17 Oct

Introduction to Data Management

In News and Announcements,Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invite you to an upcoming workshop:

“Introduction to Data Management”

This session is meant to introduce AUB researchers to current data management practices including planning, organization, documentation, storage, and archiving.

Attendees will learn how to make use of the library services, especially the AUB data bank, a tool that can help while working with research data. Related LibGuide: Research Data by Dalal Rahme

When?  Wednesday, October 25, 2017  from 10:00am till 11:30am
Where?Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom- Jafet Library

Register here: http://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/3665713?f=h

12 Oct

University Libraries conducting LibQUAL+® survey to serve you better

In Collections,Projects by AUB Libraries / October 12, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As we plan for the Libraries’ future, it is important that we understand the perceptions and expectations of our campus community so that we may provide the services and resources that you need to be successful.

During the month of October, the AUB Libraries are conducting a survey, called LibQUAL+®. This survey is crucial in helping us determine your needs and to provide you with better services.

Kindly take a few minutes to fill it out; your participation is important to us.

Please click to begin. 

Thank you for your time and cooperation.

University Libraries

About LibQUAL+®

LibQUAL+® is a survey developed by the Association of Research Libraries to measure library service quality.  It will be especially useful because we can benchmark our results against those of other institutions and identify best practices.  To date, it has been taken by over 1 million users at over 1000 libraries throughout the world. https://www.libqual.org/home

03 Oct

Workshop: Move to the New RefWorks

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 3, 2017 / 0 Comments

Move to the New RefWorks

 Attention Current RefWorks Users! RefWorks is moving to a new platform very soon (January 2018)

Register here: http://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/3611088

Join us to learn:

  • About the updated features of RefWorks
  • How to migrate your citations/folders into the new platform
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom

For additional information, please call extensions 2629/2621, or email: libinfo@aub.edu.lb

02 Oct

AUB Library Open Day 2017: Library Comic Con

In Events by AUB Libraries / October 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

Hundreds of AUB students enjoyed a day of competitions that were both, fun and challenging on Thursday September 28 during the “Library Open Day 2017: Library Comic Con”.

The event was packed with fun competitions, helping students learn about the library services and meet library staff. The Comic Con also featured an exhibit of comics and other valuable material from the Archives and Special Collections of the AUB University Libraries, in addition to collectables and special edition items from the Library staff’s personal collections.

The Exhibit will be on display in the Lobby at Jafet Library until Friday October 6th, so pass by and have a look if you can.

Students and Library staff had fun using the geeky props and took so many pictures as souvenirs of this memorable event. Pictures speak for themselves…so please visit our social media channels for more: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blog (#LibComiCon) Here is the Facebook Photo Album. Feel free to tag your friends/colleagues and share!

The prizes this year included 2 iPads, 1 tablet, 1 Apple watch, 5 BLOM Shabeb Prepaid cards worth $200 each, collectible items related to the theme, in addition to more than 100 books and vouchers offering free trips inside Lebanon. More than 1,500 giveaway material, coffee, and snacks were also distributed.

All this is thanks to the generosity of our sponsors:

  • Main Sponsors: Levant Distributors, Techknowledge, EBSCO, Elsevier, Thomson Reuters, Emerald Publishing, Proquest, Brill, Gale, BLOM Shabeb, Giftmania, Footprints Nature Club, Benetton.
  • Special Thanks to: Springer, World Scientific, Dunkin Donuts, AUB Cafeteria, Advanced Construction Technology Services, De Gruyter, Cambridge, Five Stars Tours, Oxford University Press, Sage, Touchè Chocolate. Abou Naji (Epi D’or).

Our games this year were as geeky as our theme:

  • The Riddler: Use augmented reality via your smart phone to solve the Riddler’s challenges scattered all over Jafet . . .
  • Test your X-Ray Vision: While blind-folded, identify items in the mystery box using your bare hands . . . was that Kryptonite you just touched?!
  • Geek Jeopardy: The good old Jeopardy game, with an evil-genius Librarian’s twist…
  • Guardians of the Library: Save the books from the infinite shelves of the Library stacks. Take a book home with you.
  • Heroes Strike a Pose: Dress up as your favorite superhero or use the props at the Library, follow the UL Libraries on Instagram.
  • Quick like the Flash: Test your visual memory. Can you spot small details in 15 seconds or less?

We are genuinely grateful to all our sponsors who made this happen and to all of those who attended the event. We look forward to see you all in next year’s Open Day and in other upcoming University Libraries events.

29 Sep

Graduate Research, Thesis, and Publishing Series – Workshop 1

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / September 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Graduate Council, the University Libraries, and the Writing Center invite you to their first workshop

Introduction to Graduate-Level Writing: Researching and Writing

  • What are the expectations of writing and research at the graduate level?
  • What tools and resources are available at AUB to help you?
  • What can you do to prepare yourself to write and research in graduate school?

Register here: http://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/3485914

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Location:Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom
29 Sep

Opening Hours: Sunday October 1st

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB Libraries (Jafet, Engineering, Science and Saab Medical Library) will be closed on Sunday, October 1, 2017 for the COMMEMORATION OF ASHOURA.

Thank you,

AUB Libraries

22 Sep

Undergraduate Workshop 2: “Avoid Plagiarism, Get Help Citing your Sources”

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / September 22, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries and the Writing Center invite you to attend the 2nd Undergraduate Workshop: “Avoid Plagiarism, Get Help Citing your Sources”

(MLA, APA, Citation tools, etc.)

Join us to

  • Learn how to avoid plagiarism
  • Find out why, when and how to cite
  • Discover tips and tricks to help you simplify the citation process
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time:12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom – Jafet Library
19 Sep

Opening Hours: Hijra New Year- September 21

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

AUB Libraries’ schedule on Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21, 2017 (Hijra New Year).


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jafet, Science, and Engineering Libraries will close at 9:00 pm

Saab Medical Library: 7:00 am – 12 midnight


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jafet Libray: will open from 12 noon to 9 pm

Science and Engineering Libraries: closed

Saab Medical library: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

13 Sep

Introduction to Data Management

In News and Announcements,Workshops by AUB Libraries / September 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invites you to an upcoming workshop entitled

“Introduction to Data Management” -2nd session

This session will introduce researchers to current data management practices including planning, organization, documentation, storage, and archiving. Attendees will learn how to make use of the library services especially the AUB data bank in order to address issues they face while managing their data. Related LibGuide: Research Data by Dalal Rahme

Register here: http://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/calendar/rdm/?cid=7125&t=d&d=0000-00-00&cal%5B%5D=7125

When? Friday, September 27, 2017- 10:00am – 11:00am

Where? Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom- Jafet Library

07 Sep

Toubia and Letitia Hachem rare book and manuscript collection donated to AUB

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 7, 2017 / 0 Comments

This article was published on the AUB Website, by the Office of Communications: http://aub.edu.lb/news/2017/Pages/hachem-rare-book.aspx 

The American University of Beirut (AUB) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Toubia and Letitia Hachem rare books and manuscripts collection to be housed in the University Archives and Special Collections Department of Jafet Library. The gift represents years of meticulous collecting by a bibliophile and art and book connoisseur. Toubia Hachem was born in Beirut, graduated from Bonaventure University in New York, did his graduate work in history at the University of Chicago and taught at AUB and then Loyola University, Chicago. He established a successful travel agency in Chicago and became a global airline executive. He never lost his passion for history; particularly theological history. Letitia Hachem studied art and is an artist. She encouraged Toubia’s collecting passion and taught him about the art world resulting in a huge collection.

Mr. Hachem’s three daughters describe their parents’ passion for books and reading. They particularly remember their father’s excitement with each new acquisition of a rare book, “He was a history professor with a special interest in French and Russian history and philosophy, but most of his knowledge was directly attributable to his life as an avid reader. He also had a deep understanding of Middle Eastern affairs, grounded in his love of history.”  The Hachem collection will live on at AUB to further feed the passions of scholars for generations to come, and will advance and strengthen the mission of AUB as a distinguished center of research, dialogue, and humanism in the region.

The Hachem Collection consists of approximately 3,000 pieces dating from the 16th century to the mid-20th century. Collection highlights include stunning examples of religious manuscripts in various formats and sizes. A wide array of geographic provenance, printing houses, disciplines, historical periods, languages, and topics are covered by the collection, as well as a broad range of formats, e.g. manuscript codices and rolls, miniature and big Qurans, folios, “pocket” books, Qurans inscribed on palm leaves, and early imprints of the Bible with ornate covers. In general, the Collection illuminates the practices of manuscript production in workshops located throughout the Russian, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Balkan regions, and early (16th-century onwards) European printing and publishing practices.

Several exceptional pieces await review by Jafet Library staff, notably a Syriac Bible from the 16th or 17th century, and a number of ornate one-by-one meter Qurans. Examples of early European imprints include a translation into Latin of Ibn Hayyan’s Alchemy, which is a testimony to the transfer of knowledge from the Arab world to the European Renaissance. Texts from Nubia, Abyssinia, Egypt, Palestine and the Ottoman Empire are represented, as are first editions and rare books by authors such as Cicero, Plutarch, Dante, Jean Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, Alfred de Musset, and Victor Hugo. Universal Histories, and scientific and philosophical treatises are also well represented. Additionally the Collection includes finely illustrated atlases, dictionaries with concordances, art books, and a few early Arabic serials including al Hilal and early Arabic imprints by the influential author of the late 1800s, Jurji Zaidan.

It is rare to find manuscripts, books and maps in the Levant with the scope, depth and fine quality of the Hachem Collection. It corrects a gap in the collection of Qurans from the Soviet and Balkan states, and in early, largely utilitarian Bibles, but also in early 16th- and 17th-century European imprints in the region.

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