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30 Oct

Graphic Design students produce creative videos about UL as part of Motion Graphics Course

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / October 30, 2015 / 3 Comments

Third year graphic design students taking the “Motion Graphics” course last spring with Dr. Lina Ghaibeh of FEA worked on animations targeting the main concerns in the University Libraries and presented amazing outcomes.

The Libraries invited the students to help portray certain problems by designing and producing short videos featuring the library and/or its services in a concise, yet creative way.

Themes of the videos covered: Libraries services are countless; Get to know your library; What can I do at the library? ; Silence at the library; Library Code of Conduct, and others.

The videos came out to be very creative and portrayed the issues at hand with a classy sense of humor. They target the entire AUB Community, but especially students who use library resources.

The students had great storyboards and characters and visited the Library premises many times when shooting the videos, which took an immense amount of work.

The video titles were: “It’s not that hard to find a book”, “Mission in Jafet”, “El Hob Ramani: Wedding in Jafet”, “Bob the Cat: The Librarian”, and “Wallah Haram”.

The University Libraries would like to thank all the students for their creativity and hard work, not forgetting Dr. Lina Ghaibeh, who guided the projects and who helped us see the students’ perspectives about the Library.

The videos have been posted on our social media platforms. Let us know what you think!

You can click here to view the full videos on our YouTube Channel.

15 May

The Palestinian Oral History Archive, lest we forget . . .

In Projects by AUB Libraries / May 15, 2015 / 0 Comments

Today marks the 67th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, a day of commemoration and remembrance of nearly seven decades of dispossession for the Palestinian people, and a day of celebrating the resilience of the Palestinian communities everywhere, and their continued struggle against injustice.

Today, the Palestinian Oral History Archive (POHA) at the American University of Beirut has released a short video “Lest We Forget”, providing a glimpse into its rich collection of the testimonies of first generation Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

POHA is a joint project between the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (ARCPA/AL-JANA), the Nakba Archive, AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and the AUB University Libraries. The Archive will be launched in 2016, and will produce an online searchable state-of-the-art digital platform that will feature over 1,000 hours of testimonies with first-generation Palestinians in Lebanon.

The Archive, which will be housed at the AUB Libraries in Beirut, will digitize, index, catalog, and preserve the material, and make it accessible to scholars, educators, artists, and community organizations around the world to stimulate research and engagement on public history research, education, and cultural preservation.

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20 Apr

University Libraries: Projects and Initiatives

In Projects by AUB Libraries / April 20, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries has introduced a new section to its website listing its current projects and initiatives. The list includes descriptions of the projects, along with the project team members.

We invite you to visit the page to know more about the University Libraries’ initiatives and work-in-progress: http://www.aub.edu.lb/ULIBRARIES/ABOUT/Pages/projects.aspx

01 Apr

The University Libraries partners with HathiTrust, offering patrons access to millions of materials

In Projects by AUB Libraries / April 1, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries is pleased to announce its partnership with HathiTrust, which is “a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.” (www.hathitrust.org)

This partnership allows users to search in full-text over 10 million digitized scholarly books and journals from many top-ranked university libraries such as Cornell University, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan.

Patrons will have full viewing and downloading abilities for out-of-copyright and public domain materials.

In HathiTrust you can limit your search to items held at AUB libraries. To learn more about that and other features, view our HathiTrust Library Guide, which explains the HathiTrust methods of use and access.

About HathiTrust

HathiTrust launched in 2008 and comprises more than 80 partners, whose contributions added to the repository, as of March 2014, more than 11 million volumes that were digitized from their library collections by various means, including Internet Archive, the Google Books Library Project, and in-house digitization.

Hathi” is the Hindi word for an elephant, an animal observed as a symbol for its memory and wisdom.

The HathiTrust Digital Library includes reference works such as biographies, dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias, as well as books, government documents, manuscripts, journals, maps, newspapers, music scores, photos, pictorial works, and other published and unpublished materials.

06 Mar

University Libraries take part in the Digital Humanities Institute at AUB

In Projects by AUB Libraries / March 6, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries (UL) took part in the workshops of the first Digital Humanities Institute at AUB and the region which was held between March 2 and 6.

Basma Chebani, Head of the Cataloguing Department and Elie Kahale, Head of the Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department represented the University Libraries and gave a presentation entitled: “Al-Ādāb Digitization Project” under the panel named “Digitizing Lebanon and the Arab World”.

The presentation was mainly about Al-Ādāb Magazine’s digitization project, which is one of several digital initiatives taking place at the University Libraries to preserve the national and AUB cultural heritage, and to promote knowledge by providing access to the digital content to the largest possible audience including researchers and scholars.

In 2014, Al-Ādāb Magazine and the University Libraries at AUB agreed to digitize and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) which transforms text images to full searchable text from the magazine. The project will also catalog and index (create descriptive metadata) the entire content of the magazine. The aim of the project is to produce a searchable, full text database of Al-Ādāb magazine. Users will eventually be able to browse and access the journal online at the volume, issue and article levels through a Content Management System developed by the University Libraries. Full text and index search by author, title and subject will be available using simple and advanced search techniques. Full text articles will be available for downloading. The searching on the metadata (author, title and subjects) will be also available on the online Library Catalog (OPAC).

Describing the project, Chebani said “We are thrilled to be working on this project and look forward to its completion and to receiving feedback from users who will benefit from the new content, which will be accessible in full text.”

Commenting on their participation in the Digital Humanities Institute, Kahale added “The event was a real opportunity to learn, collaborate and advance”.

About the Digital Humanities Institute The Digital Humanities Institute was organized by Dr. David Wrisley, Associate Professor at the English Department, with the support of other departments and institutes at AUB. The institute consists of eight workshops training participants in “coding, data mining, digital mapping, new digital-based methods in research and publishing, and other skills needed in the digital humanities.” To know more about the Digital Humanities Institute:  http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2015/Pages/DHatAUB.aspx.

About at Al-Ādāb Magazine Al-Ādāb Magazine is a literary and cultural Journal that was established in 1953 by Dr. Souhail Idriss. It focuses on literature and culture in the Arab World and includes content such as political thoughts, poetry, novels, short stories, movie critiques, theater, and culture.It is considered as an Arab cultural platform, despite the Arab States’ censorship. It was published on monthly basis between 1953 and 1990. It was then published 5 times per year between 1990 and 2011. It stopped publishing by the end of 2012 after publishing 4 times that year.

17 Feb

University Libraries continue work on the Palestinian Oral History Archive

In Projects by AUB Libraries / February 17, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries, in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs have recently launched the Palestinian Oral History Archive; an archival collection that contains more than 1,000 hours of testimonies with first generation Palestinians and other Palestinian communities in Lebanon. The project will digitize, index, catalog, preserve, and provide access to the material through the creation of a state-of the art digital platform. It aims to expand and include additional oral history collections documenting varied aspects of the Palestinian experience in Lebanon and the region. The project is being completed in partnership with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at AUB, the Nakba Archive and the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (AL-JANA).

The Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts and the Nakba Archive have independently conducted and collected oral history interviews with members of the Palestinian community in Lebanon. As custodians of this material, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, along with the American University of Beirut – University Libraries have taken the responsibility to digitize, index, catalogue and preserve the collection.

The eyewitness narratives of first generation refugees have been instrumental to the survival of the cultural geography of spaces, traditions, and histories from pre-1948 Palestine. The Archive documents the life stories of Palestinians residing in refugee camps and different communities in Lebanon. The Archive’s main focus is personal accounts surrounding the Nakba, which elucidate a defining moment in Palestinian history and collective experience. Furthermore, the collection contains life narratives of the pre-Nakba period, folk tales and songs, and stories of the women in Ein el-Helwe camp after its destruction in 1982.

Ms. Hana Sleiman, Special Collections Librarian at AUB University Libraries, and the Project Manager, gave an interview about the project to the Archipelago podcast platform. You can listen to the interview here:  http://the-archipelago.net/2015/02/15/hana-sleiman-constructing-a-palestinian-oral-history-archive/

To read more about the project, click here: http://aub.edu.lb/ifi/programs/poha/Pages/index.aspx,  or Contact Ms. Hana Sleiman, Special Collections Librarian at AUB University Libraries via email: hs76@aub.edu.lb

22 Jul

AUB Libraries joins US libraries to create a digital library of over 100,000 Arabic volumes

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / July 22, 2014 / 0 Comments

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The American University of Beirut (AUB) Libraries has joined Arabic Collections Online (ACO), a five-year project funded by New York University Abu Dhabi that aims to digitize and make accessible worldwide over 100,000 volumes of Arabic content.

Along with New York University Libraries and its partners, the AUB libraries will create the Arabic Collections Online (ACO) project, a major digitization project funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, whose aim is to create a digital library of public-domain Arabic language content of over 100,000 volumes. Partners in this substantial digitization of Arabic content already include numerous prominent North American institutions, and the AUB libraries are the first ones outside the United States to join the project. The AUB University Libraries will contribute several thousand titles from their growing rich and historical Arabic collections in a variety of subjects and disciplines.

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