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When I, as a high school librarian, was introduced to the Internet in the early 1990s, it was in its infancy. However, I quickly understood the value for her students of having access to an ever-increasing collection of free Jewish resources. I began keeping a list of these resources, annotating them and then categorizing them. The result was the first edition of my book, The Jewish Guide to the Internet, published by Jason Aronson.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2019
In 1922, a few years before he fled the Soviet Union, the sixth Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson petitioned the Russian government to return 35 crates of books they had seized years earlier. The books had been passed down to his father, Rabbi Shalom DovBer Schneerson, by his grandfather and had belonged collectively to generations of Lubavitch Hasidim going back to Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady, who began the collection in the 18th century. The Soviet government did not return the books, and for almost a century they remained on the shelves of the Lenin public library in Moscow. But this month the Russian State Library will finish scanning and putting online the more than 4,500 books in the Schneerson Collection, making them accessible to everyone in the world at the click of a mouse.
Updated: Jun. 28, 2017
The number of visitors to Israel's public libraries increased in 2013, according to a survey conducted by the Culture and Sport Ministry in some 40 public libraries as part of Reading and Literature Month. The survey also showed that over 1 million people in Israel have active public library memberships (which are not always free), and that, on Aug. 11, 2013, a million books were checked out.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2014
Pasadena, California will be the host for the Association of Jewish Libraries convention from Sunday, June 17th to Wednesday, June 20th, 2012, offering four days brimming with popular speakers, stimulating roundtables, professional sessions, workshops, tours, exhibits and award banquets. The site for AJL's 47th annual convention is the landmark Langham Huntington hotel.
Updated: May. 31, 2012
In November 2010, during Jewish Book Month, 30 Jewish libraries participated in Library Snapshot Day. The event, sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries, was created to let all types of Judaic libraries record what happens in a day in the life of a library. Across North America, libraries in synagogues, day schools, community centers and universities picked one day during the first two weeks of November to hold the event. Collectively, participating libraries served 3,548 patrons on Library Snapshot Day.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2010
The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) will hold its 46th annual convention at the Marriott Montréal Château Champlain in Montréal, Québec, from June 19 to 22, 2011. Librarians, educators, archivists, scholars, authors and others will meet to share their interest in Judaic librarianship and related topics.
Updated: Oct. 30, 2010
At the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) 2009 convention in Chicago this summer, podcaster Mark Blevis led a session on Social Media that opened the floodgates of people's curiosity. Convention attendees wanted to learn more about social media: what it is, what it means to participate, and how to get started. As a continuation of that conversation, The Book of Life is offering a 4 part series of podcast episodes called 'Why Be Social?'
Updated: Sep. 01, 2009
Librarians for Fairness is an organization dedicated to bringing positive programs about Israel to libraries across the USA and to promoting democratic values. They work to ensure that Israel's viewpoint is represented fairly in libraries through books, periodicals, audiovisuals, online resources, and scheduled events.
Updated: Jun. 04, 2009
Learn Israel is a resource for teachers and librarians to promote fair and balanced information about Israel provided by a national pro-Israel librarian's association. On this site, you can download lesson plans that meet California and national standards for a variety of subjects, select books, films and CD's which will be donated to your public or school library, schedule speaker programs, and provide answers for questions about education about the State of Israel.
Updated: May. 07, 2009
The National Yiddish Book Center offers online access to the full texts of nearly 11,000 out-of-print Yiddish titles from its collection. The books can be browsed, read, downloaded or printed free of charge.
Updated: Feb. 26, 2009