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Association of Jewish Libraries to Present Jim Rosenbloom with the Fanny Goldstein Merit

April 9th, 2018 · 2 Comments

Brandeis University’s Judaica Librarian James P. Rosenbloom will receive the 2018 Fanny Goldstein Merit award from the Association of Jewish Libraries.

The Fanny Goldstein Merit award, named for the Boston Public Library librarian, social activist, and founder of National Jewish Book Month, is bestowed in recognition of a lifetime of loyal and ongoing contributions to the AJL and to the profession of Jewish librarianship. Rosenbloom will receive the award at a ceremony on June 20.

The award committee voted unanimously to give the award to Rosenbloom, who has played a central role within the AJL leadership for many years. He has served as co-program chair of the AJL conference in Cambridge (2006); vice president of the Research Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections (RAS) Division and Chairperson of the RAS Awards Committee (2006-2008); RAS president (2008-2010); president of AJL (2010-2012); and vice president for Development (2014-2015).

Rosenbloom called his two years as president of AJL the high point of his career. During his term, he successfully increased the income of the organization while simultaneously decreasing expenses—saving almost $30,000 a year. He also promoted and led efforts to switch the scholarly journal Judaica Librarianship from print to electronic, making it accessible to the whole world and expanding the readership.

His contributions to Judaica Librarianship include serving on the editorial board. In addition to his regular presence at AJL conferences, Rosenbloom has regularly attended the conferences of the Association for Jewish Studies, and international conferences at the National Library of Israel. He currently serves as both the national conference chair (2015-2018) and the local conference chairperson for the 2018 conference in Boston.

His work in conferences has been instrumental to their success, from selecting conference sites, hotels and caterers, to negotiating contracts. Rosenbloom’s dedication and vision have greatly helped AJL to achieve its goals and avoid errors and missteps.

Rosenbloom, who has worked at the Brandeis Library since 1976, has brought a keen eye for detail and a sense of judiciousness to all of these highly demanding positions. He is adept at balancing what is practically achievable with AJL’s ambitious educational mission.

His erudition has benefited countless students and scholars in the field on campus and beyond.

“Jim is an invaluable colleague,” said Matthew Sheehy, Brandeis National Committee University Librarian. “He is a tireless advocate for the Library, and all the faculty I meet in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies speak highly of him and his work. Jim deserves this recognition, and along with the Association of Jewish Libraries, I applaud his many contributions to the profession.”

Congratulations, Jim!

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2 responses so far ↓

  • David Okun // Apr 10th 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Happy congratulations

  • Steve Whitfield // Apr 11th 2018 at 9:39 am

    What really nice news for a change! Congratulations to Jim–and I am among the many researchers and readers who have been beneficiaries of his mastery and command of the material in his domain.

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