Archive for May, 2016

27 May

Upcoming Webinar: Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) organized by the University Libraries

In Events,Workshops by AUB Libraries / May 27, 2016 / 0 Comments

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) provides a persistent and unique digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers and ensures that your work is always correctly attributed to YOU!

Join the ORCID Webinar organized by the University Libraries to get your ID to learn more about this service.

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Presenter: Matthew Buys (ORCID Regional Director, Africa & Middle East)

Place: You can attend the webinar from your desktop, or join a group session in Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom – Jafet Library

Please register at: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Why attend?

  • Remove author ambiguity due to variations in spelling, name order, name abbreviation, or other.
  • Make it easier for grant funders, researchers and publishers to find your research
  • Some publishers require an ORCID ID
  • More…

Creating an ORCID identifier takes 30 seconds
ORCID is freely available and inter-operable with other scholar ID systems

For additional information please call extension 2629/2659/2620, OR Email:

26 May

AUB Libraries participates in the “Annual Archives Day Exhibit” in Sursock Museum

In Events by AUB Libraries / May 26, 2016 / 0 Comments

On the occasion of International Archives Day, and for the fourth time in Lebanon, members of the Modern Heritage Observatory (MoHO) network are collaborating on a collective exhibition showcasing rare items from their respective collections.

Hosted at the Sursock Museum, and taking place between May 26th, 2016 and June 20th, 2016, this exhibition aims to introduce the public to various endangered heritage collections, giving insights into the value and impact of preserving the region’s modern heritage as a means of safeguarding cultural memory.

The AUB Libraries, the Archives Department, is participating in this exhibit, by showcasing rare material related to the AUB Lee Chahine Observatory. On display will be a mechanical model of the earth, sun and moon, as well as a ledger book, from a hundred years ago, 1916, open to the page recording the meteorological data of that day, a hundred years ago, in addition to a few photos showcasing the Observatory, and its famous dome.

The hope is to draw attention to the fragility of archives, to their usefulness, and to the interconnection existing between sustainable living, memory, and future generations.

Come one, come many and help us celebrate International Archives Day!

23 May

AUB Libraries take part in the 3rd Lebanese Library Association Conference

In Events,Library Staff,Projects,Workshops by AUB Libraries / May 23, 2016 / 0 Comments

The AUB Libraries took part in the 3-day annual conference organized by the Lebanese Library Association (LLA), entitled: “Thinking Together: Innovate, Share, Preserve and Access”. Hosted by the Lebanese American University (LAU), the conference was held between May 18th and May 20th and was preceded by a pre-conference workshop on May 17th.

The pre-conference workshop was delivered by Dr. Lokman I. Meho, the AUB University Librarian and was entitled: “Use of bibliometric tools and techniques in collection development and management”. The objective of the workshop was to train professional librarians on the effective use of bibliometric tools and techniques in the acquisition, selection, de-selection, and weeding of non-Arabic books and periodicals.

During the interactive workshop, Dr. Meho spoke of how to assess the quality, value, significance, and impact of books and journals, and decide whether to buy, subscribe to, keep, or discard them (if/when necessary). Dr. Meho presented a number of criteria and factors that can be used (e.g., use statistics, cost, uniqueness, relevance, date and place of publication, intrinsic characteristics, physical condition, and research value) and discussed a number of relevant data sources (e.g., Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Journal Citation Reports, and Scimago Journal Rankings). The workshop ended with several exercises on how to assess the research value of books and journals via citation-based indicators, such as citation count, h-index, journal impact factor ranking, and so on.

During the LLA conference, Ms. Basma Chebani, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services Department and Mr. Elie Kahale, Head of Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department presented the Al-Ādāb Magazine archives, an AUB project lead by both of their departments.

Al-Ādāb Magazine, a literary and cultural Journal, established in 1953 by Dr. Souhail Idris, was published in print from 1953 till 2012, and is considered as an Arab cultural platform, despite the Arab States censorship. It focused on movements in literature and culture in the Arab world and it included files in political thought, poetry, novel, short stories, movies criticism, theater, and general culture.

The aim of the project is to preserve Al-Ādāb Magazine and to produce a searchable, full text database of the Magazine. Users will eventually be able to browse and access the metadata and the full text of the journal online at the volume, issue and article levels. Full text and index search by author, title and subject will be available using simple and advanced search techniques and full text articles will be available for downloading. The searching on the metadata (author, title and subjects) will also be available through the Library Online Catalog (OPAC).

The presenters focused on the major activities and main challenges during the creation of the Al-Ādāb Magazine online archives, especially when dealing with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) in Arabic language during the conversion of the digitized magazine pages into full text that is ready for search and downloading from AUB Libraries Content Management System.

For more about the conference and about the LLA, visit

13 May

University Libraries organize exhibit to pay tribute to Dame Zaha Hadid

In Events by AUB Libraries / May 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

AUBites, along with friends and family members got together on the afternoon of May 9th to pay tribute to Dame Zaha Hadid during the opening ceremony of an exhibit at AUB’s Issam Fares Institute building’s Reading Room and Terrace.

The exhibit is organized by the AUB University Libraries, in coordination with the Arab Center for Architecture and will remain on display at the IFI building on the AUB campus till May 13th, showcasing books published by and about the Architect, maps of the IFI building and photos of its inauguration, family belongings, sketches and prototypes designed by Hadid for Mouzannar, the Lebanese jewelers, in addition to a projection of the ceremony of the Honorary Doctorate received at AUB in 2006.

During the event, AUB Interim Provost Mohamad Harajli applauded Zaha Hadid’s achievements and  genius and emphasized on her significant relationship with AUB, first as a student and then as a designer of an outstanding building contributing to AUB’s role as a connector and catalyst for change and creativity.

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11 May

AUB Libraries schedule from May 15 to August 28, 2016

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 11, 2016 / 0 Comments

Below is the AUB Libraries updated schedule from (May 15 – August 28, 2016):

JAFET (May 15 – June 5, 2016)

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm

National Liberation Day (May 25, 2016): 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.


JAFET (June 6  – July 26, 2016)

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm


JAFET (July 27 – August  28, 2016)

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday: Closed



Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

National Liberation Day (May 25, 2016): Closed


ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE LIBRARIES’ summer schedule (from June 6 – August 28, 2016)

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

05 May

Survey: UL seeking community feedback for internal review

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / May 5, 2016 / 0 Comments

Dear Faculty, Students and Researchers,

The AUB Libraries are conducting an internal review and are seeking the feedback of the community regarding our collections and services. We would be extremely grateful if you could please take a few minutes to fill in the below anonymous survey: your feedback will help us understand our strengths, our areas of growth and of need, and will ultimately help us serve you better.

Please take a few minutes to fill in the below survey:

Your response will be appreciated by May 20th, 2016.

With many advance thanks from the AUB Libraries’ team!

04 May

Upcoming Event: Tribute to Dame Zaha Hadid; an Exhibit

In Events by AUB Libraries / May 4, 2016 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are organizing an exhibit as a tribute to Dame Zaha Hadid.

The Exhibit will showcase books published by and about the prominent Architect, maps of the IFI building on AUB campus and photos of its inauguration ceremony.

During the exhibit, there will be a projection of the ceremony of the Honorary Doctorate received at AUB in 2006. Also, family belongings will be showcased along with sketches and prototypes designed by Zaha Hadid for Mouzannar, the renown Lebanese jewelers.


Opening ceremony: Monday, May 9, 2016 | 5:00 – 7:30 pm

and daily from 10:00 am  to 6:00 pm until May 13, 2016


Issam Fares Institute, Reading Room and Terrace

All are invited to discover this exhibit, portraying the work of an architecture prodigy.

04 May

Upcoming Event: Books in Motion Exhibition

In Events by AUB Libraries / May 4, 2016 / 0 Comments

The “Books in Motion: Exhibition,” which runs from May 5-12, 2016, is an exhibition of manuscripts and printed works from Jafet Library’s Archives and Special Collections, displayed alongside examples of contemporary art and books.

The exhibition is curated by AUB professors Hala Auji (FAAH) and Sonja Mejcher-Atassi (English) in conjunction with “Books in Motion: Exploring Concepts of Mobility in Cross-Cultural Studies of the Book,” a three day interdisciplinary conference held at AUB that explores new perspectives in the study of the book. Expanding on the themes of the conference, this exhibition asks the following: what can the book communicate to its readers and collectors about its temporal and spatial mobility?

More specifically, what can be said about the nature of the book form, as a self-contained site, by considering its mobility through circulation, reproducibility, mutability, and transferability?

The books on display are grouped according to “knowledge production,” “travel and exchange,” “material transformations,” and “aesthetics and politics,” the overlapping conceptual themes of mobility that “Books in Motion” explores.

The exhibition is available for viewing during Jafet Library’s opening hours. Manuscripts will only be on display until May 9, 2016

For more information, you can find the Exhibit’s Curatorial Statement below.

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