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12 Mar

University Libraries’ research data services librarian co-authors scholarly article about Research Data Management

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

AUB University Libraries’ research data services librarian, Dalal Rahme, joined efforts with Dr. Gladys Saade, Professor at the Faculty of Information at the Lebanese University to co-author and publish an article entitled “Research Data Reshaping Cultural Society: Case of the Lebanese University”

The article is published through Springer, but is also openly accessible through Academia.

In their article, the authors discuss Research Data Management (RDM) as a new practice at the level of Lebanese academic institutions and then assess technological and organizational needs specific to the Lebanese University (LU) as a case study.

The methodology comprised a questionnaire that was sent to academics in the different faculties/branches of the University.

Results of the questionnaire revealed the concerns, challenges and commitment levels of researchers when it comes to data management and information sharing, such that there was a moderate level of awareness of information literacy and RDM practices.

The paper serves as a guiding example for educational institutions to develop services that support different activities in this field of work.

When asked about the paper, Rahme said: “We really enjoyed working together on this research paper. Dr. Gladys and I experienced some challenges, especially in the data collection part. We took the Lebanese University as an example, but the case is not really different in any other academic institution in Lebanon or the region. We hope to draw the attention to the importance of adopting good research data management practices in academia, as this will foster collaboration among academics across both disciplines and institutions in Lebanon and the region. We started data service two years ago at AUB but still, so much work needs to be done in this area.”

For more information, contact Dalal Rahme via email: or by calling ext. 2958

09 Mar

AUB Libraries opening hours on Sunday, March 25

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 9, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

The below are the opening hours of the AUB Libraries on Sunday, March 25, 2018:

  • Jafet Library: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight
  • Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture, and Saab Medical Library will be closed.

AUB Libraries

07 Mar

The AUB University Libraries’ Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services publishes first Arabic book about digitization and digital preservation

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

Basma Chebani, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the AUB Libraries published a first-of-its-kind book in Arabic, entitled “Digitization and Digital Preservation: a guide to digital and digitized files in libraries and information centers” / “الرقمنة و الحفظ الرقمي: دليل ارشادي لحفظ الملفات الرقمية و المرقمنة في المكتبات و مراكز المعلومات”.

Through her vast expertise in the field, Chebani focuses on best practices for digitization and digital preservation, including the relevant standards and strategies applied by most of the digital preservation institutions at the international level.

The Arabic book, published by OxLit, Oxford Studies and Publication, contains all the technical terms in English.

In her book, the author investigates and probes the need for digital preservation, a digitization process, digital preservation strategies, as well as metadata and digital file formats. She also examines issues such as secured digital storage and control, Optical Characters Recognition (OCR), the Semantic web for digitization projects both, in Arabic and in other languages at international level.

Chebani also describes the experience of digitization and digital preservation at the AUB Libraries and at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina through her extensive hands-on experience.

To know more about the author or the book, contact Ms. Basma Chebani via email:; or via phone: 01-350 000 ext. 2614.

27 Feb

Finding Aids for Archival Collections: supporting unique research about the region at AUB

In Collections,News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / February 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries’ ASC’s Finding Aid webpage, listing many finding aids for new (and old) archival and special collections, has been redesigned with the help of the Library Systems and Applications Department. Check out listings and finding aids for over 15 unique historical collections from our archival holdings! Discover some of our rare and most unique collections, which document the history of the University, Lebanon and the region!

Some of the collections listed cover the history of AUB (Daniel Bliss, 1823-1916; Edward Post, 1839-1909; Edward Nickoley, 1873-1937 ; Bayard Dodge, 1895-1972; Edwin Lewis Affair, 1882; Lee Observatory Collection, 1874- 1979, etc.)

Others cover a variety of topics including gender studies (Evelyne Bustros Collection, 1878-1971Zahiya Kaddoura Collection, 1944-2014); visual culture (Art Posters, 1966-2000 and Political Poster, 1960 – 1980s collections);  socio-economic history of the region (Makkinje, Trans-Arabian pipeline company, 1943-1983) and intellectual history (Jirji Zaydan, 1900-1938; Philip Khuri Hitti, 1910-1976; Iliya Harik, 1963-2006).

The finding aids will help you kick-start your research by offering a detailed listing of the archival collection, as well as a brief abstract, historical and biographical sketches and synopses, and suggestions for related research material.

More listings for additional archival collections will be posted soon. Keep tuned!

For more information, contact the Archives and Special Collections Department at Jafet Library: ; ext. 2609/10

13 Feb

AUB Libraries opening hours on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / February 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

AUB Libraries opening hours on Wednesday, February 14, 2018:

  • Jafet and Saab Medical Libraries: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture Libraries will be closed
07 Feb

Opening hours of the AUB Libraries on Friday, February 9, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / February 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

The below are the opening hours of the AUB Libraries on Friday, February 9, 2018:

  • Jafet Library: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture, and Saab Medical Library will be closed.

AUB Libraries

11 Jan

Mohammed Al-Sharekh, Chairman of the SAKHR Software Company, visits AUB to discuss Artificial Intelligence and Modernization of Arabic Language

In Events,News and Announcements,Workshops by AUB Libraries / January 11, 2018 / 3 Comments

More than 70 AUB faculty members, visitors, librarians, as well as professionals and researchers from universities and institutions across Lebanon gathered on the morning of Thursday, January 4, 2018 at West Hall, Auditorium B, to attend a discussion about “Artificial Intelligence and Modernization of Arabic Language” by Mohammed Al-Sharekh, Chairman of the SAKHR Software Company.

The discussion was in Arabic and was moderated by Dr. Ghassan Mourad, Computational Linguistics professor at the Lebanese University.

The head of the Research and Instruction Services department at the University Libraries, Mrs. Fatmeh Charafeddine, welcomed the attendees and introduced Al-Sharekh and Mourad.

Mr. Al-Sharekh spoke about his journey of founding Sakhr Software Co. in 1982 and its achievements in developing technical solutions to meet the unique requirements of Arabic language. The company became a pioneer in introducing Arabic language to the computer and proceeded in developing solutions including an Arabic OCR software, an Arabic Natural Language Processing technique, an automated dictionary for modern and automated solutions for Arabic verb tenses and letter punctuation. Sakhr is the only company in the MENA to hold multiple US patents for Arabic computational linguistics.

Dr. Mourad commended al-Sharekh on his many achievements and highlighted the importance of Sakhr innovation and software, which, after all these years, still represent a valuable tool for modern-day computer/communication experts. Mourad inquired about the challenges that faced – and still do face- the company. Al-Sharekh explained that the company had to stop its activities due to the lack of support from governmental agencies in funding research activities and in protecting the company’s products from plagiarism.

Asked about what he was doing now, Al-Sharekh explained that he was working on collecting and digitizing an archive of Arabic intellectual journals and posting them online for the public to access and read.

Al-Sharekh also writes short stories and articles and is an art collector with a very valuable and elite art collection

Click on the following link to see the video of the event:

04 Dec

Schedule of the University Libraries: December 8 – January 28, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 4, 2017 / 0 Comments

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries from December 8, 2017 to January 28, 2017:

December 8 – 21 (inclusive): open 24/7 (reading and exams period)

December 22: open until 9:00 pm

December 23: open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

December 24 – 25: Closed

December 26 – January 28: open 8:00 am – 8:00 pm (Monday through Friday), 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Saturdays), closed on Sundays

December 31 – January 1: Closed

January 5: 8:00 am -5:00 pm

January 6-7: Closed

January 29: resume regular hours


Engineering & Architecture – Science and Agriculture Libraries:

December 8 – December 21: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm (Monday through Friday), 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Saturdays), closed on Sundays

December 22: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

December 23 – January 28: open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Monday through Friday), closed on Saturdays and Sundays and on December 25-26 and January 1, January 5, 6, 7

January 29: resume regular hours


Saab Medical Library:

December 25       CLOSED

December 26       12 noon – 12 midnight

December 31       8:00 am – 5:00 pm

January  1            CLOSED

January 5            12 noon – 12 midnight

January 6            CLOSED

SML opens regular hours on all other days.

21 Nov

UL Opening Hours: Wednesday, November 22 and Thursday, November 30, 2017

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / November 21, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

 Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (Independence Day) and Thursday, November 30, 2017 (Prophet’s Birthday) :

– Jafet Library: 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.

Agriculture and Science , Engineering and Architecture, and Saab Medical Libraries: Closed

AUB Libraries

26 Oct

The Graduate Students Workshop Series: a 4-year prevailing partnership that continues to prosper

In News and Announcements,Projects,Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

In 2014, the University Libraries began a collaboration with The Graduate Council and The Writing Center to initiate the “Research and Thesis Writing Workshop Series” catered for AUB Graduate students.

The workshop series was established to introduce continuing graduate students to key concepts in research and academic writing, and to inform them about academic support available at AUB.

Since 2014, more than 15 workshops have been held, and the partnership has proved to be a great success, with more than 500 graduate students from different faculties attending the workshops overall. In fact, several of the sessions were re-runs due to the overbooking of seats at the workshops.

Workshop attendees from different backgrounds joined the conversation to learn more about the library resources covering their fields of study, as well as about the AUB thesis formatting and submission process and about the use of Citation Management software (RefWorks and EndNote) to import, organize and generate citations. They also learned about the support provided by the Graduate Council and the Writing Center during their thesis writing process and whenever they have research or writing related concerns.

Assessments done after the sessions have shown a high percentage of satisfaction from the graduate students, who found the sessions informative and constructive for their research knowledge and skills. The concerned partners are also assessing the graduate students’ needs through the “Student Development and Success Survey”.

A new workshop entitled “Humanities/Social Sciences Thesis: Advice from a Panel of AUB Professors” has now been introduced to the series to address the specific topics related to certain fields of study. The workshop was held on Wednesday, October 25 in College Hall-B1 and included a panel of AUB faculty members, who are specialists in the field and who can provide their hands-on expertise and insight. Moderated by Dr. Erin Zimmerman, Director of the Writing Center, the panel comprised of Dr. Carmen Geha (Public Administration, FAS), Dr. David Currell (English Literature, FAS), Dr. Fida Afiouni (Human Resource Management, OSB), Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal (Arabic Language, FAS) and Dr. Rim Saab (Psychology, FAS).

There are three more research writing workshops planned for this academic year, with the first, “Before the Thesis: Preparing your Literature Review and Proposal,” happening on Tuesday, November 7, from 11:30am till 1:00pm. In addition, a STEM-focused thesis-writing panel, similar to the Humanities/Social Sciences one, is planned for the Spring 2018 term. A list of similar graduate related events, including the series, is available at the Graduate Council web site. The page contains presentations from past events and information about future events.

To know more about the series and about upcoming workshops, contact the University Libraries by email: or by phone: 01-350 000 ext. 2629.