Volume 21 of Judaica Librarianship, the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), was published early July after a hiatus during which the publishing platform was switched. The fully open access issue, as well as several back issues, are available at https://ajlpublishing.org.
The new volume includes four articles about Jewish archives: The papers of Victor Perera at the University of Michigan (Gabriel Mordoch), the Werner Von Boltenstern Shanghai Photograph and Negative Collection at Loyola Marymount University (Melanie Hubbard), UCLA's Sephardic Archive Initiative (Max Daniel), and the Beck Archives at the University of Denver (Jeanne Abrams). These articles explore issues of pedagogical use of primary sources in undergraduate courses, crowd sourcing, and community collections.
The fiftieth anniversary of the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Jewish children's literature prompted the publishing of two other articles in this volume, both suggest thought-provoking questions about the place of the Holocaust and under-represented communities in Jewish American education (Anastasia Collins; Rachel Leket-Mor and Fred Isaac). “Love Your Neighbor” is AJL's project to combat antisemitism with books as educational resources; these book lists, reprinted from the AJL site and prefaced by Heidi Rabinowitz and Kathleen Bloomfield, affirm the association’s commitment to fight prejudice, hate, and racism in all forms.
Lastly, Michelle Chesner's column on digital humanities in Jewish Studies and Haim Gottschalk's column on professional literature provide a quick roundup to keep readers current.
Rachel Leket-Mor, MA, MLIS
Curator, Open Stack Collections
Arizona State University Library
Editor, Judaica Librarianship (2012–Present)
Association of Jewish Libraries