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Abstract

The union catalog Rachel was launched in 2004 by four Parisian private libraries with significant holdings in Judaica and Hebraica. Further developed by the Réseau Européen des Bibliothèques Judaica et Hebraica (REBJH; European Network of Judaica and Hebraica Libraries), Rachel moves forward the network’s mission to promote the preservation and increase the use of the recorded heritage of the Jewish people in Europe and around the world. The article reviews the history of the REBJH and its founding members, analyses cataloging practices of member institutions of Rachel, and describes user services provided by this union catalog.

Author Biography & Related Information

Noémie Musnik has an M.A. from the Institut national des sciences et techniques de la documentation (INTD) and another M.A. from the History department of the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). She is working on a dissertation in Information Studies at the CNAM (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, Paris). The article was translated from the original French by Roger Kohn, with the assistance of the author.