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12 Nov

New at the University Libraries: Student Library Ambassadors Program

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / November 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are very glad to have cooperated with the Center of Civic Engagement and Community Services (CCECS) to recruit Library Student Ambassadors.

The role of these student ambassadors is to help the library reach out to the student body and better communicate with AUB students. The main projects include launching a campaign to raise awareness about fair space and quiet study in the Libraries, planning and marketing library events and serving as a library focus group to provide feedback, suggestions and ideas for library outreach within the AUB student Community.

The partnership with CCECS and with the student volunteers started this fall and the plan is to keep it running to make sure students’ perspective is always taken into consideration when planning any service launch or any event at the Libraries.

So far, 6 very committed and enthusiastic students have joined the Library Ambassadors Program and have assisted the Libraries in several projects.

Mounir Arab, one of the student volunteers, says that at first he was hesitant to undergo this experience. He then realized that being a Library Student Ambassador is not only about performing the allocated tasks and enforcing library rules, but is also about making Jafet Library a better place for his fellow students.

The University Libraries will always welcome student volunteers to add value to the student-library relationship and experience. For more information about this, please contact CCECS or contact Jafet Library.

31 Oct

Joseph Rouhana, Assistant Librarian at the Science and Agriculture Library retires after many years of service

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / October 31, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries’ staff members got together on the morning of September 19 for a farewell gathering to honor a long-standing and proud member of the University Libraries, Mr. Joseph (Joe) Rouhana, Assistant Librarian at the Science and Agriculture Library, who has retired after serving at AUB for more than 35 years.

Joe started working at AUB in June of 1983 as a Library Clerk at the Circulation Department in Jafet Library. When he first applied for a job at AUB, he was offered two options: 1) a library clerk, or 2) an information clerk at AUH. Joe opted to take the library offer, although it was in a lower grade, because he needed more flexibility in the working hours to attend his last few courses at BUC (now LAU) to pursue his BS in Business Management/Auditing.

During his probation period, Dr. Fustokjian, who was the University Librarian back then, congratulated Joe for attaining an outstanding performance and wished that he would keep working at the library after getting his degree, promising him an upgrade and a chance to be sponsored for studying library automation in the United States of America. Unfortunately, Dr. Fustokjian resigned and left the country in 1984 when fighting broke out again in Beirut.

In 1985, the American librarian of the Science and Agriculture Library left the country as well due to the unstable situation in Lebanon. The Science and Agriculture Library was left supervised by a Library Assistant; but a few months later during the war, the Library Assistant was kidnapped at the demarcation line between what was known as Eastern Beirut and Western Beirut. Joe was then assigned to be in charge of the Science and Agriculture Library in February of 1986.

In February of 2012, Salpy Naalbandian was assigned as the librarian of the Science and Agriculture Library after getting her MS in Library Science. Salpy, with her professional background, and Joe, with his long years of experience, combined efforts for the best of the Science and Agriculture Library.

Joe says that he “will never forget the good work and cooperation of the Library Assistants: Aristo, Amer, and Bahaa (who left to the USA two years ago). They have always been doing an excellent job, and have shared the effort and hard work in many, many projects.”

When asked about any special moments or memories at the University Libraries, Joe says that he does not have specific ones, and that he will always remember all the moments spent in the library.

Joe admits that he was not enthusiastic about working at the Library at the beginning, as his ambition was to find a job in his field of study. Yet, he later started liking his library job, especially when he joined the Science and Agriculture Library to work as acting head, where he was able to put his management skills and educational background into use.

Talking about his work, Joe says, “I liked helping students and faculty members in searching for articles for their research. I was also keen on ensuring cooperation with various library departments, which broadened my knowledge about most of the library functions and helped me initiate better strategies and procedures.” Adding, “Being in charge of the Science and Agriculture Library for 26 years gave me self-satisfaction and pushed me to stay enthusiastic.”

For Joe, the AUB University Libraries mean “an enjoyable place for continuous knowledge” and a place where he built a successful, long-term career.

As an ending note, Joe said, “As I say good bye to my colleagues, I will also say, “see you”, and “we will stay in touch””.

From all of us at the University Libraries, we wish you the best of luck, Joe, and we hope that you have a long, peaceful and healthy retirement . . .

29 Oct

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

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 29, 2018 / 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.)

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Location: Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom, Jafet Library

Register here: https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4736930 

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

Bring along your questions and citations and we will be more than glad to assist you.

23 Oct

Aida Farha, Head of Saab Medical Library retires after many years of service

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / October 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

University Libraries’ staff members gathered for a traditional Lebanese breakfast on the morning of September 19 to bid farewell to a long-standing, proud member of the University Libraries, Ms. Aida Farha, Head of the Saab Medical Library, who retired after serving at AUB for more than 38 years.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from AUB (1975), Aida applied to her first job at the AUB University Libraries in 1980, as a Reference Medical Librarian. She remembers considering the job only due to the security issues stemming from the Lebanese Civil War, not knowing anything about Library work and wondering what a pharmacist can do in a medical library other than “dusting books”.

Once exposed to the job, Aida was amazed at the tremendous amount of information and resources available at the library. She quickly valued the role of libraries and wondered why, throughout her 4 years of studying at AUB, no one had taught her about this “treasure”. That was when she set out to learn all that it takes to become a knowledgeable Medical Reference Librarian, who can effectively support all researchers in the medical field, from physicians, to nurses, scientists, and students.

She remained in that position for over 32 years, enjoying the daily work and constantly learning all the new updates in the field of medical information science, while offering services to the library users. When Ms. Hilda Nassar, the former Head of the Saab Medical Library, retired, Aida was chosen to head the Saab Medical Library.

Talking about her role at the AUB Libraries, Aida says that she believes that Medical Librarians save patients’ lives, physicians’ time, and healthcare costs. She always envisioned that at the other end of her work is a patient and that a patient could one day be her, a friend or a family member. This thought was her motivation and inspiration while doing her job.

She adds that she was always in the process of learning so she could do her job better. Be it new technologies, new research methodologies, or new concepts, she was in a constant learning cycle. Some of the examples she remembers very well are the beginning of the “evidence-based medicine” and the “Systematic Reviews” concepts, both of which she became an expert in.

Aida treasures so many moments that happened throughout her long career at the AUB Libraries, but she reminisces about one particular incident, which took place a few years ago after she was asked to give a workshop to physicians in Syria. At midnight, eight months after the workshop, Aida received a call from one of the physicians who had attended the workshop, thanking her for saving his life. He had contracted a disease himself, which a specialist could not treat properly. So he did the literature search the way Aida presented during the workshop and retrieved all the needed information for his disease management. Aida says she will never forget that moment.

Aida is proud that after these years, library users now witness the added value that a knowledgeable medical librarian brings to their daily work, whether for education, research or patient care. She is also proud that she held many seminars/workshops on medical information in an evidence-based age, here at AUB and also in most MENA countries.

Aida is confident that AUB’s Saab Medical Library will always represent a pillar and a full-fledged support for medical research at AUB, Lebanon and the entire region, and hopes that the next Medical Librarian will continue the library’s mission.

Best of luck, Aida, and may you have a long, peaceful and healthy retirement. . .

22 Oct

Writing Your Humanities/Social Sciences Thesis: Advice from a Panel of AUB Professors

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Graduate Council, the University Libraries, and the Writing Center invite you to the thesis workshop:

Writing Your Humanities/Social Sciences Thesis: Advice from a Panel of AUB Professors

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Location: College Hall-Auditorium B1

Register at https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4708228 

Panel:

  • Dr. Hoda Baytiyeh (Education, FAS)
  • Dr. Kirsten Scheid (Sociology, FAS)
  • Dr. Marco Bardus (Health Promotion and Community Health, FHS)
  • Dr. Raymond Brassier (Philosophy, FAS)
  • Dr. Rana Issa (English, FAS)

Moderator: Dr. Erin Zimmerman (Director of the Writing Center)

Join us to lean about

  • Purpose of a thesis
  • Literature review
  • Methodology
  • Results and discussion
  • Non-traditional thesis structures
16 Oct

Workshop about SciFinder

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 16, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invite you to a training session about SciFinder

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Place: Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom, Jafet Library

Presenter: Somow Al-Saleh, Regional Manager- Levant, Iraq and North Africa, Techknowledge

Register here: https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4695157 

SciFinder is a research discovery application that provides integrated access to the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.

For more information, contact the Head of Science and Agriculture Library, Salpy Naalbandian by email: sn23@aub.edu.lb or by Extension 2165

12 Oct

Elsevier Workshops for Researchers

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invite you to a multiple-workshop event

“Elsevier Workshops for Researchers

 Date: Friday, October 19, 2018

Place: Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom, Jafet Library

Scheduled workshops:

 Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve performance for the benefit of humanity

 For additional information, call us on extensions 2620/2621 or email: libinfo@aub.edu.lb

11 Oct

Open Access Week Workshops: Oct. 23 & Oct. 25

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

On the occasion of Open Access Week, the University Libraries are glad to announce 2 upcoming sessions:

1)“Open Knowledge, Open Data”

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 , Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm, Place: Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom, Jafet Library

Presenter: Dalal Rahme, Data Services Librarian, AUB Libraries

Please register at: https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4681393 

For additional information, contact Dalal Rahme by email: dalal.rahme@aub.edu.lb or by calling ext. 2958

 

2)”Open Access Publishing”  

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 , Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm, Place: Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom, Jafet Library

Presenter: Nabila Shehabeddine, Reference and Instruction Services Librarian, AUB Libraries

Register at: https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4706987 

The workshop will cover:

  • What is open access publishing?
  • What are the types of open access (green vs golden)
  • What are the benefits of open access publishing?
  • What are the author’s rights in open access?
  • How to prepare for publishing in Open Access?
  • and more . . .

For additional information, call us on extensions 2620/2629 or email: libinfo@aub.edu.lb

03 Oct

Saab Medical Library Open Day- October 9, 2018

In Events by AUB Libraries / October 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

Saab Memorial Medical Library (SML) would like to invite you to its annual Open Day.

Join the SML Librarians and Staff and enjoy a fun and educational event. Catering will be served.

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Place: Saab Medical Library

Prizes: Bluetooth speaker and giveaways.

Games include:

  • Amthila
  • How well Can you Draw?
  • How steady can you go?
  • Balance a book

For information, contact SML by email: sml@aub.edu.lb or by calling ext. 5900.

 

03 Oct

Workshop about Knovel

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invite you to a workshop about “Knovel”

Knovel: science, technology and engineering e-books, interactive tools and data search features.

Register: https://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event/4672093

Learn tips to find engineering technical answers and insights in less time.

Date: Monday,  October 8, 2018

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Munib & Angela Masri Center (MAMC)-ELH

For more information, contact the Architecture and Engineering Librarian, Khaled Noubani by email: kn07@aub.edu.lb or on Extension 2630