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.