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Arielle I Sokol
As Judaica Copy Cataloger, I assist in the technical processing of materials in Hebrew and Yiddish but also occasionally Judaic materials in other languages. My primary duty is copy cataloging but I also assist Marlene Gitelman, the Hebraica Cataloger, and Elliot H. Gertel, the Irving M. Hermelin Curator of Judaica, with special projects. In addition, I work with the Jewish Heritage Collection, a conglomeration of books, objects, ephemera, and art housed in the Special Collections Library. I created and maintain the Jewish Heritage Collection's Research Guide.
I love books, learning, teaching, and languages. In my free time, I sing and play music with various groups around town and am a regular participant in the Yiddish Reading Group at the Ann Arbor Jewish Community Center. I have studied Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish, Russian, German, Spanish, and Latin. My research interests include Eastern European History, Holocaust and Soviet-era memoirs and oral histories, Yiddish language and culture, memorial politics, the history of Judaica collections, and Jewish music.
I am originally from New York but have lived and studied in many different places. I earned my BA in Eastern European and Russian History and Judaic Studies at the University of Denver. My undergraduate thesis was entitled "Competing Memories: How Memorials Shape Individual and Collective Identity in Poland; 1944-2000" I was an intern at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA prior to coming to the University of Michigan. I earned my MSI at the School of Information after having taken courses in Archives and Records Management (ARM), Preservation of Information (PI), and Library and Information Science (LIS) in addition to non-information courses.