Dr. Yaffa Weisman Elected President of the Association of Jewish Libraries

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Dr. Yaffa Weisman, Director of the Frances-Henry Library at HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, will assume the responsibilities of the office of the President of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), effective June 24, 2014, at the conclusion of its annual conference in Las Vegas.  Dr. Weisman is following in the footsteps of many Librarians of the HUC-JIR Library System who served the Association in this office – from the founder of AJL, Herbert Zafren, z''l, to Harvey Horowitz, Phillip Miller, David Gilner, and Laurel Wolfson.

Dr. Weisman was born and educated in Israel, where she received her B.A. in Theatre Studies. While studying for her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, she began working at the Frances-Henry Library, and upon receiving her doctorate, Dr. Weisman began teaching at HUC-JIR and The Louchheim School of Judaic Studies. She was appointed Director of the Frances-Henry Library in 2000.  Dr. Weisman is a writer, translator, and literary critic in the areas of feminist and theatre studies and creative liturgies, and is a regular book reviewer in the AJL newsletter and the Catholic Library Association Newsletter.

The Frances-Henry Library is also proud to acknowledge Sheryl Stahl, Senior Associate Librarian at the Frances-Henry Library, who was re-elected to the office for Vice President for Membership of AJL for a 2 year term.

The Frances-Henry Library collects, preserves, and makes available a carefully selected variety of library materials in support of all the educational, professional and vocational programs of the school. The Library also supports the academic partnership with the University of Southern California and its constituencies.  As a major Jewish informational resource, it serves the reference and research needs of the Greater Los Angeles community and other parts of the continental West Coast and Hawaii.

The Association of Jewish Libraries promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship. The Association fosters access to information, learning, teaching and research relating to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel.


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