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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.

17 Oct

Introduction to Data Management

In News and Announcements,Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invite you to an upcoming workshop:

“Introduction to Data Management”

This session is meant to introduce AUB researchers to current data management practices including planning, organization, documentation, storage, and archiving.

Attendees will learn how to make use of the library services, especially the AUB data bank, a tool that can help while working with research data. Related LibGuide: Research Data by Dalal Rahme

When?  Wednesday, October 25, 2017  from 10:00am till 11:30am
Where?Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom- Jafet Library

Register here:

29 Sep

Opening Hours: Sunday October 1st

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB Libraries (Jafet, Engineering, Science and Saab Medical Library) will be closed on Sunday, October 1, 2017 for the COMMEMORATION OF ASHOURA.

Thank you,

AUB Libraries

19 Sep

Opening Hours: Hijra New Year- September 21

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

AUB Libraries’ schedule on Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21, 2017 (Hijra New Year).


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jafet, Science, and Engineering Libraries will close at 9:00 pm

Saab Medical Library: 7:00 am – 12 midnight


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jafet Libray: will open from 12 noon to 9 pm

Science and Engineering Libraries: closed

Saab Medical library: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

13 Sep

Introduction to Data Management

In News and Announcements,Workshops by AUB Libraries / September 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invites you to an upcoming workshop entitled

“Introduction to Data Management” -2nd session

This session will introduce researchers to current data management practices including planning, organization, documentation, storage, and archiving. Attendees will learn how to make use of the library services especially the AUB data bank in order to address issues they face while managing their data. Related LibGuide: Research Data by Dalal Rahme

Register here:

When? Friday, September 27, 2017- 10:00am – 11:00am

Where? Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom- Jafet Library

07 Sep

Toubia and Letitia Hachem rare book and manuscript collection donated to AUB

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

This article was published on the AUB Website, by the Office of Communications: 

The American University of Beirut (AUB) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Toubia and Letitia Hachem rare books and manuscripts collection to be housed in the University Archives and Special Collections Department of Jafet Library. The gift represents years of meticulous collecting by a bibliophile and art and book connoisseur. Toubia Hachem was born in Beirut, graduated from Bonaventure University in New York, did his graduate work in history at the University of Chicago and taught at AUB and then Loyola University, Chicago. He established a successful travel agency in Chicago and became a global airline executive. He never lost his passion for history; particularly theological history. Letitia Hachem studied art and is an artist. She encouraged Toubia’s collecting passion and taught him about the art world resulting in a huge collection.

Mr. Hachem’s three daughters describe their parents’ passion for books and reading. They particularly remember their father’s excitement with each new acquisition of a rare book, “He was a history professor with a special interest in French and Russian history and philosophy, but most of his knowledge was directly attributable to his life as an avid reader. He also had a deep understanding of Middle Eastern affairs, grounded in his love of history.”  The Hachem collection will live on at AUB to further feed the passions of scholars for generations to come, and will advance and strengthen the mission of AUB as a distinguished center of research, dialogue, and humanism in the region.

The Hachem Collection consists of approximately 3,000 pieces dating from the 16th century to the mid-20th century. Collection highlights include stunning examples of religious manuscripts in various formats and sizes. A wide array of geographic provenance, printing houses, disciplines, historical periods, languages, and topics are covered by the collection, as well as a broad range of formats, e.g. manuscript codices and rolls, miniature and big Qurans, folios, “pocket” books, Qurans inscribed on palm leaves, and early imprints of the Bible with ornate covers. In general, the Collection illuminates the practices of manuscript production in workshops located throughout the Russian, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Balkan regions, and early (16th-century onwards) European printing and publishing practices.

Several exceptional pieces await review by Jafet Library staff, notably a Syriac Bible from the 16th or 17th century, and a number of ornate one-by-one meter Qurans. Examples of early European imprints include a translation into Latin of Ibn Hayyan’s Alchemy, which is a testimony to the transfer of knowledge from the Arab world to the European Renaissance. Texts from Nubia, Abyssinia, Egypt, Palestine and the Ottoman Empire are represented, as are first editions and rare books by authors such as Cicero, Plutarch, Dante, Jean Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, Alfred de Musset, and Victor Hugo. Universal Histories, and scientific and philosophical treatises are also well represented. Additionally the Collection includes finely illustrated atlases, dictionaries with concordances, art books, and a few early Arabic serials including al Hilal and early Arabic imprints by the influential author of the late 1800s, Jurji Zaidan.

It is rare to find manuscripts, books and maps in the Levant with the scope, depth and fine quality of the Hachem Collection. It corrects a gap in the collection of Qurans from the Soviet and Balkan states, and in early, largely utilitarian Bibles, but also in early 16th- and 17th-century European imprints in the region.

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07 Sep

Day of national mourning in honor of the Lebanese Army martyrs

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 7, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

Jafet, Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture Libraries will be closed on Friday, September 8, 2017 (day of national mourning in honor of the Lebanese Army martyrs).

Saab Medical Library will open from 12 noon until 12 midnight.

AUB Libraries

30 Aug

AUB Libraries’ schedule during Eid Al-Adha

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / August 30, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries during Eid Al-Adha:

Jafet – Science and Engineering Libraries

Friday, September 1, 2017: Closed

Saturday, September 2, 2017: Closed

Saab Medical Library

Closed only on the first day of Eid

Adha Mubarak!

28 Aug

“الحياة”: الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت ووكالة «أونروا»: دور ثوريّ وأخطار تهدد

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / August 28, 2017 / 0 Comments :تم نشر هذا المقال في جريدة الحياة – الثلاثاء، ٢٢ أغسطس/ آب٢٠١٧

(إلى موظفي مكتبة الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت، اعترافاً بفضلهم الكبير على أبحاثي)

قد يبدو العنوان مجازياً لكنه يعكس روح المقال الذي كُتب من ضمن مفهوم أظنه الأدق والأعمق للفعل الثوري، بما هو إحداث تغيير مفاهيمي اجتماعي جذري للأمام. أما فكرة المقال فحصيلة بحث مديد لتقصي موقف إسرائيل من الربيع العربي، ويُكثفه سؤال: كيف تُفكِّر إسرائيل بالعرب، وما الذي يشغل بالها من تحولاتهم!

أظهر البحث أن ما يُخيف إسرائيل، ليس قدراً يزيد أو ينقص من أحزاب وشعارات وأسلحة، لا قيمة لها من دون قاعدة اجتماعية ونظام حُكم معياري، بل أن يستيقظ العرب معرفياً. وفقاً لهذا المعيار، فإن المشروع الذي بدَّل صورة المشرق العربي هو الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت عبر دورها في إنتاج نُخبة علمية كان لها دور تحديثي حاسم.

ووفقاً للمعيار ذاته، فإن «أونروا» هي المشروع الفلسطيني الثوري التأسيسي، الذي أنهى الأمية في المجتمع الفلسطيني خلال فترة وجيزة نسبياً بعد نكبة 1948، فوضع بذلك قاعدة ثورة علمية، صنعت لاحقاً كل أدوار الشعب الفلسطيني، الذي تأسست حركته الوطنية الحديثة على مقاعد الدراسة، وانحط حالها حين ضربتها جهالة.

تطوي الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت هذا العام 151 سنة على تأسيسها، فكانت واستمرت الأولى بالمنطقة. تنوَّعت أشكال تمايزها، وإن ارتكزت على حقيقة أنها مُستشفى ومُهندسة المنطقة ومصنع نُخبها، حيث تخرَّج فيها أو مرّ بها مُعظم رجالات العرب، الذين كان لهم شأن في صوغ الحياة العامة العربية. وإذا كان لنا إيجاز ما سبق، فيمكن القول إن الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت صارت مُرادِفاً لثقة عِلمية عالية، تجد صِدقيه مُتزايدة لها في حيز الواقع.

معروف أن غالبية الجسم الأكاديمي العربي حصلت على درجاتها العلمية العُليا، دكتوراه وما في حُكمها، من جامعات غربية، ومن هنا امتياز الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت، التي أتت بعلم الغرب نفسه للمنطقة العربية. فضلاً عن ذلك، حَصَدت وتحصد فوراً الثمار الإيجابية للعولمة العلمية، حيث يجد الطالب أو المريض عند مستشفى الجامعة الأميركية آخر وأفضل ما توصَّل إليه العِلم في الخارج، كنتيجة لنظام التشبيك العلمي مع المراكز والجامعات بالغرب.

قدَّمت الجامعة الأميركية الدليل على بؤس الدعاوى العنصرية ضد العرب والمسلمين، تحت زَعْم أنهم عُصاة على الدَمَقْرطة والحداثة بحُكم طبيعة الأشياء! أكَّد وجودها أيضاً، إن لناحية الموقع الجغرافي في قلب المنطقة العربية، أو لأن غالبية الإدارة وهيئة التدريس والطَلبة من العرب وربما المسلمين، أن هؤلاء ليسوا عُصاة على الحداثة، وما تقتضيه وتترتب عليها من بُنى وقِيم إنسانية علمانية عابرة، ما فوق دينية أو إثنية، إن توافرت لهم شروط ذلك.

لعل ما سبق ذِكره من مزايا معروفة، لكن ما لم يُشر له، أو يمكن توفير بدائل عنه، هو ما تُؤمنه الجامعة الأميركية للقارئ العربي، بما هي مكتبة المنطقة وأرشيفها وذاكرتها الموثقة، الحافظة لحقيقتها وتاريخها منذ قرن ويزيد

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