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JEW I SH BOOK A N N U A L
The Documentation Cen ter itself contains some 3,000 clas­
sifications on subjects as diverse as Zionism, Jewish cultural af­
fairs, literature , cu r ren t events, anti-Semitism, Los Angeles Jew ­
ry, scholarship and history.
To the Documentation Cen ter was added a microfilm and
microfiche collection. The Gindi Microfiche Collection began
with the Jewish Theological Seminary’s complete manuscript
collection. T h e re are also issues o f the London Jewish Chronicle
dating back to 1841, Ha’aretz back to 1919, and the Palestine
Post. We automatically receive all doctoral dissertations done
on Jewish subjects in the United States, and quite a few which
are published abroad.
This past year, the library has begun a series o f cultural ac­
tivities, tied to a newly established Friends o f the Ostrow Library
group . T h e Friends suppo rt the activities o f the library, and
in the process are enriched by book related activities, such as
plays, lectures, au tho r signings, and so forth.
Part o f the drive to publicize the library is ou r new publication
S farim ,
which contains news o f the library, as well as feature
articles on new books o f interest, and so forth . T h e newsletter
has proved a valuable bridge to both the University personnel
as well as the community at large.
The Ostrow Library has expanded greatly since its humble
beginnings in a dining room on A rdmore Avenue. Like every
library, it has grown partially th rough private donations, and
partially th rough continual, p lanned acquisition. At this point
in ou r history, as we begin to expand more fully into secular
subjects, and contemplate the construction o f a new library
building, the Bel and Jack M. Ostrow library is poised for an
exciting fu ture .