All posts in Library Staff

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 . . .

16 Jan

University Libraries publish Oral History videos interviewing current and retired staff members to celebrate AUB’s 150th anniversary

In Library Staff,Projects by AUB Libraries / January 16, 2017 / 1 Comment

As a tribute to AUB’s 150th anniversary, the University Libraries, in collaboration with the Audio, Video, and Multimedia Office at the Information Technology Department have produced 11 oral history interviews with long-standing, current and retired library staff members.

The video is a documentary, capturing the memories of current and retired library staff members who have spent at least 15 years each at the libraries. In the recordings, the staff share their experiences, insights, stories and golden memories at AUB, and specifically at the libraries. The staff portray their devotion & commitment to AUB and to the libraries, showing a remarkable sense of “belongingness” and describing the work environment through thick and thin.

Some interview questions were prepared ahead of time to grasp a general sense. However, there was time left for the interviewees to reminisce and get personal with their experience at AUB. Many just improvised, speaking from the heart.

These were some of the questions posed: When did you start working at AUB Libraries? ; Have you worked somewhere else at AUB? ; What was your happiest memory at work and what was the saddest or most emotional memory? ; Can you share a funny incident that happened at work? ; What more can you tell us about the library? ; How did working at AUB affect your life? Can you describe the library in one sentence or in one word? . . .

The University Libraries have created a short video, highlighting parts of the content of all the interviews. You can watch the video entitled “University Library staff remembering AUB” via this link:  https://youtu.be/yUNXkLBR93E.  

Below are links to the individual interviews listed by the interviewee name:

We hope that you will enjoy these videos, and we view this as an oral history initiative, capturing a sense of AUB’s history.

Project team: [Fatmeh Charafeddine- Project Manager, Joyce Aways- Documentary Director, Edward Zakaria- Video Recording and Editing]  

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.

  • GEAGEA, CARINE – 10
  • HADDAD, ALBERT – 10
  • NAALBANDIAN, SALLY – 10
  • YAZBEK, SOUHA – 10
  • ASSAF, TONI – 15
  • MATAR, CLAUDE – 15
  • MOKDAD, HUSSEIN – 15
  • HASHEM, ZEINAB – 20
  • KADI, SAMIR S. – 20
  • NOUBANI, KHALED – 20
  • ABBOUD, ELIAS – 25
  • CONSTANTIN, MAURICE – 25
  • YAMUT, ZIAD – 25
  • SHEHABEDDINE, NABILA – 25

To see the full story on the AUB website click here: http://aub.edu.lb/news/2016/Pages/service-award.aspx

06 Dec

UL Opening Hours during the Reading and Exams period (Dec 7–22, 2016)

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 6, 2016 / 0 Comments

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries during the Reading and Exams period:

READING AND EXAM PERIOD (DECEMBER 7 TO DECEMBER 22, 2016):

On the first day of the reading period, i.e. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Jafet Library will open at 7:00 am. On the last day of the exams period, Thursday, December 22, Jafet Library will close at 9:00 pm

Jafet Library (Reference, Reserve Reading Room, Serials Reading Room, 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 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Saturday (Closed)
  • Sunday (Closed)

 

Engineering & Architecture – Science and Agriculture Libraries:

  • Monday – Friday (8:00 am – 9:00 pm)
  • Saturday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday (Closed)

On Thursday, December 22, Engineering & Architecture – Science and Agriculture Libraries will close at 5:00 pm

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

We count on your cooperation to maintain a calm and quiet atmosphere.

 

Good luck in your exams.

AUB Libraries

02 Dec

AUB among the world’s best for alumni achievement

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 2, 2016 / 0 Comments

This article was published on the AUB News section on November 25, 2016:  http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2016/Pages/qs-alumni.aspx

The American University of Beirut has made its mark strongly in a new measure introduced by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking organization, highlighting the employability of graduates of different universities worldwide.

AUB came in the 81-90 bracket, coming first not just in the Arab countries, but the whole of the MENA region, and it was ranked 32nd in one of the five categories being measured.

“This ranking is evidence of AUB’s success in achieving its mission by producing outstanding graduates, many of whom go on in their careers to join the world’s most innovative, creative, prosperous, entrepreneurial, and/or philanthropic individuals,” said Director of AUB Libraries, Dr. Lokman Meho.

Dr. Meho told us that although it was a new ranking which started as a pilot in the 2015-16 academic year and makes its debut this year, it uses a credible range of indicators and is based on a large sample of more than 37,000 employers worldwide.

QS published its list of the top 300 institutions for employability of their students, based on reputation with employers (30% of the score); alumni outcomes, i.e. how successful alumni are (20%); institutions’ relations with external partners (25%); employer-student connections (15%); and graduate employment rate (10%).

AUB was ranked 78th in employer reputation and 32nd in alumni outcomes. It also achieved a 72nd spot in employer-student connections through which students are given the opportunity to network with businesses and launch their careers as early as they can.

No other institution in the MENA region was ranked higher than 150. Khalifa University and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals were both ranked in the 151-200 bracket, while the American University in Cairo, American University of Sharjah, and Cairo University were all ranked in the 201+ category.

The highest-ranked institution in terms of employability under the QS criteria was Stanford University, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) coming in second place.

This ranking follows AUB’s phenomenal rise in the QS World University Rankings in September, when it improved by 40 places to reach the 228th spot.

17 Nov

Library Opening Hours: November 22, 2016

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / November 17, 2016 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

 Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries on Tuesday, November 22, 2016:

  • Jafet Library: Open from 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight
  • Science, Engineering and Saab Medical Libraries: Closed

Happy Independence Day!

AUB Libraries