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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

01 Nov

‘AUB Libraries: More than 600,000 books and publications, and 1.3 million e-books’

In Collections,Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / November 1, 2016 / 0 Comments

L’Orient Le Jour publishes a special feature on AUB Libraries and interviews Dr. Lokman Meho, University Libraries Director.

To read the article go to: http://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1015577/les-bibliotheques-de-laub-plus-de-600-000-ouvrages-et-publications-et-13-million-de-livres-electroniques.html

07 Oct

Hanna Bassar retires after serving more than 40 years at AUB

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 7, 2016 / 1 Comment

The University Libraries’ management and staff wishes all the best to Hanna Bassar, who retired this October, after serving the AUB community for more than 40 years.

“Best regards and wishes to our colleague, Hanna Bassar, who gave AUB and Jafet Library 42 years of loyalty and silent work. Hanna retired today silently….the way he wished. He never “over-breaked”, never complained and was respected by all. From my personal contact with him, I knew that he was kidnapped twice during the civil war, while crossing the divided Beirut to come to work. I think he is an excellent example of service, wisdom and discipline. Let us all wish him good health and more achievements.” wrote Ziad Kaj, a UL staff member.

Best of luck, Hanna, and may you have a long, peaceful and healthy retirement. . .

 

 

15 Sep

150 years of collecting at the AUB Libraries

In Collections,Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 15, 2016 / 0 Comments

On the occasion of AUB’s 150th anniversary, Al-Ahram (Cairo) reports on the wealth and depth of the AUB Libraries’ collections and interviews some of its Librarians.

Read the full article here: http://www.ahram.org.eg/NewsQ/549236.aspx

13 Jul

UL Staff members recognized as AUB staff veterans

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / July 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

During the 2016 “President’s Service Excellence Award” ceremony that was held on July 12th at Assembly Hall, AUB acknowledged 78 staff members who have served the University for 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 years . These staff members have distinguished themselves through their long tenure as AUB employees.

This year, the University Libraries proudly recognizes 5 of its staff members for their long years of dedication and service:

–          Adel HAWI- 40 years
–          Aida FARHA- 35 years
–          Nadine KNESEVITCH- 35 years
–          Antoine  HAIKAL- 30 years
–          Ziad KAJ- 30 years

The UL family would like to congratulate and thank its longstanding members and wish them all the best for the upcoming years . . .

To read more about the ceremony, see the news on the AUB website: http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2016/Pages/long-service.aspx

23 May

AUB Libraries take part in the 3rd Lebanese Library Association Conference

In Events,Library Staff,Projects,Workshops by AUB Libraries / May 23, 2016 / 0 Comments

The AUB Libraries took part in the 3-day annual conference organized by the Lebanese Library Association (LLA), entitled: “Thinking Together: Innovate, Share, Preserve and Access”. Hosted by the Lebanese American University (LAU), the conference was held between May 18th and May 20th and was preceded by a pre-conference workshop on May 17th.

The pre-conference workshop was delivered by Dr. Lokman I. Meho, the AUB University Librarian and was entitled: “Use of bibliometric tools and techniques in collection development and management”. The objective of the workshop was to train professional librarians on the effective use of bibliometric tools and techniques in the acquisition, selection, de-selection, and weeding of non-Arabic books and periodicals.

During the interactive workshop, Dr. Meho spoke of how to assess the quality, value, significance, and impact of books and journals, and decide whether to buy, subscribe to, keep, or discard them (if/when necessary). Dr. Meho presented a number of criteria and factors that can be used (e.g., use statistics, cost, uniqueness, relevance, date and place of publication, intrinsic characteristics, physical condition, and research value) and discussed a number of relevant data sources (e.g., Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Journal Citation Reports, and Scimago Journal Rankings). The workshop ended with several exercises on how to assess the research value of books and journals via citation-based indicators, such as citation count, h-index, journal impact factor ranking, and so on.

During the LLA conference, Ms. Basma Chebani, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services Department and Mr. Elie Kahale, Head of Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department presented the Al-Ādāb Magazine archives, an AUB project lead by both of their departments.

Al-Ādāb Magazine, a literary and cultural Journal, established in 1953 by Dr. Souhail Idris, was published in print from 1953 till 2012, and is considered as an Arab cultural platform, despite the Arab States censorship. It focused on movements in literature and culture in the Arab world and it included files in political thought, poetry, novel, short stories, movies criticism, theater, and general culture.

The aim of the project is to preserve Al-Ādāb Magazine and to produce a searchable, full text database of the Magazine. Users will eventually be able to browse and access the metadata and the full text of the journal online at the volume, issue and article levels. Full text and index search by author, title and subject will be available using simple and advanced search techniques and full text articles will be available for downloading. The searching on the metadata (author, title and subjects) will also be available through the Library Online Catalog (OPAC).

The presenters focused on the major activities and main challenges during the creation of the Al-Ādāb Magazine online archives, especially when dealing with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) in Arabic language during the conversion of the digitized magazine pages into full text that is ready for search and downloading from AUB Libraries Content Management System.

For more about the conference and about the LLA, visit lebaneselibraryassociation.org.