Michelle Margolis of Passaic, the Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies at Columbia University, Aviva Rosenberg, youth services librarian at the Ridgefield Public Library; and Esther Schnaidman of Teaneck, the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey’s school librarian for 24 years, who also teaches research and library skills there; were among the local participants in this summer’s Association of Jewish Libraries Conference 2022: Together Again!
Ms. Margolis is beginning her term at the association’s president.
More than 200 participants—librarians, archivists, authors, illustrators, educators, scholars, volunteers, and guests—gathered to exchange ideas, learn, and network at the recent AJL conference, which was held at the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. The conference, AJL’s first in-person gathering in three years, featured more than 25 sessions led by more than 50 presenters.
“It was so invigorating to finally connect with friends and colleagues over the last few days,” Ms. Margolis said. “Zoom is great, but there’s no way to replicate the incidental chats over coffee and follow-ups after a presentation when meeting in person. I’ve learned so much, and am looking forward to further connections and opportunities to work together!”