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SCHIFFMAN/JEWISH INST ITUTE OF RELIGION LIBRARY
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search collections in certain areas.” Thereby , it has “extended
its influence to individuals and groups far beyond the Institute
walls and has made significant contributions to the fu rthe rance
and the enrichm en t o f Jewish cultural life in America.”16
The library was seen by many as a Jewish cultural resource
and not as a narrowly defined sectarian institution. It was this
type o f community, based upon Jewish scholarship, which Dr.
Wise encouraged th rough the library o f the JIR .
When the issue was raised as to the role the library would
play du ring the presidency o f Dr. Glueck, the ties o f community
which had been nu r tu red from the inception o f the J IR until
its m erger with HUC were a strong bond that could not easily
be severed. The tenacity with which alumni and loyal followers
o f Dr. Wise insisted on the retention o f the name “Jewish In ­
stitute o f Religion” was an expression o f this solidarity. Similarly,
the library, which had operated as an independen t un it und e r
Rabbi Kiev, was not about to su rrend e r its autonomy to Cin­
cinnati. Thus, until Rabbi Kiev’s dea th it retained much the
same form as it had p rio r to the merger.
V. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Significant changes have taken place since Rabbi Kiev’s time.
Dr. Philip E. Miller, Assistant Librarian to Rabbi Kiev, was ap ­
pointed Acting Librarian in 1976 after Rabbi Kiev’s sudden
death on November 3, 1975. In 1978 he assumed the post o f
Librarian. Renamed the Klau Library in hono r o f the gift o f
Sadie Klau in 1979, the library moved into a new building at
1 West 4th Street tha t same year and, with additional space
provided in its new quarters, was able to start cataloging in the
Library o f Congress classification scheme. Along with its new
location, a cooperative association was begun with New York
University. T h e collection has grown to keep pace with the rab­
binical, cantorial, and educational curricula, and reade r services
have been emphasized. As a result o f the adoption o f the Library
o f Congress classification and compu ter cataloging utilizing a
shared data base, the integration o f all the libraries in the HUC-
J IR system — Cincinnati, New York, Los Angeles, and J e r u ­
salem — has been much expanded . These are ju s t a few o f
16. Weintraub, p. 15.