, Israel, etc.
http://legacy-site.yiddishbookcenter.org/100-greatest-works -- "100 Greatest Works of Modern Jewish Literature" - originally on National Yiddish Book Center website.
www.urj.org -- "Significant Jewish Books"
Current and Past choices by the Union for Reform Judaism
www.jbooks.com -- a Web magazine
An online source that does reviews and interviews about adult Jewish books
www.myjewishbooks.com -- Blog type hype on books --
includes list of Jewish book awards nominees and winners.
http://nextbook.com -- A Jewish cultural site including book reviews.
Can be time consuming to use.
BOOKS to GUIDE COLLECTING:
Berman, Margot S. How to Organize a Jewish Library. NY: AJL, 2nd ed. 1994.
Elazar, David H. and Daniel J. Elazar. A Classification System for Libraries of Judaica. 3rd ed. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1997.
Frank, Ruth and William Wollheim. The Book of Jewish Books : A Reader’s Guide to Judaism. NY: HarperCollins, 1986.
Hart, Merrily F. Creating A Collection : A Resource Booklist for a Beginning Judaic Library. NY: AJL, 4th ed. 2000.
Holtz, Barry W, ed. The Schocken Guide to Jewish Books : Where to Start Reading about Jewish History, Literature , Culture and Religion. NY: Schocken, 1992.
Reisner, Rosalind. Jewish American Literature : A Guide to Reading Interests. Westport, CT: Libraries, Unlimited, 2004. Genreflecting Advisory Series.
Includes periodicals, websites and publishers with their snail mail and web addresses.
Syme, Daniel and Cindy Frenkel Kanter. One Hundred Essential Books for Jewish Readers. NY: Carol Publishers, 1998.
SOURCES FOR REVIEWS
Yours free! If you have paid your membership dues -- www.jewishlibraries.org
Product of the American Library Association. Expensive, but extensive. Order through http://www.ala.org/offices/publishing/booklist
Jewish Book World
Published three times a year with a fourth under consideration for Children’s Lit only
Subscribe through Jewish Book Council, 15 East 26th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010-1579 -- (212) 532-4949.
Well written and critical.
A lot of secular books to plow through to find Jewish books.
Order at www.kirkusreviews.com
Koret Jewish Book Awards
View at www.koretfoundation.org
Another expensive, but extensive.
Order through http://lj.libraryjournal.com/
Los Angeles Times
Daily Paper in the Calendar Section
Sunday separate section: Arts & Books
View at http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/ > Critics' Picks
New York Times
Sunday separate section: Book Review
View all book reviews at www.nytimes.com/
Your Local Newspaper, Daily or Sunday