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07 Mar

AUB Libraries Arabic Books Online: The Arabic Collections Online Project

In Collections,News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / March 7, 2017 / 0 Comments

In 2014, the American University of Beirut (AUB) Libraries joined the Arabic Collections Online (ACO) project to digitize and make freely accessible worldwide over 15,000 pre-1956 Arabic books.

The project, funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, has just made accessible more than 200 digitized books from the AUB Libraries’ collection: These 200 items are the first out of 6,000 books to be digitized and shared by the AUB Libraries within the next two years. For more about AUB’s role in this project, please see this article:

Other contributing members include the libraries of New York University, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, and the American University in Cairo. The ACO digital library currently provides online access to 5,675 volumes across 3,779 subjects. You can read more about the project here: .

We invite you to check the ACO digital library regularly to view newly uploaded Arabic books from AUB Libraries and other partner institutions.

For more information about this project, please contact Elie Kahale, Head of Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department on ext. 2603, or by

24 Jan

New Research Guide:” Open Access Publishing”

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / January 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are glad to announce the publication of a new research guide entitled: “Open Access Publishing“. 

The guide highlights open access publishing in general, and related topics:

  • The discounts offered to AUB affiliates
  • Self-Archiving at AUB
  • Authors’ rights
  • Open access publishing venues
  • and more. . .

We hope that this research guide will help our researchers by facilitating the publication process and offering useful resources and information to optimize their chances of publishing in Open Access sources.

For more information, contact Jafet Library by email: or by phone on ext. 2629/1.

16 Jan

University Libraries publish Oral History videos interviewing current and retired staff members to celebrate AUB’s 150th anniversary

In Library Staff,Projects by AUB Libraries / January 16, 2017 / 1 Comment

As a tribute to AUB’s 150th anniversary, the University Libraries, in collaboration with the Audio, Video, and Multimedia Office at the Information Technology Department have produced 11 oral history interviews with long-standing, current and retired library staff members.

The video is a documentary, capturing the memories of current and retired library staff members who have spent at least 15 years each at the libraries. In the recordings, the staff share their experiences, insights, stories and golden memories at AUB, and specifically at the libraries. The staff portray their devotion & commitment to AUB and to the libraries, showing a remarkable sense of “belongingness” and describing the work environment through thick and thin.

Some interview questions were prepared ahead of time to grasp a general sense. However, there was time left for the interviewees to reminisce and get personal with their experience at AUB. Many just improvised, speaking from the heart.

These were some of the questions posed: When did you start working at AUB Libraries? ; Have you worked somewhere else at AUB? ; What was your happiest memory at work and what was the saddest or most emotional memory? ; Can you share a funny incident that happened at work? ; What more can you tell us about the library? ; How did working at AUB affect your life? Can you describe the library in one sentence or in one word? . . .

The University Libraries have created a short video, highlighting parts of the content of all the interviews. You can watch the video entitled “University Library staff remembering AUB” via this link:  

Below are links to the individual interviews listed by the interviewee name:

We hope that you will enjoy these videos, and we view this as an oral history initiative, capturing a sense of AUB’s history.

Project team: [Fatmeh Charafeddine- Project Manager, Joyce Aways- Documentary Director, Edward Zakaria- Video Recording and Editing]  

13 Dec

New Library Guide on the History of AUB in celebration of the University’s 150th anniversary: “AUB History: a Short Guide”

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / December 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of a new Library guide entitled: AUB’s History: a Short Guide. The guide was compiled on the occasion of AUB’s 150th anniversary.

It was initiated by the Research and Instruction Services Department and prepared in collaboration with the Archives and Special Collections Department at the University Libraries. It highlights a number of relevant resources, including books, University catalogs, photos, magazines, archival material, as well as select online resources related to AUB’s founding, its history, Presidents, campus buildings and grounds, lush vegetation and botany, and the variegated and rich activities of its students. It also features a timeline highlighting select key events that marked AUB’s history, and its long running and firmly grounded commitment to liberal arts education (1862-2015).

The Guide can be accessed through the following link:

We hope that our researchers, students and alumni enjoy the guide and benefit from the valuable information it contains.

Please do not hesitate to email us your feedback regarding the guide at the attention of Mrs. Nabila Shehabeddine at

For additional materials on the history and culture of AUB, please visit the Archives and Special Collections Department at Jafet Library, or email:

23 May

AUB Libraries take part in the 3rd Lebanese Library Association Conference

In Events,Library Staff,Projects,Workshops by AUB Libraries / May 23, 2016 / 0 Comments

The AUB Libraries took part in the 3-day annual conference organized by the Lebanese Library Association (LLA), entitled: “Thinking Together: Innovate, Share, Preserve and Access”. Hosted by the Lebanese American University (LAU), the conference was held between May 18th and May 20th and was preceded by a pre-conference workshop on May 17th.

The pre-conference workshop was delivered by Dr. Lokman I. Meho, the AUB University Librarian and was entitled: “Use of bibliometric tools and techniques in collection development and management”. The objective of the workshop was to train professional librarians on the effective use of bibliometric tools and techniques in the acquisition, selection, de-selection, and weeding of non-Arabic books and periodicals.

During the interactive workshop, Dr. Meho spoke of how to assess the quality, value, significance, and impact of books and journals, and decide whether to buy, subscribe to, keep, or discard them (if/when necessary). Dr. Meho presented a number of criteria and factors that can be used (e.g., use statistics, cost, uniqueness, relevance, date and place of publication, intrinsic characteristics, physical condition, and research value) and discussed a number of relevant data sources (e.g., Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Journal Citation Reports, and Scimago Journal Rankings). The workshop ended with several exercises on how to assess the research value of books and journals via citation-based indicators, such as citation count, h-index, journal impact factor ranking, and so on.

During the LLA conference, Ms. Basma Chebani, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services Department and Mr. Elie Kahale, Head of Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department presented the Al-Ādāb Magazine archives, an AUB project lead by both of their departments.

Al-Ādāb Magazine, a literary and cultural Journal, established in 1953 by Dr. Souhail Idris, was published in print from 1953 till 2012, and is considered as an Arab cultural platform, despite the Arab States censorship. It focused on movements in literature and culture in the Arab world and it included files in political thought, poetry, novel, short stories, movies criticism, theater, and general culture.

The aim of the project is to preserve Al-Ādāb Magazine and to produce a searchable, full text database of the Magazine. Users will eventually be able to browse and access the metadata and the full text of the journal online at the volume, issue and article levels. Full text and index search by author, title and subject will be available using simple and advanced search techniques and full text articles will be available for downloading. The searching on the metadata (author, title and subjects) will also be available through the Library Online Catalog (OPAC).

The presenters focused on the major activities and main challenges during the creation of the Al-Ādāb Magazine online archives, especially when dealing with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) in Arabic language during the conversion of the digitized magazine pages into full text that is ready for search and downloading from AUB Libraries Content Management System.

For more about the conference and about the LLA, visit

05 May

Survey: UL seeking community feedback for internal review

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / May 5, 2016 / 0 Comments

Dear Faculty, Students and Researchers,

The AUB Libraries are conducting an internal review and are seeking the feedback of the community regarding our collections and services. We would be extremely grateful if you could please take a few minutes to fill in the below anonymous survey: your feedback will help us understand our strengths, our areas of growth and of need, and will ultimately help us serve you better.

Please take a few minutes to fill in the below survey:

Your response will be appreciated by May 20th, 2016.

With many advance thanks from the AUB Libraries’ team!

13 Apr

Grant for the ‘Palestinian Oral History Archive’ Project

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / April 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded $260,000 to the American University of Beirut for the Palestinian Oral History Archive (POHA) project.  The project is a partnership between two entities at the American University of Beirut (AUB), the University Libraries and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), as well as two external partners located in Lebanon, the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (AL-JANA) and the Nakba Archive (NA).

Under the NEH grant, the project will produce an online searchable digital platform featuring over 800 testimonies by first-generation Palestinians in Lebanon, hailing from over 150 uprooted communities in Palestine. POHA, which will be housed at the University Libraries of AUB, will digitize, index, catalog, preserve and make accessible over 1,000 hours of recorded audio and video material in the hope of stimulating research on and engagement in oral history, the experience of Palestinian refugees, and the modern history of the Middle East … read more.

This article was originally published in AUB News on April 1, 2016.

To find out more about the project please visit our webpage:

For a glimpse into the ‘Palestinian Oral History Archives’ rich collection of the testimonies of first generation Palestinian refugees in Lebanon watch this video Lest We Forget. The video was released on May 15, 2015 to mark the 67th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba.

30 Oct

Graphic Design students produce creative videos about UL as part of Motion Graphics Course

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / October 30, 2015 / 3 Comments

Third year graphic design students taking the “Motion Graphics” course last spring with Dr. Lina Ghaibeh of FEA worked on animations targeting the main concerns in the University Libraries and presented amazing outcomes.

The Libraries invited the students to help portray certain problems by designing and producing short videos featuring the library and/or its services in a concise, yet creative way.

Themes of the videos covered: Libraries services are countless; Get to know your library; What can I do at the library? ; Silence at the library; Library Code of Conduct, and others.

The videos came out to be very creative and portrayed the issues at hand with a classy sense of humor. They target the entire AUB Community, but especially students who use library resources.

The students had great storyboards and characters and visited the Library premises many times when shooting the videos, which took an immense amount of work.

The video titles were: “It’s not that hard to find a book”, “Mission in Jafet”, “El Hob Ramani: Wedding in Jafet”, “Bob the Cat: The Librarian”, and “Wallah Haram”.

The University Libraries would like to thank all the students for their creativity and hard work, not forgetting Dr. Lina Ghaibeh, who guided the projects and who helped us see the students’ perspectives about the Library.

The videos have been posted on our social media platforms. Let us know what you think!

You can click here to view the full videos on our YouTube Channel.

15 May

The Palestinian Oral History Archive, lest we forget . . .

In Projects by AUB Libraries / May 15, 2015 / 0 Comments

Today marks the 67th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, a day of commemoration and remembrance of nearly seven decades of dispossession for the Palestinian people, and a day of celebrating the resilience of the Palestinian communities everywhere, and their continued struggle against injustice.

Today, the Palestinian Oral History Archive (POHA) at the American University of Beirut has released a short video “Lest We Forget”, providing a glimpse into its rich collection of the testimonies of first generation Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

POHA is a joint project between the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (ARCPA/AL-JANA), the Nakba Archive, AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and the AUB University Libraries. The Archive will be launched in 2016, and will produce an online searchable state-of-the-art digital platform that will feature over 1,000 hours of testimonies with first-generation Palestinians in Lebanon.

The Archive, which will be housed at the AUB Libraries in Beirut, will digitize, index, catalog, and preserve the material, and make it accessible to scholars, educators, artists, and community organizations around the world to stimulate research and engagement on public history research, education, and cultural preservation.

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20 Apr

University Libraries: Projects and Initiatives

In Projects by AUB Libraries / April 20, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries has introduced a new section to its website listing its current projects and initiatives. The list includes descriptions of the projects, along with the project team members.

We invite you to visit the page to know more about the University Libraries’ initiatives and work-in-progress: