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18 May

The AUB University Libraries take part in the Lebanese Library Association’s fourth National Conference: “Innovative Libraries: Paths to the Future”

In Library Staff,Workshops by AUB Libraries / May 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries staff members were active in planning, speaking and attending the Lebanese Library Association’s fourth national conference entitled “Innovative Libraries: Paths to the Future”, at Le Commodore Hotel- Beirut between May 9 and 11, 2018.

The 3-day conference featured speakers from the USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, Lebanon and the Arab world and covered topics related to the new, re-imagined role of libraries as dynamic meeting spaces and hubs, as well as digital repositories and boundary-free information providers.

Hundreds of professionals and students from the Library, Research and Information Science fields attended the conference, in addition to tens of Information and Data providers who sponsored the event and interacted with attendees in the exhibit area. Around 30 AUB University Libraries (UL) staff members attended the conference, networked and shared mutual insight with attendees from different institutions.

Dr. Lokman Meho, the AUB University Librarian, was an invited speaker during the first session of the conference and discussed the use of bibliometrics for collection development and for advancing the status of libraries and librarians on campus. The session was moderated by Dr. Mariette Atallah, Head of Collection Development department at the UL.

Basma Chebani, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the UL, presented about contribution of OCLC Schema, IFLA/LRM entities and LC in the structuring of the Bibliographic Data and Authorities within the Linked Data for more visibility on the Web: Experience of the American University of Beirut Libraries.

Dalal Rahme, the UL’s Data Services librarian and Secretary of the Lebanese Library Association, spoke about Data Services at AUB and examined the opportunities and the challenges facing this field. Rahme was also an active member in the LLA Conference Organizing Committee.

Rudaynah Shoujaa, Head of Serials & Electronic Resources department at the UL and former Secretary of the Lebanese Library Association (LLA) was an active member of the LLA Conference Organizing Committee all through the organizing process.

The AUB Libraries are more than glad to have been a part of this successful LLA event, which provided opportunities for networking and information sharing amongst Librarians and professionals in the field.

To know more about the LLA National Conference visit their website.

17 May

The AUB University Libraries at the AMICAL 2018

In Events,Library Staff,Workshops by AUB Libraries / May 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

As an active member of the AMICAL consortium, the University Libraries was represented by Fatmeh Charafeddine, Head of Research and Instruction Services Department at the AMICAL 2018 conference, from 4 to 7 May, 2018 at the American University of Central Asia, marking AMICAL’s 15th annual meeting and conference.

The conference panels focused on the future of education at international liberal arts institutions after the major changes, which have altered the ways students and faculty members acquire, use, create and share information and scholarship. AMICAL members engaged with each other and with invited experts to discuss those issues, and many other questions related to libraries, technology and learning at academic institutions.

Invited speakers John Traxler, Professor of Digital Learning, Gina Siesing, Chief Information Officer and Constance A. Jones, Director of Libraries described, each from their own experience, the shift to digital collections, services and teaching methods.

Dalal Rahme, Data Services Librarian at the University Libraries and Najla Jarkas, faculty member at the English Department, gave a two-day pre-conference workshop on several tools for digital humanities. Rahme also gave two Data Management workshops during the conference.

08 May

Ziad Kaj, University Libraries staff member, publishes “Sahlab”, his latest Arabic novel 

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

Sahlab”, Ziad Kaj’s latest Arabic novel is now published in collaboration with Embrace, a non-profit organization (NGO) which works to raise awareness around mental health in Lebanon and the Middle East. Embrace was launched as an affiliation with the Department of Psychiatry at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) back in 2013.

The book signing event for “Sahlab” is planned for Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:00pm in Café Younes, Sodeco Square.

Kaj is currently a University Libraries staff member at AUB and has been a part of the AUB family for over 30 years.

The book is about an ambitious young man, who suddenly suffers from severe depression, which turns his life and the world around him “up-side-down”. It reflects upon the journey of going back to what is considered “normal”, and to rejoining social life as we know it. Work at AUBMC proves very challenging in the first few years for this young man, and finally, after 27 years of struggle and patience, he finds himself at peace with life and with society.

Kaj describes his novel as “a true story of building oneself from the ruins of oneself “and adds that “the main message is that a sane mind is the most precious gift one can have. What matters most in life is family, a few true friends, and a meaningful hobby that colors one’s life.” Kaj says that, although he loves to write, he considers writing as his last priority when compared to the other aspects of his life. Watch a short video about the book launch here.

The design of the book’s cover is based on a photo taken by Youssef Doughan, another University Library staff member and a skilled photographer.

Read more →

30 Apr

The University Libraries at the Arab Renaissance: Renewal of the Civilizational Message Conference in Amman

In Collections,Events,Library Staff,Projects by AUB Libraries / April 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries partnered with The Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) during the “Arab Renaissance: Renewal of the Civilizational Message” conference in Amman, held on April 25 and 26, 2018.

The conference was organized by The Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development and featured the discourse of  prominent Muslim and Arab philosophers concerning the need for a new renaissance in the Islamic and Arab political thinking. Dr. Mariette Atallah, Head of the Collection Development Department, participated in organizing an exhibit of library collections on the Arab Nahda. Fatmeh Charafeddine, Head of the Research and Instruction Services Department, gave a presentation on the importance of the Nahda collections held at AUB and about the wide interest of researchers from all over the world in this collection.

Among the attendees of the conference from AUB were Dr. Tarek Mitri as speaker and Dr. Rana Issa as moderator.

Read more about the event here and here.


27 Apr

Opening Hours: May 1, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

 Below are the AUB Libraries’ opening hours on May 1, 2018 (Labor Day):

 Jafet Library: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight

Science/Engineering Libraries: Closed

Saab Medical Library: Closed


AUB Libraries

11 Apr

Five UL staff members visit Koç University in Istanbul as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / April 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

Five staff from the AUB University Libraries visited Koç University in Istanbul from March 26 until March 30 to attend the first “International Library Staff Week” as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program.

During their visit, the UL staff had the chance to share information and expertise with fellow Library staff from different parts of the world including China, England, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Albania, Azerbaijan, Morocco, and Turkey, of course.

Presentations and discussions were interactive and thought provoking, covering common Library challenges, along with ideas to overcome those challenges. The theme of the event was “Academic Libraries: Hubs without Borders”.

On the first day of the event, Sahar Ghandour, Business Information Specialist at the Research and Instruction Services department gave a general overview of the University Libraries and introduced the attending AUB staff. During the week, Sara Jawad, Web and Graphic Designer at the Library Systems and Applications Department presented about “Visual Communication in Libraries” and provided tips for non-designers.  Nina Ghannam, Digitization Quality Assurance Supervisor at the Digital Initiatives and Preservation Services presented “AUB University Libraries Digitization Overview and Best Practices” as part of the Turkish National Library Week Program – “International Librarians Meet Where Continents Meet”. Rola Mneimneh, Serials and e-Resources Assistant Librarian, and Hussein Mokdad, Acquisitions Assistant Librarian, also attended the event and participated in all the meetings and discussions.

The International Library Staff Week at Koç University Libraries not only allowed room for information sharing, but also created new networks and built new partnerships among the peer universities.

You can read more about the event here.

About the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program

Supported by the European Union, the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program is managed by the Office of International Programs (OIP) at AUB and allows full-time employees to receive funding for job shadowing, such as participating in the daily work at a partner university, business or organization.

03 Apr

AUB Libraries’ schedule during the Easter Holiday

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

 The following is AUB Libraries’ schedule during the Easter Holiday:

 Jafet Library:

Friday, March 30, 2018                               Closed

Saturday, March 31, 2018                          8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, April 1, 2018                                 Closed

Monday, April 2, 2018                                7:00 am – 12:00 midnight

 Science and Engineering Libraries:

Friday, March 30, 2018                                Closed

Saturday, March 31, 2018                            Closed

Sunday, April 1, 2018                                   Closed

Monday, April 2, 2018                                  7:00 am – 9:00 pm

Saab Medical Library:

Friday, March 30, 2018                                Closed

Saturday, March 31, 2018                            8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 1, 2018                                  12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight

Monday, April 2, 2018                                  7:00 am – 12:00 midnight

Happy Easter

AUB Libraries

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 والحفظ الرقمي: دليل ارشادي لحفظ الملفات الرقمية والمرقمنة في المكتبات ومراكز 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.