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by an author who has previously won the award should not be
chosen; in no event shall an author be given an award more
than twice. Many of the foremost literary personalities have
served as volunteer judges of the Council’s awards. Over the
years a total of 81 authors have been award recipients in the
amount of $17,350 (see Appendix V)
Library Citations
In keeping with its policy of aiding and encouraging the growth
of Jewish libraries, the Council in 1948 initiated a plan for grant-
ing citations of merit to Jewish Community Centers, synagogues,
Jewish schools, and similar groups with libraries that meet the
minimum requirements adopted by the Council. A Committee
on Library Citations, under the chairmanship of Dr. I. Edward
Kiev, formulated the following criteria and minimum require-
ments based on a survey it made the previous year of libraries of
Centers, synagogues and schools: the library must be organized
at least one year; at least one room must be set aside for its exclu-
sive use: there must be a librarian either full or part time for a mini-
mum of ten hours a week; a fixed annual budget; a minimum of
1,000 books of Jewish interest regardless of language; accession
of a minimum of 100 books of Jewish interest during the previous
year; a catalog accessible to all readers; at least one shelf of Jew-
ish and general reference books; the library must be open at least
ten hours a week. In addition to the above requirements, the
library must participate actively in Jewish Book Month activities
and render various services for the enrichment of Jewish culture.
The criteria developed by the Council have been widely used
as a guide in the development of libraries. Since the inauguration
of this program of recognition to libraries, a total of 195 citations
have been granted. The increasing number receiving these awards
in recent years reflects a growth of libraries which meet basic
standards.
National and Local Exhibits
Since 1950 the Council has arranged exhibits at most of the
annual conventions of the American Library Association in Cleve-
land, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Montreal, Washington, D.C.,
Philadelphia and Miami Beach. Among the hundreds of display
booths, the Council’s booth is usually one of the few non-com-
mercial exhibits and the only one featuring Jewish books. These
conventions attract between 3,000 and 7,000 professional librari-
ans of public libraries, universities and other institutions who
come from all parts of the country as well as from overseas.