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iles that are viewed as desirable, such as one for Hebrew im­
rints prior to a certain date or a geographical imprint file,
hould be established at the earliest opportunity.
The challenges of identifying Jewish library resources for ac­
uisition have been addressed elsewhere and need not be re­
eated here.3Lest the obvious be overlooked, the bibliographer’s
esourcefulness in locating dealers at home and abroad who can
ervice want lists, manage approval plans, or fill orders will have a
irect and permanent impact on the overall quality of the collec­
ion. Similarly, designing the collection management policy state­
ent for the newly established Judaica library will be a high pri­
rity to ensure that important subjects are not neglected or extra­
eous ones over emphasized. The specific subject areas to be
aintained at different levels of collecting intensity and in which
anguages and formats will need to be defined and continually
onitored. Will the new library collect Jewish art books, slides
nd record albums, or will responsibility for their ordering and
rganization pass to the art and music libraries at the university?
ill the map library house the maps of Israel or will the Judaica
ibrary? How does the ancient Near East as an area of scholarly
nvestigation relate to Jewish studies and/or to biblical archaeol­
gy? Thought will also have to be given to the acquisition and
torage of microforms. But where, in the microtext room of the
ypical research library or within the Judaica library?
Every library, new and old, needs to shape its identity as a place
f study and resource for information. Publicity should be gener­
ted th rough a new sletter, press releases, inform ational
andouts, lists of new acquisitions, and occasional publications.
n addition to grants, gifts, exchanges, and private philanthropy
o underwrite the acquisition of collections or individual rarities,
pportunities should be created to endow and name the library
r rooms within the library or establish book funds if the library is
o grow when the inevitable periods of fiscal retrenchment and
oss of state funding occurs. A portion of the librarian’s time
hould ideally be spent on cultivating friends and outside sources
3 Edith Lubetski and Meir Lubetski,
Building a Judaica Library Collection: A Re­
source Guide
(Littleton, Col.: Libraries Unlimited, 1983).