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JEW ISH BOOK ANNUAL
invited to jo in the Fenway Library Consortium , which consists o f
nine academic libraries in addition to the Hebrew College and the
Museum o f Fine Arts. Collectively, the Consortium has a collec­
tion o f some one million volumes, over 6,000 periodicals and
serials and is particularly strong in the fields o f religion and art.
In the same year, the library en tered into an ag reem en t o f
library cooperation and exchange o f library privileges with the
Boston University. This agreement with a library containing well
over one million volumes and the consortium arrangem en t have
greatly broadened the range o f library materials and facilities
available to students and faculties o f the cooperating institutions.
I t allows the small specialized library to draw upon the varied
collections o f the larger libraries, while still reta ining its un ique
competencies and services.
While the library has sponsored lectures and exhibitions o f
community interest on various occasions, two program s deserve
special mention. In May 1976, the library sponsored the First
Institute for Librarians o f Juda ica and Hebraica. T h e Institu te,
entitled “Planning a Jewish Collection,” concerned itself with the
problems o f collection building, community resources, p ro ­
gramm ing and needs. Librarians from colleges and universities,
public libraries and synagogue and school libraries discussed
p lanning and goal-setting in th ree concu rren t workshops.
In May 1979, the library sponsored its Second Institu te for
Librarians and Students o f Juda ica and Hebraica on “C u r ren t
T rends in Jewish Book Publishing.” T he Institute was o ffe red to
the professional community in cooperation with the G radua te
School o f Library Science, University o f Rhode Island. T h e p ro ­
gram, consisting o f lectures and panel discussions, analyzed the
contemporary quality o f both adu lt and ch ild ren ’s publications as
well as the development and selection o f Jewish educational
media materials. O the r areas exam ined were the deve lopmen t o f
acquisition policy statements, new fields
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Jewish study, library
resources in the G reater Boston area and faculty-library in te rac­
tion. In the absence o f special courses fo r Jewish librariansh ip in
the Boston area these workshops fill a need both for the specializ­
ing librarian in a Jewish library and the general librarian who
handles books o f Jewish interest.
T h e sixty-year existence o f the Hebrew College library has
been marked by a process o f consistent growth o f both the collec­
tion and its services. As the educational opportun ities o f those