15 May

The Palestinian Oral History Archive, lest we forget . . .

In Projects by AUB Libraries / May 15, 2015 / 0 Comments

Today marks the 67th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, a day of commemoration and remembrance of nearly seven decades of dispossession for the Palestinian people, and a day of celebrating the resilience of the Palestinian communities everywhere, and their continued struggle against injustice.

Today, the Palestinian Oral History Archive (POHA) at the American University of Beirut has released a short video “Lest We Forget”, providing a glimpse into its rich collection of the testimonies of first generation Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

POHA is a joint project between the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (ARCPA/AL-JANA), the Nakba Archive, AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and the AUB University Libraries. The Archive will be launched in 2016, and will produce an online searchable state-of-the-art digital platform that will feature over 1,000 hours of testimonies with first-generation Palestinians in Lebanon.

The Archive, which will be housed at the AUB Libraries in Beirut, will digitize, index, catalog, and preserve the material, and make it accessible to scholars, educators, artists, and community organizations around the world to stimulate research and engagement on public history research, education, and cultural preservation.

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14 May

Announcement: Library Archival Research Fellowship

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 14, 2015 / 0 Comments

The Arts and Humanities Initiative – Mellon Grant and The Archives and Special Collections at Jafet Library at the American University of Beirut announce a call for applications for a Library Archival Research Fellowship at the Archives of Jafet Library: June 15th– August 21st, 2015

 The American University of Beirut Libraries and the Arts and Humanities Initiative at AUB are offering a short-term Summer Archival Research Fellowship to encourage scholarly engagement with one of two of the following AUB Libraries’ Special Collections: The AUB Libraries’ Arabic Manuscripts Collection, and the Constantine Zurayq’s Archival Papers (around 18.4 linear feet). The fellowship seeks to support the production of scholarly work around these collections and enhance their cataloging and accessibility, as well as promote the community’s knowledge of the AUB Library Archival holdings in general.

The Research Fellow will be given access to our Library collections, as well as a space to work, in addition to a stipend of 2,000 USD. For international fellows, an additional stipend to cover the costs of travel will be provided. All applicants, local and international, will be responsible for booking their own lodging, airline tickets, and securing their visas, if needed. The Fellowship will cover six to eight weeks any time between June 15th and August 21st.

The deadline for submission is Sunday May 31st, 2015.

For full details and submission guidelines please click here.

12 May

Ziyad Yamut of the University Libraries, a multitalented persona

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / May 12, 2015 / 0 Comments

Ziad Yamut, Library Assistant at the Architecture and Engineering Library in AUB, is also a multitalented persona. In this article you will meet the artistic side of Ziad, the musician, painter and photographer.

Ziyad has been a member of the LAU Choir since 1993 singing as a tenor. He initially started out in 1991 with the Beirut School of Fine Arts Muwashahaat & Tarab choir and has been singing ever since. He was also with the AUB choir in 1991 and recalls singing during the Miss AUB Pageant. Ziyad refers to his great Oriental voice as a genetic gift from his parents.

As a child, Ziyad Umar Yamut was fascinated with art and he would always envision himself as an artist. His art work started when Ziyad created his first set of Graphite and Ink drawings after the Israeli Invasion of Lebanon in 1982. He was 17 years old then.

Until today, Ziyad uses abstract imageries in his paintings and sculptures. He enjoys making sculptures- mainly in clay, and designs logos as part of his interest in graphic design.

As for photography, it started with the birth of his nieces and nephews and is now an additional hobby he enjoys.

Talking about his art, Ziyad says: “Singing at school, institutes, and universities, in addition to participating in many local and international festivals made me understand how fine arts and performing arts refine your being . . . when you sing, draw, sculpt, and photograph you find yourself interconnected with creative ideas that take you away from the physical materialistic world.“ When asked about his motto in life, Ziyad said: “Be yourself no matter what they say.”

Despite being a full-time employee at AUB Libraries for many years now, Ziyad pursued his studies and graduated on May 31, 2014 with a BA in Public Administration from AUB. AUB’s Outlook Student Newspaper wrote about Ziyad back then. You can read the article here: http://outlookaub.com/2014/04/09/humans-of-aub-ziad-yamut-once-an-aubite-always-an-aubite/

07 May

AUB Libraries schedule during the Reading and Exams periods

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 7, 2015 / 0 Comments

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries and the Reading Rooms in Jafet Library during the Reading and Exams periods (May 8 to May 19, 2015):

On the first day of the reading period, i.e. Friday, May 8, 2015, Jafet Library will open at 7:30 am.

On the last day of the reading period, Tuesday, May 19, Jafet Library will close at 9:00 p.m.

Jafet Library (Reference, Reserve Reading Room, Serials Reading Room, Computer Lab, and the Stacks on the first floor): Monday – Sunday 24/7 (Library will not close)

Jafet Library (Archives and Special Collections Reading Room): Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)   Saturday (Closed) Sunday (Closed)

Branch libraries (Science and Engineering Libraries): Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)  Saturday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Sunday (Closed)

Upper stacks in Jafet Library (3rd, 4th and 5th floors) will close at 12:00 midnight and reopen at 7:30 a.m.

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

Good luck in your exams.

AUB Libraries

30 Apr

Upcoming Event: University Libraries’ Children’s Book Fair

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 30, 2015 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries have the pleasure of inviting you to a special event featuring children’s books written and illustrated by AUB students as part of their final project for their Children’s Literature (Education 218) course, taught by Dr. Amal Bou Zeineddine.

The event will include an  exhibit of the students’ projects, as well as short presentations by students about their books.

The event will be held on Thursday,  May 7th at 12:30 pm at Jafet Library’s main lobby, AUB.

The books will be on display at Jafet Library until the 14th of May, 2015.

27 Apr

Upcoming Lectures: AUB University Libraries and the Lebanese Library Association

In Events by AUB Libraries / April 27, 2015 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries and the Lebanese Library Association cordially invite you to two lectures:

  • “Lebanese Archives in the French Archives” By Dr. Antoine Hukayem,
  • “The Lebanese Archives”  By Mr. Elie Elias, USEK Phoenix Center for Lebanese Studies (PCLS)

Date and time: Tuesday May 5, 2015 @ 10:00 am

Place: the Auditorium at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), AUB

Click here to register: http://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event.php?id=957261  

Hope to see you there.



24 Apr

Community Book Exchange: April Meet-up

In Events by AUB Libraries / April 24, 2015 / 1 Comment

The AUB Community Book Exchange and t-marbouta invite you to the next Community Book Exchange Meet-up

When? April 30th, 2015 – 5:00-7:00pm

Where? t-marbouta (Hamra Square)

For more information, call 01-350 000 ext. 2620 or visit the Community Book Exchange facebook page: www.facebook.com/bookexchangeaub

Participation is simple, bring a book and take a book!


22 Apr

The Archives and Special Collections department at the University Libraries launches a new webpage

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 22, 2015 / 0 Comments

We’re pleased to announce the launching of a new webpage for the Archives and Special Collections Department at the University Libraries. The newly designed page features updated content and offers a glimpse into our holdings documenting the history of AUB, Lebanon, the Arab World and the region at large. Check it out!

Visit our page, browse our collections, and feel free to email us your thoughts and suggestions for improvement:  http://www.aub.edu.lb/libraries/asc

Our collections are growing thanks to the collective effort of our community. Help us preserve our history by bringing to our attention and/or donating archival material of scholarly and historical significance in all formats (photos, maps, posters, archival papers, etc.). Contact us at asc@aub.edu.lb

We look forward to hearing from you!

20 Apr

University Libraries: Projects and Initiatives

In Projects by AUB Libraries / April 20, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries has introduced a new section to its website listing its current projects and initiatives. The list includes descriptions of the projects, along with the project team members.

We invite you to visit the page to know more about the University Libraries’ initiatives and work-in-progress: http://www.aub.edu.lb/ULIBRARIES/ABOUT/Pages/projects.aspx

20 Apr

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

In Events,Workshops by AUB Libraries / April 20, 2015 / 0 Comments

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