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23 Dec

Jafet Library inaugurates new e-classroom

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

The Antoun Ghattas Karam Electronic Classroom was relocated, expanded and upgraded to become a state-of-the-art facility.

On the 22nd of December, Dr. Shadi Karam, his wife Zeina, and several members of their family, along with Provost Dallal, Vice President for Regional External Programs Dr. Hasan Diab, IFI Director Dr. Tarek Mitri, and members of the AUB community gathered in Jafet Library to inaugurate the new Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom. Guests were warmly welcomed by the University Librarian Dr. Lokman Meho and by library staff.

The University Libraries used the financial support which was worth USD 150,000 from the Karam family to relocate the e-classroom to a larger place and redesign the space to allow for an interactive and more congenial learning experience, and better outcomes.

These enhancements will go a long way towards improving students’ learning experience at the Libraries by providing them with a modern training facility and the proper technology and equipment. The Antoun Ghattas Karam e-classroom is the site where most library information sessions and special training workshops are held. The classroom accommodates more than 500 information literacy sessions per annum, mainly for students, but also for faculty/staff to teach them about Library collections and about best practice in research.

The new auditorium-shaped e-classroom now accommodates 30 seats in a layout which all students sit face-to-face with the instructor.

The e-classroom is equipped with all-in-one computers, 23-inch touchscreen, full HD with cameras. The e-classroom also has an active board with a giant projection screen, an automation system to control sound, lighting, curtains, and projection screen—all controllable from a touch panel on the podium or an iPad. The podium is equipped with 19 inch HD touchscreen, Blu-ray reader, a recording system with two digital cameras, wireless and handheld microphones, as well as a high-tech classroom management application for computers. This application allows for more room for interaction and control during library information sessions.

Dr. Meho, Dr. Dallal and Dr. Karam spoke at the new e-classroom opening ceremony. Dr. Karam received a plaque of appreciation from AUB in recognition for his continued loyalty and generosity.

In his speech, and in the name of more than 50.000 students who used the old e-classroom, Dr. Meho thanked Mrs. Zeina and Dr. Shadi Karam for their generosity in funding the upgrading of the initial Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom.

“Zeina and Shadi not only did you provide us with the financial support to develop the first e-classroom at AUB back in 2004, but now, 10 years later, you once again race to the occasion to support the founding of the first fully interactive e-classroom on campus with state-of-the-art teaching and learning tools, and it could not come at a better time as AUB has recently launched a strategic academic plan that supports initiatives related to e-Learning including online teaching and distance education, among others” said the Provost in his speech.

“AUB was sewn into his destiny” said Dr. Shadi Karam describing his father the late Dr. Antoun Ghattas Karam. “He spent 42 years of his life at AUB as a student then a faculty member”, “he even passed away at the AUB Hospital” added Dr. Karam.

After the ribbon-cutting event, guests toured the new facility and watched a short presentation about the new e-classrom project. A reception followed where guests met and mingled discussing and appreciating the new facility and its donors.

12 Dec

AUB President’s Club supports expansion of Jafet Library study areas

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

A number of Jafet Library’s study areas has been developed or refurbished to accommodate the addition of 140 seats, thanks to financial support from the AUB President’s Club. These additions or enhancements will go a long way towards improving students’ experiences at the Libraries and, by extension, at AUB, providing them with one of the backbones of a true liberal arts college experience: congenial, quiet and pleasant study spaces.

Built in the early 1950s when AUB had less than 2,000 students, Jafet has for long been in dire need to expand its study spaces to meet the needs of a growing student population which is currently estimated at 8,000. Today, Jafet can accommodate 500 students at a time, although more than 3,000 students visit it on a daily basis.

To ease the problem of limited space, the University Libraries’ management has used various methods including: reorganizing the stacks where the collections of books and journals are shelved; converting many of the print journal subscriptions to online and replacing tens of thousands of bound volumes of old journals with their electronic counterparts; moving from the use of static to mobile shelving systems wherever possible; and developing high-density library material storage in selective areas. These measures have resulted in vacating over 300 square meters of space that were used to accommodate some of the students’ study space needs.

To make the best use of this newly created space, the University Libraries used financial support from the University and from the President’s Club to:

-Develop two beautiful quiet study rooms for senior and graduate students with a total of 105 ergonomic seats and desks, with powerful wireless connection and individual electric socket on every desk; these two rooms are decorated with intricate artwork including collages and photos from the Library’s Archives and Special Collections.

-Relocate the Carrels Room to a space in the stacks where students will be much closer to books and periodicals and where there is less noise and student traffic

-Create space for the expansion of the Reading Reserve Room to accommodate 35 additional seats as well as for the development of a large computer lab and a 25-seat quiet reading room for undergraduate students. These enhancements or additions should be completed before September 2015.

President Dorman, Provost Dallal, Dean Nezameddin, along with members of the President’s Club and special guests gathered in Jafet Library on December 11 to inaugurate and tour the new study areas.

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09 Dec

Opening Hours: Reading and Exam Periods

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 9, 2014 / 0 Comments

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries and the Reading Rooms in Jafet Library during the Reading and Exams periods (December 10 to December 22, 2014):

READING AND EXAM PERIODS (DECEMBER 10 TO DECEMBER 22, 2014):

On the first day of the reading period, i.e. Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Jafet Library will open at 7:30 am. On the last day of the reading period, Monday, December 22, Jafet Library will close at 9:00 p.m.

Jafet Library (Reference, Reserve Reading Room, Serials Reading Room, Computer Lab, and the Stacks on the first floor): Monday – Sunday 24/7 (Library will not close)

Jafet Library (Archives and Special Collections Reading Room): Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); Saturday (Closed); Sunday (Closed)

Branch libraries (Science and Engineering Libraries): Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.); Saturday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); Sunday (Closed)

Upper stacks in Jafet Library (3rd, 4th and 5th floors) will close at 12:00 midnight and reopen at 7:30 a.m.

We count on your cooperation to maintain a calm and quiet atmosphere. Good luck in your exams.

01 Oct

New LibGuide: Arabic Comic Books

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 1, 2014 / 2 Comments

In support of the newly launched Mu’taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative at the American University of Beirut, the University Libraries are pleased to announce the publication of their new guide “Arabic Comic Books“. The guide includes a panoply of key reference and library items, as well as select online resources related to comic books as well as to graphic novels in the Arab world. It also features, among other resources, a timetable highlighting selected Lebanese comic books published between the years 1952 and 2009.

The Guide can be accessed through the following link: http://aub.edu.lb.libguides.com/Arabic-comic-books.

Enjoy the guide and please do not hesitate to email us your feedback and any suggestions for new resources of interest at the following address: ns24@aub.edu.lb.

15 Sep

AUB Libraries Chat Service

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 15, 2014 / 2 Comments

The AUB University libraries is pleased to announce the launch of its new live Chat service.

As of now, library users can chat with a librarian in real-time and get instant feedback, skipping the long phone queues and the back-and-forth trail of emails.
To use the chat service, simply click on the chat icon on the University Libraries webpage and select, according to your query, one of the following departments: Jafet, Science or Engineering to be directed to the right representative.

The chat service is available during weekdays from 8:00 am till 11:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm. For times when chat is offline, users can still use all other channels to send inquiries and communicate with the Libraries.

Looking forward to chatting with you!

For  more information, please contact Jafet Reference Desk via email: jftref@aub.edu.lb or by phone: ext. 2620/2621

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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15 May

New e-Book Collections at University Libraries

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 15, 2014 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries have acquired the following eBook collections

  1. Access Engineering
    An engineering database from McGraw-Hill bringing together electronic books, handbooks and textbooks. In addition to that, it comprises interactive graphs and tables, instructional videos, curriculum maps, and global engineering news. Subjects covered include the following: engineering topics bio, chemical, civil, communications, electrical & electronic, energy & petroleum, environmental, industrial, mechanical, and operations management.
  2. Sage Knowledge
    A social sciences digital library containing more than 4,200 titles published by SAGE. The library includes scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles and more. SAGE eBook and eReference are available in 10 subject collections: Business & Management, Counseling, Criminology, Education, Geography, Health & Social Care, Media & Communication, Politics & International Relations, Psychology and Sociology.