Saranit Goes to Washington

NEAJL

Sara with Jim Rosenbloom of Brandeis’ Goldfarb Library. Part of NEAJL chapter represented at the conference

The 2015 conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries was number 50 for the organization, and I was happy to be a part of it! Our sessions included lectures by unique authors and children’s illustrators, subject experts from research institutions, and workshops on unique topics.

Dr. Monika Schreiber from the Judaica Library at the University of Vienna spoke on a panel about a special reparations project she is working on. She and her colleagues at the library have been performing autopsies on thousands of books that are suspected to have been looted by the Nazis in World War II, searching for clues to the identity of the rightful owners.

Panel Members

Left to right: Moderator Lyudmila Sholokhova, Olga Potap, Dr. Monika Schreiber, and Ellen Cassedy

Through this program, they have successfully found many such victims and their descendants, reuniting them with their families’ stolen collections.

I also enjoyed learning about the projects protecting the history of Jewish communities in previously settled areas of South Africa, Cape Verde, and Sudan, as well as the library programs helping the Jewish population of Argentina thrive today.

Library of Congress

Sara stretching the limits of the young readers section, Library of Congress

We explored Washington DC in the context of library and information science, thanks to our gracious hosts at the Library of Congress and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I was able to speak with a rare book curator at the museum to get some ideas for preserving and cataloging older items in our new special collection at Temple Israel. They have an amazing collection of literature, archives, and reference material that together tell the stories of genocide victims worldwide.

I am thrilled to finally put faces to some of the librarians I have been communicating with online. I shared stories with librarians of many backgrounds, who are accomplishing amazing things in their everyday work lives. This conference was a wonderful experience, and I look forward to participating next year for 51.

April Doorpost Column

Hello Library Lovers!

We at the library have been busy planning several exciting projects.

First, the online library survey is available through April. Thanks for the rapid response! Please let Sara know if you would like a paper copy to fill out, it just takes two minutes. Participants can choose to be entered in a raffle for a gift cards to RiverRun Bookstore, Friendly Toast, or Portsmouth Book & Bar. Thank you for your input- we want to make sure the library fits your needs!

Library Survey Snapshot

Library Survey Snapshot

In the coming months, we are planning to integrate brand new computer workstations for your use, both Mac and PC! Thanks to MJ Shoer, Howard Rubin, and all of our library fund donors for making this possible!

Sara has been revamping the teen area, planning additions to the collection and recataloging fiction for easy browsing. We now have a teen graphic novel section- come check it out!

In addition, we are excited to announce the prospect of an official rare book collection in the library! The committee is currently researching proper archival cases to display some of our treasures. If anyone is looking for a worthy cultural cause to donate to, please keep this project in mind. Rabbi Senter helped us sort through crates full of antiquarian and other special Judaica that we would like to keep safe and protected while on display in our lovely space.

A friendly reminder to check your shelves for library items– although we do not have late fees, we do need to replace items that are not returned in a timely manner. Contact Sara if you would like to renew items you are still using.

Lastly, movie night will be announced soon thanks to a cultural endowment grant! We’ll be in touch with a date and movie title soon.

 

Sara Lesley Arnold
librarian@templeisraelnh.org
(603) 436-5301 x25