ALA: I Love My Librarian Award Nominations Now Open

September 7, 2010

You can see the full press release here:

Nominations are being accepted through September 20, 2010 for this year’s I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN AWARD.

The award is open to MLS-holding librarians in the following categories:

* School library
* Public library – including synagogues and community centers whose libraries are open to the public, and
* College, community college and university libraries.

The Promotional Tools page includes sample press releases, logos, badges and flyers to distribute to your patrons.

When you make them available in your library, your patrons have the chance to recognize the work you do.

ALA will select up to ten winners; what a great opportunity to create some buzz in our communities and even nationally, for AJL and for all the work you do to promote Jewish books, scholarship and reading.

Good luck!

From the Association of Jewish Libraries Blog

The original article may be found here.

AJL Convention 2011 Call for Papers

September 6, 2010

Association of Jewish Libraries

Call for Papers 2011

The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) will hold the 46th Annual Convention at the Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Quebec June 19-22, 2011. Librarians, archivists, scholars, educators, authors and others will meet to share their interest in Judaica librarianship and related topics.

AJL is soliciting proposals for papers and presentations on aspects of Judaica librarianship as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, schools, synagogues and related institutions. Past topics have included literature and other resources, collection management, programming, reader advisory services, special and rare collections, cataloging and classification, digital and electronic resources, technology and local Jewish history.

A special focus this year will be the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Montreal Jewish community.
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Review of Kedushat Levi

September 1, 2010

by S. Vale, rabbi and storyteller

Kedushat Levi

Kedushat Levi

I first much mention a bias here (of mine) in the spirit of full disclosure: Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, Z”L (to remember him is a blessing), the original 19th century author of this great commentary on the Torah (Five Books of Moses), Kedushat Levi (aka “Kedushas Levi”), is an important teacher and master for me. I love his teachings, the stories about him (some of which the editor includes at the back of this 3 volume commentary! That alone makes sure, for me, of giving it an extra star, regardless of what my base rating would be!). In common parlance, I guess you could say, I am a fan. But much more than that, I feel like I am a student of this teacher who died more than two hundred years before I was born.

And I and many others have been waiting for a complete translation of this work into English for years (there have been excerpts of it in works such as the superb, God at the Center by Rabbi David Blumenthal and The Life of a Hasidic Master by my beloved teacher, Rabbi Samuel Dressner, may he rest in shalom and always remembered for a blessing. But until now no complete translation).
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