Archive for April, 2015

30 Apr

Upcoming Event: University Libraries’ Children’s Book Fair

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The AUB University Libraries have the pleasure of inviting you to a special event featuring children’s books written and illustrated by AUB students as part of their final project for their Children’s Literature (Education 218) course, taught by Dr. Amal Bou Zeineddine.

The event will include an  exhibit of the students’ projects, as well as short presentations by students about their books.

The event will be held on Thursday,  May 7th at 12:30 pm at Jafet Library’s main lobby, AUB.

The books will be on display at Jafet Library until the 14th of May, 2015.

27 Apr

Upcoming Lectures: AUB University Libraries and the Lebanese Library Association

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The AUB University Libraries and the Lebanese Library Association cordially invite you to two lectures:

  • “Lebanese Archives in the French Archives” By Dr. Antoine Hukayem,
  • “The Lebanese Archives”  By Mr. Elie Elias, USEK Phoenix Center for Lebanese Studies (PCLS)

Date and time: Tuesday May 5, 2015 @ 10:00 am

Place: the Auditorium at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), AUB

Click here to register:  

Hope to see you there.



24 Apr

Community Book Exchange: April Meet-up

In Events by AUB Libraries / April 24, 2015 / 1 Comment

The AUB Community Book Exchange and t-marbouta invite you to the next Community Book Exchange Meet-up

When? April 30th, 2015 – 5:00-7:00pm

Where? t-marbouta (Hamra Square)

For more information, call 01-350 000 ext. 2620 or visit the Community Book Exchange facebook page:

Participation is simple, bring a book and take a book!


22 Apr

The Archives and Special Collections department at the University Libraries launches a new webpage

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 22, 2015 / 0 Comments

We’re pleased to announce the launching of a new webpage for the Archives and Special Collections Department at the University Libraries. The newly designed page features updated content and offers a glimpse into our holdings documenting the history of AUB, Lebanon, the Arab World and the region at large. Check it out!

Visit our page, browse our collections, and feel free to email us your thoughts and suggestions for improvement:

Our collections are growing thanks to the collective effort of our community. Help us preserve our history by bringing to our attention and/or donating archival material of scholarly and historical significance in all formats (photos, maps, posters, archival papers, etc.). Contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you!

20 Apr

University Libraries: Projects and Initiatives

In Projects by AUB Libraries / April 20, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries has introduced a new section to its website listing its current projects and initiatives. The list includes descriptions of the projects, along with the project team members.

We invite you to visit the page to know more about the University Libraries’ initiatives and work-in-progress:

20 Apr

Upcoming events: The Islamic Manuscript Association presents “The Value of Old Paper” lecture and the “Introduction to Islamic Codicology” course

In Events,Workshops by AUB Libraries / April 20, 2015 / 0 Comments

Picture2The Islamic Manuscript Association
The Value of Old Paper
Lecture presented by Professor Jan Just Witkam
22 April 2015, 18:30 Nabil Boustany Auditorium, Van Dyck Building, American University of Beirut

Paper that since the industrial revolution had become a disposable material, made in seemingly inexhaustible quantities, is nowadays becoming a rare commodity in libraries, archives and museums. Attempts to preserve our archives on paper have, for the moment, miserably failed on a world-wide scale.
That brings the question of the value of old paper (if it has any) to the foreground. How can we determine this value, and what is the difference between value and price? Or in other words: do we use our memory in order to retain moments of the past, or is memory in fact the ruthless filter by which most of our history is discarded? The speaker will make an attempt to find his way in the labyrinth of opinions that are available and he will use moments of his own life-long love story with paper as a source of inspiration.

Attendance if free of charge, but registration is advisable. For a more complete lecture summary or to register please visit
or email

The Islamic Manuscript Association
20–24 April 2015, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

The Islamic Manuscript Association, in cooperation with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the American University of Beirut, is pleased to announce a short course, Introduction to Islamic Codicology
This intensive course will introduce the study of Islamic manuscript codices as physical objects, or the archaeology of the Islamic book. The full course, which includes morning lectures and hands on afternoon sessions, filled up very quickly. However, there is still an opportunity to register for the morning lectures.
These are a rich five days of lectures illustrated with examples from AUB’s own archives. The price for this is $85 and includes the book: Islamic Codicology: An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Script by François Déroche.
The course will be taught by Prof. Jan Just Witkam, professor emeritus of codicology and palaeography of the Islamic world at the University of Leiden and editor-in-chief of The Islamic Manuscript Association’s Journal of Islamic Manuscripts.

For more information or to register, please email or visit

07 Apr

Upcoming event: Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science Workshops

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The University Libraries invite you to the “Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science Workshops”

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Location: Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom, Jafet Library

Workshop I: “Understand and Use Journal Citation Reports (JCR)” 11:00am – 12:00pm

Please sign up here

Workshop II: “Introduction to EndNote (citation management tool)” 12:30pm – 13:30pm

Please sign up here

For details, contact Jafet on ext. 2621/2629 or via email:

04 Apr

University Libraries Opening hours during the Easter Vacation

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 4, 2015 / 0 Comments

University Libraries wish you all a Happy Easter and happy holidays!

Please take note of our opening hours during the holidays.


01 Apr

The University Libraries take part in the “Fourth Annual Celebration of Student Writing”

In Events by AUB Libraries / April 1, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries participated in the Fourth Annual Celebration of Student Writing, which took place on the morning of Tuesday, March 31st between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in West Hall’s Mahmoud Malhas Students Common Room.

Organized by the Department of English and the Communication Skills Program at the American University of Beirut, the Fourth Annual Celebration of Student Writing event was announced under the title: “Words Are All We Have“. The exhibit showcased a wide variety of writing projects that were produced as part of the students’ projects for the Communication Skills Courses.

English 204 and English 250 students, under the supervision and guidance of their instructors, Mrs. Sawsan Maktabi, and Ms. Rula Baalbaki, were asked to write about Comics in the Arab World. They accordingly attended a library session in February to learn about the resources available for their research. They later visited the Library, to view the available comics and choose their papers’ topics. Sample projects and comics titles discussed and analyzed by the students included the following: Gender and Comics; Comics and Bullying; Comics and Religion; Politics and Comics, Tintin and Samir, Little Lulu and Feminism and others.

The comic books made available to students were collected in the context of the Arab Comics Collection, with a supporting grant from the Sawwaf Comics Initiative at AUB, which is a sustained and serious effort to build an in-depth and well-rounded collection of comic books from and about the Arab world.

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01 Apr

The University Libraries partners with HathiTrust, offering patrons access to millions of materials

In Projects by AUB Libraries / April 1, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries is pleased to announce its partnership with HathiTrust, which is “a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.” (

This partnership allows users to search in full-text over 10 million digitized scholarly books and journals from many top-ranked university libraries such as Cornell University, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan.

Patrons will have full viewing and downloading abilities for out-of-copyright and public domain materials.

In HathiTrust you can limit your search to items held at AUB libraries. To learn more about that and other features, view our HathiTrust Library Guide, which explains the HathiTrust methods of use and access.

About HathiTrust

HathiTrust launched in 2008 and comprises more than 80 partners, whose contributions added to the repository, as of March 2014, more than 11 million volumes that were digitized from their library collections by various means, including Internet Archive, the Google Books Library Project, and in-house digitization.

Hathi” is the Hindi word for an elephant, an animal observed as a symbol for its memory and wisdom.

The HathiTrust Digital Library includes reference works such as biographies, dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias, as well as books, government documents, manuscripts, journals, maps, newspapers, music scores, photos, pictorial works, and other published and unpublished materials.