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Imagine this: You’re two years into your first job as an archivist and just as you’re moving into your institution’s recently renovated facilities, you receive a gem of a collection: nearly three thousand volumes of rare Judaica books dating from the fifteenth through twentieth centuries. Only half the collection is cataloged and most of the material is printed in languages other than English, including Hebrew, German, Russian, Polish, French, Latin, and Yiddish. Much of it is in need of conservation work, but you don’t have an in-house lab and would need funding to outsource the work. You immediately recognize the value of the collection, along with the monumental task of ensuring it’s put to good use.


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