Archive for May, 2018

29 May

The University Libraries host visitors from Koç University Library in Istanbul as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program

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The AUB University Libraries were glad to host two library staff members from Koç University in Istanbul between May 21 and May 24 as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program.

During their visit to AUB, Çiğdem Yıldırım, Reference Librarian and Burcu Muratoğlu, E-Resources and Serials Librarian from Suna Kıraç Library – Koç University shared information and expertise with fellow Library staff at the AUB Libraries.

The visiting librarians met with the University Librarian, as well as with all library department heads and staff members to exchange ideas in an informal setting. The meetings created an opportunity for thorough conversations about common challenges and ideas to overcome those challenges and improve workflow.

The visit was a real opportunity for knowledge sharing and has created a base for a long-term partnership between the two libraries.

About the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program

Supported by the European Union, the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program is managed by the Office of International Programs (OIP) at AUB and allows full-time employees to receive funding for job shadowing, such as participating in the daily work at a partner university, business or organization.

29 May

Meet the University Libraries’ Jedi Knight and Graphic Designer: Sara Jawad

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Throughout the month of June, the University Libraries invite you to visit the exhibit area in Jafet Library’s Lobby and have a look at posters and material from previous Library events, all designed by our very own talented graphic designer, Sara Jawad.

Sara identifies herself as a “Jedi Knight/Graphic Designer”. She joined the libraries 6 years ago and has been in charge of the design of all Library material since then. With a B.A. in Graphic design from AUST, Sara has an experience of more than 12 years in the field.

In her spare time, when she is not designing for the library, Sara is busy gardening, drawing, or doing origami. We sat with Sara and asked her some questions to know more about her, and about the design process at the AUB University Libraries.

When asked about why she chose to be a designer, Sara said that her favorite subjects were always the arts and humanities. She admitted that she loved psychology and art the most, adding, “I think I was 16 when I went to a design exhibit at my cousin’s university and learned about graphic design. I was inspired by how art can be used to convince people and influence the way they perceive things, that was the moment I decided I want to be a graphic designer”.

Sara says that her biggest challenge is dealing with clients and convincing them that the things they like (personal taste) don’t always work. It is challenging to figure out what the target audience (the students in the Library’s case) like and how they behave. “This challenge is common for all designers and that is why I believe that learning psychology should be mandatory when it comes to design.”

When asked about her favorite projects and about how she meets deadlines without jeopardizing the quality of her work, Sara said “I work on a lot of designs at the library and I love everything I do. There is always something new to learn and a new collection to explore. I mostly love working on exhibitions for the library collections because there are always new subjects and new people to learn about.” “As for meeting deadlines, I follow a rule: I don’t accept work that is due in less than 10 days. I had trouble getting everyone to comply with this, but now, 6 years later, everyone knows this rule and tries to respect it. Of course, there are always exceptions, and people who don’t respect this rule. In those cases, I usually use my Jedi powers (gained over 12 years of working in design) to come up with good solutions in a limited time.”

Talking about what keeps her going; Sara smiles and says “Research, research, coffee and more research.

29 May

Open Archives Day at the University Libraries: Friday June 8, 2018

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / May 29, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Archives and Special Collections,  AUB University Libraries is pleased to invite you on Friday June 8, 2018 to visit its premises and discover its collections and services, on the occasion of International Open Archives Day.

The Open Archives Day is an international annual event celebrated on June 9 at archives and cultural heritage preservation institutions around the globe. It is a great opportunity for you to get to discover documents related to AUB, Lebanon and the region’s history, from our archival and unique collections: on display will be select items in different formats, including posters, photographs, maps, comic books, archives, and more.

The Archives and Special Collections Department (ASC) collects, organizes, preserves and provides access to unique, historical and rare primary sources that document the history and culture of AUB, Lebanon, the Arab World and the region at large. Our collections include more than 1,800 manuscripts; 5,000 posters; 800 postcards; 2,001 maps; 70,000 photographs; and 940 linear feet of archival material, including papers of famous intellectuals, 9,229 volumes of theses, projects, and dissertations going back to 1906; in addition to around 2,000 rare books and a number of unique serials.

24 May

University Libraries Schedule (May 25 – June 3, 2018)

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Below is the AUB libraries schedule from (May 25 – June 3, 2018):

Jafet library (May 25 – June 3, 2018)

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

National Liberation Day (May 25, 2018): 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Engineering and science libraries (May 25 – June 3 , 2018):

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

National Liberation Day (May 25, 2018): Closed

Saab medical library (May 25 – June 3, 2018)

Monday: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 noon – 12:00 pm

National Liberation Day (May 25, 2018): 12:00 noon – 12:00 pm


AUB libraries

18 May

The AUB University Libraries take part in the Lebanese Library Association’s fourth National Conference: “Innovative Libraries: Paths to the Future”

In Library Staff,Workshops by AUB Libraries / May 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries staff members were active in planning, speaking and attending the Lebanese Library Association’s fourth national conference entitled “Innovative Libraries: Paths to the Future”, at Le Commodore Hotel- Beirut between May 9 and 11, 2018.

The 3-day conference featured speakers from the USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, Lebanon and the Arab world and covered topics related to the new, re-imagined role of libraries as dynamic meeting spaces and hubs, as well as digital repositories and boundary-free information providers.

Hundreds of professionals and students from the Library, Research and Information Science fields attended the conference, in addition to tens of Information and Data providers who sponsored the event and interacted with attendees in the exhibit area. Around 30 AUB University Libraries (UL) staff members attended the conference, networked and shared mutual insight with attendees from different institutions.

Dr. Lokman Meho, the AUB University Librarian, was an invited speaker during the first session of the conference and discussed the use of bibliometrics for collection development and for advancing the status of libraries and librarians on campus. The session was moderated by Dr. Mariette Atallah, Head of Collection Development department at the UL.

Basma Chebani, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the UL, presented about contribution of OCLC Schema, IFLA/LRM entities and LC in the structuring of the Bibliographic Data and Authorities within the Linked Data for more visibility on the Web: Experience of the American University of Beirut Libraries.

Dalal Rahme, the UL’s Data Services librarian and Secretary of the Lebanese Library Association, spoke about Data Services at AUB and examined the opportunities and the challenges facing this field. Rahme was also an active member in the LLA Conference Organizing Committee.

Rudaynah Shoujaa, Head of Serials & Electronic Resources department at the UL and former Secretary of the Lebanese Library Association (LLA) was an active member of the LLA Conference Organizing Committee all through the organizing process.

The AUB Libraries are more than glad to have been a part of this successful LLA event, which provided opportunities for networking and information sharing amongst Librarians and professionals in the field.

To know more about the LLA National Conference visit their website.

17 May

“Al-Nakba” Research Guide: featured at the University Libraries

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 17, 2018 / 0 Comments


On the Nakba anniversary, the University Libraries would like to remind its patrons of their research guide about “Al-Nakba – النكبة”.

The guide was created in support of The Palestinian Oral History Archives Project at AUB University Libraries and focuses on the various aspects of historiography of the 1948 Palestinian Nakba and highlights relevant library resources, projects and websites related to this topic.

The guide includes a collection of key reference and library items, as well as important timelines, and online resources about topics related to the Nakba, including: Historiography, Demographic Changes, Land Transformation, National Resistance, Refugees and their Right to Return, and other cultural resources and projects.

The research guide can be accessed through the following link:

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

Please do not hesitate to email us your feedback or your suggestions for additional resources via email:, or via phone on ext. 2629/2621.

17 May

The AUB University Libraries at the AMICAL 2018

In Events,Library Staff,Workshops by AUB Libraries / May 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

As an active member of the AMICAL consortium, the University Libraries was represented by Fatmeh Charafeddine, Head of Research and Instruction Services Department at the AMICAL 2018 conference, from 4 to 7 May, 2018 at the American University of Central Asia, marking AMICAL’s 15th annual meeting and conference.

The conference panels focused on the future of education at international liberal arts institutions after the major changes, which have altered the ways students and faculty members acquire, use, create and share information and scholarship. AMICAL members engaged with each other and with invited experts to discuss those issues, and many other questions related to libraries, technology and learning at academic institutions.

Invited speakers John Traxler, Professor of Digital Learning, Gina Siesing, Chief Information Officer and Constance A. Jones, Director of Libraries described, each from their own experience, the shift to digital collections, services and teaching methods.

Dalal Rahme, Data Services Librarian at the University Libraries and Najla Jarkas, faculty member at the English Department, gave a two-day pre-conference workshop on several tools for digital humanities. Rahme also gave two Data Management workshops during the conference.

09 May

AUB Libraries’ schedule during the reading and exams period (May 10, 2018 – May 24, 2018)

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 9, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear all,

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries during the reading and exams period (May 10, 2018 – May 24, 2018):

Jafet Library

On the first day of the reading period (Thursday, May 10, 2018), Jafet will open at 7:00 am and will remain open 24/7 until Thursday, May 24, at 9:00 pm, with the following exceptions:

– 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of Jafet library stacks will close every day at 12:00 midnight and reopen at 7:00 am.

– Archives and special collections reading room

o   Monday – Friday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)

o   Saturday (closed)

o   Sunday (closed)

Science and agriculture library

– Monday – Friday (7:00 am – 12:00 midnight)

– Saturday (8:00 am – 8:00 pm)

– Sunday (closed)

– On Thursday, May 24, library will close at 5:00 pm

Engineering and architecture library

– Monday – Friday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)

– Saturday (closed)

– Sunday (closed)

We count on your cooperation to maintain a calm and quiet atmosphere.


Good luck in your exams.

AUB Libraries

08 May

Ziad Kaj, University Libraries staff member, publishes “Sahlab”, his latest Arabic novel 

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

Sahlab”, Ziad Kaj’s latest Arabic novel is now published in collaboration with Embrace, a non-profit organization (NGO) which works to raise awareness around mental health in Lebanon and the Middle East. Embrace was launched as an affiliation with the Department of Psychiatry at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) back in 2013.

The book signing event for “Sahlab” is planned for Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:00pm in Café Younes, Sodeco Square.

Kaj is currently a University Libraries staff member at AUB and has been a part of the AUB family for over 30 years.

The book is about an ambitious young man, who suddenly suffers from severe depression, which turns his life and the world around him “up-side-down”. It reflects upon the journey of going back to what is considered “normal”, and to rejoining social life as we know it. Work at AUBMC proves very challenging in the first few years for this young man, and finally, after 27 years of struggle and patience, he finds himself at peace with life and with society.

Kaj describes his novel as “a true story of building oneself from the ruins of oneself “and adds that “the main message is that a sane mind is the most precious gift one can have. What matters most in life is family, a few true friends, and a meaningful hobby that colors one’s life.” Kaj says that, although he loves to write, he considers writing as his last priority when compared to the other aspects of his life.

Watch a short video about the book launch here.

Kaj was interviewed on Future TV recently. See the full video here. He was also featured in AnNahar Newspaper, talking about his book and his experience. You can check the article here.

The design of the book’s cover is based on a photo taken by Youssef Doughan, another University Library staff member and a skilled photographer.

Read more →

08 May

Community Book Exchange and Book Reading- Arab Women Voice New Realities

In Events by AUB Libraries / May 8, 2018 / 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

Friday, May 11, 2018 between 3:00 and 5:00 pm

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

During the event, 4 authors from the book “Arab Women Voice New Realitieswill be reading extracts from their stories

  • Cyrine Bader : “Skin Map”
  • Yasmina Hatem: “The Way Back Home”
  • Amany Alsayyed: “Ameera’s Journey to Andalusia”
  • Mishka Mojabber Mourani: “Amira’s Mirror”

Twitter: @ArabWomenAntho and Facebook: “Arab Women Voice New Realities”

One copy of the book will be offered to one lucky winner participating in the book exchange.

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

Looking forward to seeing you there…