Archive for October, 2017

31 Oct

Graduate Research, Thesis, and Publishing Series – Workshop 2

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The Graduate Council, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the University Libraries, and the Writing Center invite you to their second workshop

Before the Thesis: Preparing your Literature Review and Proposal

  • What do you have to do to write a proposal?
  • What tools and resources are available at AUB to help you write and research ethically?
  • What can you do to prepare yourself to write and research the literature review section of your proposal?
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom – Jafet Library

Register here:

For more information, contact Jafet Library via email: or via extension 2629.

26 Oct

The Graduate Students Workshop Series: a 4-year prevailing partnership that continues to prosper

In News and Announcements,Projects,Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

In 2014, the University Libraries began a collaboration with The Graduate Council and The Writing Center to initiate the “Research and Thesis Writing Workshop Series” catered for AUB Graduate students.

The workshop series was established to introduce continuing graduate students to key concepts in research and academic writing, and to inform them about academic support available at AUB.

Since 2014, more than 15 workshops have been held, and the partnership has proved to be a great success, with more than 500 graduate students from different faculties attending the workshops overall. In fact, several of the sessions were re-runs due to the overbooking of seats at the workshops.

Workshop attendees from different backgrounds joined the conversation to learn more about the library resources covering their fields of study, as well as about the AUB thesis formatting and submission process and about the use of Citation Management software (RefWorks and EndNote) to import, organize and generate citations. They also learned about the support provided by the Graduate Council and the Writing Center during their thesis writing process and whenever they have research or writing related concerns.

Assessments done after the sessions have shown a high percentage of satisfaction from the graduate students, who found the sessions informative and constructive for their research knowledge and skills. The concerned partners are also assessing the graduate students’ needs through the “Student Development and Success Survey”.

A new workshop entitled “Humanities/Social Sciences Thesis: Advice from a Panel of AUB Professors” has now been introduced to the series to address the specific topics related to certain fields of study. The workshop was held on Wednesday, October 25 in College Hall-B1 and included a panel of AUB faculty members, who are specialists in the field and who can provide their hands-on expertise and insight. Moderated by Dr. Erin Zimmerman, Director of the Writing Center, the panel comprised of Dr. Carmen Geha (Public Administration, FAS), Dr. David Currell (English Literature, FAS), Dr. Fida Afiouni (Human Resource Management, OSB), Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal (Arabic Language, FAS) and Dr. Rim Saab (Psychology, FAS).

There are three more research writing workshops planned for this academic year, with the first, “Before the Thesis: Preparing your Literature Review and Proposal,” happening on Tuesday, November 7, from 11:30am till 1:00pm. In addition, a STEM-focused thesis-writing panel, similar to the Humanities/Social Sciences one, is planned for the Spring 2018 term. A list of similar graduate related events, including the series, is available at the Graduate Council web site. The page contains presentations from past events and information about future events.

To know more about the series and about upcoming workshops, contact the University Libraries by email: or by phone: 01-350 000 ext. 2629.

25 Oct

Community Book Exchange and Booklet Launch- 46 Streets: AUB’s Imprint on the Streets of Beirut

In Collections,Events,Projects by AUB Libraries / October 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

Bring any books that you would like to swap and join the AUB Neighborhood Initiative and the AUB Libraries for this term’s

Community Book Exchange

Monday, October 30th, 2017 between 3:00 and 5:00 pm

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

At 4:00 pm, there will be a launching of the booklet “46 Streets: AUB’s Imprint on the Streets of Beirut” in the presence of the author, Maria Bashshur Abunnasr.

The AUB Neighborhood Initiative collaborated with The University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections to produce this 150-page booklet . The project identified and located 46 streets in Beirut that carry AUB-related names to emphasize the shared history of the university and the city. The goal of this project is to bring awareness to the connections between people and place through the actual names of Beirut’s streets and to those in whose honor they are named. The booklet is published by AUB’s Communications office in both English and Arabic and includes a pull-out map of Ras Beirut highlighting the 28 AUB-related streets in your neighborhood.

Copies of the booklet will be available so come grab your own copy during the event.

You can stay updated through The Community Book Exchange Facebook page.

Looking forward to seeing you there…

19 Oct

Panel Discussion: Open Data for Teaching and Learning

In Events,Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

On the occasion of Open Access Week, the University Libraries invite you to join a discussion on:

“Open Data for Teaching and Learning”


  • Rachel Bahn, Food Security Program
  • Imad Bou Hamad, Olayan School of Business
  • Shady Elbassuoni, The Department of Computer Science
  • Hazem Hajj, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
  • Najla Jarkas,  English Department

Date: Thursday, October 26th

Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Location: West Hall – Auditorium B

Register here:

For information, contact Dalal Rahme via email: or by calling ext. 2958

18 Oct

Graduate Research, Thesis, and Publishing Series – Humanities/Social Sciences Thesis

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 18, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Graduate Council, the University Libraries, and the Writing Center invite you to the thesis workshop 1:
Writing Your Humanities/Social Sciences Thesis: Advice from a Panel of AUB Professors

  • General format
  • Unique features
  • Literature review
  • Research methods, results, discussions
  • What readers look for
  • Useful advice
  • Other related topics

Place: College Hall-Auditorium B1

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

To register:


  • Dr. Carmen Geha (Public Administration, FAS)
  • Dr. David Currell (English Literature, FAS)
  • Dr. Fida Afiouni (Human Resource Management, OSB)
  • Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal (Arabic Language, FAS)
  • Dr. Rim Saab (Psychology, FAS)
  • Moderator: Dr. Erin Zimmerman (Director of the Writing Center)

For additional information, call extensions 2621/2629 or email:

17 Oct

Introduction to Data Management

In News and Announcements,Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invite you to an upcoming workshop:

“Introduction to Data Management”

This session is meant to introduce AUB researchers to current data management practices including planning, organization, documentation, storage, and archiving.

Attendees will learn how to make use of the library services, especially the AUB data bank, a tool that can help while working with research data. Related LibGuide: Research Data by Dalal Rahme

When?  Wednesday, October 25, 2017  from 10:00am till 11:30am
Where?Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom- Jafet Library

Register here:

12 Oct

University Libraries conducting LibQUAL+® survey to serve you better

In Collections,Projects by AUB Libraries / October 12, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As we plan for the Libraries’ future, it is important that we understand the perceptions and expectations of our campus community so that we may provide the services and resources that you need to be successful.

During the month of October, the AUB Libraries are conducting a survey, called LibQUAL+®. This survey is crucial in helping us determine your needs and to provide you with better services.

Kindly take a few minutes to fill it out; your participation is important to us.

Please click to begin. 

Thank you for your time and cooperation.

University Libraries

About LibQUAL+®

LibQUAL+® is a survey developed by the Association of Research Libraries to measure library service quality.  It will be especially useful because we can benchmark our results against those of other institutions and identify best practices.  To date, it has been taken by over 1 million users at over 1000 libraries throughout the world.

03 Oct

Workshop: Move to the New RefWorks

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 3, 2017 / 0 Comments

Move to the New RefWorks

 Attention Current RefWorks Users! RefWorks is moving to a new platform very soon (January 2018)

Register here:

Join us to learn:

  • About the updated features of RefWorks
  • How to migrate your citations/folders into the new platform
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom

For additional information, please call extensions 2629/2621, or email:

02 Oct

AUB Library Open Day 2017: Library Comic Con

In Events by AUB Libraries / October 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

Hundreds of AUB students enjoyed a day of competitions that were both, fun and challenging on Thursday September 28 during the “Library Open Day 2017: Library Comic Con”.

The event was packed with fun competitions, helping students learn about the library services and meet library staff. The Comic Con also featured an exhibit of comics and other valuable material from the Archives and Special Collections of the AUB University Libraries, in addition to collectables and special edition items from the Library staff’s personal collections.

The Exhibit will be on display in the Lobby at Jafet Library until Friday October 6th, so pass by and have a look if you can.

Students and Library staff had fun using the geeky props and took so many pictures as souvenirs of this memorable event. Pictures speak for themselves…so please visit our social media channels for more: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blog (#LibComiCon) Here is the Facebook Photo Album. Feel free to tag your friends/colleagues and share!

The prizes this year included 2 iPads, 1 tablet, 1 Apple watch, 5 BLOM Shabeb Prepaid cards worth $200 each, collectible items related to the theme, in addition to more than 100 books and vouchers offering free trips inside Lebanon. More than 1,500 giveaway material, coffee, and snacks were also distributed.

All this is thanks to the generosity of our sponsors:

  • Main Sponsors: Levant Distributors, Techknowledge, EBSCO, Elsevier, Thomson Reuters, Emerald Publishing, Proquest, Brill, Gale, BLOM Shabeb, Giftmania, Footprints Nature Club, Benetton.
  • Special Thanks to: Springer, World Scientific, Dunkin Donuts, AUB Cafeteria, Advanced Construction Technology Services, De Gruyter, Cambridge, Five Stars Tours, Oxford University Press, Sage, Touchè Chocolate. Abou Naji (Epi D’or).

Our games this year were as geeky as our theme:

  • The Riddler: Use augmented reality via your smart phone to solve the Riddler’s challenges scattered all over Jafet . . .
  • Test your X-Ray Vision: While blind-folded, identify items in the mystery box using your bare hands . . . was that Kryptonite you just touched?!
  • Geek Jeopardy: The good old Jeopardy game, with an evil-genius Librarian’s twist…
  • Guardians of the Library: Save the books from the infinite shelves of the Library stacks. Take a book home with you.
  • Heroes Strike a Pose: Dress up as your favorite superhero or use the props at the Library, follow the UL Libraries on Instagram.
  • Quick like the Flash: Test your visual memory. Can you spot small details in 15 seconds or less?

We are genuinely grateful to all our sponsors who made this happen and to all of those who attended the event. We look forward to see you all in next year’s Open Day and in other upcoming University Libraries events.