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libraries and librarianship. The most successful was a later journal
Yad la-Kore
(The Reader’s Aid),
which began publication
in 1946. Published for several years by various departments of the
Histadrut, it is today issued by the Israel Centre for Public
Libraries, a body sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Education
and Culture, the Israel Library Association and the Graduate
Library School of the Hebrew University. To-date eleven volumes
have appeared; until 1962, it was edited by S. Shunami.
contains a wealth of information on libraries and librarian-
ship in Israel as well as in other countries, including reports of
the activities of the Israel Library Association. There are also
reviews of current publications, both Israeli and others, especially
in the field of librarianship. Particularly important are their many
bibliographies, beginning with one of works by and about Agnon
in the first issue and including bibliographies in subsequent issues
on such diverse topics as the partition of Palestine, Judeo-Arabic
periodicals in Israel, and bibliographies of Schiller, Heine, Chek-
hov and Hugo in Hebrew translation. Some of the early volumes
also had lists of new Hebrew publications on a current basis. In
addition, there are several other library journals catering to the
needs and interests of more specialized groups of librarians in
Israel; e.g., the
A Ion (Bulletin)
) of ISLIC, the Israel
Society of Special Libraries and Information Centres;
) , concerned with problems of kibbuts archives
and published by the Igud ha-Arkhiyonim of the Berit ha-Tenu'ah
ha-Kibbutsit; and the latter's
Dapim la-Safran ba-Kibbuts
), concerned with general kibbuts librarianship.
Bibliographic journals concentrated, for the most part, on pre-
senting information about new books and on organizing biblio-
graphic data in such a way as to facilitate access by the public.
Nevertheless, from the very beginning, many of these journals
recognized the importance of providing access as well to the hun-
dreds of thousands of articles appearing in the thousands of
journals published over the years. The
it will be
recalled, listed selected articles from the Jewish and general press.
From time to time, cumulative indexes to periodicals have been
compiled by the publishers of the periodicals themselves or by
other scholars (e.g.,
Sinai, Tarbiz, Kirjath Sepher, Revue des
Etudes Juives, Monatsschrift fiir Geschichte und Wissenschaft des
Judenthums, Sefarad, American Jewish Year Book, Ha-Tekufah,
Ha-Shiloah, Bet Talmud—to
name a few). There have also been
several attempts by scholars to compile a comprehensive index to
a large segment of this vast periodical literature. The most ambi-
tious was M. Schwab’s
Repertoire des articles relatifs a, Vhistoire
et la litterature juives parus dans les periodiques de 1783 a 1898
(Paris, 1899-1900); a second edition expanded the coverage from
1665 to 1900. On a more limited scale, B. Wachstein prepared an