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The Maskil, the Kabbalist and the Political Scientist: Judaica Classification Schemes in their Historical Context

Freedman, V; (2011) The Maskil, the Kabbalist and the Political Scientist: Judaica Classification Schemes in their Historical Context. Presented at: Association of Jewish Libraries: Annual Convention 46, Montreal, canada. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper describes and analyses three library classification schemes for Judaica in their historical context, and discusses how the libraries for which they were originally designed, and the interests and background of their compilers, shaped the design of each scheme. The three schemes in question are the Freidus, Scholem and Elazar classifications. It is argued that the different structures, emphases and biases of each scheme reflect the historical period in which they were compiled, the nature of the library for which they were originally devised, and particularly the background, outlook and interests of their creators – Abraham Solomon Freidus (the maskil), Gershom Scholem (the kabbalist) and David Elazar (the political scientist). An outline is also given of how each scheme has continued to develop since its first publication and has also been adapted by other libraries to suit their particular collections.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: The Maskil, the Kabbalist and the Political Scientist: Judaica Classification Schemes in their Historical Context
Event: Association of Jewish Libraries: Annual Convention 46
Location: Montreal, canada
Dates: 19 - 22 June 2011
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://databases.jewishlibraries.org/node/17490
Language: English
Keywords: Jewish libraries, Jewish librarians, Library classification.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP: Research
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP: Research > Library Services
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474913
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