Archive for November, 2015

24 Nov

Lecture Series – Workshop #1: “Joining a Scholarly Conversation”

In Events,Workshops by AUB Libraries / November 24, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries, in collaboration with the Graduate Council and the Writing Center are launching a Lecture Series entitled: “Joining a Scholarly Conversation“.

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The first workshop will introduce the lecture series and discuss literature reviews.

When?  Thursday, November 26th, 2015 at 11:30 am

where? College Hall Auditorium B1.

Click here to register: http://aub.edu.lb.libcal.com/event.php?id=1058867

19 Nov

UL at the “AUB Innovation Day”: Redesign your Library Experience and Win

In Events by AUB Libraries / November 19, 2015 / 0 Comments

As a participant in the second “AUB Innovation Day” held on November 16th in West Hall, the University Libraries had a booth under the theme of “Redesign your Library Experience and Win”, where students were asked to redesign a place, a process, or any experience at the Libraries.

After the event, a panel from the University Libraries reviewed all entries and the best entry won an external hard drive offered by the libraries. The panel evaluated 25 entries and voted for the winner, Eliane Shwairi, who was announced on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19th 2015.

Student participation and interaction was impressive and library staff members got the chance to hear students’ perspective and to share and discuss ideas related to the libraries and their services.

The rules of the game were simple: 1) Redesign a process or a place in the Libraries by writing or drawing something; 2) No nagging! Students were encouraged to give solutions and not only state problems; 3) Individual entries only: students were asked to provide full name, AUB ID and email; 4) Limit: One side of a single A4 sheet.

Although the competition was limited to one winner, many of the ideas communicated during this event were very helpful and applicable. The libraries look at those suggestions as constructive and will always attempt to meet the students’ and researchers’ expectations using all available resources.

About the “AUB Innovation Day”

“AUB Innovation Day” is a yearly event organized by the Center for Research and Innovation (and Entrepreneurship). This year it was organized in collaboration with the AUB Nature Conservation Center (NCC), partnering with Darwazah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship and student clubs. The event aims to celebrate innovation in different fields by creatively engaging AUB community in educational interactive activities and rewarding competitions while introducing the concepts of innovation management and entrepreneurship. It also highlights the resources available at AUB supporting innovative projects.

18 Nov

University Libraries Schedule: Sunday and Monday November 22-23, 2015

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / November 18, 2015 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries on Sunday, November 22, 2015 and Monday, November 23, 2015:

Jafet Library

– 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m. (Sunday, November 22)

– 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight (Monday, November 23)

Science and Engineering Libraries

– Closed (both days)

17 Nov

Exhibit: “Waste Management: There’s Always a Way”

In Events by AUB Libraries / November 17, 2015 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries, in collaboration with the Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management Department at AUB held the opening ceremony for their exhibit entitled: “Waste Management: There’s Always a Way” on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 17th at Jafet Library.

Through this exhibit, and stemming from the current waste crisis that Lebanon is going through, the AUB University libraries initiated this exhibit to try raising awareness about recycling and about zero waste technology. At the same time, this exhibit supported the development of a bigger collection of material related to waste management, hoping to help researchers and individuals learn more about the issue.

During the event, Dr. Mariette Atallah, Head of the Collection Development and Acquisitions departments relayed special thanks to the Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management Department at AUB, and namely to its Director Mr. Farouk Merhebi, who supported this event through a bibliography related to the topic and who provided materials about the AUB initiative on waste management, displayed among the showcased material.

Many of the displayed material were donated by partners, while others were retrieved from the engineering, science and Jafet libraries’ current collections. The event was done in collaboration with Sukleen, Servicorp, Atria, Cedar Environmental, Beeatoona, Arc-En-Ciel, T.E.R.R.E. Liban, Lebanon Eco Movement, AMWAJ of the Environment, and Active Advocacy for Communities of Tomorrow (ACT), the MOE’s (ministry of environment) and OMSAR’s publications.

Mr. Merhebi also addressed the attendees, talking about the AUB initiative in terms of recycling and waste management, and introducing the new ReVa machines’ loyalty program, which has been revamped and restructured to offer more interesting rewards and thus to better encourage AUBites to use the recycling machines and to dispose of waste responsibly. (For more about the ReVa machines at AUB, read here).

The exhibit will run until December 11th, 2015 at Jafet Library

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14 Nov

Discussion: “Photography and Oral History”

In Events,Workshops by AUB Libraries / November 14, 2015 / 0 Comments

The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) in collaboration with The Palestinian Oral History Archive Project at the Issam Fares Institute and the University Libraries – AUB invite you to a discussion and screenings on the role of photography in oral history:

Photography and Oral History

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm Issam Fares Institute, Auditorium

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Join us for a discussion and screenings on the role of photography in oral history. Case studies will include AUB’s Neighborhood Initiative’s Ras Beirut Project by Maria Abunnasr, and the Palestinian Oral History Archive by the AUB Libraries and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, presented by Hana Sleiman. The event will include a screening of “Jours Tranquilles en Palestine” (1998), directed by Arab Image Foundation co-founder Fouad Elkoury and Sylvain Roumette.

This talk is held as part of the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) Environment and Exhibition of Photographs workshop, taking place 9-20 November at AUB with 16 representatives from significant regional photograph collections and archives. MEPPI is led by the Arab Image Foundation, jointly with the University of Delaware, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty Conservation Institute.

Note: Event will be in English with simultaneous translation to Arabic

13 Nov

Standards and support urgently needed for Arab region’s libraries say experts at ALA/SIBF

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / November 13, 2015 / 0 Comments

This article was published at: http://www.5dariyanews.com/news/112763-Standards-and-support-urgently-needed-for-Arab-regions-libraries-say-experts-at-ALASIBF#sthash.FhaPXIAl.dpuf

To read more about this: http://emiratesnewswire.com/general/29198/latest-library-trends-explored-at-sharjah-intl-book-fair-and-american-library-association-conference/

More governmental support is needed for library education in the UAE said, Shaikha Al Muhairi, Head of Cultural Resources Centre, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority during the final session of the joint conference between Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) and the American Library Association (ALA) held at the Expo Centre on 11- 12 November.During a session that looked at Library Information Systems (LIS) education, Shaikha Al Muhairi said that academic libraries in the UAE needed government backed standardisation and accreditation, adding that there were no scholarships for LIS education in the UAE at all. “We have scholarships for almost every other subject but there are none for higher education, undergraduate or master’s degrees in UAE,” she said. “Government organizations can provide the budgetary support and the advocacy of librarianship as a profession. Currently, what libraries in the UAE need urgently are recognized industry standards; accredited educational programs tied to standards, and customized personal development opportunities.”The session called “LIS Developments in the MENA Region: Moving the Profession Forward” also heard from Dr. Lokman Meho, Director University Libraries, American University Beirut, Lebanon who gave an overview of LIS education in the Arab world. He said, “People used to ask why do librarians need an education and were surprised to learn that there were degrees for librarianship,” he said. “Thankfully things have changed since the 1950s as thousands of information centres, including libraries emerged and needed people to run them.”  He said there is a huge disparity in the availability of LIS education in the region, with the UAE lagging behind with only one active course, in comparison Egypt has 22.

This has meant an over reliance of overseas recruitment and there were further problems of finding appropriate teaching resources in Arabic, he added. Dr Meho made a number of recommendations for improving the situation in the Arab region including provision of advance graduate-level LIS education as most LIS programs are still mainly at the undergraduate level; improve information technology infrastructure by providing more computer labs, equipment, and software, digitization labs, electronic and smart classrooms as many of these resources a currently shared with other courses; improve faculty-student ratio with more qualified faculty and less crowded classrooms and also, he said, there was a need for good, informative websites for the LIS programs as currently there none. “Those that are there are not doing a good job and we need to market or publicize the value and significance of the libraries and the profession as most students have never heard of the field before enrolling in the LIS programs. Most people are unaware of the many services that libraries offer,” he said.

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05 Nov

AUB President’s Club supports relocation, expansion, and renovation of Jafet Library’s student computer lab

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / November 5, 2015 / 0 Comments

Jafet Library’s student computer lab has been relocated, expanded, and renovated to accommodate for 45 state-of-the-art computers, in addition to other equipment, thanks to the financial support of the AUB President’s Club, who donated more than $200,000 to complete this essential project at the University Libraries.

The new computer lab is modern and high-end, tailored to students’ daily needs. It will go a long way towards improving students’ experiences at the Libraries and at AUB. The renovated computer lab is now more spacious and comprises modern furniture and contemporary equipment.

Students can now benefit from the latest powerful computers, with full HD screens, in addition to printing, photocopying and modern scanning devices. Students can enjoy the new Windows 10 and Office 2016 experience.

The lab is also equipped with 5 high-end i-Mac computers, with 27-inch retina display screens.

This project is not the first one to be completed at the Libraries thanks to the generous and long-standing support of The President’s Club, who also financed the refurbishment and renovation of a number of study areas last year. (Click here to read the article).

President Khuri, Dean McGreevy, several Members of the President’s club, contributing departments’ staff members and special guests gathered in Jafet Library on the afternoon of November 4th to inaugurate the new computer lab.

Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries, addressed the attendees first, thanking the President, the President’s Club, FPDU, the IT Department, the Physical Plant, and the Library team for their remarkable work and support.

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04 Nov

SML closed due to renovation but reference services continue uninterrupted

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

As part of the ongoing upgrade of medical students’ library facilities, the reading area at the Saab Medical Library (SML) will undergo a major renovation starting early November. This renovation is made possible by a generous donation from the Saab Foundation and from AUB’s financial support .

This will be the first renovation at SML since its inauguration in 1975.  The new reading room will include more ergonomic chairs and carrels, providing more space and privacy for users, in addition to individual and easily accessible power outlets. The new reading room will also feature enhanced lighting and a new computer lab.

The renovation will take around three months to be completed. Accordingly, it is expected that the new SML reading area will open in early 2016.  All other rooms at the SML building, such as the Histology room and the computer labs on the second floor, the lobby and the offices will remain accessible and functional during the renovation period. More importantly, the reference services will continue uninterrupted.

We appreciate your patience through any inconvenience this may cause while we modernize our medical students’ experience at the Library.

03 Nov

Brazilian delegation from the Brazil-Lebanon Chamber of Commerce visits the University Libraries

In Events by AUB Libraries / November 3, 2015 / 0 Comments

A Brazilian delegation of more than 20 Lebanese-Brazilians from the Brazil-Lebanon Chamber of Commerce visited Jafet Library as part of their trip to their homeland, Lebanon.

The group visited the AUB Libraries and enjoyed an hour-long guided tour of the premises on the morning of Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015. They were received by several University librarians from various departments and attended informative discussions and presentations.

The guests’ enthusiasm towards their Lebanese origin was clear throughout their visit.

Among the visitors were members of Mr. Nami Jafet’s family, who were especially touched by this visit to the Library, founded by their great grandfather.

During the visit, a sample of the Library collections, related to the Lebanese diaspora in Brazil and to the history of Jafet Library was displayed, allowing visitors to browse publications and photos of and about the lives of their families and ancestors.

It is always a pleasure to receive visitors at the Libraries, especially when they are so enthusiastic about the Lebanese heritage and history. . .

Viva Lebanon! Viva Brasil!

02 Nov

Upcoming event: Community Book Exchange Meet-up

In Events by AUB Libraries / November 2, 2015 / 0 Comments

The AUB Community Book Exchange invites you to the next Community Book Exchange Meet-up

When? November 5, 2015  at 3:00 pm

Where? Jafet Library

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

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