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Preserving Private Libraries at Leo Baeck Institute

Thanks to a generous grant of The Cahnman Foundation, the LBI Library is creating virtual inventories of three complete private German-Jewish libraries.

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Digitization and Beyond: LBI Staff Report on Library and Archives Trends

LBI Library staff Renate Evers, Ginger Barna, Tracey Felder and Lauren Paustian engaged with current issues and developments in librarianship at several conferences in 2015 and 2016.

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The library of Henry (Heinz) Wachs

In 2016, the LBI received the entire library of the designer and typesetter Henry (Heinz ) Wachs, who was born in 1916 in the Prussian province of Posen. Remarkably, along with the library, the collection includes a copy of a document listing most of the books, which was created to …

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Preservation in the LBI Library

Librarian Lauren Paustian explains the best practices employed for the physical preservation of the many rare and fragile materials among the 80,000 items in the LBI Library.

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Preserving Yesterday’s News with the CJH and Frankfurt University Library

“Nothing is as old as yesterday’s newspaper,” goes the old bromide. Many of the newspapers preserved in the collections of the LBI are in fact more than a century old, and few other media in the library world show the ravages of time like newspapers, which were practically designed to …

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Library: A Sermon Heard from Berlin to Philadelphia

Among a trio of rare pamphlets associated with Moses Mendelssohn and the Berlin Enlightenment that LBI recently acquired is a remarkable sermon celebrating a Prussian victory in the Seven Years’ War. December 8, 1757. It was the second day of Hanukkah when the news reached Berlin that the Prussian forces …

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A Visit to the German Literature Archive in Marbach

This June, I visited the German Literature Archive in Marbach (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach – DLA), where I gave a talk about traces of emigrant libraries in the collections of the LBI and spent a week learning about the activities and holdings of the leading repository of sources related to German-language …

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Progress Filling Gaps in Frankfurt Wissenschaft des Judentums Collection

LBI collaborates with the Frankfurt University Library in Germany to digitally recreate what was the largest collection of books on the Wissenschaft des Judentums before it was scattered in WWII.

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Jerry Brotman—Hands-on Volunteer

Jerry Brotmann has been a volunteer at LBI since his retirement and accomplished an enormous undertaking: Over the past eight years, he affixed barcodes to some 66,000 books.

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LBI Materials Now Searchable in More Global Databases

The Leo Baeck Institute is now collaborating with Judaica Europeana, Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, Worldcat and the Digital Public Library of America to make its holding even more accessible.

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