Meet the YU Library Staff

Tina Weiss, Head Librarian of Hebraica-Judaica

On February 1, 2020, Yeshiva University Libraries welcomed Tina Weiss, Mendel Gottesman Library’s new Head Librarian. Tina comes to us from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where she served as Senior Associate Librarian, as well as Acting Head Librarian. Tina served on the campus security and safety committees and actively worked with her colleagues at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Jerusalem. As Senior Associate Librarian, Tina conducted individual and group sessions to introduce students to research methods, represented HUC-JIR within local and national organizations. Tina has presented at the Association of Jewish Libraries and the World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

An alumna of Queens College, Tina earned a degree in Jewish Studies with minors in history and urban studies. She also holds a Master of Library Science degree from Queens College, an MBA degree from SUNY Oswego, and a Master of Arts degree from Yeshiva University.

With specific strengths in rabbinic literature, Jewish history and Bible, the Mendel Gottesman Library of Hebraica-Judaica at Yeshiva University serves as students and faculty members of Yeshiva College, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Scholars and researchers from around the world consult with the library and explore its in-depth, multilingual collections.

Jay Rosen, Public Services and User Experience Librarian

On August 30, 2021, Yeshiva University welcomed Jay Rosen, Pollack Library’s new Public Services and User Experience Librarian. Jay comes to us as a recent graduate of Pratt Institute’s School of Information, where he served as a graduate assistant in Pratt Libraries’ Public Services department. In this role, Jay provided on-site and virtual reference assistance to Pratt’s diverse community of students, researchers, and faculty, and developed instruction, research guides, video tutorials, and other learning materials supporting research skills and library resources.

Before his time at Pratt, Jay served as an Intern at Brooklyn Public Library; as Membership and Marketing Coordinator at Literary Cleveland, where he oversaw literary arts programming and digital marketing; as Communications Coordinator at the Cleveland Heights Public Library system, where he developed and conducted targeted library outreach campaigns; and as a volunteer at New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman building, where he honed his public service skills.

In addition to his work experiences, Jay also has a professional interest in library services to incarcerated people. Jay is a member of New York’s Prison Library Support Network and the author of “Evaluating Impact in the Forgotten Field of Prison Librarianship.” Jay also reviews manuscripts on prison library services for publications such as IFLA and Library Quarterly.

An alumnus of Oberlin College, Jay earned dual degrees in English and philosophy and took music composition and production classes as well.

As Public Services and User Experience Librarian, Jay will help the university refine its assessment of existing library programs and services, and will introduce new services informed by data and an analysis of student needs, abilities, and preferences. Jay will also contribute to Pollack Library’s instructional, social media, and outreach programs.