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26 Jan

Community Book Exchange: January Meet-up

In Events by AUB Libraries / January 26, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries and the Neighborhood Initiative cordially invite you to the next Community Book Exchange event which will be held on Friday, January 30th starting 3:00pm at Jafet Library, Ground Floor.

Participation is simple: Bring a book to take a book!

All are welcome.

For more about the Community Book Exchange Program: read here, Visit the Community Book Exchange facebook page: , or contact Jafet Library:; ext. 2620.

23 Jan

Upcoming Event: “Academic Integrity Seminar for Turnitin Users 2015” at AUB

In Events,News and Announcements,Workshops by AUB Libraries / January 23, 2015 / 0 Comments

University Libraries at AUB, the Center for Teaching and Learning at AUB, Turnitin and Techknowledge, have the pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to an Academic Integrity seminar for Turnitin users 2015 to be held for the first time in Beirut, at AUB on February 23rd, 2015 at West Hall, Auditorium B starting at 9:30 am.

The event will feature guest speakers from educational institutions in the region, speakers from the Center for Teaching and Learning at AUB, and speakers from the Academic Services department at AUB. Representatives from Turnitin will showcase and discuss recent product updates.

Register here:

For more information, contact AUB Libraries:; ext. 2621/2659

23 Dec

Jafet Library inaugurates new e-classroom

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

The Antoun Ghattas Karam Electronic Classroom was relocated, expanded and upgraded to become a state-of-the-art facility.

On the 22nd of December, Dr. Shadi Karam, his wife Zeina, and several members of their family, along with Provost Dallal, Vice President for Regional External Programs Dr. Hasan Diab, IFI Director Dr. Tarek Mitri, and members of the AUB community gathered in Jafet Library to inaugurate the new Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom. Guests were warmly welcomed by the University Librarian Dr. Lokman Meho and by library staff.

The University Libraries used the financial support which was worth USD 150,000 from the Karam family to relocate the e-classroom to a larger place and redesign the space to allow for an interactive and more congenial learning experience, and better outcomes.

These enhancements will go a long way towards improving students’ learning experience at the Libraries by providing them with a modern training facility and the proper technology and equipment. The Antoun Ghattas Karam e-classroom is the site where most library information sessions and special training workshops are held. The classroom accommodates more than 500 information literacy sessions per annum, mainly for students, but also for faculty/staff to teach them about Library collections and about best practice in research.

The new auditorium-shaped e-classroom now accommodates 30 seats in a layout which all students sit face-to-face with the instructor.

The e-classroom is equipped with all-in-one computers, 23-inch touchscreen, full HD with cameras. The e-classroom also has an active board with a giant projection screen, an automation system to control sound, lighting, curtains, and projection screen—all controllable from a touch panel on the podium or an iPad. The podium is equipped with 19 inch HD touchscreen, Blu-ray reader, a recording system with two digital cameras, wireless and handheld microphones, as well as a high-tech classroom management application for computers. This application allows for more room for interaction and control during library information sessions.

Dr. Meho, Dr. Dallal and Dr. Karam spoke at the new e-classroom opening ceremony. Dr. Karam received a plaque of appreciation from AUB in recognition for his continued loyalty and generosity.

In his speech, and in the name of more than 50.000 students who used the old e-classroom, Dr. Meho thanked Mrs. Zeina and Dr. Shadi Karam for their generosity in funding the upgrading of the initial Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom.

“Zeina and Shadi not only did you provide us with the financial support to develop the first e-classroom at AUB back in 2004, but now, 10 years later, you once again race to the occasion to support the founding of the first fully interactive e-classroom on campus with state-of-the-art teaching and learning tools, and it could not come at a better time as AUB has recently launched a strategic academic plan that supports initiatives related to e-Learning including online teaching and distance education, among others” said the Provost in his speech.

“AUB was sewn into his destiny” said Dr. Shadi Karam describing his father the late Dr. Antoun Ghattas Karam. “He spent 42 years of his life at AUB as a student then a faculty member”, “he even passed away at the AUB Hospital” added Dr. Karam.

After the ribbon-cutting event, guests toured the new facility and watched a short presentation about the new e-classrom project. A reception followed where guests met and mingled discussing and appreciating the new facility and its donors.

12 Dec

AUB President’s Club supports expansion of Jafet Library study areas

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

A number of Jafet Library’s study areas has been developed or refurbished to accommodate the addition of 140 seats, thanks to financial support from the AUB President’s Club. These additions or enhancements will go a long way towards improving students’ experiences at the Libraries and, by extension, at AUB, providing them with one of the backbones of a true liberal arts college experience: congenial, quiet and pleasant study spaces.

Built in the early 1950s when AUB had less than 2,000 students, Jafet has for long been in dire need to expand its study spaces to meet the needs of a growing student population which is currently estimated at 8,000. Today, Jafet can accommodate 500 students at a time, although more than 3,000 students visit it on a daily basis.

To ease the problem of limited space, the University Libraries’ management has used various methods including: reorganizing the stacks where the collections of books and journals are shelved; converting many of the print journal subscriptions to online and replacing tens of thousands of bound volumes of old journals with their electronic counterparts; moving from the use of static to mobile shelving systems wherever possible; and developing high-density library material storage in selective areas. These measures have resulted in vacating over 300 square meters of space that were used to accommodate some of the students’ study space needs.

To make the best use of this newly created space, the University Libraries used financial support from the University and from the President’s Club to:

-Develop two beautiful quiet study rooms for senior and graduate students with a total of 105 ergonomic seats and desks, with powerful wireless connection and individual electric socket on every desk; these two rooms are decorated with intricate artwork including collages and photos from the Library’s Archives and Special Collections.

-Relocate the Carrels Room to a space in the stacks where students will be much closer to books and periodicals and where there is less noise and student traffic

-Create space for the expansion of the Reading Reserve Room to accommodate 35 additional seats as well as for the development of a large computer lab and a 25-seat quiet reading room for undergraduate students. These enhancements or additions should be completed before September 2015.

President Dorman, Provost Dallal, Dean Nezameddin, along with members of the President’s Club and special guests gathered in Jafet Library on December 11 to inaugurate and tour the new study areas.

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09 Dec

AUB historic documents shed light on life during WWI

In Events by AUB Libraries / December 9, 2014 / 0 Comments

The Archives & Special Collections Department at the University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of the exhibit “SPC* & WWI 1914-1918″, both online and physical. The exhibit showcases documents, photos, and audio interviews from the University Libraries’ Archives telling the story of AUB during WWI.

The physical exhibit will run from December 9 till December 11, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at West Hall – Malhas Common Room

The online exhibit is accessible here and will be permanently hosted and accessible through AUB Libraries’ homepage, under “Online Exhibits”. This is the second online exhibit, in a series of planned upcoming exhibits, aimed at giving viewers a glimpse of the rich material held at the AUB Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections, which can be browsed and enjoyed on our premises, at the Jafet Library Archives and Special Collections Department.

Please enjoy and stay tuned for many more AUB Libraries exhibits in the coming months!

*Syrian Protestant College

For more about the event and the collection, read the below article, written by Ara Alain Arzoumanian at the Office of Communications, AUB. The article appeared on the AUB Website.

AUB historic documents shed light on life during WWI 

Commemorating the World War I centennial, an exhibit of select documents from the archives of the AUB University Libraries, retraced the University’s fascinating trajectory during that era, bearing witness to the increasingly influential role that the then-Syrian Protestant College (which was later renamed to AUB), was destined to play in the region.

The exhibit, which was curated by Samar Mikati Kaissi, AUB archives librarian and Kaoukab Chebaro, head of archives and special collections and assistant professor of philosophy, also spotlighted the practicality and flexibility of the college administrators, the vision and steadfastness of the faculty and student body, and the grassroots engagement of SPC with the community.

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02 Dec

Upcoming Exhibit: “SPC & WWI 1914-1918”

In Events by AUB Libraries / December 2, 2014 / 0 Comments


The Archives & Special Collections Department at Jafet cordially invites you to an exhibit entitled “SPC* & WWI 1914-1918”, showcasing documents, photos, and audio interviews from the University Libraries’ Archives telling the story of AUB during WWI.

The exhibit will run from December 9 till December 11, 2014  all day at West Hall – Malhas Common Room.

All are welcome.

For more details about the exhibit, kindly contact the Archives and Special Collections Department at Jafet via email at or via phone on 01-350 000 ext. 2610.

*Syrian Protestant College

27 Nov

2nd Community Book Exchange Meet-up

In Events by AUB Libraries / November 27, 2014 / 0 Comments

Despite the rainy weather, more than 50 alumni and AUB community members gathered at the cozy WAAAUB Clubhouse in Mary Dodge hall to enjoy the 2nd Community Book Exchange meet-up that was held on the evening of Wednesday, November 26.

The books exchanged were of different genres and languages. Attendees enjoyed discussing the books and talking about their reading habits along with their coffee and cookies, courtesy of WAAAUB. You can see photos from the event here.

The University Libraries and the Neighborhood Initiative at AUB look forward to the next meet-up which will be held next month.

Remember that participation in the Community book Exchange is simple: bring a book to take a book!

Looking forward to seeing you all next month!

For more information, visit the Community Book Exchange Facebook page or contact AUB Libraries


telephone: 00961-1-350000 ext. 2620

16 Nov

University Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning hold second faculty workshop about e-books

In Events,Workshops by AUB Libraries / November 16, 2014 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries (UL) in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at AUB organized the second faculty-special workshop for this academic year.

The workshop was held in the Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom in Jafet Memorial Library on the afternoon of Thursday November 13th and was entitled: “How to download and read offline E-books from AUB libraries?”.

During the workshop, attendees were walked through the process of identifying and accessing e-books. The workshop served as a hands-on session, where faculty members applied the step-by-step process with the assistance of facilitators from the Research and Instruction Services department at Jafet.

 For further assistance the attendees were directed to use the Library Guide on how to download e-books:

25 Oct

Announcement: 2nd Community Book Exchange Meet-up

In Events by AUB Libraries / October 25, 2014 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries and the Neighborhood Initiative at AUB are glad to announce the second meet-up for their Community Book Exchange program, which will be held on Wednesday, November 26th at 6:00 pm at the WAAAUB Clubhouse, Mary Dodge Hall, thanks to the courtesy of the WAAAUB, who will be hosting the event this time and offering the refreshments.

Remember that participation is simple: bring a book to take a book!

All are welcome.

For more information, contact AUB Libraries


telephone: 00961-1-350000 ext. 2620

24 Oct

Launching Event: Community Book Exchange

In Events by AUB Libraries / October 24, 2014 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries and the Neighborhood Initiative at AUB launched the Community Book Exchange program on Thursday October 16, 2014 at the Jafet Library Courtyard.  More than 80 people showed up and got introduced to the program, and around 50 of them exchanged books from their personal collections.

The idea of the program is straightforward: “Participation is simple: bring a book to take a book”.

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