From Women’s Organizations to Montreal Show Biz

By Ben For my final semester in McGill’s Master of Information Studies program I’ve worked as a practicum student in the Jewish Public Library Archives under supervision of Director of Archives, Shannon Hodge. I’ve had an invaluable experience working through the archival process – from physical storage, to file description and digitization – and have learned a great deal about Montreal’s Jewish community in doing so! My primary project has been processing 1.05 linear meters [...]



YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre

by Kate I recently had the chance to research the YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre for our boys in WWII. Run by young hostesses, this Centre provided entertainment like dances and splash parties for servicemen in need of a little distraction. I came across some newspaper clippings in the YM-YWHA archival collection that profiled a particularly unique outing offered by the ladies. In the summer of 1944, over 90 Canadian veterans returned home after fighting in Italy [...]

This Week in JPL History: Way Back Play Back – the Norman Berman Children’s Library. This Week in JPL History: Way Back Play Back – the Norman Berman Children’s Library.

One of the true treasures of the Library has always been its Children’s library. Through there wasn’t a formal space dedicated to children in the Library until 1951, children’s books were always present. In 1919 made up 10% of the Library’s overall collection. Today, the Norman Berman Children’s Library boasts over 30,000 titles. A long cherished program of the Children’s library has been Storytime. Running consistently through many of the years that the JPL has been open, the program [...]

From Women’s Organizations to Montreal Show Biz From Women’s Organizations to Montreal Show Biz

By Ben For my final semester in McGill’s Master of Information Studies program I’ve worked as a practicum student in the Jewish Public Library Archives under supervision of Director of Archives, Shannon Hodge. I’ve had an invaluable experience working through the archival process – from physical storage, to file description and digitization – and have learned a great deal about Montreal’s Jewish community in doing so! My primary project has been processing 1.05 linear meters [...]