Archive for March, 2015

23 Mar

Ziad Kaj, University Libraries staff member, publishes his new novel about Ras Beirut, its history, its structure and the memories he constructed throughout the years he lived in it

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 23, 2015 / 1 Comment

Honored friends, colleagues and family members gathered at Dar Al-Nadwa in Hamra on the afternoon of Friday, March 20th, 2015 to attend the book signing event of Ziad Kaj’s new novel entitled: “Ras Beirut: Sunduk fi Bahr, Narr ala Tallah“.

Through his novel, Kaj tells his own versions of the stories of Ras Beirut, remembering faces, names and streets and reminiscing about events and conversations of the past.

The novel mentions AUB many times and addresses the question of “Which came first, AUB or Ras Beirut, as we know it?” According to Kaj, AUB and Ras Beirut are two correlated and inseparable places. They are two entities, sewn together by culture, structure, and history.

Kaj has been a part of the AUB family since June 1985 and- after 30 years- he says that AUB is his second home. Kaj says that he was always attracted to AUB and to its grounds, even before he was “officially” an AUBite.

In addition to this book, Kaj has published 5 other books, all by Dar Nelson: “Kana ‘alayk an taqlub al-sullum” (poetry), “Amirka uhibuki, ana la uhibuki “(poetry), “Awlad al-natur al-sabiq” (novel), “Al-hayah kama quddimat lahum” (novel), “Layali dayr al- qamar” (novel).

Kaj is also a skillful painter and enjoys the arts. He held his first painting exhibit, along with a book signing event a year ago.

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19 Mar

Workshop for Graduate Students: “Resources for Thesis Writers”

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / March 19, 2015 / 0 Comments

A workshop entitled: “Resources for Thesis Writers” was held on March 18th, 2015 at the Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom in Jafet Library, as part of the “Research and Thesis Writing Workshop Series” catered for Graduate students, in collaboration with the AUB Writing Center, the Graduate Council and the Graduate Students Society.

The workshop series was launched a year ago to introduce continuing graduate students to key concepts in research and academic writing, and to inform them about academic support available at AUB.

More than 20 graduate students from different faculties at AUB attended the event on the afternoon of March 18th at Jafet Library to learn more about the library resources covering their fields of study, as well as the AUB thesis formatting and submission process, the use of Citation Management software such as RefWorks and EndNote to import, organize and generate citations. They also learned about the support they can get from the Writing Center during their thesis writing process.

To view the event photos, go to the University Libraries’ facebook page.

To know more about similar upcoming workshops, contact the University Libraries by email: or by phone: 01-350 000 ext. 2629.

17 Mar

The University Libraries participates in a symposium on Arabic manuscripts held on the occasion of the 200th birthday of Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815–1905), a Prussian orientalist and diplomat

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 17, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries’ Archives Librarian, Mrs. Samar Mikati, and the Head of the Archives and Special collections, Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro were invited to deliver a paper at the international symposium entitled “Studies on Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815-1905): Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies” which was held at the Staatsbibliothek zu, Berlin between the 19th and 21st of February, 2015. The symposium was inaugurated with a keynote lecture by François Déroche (Paris):The Qur’anic collections acquired by Wetzstein”, and prominent speakers included, among others, Robert Irwin (London): “The Arabist and Consul in Damascus Sir Richard Burton and the problematic nature of his translation of The Thousand and One Nights; Jan Just Witkam (Leiden): “Wetzstein’s manuscripts with popular stories; Boris Liebrenz (Leipzig): “Wetzstein as a broker of Arabic prints in Syria”; Walid Salih (Toronto): “The Fantastic literature in medieval Islam”: “Wetzstein II 1173” Kitāb al-ʿazamah as an example; Christoph Rauch (Berlin): “Orientalists at the Royal Library in Berlin and the big Islamic cataloguing projects of the 19th century”.

Mikati and Chebaro’s paper was entitled: “Manuscript ownership and readership at the American University of Beirut at the turn of the 20th century”. The paper tries to reconstruct the history and provenance of the AUB Manuscript collection, and to trace some of the usages to which the manuscripts were put to at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Relying on ledgers of accession records, on syllabi and class reading lists at the Syrian Protestant College, as well as on ownership and readership marks of selected items, the paper tries to chart a comparative and multi-faceted history of manuscript readership and usage in the region, at this period, hinting at significant (and lasting) changes, in terms of custody and audience. The proceedings of the Conference will be published in an upcoming volume of Arabica, the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies/Revue d’études Arabes et Islamiques, published by Brill.

16 Mar

Library Workshop for Graduate Students: “Resources for Thesis Writers”

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / March 16, 2015 / 0 Comments

 The University Libraries, the Graduate Council and the Writing Center are organizing an information session entitled: “Resources for Thesis Writers” on Wednesday March 18th, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom in Jafet Library.

Through this session, attendants will learn more about:

-Library resources covering their fields of study

-AUB thesis formatting and submission process

-The use of Citation Management softwares such as RefWorks and EndNote to import, organize and generate citations

-How to get support from the Writing Center in your writing process

Click here to register, or contact the Library by email: or by phone: 01-350 000 ext. 2629/2620.

11 Mar

Community Book Exchange: March Meet-up

In Events by AUB Libraries / March 11, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries and the Neighborhood Initiative cordially invite you to the next Community Book Exchange event which will be held on Wednesday, March 18th starting 2:00pm at the AUB Archaeological Museum.

Participation is simple: Bring a book to take a book!

All are welcome.

For more about the Community Book Exchange Program: read here, Visit the Community Book Exchange facebook page: , or contact Jafet Library:; ext. 2620.

11 Mar

Exhibit of historical medical items, books, and documents donated by Dr. Samir Saleeby

In Events by AUB Libraries / March 11, 2015 / 0 Comments

A new exhibit, showcasing more than 170 books, papers, photos and old medical equipment donated by Dr. Samir Saleeby to the University Libraries at AUB, opened in West Hall on March 9.

The exh ibit, which will run from March 10 to March 13, was inaugurated In West Hall’s Mahmoud Malhas Common Room in the presence of Dr. Saleeby himself and members of his family, as well as friends of AUB and the arts.

Co-organized by the University Libraries and the Office of University Advancement at AUB to honor Dr. Saleeby’s donation and achievements, the exhibit includes materials from Dr. Saleeby’s personal collection — now a valuable addition to the AUB Libraries’ collections. At the end of 2011, Dr. Saleeby donated a collection of over 60 paintings by Khalil Saleeby and other prominent Lebanese artists.

For Dr. Saleeby, the gift of the paintings was never “a matter of personal aggrandizement,” nor merely a matter of asking AUB to take the best care of that valuable collection, noted Professor Rico Franses, director of AUB art galleries. “The gift was always conceived of as something that related to a grand vision for the future… [It] would be the beginning, the nucleus, of a larger, much more ambitious project. The permanent collection would grow, we would attract young artists, the art scene would flourish, students would develop greater interest in the arts.”

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06 Mar

University Libraries take part in the Digital Humanities Institute at AUB

In Projects by AUB Libraries / March 6, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries (UL) took part in the workshops of the first Digital Humanities Institute at AUB and the region which was held between March 2 and 6.

Basma Chebani, Head of the Cataloguing Department and Elie Kahale, Head of the Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department represented the University Libraries and gave a presentation entitled: “Al-Ādāb Digitization Project” under the panel named “Digitizing Lebanon and the Arab World”.

The presentation was mainly about Al-Ādāb Magazine’s digitization project, which is one of several digital initiatives taking place at the University Libraries to preserve the national and AUB cultural heritage, and to promote knowledge by providing access to the digital content to the largest possible audience including researchers and scholars.

In 2014, Al-Ādāb Magazine and the University Libraries at AUB agreed to digitize and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) which transforms text images to full searchable text from the magazine. The project will also catalog and index (create descriptive metadata) the entire content of the magazine. The aim of the project is to produce a searchable, full text database of Al-Ādāb magazine. Users will eventually be able to browse and access the journal online at the volume, issue and article levels through a Content Management System developed by the University Libraries. Full text and index search by author, title and subject will be available using simple and advanced search techniques. Full text articles will be available for downloading. The searching on the metadata (author, title and subjects) will be also available on the online Library Catalog (OPAC).

Describing the project, Chebani said “We are thrilled to be working on this project and look forward to its completion and to receiving feedback from users who will benefit from the new content, which will be accessible in full text.”

Commenting on their participation in the Digital Humanities Institute, Kahale added “The event was a real opportunity to learn, collaborate and advance”.

About the Digital Humanities Institute The Digital Humanities Institute was organized by Dr. David Wrisley, Associate Professor at the English Department, with the support of other departments and institutes at AUB. The institute consists of eight workshops training participants in “coding, data mining, digital mapping, new digital-based methods in research and publishing, and other skills needed in the digital humanities.” To know more about the Digital Humanities Institute:

About at Al-Ādāb Magazine Al-Ādāb Magazine is a literary and cultural Journal that was established in 1953 by Dr. Souhail Idriss. It focuses on literature and culture in the Arab World and includes content such as political thoughts, poetry, novels, short stories, movie critiques, theater, and culture.It is considered as an Arab cultural platform, despite the Arab States’ censorship. It was published on monthly basis between 1953 and 1990. It was then published 5 times per year between 1990 and 2011. It stopped publishing by the end of 2012 after publishing 4 times that year.