20 Apr

Upcoming events: The Islamic Manuscript Association presents “The Value of Old Paper” lecture and the “Introduction to Islamic Codicology” course

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Picture2The Islamic Manuscript Association
The Value of Old Paper
Lecture presented by Professor Jan Just Witkam
22 April 2015, 18:30 Nabil Boustany Auditorium, Van Dyck Building, American University of Beirut

Paper that since the industrial revolution had become a disposable material, made in seemingly inexhaustible quantities, is nowadays becoming a rare commodity in libraries, archives and museums. Attempts to preserve our archives on paper have, for the moment, miserably failed on a world-wide scale.
That brings the question of the value of old paper (if it has any) to the foreground. How can we determine this value, and what is the difference between value and price? Or in other words: do we use our memory in order to retain moments of the past, or is memory in fact the ruthless filter by which most of our history is discarded? The speaker will make an attempt to find his way in the labyrinth of opinions that are available and he will use moments of his own life-long love story with paper as a source of inspiration.

Attendance if free of charge, but registration is advisable. For a more complete lecture summary or to register please visit http://www.islamicmanuscript.org/lectureseries
or email admin@islamicmanuscript.org

The Islamic Manuscript Association
20–24 April 2015, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

The Islamic Manuscript Association, in cooperation with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the American University of Beirut, is pleased to announce a short course, Introduction to Islamic Codicology
This intensive course will introduce the study of Islamic manuscript codices as physical objects, or the archaeology of the Islamic book. The full course, which includes morning lectures and hands on afternoon sessions, filled up very quickly. However, there is still an opportunity to register for the morning lectures.
These are a rich five days of lectures illustrated with examples from AUB’s own archives. The price for this is $85 and includes the book: Islamic Codicology: An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Script by François Déroche.
The course will be taught by Prof. Jan Just Witkam, professor emeritus of codicology and palaeography of the Islamic world at the University of Leiden and editor-in-chief of The Islamic Manuscript Association’s Journal of Islamic Manuscripts.

For more information or to register, please email admin@islamicmanuscript.org or visit www.islamicmanuscript.org/courses

07 Apr

Upcoming event: Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science Workshops

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The University Libraries invite you to the “Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science Workshops”

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Location: Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom, Jafet Library

Workshop I: “Understand and Use Journal Citation Reports (JCR)” 11:00am – 12:00pm

Please sign up here http://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event.php?id=946347

Workshop II: “Introduction to EndNote (citation management tool)” 12:30pm – 13:30pm

Please sign up here http://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event.php?id=947966

For details, contact Jafet on ext. 2621/2629 or via email: jftref@aub.edu.lb.

04 Apr

University Libraries Opening hours during the Easter Vacation

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 4, 2015 / 0 Comments

University Libraries wish you all a Happy Easter and happy holidays!

Please take note of our opening hours during the holidays.


01 Apr

The University Libraries take part in the “Fourth Annual Celebration of Student Writing”

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The University Libraries participated in the Fourth Annual Celebration of Student Writing, which took place on the morning of Tuesday, March 31st between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in West Hall’s Mahmoud Malhas Students Common Room.

Organized by the Department of English and the Communication Skills Program at the American University of Beirut, the Fourth Annual Celebration of Student Writing event was announced under the title: “Words Are All We Have“. The exhibit showcased a wide variety of writing projects that were produced as part of the students’ projects for the Communication Skills Courses.

English 204 and English 250 students, under the supervision and guidance of their instructors, Mrs. Sawsan Maktabi, and Ms. Rula Baalbaki, were asked to write about Comics in the Arab World. They accordingly attended a library session in February to learn about the resources available for their research. They later visited the Library, to view the available comics and choose their papers’ topics. Sample projects and comics titles discussed and analyzed by the students included the following: Gender and Comics; Comics and Bullying; Comics and Religion; Politics and Comics, Tintin and Samir, Little Lulu and Feminism and others.

The comic books made available to students were collected in the context of the Arab Comics Collection, with a supporting grant from the Sawwaf Comics Initiative at AUB, which is a sustained and serious effort to build an in-depth and well-rounded collection of comic books from and about the Arab world.

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01 Apr

The University Libraries partners with HathiTrust, offering patrons access to millions of materials

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The University Libraries is pleased to announce its partnership with HathiTrust, which is “a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.” (www.hathitrust.org)

This partnership allows users to search in full-text over 10 million digitized scholarly books and journals from many top-ranked university libraries such as Cornell University, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan.

Patrons will have full viewing and downloading abilities for out-of-copyright and public domain materials.

In HathiTrust you can limit your search to items held at AUB libraries. To learn more about that and other features, view our HathiTrust Library Guide, which explains the HathiTrust methods of use and access.

About HathiTrust

HathiTrust launched in 2008 and comprises more than 80 partners, whose contributions added to the repository, as of March 2014, more than 11 million volumes that were digitized from their library collections by various means, including Internet Archive, the Google Books Library Project, and in-house digitization.

Hathi” is the Hindi word for an elephant, an animal observed as a symbol for its memory and wisdom.

The HathiTrust Digital Library includes reference works such as biographies, dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias, as well as books, government documents, manuscripts, journals, maps, newspapers, music scores, photos, pictorial works, and other published and unpublished materials.

23 Mar

Ziad Kaj, University Libraries staff member, publishes his new novel about Ras Beirut, its history, its structure and the memories he constructed throughout the years he lived in it

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 23, 2015 / 1 Comment

Honored friends, colleagues and family members gathered at Dar Al-Nadwa in Hamra on the afternoon of Friday, March 20th, 2015 to attend the book signing event of Ziad Kaj’s new novel entitled: “Ras Beirut: Sunduk fi Bahr, Narr ala Tallah“.

Through his novel, Kaj tells his own versions of the stories of Ras Beirut, remembering faces, names and streets and reminiscing about events and conversations of the past.

The novel mentions AUB many times and addresses the question of “Which came first, AUB or Ras Beirut, as we know it?” According to Kaj, AUB and Ras Beirut are two correlated and inseparable places. They are two entities, sewn together by culture, structure, and history.

Kaj has been a part of the AUB family since June 1985 and- after 30 years- he says that AUB is his second home. Kaj says that he was always attracted to AUB and to its grounds, even before he was “officially” an AUBite.

In addition to this book, Kaj has published 5 other books, all by Dar Nelson: “Kana ‘alayk an taqlub al-sullum” (poetry), “Amirka uhibuki, ana la uhibuki “(poetry), “Awlad al-natur al-sabiq” (novel), “Al-hayah kama quddimat lahum” (novel), “Layali dayr al- qamar” (novel).

Kaj is also a skillful painter and enjoys the arts. He held his first painting exhibit, along with a book signing event a year ago.

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19 Mar

Workshop for Graduate Students: “Resources for Thesis Writers”

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A workshop entitled: “Resources for Thesis Writers” was held on March 18th, 2015 at the Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom in Jafet Library, as part of the “Research and Thesis Writing Workshop Series” catered for Graduate students, in collaboration with the AUB Writing Center, the Graduate Council and the Graduate Students Society.

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

More than 20 graduate students from different faculties at AUB attended the event on the afternoon of March 18th at Jafet Library to learn more about the library resources covering their fields of study, as well as the AUB thesis formatting and submission process, the use of Citation Management software such as RefWorks and EndNote to import, organize and generate citations. They also learned about the support they can get from the Writing Center during their thesis writing process.

To view the event photos, go to the University Libraries’ facebook page.

To know more about similar upcoming workshops, contact the University Libraries by email: jftref@aub.edu.lb or by phone: 01-350 000 ext. 2629.

17 Mar

The University Libraries participates in a symposium on Arabic manuscripts held on the occasion of the 200th birthday of Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815–1905), a Prussian orientalist and diplomat

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The University Libraries’ Archives Librarian, Mrs. Samar Mikati, and the Head of the Archives and Special collections, Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro were invited to deliver a paper at the international symposium entitled “Studies on Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815-1905): Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies” which was held at the Staatsbibliothek zu, Berlin between the 19th and 21st of February, 2015. The symposium was inaugurated with a keynote lecture by François Déroche (Paris):The Qur’anic collections acquired by Wetzstein”, and prominent speakers included, among others, Robert Irwin (London): “The Arabist and Consul in Damascus Sir Richard Burton and the problematic nature of his translation of The Thousand and One Nights; Jan Just Witkam (Leiden): “Wetzstein’s manuscripts with popular stories; Boris Liebrenz (Leipzig): “Wetzstein as a broker of Arabic prints in Syria”; Walid Salih (Toronto): “The Fantastic literature in medieval Islam”: “Wetzstein II 1173” Kitāb al-ʿazamah as an example; Christoph Rauch (Berlin): “Orientalists at the Royal Library in Berlin and the big Islamic cataloguing projects of the 19th century”.

Mikati and Chebaro’s paper was entitled: “Manuscript ownership and readership at the American University of Beirut at the turn of the 20th century”. The paper tries to reconstruct the history and provenance of the AUB Manuscript collection, and to trace some of the usages to which the manuscripts were put to at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Relying on ledgers of accession records, on syllabi and class reading lists at the Syrian Protestant College, as well as on ownership and readership marks of selected items, the paper tries to chart a comparative and multi-faceted history of manuscript readership and usage in the region, at this period, hinting at significant (and lasting) changes, in terms of custody and audience. The proceedings of the Conference will be published in an upcoming volume of Arabica, the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies/Revue d’études Arabes et Islamiques, published by Brill. http://library.aub.edu.lb/record=b1199776~S1

16 Mar

Library Workshop for Graduate Students: “Resources for Thesis Writers”

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 The University Libraries, the Graduate Council and the Writing Center are organizing an information session entitled: “Resources for Thesis Writers” on Wednesday March 18th, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom in Jafet Library.

Through this session, attendants will learn more about:

-Library resources covering their fields of study

-AUB thesis formatting and submission process

-The use of Citation Management softwares such as RefWorks and EndNote to import, organize and generate citations

-How to get support from the Writing Center in your writing process

Click here to register, or contact the Library by email: jftref@aub.edu.lb or by phone: 01-350 000 ext. 2629/2620.

11 Mar

Community Book Exchange: March Meet-up

In Events by AUB Libraries / March 11, 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 Wednesday, March 18th starting 2:00pm at the AUB Archaeological Museum.

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

All are welcome.

For more about the Community Book Exchange Program: read here http://www.aub.edu.lb/libraries/blog?p=46, Visit the Community Book Exchange facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bookexchangeaub , or contact Jafet Library: jftref@aub.edu.lb; ext. 2620.