About this Site
In June of 1998,
members of the University of Maryland Libraries staff and faculty from the
Jewish Studies Program and Computer Science Department began the construction of
this web site to support the collection of Yiddish books donated by S. L. and
Eileen Shneiderman in 1996. Through this site, we hope:
- To provide a web site describing the collection of books and their history,
placing them in the historical context of the life and work of the Yiddish
journalists S. L. and Eileen Shneiderman.
- To support the educational and research needs of students and faculty,
especially those within the Jewish Studies Program who are devoted to Yiddish
language and culture.
- To promote off-campus access to information about the collection, and some
of the rare book materials.
- And finally, to raise the visibility of UMCP as a center for Jewish Studies,
and a leader in developing web resources for historical collections.
The many aspects of both the construction and maintenance of this site require a
cooperative effort from several fields. It is here that we would like to
acknowledge those whose help makes this site possible.
The Library staff for their meticulous cataloging, their
relentless cooperation in helping to locate and research specific books, and
for the virtual home they have provided for this site.
- Desider Vikor, Associate Director - Collection Management
- Cynthia Sorrell, Manager of Gifts-in-Kind
- Anne Bowden, University Counsel
The Jewish Studies faculty for the indispensable knowledge they
provide on Yiddish literature and specifically on these books; for their help in
translating titles, inscriptions and passages; and for their help in selecting
books of historical and scholarly interest and educational value.
- Asst. Prof. Hayim Lapin, Chair
- Prof. Bernie Cooperman
- Asst Prof. Miriam Isaacs
- Yelena Luckert, Bibliographer
The Computer Science Department and the University of Maryland
Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) for the design and technical
construction of this web site.
- Prof. Ben Shneiderman, Editor and Designer
- Daniel Kimmel, Designer and Programmer
- David Hanlon, Designer and Programmer
(Revisions: Summer '99)
Technical Notes on the Site
We chose to design this site using strictly HTML code. In addition to assuring
accessibility to any and all who care to visit this site, such simplicity also
enables a broader range of people to contribute to and update the site, a
responsibility we care to diversify across several disciplines. We chose not to
use HTML frames in this site's construction, so as to once again maximize
In efforts to assure faster download times, images are
kept small on the pages themselves (generally less than 25kB/image). Many of
these images serve as thumbnails pointing to a larger version of that image.
Holding the mouse pointer over an image will reveal the size (in kilobytes) of
the image's larger counterpart.
The HTML programming for this site was
all performed in a text-based editor, e.g., Notepad. Adobe Photoshop 4.0 was
used for all photo editing. During construction, pages were viewed in Netscape
4.0 and Internet Explorer 4.0. Please report any problems viewing this site with
an earlier browser to the email address at the bottom of this page.
What Other Universities Are Doing
The following is a brief set of links to webpages that support special
collections at other universities.
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America's
library displays its special collection of manuscripts, liturgies, rare books
Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library: click on their
"Subject Guides" to view synopses of the items in their special collection.
Yale University offers an array of various special collections, most of
which are elegantly displayed. Pay attention to the Judaica Collection; notice
their "Book Jacket Gallery", similar to our "Featured Books" page.
The University of Virginia includes a large, powerful special collections
side to their website. The site provides electronic text, or full-text articles,
manuscripts and even books online. Check out the Hebrew Resources.
The University of Pennsylvania's special collections main page provides
links to brief descriptions of some collections as well as "Finding Guides" to
specific items of others, which include the scope and content of the item and a
biographical sketch of its author.
Using a slightly different approach, Harvard University publicizes its
special collections through the pages of their rare book and manuscript library.
Here, only brief descriptions of the collections appear, but they urge you to
reference the university's online library search and database for detailed
descriptions of collection holdings and catalogs (they provide instructions on
how to search for that particular item).
Princeton University lists all their collections as well as library
departments on one page. Their special collections and rare books collection are
a link from that page.
Summer '99: The Summer '99 revisions were devoted to
the Donors pages in order to give a broader and more
thorough overview of the work of S.L. and Eileen Shneiderman. The revisions
include the addition of more books and accompanying descriptions, a much
expanded bibliography of Mr. Shneiderman's
English articles, a page about his documentary
The Last Chapter, and a page that includes his 1938
poem Elegy for my Shtetl as well as Marius
Szanajderman's lithograph of the same name.
The revisions were consistent
with the original structure, programming, and technical choices of the site. The
only technical departure was a rethinking of the thumbnails. Despite the
original sound logic of image-links leading to images and text-links leading to
texts, we found that even the designers would instinctively click on the book
covers, mistakenly expecting them to link to the book's page. So the book covers
from the Donors page now link to their pages, and they can be enlarged from
there, if so desired.
November 2001: In January 2001, Eileen
Shneiderman published a new book in Yiddish (I. L. Peretz Publishers, Tel Aviv),
titled What Time is it on the Jewish Clock? It contains a
selection of her husband's writing, her introduction "Decades
Together", and his "Notes for an Autobiography". In
November 2001 on the fifth anniversary of S. L. Shneiderman's death, his
extensive archives were made public at
Research Institute of Tel Aviv
University. A catalog of these materials will enable scholars to find
relevant documents through a box list and
several thematic lists.