15 Mar

Graduate Research, Thesis, and Publishing Series- Writing Your STEM Thesis: Advice from a Panel of AUB Professors

In Events,Workshops by AUB Libraries / March 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

Graduate Research, Thesis, and Publishing Series – STEM Thesis

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

Writing Your STEM Thesis: Advice from a Panel of AUB Professors

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Location: College Hall-Auditorium B1

Register here: http://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4059486?f=h

Join us to lean about the thesis

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


  • Dr. Ahmad Dhaini (Computer Science, FAS)
  • Dr. Assaad Eid (Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology, FM)
  • Dr. Mutasem Fadel (Civil and Environmental Engineering, FEA)
  • Dr. Pierre Karam (Chemistry, FAS)
  • Dr. Samir Mustapha (Mechanical Engineering, FEA)

Moderator: Dr. Erin Zimmerman (English, FAS; Director of The Writing Center)

This workshop is also beneficial to students from other disciplines

All graduates students are welcome to attend. 

For more information, contact Jafet Library via email: jftref@aub.edu.lb , or via extension 2629

12 Mar

University Libraries’ research data services librarian co-authors scholarly article about Research Data Management

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

AUB University Libraries’ research data services librarian, Dalal Rahme, joined efforts with Dr. Gladys Saade, Professor at the Faculty of Information at the Lebanese University to co-author and publish an article entitled “Research Data Reshaping Cultural Society: Case of the Lebanese University”

The article is published through Springer, but is also openly accessible through Academia.

In their article, the authors discuss Research Data Management (RDM) as a new practice at the level of Lebanese academic institutions and then assess technological and organizational needs specific to the Lebanese University (LU) as a case study.

The methodology comprised a questionnaire that was sent to academics in the different faculties/branches of the University.

Results of the questionnaire revealed the concerns, challenges and commitment levels of researchers when it comes to data management and information sharing, such that there was a moderate level of awareness of information literacy and RDM practices.

The paper serves as a guiding example for educational institutions to develop services that support different activities in this field of work.

When asked about the paper, Rahme said: “We really enjoyed working together on this research paper. Dr. Gladys and I experienced some challenges, especially in the data collection part. We took the Lebanese University as an example, but the case is not really different in any other academic institution in Lebanon or the region. We hope to draw the attention to the importance of adopting good research data management practices in academia, as this will foster collaboration among academics across both disciplines and institutions in Lebanon and the region. We started data service two years ago at AUB but still, so much work needs to be done in this area.”

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

09 Mar

AUB Libraries opening hours on Sunday, March 25

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 9, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

The below are the opening hours of the AUB Libraries on Sunday, March 25, 2018:

  • Jafet Library: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight
  • Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture, and Saab Medical Library will be closed.

AUB Libraries

07 Mar

The AUB University Libraries’ Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services publishes first Arabic book about digitization and digital preservation

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

Basma Chebani, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the AUB Libraries published a first-of-its-kind book in Arabic, entitled “Digitization and Digital Preservation: a guide to digital and digitized files in libraries and information centers” / “الرقمنة والحفظ الرقمي: دليل ارشادي لحفظ الملفات الرقمية والمرقمنة في المكتبات ومراكز المعلومات”.

Through her vast expertise in the field, Chebani focuses on best practices for digitization and digital preservation, including the relevant standards and strategies applied by most of the digital preservation institutions at the international level.

The Arabic book, published by OxLit, Oxford Studies and Publication, contains all the technical terms in English.

In her book, the author investigates and probes the need for digital preservation, a digitization process, digital preservation strategies, as well as metadata and digital file formats. She also examines issues such as secured digital storage and control, Optical Characters Recognition (OCR), the Semantic web for digitization projects both, in Arabic and in other languages at international level.

Chebani also describes the experience of digitization and digital preservation at the AUB Libraries and at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina through her extensive hands-on experience.

To know more about the author or the book, contact Ms. Basma Chebani via email: bc01@aub.edu.lb; or via phone: 01-350 000 ext. 2614.

02 Mar

Exhibit: The gendered Archive: AUB Libraries Collections related to women

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / March 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

On the occasion of Women’s International Day, the University Libraries- Archives and Special Collections invite you to an exhibit


The gendered Archive: AUB Libraries Collections related to women


Date: March 8, 2018-March 15, 2018

Place: Jafet Library- Main Lobby

For more information, contact the Archives and Special Collections department at Jafet: asc@aub.edu.lb , ext.2609/10

27 Feb

Finding Aids for Archival Collections: supporting unique research about the region at AUB

In Collections,News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / February 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries’ ASC’s Finding Aid webpage, listing many finding aids for new (and old) archival and special collections, has been redesigned with the help of the Library Systems and Applications Department. Check out listings and finding aids for over 15 unique historical collections from our archival holdings! Discover some of our rare and most unique collections, which document the history of the University, Lebanon and the region!

Some of the collections listed cover the history of AUB (Daniel Bliss, 1823-1916; Edward Post, 1839-1909; Edward Nickoley, 1873-1937 ; Bayard Dodge, 1895-1972; Edwin Lewis Affair, 1882; Lee Observatory Collection, 1874- 1979, etc.)

Others cover a variety of topics including gender studies (Evelyne Bustros Collection, 1878-1971Zahiya Kaddoura Collection, 1944-2014); visual culture (Art Posters, 1966-2000 and Political Poster, 1960 – 1980s collections);  socio-economic history of the region (Makkinje, Trans-Arabian pipeline company, 1943-1983) and intellectual history (Jirji Zaydan, 1900-1938; Philip Khuri Hitti, 1910-1976; Iliya Harik, 1963-2006).

The finding aids will help you kick-start your research by offering a detailed listing of the archival collection, as well as a brief abstract, historical and biographical sketches and synopses, and suggestions for related research material.

More listings for additional archival collections will be posted soon. Keep tuned!

For more information, contact the Archives and Special Collections Department at Jafet Library: asc@aub.edu.lb ; ext. 2609/10

26 Feb

Graduate Research, Thesis, and Publishing Series – Workshop 3

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / February 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Graduate Council, the University Libraries, and the Writing Center at AUB invite you to the third workshop of the series

Writing the Thesis: Breaking it Down

  • What is the structure of a thesis and how do you break down the work to make it manageable?
  • What tools and resources are available at AUB to help you?
  • What can you do to prepare yourself to write and research your thesis?

Register here: http://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4022814 

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Location: College Hall-Auditorium B1

For more information contact Jafet Library: jftref@aub.edu.lb , ext. 2629.

26 Feb


In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / February 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

Du 5 au 9 mars, 2018 à Beyrouth et Balamand

En partenariat avec Université Saint Joseph (USJ), Université Libanaise (UL), Université de Balamand (UoB), l’American University of Beirut (AUB) et l’Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK)

Coordination scientifique : Frédéric Imbert (Ifpo)

For more information: Contact the Archives and Special Collections Department at Jafet Library: asc@aub.edu.lb ; ext.2609/10

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20 Feb

Librarians from the AUB University Libraries take part in the eighth international conference on effective teaching and learning in higher education

In Events,Library Staff,Workshops by AUB Libraries / February 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

Two Librarians from the University Libraries participated in the eighth international conference on effective teaching and learning in higher education, an annual meet-up for academics and researchers from different local, regional and global educational institutions. This year, the conference focused on endorsed trans-formative learning and was co-hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Office of Information Technology, and the Communication Skills Program at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at AUB.

Nabila Shehabeddine, Research and Instruction Librarian, presented with Jasmina Najjar, Instructor at the Communication Skills Program. They discussed the collaboration between them to help students understand and identify fake news.

The presentation, entitled: “The Medium is the Message: two different writing assignments to aid students in identifying fake news” explained how integrating creative assignments into the classroom helped students realize how easy it was to create their own fake news and provided them with hands-on experience to know what elements construct fake news. The Libraries supported the learning process by providing best-practice tools and reference material and then published a Research Guide about fake news to benefit the AUB research community.  The session was attended by more than 50 people, and was followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Joyce Aways, Research and Instruction Librarian, presented a poster about an ongoing initiative she is working on at the University Libraries, which assesses the effectiveness of the Libraries’ instruction program.

Taking the library sessions of English 102, English 203 and English 204 classes as a sample, Aways presented the data collected through pre and post tests completed by the attending students before and then after the one-shot session offered by the Libraries. The assessment helps in evaluating the content and the effectiveness of the sessions and it allows the Libraries to methodically revisit the sessions and improve as needed. The project is ongoing and the plan is to integrate such assessment tests into other library instruction sessions. Several attendees stopped by the poster and asked interesting questions about this initiative.

The conference was an ideal platform for education professionals to share knowledge and network.

Click here to read more about the eighth international conference on effective teaching and learning in higher education.

13 Feb

AUB Libraries opening hours on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / February 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

AUB Libraries opening hours on Wednesday, February 14, 2018:

  • Jafet and Saab Medical Libraries: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture Libraries will be closed