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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: http://aub.edu.lb/news/2017/Pages/hachem-rare-book.aspx 

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

http://tinyurl.com/y99hfxfe :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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25 Aug

University Libraries Schedule: Fall semester

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / August 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

Below is the AUB Libraries’ schedule starting August 28, 2017 (Fall semester)

Jafet: Monday-Friday: 7:00 am – 12:00 midnight ; Saturday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm ; Sunday: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight

Engineering and Architecture Library: Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm ; Saturday: Closed ; Sunday: Closed

Science and Agriculture Library: Monday-Friday: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm ; Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm ; Sunday: Closed

Saab Medical Library: Monday-Friday: 7:00 am – 12:00 midnight ; Saturday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm ; Sunday: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight

22 Aug

نقيب المحررين زار مكتبة يافت التذكارية في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت وأهدى أرشيفها مجلدين نادرين لجريدة الحديث من العام 1937

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / August 22, 2017 / 0 Comments

في أواخر الاسبوع الفائت، زار نقيب المحررين ،السيد الياس عون، يرافقه المنسق العام لمركز السلامة الإعلامية، الصحافي فادي الغوش، دائرة الأرشيف والمجموعات الخاصة في مكتبة يافت التذكارية في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت.

وقد جال النقيب عون والسيد الغوش في الأرشيف ترافقهما مديرة قسم الأرشيف في الجامعة الأميركية  في بيروت، الدكتورة كوكب شبارو وأمينة المكتبة السيدة سمر ميقاتي واطلع النقيب والمنسق العام على محتويات هذا القسم ، وأبديا اعجابهما بالارشيف وبتنوع المجموعات فيه من مخطوطات قيمة وكتب قديمة ونادرة يعود تاريخ بعضها الى القرن السادس عشر. ولفتهما كذلك غنى الأرشيف بالملصقات السياسة والفنية والصور والبطاقات البريدية.

وقد أثنيا بشكل خاص على مجموعات المجلات والجرائد القديمة مثل “المقتطف” و”السلنامة” و”الطبيب”  و”الآداب” و”الأديب” و”الجامعة العثمانية” و”المقتبس”… واطلعا على الاوراق الخاصة لأعلام كبار في الصحافة وللأكاديميين والمفكريين العرب أمثال جرجي زيدان، قسطنطين زريق، أسد رستم، فيليب حتي، وأوراق كبار الموسيقيين كالأستاذ زكي ناصيف والدكتور وليد غلمية.

وقد لفت النقيب عون الطريقة المتبعة في حفظ الموجودات، وهي طريقة علمية تراعي المعايير العالمية في حفظ وترميم وأرشفة الوثائق. وأشاد النقيب بغنى هذا الارشيف وبأهميته واعتبره حافظا للتراث والتاريخ.

وبعد أن تفقد النقيب كافة اقسام الارشيف وتعرف على محتوياته، قدم مجلدين نادرين من جريدة “الحديث” التي تأسست سنة 1936على يد الصحافي الياس حرفوش.

تسلمت المجلدين الدكتورة شبارو والسيدة ميقاتي واثنتا على قيمتهما التاريخية، واعتبرتا هذين المجلدين “قيمة مضافة” للمجموعات الثمينة في الارشيف التي يستند عليها كثير من المفكريين والأكاديميين في دراساتهم وأبحاثهم.

بدأت جريدة الحديث بالصدور سنة  1937، وكانت تجمع في مكاتبها كبار السياسيين والصحافيين وشخصيات بارزة أمثال رياض الصلح. وتحولت هذه الجريدة الى منبر للمعارضة السياسية ضد عهد الرئيس بشارة الخوري. وفي تلك الفترة تولى السيد علي الحسيني والد رئيس مجلس النواب السابق حسين الحسيني رئاسة تحريرها. و قد أفادنا النقيب عون أن الجريدة توقفت أيام الحرب العالمية الثانية، لتعود وتصدر بعد انتهاء الحرب 1948- 1949.  وكان من كبار كتابها الصحافي وديع عون والأب يوسف عون، واعتبرت من أهم الجرائد اللبنانية. وأضاف النقيب انها تحولت سنة 1956الى مجلة أسبوعية واستمرت بالصدور بالاشتراك مع رشدي المعلوف حتى وفاة صاحبها عام 1960. وقد  تولى النقيب  بشارة عون رئاسة تحريرها من 1958 حتى 1960.

في الختام تعتبر مكتبة الجامعة أن كل تقدمة للمكتبة هي قيمة مضافة تساعد في اغناء مجموعاتها وبالتالي في الانماء الثقافي والحفاظ  على التراث الجماعي وفي المساعدة في البحت العلمي وتوثيقه.

11 Jul

University Libraries now Member of De Gruyter’s Institutional Membership Scheme

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / July 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries (UL) are pleased to announce that they are now an Institutional Member of De Gruyter’s Institutional Membership Scheme.

Authors affiliated with AUB are now entitled to a 15% discount on all Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Book Processing Charges (BPCs) in Pure Open Access publications as part of De Gruyter Group’s the Open Access model.

Detailed information on the Institutional Membership program is available on De Gruyter’s website: https://www.degruyter.com/dg/page/institutional-memberships

To know more about all our institutional Open Access Publishing offerings and discounts:

06 Jul

Newly renovated reading room inaugurated at AUB University Libraries

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / July 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

This article was posted on the AUB Website: http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2017/Pages/libraries-ghandour.aspx and was written by Dana Abed- Office of Advancement

The American University of Beirut announced the opening of the newly renovated Reserve Reading Room at Jafet Library. The renovation was made possible through a renewed contribution from Trustee Emeritus Ali Ghandour. The announcement of the Reserve Reading Room was made in a ceremony attended by President Fadlo Khuri, Trustee Ali Ghandour, Vice President for Advancement Imad Baalbaki, AUB staff, and friends.

Ali Ghandour was an AUB student and later an AUB Trustee serving from 1979 to 2008. Ghandour has been serving as Trustee Emeritus since 2008. Ghandour is co-chairman of Aviation Pioneers and Consultants, Lebanon, and President of ARAM Trading and Technology, Jordan. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Jordanian Airlines and has held multiple advisory positions in the aviation field, in addition to various Non-Governmental Organizations.

“Providing a comfortable room like this for students is to me a noble cause, AUB means a lot to me because it made me who I am today,” said Ghandour.

President Fadlo Khuri considered the provision of a space such as this room important for the psyche of the students and thanked Ghandour for his generosity.

“The enhancement of student life starts with better, more open, and more welcoming study spaces,” said President Khuri. “This reading room is an ideal study and relaxation space.”

The American University of Beirut announced the opening of the newly renovated Reserve Reading Room at Jafet Library. The renovation was made possible through a renewed contribution from Trustee Emeritus Ali Ghandour. The announcement of the Reserve Reading Room was made in a ceremony attended by President Fadlo Khuri, Trustee Ali Ghandour, Vice President for Advancement Imad Baalbaki, AUB staff, and friends. Ali Ghandour was an AUB student and later an AUB Trustee serving from 1979 to 2008.

Ghandour has been serving as Trustee Emeritus since 2008. Ghandour is co-chairman of Aviation Pioneers and Consultants, Lebanon, and President of ARAM Trading and Technology, Jordan. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Jordanian Airlines and has held multiple advisory positions in the aviation field, in addition to various Non-Governmental Organizations. “Providing a comfortable room like this for students is to me a noble cause, AUB means a lot to me because it made me who I am today,” said Ghandour.

President Fadlo Khuri considered the provision of a space such as this room important for the psyche of the students and thanked Ghandour for his generosity. “The enhancement of student life starts with better, more open, and more welcoming study spaces,” said President Khuri. “This reading room is an ideal study and relaxation space.”

20 Jun

AUB Libraries’ schedule during Eid Al Fitr

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / June 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

Below is the AUB Libraries’ schedule during Eid Al Fitr:

  • Jafet Library will be closed on Sunday, June 25 and Monday, June 26. On Tuesday, June 27, Jafet Library will open from 7:30 am to 3:00 p.m.
  •  Engineering and Architecture & Science and Agriculture Libraries will be closed from Saturday, June 24 till Tuesday, June 27.
  •  Saab Medical Library will be closed on the first day of the Eid, on the second day, it will open from 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight. 

 Happy Eid!

AUB Libraries

19 Jun

Walid Gholmieh’s rich archive donated to AUB University Libraries

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

This article was posted on the AUB Website: http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2017/Pages/walid-gholmieh.aspx and was written by Dana Abed- Office of Advancement

The American University of Beirut (AUB) received the musical heritage of the late Dr. Walid Gholmieh, which will be kept in the archives of the University Libraries to be utilized by researchers and musicians. Dr. Gholmieh’s widow, Mrs. Elham Gholmieh, and family worked with Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Salma Oueida and Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro, among others, to compile the archive and prepare for its transfer to AUB, which was accomplished on June 14.

Dr. Walid Georges Gholmieh, who passed away in 2011, was director of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music. He earned a degree in Mathematics from AUB before dedicating his life to music. He is considered to be one of the most prominent Middle Eastern conductors and composers. Gholmieh held a PhD in musicology and composed numerous symphonies and other musical compositions. He collaborated with many conductors and performers and was the recipient of multiple international awards.

According to Mrs. Gholmieh, AUB was very dear to Dr. Gholmieh’s heart and he always wanted his collection to be transferred to the University.

“AUB is the most important institution in the Middle East that preserves the cultural heritage of prominent artists. Walid wanted dearly to preserve that and keep it in safe hands for generations to come,” said Mrs. Gholmieh. “Walid made sure his intentions of transferring his collection are expressed to Dr. Nabil Nassif [director of the Zaki Nassif Program for Music at AUB] and, after his passing, we started with the execution of his wishes in collaboration with AUB.”

Dr. Chebaro explained the importance of the archival papers to be kept in Jafet Library, saying that Dr. Gholmieh was “a forward looking humanist, one who is simultaneously deeply rooted in his culture, language, and heritage.”

“The AUB Archives, University Libraries is thrilled to receive the archival papers of Dr. Gholmieh: preserving our cultural heritage, availing it to researchers, upholding and demonstrating its continued scholarly and humanistic relevance for a wide audience, both within the realm of academia and beyond, is a core mission of AUB,” said Chebaro.

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