Social Media

Digital technologies grant unprecedented access to our collective cultural heritage. They allow scholars and visitors alike to interact with primary sources, share information, and generate collective discussions about the meaning of culture.

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life uses a digital platform that integrates website, database and social media approaches to provide collaborative access to its collections, programs, and to make the work that happens behind the public face of the institution open and transparent.

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The links listed below provide direct access to a variety of social media used to enhance access to and collaborative projects about The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

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The Magnes has been using the social bookmarking website, Delicious, not only to share a host of relevant web resources that our curatorial staff uses and deems relevant, but also as an archive of information found in the course of digital fieldwork that accompanies our digital programs. See for example the "tag bundle" created to document the history of the Jewish Music Festival. 

Digital aggregation of Magnes work is now on Dipity You can find a timeline, a list, a flipbook and a map of content from the Magnes Blog, plus Flickr, Youtube, Delicious, Slideshare...

One of the world's largest social networking websites, Facebook is a place where you can directly interact with us online. We frequently post notices of upcoming events, photos, press releases, and links to Magnes buzz. Please "like" the Magnes Facebook page to follow our activities and give us your feedback! 

"Findery enables users to find and leave notes around the world. Notes can be stories, advice, jokes, diatribes, information, memories, facts, advertisements, love letters, grocery lists and manifestos. The content of a note is only limited by your imagination. A note can be shared with the world, one to one, or only with yourself." (From Findery's FAQs).  The Magnes uses Findery to map its digital assets representing holdings that document the cultures of the Jews in the global diaspora. Assets are often aggregated through "notemaps," and reflect both catalog records in the online collection database of The Magnes and their online presence through a variety of social media platforms, including Flickr, SoundCloud, and YouTube.  You can view some examples below, or browse through the notemaps of The Magnes on     

The photo sharing website Flickr has proved to be a valuable resource for encouraging dialog and interaction with public photo collections. Taking it one step further, the Magnes has launched a series of Flickr presentations designed to engage audiences and foster discussion about Magnes collections. The Magnes uses Flickr to upload image media and information about its digital and physical collections, including images from From The Dusty Archives, Jewish Digital Narratives, museum collection images, and photos of our current and past museum installations., a site for engaging video programs from conferences, summits, public forums, university debates and think tanks across the globe, hosts videos relating to programs of the former Judah L. Magnes Museum from 2006 through 2009.

The Magnes maintains a presence on Google+ with a dedicated page. The page is used to share images, links, and information about exhibitions and public programs with the Google+ community.

“Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever. We're building Instagram to allow you to experience moments in your friends' lives through pictures as they happen. We imagine a world more connected through photos.” (From Instagram’s FAQ). At The Magnes, Instagram is used as a tool to connect with other institutions and audiences who frequent the social media platform. Further, we employ Instagram as a means of engaging a demographic otherwise disconnected from, or simply unaware of the gems The Magnes has to offer through image media. Taking advantage of Instagram’s “share” setting, The Magnes is staying connected with all of our social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. Currently, The Magnes is using Instagram to highlight specific objects and artworks in our upcoming exhibition I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew opening on August 20, 2016.

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life actively participates in the California Light and Sound initiative of the California Audiovisual Preservation Project. Digitized content from the collection is hosted by the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities. Historic audiovisual recordings from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life can be viewed here.

Issuu ( is the leading digital publishing platform delivering exceptional reading experiences of magazines, catalogs, and newspapers. The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life uses Issuu to publish its Newsletter.

The Magnes shares its work in progress via lino's online "stikies" and canvases. Online visitors can follow the developments of various projects carried out by staff, curators, and visiting scholars and artists, getting unique "sneak-previews" about upcoming exhibitions, programs and research.   A New Facility for The Magnes   Gained in Translation Exhibition Plans (2011)                           How to lino

The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 150 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.

“To a search engine, untranscribed audio is invisible audio. With text, every keyword is a breadcrumb, leading new audiences to discover that material online. Yet with audio, these same keywords are hidden, making recorded voices inaccessible to the audiences they deserve. We're here to make your audio visible to the web. Pop Up Archive is a platform of tools for organizing and searching digital spoken word. We process sound for large archives and universities, media companies, radio stations, and podcast networks: if you’ve got recorded voices, we’ve got you. Drag and drop any audio file (or let us ingest your RSS, SoundCloud, or iTunes feed), and within minutes you’ll receive automatically generated transcripts and tags. By automatically extracting the information from audio, we help radio producers log raw tape, get audio stories online faster, optimize stations’ websites, and ensure that audio and video get indexed by Google for the most innovative digital media properties.” TAGLINE: Searching speech should be as easy as searching text. The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life uses the PopUp Archive's transcription tools to describe and analyze its digital audio materials, which includes oral histories and rare audio recordings of Jewish communal events from the 20th century.  Digital sounds from The Magnes Collection are available through a network of online platforms. Historical sound recordings are uploaded to the Internet Archive ( Collections sounds (including the sounds of ritual objects) are shared via Soundcloud ( And oral histories and rare audio recordings of Jewish communal events from the 20th century are further analyzed and transcribed thanks to the Pop Up Archive (

The Magnes joined in 2009 to enhance its digital programs with documents about its collections and programs. Our Scribd profile includes information about the holdings of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, such as catalogs, articles, and curatorial documentation about individual items in the collection. It also aggregates file formats included in our digital collections, as well as supporting documentation created in the Magnes Memory Lab.  In 2013, the team of began promoting the profile of The Magnes to its "Rising List" as well as through its Twitter profile: Discovered @magnes profile on Scribd. Part archive, library and museum with vast historical documents @ucberkeley - — Scribd (@Scribd) February 7, 2013   View some examples of documents shared through Scribd below, or click on the button at the bottom of the page to go directly to the Magnes profile. The Lilienthal Binder, by Ruth Eis The Jewish Book Printed in India   Purim a Diaspora Story in Jewish Art and Folklore | Lecture by Shalom Sabar     

Magnes curators are often invited to present at national and international conferences. makes it easy to archive and share the presentations created by the staff of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life publishes and shares collection-based sounds via the SoundCloud platform since 2010. The 2013 exhibition, Sound Objects, includes a dedicated SoundCloud playlist created by "playing" and recording ritual objects from The Magnes Collection.

The Staff of the Magnes has been "tweeting" since early 2009, and has used its Twitter feed as a broadcasting tool, often in conjunction with Facebook, to update the public on curatorial projects, unusual finds in the collections, programs, projects and ideas.All Staff members constantly contribute to the feed both as "guest tweeters," in weekly shifts or reporting on events like conferences and symposia that take place off-site, and on an as-needed basis. What is Twitter? Twitter is a site that allows subscribers to post news and updates, called "tweets," up to 140 characters in length. Users may receive tweets on their computer devices through an RSS feed or on their mobile phones, and may send their own tweets on the web or through a phone as a text message.Click on the link below to subscribe to our tweets. 

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life uses OCLC WorldCat, the world's largest network of library content and services, to maintain and share bibliographic information relating to its collections and curatorial research projects.The Magnes profile on WorldCat includes links to related libraries and collections, lists of bibliographic resources ranging from the bibliography of publications of the Judah L. Magnes Museum to resources on specific areas of the Magnes Collection, and updated search tools to retrieve information about the integration of the Magnes Collection with The Bancroft Library and other resources on the UC Berkeley Campus. 

Magnes now has a YouTube channel! In addition to the videos posted to, we also upload videos of our public programs and productions. Click here to view our video content.

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, open source, easy-to-use tool that helps collect, organize, cite, and share research sources such as bibliographic data, social media links, web pages and PDF files, installed in a web browser as a Firefox add-on.  The curatorial staff of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life maintains many research resources on Zotero, and shares them in a dedicated group page.