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20 Feb

Librarians from the AUB University Libraries take part in the eighth international conference on effective teaching and learning in higher education

In Events,Library Staff,Workshops by AUB Libraries / February 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

Two Librarians from the University Libraries participated in the eighth international conference on effective teaching and learning in higher education, an annual meet-up for academics and researchers from different local, regional and global educational institutions. This year, the conference focused on endorsed trans-formative learning and was co-hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Office of Information Technology, and the Communication Skills Program at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at AUB.

Nabila Shehabeddine, Research and Instruction Librarian, presented with Jasmina Najjar, Instructor at the Communication Skills Program. They discussed the collaboration between them to help students understand and identify fake news.

The presentation, entitled: “The Medium is the Message: two different writing assignments to aid students in identifying fake news” explained how integrating creative assignments into the classroom helped students realize how easy it was to create their own fake news and provided them with hands-on experience to know what elements construct fake news. The Libraries supported the learning process by providing best-practice tools and reference material and then published a Research Guide about fake news to benefit the AUB research community.  The session was attended by more than 50 people, and was followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Joyce Aways, Research and Instruction Librarian, presented a poster about an ongoing initiative she is working on at the University Libraries, which assesses the effectiveness of the Libraries’ instruction program.

Taking the library sessions of English 102, English 203 and English 204 classes as a sample, Aways presented the data collected through pre and post tests completed by the attending students before and then after the one-shot session offered by the Libraries. The assessment helps in evaluating the content and the effectiveness of the sessions and it allows the Libraries to methodically revisit the sessions and improve as needed. The project is ongoing and the plan is to integrate such assessment tests into other library instruction sessions. Several attendees stopped by the poster and asked interesting questions about this initiative.

The conference was an ideal platform for education professionals to share knowledge and network.

Click here to read more about the eighth international conference on effective teaching and learning in higher education.

13 Feb

AUB Libraries opening hours on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / February 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

AUB Libraries opening hours on Wednesday, February 14, 2018:

  • Jafet and Saab Medical Libraries: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture Libraries will be closed
07 Feb

Opening hours of the AUB Libraries on Friday, February 9, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / February 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

The below are the opening hours of the AUB Libraries on Friday, February 9, 2018:

  • Jafet Library: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture, and Saab Medical Library will be closed.

AUB Libraries

24 Jan

New Student Orientation at Jafet Library, (Feb. 6-8)

In Events,Library Staff by AUB Libraries / January 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

New to AUB?

Join us for a quick library tour in Jafet Library-Main Lobby on February 6, 7 and 8, 2018

 Register here to choose your preferred time.

Know more about:

  • Borrow and return books
  • Find Journal/News articles
  • Research Help
  • Study Areas
  • Computer Lab
  • And more

Looking forward to seeing you!

For more information, contact Jafet via email: , or via phone on  extension 2620.

04 Dec

Schedule of the University Libraries: December 8 – January 28, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 4, 2017 / 0 Comments

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries from December 8, 2017 to January 28, 2017:

December 8 – 21 (inclusive): open 24/7 (reading and exams period)

December 22: open until 9:00 pm

December 23: open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

December 24 – 25: Closed

December 26 – January 28: open 8:00 am – 8:00 pm (Monday through Friday), 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Saturdays), closed on Sundays

December 31 – January 1: Closed

January 5: 8:00 am -5:00 pm

January 6-7: Closed

January 29: resume regular hours


Engineering & Architecture – Science and Agriculture Libraries:

December 8 – December 21: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm (Monday through Friday), 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Saturdays), closed on Sundays

December 22: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

December 23 – January 28: open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Monday through Friday), closed on Saturdays and Sundays and on December 25-26 and January 1, January 5, 6, 7

January 29: resume regular hours


Saab Medical Library:

December 25       CLOSED

December 26       12 noon – 12 midnight

December 31       8:00 am – 5:00 pm

January  1            CLOSED

January 5            12 noon – 12 midnight

January 6            CLOSED

SML opens regular hours on all other days.

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

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

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

Visit by 24 emerging Ottomanists to the AUB Libraries, Archives Department: OIB’s “ Reading and Analyzing Ottoman Manuscript Sources” Workshop

In Collections,Library Staff by AUB Libraries / August 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

Around 24 emerging scholars enrolled in the Summer School Program organized by OIB “Reading and analyzing Ottoman manuscript sources” which is taking place in  Beirut, Lebanon, between the 27th and 30th of August 2017, visited the AUB Libraries Archives and Special Collections Department on the morning of August  27th.

The workshop is co-organized by the French Institute of the Near East (Ifpo), the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB), the University of Balamand, the Lebanese University (Doctoral School of Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences), the Center for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Central Asian Studies (CETOBaC), the Ankara Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi, the İbn Haldun Üniversitesi, and the Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) with the support of the Open Jerusalem Project. The summer school is devoted to reading and analyzing Ottoman manuscript and primary sources. This is the second edition, following the summer school of 2016 in Amman, Jordan. During the four-day program the young researchers (mostly MA and PhD candidates, but also postdocs) are introduced to ways of reading, combining and analyzing manuscript sources from various archives of the Ottoman era, produced at local, provincial and imperial levels. The aim is to overcome the initial difficulties researchers often face when working with archival material from the Ottoman period, one of which is an administrative terminology no longer in use today, and to get exposed to the archival terrain.

The scholars spent an hour at the Archives, delving into several Ottoman resources. On display were various Ottoman manuscripts from our collections, some Ottoman newspapers, magazines, periodicals, almanacs, Salnamas related to Wilayat Beirut, photos of Ottoman commissioners on visit to the Syrian Protestant College to give SPC students their medical exams on-site, photos from the late 19th century, documents related to WWI and SPC, maps and various documents related to the Ottoman provinces in the late 19th century (e.g. awqafs, legal documents related to Haifa, Beirut, etc.).

The excitement of the researchers was noticeable, as many had not been aware of the existence of these resources in the region, or at AUB. The visit was a great opportunity for the scholars to liaise with one another, exchange ideas and interests, and to get to know the Ottoman resources available at the AUB Libraries. Many will sure be back, with longer dissertation and book projects.

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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