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of support for the library, as well as linking the library’s needs to
the central university fund raising program, but this is a de­
manding task when support staff is limited.
Usually, the Judaica library is a resource center serving many
users not attached to the university, and the Judaica librarian will
need to balance library programs and any number of suitable ac­
tivities within the library’s primary mission. The librarian may
wish to investigate the formation of a regional archives or histor­
ical society, under the library’s auspices, inaugurate a journal,
monographic series, or lecture series, or the indexing of commu­
nity newspapers if these services benefit the library and staff sup­
port is available.
At some point in time, but hopefully sooner than later, a dedi­
cation will advertise the holdings and staff and publicly announce
the library is officially open for business. The Price Library of
Judaica, named for Isser and Rae Price and endowed by their
sons, Samuel and Jack Price, of Jacksonville, Florida, was form­
ally dedicated in March of 1981.
The Price Library of Judaica is especially strong in social,
political, intellectual and communal history, Hebrew and Yid­
dish linguistics and literature, Eretz-Yisrael, Zionism, Hebrew
scriptures, Judaism and rabbinics, and hommage, memorial, and
jubilee volumes. Today’s emerging areas of scholarly research in­
terest — Latin American Jewry, the
’edot ha-mizrah
(oriental Jew­
ish communities), Sephardica, demography and population
research, masoretic and targumic studies, and Jewish languages
— are prime targets for intensified collecting. An enormous
amount of uncommon pamphlets in all imaginable subject areas
enhance the research potential of the Price Library. In many
respects, these “here today, gone tomorrow” pamphlets should
be considered the greatest rarities because of their fugitive na­
ture and disregard for their preservation over the years.
For a comparatively young library, the Price Library of Judaica
already possesses a well-rounded collection o f significant
magnitude, scope and depth. By no means a static collection, the
Price Library will continue to grow and serve generations of
scholars and students. Though young in years, the Price Library
at the University of Florida has already taken its place alongside
the deservedly well-respected and mature libraries on other
American campuses. In the southeastern United States, the Uni­
versity of Florida can already boast of a regional center of library
excellence in the field of Jewish studies.