All posts in Projects

24 Apr

Children’s Literature Book Fair – 2017

In Events,Projects by AUB Libraries / April 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries have the pleasure of inviting you to a special event featuring children’s books written and illustrated by AUB students as part of their final project for their Children’s Literature (Education 218) course, taught by Dr. Amal Bou Zeineddine.

The event will include an exhibit of the students’ projects, as well as short presentations by students about their books.

The event will be held on Tuesday,  May 2nd at 12:30 pm

at Jafet Library’s main lobby, AUB.

The books will remain on display at Jafet Library until the 10th of May, 2017.

24 Mar

New at the University Libraries: Self-Checkout Machine

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / March 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are glad to announce the acquisition of their first state-of-the-art self-checkout machine.

Jafet Library users can now use this machine as a self-service to checkout materials during the library opening hours, avoiding the queue at the circulation desk. There is currently one machine of this kind, and it is located at the entrance of Jafet library, in the lobby.

The self-checkout service is available for current AUB students, faculty members, staff and certain non-AUB patrons with valid AUB ID and borrowing privileges at the University Libraries.

To use the machine, the user should not have any blocks on his/her circulation record meaning that there should be no fines and/or overdue library items pending on the record.

How to use the machine:

  • Select “Checkout” or “Renew”, and follow the simple prompts on the screen :
  • Scan the bar-code printed on the back of your AUB ID card
  • Scan the bar-code printed on the inside back cover of the book
  • Desensitize the item
  • Print “Date Due” slips (optional)
  • Enjoy a quick and convenient checkout process

The Self-checkout allows the user to:

  • Verify his/her privileges
  • Checkout and renew books and other library materials that circulate (provided they are not on hold for another patron)
  • View library account

The Library Loans Policy and the Policy on Overdue and Lost Material apply for all transactions done through the self-checkout machine.

For assistance with using the machine, please refer to the staff at the Circulation Desk, or call ext. 2618/9 or email: libcirc@aub.edu.lb

23 Mar

Constantine Zurayk: Knowledge at the Service of Life

In Collections,News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / March 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB Libraries, Archives Department, is pleased to announce the launch of the online exhibit: “Constantine Zurayk: Knowledge at the Service of Life“. The exhibit was curated on the 150th anniversary of AUB in conjunction with a seminar, entitled “Seminar in Remembrance of Constantine Zurayk”, which took place at AUB on October 31st, 2016. It showcases select items from the archive of Dr. Zurayk (1909- 2000), which was generously donated to the AUB Libraries, Archives Department, by Dr. Zurayk’s family. The documents, photos and letters on display here provide a glimpse onto the multi-faceted personality and rich life that Dr. Zurayk led, as well as onto some aspects of the socio-cultural and political context of a formative period in Arab modern history. The exhibit also contains excerpts from oral history interviews with Dr. Zurayk, as well as a link to the introduction of the Seminar.

We hope you enjoy!

Visit our other online exhibits at the following link.

AUB Libraries

07 Mar

AUB Libraries Arabic Books Online: The Arabic Collections Online Project

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

In 2014, the American University of Beirut (AUB) Libraries joined the Arabic Collections Online (ACO) project to digitize and make freely accessible worldwide over 15,000 pre-1956 Arabic books.

The project, funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, has just made accessible more than 200 digitized books from the AUB Libraries’ collection: http://dlib.nyu.edu/aco/search/?q=aub&page=1. These 200 items are the first out of 6,000 books to be digitized and shared by the AUB Libraries within the next two years. For more about AUB’s role in this project, please see this article: http://wordp.aub.edu.lb/?p=23.

Other contributing members include the libraries of New York University, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, and the American University in Cairo. The ACO digital library currently provides online access to 5,675 volumes across 3,779 subjects. You can read more about the project here: http://dlib.nyu.edu/aco/about .

We invite you to check the ACO digital library regularly to view newly uploaded Arabic books from AUB Libraries and other partner institutions.

For more information about this project, please contact Elie Kahale, Head of Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department on ext. 2603, or by email:ekahale@aub.edu.lb.

24 Jan

New Research Guide:” Open Access Publishing”

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / January 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are glad to announce the publication of a new research guide entitled: “Open Access Publishing“. 

The guide highlights open access publishing in general, and related topics:

  • The discounts offered to AUB affiliates
  • Self-Archiving at AUB
  • Authors’ rights
  • Open access publishing venues
  • and more. . .

We hope that this research guide will help our researchers by facilitating the publication process and offering useful resources and information to optimize their chances of publishing in Open Access sources.

For more information, contact Jafet Library by email: jftref@aub.edu.lb or by phone on ext. 2629/1.

16 Jan

University Libraries publish Oral History videos interviewing current and retired staff members to celebrate AUB’s 150th anniversary

In Library Staff,Projects by AUB Libraries / January 16, 2017 / 1 Comment

As a tribute to AUB’s 150th anniversary, the University Libraries, in collaboration with the Audio, Video, and Multimedia Office at the Information Technology Department have produced 11 oral history interviews with long-standing, current and retired library staff members.

The video is a documentary, capturing the memories of current and retired library staff members who have spent at least 15 years each at the libraries. In the recordings, the staff share their experiences, insights, stories and golden memories at AUB, and specifically at the libraries. The staff portray their devotion & commitment to AUB and to the libraries, showing a remarkable sense of “belongingness” and describing the work environment through thick and thin.

Some interview questions were prepared ahead of time to grasp a general sense. However, there was time left for the interviewees to reminisce and get personal with their experience at AUB. Many just improvised, speaking from the heart.

These were some of the questions posed: When did you start working at AUB Libraries? ; Have you worked somewhere else at AUB? ; What was your happiest memory at work and what was the saddest or most emotional memory? ; Can you share a funny incident that happened at work? ; What more can you tell us about the library? ; How did working at AUB affect your life? Can you describe the library in one sentence or in one word? . . .

The University Libraries have created a short video, highlighting parts of the content of all the interviews. You can watch the video entitled “University Library staff remembering AUB” via this link:  https://youtu.be/yUNXkLBR93E.  

Below are links to the individual interviews listed by the interviewee name:

We hope that you will enjoy these videos, and we view this as an oral history initiative, capturing a sense of AUB’s history.

Project team: [Fatmeh Charafeddine- Project Manager, Joyce Aways- Documentary Director, Edward Zakaria- Video Recording and Editing]  

13 Dec

New Library Guide on the History of AUB in celebration of the University’s 150th anniversary: “AUB History: a Short Guide”

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / December 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of a new Library guide entitled: AUB’s History: a Short Guide. The guide was compiled on the occasion of AUB’s 150th anniversary.

It was initiated by the Research and Instruction Services Department and prepared in collaboration with the Archives and Special Collections Department at the University Libraries. It highlights a number of relevant resources, including books, University catalogs, photos, magazines, archival material, as well as select online resources related to AUB’s founding, its history, Presidents, campus buildings and grounds, lush vegetation and botany, and the variegated and rich activities of its students. It also features a timeline highlighting select key events that marked AUB’s history, and its long running and firmly grounded commitment to liberal arts education (1862-2015).

The Guide can be accessed through the following link: http://aub.edu.lb.libguides.com/c.php?g=431715&p=2944880

We hope that our researchers, students and alumni enjoy the guide and benefit from the valuable information it contains.

Please do not hesitate to email us your feedback regarding the guide at the attention of Mrs. Nabila Shehabeddine at ns24@aub.edu.lb

For additional materials on the history and culture of AUB, please visit the Archives and Special Collections Department at Jafet Library, or email: asc@aub.edu.lb

23 May

AUB Libraries take part in the 3rd Lebanese Library Association Conference

In Events,Library Staff,Projects,Workshops by AUB Libraries / May 23, 2016 / 0 Comments

The AUB Libraries took part in the 3-day annual conference organized by the Lebanese Library Association (LLA), entitled: “Thinking Together: Innovate, Share, Preserve and Access”. Hosted by the Lebanese American University (LAU), the conference was held between May 18th and May 20th and was preceded by a pre-conference workshop on May 17th.

The pre-conference workshop was delivered by Dr. Lokman I. Meho, the AUB University Librarian and was entitled: “Use of bibliometric tools and techniques in collection development and management”. The objective of the workshop was to train professional librarians on the effective use of bibliometric tools and techniques in the acquisition, selection, de-selection, and weeding of non-Arabic books and periodicals.

During the interactive workshop, Dr. Meho spoke of how to assess the quality, value, significance, and impact of books and journals, and decide whether to buy, subscribe to, keep, or discard them (if/when necessary). Dr. Meho presented a number of criteria and factors that can be used (e.g., use statistics, cost, uniqueness, relevance, date and place of publication, intrinsic characteristics, physical condition, and research value) and discussed a number of relevant data sources (e.g., Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Journal Citation Reports, and Scimago Journal Rankings). The workshop ended with several exercises on how to assess the research value of books and journals via citation-based indicators, such as citation count, h-index, journal impact factor ranking, and so on.

During the LLA conference, Ms. Basma Chebani, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services Department and Mr. Elie Kahale, Head of Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department presented the Al-Ādāb Magazine archives, an AUB project lead by both of their departments.

Al-Ādāb Magazine, a literary and cultural Journal, established in 1953 by Dr. Souhail Idris, was published in print from 1953 till 2012, and is considered as an Arab cultural platform, despite the Arab States censorship. It focused on movements in literature and culture in the Arab world and it included files in political thought, poetry, novel, short stories, movies criticism, theater, and general culture.

The aim of the project is to preserve Al-Ādāb Magazine and to produce a searchable, full text database of the Magazine. Users will eventually be able to browse and access the metadata and the full text of the journal online at the volume, issue and article levels. Full text and index search by author, title and subject will be available using simple and advanced search techniques and full text articles will be available for downloading. The searching on the metadata (author, title and subjects) will also be available through the Library Online Catalog (OPAC).

The presenters focused on the major activities and main challenges during the creation of the Al-Ādāb Magazine online archives, especially when dealing with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) in Arabic language during the conversion of the digitized magazine pages into full text that is ready for search and downloading from AUB Libraries Content Management System.

For more about the conference and about the LLA, visit lebaneselibraryassociation.org.

05 May

Survey: UL seeking community feedback for internal review

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / May 5, 2016 / 0 Comments

Dear Faculty, Students and Researchers,

The AUB Libraries are conducting an internal review and are seeking the feedback of the community regarding our collections and services. We would be extremely grateful if you could please take a few minutes to fill in the below anonymous survey: your feedback will help us understand our strengths, our areas of growth and of need, and will ultimately help us serve you better.

Please take a few minutes to fill in the below survey:

 https://survey.aub.edu.lb/index.php/594889/lang-en

Your response will be appreciated by May 20th, 2016.

With many advance thanks from the AUB Libraries’ team!

13 Apr

Grant for the ‘Palestinian Oral History Archive’ Project

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / April 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded $260,000 to the American University of Beirut for the Palestinian Oral History Archive (POHA) project.  The project is a partnership between two entities at the American University of Beirut (AUB), the University Libraries and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), as well as two external partners located in Lebanon, the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (AL-JANA) and the Nakba Archive (NA).

Under the NEH grant, the project will produce an online searchable digital platform featuring over 800 testimonies by first-generation Palestinians in Lebanon, hailing from over 150 uprooted communities in Palestine. POHA, which will be housed at the University Libraries of AUB, will digitize, index, catalog, preserve and make accessible over 1,000 hours of recorded audio and video material in the hope of stimulating research on and engagement in oral history, the experience of Palestinian refugees, and the modern history of the Middle East … read more.

This article was originally published in AUB News on April 1, 2016.

To find out more about the project please visit our webpage: http://www.aub.edu.lb/IFI/PROGRAMS/POHA/Pages/index.aspx.

For a glimpse into the ‘Palestinian Oral History Archives’ rich collection of the testimonies of first generation Palestinian refugees in Lebanon watch this video Lest We Forget. The video was released on May 15, 2015 to mark the 67th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba.