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”

In Events by AUB Libraries / February 26, 2015 / 0 Comments

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″

In Events,Workshops by AUB Libraries / February 25, 2015 / 0 Comments

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!”

In Events by AUB Libraries / February 11, 2015 / 0 Comments

“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

In Events by AUB Libraries / January 26, 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 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

23 Dec

Jafet Library inaugurates new e-classroom

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

The Antoun Ghattas Karam Electronic Classroom was relocated, expanded and upgraded to become a state-of-the-art facility.

On the 22nd of December, Dr. Shadi Karam, his wife Zeina, and several members of their family, along with Provost Dallal, Vice President for Regional External Programs Dr. Hasan Diab, IFI Director Dr. Tarek Mitri, and members of the AUB community gathered in Jafet Library to inaugurate the new Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom. Guests were warmly welcomed by the University Librarian Dr. Lokman Meho and by library staff.

The University Libraries used the financial support which was worth USD 150,000 from the Karam family to relocate the e-classroom to a larger place and redesign the space to allow for an interactive and more congenial learning experience, and better outcomes.

These enhancements will go a long way towards improving students’ learning experience at the Libraries by providing them with a modern training facility and the proper technology and equipment. The Antoun Ghattas Karam e-classroom is the site where most library information sessions and special training workshops are held. The classroom accommodates more than 500 information literacy sessions per annum, mainly for students, but also for faculty/staff to teach them about Library collections and about best practice in research.

The new auditorium-shaped e-classroom now accommodates 30 seats in a layout which all students sit face-to-face with the instructor.

The e-classroom is equipped with all-in-one computers, 23-inch touchscreen, full HD with cameras. The e-classroom also has an active board with a giant projection screen, an automation system to control sound, lighting, curtains, and projection screen—all controllable from a touch panel on the podium or an iPad. The podium is equipped with 19 inch HD touchscreen, Blu-ray reader, a recording system with two digital cameras, wireless and handheld microphones, as well as a high-tech classroom management application for computers. This application allows for more room for interaction and control during library information sessions.

Dr. Meho, Dr. Dallal and Dr. Karam spoke at the new e-classroom opening ceremony. Dr. Karam received a plaque of appreciation from AUB in recognition for his continued loyalty and generosity.

In his speech, and in the name of more than 50.000 students who used the old e-classroom, Dr. Meho thanked Mrs. Zeina and Dr. Shadi Karam for their generosity in funding the upgrading of the initial Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom.

“Zeina and Shadi not only did you provide us with the financial support to develop the first e-classroom at AUB back in 2004, but now, 10 years later, you once again race to the occasion to support the founding of the first fully interactive e-classroom on campus with state-of-the-art teaching and learning tools, and it could not come at a better time as AUB has recently launched a strategic academic plan that supports initiatives related to e-Learning including online teaching and distance education, among others” said the Provost in his speech.

“AUB was sewn into his destiny” said Dr. Shadi Karam describing his father the late Dr. Antoun Ghattas Karam. “He spent 42 years of his life at AUB as a student then a faculty member”, “he even passed away at the AUB Hospital” added Dr. Karam.

After the ribbon-cutting event, guests toured the new facility and watched a short presentation about the new e-classrom project. A reception followed where guests met and mingled discussing and appreciating the new facility and its donors.