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24 Jan

Reminder: e-Newspapers collection at the University Libraries

In Collections by AUB Libraries / January 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Community,

The University Libraries would like to remind you of its subscription to several valuable resources that provide historical and current news pieces and reports from prominent newspapers, helpful for researchers in different fields of study.

The table below lists the prominent publications we have access to:

Title Coverage Free Registration
Chronicle of Higher Education 1989- present
The Economist 1997 to present
Financial Times Varies First-time user sign-in using

username@aub.edu.lb,

for students username@mail.aub.edu

New York Times 1851 to present

(limited access from 1923 to 1980)

First time users, click on

“Create an Account” tab

to create a free account

Wall Street Journal 2010 to present First-time user, register via: https://partner.wsj.com.ezproxy.aub.edu.lb/enter-redemption-code/AUB3cypcbxe
London Review of Books 1979 to present
New York Review of Books 1963 to present

 

To access the historical newspapers and magazines, click on this link.To access these newspapers, go to the e-Newspapers link on the University Libraries’ webpage.

For more details about these publications, contact Albert Haddad, Research and Instruction Librarian, Jafet Library by email: ah75@aub.edu.lb  or via phone on ext. 2990.

20 Feb

Librarians from the AUB University Libraries take part in the eighth international conference on effective teaching and learning in higher education

In Events,Library Staff,Workshops by AUB Libraries / February 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

Two Librarians from the University Libraries participated in the eighth international conference on effective teaching and learning in higher education, an annual meet-up for academics and researchers from different local, regional and global educational institutions. This year, the conference focused on endorsed trans-formative learning and was co-hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Office of Information Technology, and the Communication Skills Program at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at AUB.

Nabila Shehabeddine, Research and Instruction Librarian, presented with Jasmina Najjar, Instructor at the Communication Skills Program. They discussed the collaboration between them to help students understand and identify fake news.

The presentation, entitled: “The Medium is the Message: two different writing assignments to aid students in identifying fake news” explained how integrating creative assignments into the classroom helped students realize how easy it was to create their own fake news and provided them with hands-on experience to know what elements construct fake news. The Libraries supported the learning process by providing best-practice tools and reference material and then published a Research Guide about fake news to benefit the AUB research community.  The session was attended by more than 50 people, and was followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Joyce Aways, Research and Instruction Librarian, presented a poster about an ongoing initiative she is working on at the University Libraries, which assesses the effectiveness of the Libraries’ instruction program.

Taking the library sessions of English 102, English 203 and English 204 classes as a sample, Aways presented the data collected through pre and post tests completed by the attending students before and then after the one-shot session offered by the Libraries. The assessment helps in evaluating the content and the effectiveness of the sessions and it allows the Libraries to methodically revisit the sessions and improve as needed. The project is ongoing and the plan is to integrate such assessment tests into other library instruction sessions. Several attendees stopped by the poster and asked interesting questions about this initiative.

The conference was an ideal platform for education professionals to share knowledge and network.

Click here to read more about the eighth international conference on effective teaching and learning in higher education.

24 Jan

New Student Orientation at Jafet Library, (Feb. 6-8)

In Events,Library Staff by AUB Libraries / January 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

New to AUB?

Join us for a quick library tour in Jafet Library-Main Lobby on February 6, 7 and 8, 2018

 Register here to choose your preferred time.

Know more about:

  • Borrow and return books
  • Find Journal/News articles
  • Research Help
  • Study Areas
  • Computer Lab
  • And more

Looking forward to seeing you!

For more information, contact Jafet via email: jftref@aub.edu.lb , or via phone on  extension 2620.

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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28 Aug

Visit by 24 emerging Ottomanists to the AUB Libraries, Archives Department: OIB’s “ Reading and Analyzing Ottoman Manuscript Sources” Workshop

In Collections,Library Staff by AUB Libraries / August 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

Around 24 emerging scholars enrolled in the Summer School Program organized by OIB “Reading and analyzing Ottoman manuscript sources” which is taking place in  Beirut, Lebanon, between the 27th and 30th of August 2017, visited the AUB Libraries Archives and Special Collections Department on the morning of August  27th.

The workshop is co-organized by the French Institute of the Near East (Ifpo), the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB), the University of Balamand, the Lebanese University (Doctoral School of Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences), the Center for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Central Asian Studies (CETOBaC), the Ankara Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi, the İbn Haldun Üniversitesi, and the Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) with the support of the Open Jerusalem Project. The summer school is devoted to reading and analyzing Ottoman manuscript and primary sources. This is the second edition, following the summer school of 2016 in Amman, Jordan. During the four-day program the young researchers (mostly MA and PhD candidates, but also postdocs) are introduced to ways of reading, combining and analyzing manuscript sources from various archives of the Ottoman era, produced at local, provincial and imperial levels. The aim is to overcome the initial difficulties researchers often face when working with archival material from the Ottoman period, one of which is an administrative terminology no longer in use today, and to get exposed to the archival terrain.

The scholars spent an hour at the Archives, delving into several Ottoman resources. On display were various Ottoman manuscripts from our collections, some Ottoman newspapers, magazines, periodicals, almanacs, Salnamas related to Wilayat Beirut, photos of Ottoman commissioners on visit to the Syrian Protestant College to give SPC students their medical exams on-site, photos from the late 19th century, documents related to WWI and SPC, maps and various documents related to the Ottoman provinces in the late 19th century (e.g. awqafs, legal documents related to Haifa, Beirut, etc.).

The excitement of the researchers was noticeable, as many had not been aware of the existence of these resources in the region, or at AUB. The visit was a great opportunity for the scholars to liaise with one another, exchange ideas and interests, and to get to know the Ottoman resources available at the AUB Libraries. Many will sure be back, with longer dissertation and book projects.

06 Jul

Newly renovated reading room inaugurated at AUB University Libraries

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / July 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

This article was posted on the AUB Website: http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2017/Pages/libraries-ghandour.aspx and was written by Dana Abed- Office of Advancement

The American University of Beirut announced the opening of the newly renovated Reserve Reading Room at Jafet Library. The renovation was made possible through a renewed contribution from Trustee Emeritus Ali Ghandour. The announcement of the Reserve Reading Room was made in a ceremony attended by President Fadlo Khuri, Trustee Ali Ghandour, Vice President for Advancement Imad Baalbaki, AUB staff, and friends.

Ali Ghandour was an AUB student and later an AUB Trustee serving from 1979 to 2008. Ghandour has been serving as Trustee Emeritus since 2008. Ghandour is co-chairman of Aviation Pioneers and Consultants, Lebanon, and President of ARAM Trading and Technology, Jordan. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Jordanian Airlines and has held multiple advisory positions in the aviation field, in addition to various Non-Governmental Organizations.

“Providing a comfortable room like this for students is to me a noble cause, AUB means a lot to me because it made me who I am today,” said Ghandour.

President Fadlo Khuri considered the provision of a space such as this room important for the psyche of the students and thanked Ghandour for his generosity.

“The enhancement of student life starts with better, more open, and more welcoming study spaces,” said President Khuri. “This reading room is an ideal study and relaxation space.”

The American University of Beirut announced the opening of the newly renovated Reserve Reading Room at Jafet Library. The renovation was made possible through a renewed contribution from Trustee Emeritus Ali Ghandour. The announcement of the Reserve Reading Room was made in a ceremony attended by President Fadlo Khuri, Trustee Ali Ghandour, Vice President for Advancement Imad Baalbaki, AUB staff, and friends. Ali Ghandour was an AUB student and later an AUB Trustee serving from 1979 to 2008.

Ghandour has been serving as Trustee Emeritus since 2008. Ghandour is co-chairman of Aviation Pioneers and Consultants, Lebanon, and President of ARAM Trading and Technology, Jordan. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Jordanian Airlines and has held multiple advisory positions in the aviation field, in addition to various Non-Governmental Organizations. “Providing a comfortable room like this for students is to me a noble cause, AUB means a lot to me because it made me who I am today,” said Ghandour.

President Fadlo Khuri considered the provision of a space such as this room important for the psyche of the students and thanked Ghandour for his generosity. “The enhancement of student life starts with better, more open, and more welcoming study spaces,” said President Khuri. “This reading room is an ideal study and relaxation space.”

19 Jun

Walid Gholmieh’s rich archive donated to AUB University Libraries

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

This article was posted on the AUB Website: http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2017/Pages/walid-gholmieh.aspx and was written by Dana Abed- Office of Advancement

The American University of Beirut (AUB) received the musical heritage of the late Dr. Walid Gholmieh, which will be kept in the archives of the University Libraries to be utilized by researchers and musicians. Dr. Gholmieh’s widow, Mrs. Elham Gholmieh, and family worked with Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Salma Oueida and Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro, among others, to compile the archive and prepare for its transfer to AUB, which was accomplished on June 14.

Dr. Walid Georges Gholmieh, who passed away in 2011, was director of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music. He earned a degree in Mathematics from AUB before dedicating his life to music. He is considered to be one of the most prominent Middle Eastern conductors and composers. Gholmieh held a PhD in musicology and composed numerous symphonies and other musical compositions. He collaborated with many conductors and performers and was the recipient of multiple international awards.

According to Mrs. Gholmieh, AUB was very dear to Dr. Gholmieh’s heart and he always wanted his collection to be transferred to the University.

“AUB is the most important institution in the Middle East that preserves the cultural heritage of prominent artists. Walid wanted dearly to preserve that and keep it in safe hands for generations to come,” said Mrs. Gholmieh. “Walid made sure his intentions of transferring his collection are expressed to Dr. Nabil Nassif [director of the Zaki Nassif Program for Music at AUB] and, after his passing, we started with the execution of his wishes in collaboration with AUB.”

Dr. Chebaro explained the importance of the archival papers to be kept in Jafet Library, saying that Dr. Gholmieh was “a forward looking humanist, one who is simultaneously deeply rooted in his culture, language, and heritage.”

“The AUB Archives, University Libraries is thrilled to receive the archival papers of Dr. Gholmieh: preserving our cultural heritage, availing it to researchers, upholding and demonstrating its continued scholarly and humanistic relevance for a wide audience, both within the realm of academia and beyond, is a core mission of AUB,” said Chebaro.

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21 Dec

14 UL Staff members receive pins during the AUB Service Awards ceremony

In Events,Library Staff by AUB Libraries / December 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

During this year’s “Service Awards” ceremony and reception, held on December 20th at the Charles W. Hostler Student Center auditorium, AUB acknowledged staff members who have served the university for 10, 15, 20, and 25 years.

The University Libraries (UL) proudly recognized 14 of its staff members for their long years of dedication and service.

Commenting on the ceremony, Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries said: “My heartfelt thank you goes to every single one of them and to their colleagues. Like others in the Library, they are an amazing group of staff members who deserve the very best. I hope to see them go on to serve AUB for 30, 35, 40, and 45 years.”

The UL family would like to congratulate its dedicated staff members and wish them all the best for the upcoming years.

  • GEAGEA, CARINE – 10
  • HADDAD, ALBERT – 10
  • NAALBANDIAN, SALLY – 10
  • YAZBEK, SOUHA – 10
  • ASSAF, TONI – 15
  • MATAR, CLAUDE – 15
  • MOKDAD, HUSSEIN – 15
  • HASHEM, ZEINAB – 20
  • KADI, SAMIR S. – 20
  • NOUBANI, KHALED – 20
  • ABBOUD, ELIAS – 25
  • CONSTANTIN, MAURICE – 25
  • YAMUT, ZIAD – 25
  • SHEHABEDDINE, NABILA – 25

To see the full story on the AUB website click here: http://aub.edu.lb/news/2016/Pages/service-award.aspx

10 Dec

Free coffee and cookies at Jafet Library during Final exams

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 10, 2016 / 0 Comments

This article was posted on the AUB website’s News section on December 10, 2016: http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2016/Pages/jafet-finals.aspx

In an attempt to help students cope with the stress and strain of final exams, Jafet Library, which opens 24 hours a day during the reading period, is providing them with free coffee and cookies every night. The finals period, the time when students maximize their efforts to successfully wrap up their semesters, extends over two weeks from the December 7 to 20.

“Students wait eagerly for the coffee every night at 11:00pm and stand in line to have turns to fill their cups and grab a cookie,” said Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries, “we decided to serve the coffee and cookies from 11:00pm to 7:00am because the Main Gate closes at 11:00.”

Even if Main Gate closes at 11:00 pm, the Libraries are providing the students an opportunity to study for longer hours in specially equipped rooms, doing everything to maintain the studious and silent atmosphere. This initiative is taken in an attempt to provide the students with a better mood to study and focus, contributing to bettering their experience on campus.

“These are small gestures that demonstrate the President’s commitment to caring for our students. Studying for finals is tough enough and every little bit helps,” said Ramin Sedehi, Chief Operating Officer.

Associate Vice President of Advancement Services, Mrs. Soha Hmaidan, highlights that the initiative taken by Jafet Library is fully funded by the University’s strategic partners who have been funding all the events on Campus in celebration of our 150th anniversary.

“This funding is not from our operating budget, so it’s not coming out of the students’ tuition fees,” added Hmaidan.

Carla Chalhoub, Head of Access Services Department, said the initiative is helping students feel at home.

“They usually are not allowed to drink and eat on the Library premises, but we are making an exception,” added Chalhoub, “it is hard for students pulling an overnight to go out in the cold to buy snacks, so it’s a gesture to make it easier for them.”

Staff members at the Library are getting great response from the students. Avo Dakessian, a sophomore student majoring in Nursing, thought that the idea was “brilliant.”

“Things such as those are motivational, and I think that this should be done often,” said Dakessian.

Youssef Hamade, a student majoring in electrical engineering told us that Jafet is his main destination to study during finals.

“The fact that it is open 24/7 during reading period makes it my go-to when I want to pull an all-nighter, and the fact that no talking is allowed, makes it excellent for concentrating,” said Hamade. “The free cookies and coffee are an added value, the hassle of going out can now be avoided; it’s a chance to maximize our attentiveness on our studies.”

07 Dec

Library exhibition sheds light on AUB’s role during World Wars

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / December 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

This article was published on the AUB website’s News Section on December 6th, 2016: http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2016/Pages/spc-ww.aspx 

Established in 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB) stood firm, surviving many wars, including World War I and World War II. The Archives and Special Collections department at the Jafet Library organized an exhibit recounting the story of how AUB survived the tough days of WWI and WWII. The exhibit in Malhas Common Room, West Hall, features photos, documents, letters, diaries, posters, pamphlets, and oral history interviews from its archival collections.

Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro, Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections, explained to us that the purpose of the exhibit is to highlight the difficult times through which AUB survived, for the tough times tell you a lot about the identity of the University.

“During WWI, AUB played a vital role of resilience through its medical center, by rationing sustainability and offering the citizens medical care and food,” she said. “After WWI, AUB made the transition from being a college to becoming a university; it witnessed a change of name from Syrian Protestant College to American University of Beirut, and became a full-blown liberal arts model.”

During WWII, Chebaro insists the role AUB played was societal and diplomatic. After WWII, AUB had a regional impact influencing the rise of Arab nationalism. Although Lebanon was not as badly affected by the war in comparison to WWI when one third of the population died, WWII was what Chebaro calls “a push and pull” politically.

“During those times Lebanon gained its independence, and many students were granted medals by the state of Lebanon for avidly participating in the protests against the French,” she said, “AUB graduates of those times had key ideas that shaped that century, and that’s due to the Liberal Arts program they followed during their years as students; in the 1945 San Francisco Conference leading to the declaration of the UN, AUB had the biggest proportion of graduates attending the conference, charted as representatives of their states.”

Amazing collection

Mrs Samar Mikati, Librarian at the archives and Special Collections, told us about the richness of the documents they found as they were bringing together this exhibition.

“It was hard to choose the material to uncover, however, we know that there are some areas that weren’t properly covered in the exhibit, we lack documents about the 40s and the 50s,” she said.

Chebaro and Mikati proceeded to thank the dedicated team that worked tirelessly to put the exhibition together, with a special thank you to graduate student Nichola Larkins who devotedly participated in the background research and played a solid role in the execution of the exhibit.

The exhibit was launched in a ceremony attended by President Fadlo R. Khuri, former President Peter Dorman and a number of staff, faculty, and visitors, on December 5. Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of University Libraries, opened the ceremony with a speech thanking the staff for putting this exhibit together and emphasizing on the fact that this only a small part of what the collection found at the archives.

“Visit us in Jafet, you will be amazed with the amount of material that we can provide you with for your research,” said Meho.

President Khuri highlighted the role AUB played during the wars, often as the safest place in the city. According to him, the leadership of AUB was able to rise as hero during those difficult times. He believes the exhibition to be very significant at the end of this celebratory year.

“We are getting close to closing the celebrations, and two days exactly from the 150th anniversary it is fitting that the archives and special collections at Jafet libraries should treat us to this magnificent exhibition where the focus is on some of the most impactful moments of this university’s history,” he said.

Dr. Abdelrahim Abu Husayn, Professor of History at the Department of History and Archaeology, then took the podium to further emphasize on the role of the University during the wars, especially World War I when it provided citizens with medical relief. Abu Husayn also spoke about the importance of documenting history.

“There is always another side to history that it not properly told or is not properly documented. I issue a call to donate whatever material individuals have on WWII and the Lebanese Civil War to Jafet,” said Abu Husayn, “Jafet Library will not only organize it and preserve it, but it will also make it available to the public.”

The exhibit will be running until the December 9. For more online exhibits follow this link http://www.aub.edu.lb/ulibraries/asc/online-exhibits/exhibits/.