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05 Nov

Before the Thesis: Preparing your Literature Review and Proposal

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / November 5, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Graduate Council, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the University Libraries, and the Writing Center invite you to the second workshop of the series

Before the Thesis: Preparing your Literature Review and Proposal

  • What do you have to do to write a proposal?
  • What tools and resources are available at AUB to help you write and research ethically?
  • What can you do to prepare yourself to write and research the literature review section of your proposal?

Register here:

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Location: West Hall Auditorium A

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 . . .

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. . .

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:

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: or by calling ext. 5900.


13 Sep

LibFlix: AUB Library Open Day 2018 on September 27

In Events by AUB Libraries / September 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

Are you a movie geek? Join us at “LibFlix: AUB Library Open Day 2018″ on September 27  in Jafet Library from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Challenge your friends, learn about the library, and win…


Prizes include: an iPad, Tablets, $100 Prepaid Cards, more than 100 Movie Tickets, Hiking Trips, Vouchers, and many giveaways.

For info contact Jafet: ; ext. 2620/2659

10 Sep

Library Opening Hours: September 11, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB libraries users,

The below are the opening hours of the AUB libraries on Tuesday, September 11, 2018:

Jafet library: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture, and Saab Medical Library will be closed.

AUB libraries

25 Jul

Maher Kassab, University Libraries’ IT Manager receives AUB President’s Service Excellence Award

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / July 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries proudly announces that Mr. Maher Kassab, University Libraries’ IT Manager, has received the President’s Service Excellence Award for 2018.

In the presence of loving family, friends and colleagues, Maher received the award along with three other AUB and AUBMC staff members, during a ceremony held by President Fadlo Khuri on Tuesday, July 10 at 11:30am in Assembly Hall.

Presenting Maher at the award ceremony, President Khuri said, “Maher loves his colleagues…and it’s safe to say today [referring to the attendees’ cheering] that they clearly love him back. People talk about his limitless enthusiasm for his work at the University Libraries. He is known all over campus as a colleague who always stops by to help…even if it’s not his project, showing that he is invested in everything that AUB does.

With both, his technical and management skills, which he has gained throughout his career at AUB, Maher was able to come up with innovative solutions and overcome technical challenges. Since his appointment as IT Manager at the University Libraries, he was able to transform the IT infrastructure and tools at the Libraries to a “state-of-the-art” level, despite the limited resources.

Talking about his career at AUB, Maher says, “I am so grateful to AUB for making my professional career happen. The exposure, the opportunities and the experience here have been unparalleled.”  Adding, “I am very honored to have received this prestigious award. The recognition takes on a special meaning when great family, friends and colleagues are so supportive and caring.

Maher holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer and Communications from the Lebanese University and a Masters of Business Administration from AUB. He has been working at the Office of Information Technology at AUB since 2003, and was appointed as IT Manager for the University Libraries in 2013.

An article about the ceremony was posted on the AUB website.

02 Jul

Two Librarians from the AUB Libraries attended and presented at the MELCom 2018 in Budapest

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / July 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

Basma Chebani, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services and Nabila Shehabeddine, Research and Instruction Services Librarian at the AUB Libraries attended and presented during the the MELCom 40th annual conference held from the 19th till the 21st of June, 2018.

Hosted by the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, the event was a three-day annual conference that included scientific communications and visits to local libraries and/or museums as well as to institutions of interest to the MI community. The meetings are held in a different country every year, alternating Europe and the MENA region.

Chebani’s presentation was about the contribution of OCLC, LC and IFLA in the structuring of bibliographic data and authorities to be part of Linked Data for more visibility on the Web and included examples from the AUB Library experience. The presentation shows the experience of the American University of Beirut in applying the best practices proposed by the Library of Congress and the PCC Task Team for URIs in MARC records as a step ahead for Linked Data.

Shehabeddine’s presentation, on the other hand, was entitled “Copyright and intellectual property; copyright and fair use: Lebanon as a case study”.

The University Libraries have published a research guide for copyright, which provides information and resources on copyright law in Lebanon and how it relates to academic activities such as research, teaching, and publication. You can access the guide here.

Read more about MELCom here:

02 Jul

Eight UL staff members visit Koç University in Istanbul as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / July 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

Eight staff from the AUB University Libraries visited Koç University in Istanbul from June 18 until June 22 as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program. This is the second time AUB Library staff visit Koç University as part of this program during this year.

The staff who took part in the Erasmus+ program this time were:

  • Wissam Boukhary, Cataloging Assistant Librarian, Cataloging and Metadata Services
  • Shaden Dada, Special Collections and Cataloging Assistant, Archives and Special Collections
  • Elie Haddad, Access Services Assistant, Access Services
  • Dunia Jirjus, Collection Development Assistant, Collection Development
  • Mahdi Jradi, Medical Library Assistant, Saab Memorial Medical Library
  • Amer Sleit, Science and Agriculture Library Assistant, Science and Agriculture Library
  • Nadine Soujaa, Acquisitions Assistant, Acquisitions
  • Ziad Yamut, Engineering and Architecture Library Assistant, Engineering and Architecture Library

During their visit, the UL staff had the chance to share information and expertise with fellow Library staff from Koç University’s Suna Kiraç Library.

About the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program

Supported by the European Union, the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program is managed by the Office of International Programs (OIP) at AUB and allows full-time employees to receive funding for job shadowing, such as participating in the daily work at a partner university, business or organization.