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Abstract

The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library of the University of Haifa is the largest academic library in northern Israel, providing information services to a multicultural community of more than 20,000 students and staff. Since the 1980s, the library has pioneered the use of computers for the provision of services, by means of commercial products and in-house software development, most notably the Index to Hebrew Periodicals. Emphasis is placed on developing information literacy by means of instruction, reference services, and online tools. The library attempts to make the user community aware of its offerings through the use of social media and hosting public events. This article traces the history of the library and describes its special collections, innovative services and projects. The appendix includes suggestions for further reading.

Author Biography & Related Information

Cecilia Harel recently retired from the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library, University of Haifa, where she was Head of Foreign Monographs Acquisitions, Collection Development, and Gifts and Exchange. She previously served as the chair of the Israeli Inter-University Acquisitions Committee. She has written articles and lectured extensively on academic library acquisitions and electronic books collection development.

Yosef Branse is a member of the Information Systems Department at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library, University of Haifa. His responsibilities include database management and development of Web-based interfaces for use by Library staff and users.

Karen Elisha (LL.B, LL.M, and MLS) is a law and reference librarian. She is head of the law section at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library, University of Haifa.

Ora Zehavi, Head of Media, Reserved Collection and Archives Department at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library, University of Haifa. As Manager of the Digital Media Center, she is responsible for scanning, digitization, preservation, and metadata of digital objects.

The authors acknowledge with gratitude the assistance of Mr. Yariv Shock, Editor of the Index to Hebrew Periodicals, Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library, University of Haifa.