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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

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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20 Feb

To all University Libraries users: we are listening

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / February 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries would like to inform users, and especially students, that they can now write and submit their comments in the Libraries’ “Suggestions Box”.

The notes will remain anonymous and will be checked on a regular basis by the Library Staff.

The box has been placed at the entrance of Jafet Library for your convenience.

Feel free to tell us your opinions and suggestions . . . we are listening, to serve you better.

 

University Libraries

08 Feb

University Libraries: Opening Hours on February 9 and 14

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / February 8, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

The opening hours of the AUB Libraries on

Thursday, February 9, 2017 will be as follows:

  • Jafet Library: 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm
  • Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture, and Saab Medical Library will be closed

Tuesday, February 14, 2017:

  • Jafet Library: 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm
  • Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture, and Saab Medical Library will be closed

AUB Libraries

31 Jan

Interview with Dalal Rahme, research data services librarian at the University Libraries

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / January 31, 2017 / 0 Comments

The School of Information Sciences at the iSchool at Illinois interviewed Dalal Rahme, Research Data Services librarian at AUB’s University Libraries. Below is the full text of the interview that appeared on the iSchool’s website.

Get to know Dalal Rahme (MS ’14), research data services librarian

Posted: January 30, 2017

Our alumni work all over the world, using the knowledge and skills they learned in their iSchool courses. Dalal Rahme (MS ’14) is sharing her knowledge of data curation with students and faculty at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I’m a research data services librarian at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. My main duty is to help researchers find the data they need, organize it, preserve it, and make it accessible for future use through our DataBank. I also assist in the writing of data management plans when required. As a data curator, I work closely with the digital initiatives department, where I am involved in several digital preservation projects. In addition, I teach a digital preservation course at the Graduate School of Library Science at the Lebanese University, which is another great opportunity to be in touch with future librarians.

What do you like best about your job?

What I like best about my job is the continuous learning, diversity of projects, and the everyday challenges that come from working with different types of data, projects, and personalities. All of this helps me learn a great deal of things and acquire new technical and interpersonal skills.

How did the iSchool help you get to where you are today?

I came to the iSchool with an interest in data curation. I became interested in the socio-technical data analytics (SODA) in the first semester and ended up with two concentrations: data curation and SODA. The master’s program at the iSchool exceeded my expectations. It equipped me with what I need to specialize in what I do, and it helped me gain new perspective and see more opportunities in the profession.

What advice would you like to share with iSchool students?

Take advantage of the opportunities offered by the School and University. Get involved in sessions, internships, training, alternative spring breaks, and volunteering.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, sailing, and canoeing. I was recently elected a board member of the Lebanese Library Association, and I am very excited to be part of a team working voluntarily on issues related to librarianship in the country.

Link to article: http://ischool.illinois.edu/articles/2017/01/get-know-dalal-rahme-ms-14-research-data-services-librarian

27 Jan

AUB University Librarians co-author scholarly article about Library Collection Development and Management

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / January 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

AUB University librarians Dima Ahmadieh- Collection Development Librarian, Salpy Nalbandian- Head of Science and Agriculture Library and Khaled Noubani- Head of Engineering and Architecture Library joined efforts to co-author and publish an article entitled “A comparative citation analysis study of master’s theses at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon”.

Published in Collection Building journal, this article seeks to determine and compare the type and age of cited literature in master’s theses of three academic disciplines at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. It also aims to improve the existing monograph and serial collections at AUB.

In their research, the authors conducted citation analysis of all AUB master’s theses completed between 2004 and 2013 in the disciplines of biology, mechanical engineering and political science. They extracted Bibliographic data from citations in the reference lists and analyzed the data. Availability of the cited books and journals was checked against the library catalog.

The findings indicated that engineering and biology students use a significantly greater number of scholarly journal articles in comparison to political science students and that all disciplines rely on recent publications.

This paper’s findings will prove useful to develop lists of core journals for the UL and will help in managing existing collections and providing a base for informed decision-making regarding journal subscriptions and/or cancellations.

When asked about this publication, the authors said, “It is an unprecedented collaborative effort between three librarians from AUB to share their experience and knowledge about citation analysis.” Adding “It was a new, challenging experience and an opportunity to share our work and knowledge with colleagues nationally and internationally. It was also a great way to know more about our master students’ research to understand and meet their needs.”

The authors unanimously agreed that working on this case study was a challenge at the beginning; to the extent that there were times where they almost lost faith in completing the work. However, they insisted on continuing until the end to get the work published.

This study is one of a few of its kind in the Arab world and will serve to facilitate collection development and management in the region.

To read the full article click here.

Citation:

Ahmadieh, D., Nalbandian, S., & Noubani, K. (2016). A comparative citation analysis study of master’s theses at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Collection Building35(4), 103-113. doi: 10.1108/CB-06-2016-0013

Link: http://www.emeraldinsight.com.ezproxy.aub.edu.lb/doi/full/10.1108/CB-06-2016-0013

24 Jan

University Libraries: Opening Hours

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / January 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

As of today, the University Libraries will resume regular opening hours:

Jafet Library:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am till 12:00 midnight
  • Saturday: 8:00 am till 8:00 pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 noon till 12:00 midnight

Engineering and Architecture Library:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am till 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am till 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Science and Agriculture Library:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am till 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am till 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Saab Medical Library:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am till 12:00 midnight
  • Saturday: 8:00 am till 8:00 pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 noon till 12:00 midnight

Welcome back to AUB and looking forward to seeing you all at the Libraries . . .