As the first jolts of the COVID-19 pandemic shook the world, academic libraries worldwide moved quickly to protect patrons and staff, with many shutting down their physical collections. Since the start of the pandemic, Israeli and Jewish studies librarians have adapted and innovated to provide access to their library resources, all while navigating uncharted and shifting terrain. In this panel, Israeli library directors and Jewish studies curators will discuss their concerns, priorities, and strategies for addressing the ongoing challenges and conditions of the COVID-19 era.
This virtual panel is part of a six-part, bi-monthly webinar series, “Collecting Conversations: Academic Libraries and Research in Flux,” dedicated to various aspects of librarianship. These activities will feature librarians, archivists, scholars, administrators, and vendors from all parts of the world.
Opening remarks by Michelle Chesner, Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies, Columbia University, VP/President-Elect, Association of Jewish Libraries
Dr. Yoel Finkelman, Curator, Haim and Hanna Solomon Judaica Collection National Library of Israel
Dr. Olga Goldin, Director of Libraries and Information System, Bar-Ilan University
Naomi Gredinger, Library Director, University of Haifa
Dr. Na’ama Scheftlowitz, Director of the Sourasky Central Library, Tel-Aviv University
Ilana Tahan, M.Phil. OBE, Lead Curator, Hebrew & Christian Orient Collections, The British Library
Dr. Liladhar R. Pendse, Librarian for East European and Eurasian Studies, and Librarian for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley Library
Dr. Ruth Haber, Curator for Jewish Studies, UC Berkeley Library
If you require an accommodation for effective communication to fully participate in this event, please contact Amber Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-459-9108 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.