Elliot H. Gertel

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734 936 2367

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734 763 6743

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111-C Hatcher North
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205
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Irving M. Hermelin Curator of Judaica

About

As subject specialist and selector for Judaic studies, I acquire materials in all formats in Hebrew, Yiddish, English and other Western, and all other appropriate, languages and provide Judaic reference and research assistance to faculty and students affiliated with the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, Frankel Institute, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, other LS&A units, and external users.

I set priorities for cataloging, processing, preservation, and restoration of Judaica materials; plan and coordinate University Library exhibits and programs related to this discipline; and participate in Library development activities through University and community outreach programs for the purpose of creating greater awareness of the Judaica collections and strengthening links with current and potential friends and donors.

Background

My educational background includes an M.Phil. in Modern Jewish Studies from Oxford University with a subject focus on Yiddish language and literature, modern Jewish history, and Hebrew literature; an MSLS from the University of Kentucky; and a BA in French, theater, and writing from Marlboro College.  Prior to taking up this appointment at the University of Michigan Library in the Spring of 1999, I was Judaica Librarian at Florida Atlantic University for three years and Reference Librarian/Bibliographer for Religious Studies at California State University, Fullerton for five years.

Research and professional interests include Yiddish language and literature, modern Jewish history, and languages in conflict.  I am currently the Association of Jewish Libraries' liaison to the American Library Association.  I chair the Jewish Information Committee of ALA.s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table, a position I also held from 1997-199.  From 1994-1997 and from 1999-2001, I was JIC program chair.  From 2006-2008, I was president of AJL's Research Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections (RAS) Division after two years as vice-president and chair of AJL’s Judaica Reference and Bibliography Awards Committee.  As chair of JIC, I am an ex-offcio memebr of ALA's RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) Sophie Brody Medal Committee, which anually presents an award for outstanding Jewish adult literature.  From 2002-2004, I was the recording secretary of AJL.  I have aextensive experience coordinating and moderating professional library programs and have done numerous presentations at conferences.

Responsibilities

  • Selection of print, electronic, and microform resources
  • Research consultations and reference service
  • Subject oriented library instruction
  • Development of networked information resources
  • Management of existing collections
  • Library information sharing

In addition to serving as selector of Judaic materials, I set priorities for cataloging, processing, preservation, and restoration of materials in this discipline; plan and coordinate University Library exhibits and programs related to Judaic topics; and participate in Library development activities through University and community outreach programs for the purpose of creating greater awareness of the Judaica collections and strengthening links with current and potential friends and donors.  I serve on Library, University, and national and international professional association committees and regularly attend association meetings and conferences as well as publish and present papers.