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Avi Chai launches a North American Judaica School Library Union Catalog

Press Release: Avi Chai Foundation [June 3, 2008]

The Avi Chai Foundation is delighted to announce the birth of a new tool for Judaica librarians—the Avi Chai Bookshelf Union Catalog. The union catalog, which contains the MARC bibliographic holdings of 31 Jewish high school libraries in the United States and Canada that have been recipients of Avi Chai's Bookshelf grant, is located at

The Avi Chai Union Catalog runs on the OPALS (open source) library automation system ( We are grateful to Harry Chan, the president of the service company, and his technical staff, Richard Grenier and Dan Weeks, for their responsiveness to our requests, particularly with regard to creating the ability to search and display records in Hebrew. IWe also thank Chaya Wiesman, Ramaz Upper School librarian and her automation committee who brought OPALS to our attention initially.

The union catalog supports the Z39.50 protocol, so you are welcome to import records from it into your own catalogs. Use the following information to access the union catalog for this purpose:

Host Name:
Port: 210
Database Name: avichai
Syntax: USMARC
Encoding: UTF8

The Avi Chai Bookshelf program is very happy to offer what we believe will be an excellent tool for collection development and for the sharing of cataloging information with the entire Jewish library world.

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Publication Year:2008
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:June 3, 2008
Publisher:Avi Chai Foundation
Company: Avi Chai Foundation
Products: OPALS
Subject: System announcements -- installations
Record Number:13305
Last Update:2023-12-08 10:26:09
Date Created:2008-06-09 07:08:53