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Rachel: The Union Catalog Of The European Network Of Judaica And Hebraica Libraries, Noémie Musnik Jun 2014

Rachel: The Union Catalog Of The European Network Of Judaica And Hebraica Libraries, Noémie Musnik

Judaica Librarianship

The union catalog Rachel was launched in 2004 by four Parisian private libraries with significant holdings in Judaica and Hebraica. Further developed by the Réseau Européen des Bibliothèques Judaica et Hebraica (REBJH; European Network of Judaica and Hebraica Libraries), Rachel moves forward the network’s mission to promote the preservation and increase the use of the recorded heritage of the Jewish people in Europe and around the world. The article reviews the history of the REBJH and its founding members, analyses cataloging practices of member institutions of Rachel, and describes user services provided by this union catalog.


Letter To The Editor, Bella Hass Weinberg Dec 2008

Letter To The Editor, Bella Hass Weinberg

Judaica Librarianship

No abstract provided.


The Changing Landscape Of Hebraica Cataloging, Daniel Lovins Dec 2008

The Changing Landscape Of Hebraica Cataloging, Daniel Lovins

Judaica Librarianship

Hebraica catalogers, like other librarians, are witnessing a major shift in their profession. Catalog records for physical objects in the library are increasingly giving way to metadata for digital objects on the web. The RLG Union Catalog, a mainstay of Hebraica cataloging since 1988, has been absorbed into OCLC's WorldCat. Rapid advances in information technology are driving the development of a new international cataloging code, the introduction of multiple languages and scripts in online authority records, and the emergence of a "Virtual International Authority File." While these changes are redefining the kind of work Hebraica catalogers are engaged in ...


The Making Of A Classification Scheme For Libraries Of Judaica, David Elazar Dec 2008

The Making Of A Classification Scheme For Libraries Of Judaica, David Elazar

Judaica Librarianship

This paper describes the history of A Classification System for Libraries of Judaica, its development, the process involved in preparing the second and third revisions, and its use in various libraries.The authors of the scheme contend that there was—and is—a need for a classification system for libraries of Judaica to classify and arrange their collections according to Jewish concepts based upon Jewish thought and terminology.


Langerman, Shoshana. Miftuaḥ: ‘Iyun U-Ma‘Aśeh (Indexing: Theory And Practice). Azor: Tcherikover, 2007., Bella Hass Weinberg Dec 2008

Langerman, Shoshana. Miftuaḥ: ‘Iyun U-Ma‘Aśeh (Indexing: Theory And Practice). Azor: Tcherikover, 2007., Bella Hass Weinberg

Judaica Librarianship

No abstract provided.


Library Of Congress Classification For Judaica: Recent Changes (1995–1996), Ella Ruderman May 2000

Library Of Congress Classification For Judaica: Recent Changes (1995–1996), Ella Ruderman

Judaica Librarianship

This column covers the additions and changes to the Library of Congress Classification made from January 1995 to December 1996 that are relevant to Judaica libraries. Most of the changes come under classes BM (Judaism), BS (Bible), DS (History of Asia), and PJ (Oriental philology and literature). Of major significance are the following changes: (1) Class number BM198 (Hasidism. Hasidim) received a detailed breakdown, the greatest benefit of which is that it allows librarians to classify together works about individual Hasidic sects, as well as works about Hasidism in individual regions and countries. (2) The breakdown for the Holocaust under ...


Cataloguing The Cairo Genizah, Robert Brody May 2000

Cataloguing The Cairo Genizah, Robert Brody

Judaica Librarianship

The Cairo Genizah collections are an extraordinarily important resource for many fields of Jewish Studies. Some of the difficulties confronted by scholars in exploiting these materials are described, and the importance of producing a series of reliable catalogues of the various collections is emphasized.


Indexes To The Journals Of The American Jewish Historical Society: Significance, Coverage, And Format, Bella Hass Weinberg May 2000

Indexes To The Journals Of The American Jewish Historical Society: Significance, Coverage, And Format, Bella Hass Weinberg

Judaica Librarianship

The indexes to the journals of the American Jewish Historical Society are reviewed from the perspective of recent indexing standards. The significance of the journals is great, and they clearly merited indexing, but there are many flaws in the execution of the project. Inconsistency of coverage, poor vocabulary control, a lack of continuation headings, and imprecise filing are among the problems noted. The detailed indexing is praiseworthy, and these tools should be useful to librarians and researchers. References to recent indexing manuals and standards are provided.


Selected Topics On Hebraica Cataloging From The Heb-Naco Listserv, Caroline G. Holt, Joan Biella May 2000

Selected Topics On Hebraica Cataloging From The Heb-Naco Listserv, Caroline G. Holt, Joan Biella

Judaica Librarianship

The Hebrew NACO (Name Authority Cooperative Program) Funnel Project, which began in October 1994, was the catalyst for creating the HebNACO listserv. Although the listserv was specifically designed to cover only Hebraic authority issues, it functions as a discussion group for all issues pertaining to Hebraica cataloging.


Cataloging Heresy: Challenging The Standard Bibliographic Product, Proceedings Of The Congress For Librarians, 1991, With Additional Contributed Papers. Edited By Bella Hass Weinberg. Medford, Nj: Learned Information, 1992. Xii, 217 P., $35., Pamela R. Gillespie Sep 1994

Cataloging Heresy: Challenging The Standard Bibliographic Product, Proceedings Of The Congress For Librarians, 1991, With Additional Contributed Papers. Edited By Bella Hass Weinberg. Medford, Nj: Learned Information, 1992. Xii, 217 P., $35., Pamela R. Gillespie

Judaica Librarianship

Can a single set of centrally supplied descriptive access points, subject headings, and classification numbers meet the needs of all types of library users? Cataloging Heresy, the expanded proceedings of the 1991 Congress for Librarians held at St. John's University, addresses the issue of shared, homogeneous cataloging from the viewpoints of professionals in various library and information technology settings. This review discusses the papers presented from the perspective of their implications for access to and description of Judaica materials.


Current Practices And Standards Of Cataloging Hebraica In Rlin, Heidi G. Lerner Sep 1994

Current Practices And Standards Of Cataloging Hebraica In Rlin, Heidi G. Lerner

Judaica Librarianship

Since 1988, approximately 21 institutions have input Hebraica records into RLIN utilizing its Hebrew script capability. These institutions have varying standards for the amount of Hebrew script and Romanization that they provide. Some institutions provide vernacular access only for the core fields that have been defined by RLIN; others provide vernacular access for main and ad d ed entries, notes, and subject headings as well. Some institutions do not provide Romanization for the statement of responsibility or beyond the title proper. These institutions have varying financial, technical, and policy constraints that have contributed to this diversity of procedures for inputting ...


Anomalies In Rlin Hebraica Records: Reflections Of A Recent Arrival On The Cataloging Scene, Clifford B. Miller Sep 1994

Anomalies In Rlin Hebraica Records: Reflections Of A Recent Arrival On The Cataloging Scene, Clifford B. Miller

Judaica Librarianship

Hebraica records on the Research Libraries Information Network feature many inconsistencies in romanization, descriptive cataloging, and form of heading. The categories of inconsistency are outlined, and examples of the variations found on RLIN are provided and discussed from the perspective of a novice cataloger. Classic Hebrew grammar and Biblical sources are often cited as authorities for the correct forms, which may not be found in Library of Congress records. Local policies of the Jewish Theological Seminary regarding name and subject headings for Judaica are included.


Hebraic Authorities: A Historical-Theoretical Perspective, Bella Hass Weinberg Sep 1994

Hebraic Authorities: A Historical-Theoretical Perspective, Bella Hass Weinberg

Judaica Librarianship

The standardization of Hebrew names in cataloging and bibliography has its roots in the Anglo-American tradition of Romanized author main entry. Cross-references from Hebrew names to their Roman equivalents are found in some British Hebraica catalogs published in the 19th century. In the Hebrew bibliographic tradition, in contrast, title main entry predominated and, given the nondistinctiveness of Jewish names, author access was rarely provided. Israeli librarians adopted the Western tradition of author main entry while retaining their commitment to original-alphabet cataloging; their Hebraic authority work consisted primarily of standardization of Hebrew orthography.

The Hebraic capability of the Research Libraries ...


Hebraica Authority Control At Brandeis, Rosalie E. Katchen Sep 1994

Hebraica Authority Control At Brandeis, Rosalie E. Katchen

Judaica Librarianship

Brandeis University Libraries has maintained separate authority files for all names written on title pages in Hebraic script-for personal, corporate, place, and conference headings. The files enable the cataloger to search in roman or Hebraic script. This paper reviews the history of the Hebraica authority files, their organization, changes in usage, adaptation to AACR2, and their reactivation when Hebrew script became available on RLIN. Current usage is examined in light of RLIN and the accommodation of nonroman scripts in the USMARC authorities format.


Library Of Congress Classification For Judaica: Recent Changes (1992–1993), Ricky Dreyfuss Sep 1994

Library Of Congress Classification For Judaica: Recent Changes (1992–1993), Ricky Dreyfuss

Judaica Librarianship

The column covers the additions and changes to the Library of Congress classification made from July 1992 to March 1993 in the classes of major importance to Judaica libraries. Recorded here are the usual cutter additions and changes to various topics under class BM (Judaism) and its tables, as well as classes BS (Bible), DS (History) and PJ (Language and Literature). Other classes (i.e., B, BJ, DD, F, HE, PN, RC) that had changes pertaining to Judaica during this period are also included. The article notes several cutter additions under class number DS 135 (History of Jews outside of ...


Library Of Congress Subject Headings In Jewish Studies: Recent Changes (1992–1994), Joseph Galron-Goldschlager Sep 1994

Library Of Congress Subject Headings In Jewish Studies: Recent Changes (1992–1994), Joseph Galron-Goldschlager

Judaica Librarianship

The following subject headings of interest to Judaica and Hebraica librarians were culled from Library of Congress Weekly Lists nos. 21–51 (1992) (May 20, 1992–December 16, 1992), 1–51 (1993) (December 30, 1992–December 15, 1993), and 1–5 (1994) (January 5, 1994–February 2, 1994).

This list continues my earlier one, published in Judaica Librarianship, vol. 7, no. 1–2 (Spring 1992–Winter 1993), pp. 72–78. This list is also an update of my 4th edition of Library of Congress Subject Headings in Jewish Studies (New York: Association of Jewish Libraries, 1993).

The term "Jewish Studies ...


Use Or Non-Use Of Parallel Linking Fields In Rlin For Hebrew-Script Access Points, Rosalie E. Katchen Sep 1994

Use Or Non-Use Of Parallel Linking Fields In Rlin For Hebrew-Script Access Points, Rosalie E. Katchen

Judaica Librarianship

RLIN tagging practice for Hebraic headings is examined in light of cataloging time and efficiency. It is argued that the rule that the roman heading must be a systematic romanization of the Hebrew heading in order for the two to be linked as parallel is inappropriate.


The Rlin Cataloging Category (Cc) Code And Hebraica Cataloging At Yeshiva University Library, Rebecca Malamud Sep 1994

The Rlin Cataloging Category (Cc) Code And Hebraica Cataloging At Yeshiva University Library, Rebecca Malamud

Judaica Librarianship

In doing Hebraica cataloging on RLIN, Yeshiva University (YU) librarians provide full title and statement of responsibility data in the original script. YU catalogers do not, however, provide full romanization of these elements, but stop after the title proper. The Research Libraries Group's definition of cataloging levels requires YU to code its records as less-than-full. It is argued in this paper that the Cataloging Category codes mask the quality of records containing complete bibliographic data in the original script, and that libraries in putting this data are penalized financially.


Contributing Hebrew Name Headings To Naco: A Participant's View, Rachel Simon Sep 1994

Contributing Hebrew Name Headings To Naco: A Participant's View, Rachel Simon

Judaica Librarianship

Princeton University Libraries have undergone several phases over the years regarding authority work. This paper focuses on Princeton's treatment of Hebrew name headings within the framework of authority work in general, prior to and following the library's involvement in the NACO (National Coordinated Cataloging Operations) project.

The paper deals with the following topics: the methods used at Princeton for authority work before the involvement with NACO in 1980; the stages of Princeton's involvement with NACO after 1980 (including production data); procedures developed at Princeton to facilitate authority work, enhance efficiency, and guarantee quality control in all production ...