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ibliograph ic
ciation has been publishing since 1962 the journal
records the acquisition of archival materials in the Association's
Bio-bibliographic Institute in Memory of Asher Barash, “Gena-
zim,” devoted to the history of modern Hebrew literature.
Perhaps the most bibliographically elusive type of publication
is the government document. The Israeli government is by sheer
volume the largest single publisher in Israel by virtue of the
hundreds of periodicals, series of documents, reports and other
books it publishes every year. Access to this vast amount of material
is provided by a bibliographic journal published by the Israel
State Archives:
Reshimat Pirsume ha-Memshalah
(Israel Govern-
ment Publications),
which has appeared since 1956 in quarterly,
semi-annual and annual cumulations. Publications are arranged
by the government ministries that issued them and there is an index
to titles, subjects and names in one alphabetical sequence. Non-
Hebrew publications are recorded in a separate section.
Of course, most journals in the field of Jewish studies include
lists of new books in their particular area of interest as well as
book reviews; e.g., the bibliography “Judaica Americana” by N. M.
Kaganoff in the
American Jewish Historical Quarterly
or the bibli-
ographic articles by M. Schmelzer and D. J. Elazar in the
Jewish Year Book
(or the latter publication’s feature of many years,
“American Jewish Bibliography,” listing American English-
language publications of the preceding year). Such publications,
not being bibliographic journals, are beyond the scope of this
Publications By and For Librarians
A natural concomitant of the development of the publishing
industry and its continually increasing book production was the
emergence of a class of individuals whose function it was to cope
with this flow of material by arranging it in some rational manner
to facilitate access to it by the public. Thus there came into exist-
ence the professional librarian, considerably aided by the immi-
gration of many individuals who had served as librarians in some
of the great European libraries. It was not long before librarians
began to publish journals to serve the needs of their profession and
thus another type of bibliographic journal was born. In the nine-
teen-forties, there appeared a number of such journals:
published by the Department of Libraries of the Vaad Leumi;
(193444; not to be confused with the later publication);
Ha-Safran, ‘Alim le-Bibliyografyah u-le-Safranut
published by the Histadrut. Most of them were modest mimeo-
graphed bulletins consisting, on the one hand, of book reviews
and lists of new books, and on the other, of news and articles on