Archive for May, 2015

27 May

International Archives Day at the University Libraries

In Events by AUB Libraries / May 27, 2015 / 0 Comments

The Archives and Special Collections Department at the University Libraries is pleased to invite you to its Archives Open Day, on the occasion of The International Archives Day on June 6, 2015.

We’re opening our doors and inviting you to get to know our collections of posters, photographs, maps, comic books, archives, and more.

June 6, 2015 | 10 am-5 pm at AUB, Jafet Library, Archives and Special Collections Department

The Archives and Special Collections Department (ASC) collects, organizes, preserves and provides access to unique, historical and rare primary sources that document the history and culture of AUB, Lebanon, the Arab World and the region at large. Our collections include more than 1,400 manuscripts; several hundred rare books; 5,000 posters; 800 postcards; 1,900 maps; 50,000 photographs; and 700 linear feet of archival material, including papers of famous intellectuals, 8,500 volumes of theses, projects, and dissertations going back to 1906; and 10, 489 serials.

For further information please contact: 01 350000 ext: 2635, 2610;;

22 May

UL Staff members recognized as AUB staff veterans

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / May 22, 2015 / 0 Comments

During this year’s “President’s Service Excellence Award” ceremony, held on May 18th at Assembly Hall, AUB acknowledged 87 staff members who have served the university for 30 years or more and who have distinguished themselves through their long tenure as AUB employees.

This year, the University Libraries proudly recognizes 3 of its staff members for their long years of dedication and service:

– Ibrahim Yunis – 40 years of service at AUB (left)

– Hanna Bassar – 40 years of service at AUB (center)

– Rabih Bu-Sahli – 30 years of service at AUB (right)

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:

19 May

AUB Libraries’ schedule (May 19 – August 23, 2015)

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 19, 2015 / 0 Comments

Below is the AUB Libraries schedule from (May 19 till August 23, 2015):

JAFET: Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm ; Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm ; Sunday: Closed

ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE LIBRARIES (May 19 till May 31, 2015): Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm ; Saturday: Closed ; Sunday: Closed

ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE LIBRARIES’ summer schedule (from June 1 – August 23, 2015): Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm ; Saturday: Closed ; Sunday: Closed

18 May

Aida Farha, Head of Saab Medical Library receives AUB President’s Service Excellence Award

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / May 18, 2015 / 1 Comment

The University Libraries proudly announces that Ms. Aida Farha, Head of the Saab Medical Library has received the President’s Service Excellence Award for 2014.

Aida received the award along with 3 other AUB Staff members, during a ceremony held by President Peter Dorman on Monday, May 18th at 12:00pm in Assembly Hall.

Ms. Farha has been working at SML for more than 35 years since her graduation from AUB with a BS in Pharmacy.

Presenting Aida at the award ceremony, President Dorman said: “Throughout her years at SML, Aida managed to transfer knowledge and research methodologies to a wide audience. Many people extol her positive attitude and teaching style.”

When remembering her career path at UL, Aida claims that at the beginning she always wondered why there were so many staff members in a library. After joining SML she said she realized how valuable the job of a medical librarian was. “As the medical librarian, I realized my job helped in saving patients’ lives, healthcare professionals’ time and healthcare cost. Aida says.

Aida says that she always feels awarded after helping any user get needed information. For Aida, this had always been her true reward. She regards the President’s Service Excellence Award as a second, reassuring honor, encouraging her work.

“I still remember the time a physician called me at home to say that I saved his life! He had attended one of my workshops and after a few months he fell ill. He went to see a specialist who could not cure him. He then remembered the way I taught him how to retrieve information and was able to find a solution on his own and recovered . . . ” Aida says.

Upon receiving the award, Aida said: “I would like to thank everyone that I have helped these 35 years, because it is through them that I was awarded twice. Additionally, I would like to send special thanks to my previous boss, Ms. Hilda Nassar, my current boss, Dr. Lokman Meho and my dear assistant, Mrs. Layal Hneiny who was the one who worked hard to achieve this after she strongly believed I deserve the Award.”

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

15 May

The Palestinian Oral History Archive, lest we forget . . .

In Projects by AUB Libraries / May 15, 2015 / 0 Comments

Today marks the 67th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, a day of commemoration and remembrance of nearly seven decades of dispossession for the Palestinian people, and a day of celebrating the resilience of the Palestinian communities everywhere, and their continued struggle against injustice.

Today, the Palestinian Oral History Archive (POHA) at the American University of Beirut has released a short video “Lest We Forget”, providing a glimpse into its rich collection of the testimonies of first generation Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

POHA is a joint project between the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (ARCPA/AL-JANA), the Nakba Archive, AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and the AUB University Libraries. The Archive will be launched in 2016, and will produce an online searchable state-of-the-art digital platform that will feature over 1,000 hours of testimonies with first-generation Palestinians in Lebanon.

The Archive, which will be housed at the AUB Libraries in Beirut, will digitize, index, catalog, and preserve the material, and make it accessible to scholars, educators, artists, and community organizations around the world to stimulate research and engagement on public history research, education, and cultural preservation.

Read more →

14 May

Announcement: Library Archival Research Fellowship

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 14, 2015 / 0 Comments

The Arts and Humanities Initiative – Mellon Grant and The Archives and Special Collections at Jafet Library at the American University of Beirut announce a call for applications for a Library Archival Research Fellowship at the Archives of Jafet Library: June 15th– August 21st, 2015

 The American University of Beirut Libraries and the Arts and Humanities Initiative at AUB are offering a short-term Summer Archival Research Fellowship to encourage scholarly engagement with one of two of the following AUB Libraries’ Special Collections: The AUB Libraries’ Arabic Manuscripts Collection, and the Constantine Zurayq’s Archival Papers (around 18.4 linear feet). The fellowship seeks to support the production of scholarly work around these collections and enhance their cataloging and accessibility, as well as promote the community’s knowledge of the AUB Library Archival holdings in general.

The Research Fellow will be given access to our Library collections, as well as a space to work, in addition to a stipend of 2,000 USD. For international fellows, an additional stipend to cover the costs of travel will be provided. All applicants, local and international, will be responsible for booking their own lodging, airline tickets, and securing their visas, if needed. The Fellowship will cover six to eight weeks any time between June 15th and August 21st.

The deadline for submission is Sunday May 31st, 2015.

For full details and submission guidelines please click here.

12 May

Ziyad Yamut of the University Libraries, a multitalented persona

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / May 12, 2015 / 0 Comments

Ziad Yamut, Library Assistant at the Architecture and Engineering Library in AUB, is also a multitalented persona. In this article you will meet the artistic side of Ziad, the musician, painter and photographer.

Ziyad has been a member of the LAU Choir since 1993 singing as a tenor. He initially started out in 1991 with the Beirut School of Fine Arts Muwashahaat & Tarab choir and has been singing ever since. He was also with the AUB choir in 1991 and recalls singing during the Miss AUB Pageant. Ziyad refers to his great Oriental voice as a genetic gift from his parents.

As a child, Ziyad Umar Yamut was fascinated with art and he would always envision himself as an artist. His art work started when Ziyad created his first set of Graphite and Ink drawings after the Israeli Invasion of Lebanon in 1982. He was 17 years old then.

Until today, Ziyad uses abstract imageries in his paintings and sculptures. He enjoys making sculptures- mainly in clay, and designs logos as part of his interest in graphic design.

As for photography, it started with the birth of his nieces and nephews and is now an additional hobby he enjoys.

Talking about his art, Ziyad says: “Singing at school, institutes, and universities, in addition to participating in many local and international festivals made me understand how fine arts and performing arts refine your being . . . when you sing, draw, sculpt, and photograph you find yourself interconnected with creative ideas that take you away from the physical materialistic world.“ When asked about his motto in life, Ziyad said: “Be yourself no matter what they say.”

Despite being a full-time employee at AUB Libraries for many years now, Ziyad pursued his studies and graduated on May 31, 2014 with a BA in Public Administration from AUB. AUB’s Outlook Student Newspaper wrote about Ziyad back then. You can read the article here:

07 May

AUB Libraries schedule during the Reading and Exams periods

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 7, 2015 / 0 Comments

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries and the Reading Rooms in Jafet Library during the Reading and Exams periods (May 8 to May 19, 2015):

On the first day of the reading period, i.e. Friday, May 8, 2015, Jafet Library will open at 7:30 am.

On the last day of the reading period, Tuesday, May 19, 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.

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