Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California


Developing An Adult Collection




BIBLIOGRAPHY
2005 FRESHMAN SEMINAR
ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES


A LIBRARIAN’S GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED:
DEVELOPING AN ADULT COLLECTION


INTERNET:

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


AJL Newsletter
    Published Quarterly
    Yours free! If you have paid your membership dues --  www.jewishlibraries.org

Booklist

    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.

Kirkus Review
    Well written and critical.
    A lot of secular books to plow through to find Jewish books.
    Order at www.kirkusreviews.com

Koret Foundation
    Koret Jewish Book Awards
    View at  www.koretfoundation.org

Library Journal

    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