Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Workshop- Rare Books and Archives Collections in the Digital Age

The New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL-NYMA) invites you to attend a regional workshop devoted to the topic of “Rare Books and Archives Collections in the Digital Age: The Impact, the Direction and the Conversation”. The workshop will be held on Monday, March 26th, 2012, 1-4:30 pm, at The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Mendelson Convocation Center (1st floor of the Library), 3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (corner of 122nd Street and Broadway).


1-1:30 pm Registration/Coffee/Light refreshments
1:30-4 pm

Special Collecting in the University Research Library: The View from Stanford - Zachary M. Baker, Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development–Humanities and Social Sciences; Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections – “What position does special collecting currently occupy in large university research libraries? How does the widespread availability of online resources affect collection development decisions in the special collections arena? What are the limitations of online access to rare books and archival content?”

Meditations on Digitization: An Archival Perspective – Shulamith Z. Berger, Curator of Special Collections, Mendel Gottesman Library, Yeshiva University – “This presentation will discuss digitization of archival materials from a philosophical rather than a technical approach. How to set priorities in digitization? How does digitization affect usage of archives and the expectations of the user community? Will digitization impact collection development as well as the processing and housing of collections?”

Seeing is Believing: Graphics Collections Online - Sharon Liberman Mintz, Curator of Jewish Art, The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary – “An approach to creating access to visual materials.”

Wonders of the World: The Taj Mahal and Rare Books - Dr. Peggy K. Pearlstein, Head, Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress – “An overview of acquiring, preserving and making available rare Hebrew books at the Library of Congress.”

Parchment, Paper and Pixels: Collectors’ Attitudes to Digitization of Rare Books and Manuscripts - David Wachtel, Senior Consultant for Judaica, Books & Manuscripts Department, Sotheby’s, New York; Senior Consultant, Special Collections, The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary

4:15-5 pm

Optional tour of the Rare Book Collection of The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary


RSVP by March 20th ; Rita Lifton,, (212) 280-6020 or Sara Spiegel,, (212) 678-8093. Registration fee, $10; payment is at the door. *A valid photo ID is required for entrance.*

*The JTS dining hall serves a kosher, dairy lunch from 11 am to 2 pm.


#1 train to 116th Street/Columbia University; from subway exit, walk north along Broadway to the corner of 122nd Street; or, take northbound M104 or M4 bus to the corner of 122nd Street. For further information, contact Rita Lifton,, (212) 280-6020.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL-NYMA) in partnership with the Long Island Chapter (LIAJL), the New England Chapter (NEAJL) and the Washington, DC Capital Area Chapter (AJL-CAC). The workshop is underwritten by the Association of Jewish Libraries.