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Collection Development for Judaica Materials Workshop

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Day:  December 14, 2017
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Collection Development for Judaica Materials Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Thursday, December 14, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

This workshop addresses the needs of non-specialist librarians who wish to build or enhance their library’s Judaica holdings or for anyone interested in building a collection of Judaic materials. The session includes an overview of the different types of Judaica libraries and collections (who collects what and why), as well as an overview of notable vendors of Judaic resources and bibliographic resources.

This will be followed by step-by-step guidance on collection building, which will take into account traditional collection development techniques, such as environmental scanning, patron needs assessments, and institutional mission alignment, together with other considerations such as library funding. The workshop will also cover just-in-time purchasing for access to core resources versus just-in-case purchasing designed to augment, preserve, and provide access to limited resources.

Rebecca Jefferson

Rebecca Jefferson is the head of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida, where she is in charge of collection management and development. Her Ph.D. in medieval Hebrew is from King’s College, University of Cambridge. She previously worked with the famous Cairo Genizah manuscript collection, serving as its bibliographer for 12 years. Her published research focuses on the history of this collection. Jefferson is currently the principal investigator, together with Dean Judith Russell, on a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant to protect, preserve, and promote hidden or endangered Jewish community materials from Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She also serves as the president of the Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Division of the Association of Jewish Libraries.

How Workshop Registration Works
While completing your purchase, you’ll be asked to fill in the name and e-mail address of the individual who will sign in to the event. Once you complete your purchase, this individual will receive an e-mail from Webex confirming registration. This e-mail includes the login information for the event, including the weblink the participant will use to sign in to the event, so please keep it in a safe place.

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page. In case you do not receive the automatic email from WebEx, you can use the link found on this PDF to access the workshop. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your Account History.

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