Jewish Public Library of Montreal

CLA Montreal - Implementing RDA/FRBR at the Jewish Public Library

Date: 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 18:30
Location: 
La grande salle de la Bibliothèque publique Atwater, 1200 Avenue Atwater, Westmount, QC

Over the past few years RDA and FRBR have been hot topics in the library profession, and Montreal's own Jewish Public Library was the first public library in the world to adopt FRBR alongside RDA. Come and hear Eddie Paul, Head of Bibliographic and Information Services at the Jewish Public Library, share his experiences (and adventures!) from this journey.



When: Wednesday April 4th at 6:30pm

Where: Atwater Public Library Auditorium, 1200 Avenue Atwater Westmount, QC


Cost: $5 CLA members and students ; $7 non-CLA members



FRBR in the Jewish Public Library

Imageby Eddie Paul

On a warm spring evening in Paris on May 29, 1913, an opulent crowd at the Champs Élysées Theatre rioted at the premiere performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. One shrewd musicologist wrote that "the pagans on stage made pagans of the audience." The piece is a celebration of pagan rituals that eventually leads to a sacrifice of a chosen young woman to propitiate the gods of spring.

No such harsh reaction greeted the introduction of RDA or FRBR to the library community back in 1997 when the new replacement for AACR2 was introduced by IFLA, although it certainly hasn’t been without resistance from some elements, possibly because paradigms (MARC is a little over 40 years old) and the people who conceive them shift just a bit more slowly than the tectonic plates. The gods of spring are also not that easily propitiated, especially when the propitiators are limited by consensus and cataloguing subcommittees.

Maurice Sendak Storytelling Workshop

ImageBy Karen Biskin

Throughout his prolific career, Maurice Sendak transformed the landscape of children’s literature, conjuring the monsters of childhood dreams onto the pages of his books. On Thursday, November 3, 2011, the Public, School and Youth Sections of the ABQLA celebrated Sendak’s writing during a storytelling workshop held at the Jewish Public Library. Professional storyteller Selina Eisenberg-Smith animated the evening, using a felt board, puppets, and props to explore the various ways to engage children in a story. After her artistic retelling of In the Night Kitchen, she had the group participate in its own wild rumpus and then perform Pierre, a Cautionary Tale with her. She shared her experiences working with children of different ages and explained how she adapts children’s books in order to perform them for a audience.

A Maurice Sendak Storytelling Evening

Get ready for a wild rumpus... of librarians!

The Public, School and Youth sections of the Quebec Library Association and the Jewish Public Library will be hosting a Maurice Sendak storytelling workshop for teachers, librarians and those who are young at heart on Thursday November 3rd at 5:30 PM.

This special event is timed to give you the opportunity to discover the international travelling exhibition “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak,” which explores the life and artwork of this renowned illustrator and author.

Eva Raby Accepts the 2011 Anne Galler Award

Imageby Eva Roskies Raby
This is a very great honour for me.  First, I would like to thank the members of the Anne Galler Awards Committee for choosing me as this year’s recipient.  This award has so many layers of meaning for me:

At the end of a very long, diverse and rewarding career, there can be no greater thrill than to be acknowledged by one’s peers. As I look around the room and see the many wonderful friends and colleagues I have worked with over the years – in QLA, as library colleagues, and in the workplace – I am grateful for your support, friendship and appreciation.

Eva Roskies Raby to Receive Anne Galler Award

L’Association des Bibliothécaires du Québec / Quebec Library Association is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Anne Galler Award for Outstanding Library Service is Eva Roskies Raby, Executive Director of the Jewish Public Library of Montreal and former ABQLA President.

Each year the Quebec Library Association presents an award to a librarian for outstanding library service.  This award recognizes an individual who has enriched librarianship in Quebec and has made a lasting contribution to the profession.

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