Laurel S. Wolfson Elected President of the Association of Jewish Libraries

Monday, July 3, 2006

Laurel S. Wolfson, Deputy Librarian of the Klau Library, Cincinnati at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), was installed as President of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) at its 41st Annual Convention held June 18-21, 2006 in Boston, MA. The 1,100 member association of librarians, publishers, and booksellers is the only organization dedicated solely to supporting the production, collection, and dissemination of Judaic resources and library/media services. 

Since 2000 , Ms. Wolfson has served as the Deputy Librarian at the Klau Library. In addition to administrative duties, she is responsible for all Library publications, and serves as Managing Editor of Studies in Bibliography and Booklore and the Bibliographica Judaica series. Ms. Wolfson holds an M.L.I.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky. 

The AJL was created in 1965 by the merger of the Jewish Librarians Association, a grouping of institutional and academic librarians, and The Jewish Library Association, an organization of synagogue, school, community libraries, and media centers. Today the AJL holds annual conventions for the sharing of ideas and knowledge, awards children's literature and reference works, and devises certification standards and guidelines for sound library practice. AJL is a member of the Council of National Information Standards Organizations and National Information Associations. The founding president of AJL was Dr. Hebert C. Zafren z"l, Director of Libraries Emeritus. Three other HUC-JIR librarians, Dr. David J. Gilner, Dr. Philip Miller and Harvey Horowitz, have also served as AJL presidents. 


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu