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Exploring Libraries in the Digital Age


The National Library of Israel participated for the first time in London's 65th Jewish Book Week, the annual international cultural festival that is also one of the leading Jewish literary events in the world.


Mr. Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library joined the NLIs opening session, together with Dr. Aviad Stollman, the Head of Collections at the National Library of Israel, for a discussion entitled, "What Is the Point of a Library in a Digital Age?"




Chaired by Adam Taub, both speakers reflected on their personal experiences as users of libraries when they were children, and on how the role of libraries has since evolved in the 21st century, focusing in particular on the dynamic role of national libraries in collecting, preserving, digitizing and engaging the public with their heritage. 


The National Library also hosted two additional sessions at Jewish Book Week. The first, entitled, “Jewish Venice,” marked 500 years of the first Jewish Ghetto, an important center for Jewish printing. Dr. Aviad Stollman presented the 1609 Venice Haggadah in the context of the history of illustrated printed Passover Haggadot.




In the second session, Hannah Rothschild interviewed author Lisa Leff, whose prize-winning book “The Archive Thief” was in large researched at the Central Archives of the History of the Jewish People.