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10 Feb

Thesis Workshop Series- Workshop 3: Making a Contribution to Your Discipline (Thesis Writing)

In Events,Workshops by AUB Libraries / February 10, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Graduate Council, the University Libraries, and the Writing Center at AUB invite you to attend

Thesis Workshop Series: 

Workshop 3 – Making a Contribution to Your Discipline (Thesis Writing)

  • Defending and submitting your thesis: when and how
  • Formatting your thesis: templates and manuals
  • Managing and organizing your references: using EndNote or RefWorks
  • Getting support for your writing: drafting, revising, and editing

When?   Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 2:00 pm  to 3:30 pm

Where? Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom- Jafet Library

Register here:

For details, please call the Libraries on extensions 2621/2629 or e-mail:

11 Jan

Digital Humanities Institute–Beirut: 10-12 March

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

The Center for Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Information Technology, the Department of English, and the University Libraries at the American University of Beirut (AUB), are happy to host the second iteration of the Digital Humanities Institute – Beirut (DHI-B 2017), that will take place from 10-12 March 2017.

Nina Ghannam, Assistant to the Librarian and and Vera Al Ashkar, Digital Imaging Specialist from the Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department at the University Libraries will be giving a workshop entitled: “Introduction to Optical Character Recognition for Arabic. This workshop address Optical Character Recognition, by which a computer can take a scanned text and turn it into digital text file.  It will address specific problems related to Arabic.

The workshop will be introduced by Elie Kahale, Head of the Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department at the University Libraries.

This event builds on the success of the event that took place in March 2015 in Beirut. The theme this year in 2017 is Shaping Digital Humanities Communities: Local, Regional and Consortial.

The humanities in the twenty-first century have taken a decidedly digital turn. In some cases this means traditional questions are addressed with new digital skills or new modes of scholarly communication, in others, entirely new research questions are emerging with technology.The main goal of the Institute is to create an environment where different stakeholders in the academic communities of Lebanon and the region learn together about new computing technologies and their impact on the humanities.

Like the digital humanities themselves, DHI-B is designed as a meeting place, between faculty, librarians, students and technologists. It features hands-on workshops, poster presentations, lightning talks, and lectures, conceived with a collegial spirit of collaboration in mind. These workshops aim to introduce you to some of the ways that research and teaching are changing in the humanities. Many of those workshops have been suggested by the community themselves. They will be taught by MA and PhD students, librarians, instructors and professors.

These courses are not all of the same length. The long and short courses run over the period of the first two days, so only one of these courses can be taken alongside a mini course which will run during the last day of the institute (Sunday).


Attendance is by registration only. Please REGISTER .

Free admission, to AUB and AMICAL attendees.

Event Details:

For inquiries, feel free to contact us at

The DHI-B 2017 is primarily sponsored by the Center for Arts and Humanities at AUB, and also AMICAL Consortium, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (AUB), Office of Information Technology (AUB) and the Department of English (AUB).

We look forward to having you with us!

DHI-B Organizing Committee: Fatmeh Charafeddine (Library), Rayane Fayed (IT), Till Grallert (OIB), Mario Hawat (English major), Najla Jarkas (English), David Wrisley (English)

10 Jan

Exhibit extended: “AUB’s 150th: through the looking glass”

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / January 10, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries are glad to announce that they have extended the exhibit “AUB’s 150th: through the looking glass” which will hold in Jafet Library until the 30th of January, 2017.

The exhibit includes a display of Library material depicting the AUB history and showcases material from AUB’s 150th events throughout last year, in addition to a nostalgic display of Campus Yearbook photos.

The exhibit’s opening ceremony was held on the 22nd of December, and featured a talk by Mr. Tony Naufal (BA’74), an independent researcher with a lot of insight and a number of anecdotes about AUB’s history. 

Click here to view the full video of the Tony Naufal’s talk: “Vignettes of AUB History

09 Jan

Upcoming Exhibit: “Fields of Vision and Mediation: Arab Cinema and Political Posters”

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / January 9, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries and the Media Studies Program invite you to an exhibit entitled: “Fields of Vision and Mediation: Arab Cinema and Political posters”, curated by the Archives and Special Collections Department, Jafet Library.

The exhibit, which will showcase a number of political and cinema posters, some comics from our Library collections, graffiti from various venues in the city, as well as some archival material from the Archival papers of the late Anthony Shadid, is presented  in support of a conference organized by the Media Studies Program, and entitled: Rethinking Media Through the Middle East.

“Fields of Vision and Mediation: Arab Cinema and Political Posters”

Exhibit Dates: January 12-14, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Place: West Hall Mahmoud Malhas Common Room

21 Dec

14 UL Staff members receive pins during the AUB Service Awards ceremony

In Events,Library Staff by AUB Libraries / December 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

During this year’s “Service Awards” ceremony and reception, held on December 20th at the Charles W. Hostler Student Center auditorium, AUB acknowledged staff members who have served the university for 10, 15, 20, and 25 years.

The University Libraries (UL) proudly recognized 14 of its staff members for their long years of dedication and service.

Commenting on the ceremony, Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries said: “My heartfelt thank you goes to every single one of them and to their colleagues. Like others in the Library, they are an amazing group of staff members who deserve the very best. I hope to see them go on to serve AUB for 30, 35, 40, and 45 years.”

The UL family would like to congratulate its dedicated staff members and wish them all the best for the upcoming years.

  • YAZBEK, SOUHA – 10
  • ASSAF, TONI – 15
  • MATAR, CLAUDE – 15
  • KADI, SAMIR S. – 20
  • ABBOUD, ELIAS – 25
  • YAMUT, ZIAD – 25

To see the full story on the AUB website click here:

20 Dec

UL Opening Hours-Dec 23, 2016 till Jan 23, 2017

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / December 20, 2016 / 0 Comments

Kindly find below the AUB Libraries schedule from Friday, December 23, 2016 till Monday, January 23, 2017:

Jafet Library

  • From December 23 to January 1: open every day from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm and CLOSED on Sundays (December 25 and January 1)
  • From January 2 to January 23: Monday – Thursday: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm and Friday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, January 24 on: resume regular hours


  • Friday, December 23 – Monday, December 26: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, December 27 – Thursday, December 29: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Friday, December 30 – Sunday, January 1: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2 – Thursday, January 5: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Friday, January 6 – Sunday, January 8: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 9 – Monday, January 23: 8 am – 5 pm and CLOSED on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Tuesday, January 24 on: resume regular hours

Saab Medical Library (SML)

  • December 23: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • December 24: 8:00am. – 8:00pm.
  • December 25: closed
  • December 26: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • December 27: 7:00am. – 12 midnight
  • December 28: 7:00am. – 12 midnight
  • December 29: 7:00am. – 12 midnight
  • December 30: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • December 31: 8:00am. – 5:00pm.
  • January 1st: closed
  • January 2nd and on: resume regular hours
15 Dec

Exhibit: “AUB’s 150th: through the looking glass”

In Events by AUB Libraries / December 15, 2016 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries invite you to an exhibit

“AUB’s 150th: through the looking glass”

 A display of Library material depicting the AUB history and showcasing material from AUB’s 150th events throughout this year, in addition to a nostalgic display of Campus Yearbook photos.

Opening Ceremony:

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 4:00 pm | Jafet Library, Lobby

The ceremony will feature:

  • A talk entitled “Vignettes of AUB History” by Mr. Tony Naufal (BA’74), Independent Researcher
  • A new “oral history” video of interviews with current and retired library staff members

The exhibit will hold in Jafet Library until January 10th, 2017

07 Dec

Library exhibition sheds light on AUB’s role during World Wars

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / December 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

This article was published on the AUB website’s News Section on December 6th, 2016: 

Established in 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB) stood firm, surviving many wars, including World War I and World War II. The Archives and Special Collections department at the Jafet Library organized an exhibit recounting the story of how AUB survived the tough days of WWI and WWII. The exhibit in Malhas Common Room, West Hall, features photos, documents, letters, diaries, posters, pamphlets, and oral history interviews from its archival collections.

Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro, Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections, explained to us that the purpose of the exhibit is to highlight the difficult times through which AUB survived, for the tough times tell you a lot about the identity of the University.

“During WWI, AUB played a vital role of resilience through its medical center, by rationing sustainability and offering the citizens medical care and food,” she said. “After WWI, AUB made the transition from being a college to becoming a university; it witnessed a change of name from Syrian Protestant College to American University of Beirut, and became a full-blown liberal arts model.”

During WWII, Chebaro insists the role AUB played was societal and diplomatic. After WWII, AUB had a regional impact influencing the rise of Arab nationalism. Although Lebanon was not as badly affected by the war in comparison to WWI when one third of the population died, WWII was what Chebaro calls “a push and pull” politically.

“During those times Lebanon gained its independence, and many students were granted medals by the state of Lebanon for avidly participating in the protests against the French,” she said, “AUB graduates of those times had key ideas that shaped that century, and that’s due to the Liberal Arts program they followed during their years as students; in the 1945 San Francisco Conference leading to the declaration of the UN, AUB had the biggest proportion of graduates attending the conference, charted as representatives of their states.”

Amazing collection

Mrs Samar Mikati, Librarian at the archives and Special Collections, told us about the richness of the documents they found as they were bringing together this exhibition.

“It was hard to choose the material to uncover, however, we know that there are some areas that weren’t properly covered in the exhibit, we lack documents about the 40s and the 50s,” she said.

Chebaro and Mikati proceeded to thank the dedicated team that worked tirelessly to put the exhibition together, with a special thank you to graduate student Nichola Larkins who devotedly participated in the background research and played a solid role in the execution of the exhibit.

The exhibit was launched in a ceremony attended by President Fadlo R. Khuri, former President Peter Dorman and a number of staff, faculty, and visitors, on December 5. Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of University Libraries, opened the ceremony with a speech thanking the staff for putting this exhibit together and emphasizing on the fact that this only a small part of what the collection found at the archives.

“Visit us in Jafet, you will be amazed with the amount of material that we can provide you with for your research,” said Meho.

President Khuri highlighted the role AUB played during the wars, often as the safest place in the city. According to him, the leadership of AUB was able to rise as hero during those difficult times. He believes the exhibition to be very significant at the end of this celebratory year.

“We are getting close to closing the celebrations, and two days exactly from the 150th anniversary it is fitting that the archives and special collections at Jafet libraries should treat us to this magnificent exhibition where the focus is on some of the most impactful moments of this university’s history,” he said.

Dr. Abdelrahim Abu Husayn, Professor of History at the Department of History and Archaeology, then took the podium to further emphasize on the role of the University during the wars, especially World War I when it provided citizens with medical relief. Abu Husayn also spoke about the importance of documenting history.

“There is always another side to history that it not properly told or is not properly documented. I issue a call to donate whatever material individuals have on WWII and the Lebanese Civil War to Jafet,” said Abu Husayn, “Jafet Library will not only organize it and preserve it, but it will also make it available to the public.”

The exhibit will be running until the December 9. For more online exhibits follow this link

29 Nov

Exhibit: “AUB through Wars: WWI and WWII”

In Events by AUB Libraries / November 29, 2016 / 0 Comments

As part of AUB’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the AUB Libraries, Archives and Special Collections, are pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibit

“AUB through Wars: WWI and WWII”

on December 5th at 6:00 p.m. at Mahmoud Malhas Common Room, West Hall

The exhibit will be open between December 6th and December 9th, 9:00-5:00 p.m.

It showcases a big number of documents, photos, diaries, oral history interviews from our special and archival collections, and it tells the story of AUB’s resilience, its regional ascendency and vision, its deep social commitment and wide public service. Also featured will be excerpts from oral history interviews about the Lebanese civil war.

We hope to see you there. Come one, come many!”

28 Nov

AUB Outdoors Committee supports expansion and renovation of Jafet Library’s Reference Reading Room

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / November 28, 2016 / 1 Comment

Jafet Library’s Reference reading area has been expanded with a newly renovated room to accommodate 45 additional seats thanks to financial support from the 2016 AUB Outdoors Committee, who donated $50,000 to create much needed new study space for students at the Library.

The new study room is modern and well-lit, overlooking the sea view of the AUB campus. It is tailored to students’ daily needs in terms of bigger desk space, individual power outlets, and new furniture. It will help the Libraries go a step forward towards improving students’ experiences when using Library facilities.

President Khuri, Interim Provost Mohamed Harajli, VP Imad Baalbaki, Dean Nezameddin and many members of the AUB Outdoors Committee, Jafet staff members and special guests gathered in Jafet Library on the afternoon of November 28th to inaugurate the new study room.

Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries, addressed the attendees first, thanking the Outdoors Committee, the President, VP Baalbaki, Dean Nezameddin, the Physical Plant, and the Library team for their remarkable support and work. He highlighted the importance of this project in times when Library reading areas are packed with students, whose numbers at AUB have multiplied while the Library space stayed intact, saying that “we very much thank the 2016 Outdoor Committee for their thoughtfulness and for helping the Libraries provide better student services and partially address one of the most popular students’ Library needs, that is, increasing and enhancing student seating capacity in the Libraries.”

AUB President, Dr. Fadlo Khuri took the stage next and addressed the students saying “We’re tinkering with many things with the students, and eventually they will all work out to your advantage. I’m proud to say that so far we’ve kept our word to invest more resources- not just funds- but time in students-specific activities including the dorms, renovating the library and other major enterprises.”

About these projects, Dr. Khuri said “This is an investment. We believe you are the future leaders of the societies in Lebanon, the Arab world and beyond. . .You need some additional resources so that you leave here [AUB] more empowered than when you come here… This isn’t charity. This is an investment that will come good for decades to come.” He then congratulated the students on this unique accomplishment, referring to this as a permanent “compact between the university and the students”.

Dr. Talal Nezameddin, the Dean of Student Affairs, thanked the Outdoors Committee and its volunteers saying that “it is outstanding how many special and unique skills are involved in the outdoors: project management, team building skills, leadership skills as well as encountering and overcoming challenges before, during and after the event”. He spoke of how incredible it is for such a big group of people to work together under such difficult circumstances to raise such an enormous amount of money and then give back to their community.

The chairperson of the AUB 2016 Outdoors Committee, Riad El-Soufi, spoke of the committee’s commitment and motive behind funding this project saying that “this is a way for students to give back to AUB and namely to the students.” He spoke of the Outdoors Committee’s hard work and thanked Dean Nizameddin and VP Baalbaki, as well as the 600 volunteers who make the Outdoors happen, adding “we hope that this is only the beginning and that similar donations will be awarded to the AUB community by the Outdoors in the years to come”.

The attendees then cut the ribbon to officially inaugurate the new reading room and enjoyed some refreshments, as students passed by to see their new study area.

This project is especially distinctive for the Libraries because it is the first time a project gets funded and supported by students, for students . . .

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