Dr. Ruth Calderon has been appointed as Head of Culture and Educational Programmes at The National Library
Dr. Calderon is the founder of Alma College in Tel Aviv, an institution dedicated to the study and advancement of Hebrew culture. She founded and directed Elul, the egalitarian Beit Midrash for secular and religious women and men. A graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership, Dr. Calderon received the AVI CHAI Prize for outstanding achievement in public action. She holds a PhD in Talmudic Studies from The Hebrew University.
The Library has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education securing the Government support for the Renewal Project
The Government of Israel is committed to provide 16 per cent matching to the Renewal Project up to a total of $32 million.
Preliminary approval to the construction project by the Jerusalem District Planning Commission
The project to build the National Library reached a milestone with preliminary approval by the Jerusalem District Planning Commission to rezone the plot of land allocated for the building from public open space to suitable for a public building and to reset the boundaries of the site, the building lines within it, and the maximum construction height so as to afford considerable architectural freedom.
The first conference of its kind on the topic of eBooks: A New Era of Law, Business and Society
The first conference of its kind on the topic of eBooks: A New Era of Law, Business and Society, organized by The National Library of Israel in collaboration withThe Haifa Centre for Law and Technology, and theSagy Centre for Internet Research at The University of Haifa.
The eBook Law and Business conference will take place on May 18-19, 2011 in Jerusalem and Haifa and deal with the legal and business challenges created by the digital book revolution. Among the issues the conference will deal with are
• How will digital books impact the publishing world
• What business models can sustain digital publications
• IP in the digital age
• Can reading privacy be maintained in the digital age?
• How can one maintain a competitive market in the preservation of cultural heritage?
• The Google Books verdict- the day after
National Library Renewal Promotional Film
National Library Renewal Promotional Film
Official Launch of the Renewal Project of The National Library of Israel
A ceremony to launch the renewal project of The National Library of Israel was held on 27 March 2011 in the presence of President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yad Hanadiv Chairman Lord Rothschild, Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, The Hebrew University President Prof. Menahem Ben Sasson, employees of The National Library of Israel and other dignitaries.
At the ceremony, the President, Prime Minister, Lord Rothschild and others signed the Charter for the renewal of the National Library of Israel, a document expressing the vision, objectives and roles of the renewed library, and the aspiration for the Library’s continuous advancement.
The renewal plan, based on the Master Plan for Renewal of The National Library, was presented at the ceremony. The Master Plan includes construction of a new building adjacent to the Knesset and the Israel Museum, and greater accessibility to the Library’s collections.
The guests also visited an exhibition assembled for the ceremony: Unrivaled Unrevealed – Select Treasures of the National Library. The exhibition provided a glimpse into the range and wealth of the NLI’s holdings. Click here to see pictures from the exhibition.
Founding of the National Library of Israel Construction Company, Ltd.
The National Library of Israel Construction Company was established with the goal of planning and constructing a new building for the National Library of Israel, as part of the renewal process. The new building will be accessible to the general public in Israel and across the globe. It will offer a well-equipped, user-friendly and inspiring work environment for readers and scholars, and will also incorporate well-designed areas for cultural and educational activities, enabling The National Library of Israel to assume its rightful place as a leading centre of culture. The National Library of Israel Construction Company will be responsible for planning and constructing the new building until its completion and handover to the Library, slated for 2016.
Over 400,000 newspaper pages can be accessed on the Historical Jewish Press website
Some 75,000 pages of the Maariv newspaper, dating back to 1948, were added to the newspaper pages accessible on the Historical Jewish Press website, which now contains over 400,000 newspaper pages. The site is the product of collaboration between Tel Aviv University and the National Library of Israel, and it enables free-text searches and searches by characteristics among all of the pages that were digitized and loaded to the site.
The National Library of Israel – Now on Facebook!
The National Library of Israel launched a new Facebook site in order to update users about what is happening at the library.
Award ceremony for the 2010 Rothschild Prizes
The award ceremony for the 2010 Rothschild Prizes was held at the National Library of Israel. You can read more information about the prize on the Yad Hanadiv website.
The Prime Minister met with Lord Rothschild to promote the renewal plan for The National Library of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Lord Jacob Rothschild and representatives of the Rothschild family and thanked them for their willingness to contribute over $100 million via the Yad Hanadiv Foundation for the renewal of the National Library. The Prime Minister updated Lord Rothschild on the government's decision to allocate land in Kiryat Haleom in Jerusalem for construction of the library.
The Director General and other representatives of The National Library of Israel, representatives of Yad Hanadiv and the president of The Hebrew University also participated in the meeting. As noted, the new National Library of Israel is slated to be built in Kiryat Haleom, adjacent to the Knesset, the Supreme Court and the Prime Minister’s Office. The Library’s goals will be to collect, preserve, foster and disseminate treasures of knowledge, heritage and culture, in general, with a connection to the Land of Israel, the State of Israel and the Jewish people in particular.
For additional details, see the website of the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Government approved a decision to renew The National Library of Israel
On February 21, 2010, the Government of Israel approved the Prime Minister’s proposal to instruct the relevant Government ministries to allocate a plot of land adjacent to the Knesset and the Israel Museum for the construction of the new home of The National Library of Israel.