2 The History of YIVO Founded in Vilna in 1925 Mission to serve as the first academic center for East European JewryEstablished unique Library and Archives as a result of systematic acquisition policy and efforts of volunteer zamlers (collectors)
3 The YIVO Library Over 385,000 volumes 13,000 titles of periodical editionsHistorical YIVO Vilna and Mattityahu Strashun CollectionsThe most comprehensive collection of publications in Yiddish languageRare Books CollectionBund CollectionYizkor Books CollectionArt Books CollectionMilwitzky Collection of Ladino Books
4 YIVO Library Digitization Projects Yiddish Children’s Books Project in cooperation with International Children’s Digital Library and the Center for Jewish History, available at :Online digital copies are linked to the YIVO catalog records.
5 Sample view of the YIVO children’s book on www.childrenslibrary.org
6 Sample view of the YIVO children’s books on the Center for Jewish History’s website
7 YIVO academic publications Entire sets of YIVO major scholarly journals, such as Yidishe shprakh and YIVO Bleter were digitized with the help of Society for Hebrew Books (Chaim Rosenberg, Director) and posted on:www. Yivolibrarybooks.orgTotal of the YIVO editions published by YIVO in Vilna in New York and by other YIVO branches around the world amounts to over 500 titles. All YIVO publications (before 1965) were microfilmed. Our goal is a complete digitization of existing microfilms with YIVO publications, as well as of all YIVO editions published after 1965.
8 Yidishe shprakh, v. 1, no. 1 , New York, January-February 1941
9 YIVO Library Rabbinical books from the Strashun Collection The Strashun Library is a major historical collection of Rabbinical literature that previously belonged to Mattityahu Strashun ), intellectual, book collector and philanthropist based in VilnaCurrently includes over 17,000 volumesRabbinical books have been digitized in cooperation with (free of cost), total over 8,000 titles.
10 The Strashun Library book on www.YIVOLibrarybooks.org Sample
11 South American Yiddish Periodicals Supported by the Claims Conference grantCollection of over 350 unique titles in Yiddish, Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, German and RussianThis project is currently in progress.Stage 1, digitization of microfilms (total: over 200 microfilm reels.) Microfilms are currently being digitized by the Society for Hebrew Books in New York, the YIVO major partner on digitization projects.However, only 50 percents of this collection exists in microfilm form, the rest will require both microfilming and digitization.
12 Future projects Strategy Our goal is to contribute to digitization of all publications in Yiddish language (books and periodicals)Extending and further development of YIVOLibraryBooks website and separate general YIVO Library websiteWe are open to collaborative projects