11 Mar

Exhibit of historical medical items, books, and documents donated by Dr. Samir Saleeby

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A new exhibit, showcasing more than 170 books, papers, photos and old medical equipment donated by Dr. Samir Saleeby to the University Libraries at AUB, opened in West Hall on March 9.

The exh ibit, which will run from March 10 to March 13, was inaugurated In West Hall’s Mahmoud Malhas Common Room in the presence of Dr. Saleeby himself and members of his family, as well as friends of AUB and the arts.

Co-organized by the University Libraries and the Office of University Advancement at AUB to honor Dr. Saleeby’s donation and achievements, the exhibit includes materials from Dr. Saleeby’s personal collection — now a valuable addition to the AUB Libraries’ collections. At the end of 2011, Dr. Saleeby donated a collection of over 60 paintings by Khalil Saleeby and other prominent Lebanese artists.

For Dr. Saleeby, the gift of the paintings was never “a matter of personal aggrandizement,” nor merely a matter of asking AUB to take the best care of that valuable collection, noted Professor Rico Franses, director of AUB art galleries. “The gift was always conceived of as something that related to a grand vision for the future… [It] would be the beginning, the nucleus, of a larger, much more ambitious project. The permanent collection would grow, we would attract young artists, the art scene would flourish, students would develop greater interest in the arts.”

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06 Mar

University Libraries take part in the Digital Humanities Institute at AUB

In Projects by AUB Libraries / March 6, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries (UL) took part in the workshops of the first Digital Humanities Institute at AUB and the region which was held between March 2 and 6.

Basma Chebani, Head of the Cataloguing Department and Elie Kahale, Head of the Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department represented the University Libraries and gave a presentation entitled: “Al-Ādāb Digitization Project” under the panel named “Digitizing Lebanon and the Arab World”.

The presentation was mainly about Al-Ādāb Magazine’s digitization project, which is one of several digital initiatives taking place at the University Libraries to preserve the national and AUB cultural heritage, and to promote knowledge by providing access to the digital content to the largest possible audience including researchers and scholars.

In 2014, Al-Ādāb Magazine and the University Libraries at AUB agreed to digitize and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) which transforms text images to full searchable text from the magazine. The project will also catalog and index (create descriptive metadata) the entire content of the magazine. The aim of the project is to produce a searchable, full text database of Al-Ādāb magazine. Users will eventually be able to browse and access the journal online at the volume, issue and article levels through a Content Management System developed by the University Libraries. Full text and index search by author, title and subject will be available using simple and advanced search techniques. Full text articles will be available for downloading. The searching on the metadata (author, title and subjects) will be also available on the online Library Catalog (OPAC).

Describing the project, Chebani said “We are thrilled to be working on this project and look forward to its completion and to receiving feedback from users who will benefit from the new content, which will be accessible in full text.”

Commenting on their participation in the Digital Humanities Institute, Kahale added “The event was a real opportunity to learn, collaborate and advance”.

About the Digital Humanities Institute The Digital Humanities Institute was organized by Dr. David Wrisley, Associate Professor at the English Department, with the support of other departments and institutes at AUB. The institute consists of eight workshops training participants in “coding, data mining, digital mapping, new digital-based methods in research and publishing, and other skills needed in the digital humanities.” To know more about the Digital Humanities Institute:  http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2015/Pages/DHatAUB.aspx.

About at Al-Ādāb Magazine Al-Ādāb Magazine is a literary and cultural Journal that was established in 1953 by Dr. Souhail Idriss. It focuses on literature and culture in the Arab World and includes content such as political thoughts, poetry, novels, short stories, movie critiques, theater, and culture.It is considered as an Arab cultural platform, despite the Arab States’ censorship. It was published on monthly basis between 1953 and 1990. It was then published 5 times per year between 1990 and 2011. It stopped publishing by the end of 2012 after publishing 4 times that year.

26 Feb

Upcoming Exhibit: “Dr. Samir Saleeby”

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The University Libraries and the Office of University Advancement cordially invite you to an exhibit about Dr. Samir Saleeby

West Hall, Common Room

March 9-13, 2015

Opening Ceremony: Monday March 9 at 6:00pm

This honorary exhibit will showcase Dr. Samir Saleeby’s valuable medical equipment, his personal collection of books and materials, and his publications. Other documents will also be showcased that portray his life as a prominent ophthalmologist, an active member of the reputable Saleeby family, an esteemed art collector and connoisseur.

25 Feb

American University of Beirut (AUB) hosts “Academic Integrity Seminar for Turnitin Users 2015″

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More than 60 education professionals, librarians and faculty members gathered in AUB’s West Hall on Monday, February 23rd to attend the Academic Integrity 2015 Seminar and discuss best practice in terms of information integrity and the related tools to detect and monitor plagiarism.

The event was co-organized by the University Libraries at AUB, the Center for Teaching and Learning at AUB, Turnitin and Techknowledge. The event is a yearly event and was held in Beirut for the first time.

The seminar featured guest speakers from educational institutions in the region and speakers from AUB who talked about their experience with Turnitin and with plagiarism. Representatives from Turnitin and Techknowledge showcased and discussed recent product updates and demonstrated some of the product features.

A substantial time was spent having discussions between educators, librarians and Turnitin representatives, sharing their experiences, opinions and recommendations.

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19 Feb

Digital Imaging Specialist at the University Libraries receives 1st place award in the Gebran Tueni Foundation photography competition

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / February 19, 2015 / 3 Comments

Youssef Doughan, Digital Imaging Specialist at the AUB University Libraries received the 1st place award in the annual photography competition organized by the Gebran Tueni Foundation for the year 2014.

His winning photo, entitled “A Symphony of Waves” portrays the photographer’s fascination by the sight of crashing waves. He describes the scene saying “The ever changing ephemeral forms are just so hypnotic. This image was a tribute to the beauty and power of water. It was about freezing a moment of time and enjoying it forever.”

Doughan says that photography is his passion and when asked to describe his hobby he adds, “It’s like this zest to just create. Always recognizing new scenes, new frames, and stories to tell. Expressing the inexpressible. . . It’s like Pablo Sandoval said: “A guy can change anything. His face, his home, his family, his girlfriend, his religion, his God. But there’s one thing he can’t change. He can’t change his passion.” The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)”. “Simply put”, he adds, “photography is my passion.”

To see more of Youssef Rached Doughan’s photography, visit: ydoughan.500px.com or facebook.com/yrdphotography or follow him on Instagram: @ydoughan

About the Gebran Tueni Foundation

Gebran Tueni Foundation was established in December 2010 by family members: Myrna El-Murr Abu Charaf, Lina Ghariyos, Siham Tueni, Nayla Tueni and Michelle Tueni, for socio-cultural purposes, namely to support the dreams of the youth. The Gebran Tueni Foundation also includes honorary members who were friends of Gebran Tueni and close to him. For more visit: http://www.gebrantuenifoundation.com/.

17 Feb

University Libraries continue work on the Palestinian Oral History Archive

In Projects by AUB Libraries / February 17, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries, in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs have recently launched the Palestinian Oral History Archive; an archival collection that contains more than 1,000 hours of testimonies with first generation Palestinians and other Palestinian communities in Lebanon. The project will digitize, index, catalog, preserve, and provide access to the material through the creation of a state-of the art digital platform. It aims to expand and include additional oral history collections documenting varied aspects of the Palestinian experience in Lebanon and the region. The project is being completed in partnership with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at AUB, the Nakba Archive and the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (AL-JANA).

The Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts and the Nakba Archive have independently conducted and collected oral history interviews with members of the Palestinian community in Lebanon. As custodians of this material, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, along with the American University of Beirut – University Libraries have taken the responsibility to digitize, index, catalogue and preserve the collection.

The eyewitness narratives of first generation refugees have been instrumental to the survival of the cultural geography of spaces, traditions, and histories from pre-1948 Palestine. The Archive documents the life stories of Palestinians residing in refugee camps and different communities in Lebanon. The Archive’s main focus is personal accounts surrounding the Nakba, which elucidate a defining moment in Palestinian history and collective experience. Furthermore, the collection contains life narratives of the pre-Nakba period, folk tales and songs, and stories of the women in Ein el-Helwe camp after its destruction in 1982.

Ms. Hana Sleiman, Special Collections Librarian at AUB University Libraries, and the Project Manager, gave an interview about the project to the Archipelago podcast platform. You can listen to the interview here:  http://the-archipelago.net/2015/02/15/hana-sleiman-constructing-a-palestinian-oral-history-archive/

To read more about the project, click here: http://aub.edu.lb/ifi/programs/poha/Pages/index.aspx,  or Contact Ms. Hana Sleiman, Special Collections Librarian at AUB University Libraries via email: hs76@aub.edu.lb

11 Feb

“Blind date . . . with a book!”

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“Blind Date…with a Book!”

Visit the Reference Desk area in Jafet Library and pick up a random romantic book. Enjoy the mystery book date and have a happy Valentine’s Day.

Time: Thursday February 12th till Saturday February 14th, all day, every day.

For more about the event, contact Jafet Reference Desk: email: jftref@aub.edu.lb, call ext. 2620/1,  event on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/mqnl7pq


10 Feb

Elie Semaan, University Libraries’ staff member retires after many years of service

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / February 10, 2015 / 1 Comment

Staff members gathered on a September afternoon in 2014 to bid farewell to a long-standing, proud member of the University Libraries, Mr. Elie Semaan, who retired after serving at AUB for 44 years.

During January of 1971, Elie was offered his first job at the University Libraries at AUB while he was still continuing his education, majoring in Law. On a daily basis, Elie would leave the office early to go to university and pursue his bachelor degree. He was among the first employees who were offered such an arrangement.

He graduated in 1975, at the outburst of the Lebanese war, and remained at the libraries, awaiting the end of the war. But the war years were long, and he moved from one role to the other, within the libraries’ departments, until he attained the title of “Head of the Acquisitions Department”. He showed up to work daily, despite the war and its difficult times and remained loyal to AUB and to the Libraries throughout the years.

In the year 2000, Semaan assumed the role of “Secretary” of the Workers and Staff Syndicate of AUB and was later assigned as Vice President of the syndicate.

Talking about AUB, Semaan says” AUB is a grand, grand institution and we should all support it with all what we’ve got. .. Individuals will come and go, but this institution remains and will remain to raise many generations to come… Once we leave this institution, we realize what it means to us, and what benefits it offers us.”

He adds” Had I been able to stay and offer more work and service to this institution, I would. But unfortunately, everything eventually comes to an end. I wish AUB continuous prosperity and progress”.

26 Jan

Community Book Exchange: January Meet-up

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The University Libraries and the Neighborhood Initiative cordially invite you to the next Community Book Exchange event which will be held on Friday, January 30th starting 3:00pm at Jafet Library, Ground Floor.

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.

23 Jan

Upcoming Event: “Academic Integrity Seminar for Turnitin Users 2015” at AUB

In Events,News and Announcements,Workshops by AUB Libraries / January 23, 2015 / 0 Comments

University Libraries at AUB, the Center for Teaching and Learning at AUB, Turnitin and Techknowledge, have the pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to an Academic Integrity seminar for Turnitin users 2015 to be held for the first time in Beirut, at AUB on February 23rd, 2015 at West Hall, Auditorium B starting at 9:30 am.

The event will feature guest speakers from educational institutions in the region, speakers from the Center for Teaching and Learning at AUB, and speakers from the Academic Services department at AUB. Representatives from Turnitin will showcase and discuss recent product updates.

Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/academic-integrity-seminar-2015-at-aub-the-aub-university-libraries-in-collaboration-with-turnitin-tickets-15198123998

For more information, contact AUB Libraries: jftref@aub.edu.lb; ext. 2621/2659