The Jewish studies faculty at Ohio State cannot say enough about the excellence of the Jewish Studies Library and its director, Professor Joseph Galron. Ohio State’s Judaica collection of over 300,000 volumes grows constantly under Professor Galron’s care. One of his most important accomplishments has been his contribution to the creation of ALEPH, the automated catalogue system used in Israel which allows display of Hebrew, Arabic, and English simultaneously. Professor Galron is also a scholar of the Jewish book, with many substantial publications in the field. He has compiled bibliographies of several major Jewish literary figures, including Yisrael Yeshayahu, Dov Sadan, and Yeshayahu Avrech. He recently launched the Online Bio-Bibliographic Lexicon of Modern Hebrew Literature (http://library.osu.edu/sites/users/galron.1/index.htm), which focuses on authors of original Hebrew prose, poetry, and drama as well as translators of belles-lettres into Hebrew and authors of literary criticism who contribute to modern Hebrew literature.
Professor Galron recently created a database of Jewish historic newspapers, periodicals, and e-Journals: go.osu.edu/jpress. The database will be a useful research tool for faculty, students, and the general public, and will be updated on an ongoing basis.