Archive for December, 2014

23 Dec

Jafet Library inaugurates new e-classroom

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

The Antoun Ghattas Karam Electronic Classroom was relocated, expanded and upgraded to become a state-of-the-art facility.

On the 22nd of December, Dr. Shadi Karam, his wife Zeina, and several members of their family, along with Provost Dallal, Vice President for Regional External Programs Dr. Hasan Diab, IFI Director Dr. Tarek Mitri, and members of the AUB community gathered in Jafet Library to inaugurate the new Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom. Guests were warmly welcomed by the University Librarian Dr. Lokman Meho and by library staff.

The University Libraries used the financial support which was worth USD 150,000 from the Karam family to relocate the e-classroom to a larger place and redesign the space to allow for an interactive and more congenial learning experience, and better outcomes.

These enhancements will go a long way towards improving students’ learning experience at the Libraries by providing them with a modern training facility and the proper technology and equipment. The Antoun Ghattas Karam e-classroom is the site where most library information sessions and special training workshops are held. The classroom accommodates more than 500 information literacy sessions per annum, mainly for students, but also for faculty/staff to teach them about Library collections and about best practice in research.

The new auditorium-shaped e-classroom now accommodates 30 seats in a layout which all students sit face-to-face with the instructor.

The e-classroom is equipped with all-in-one computers, 23-inch touchscreen, full HD with cameras. The e-classroom also has an active board with a giant projection screen, an automation system to control sound, lighting, curtains, and projection screen—all controllable from a touch panel on the podium or an iPad. The podium is equipped with 19 inch HD touchscreen, Blu-ray reader, a recording system with two digital cameras, wireless and handheld microphones, as well as a high-tech classroom management application for computers. This application allows for more room for interaction and control during library information sessions.

Dr. Meho, Dr. Dallal and Dr. Karam spoke at the new e-classroom opening ceremony. Dr. Karam received a plaque of appreciation from AUB in recognition for his continued loyalty and generosity.

In his speech, and in the name of more than 50.000 students who used the old e-classroom, Dr. Meho thanked Mrs. Zeina and Dr. Shadi Karam for their generosity in funding the upgrading of the initial Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom.

“Zeina and Shadi not only did you provide us with the financial support to develop the first e-classroom at AUB back in 2004, but now, 10 years later, you once again race to the occasion to support the founding of the first fully interactive e-classroom on campus with state-of-the-art teaching and learning tools, and it could not come at a better time as AUB has recently launched a strategic academic plan that supports initiatives related to e-Learning including online teaching and distance education, among others” said the Provost in his speech.

“AUB was sewn into his destiny” said Dr. Shadi Karam describing his father the late Dr. Antoun Ghattas Karam. “He spent 42 years of his life at AUB as a student then a faculty member”, “he even passed away at the AUB Hospital” added Dr. Karam.

After the ribbon-cutting event, guests toured the new facility and watched a short presentation about the new e-classrom project. A reception followed where guests met and mingled discussing and appreciating the new facility and its donors.

12 Dec

AUB President’s Club supports expansion of Jafet Library study areas

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

A number of Jafet Library’s study areas has been developed or refurbished to accommodate the addition of 140 seats, thanks to financial support from the AUB President’s Club. These additions or enhancements will go a long way towards improving students’ experiences at the Libraries and, by extension, at AUB, providing them with one of the backbones of a true liberal arts college experience: congenial, quiet and pleasant study spaces.

Built in the early 1950s when AUB had less than 2,000 students, Jafet has for long been in dire need to expand its study spaces to meet the needs of a growing student population which is currently estimated at 8,000. Today, Jafet can accommodate 500 students at a time, although more than 3,000 students visit it on a daily basis.

To ease the problem of limited space, the University Libraries’ management has used various methods including: reorganizing the stacks where the collections of books and journals are shelved; converting many of the print journal subscriptions to online and replacing tens of thousands of bound volumes of old journals with their electronic counterparts; moving from the use of static to mobile shelving systems wherever possible; and developing high-density library material storage in selective areas. These measures have resulted in vacating over 300 square meters of space that were used to accommodate some of the students’ study space needs.

To make the best use of this newly created space, the University Libraries used financial support from the University and from the President’s Club to:

-Develop two beautiful quiet study rooms for senior and graduate students with a total of 105 ergonomic seats and desks, with powerful wireless connection and individual electric socket on every desk; these two rooms are decorated with intricate artwork including collages and photos from the Library’s Archives and Special Collections.

-Relocate the Carrels Room to a space in the stacks where students will be much closer to books and periodicals and where there is less noise and student traffic

-Create space for the expansion of the Reading Reserve Room to accommodate 35 additional seats as well as for the development of a large computer lab and a 25-seat quiet reading room for undergraduate students. These enhancements or additions should be completed before September 2015.

President Dorman, Provost Dallal, Dean Nezameddin, along with members of the President’s Club and special guests gathered in Jafet Library on December 11 to inaugurate and tour the new study areas.

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09 Dec

AUB historic documents shed light on life during WWI

In Events by AUB Libraries / December 9, 2014 / 0 Comments

The Archives & Special Collections Department at the University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of the exhibit “SPC* & WWI 1914-1918″, both online and physical. The exhibit showcases documents, photos, and audio interviews from the University Libraries’ Archives telling the story of AUB during WWI.

The physical exhibit will run from December 9 till December 11, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at West Hall – Malhas Common Room

The online exhibit is accessible here and will be permanently hosted and accessible through AUB Libraries’ homepage, under “Online Exhibits”. This is the second online exhibit, in a series of planned upcoming exhibits, aimed at giving viewers a glimpse of the rich material held at the AUB Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections, which can be browsed and enjoyed on our premises, at the Jafet Library Archives and Special Collections Department.

Please enjoy and stay tuned for many more AUB Libraries exhibits in the coming months!

*Syrian Protestant College

For more about the event and the collection, read the below article, written by Ara Alain Arzoumanian at the Office of Communications, AUB. The article appeared on the AUB Website.

AUB historic documents shed light on life during WWI 

Commemorating the World War I centennial, an exhibit of select documents from the archives of the AUB University Libraries, retraced the University’s fascinating trajectory during that era, bearing witness to the increasingly influential role that the then-Syrian Protestant College (which was later renamed to AUB), was destined to play in the region.

The exhibit, which was curated by Samar Mikati Kaissi, AUB archives librarian and Kaoukab Chebaro, head of archives and special collections and assistant professor of philosophy, also spotlighted the practicality and flexibility of the college administrators, the vision and steadfastness of the faculty and student body, and the grassroots engagement of SPC with the community.

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09 Dec

Opening Hours: Reading and Exam Periods

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 9, 2014 / 0 Comments

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries and the Reading Rooms in Jafet Library during the Reading and Exams periods (December 10 to December 22, 2014):


On the first day of the reading period, i.e. Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Jafet Library will open at 7:30 am. On the last day of the reading period, Monday, December 22, Jafet Library will close at 9:00 p.m.

Jafet Library (Reference, Reserve Reading Room, Serials Reading Room, Computer Lab, 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 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); Saturday (Closed); Sunday (Closed)

Branch libraries (Science and Engineering Libraries): Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.); Saturday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); Sunday (Closed)

Upper stacks in Jafet Library (3rd, 4th and 5th floors) will close at 12:00 midnight and reopen at 7:30 a.m.

We count on your cooperation to maintain a calm and quiet atmosphere. Good luck in your exams.

03 Dec

Nawal Naamani, beloved librarian at the University Libraries leaves us

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / December 3, 2014 / 1 Comment

Nawal Mekdashi Naamani, beloved member of the AUB Libraries’ family for 43 years, passed away on November 30th , 2014 in Beirut. She was 70 years old. Nawal joined the AUB University Libraries as a bibliographer in 1965 and went on to serve in a variety of capacities at various Library departments including Serials, Reference Services, Circulation, as well as in the Engineering and Architecture Library. Ms. Naamani was appointed as Head of Circulation Department in 1979. During her time at the AUB Libraries, Nawal trained, supervised and inspired many staff members and student assistants.  Ms. Naamani retired in July 2008.  Ever since her retirement, she has been missed by staff members and grateful patrons and researchers who GOT used to her friendly presence, and who often described her as a “miracle-worker” and as an “inimitable librarian”.

Nawal graduated from the Beirut College for Women (now Lebanese American University) in 1965, earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Teaching Diploma. She later pursued a Master’s degree in Library Science from the London University School of Librarianship and Archives in 1970.

“I was very lucky to have had her as a supervisor and mentor for eight years as a student assistant in Jafet Library.  She was a true inspiration. She made me love this profession and played a big role in encouraging me to go to the U.S. and pursue my studies in Library Science. I learned a lot from her. She was such a devoted member of the University Libraries. She will be missed dearly.” said Dr. Lokman Meho, University Librarian.

The staff at the University Libraries expressed great grief when they learned about her passing away, remembering the passion she had for her work. Many recalled how she used to always be the first to come and the last to leave the office; how she would call her staff in the weekends to check on them; how she would never shy away from doing the work herself, be it boosting a staff member’s morale, or pushing a trolley full of books, or shelving a big pile of books. She, along with several UL staff members, held on to the AUB Libraries during the Lebanese civil war and survived the College Hall Explosion. She was there to bring Jafet back up on its feet, even if it meant she needed to sweep away the dust and stay at the office for long hours. The phrase “she was a very sweet lady” came up whenever a staff member was informed about her passing away.

Nawal Mekdashi Naamani was married to Nabil Naamani and is survived by her husband and two daughters, Engineer Nada Naamani and Dr. Nadine Naamani Maarouf, as well as by her two granddaughters.

May her soul rest in peace . . .

02 Dec

Upcoming Exhibit: “SPC & WWI 1914-1918”

In Events by AUB Libraries / December 2, 2014 / 0 Comments


The Archives & Special Collections Department at Jafet cordially invites you to an exhibit entitled “SPC* & WWI 1914-1918”, showcasing documents, photos, and audio interviews from the University Libraries’ Archives telling the story of AUB during WWI.

The exhibit will run from December 9 till December 11, 2014  all day at West Hall – Malhas Common Room.

All are welcome.

For more details about the exhibit, kindly contact the Archives and Special Collections Department at Jafet via email at or via phone on 01-350 000 ext. 2610.

*Syrian Protestant College