Riverdale resident Diane Romm has just announced the launch of her new website, Jewish Digital Collections, at http://www.jewishdigitalcollections.com/
The site is comprised of an annotated list of more than 350 sites that house digitized collections of Jewish material divided into 22 subject areas. It is the only site on the Internet that provides an aggregated collection of such material.
“Libraries are increasingly moving toward the digitizing of their material to preserve it and share it with a larger audience,” said Romm. “Now, instead of a library just noting that it owns a particular item and indicating where visitors can find it, people everywhere can read the books, watch the videos, see the objects and listen to the audio recordings online.”
The website also includes a list of Jewish Studies guides prepared by university librarians worldwide for their students (http://www.jewishdigitalcollections.com/jewish-studies-guides.html )
The new website comes on the heels of Romm’s relaunch of her Jewish Guide to the Internet (https://www.jewishinternetguide.com/ ), which contains an annotated list of more than 2,500 Jewish websites divided into 100 categories.
That site also houses a free online library of Judaica resources for high school students in Jewish day schools and yeshivot that Romm prepared when she worked as a consultant for the Avi Chai Bookshelf Project (https://www.jewishinternetguide.com/judaica-resources).