Collection Development Statement

Last updated July 2020


The collection supports the research of faculty and students in the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Program in Jewish Studies at Johns Hopkins University. An inherently interdisciplinary program, Jewish Studies brings together faculty and students from numerous humanities and social sciences departments across the university (see “Collaborations” below).

Departments/disciplines/programs subject areas supported

An undergraduate minor is offered in Jewish Studies. The Program does not award graduate degrees, though PhD students with interests in Jewish Studies may be admitted to a collaborating program (see below).

Formats Selected

Formats acquired generally

  • Monographs (print and electronic)
  • Collected editions (print and electronic)
  • Edited volumes, including conference proceedings and Festschriften (print and electronic)
  • Serials (electronic preferred)
  • Databases
  • Rare and archival materials (including bibliographic Judaica)
  • Audiovisual materials

Formats collected selectively or by request:

  • Commentaries
  • Dictionaries
  • Dissertations
  • Textbooks
  • Translations

Languages Collected

Materials in Hebrew (from Biblical to Modern), Yiddish, German, French, and English are collected regularly. Materials in other languages that pertain to Jewish culture and civilization are collected selectively.

Chronological or geographical focus

Collection development in Jewish Studies is not confined to a single chronological or geographical focus, though the collection is particularly strong in the areas of Northwest Semitic philology, Rabbinics, Holocaust Studies, and Yiddish language materials (including children’s literature and various periodicals).


  • Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Film and Media Studies
  • History
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science

Subject Librarian

Mackenzie S. Zalin, PhD, MSLS
Librarian for Modern Languages and Literatures & Comparative Thought and Literature
(410) 516-0215