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At the Libraries:

* Sandra Herschli Straus has retired from her postition at the Hedi Steinberg Library.  Ms. Herschli Straus provided evening service at the Library for the past  19  years.
* The libraries in the Mendel Gottesman Library Building on the Wilf Campus may now be reached by stairs.  There is no longer a need to wait for an elevator on the G level of the Building.  This is a first step.  Access to the Building is being completely overhauled in conjunction with construction of the adjacent Glueck Center for Jewish Study.
* Color printing is now available on the Wilf Campus in the Mendel Gottesman Library.  After a short period of testing the plan is to proceed at the Beren Campus as well.

Derashot Shedarashti –  Sermons of Rabbi Norman Lamm. With more than 10,000 visits in its first two months the Lamm Sermons website appears to be filling an important niche.  Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University, provided the Library with manuscript copies of approximately eight hundred sermons that he delivered over a period of almost fifty years.  The sermon manuscripts and some eulogies as well, were digitized by the Library and are now available as part of the Lamm Heritage website.  Go to Lamm Heritage and click on From the Lamm Archives, or link directly to the sermons.

Hot off the press!  The Book of Esther:  A Classified Bibliography, Edith Lubetski and Meir Lubetski, Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008.  Congratulations to Prof. Edith Lubetski, Head Librarian of the Hedi Steinberg Library on this impressive achievement.  The “bibliography attempts to provide an extensive collection of twentieth-century studies dealing with the Scroll of Esther.  It…assembles items scattered all over the world, in many languages, covering a century of scholarship.”

Book cover – from Aert de Gelder, Esther and Mordecai

Did you know that among its Sephardic publications the Mendel Gottesman Library has an extensive collection of books in the Ladino language?  Many are in very fragile condition and the Library was successful in securing a $30,000 grant this year through the New York State Discretionary Grant Program to preserve them on microfilm.  Search the YULIS catalog for the subject Ladino Literature to find our Ladino publications.


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