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newNext AJLSC Meeting - for Dinner - June 10 - 5:30 pm - see Calendar page.


AJL Sydney Taylor Book Awards and others have been announced. See below - Awards for Judaica Books.

arrowAJLSC's Doris Small Helfer received the 2017 prestigious award from the Special Libraries Association (SLA). This award is "granted to an information professional to recognize a lifetime of achievement as well as exceptional service to SLA and the library and information profession." Doris is Chair, Collection Access & Management Services, Oviatt Library, Cal State University Northridge. Mazel Tov, Doris! (Thanks to Jackie Ben-Efraim, our AJLSC Facebook Chair, for notifying us.)

arrowAJLSC's Annette Goldsmith of Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel in Los Angeles, CA, is the winner of the 2017 AJL Groner-Wikler Scholarship. This scholarship, generously underwritten by KarBen Publishing, is presented to an AJL member who demonstrates dedication to Jewish children's literature and library services. Mazel Tov, Annette. Also, Annette and her co-editors will be speaking at the ALA Conference about their new book: Reading The World's Stories: An Annotated Bibliography Of International Youth Literature (Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc).

arrowAJLSC's David Hirsch continues to globetrot as "No Ordinary Librarian!" Great article - with photos and details! Mazel Tov, David - our Middle East Judaica Bibliographer, UCLA Research Library.


arrowHere's an idea!! "Human Library" -- Originated in Copenhagen about a decade ago, Toronto Public Library held its first Human Library event in November and it was a success. Library users reserved and checked out an interesting person for a half-hour interview. Rabbi Patricia Fenton inquired about this on AJL's ha-Safran Online Forum, and cited this webpage:

Tribute Card arrowAJLSC supports its work through the sale of lovely tribute cards. Order a pack of 4 cards with envelopes for $18. We'll mail the cards to you. Please see details.

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arrowPinterest is an illustrated finding tool and a way of sharing - a website with pinboards - images and text - that focus on lists of books, reviews, interests, etc. These will delight librarians:

-- AJLSC Selection of Books on Jewish/Blind Subjects

-- Children's Illustrated Holocaust Books

-- Children's Illustrated Passover Books

-- Jewish Holidays

-- 15 Fabulous Bookish Pinterest Boards (from American Libraries Direct 8/28/13)

-- Library Cartoons and Posters.

arrowHow Libraries are Using Social Media, an article in American Libraries, focuses on getting more folks coming into the library. Some goals—brand awareness, increased traffic, and creating community..." Helpful: Google Hangouts, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr, blogs, and e-newsletters.

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          Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library 

arrowAJL and Resources - New resources are being added continuously to the AJL website - . Check out the People of the Books Blog about What's New! -- The Jewish Book Carnival monthly blog -- The Book of Life podcasts about books and authors -- Conference Proceedings with lectures, discussions, workshops -- The AJL Wiki for library how to's -- Jewish Library Advocacy Kit -- an extensive Bibliography Bank, et al.

Continuing . . .

arrowFor summaries of past AJLSC programs, including links to resources and photos, click here for Previous AJLSC Events.

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Awards for Judaica Books

AJL 2018 Sydney Taylor Book Award winners - for children's Judaica books.
   • [Younger Readers] The Language of Angels: A Story About the Reinvention of Hebrew, by Richard Michelson, illustrations by Karla Gudeon, published by Charlesbridge.
   • [Older Readers] Refugee, by Alan Gratz, published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic.
   • [Teen Readers] The Librarian of Auschwitz, by Antonio Iturbe, translated by Lilit Thwaites, published by Godwin Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, a division of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.
   • [Body of Work Award] Harold Grinspoon and PJ Library. PJ Library, a project of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, is a family engagement program that sends free books celebratng Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 8 years old.

AJL 2016 Reference & Bibliography Award Winner (most recent)
   •Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary (based on the lexical research of Mordkhe Schaechter) edited by Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, Paul Glasser (editors in chief) and Chava Lapin (associate editor). published by Indiana University Press, 2016.

American Library Association (ALA) 2018 Sophie Brody Award Winner -
ALA Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has annouced its selection for the 2018 Sophie Brody Medal, an annual honor bestowed by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODED) at ALA's Midwinter Meeting.
  •Ilana Kurshan, author of If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir, published by St. Martin's Press.

National Jewish Book Council newest announced awards:
   • 1949 to Current Winners and Finalists - NJBC Awards - full list.
   • 2007 to 2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature - Winners and Finalists - full list.
   • 2018 Natan Book Award (a pre-publication award). Then, click here for the Natan Book Award Winners and Finalists. This is a new NJBC Award.