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25 Jul

Maher Kassab, University Libraries’ IT Manager receives AUB President’s Service Excellence Award

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / July 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries proudly announces that Mr. Maher Kassab, University Libraries’ IT Manager, has received the President’s Service Excellence Award for 2018.

In the presence of loving family, friends and colleagues, Maher received the award along with three other AUB and AUBMC staff members, during a ceremony held by President Fadlo Khuri on Tuesday, July 10 at 11:30am in Assembly Hall.

Presenting Maher at the award ceremony, President Khuri said, “Maher loves his colleagues…and it’s safe to say today [referring to the attendees’ cheering] that they clearly love him back. People talk about his limitless enthusiasm for his work at the University Libraries. He is known all over campus as a colleague who always stops by to help…even if it’s not his project, showing that he is invested in everything that AUB does.

With both, his technical and management skills, which he has gained throughout his career at AUB, Maher was able to come up with innovative solutions and overcome technical challenges. Since his appointment as IT Manager at the University Libraries, he was able to transform the IT infrastructure and tools at the Libraries to a “state-of-the-art” level, despite the limited resources.

Talking about his career at AUB, Maher says, “I am so grateful to AUB for making my professional career happen. The exposure, the opportunities and the experience here have been unparalleled.”  Adding, “I am very honored to have received this prestigious award. The recognition takes on a special meaning when great family, friends and colleagues are so supportive and caring.

Maher holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer and Communications from the Lebanese University and a Masters of Business Administration from AUB. He has been working at the Office of Information Technology at AUB since 2003, and was appointed as IT Manager for the University Libraries in 2013.

An article about the ceremony was posted on the AUB website.

02 Jul

Two Librarians from the AUB Libraries attended and presented at the MELCom 2018 in Budapest

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / July 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

Basma Chebani, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services and Nabila Shehabeddine, Research and Instruction Services Librarian at the AUB Libraries attended and presented during the the MELCom 40th annual conference held from the 19th till the 21st of June, 2018.

Hosted by the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, the event was a three-day annual conference that included scientific communications and visits to local libraries and/or museums as well as to institutions of interest to the MI community. The meetings are held in a different country every year, alternating Europe and the MENA region.

Chebani’s presentation was about the contribution of OCLC, LC and IFLA in the structuring of bibliographic data and authorities to be part of Linked Data for more visibility on the Web and included examples from the AUB Library experience. The presentation shows the experience of the American University of Beirut in applying the best practices proposed by the Library of Congress and the PCC Task Team for URIs in MARC records as a step ahead for Linked Data.

Shehabeddine’s presentation, on the other hand, was entitled “Copyright and intellectual property; copyright and fair use: Lebanon as a case study”.

The University Libraries have published a research guide for copyright, which provides information and resources on copyright law in Lebanon and how it relates to academic activities such as research, teaching, and publication. You can access the guide here.

Read more about MELCom here: https://www.melcominternational.org/?page_id=5

02 Jul

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

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / July 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

Eight staff from the AUB University Libraries visited Koç University in Istanbul from June 18 until June 22 as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program. This is the second time AUB Library staff visit Koç University as part of this program during this year.

The staff who took part in the Erasmus+ program this time were:

  • Wissam Boukhary, Cataloging Assistant Librarian, Cataloging and Metadata Services
  • Shaden Dada, Special Collections and Cataloging Assistant, Archives and Special Collections
  • Elie Haddad, Access Services Assistant, Access Services
  • Dunia Jirjus, Collection Development Assistant, Collection Development
  • Mahdi Jradi, Medical Library Assistant, Saab Memorial Medical Library
  • Amer Sleit, Science and Agriculture Library Assistant, Science and Agriculture Library
  • Nadine Soujaa, Acquisitions Assistant, Acquisitions
  • Ziad Yamut, Engineering and Architecture Library Assistant, Engineering and Architecture Library

During their visit, the UL staff had the chance to share information and expertise with fellow Library staff from Koç University’s Suna Kiraç Library.

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.

04 Jun

AUB libraries’ schedule: June 4 – July 31, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / June 4, 2018 / 0 Comments

Below is the AUB libraries’ schedule from June 4 until July 31, 2018

Jafet Library:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Saturday: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm

Engineering and Science Libraries:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Saab Medical Library:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 12:00 midnight

Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: Closed               

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29 May

The University Libraries host visitors from Koç University Library in Istanbul as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / May 29, 2018 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries were glad to host two library staff members from Koç University in Istanbul between May 21 and May 24 as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility program.

During their visit to AUB, Çiğdem Yıldırım, Reference Librarian and Burcu Muratoğlu, E-Resources and Serials Librarian from Suna Kıraç Library – Koç University shared information and expertise with fellow Library staff at the AUB Libraries.

The visiting librarians met with the University Librarian, as well as with all library department heads and staff members to exchange ideas in an informal setting. The meetings created an opportunity for thorough conversations about common challenges and ideas to overcome those challenges and improve workflow.

The visit was a real opportunity for knowledge sharing and has created a base for a long-term partnership between the two libraries.

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.

29 May

Meet the University Libraries’ Jedi Knight and Graphic Designer: Sara Jawad

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / May 29, 2018 / 0 Comments

Throughout the month of June, the University Libraries invite you to visit the exhibit area in Jafet Library’s Lobby and have a look at posters and material from previous Library events, all designed by our very own talented graphic designer, Sara Jawad.

Sara identifies herself as a “Jedi Knight/Graphic Designer”. She joined the libraries 6 years ago and has been in charge of the design of all Library material since then. With a B.A. in Graphic design from AUST, Sara has an experience of more than 12 years in the field.

In her spare time, when she is not designing for the library, Sara is busy gardening, drawing, or doing origami. We sat with Sara and asked her some questions to know more about her, and about the design process at the AUB University Libraries.

When asked about why she chose to be a designer, Sara said that her favorite subjects were always the arts and humanities. She admitted that she loved psychology and art the most, adding, “I think I was 16 when I went to a design exhibit at my cousin’s university and learned about graphic design. I was inspired by how art can be used to convince people and influence the way they perceive things, that was the moment I decided I want to be a graphic designer”.

Sara says that her biggest challenge is dealing with clients and convincing them that the things they like (personal taste) don’t always work. It is challenging to figure out what the target audience (the students in the Library’s case) like and how they behave. “This challenge is common for all designers and that is why I believe that learning psychology should be mandatory when it comes to design.”

When asked about her favorite projects and about how she meets deadlines without jeopardizing the quality of her work, Sara said “I work on a lot of designs at the library and I love everything I do. There is always something new to learn and a new collection to explore. I mostly love working on exhibitions for the library collections because there are always new subjects and new people to learn about.” “As for meeting deadlines, I follow a rule: I don’t accept work that is due in less than 10 days. I had trouble getting everyone to comply with this, but now, 6 years later, everyone knows this rule and tries to respect it. Of course, there are always exceptions, and people who don’t respect this rule. In those cases, I usually use my Jedi powers (gained over 12 years of working in design) to come up with good solutions in a limited time.”

Talking about what keeps her going; Sara smiles and says “Research, research, coffee and more research.

24 May

University Libraries Schedule (May 25 – June 3, 2018)

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Below is the AUB libraries schedule from (May 25 – June 3, 2018):

Jafet library (May 25 – June 3, 2018)

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

National Liberation Day (May 25, 2018): 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Engineering and science libraries (May 25 – June 3 , 2018):

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

National Liberation Day (May 25, 2018): Closed

Saab medical library (May 25 – June 3, 2018)

Monday: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 noon – 12:00 pm

National Liberation Day (May 25, 2018): 12:00 noon – 12:00 pm

 

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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.

Kaj was interviewed on Future TV recently. See the full video 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.

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