This Week in JPL History: The JPL – Hostess with the Mostest

A conference attendee poses outside the Library

Conference attendees sign in at the Library

In additional to the many symposia and colloquia the Library has hosted over the years, it has also participated in international conferences. During this week in 1986 the JPL hosted the 21st Conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries. The Conference included a Yiddish theatre performance, as well as panels and sessions on a number of topics.

In 1982 the JPL hosted a number of delegates from the 48th The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Conference for a tour. Over 1500 delegates from five continents and thirty countries were attending the conference. A visit was arranged for interested delegates to four Montreal libraries, one of which was the JPL.

The participation of the JPL in these international conferences shows the JPL’s dedication to the promotion of literacy and cooperation, values shared by both the AJL and the IFLA. To borrow a phrase, no library is alone. A library is an integral part of more than one community. It serves the needs of the community around it, while at the same time remaining a part of a broader community of libraries. This communal library spirit can be seen through associations like the above.

The This Week in Jewish Public Library History blog series was made possible through the generous support of the Peter and Ellen Jacobs Virtual Archives Fund

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