23 Oct

Aida Farha, Head of Saab Medical Library retires after many years of service

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / October 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

University Libraries’ staff members gathered for a traditional Lebanese breakfast on the morning of September 19 to bid farewell to a long-standing, proud member of the University Libraries, Ms. Aida Farha, Head of the Saab Medical Library, who retired after serving at AUB for more than 38 years.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from AUB (1975), Aida applied to her first job at the AUB University Libraries in 1980, as a Reference Medical Librarian. She remembers considering the job only due to the security issues stemming from the Lebanese Civil War, not knowing anything about Library work and wondering what a pharmacist can do in a medical library other than “dusting books”.

Once exposed to the job, Aida was amazed at the tremendous amount of information and resources available at the library. She quickly valued the role of libraries and wondered why, throughout her 4 years of studying at AUB, no one had taught her about this “treasure”. That was when she set out to learn all that it takes to become a knowledgeable Medical Reference Librarian, who can effectively support all researchers in the medical field, from physicians, to nurses, scientists, and students.

She remained in that position for over 32 years, enjoying the daily work and constantly learning all the new updates in the field of medical information science, while offering services to the library users. When Ms. Hilda Nassar, the former Head of the Saab Medical Library, retired, Aida was chosen to head the Saab Medical Library.

Talking about her role at the AUB Libraries, Aida says that she believes that Medical Librarians save patients’ lives, physicians’ time, and healthcare costs. She always envisioned that at the other end of her work is a patient and that a patient could one day be her, a friend or a family member. This thought was her motivation and inspiration while doing her job.

She adds that she was always in the process of learning so she could do her job better. Be it new technologies, new research methodologies, or new concepts, she was in a constant learning cycle. Some of the examples she remembers very well are the beginning of the “evidence-based medicine” and the “Systematic Reviews” concepts, both of which she became an expert in.

Aida treasures so many moments that happened throughout her long career at the AUB Libraries, but she reminisces about one particular incident, which took place a few years ago after she was asked to give a workshop to physicians in Syria. At midnight, eight months after the workshop, Aida received a call from one of the physicians who had attended the workshop, thanking her for saving his life. He had contracted a disease himself, which a specialist could not treat properly. So he did the literature search the way Aida presented during the workshop and retrieved all the needed information for his disease management. Aida says she will never forget that moment.

Aida is proud that after these years, library users now witness the added value that a knowledgeable medical librarian brings to their daily work, whether for education, research or patient care. She is also proud that she held many seminars/workshops on medical information in an evidence-based age, here at AUB and also in most MENA countries.

Aida is confident that AUB’s Saab Medical Library will always represent a pillar and a full-fledged support for medical research at AUB, Lebanon and the entire region, and hopes that the next Medical Librarian will continue the library’s mission.

Best of luck, Aida, and may you have a long, peaceful and healthy retirement. . .

22 Oct

Writing Your Humanities/Social Sciences Thesis: Advice from a Panel of AUB Professors

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Graduate Council, the University Libraries, and the Writing Center invite you to the thesis workshop:

Writing Your Humanities/Social Sciences Thesis: Advice from a Panel of AUB Professors

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Location: College Hall-Auditorium B1

Register at https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4708228 

Panel:

  • Dr. Hoda Baytiyeh (Education, FAS)
  • Dr. Kirsten Scheid (Sociology, FAS)
  • Dr. Marco Bardus (Health Promotion and Community Health, FHS)
  • Dr. Raymond Brassier (Philosophy, FAS)
  • Dr. Rana Issa (English, FAS)

Moderator: Dr. Erin Zimmerman (Director of the Writing Center)

Join us to lean about

  • Purpose of a thesis
  • Literature review
  • Methodology
  • Results and discussion
  • Non-traditional thesis structures
16 Oct

Workshop about SciFinder

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 16, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invite you to a training session about SciFinder

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Place: Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom, Jafet Library

Presenter: Somow Al-Saleh, Regional Manager- Levant, Iraq and North Africa, Techknowledge

Register here: https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4695157 

SciFinder is a research discovery application that provides integrated access to the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.

For more information, contact the Head of Science and Agriculture Library, Salpy Naalbandian by email: sn23@aub.edu.lb or by Extension 2165

12 Oct

Elsevier Workshops for Researchers

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invite you to a multiple-workshop event

“Elsevier Workshops for Researchers

 Date: Friday, October 19, 2018

Place: Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom, Jafet Library

Scheduled workshops:

 Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve performance for the benefit of humanity

 For additional information, call us on extensions 2620/2621 or email: libinfo@aub.edu.lb

11 Oct

Open Access Week Workshops: Oct. 23 & Oct. 25

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

On the occasion of Open Access Week, the University Libraries are glad to announce 2 upcoming sessions:

1)“Open Knowledge, Open Data”

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 , Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm, Place: Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom, Jafet Library

Presenter: Dalal Rahme, Data Services Librarian, AUB Libraries

Please register at: https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4681393 

For additional information, contact Dalal Rahme by email: dalal.rahme@aub.edu.lb or by calling ext. 2958

 

2)”Open Access Publishing”  

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 , Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Place: Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom, Jafet Library

Presenter: Nabila Shehabeddine, Reference and Instruction Services Librarian, AUB Libraries

Register at: https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4706987 

The workshop will cover:

  • What is open access publishing?
  • What are the types of open access (green vs golden)
  • What are the benefits of open access publishing?
  • What are the author’s rights in open access?
  • How to prepare for publishing in Open Access?
  • and more . . .

For additional information, call us on extensions 2620/2629 or email: libinfo@aub.edu.lb

03 Oct

Saab Medical Library Open Day- October 9, 2018

In Events by AUB Libraries / October 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

Saab Memorial Medical Library (SML) would like to invite you to its annual Open Day.

Join the SML Librarians and Staff and enjoy a fun and educational event. Catering will be served.

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Place: Saab Medical Library

Prizes: Bluetooth speaker and giveaways.

Games include:

  • Amthila
  • How well Can you Draw?
  • How steady can you go?
  • Balance a book

For information, contact SML by email: sml@aub.edu.lb or by calling ext. 5900.

 

03 Oct

Workshop about Knovel

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invite you to a workshop about “Knovel”

Knovel: science, technology and engineering e-books, interactive tools and data search features.

Register: https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4672093

Learn tips to find engineering technical answers and insights in less time.

Date: Monday,  October 8, 2018

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Munib & Angela Masri Center (MAMC)-ELH

For more information, contact the Architecture and Engineering Librarian, Khaled Noubani by email: kn07@aub.edu.lb or on Extension 2630

01 Oct

Workshop by Euromonitor International: Passport Database

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are glad to announce an upcoming workshop by Euromonitor International about its renowned database PASSPORT.

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

Place: Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom, Jafet Library

Presenter: Mert Kaymakci, Business Development Account Manager (Trade, Government & Academics), Euromonitor International

 Please register at: https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4630546

Passport is a global market research database used by the top leading companies and universities worldwideIt supports several courses in the university mainly Marketing, Economics, International Business, Logistics, Finance, hospitality & tourism, Strategy, and many others.

For additional information, please call extensions 2659/2606, or email: libinfo@aub.edu.lb

28 Sep

Workshop: Oxford University Press Online Products

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / September 28, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are glad to announce an upcoming workshop by Oxford University Press about their Online Products.

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Place: Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom – Jafet Library

Please register at https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4634265

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. You can read more about OUP’s online products here.

For additional information, please call extensions 2659/2606, or email: libinfo@aub.edu.lb

13 Sep

LibFlix: AUB Library Open Day 2018 on September 27

In Events by AUB Libraries / September 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

Are you a movie geek? Join us at “LibFlix: AUB Library Open Day 2018″ on September 27  in Jafet Library from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Challenge your friends, learn about the library, and win…

#AUBLibFlix

Prizes include: an iPad, Tablets, $100 Prepaid Cards, more than 100 Movie Tickets, Hiking Trips, Vouchers, and many giveaways.

For info contact Jafet: jftref@aub.edu.lb ; ext. 2620/2659