Posts Tagged ‘ Jewish Public Library Archives ’

In Defense of Weeding: Not Just for Gardeners

In Defense of Weeding: Not Just for Gardeners

My practicum at the JPL-A entails performing the appraisal, arrangement and physical treatment of the Jewish Canadiana Collection. The main tasks of this project involve weeding and physically re-organizing the collection because the archive is rapidly running out of space for new acquisitions. The Collection is stored in acid-free file folders, housed in archival boxes, arranged on shelves. Re-organization is an important first step in creating space – some boxes only contain a single document or file, so rearranging the collection to fully use the [...]



Musings From A Practicum Student

Musings From A Practicum Student

Hello blog readers! My name is Alexandra Stermer, and I have been working at the Archives of the Jewish Public Library since January as the professional component of my Master of Library and Information Science at McGill University. I was lucky enough to be selected for a position at the JPL-A, working on the Bronfman Jewish Canadiana Collection. This is a special collection which was created in the 1960s and has grown to contain hundreds of thousands of ephemeral documents from the 19th century to [...]



This Week in Jewish Public Library: This is the end, beautiful friend

This Week in Jewish Public Library: This is the end, beautiful friend

This is the end, beautiful friend, of the blog series on the history of the Jewish Public Library. When the series started a year ago it began with the intention of teaching you the reader a little bit about our history one week at a time. At the time the Library was just moving into its centennial celebration and now we are well into it. We hope that you enjoyed reading it and that you learned a little bit about the history of this now [...]



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 has long encouraged keen readers and introduced them to new authors and [...]



This Week in JPL History: Walking Tours with Stan Asher

This Week in JPL History: Walking Tours with Stan Asher

Stan Asher is shown in the middle of this photo leading one of his walking tours[/caption] For many years a fixture of the JPL’s summer programming was Stan Asher’s walking tours of historic Montreal. It was during this week in 1991 that Asher gave a walking tour entitled “From St. Louise Square to Baron Byng.” Offered in the 1990′s and 2000′s on Sundays these tours gave participants the opportunity to learn about the history of ethnic and cultural Montreal often through the lens of its authors, like [...]



This Week in JPL History: Circulation, Automation, and… FRBRization?

This Week in JPL History: Circulation, Automation, and… FRBRization?

During this week in 1991 Zipporah Shnay, the then Executive Director, submitted a report to Bryna Garmaise, then President of the JPL regarding the automation of the Library. This proposal would lead to a massive project which spanned from 1991 to 1993. Throughout the implementation of the project the Library kept its doors open. A major component of the automation was the use of Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tags. These days the tags are commonplace in libraries everywhere, however back in the day the JPL [...]



This Week in JPL History: The Oral History Project

This Week in JPL History: The Oral History Project

The mandate of the Jewish Public Library Archives is to preserve and make accessible the social history and cultural heritage of Jewish Montreal. It does this not only through the preservation of the tangible remnants of this history, but also by recording the memories and anecdotes of those in the community. The Oral History Project was designed to record this aspect of the history of Jewish Montreal through interviews with community members and some its well-known personalities. During this week in 1996 Archivist Emeritius Eiran Harris sat down [...]



This Week in JPL History: Here and Now, Irving Layton

This Week in JPL History: Here and Now,  Irving Layton

It was during this week in 1995 that the original submission date was set for the Jerusalem 3000 poetry anthology, which was published in honour of Jerusalem’s tri-millenium. Run under the auspices of the Consul General of Israel in Montreal, El Al Israel Airlines, and with the National Committee of Jerusalem 3000, Irving Layton acted as the Honorary Chairman of the anthology and he and André Chouraqui read their own poems at the event. The anthology was not the first JPL project in which Layton [...]



This Week in JPL History: Tur Malka

This Week in JPL History: Tur Malka

The Library is currently presenting an exhibit on the 100 years of the Library’s history. This exhibit has been displayed at Montreal’s Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and will soon open here at the Library. This is not the first travelling exhibit put on by the Library. In 1992, as a part of the 350th anniversary celebration of the city of Montreal, the Archives spearheaded the exhibit “Tur Malka.” The exhibit was a collaboration with the Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives, CSUQ, Congregation Shaar [...]



This Week in JPL History: Your Library History

This Week in JPL History: Your Library History

While the history of the Library covers literary and educational events, technological changes and an ever-diversifying bookshelf, a century’s worth of community building has fundamentally shaped the Library and its many activities. We have asked our readers to submit anecdotes about their own history of the Library, one of which you can read below. When I came to Canada from Mexico many winters ago, the first place where I felt home away from home was in the Jewish Public Library. I used to come every [...]