Archive for October, 2016

28 Oct

Mr. Habib Nassib Hammam (BA ’66, MA ’69) continues to give to the AUB University Libraries

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / October 28, 2016 / 0 Comments

The Hammam family continues its legacy and continues to give to the AUB libraries, via a second consecutive donation during this year.

Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries, welcomed Mr. Habib Nassib Hammam (BA ’66, MA ’69), who on the morning of October 28th donated around 60 books to the University Libraries (UL), all from his personal collection. The event was held in Jafet Library and was attended by the office of development, represented by Mrs. Mariam Sabbah (Associate Director – Major Gifts), in addition to several University librarians and staff members.

The donated books are rare and very valuable, once belonging to the donor’s father, Dr. Nassib Hammam. Some have handwritten notes and are signed by prominent figures. They perfectly complement Hammam’s previous donations to the UL.

The topics of the books vary and include history of the middle east and the Arab world, medicine, poetry, social sciences and religion, in addition to various dictionaries and some academic books.

During the event, Hammam talked about his family’s “long relationship” with AUB and described AUB as his second home noting that as he travels more and more around the world, he realizes what a “big home” AUB is.

Hammam thanked the UL for giving him an “avenue to keep these material where they can do some good” adding that his donations will reserve the legacy of the Hammam family, for “if it were [his family] to leave a footprint, it would be here [at AUB]”.  Hammam implied that there are more collections and consequently more donations to come in the upcoming years as his journey with the family collection has only just began.

Dr. Meho, University Librarian, thanked Mr. Hammam for the “very valuable collection that will benefit students and researchers of the AUB community and of the region”, grateful for the trust bestowed upon the Libraries with this family treasure, and positive that the collection has found the right home.

Last August, Mr. Hammam made a previous valuable donation of material to the UL, consisting of historical photographs of AUB students’ life, as well as the English translation of the speech of Ahmed Djemal Pasha delivered to students of the Syrian Protestant College during his visit on January 29th, 1917. The donation also included documents and photographs of events by the AUB Alumni Association- North Lebanon Chapter- in the early 1960s. For more about the collection and about the family, read here:

(Photo Credit: Youssef R. Doughan)

26 Oct

New Book Release: “Library and Information Science in the Middle East and North Africa”, a timely book about Library and Information Science education

In Uncategorized by AUB Libraries / October 26, 2016 / 0 Comments

As part of the “Global Studies in Libraries and Information Series, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and De Gruyter have partnered to publish a timely new book entitled: “Library and Information Science in the Middle East and North Africa”.

The book, edited by Amanda B. Click, Sumayya Ahmed, Jacob Hill and John D. Martin III (Eds), covers topics related to information literacy, intellectual property, library and information science education, research, publishing and more.

It offers up-to-date perceptions about the current status of libraries and of information science (LIS) in the MENA region, providing much needed research and insight about a region that is experiencing a lot of changes. The book tells the story of library science in a part of the world where it is not always accentuated. It features case studies from different countries and institutions in the MENA region.

AUB’s University Librarian, Dr. Lokman I. Meho had contributed to this work with a chapter entitled “Education for Library and Information Science in the Arab States”. The chapter, which is co-authored with Evelyn H. Daniel and Barbara M. Moran, both former deans at Syracuse University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, introduces LIS education in the Arab world, researching each country and collecting information about their LIS higher education and curricula, exploring their strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities.

When asked about the importance of this publication and its content, Dr. Meho said “it is the first of its kind that provides a comprehensive overview of LIS education in the Arab world and the first to identify and discuss all the 77 college-level programs that have been founded in the region since the early 1950s. The chapter discusses why some programs shut down, the challenges that the great majority of the remaining 71 programs continue to encounter, and in most cases their failure to develop and produce the kind of high quality professional library workforce desperately needed by local markets. The chapter ends with a series of practical recommendations that would both enhance the status of LIS education and the field and improve the employability of the students graduating from the LIS programs.

Commenting on the future of LIS education in the region, Dr. Meho said that “like in most other professions, the demand for graduates with advanced skills and knowledge in library and information fields is and will remain high for many years to come. In response to this, four LIS schools were founded in the region in the past five years and 22 in the past 15 years. The challenge is for these LIS schools to seize the opportunity by improving their curricula in order to be able to supply the market with the needed highly qualified professionals. Local academic and research libraries as well as LIS schools, especially in Lebanon and the Gulf countries continue to rely heavily on individuals with library and information science graduate degrees from the US and the UK.”

To read the book chapter co-authored by Dr. Meho, go to:

About the Book

Library and Information Science in the Middle East and North Africa
Edited by: Amanda B. Click, Sumayya Ahmed, Jacob Hill and John D. Martin III
Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2016
ISBN 978-3-11-034172-0

About the Publication Series

Global Studies in Libraries and Information Series: The complex processes involved in the international dissemination of information and knowledge, and the roles of libraries and related information agencies in facilitating access, offer fascinating scope for scholarly study and research. At the same time, the global nature of these processes requires practicing librarians and information workers to be aware of opportunities and challenges that arise internationally. This English language monograph series serves as a vehicle for professional and scholarly communication in the rapidly evolving field of global studies in libraries and information. Volumes are peer-reviewed and authored by leading professionals and scholars from across the world.

About IFLA

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 30 September 1927 at an international conference, we celebrated our 75th birthday at our conference in Glasgow, Scotland in 2002. We now have over 1300 Members in approximately 140 countries around the world. IFLA was registered in the Netherlands in 1971. The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, generously provides the facilities for our headquarters.

25 Oct

Exhibit: “In Remembrance of Constantine Zurayk”

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / October 25, 2016 / 0 Comments

REMINDER: The Zurayk exhibit goes on until November 4th at the Mahmoud Malhas Common Room in West Hall between 9:00am and 5:00p.m.


The AUB Libraries is pleased to announce the receipt of the Constantine Zurayk Archive, a collection of papers, letters, documents, photos, etc. related to the late Dr. Constantine Zurayk, which was generously donated by his family. The massive and valuable Archive—some 19 feet– is a true testimony to Dr. Zurayk’s contribution to Arab societies, his sustained efforts at educational institutions building in the Arab world, his commitment to many causes and concerns of centrality to Arab societies, and his great influence on an entire generation of Arabs. The Collection is a true gem, and  a much valued addition to the Libraries’ Collections, one that will make a serious dent in documenting our modern Arab history.

The announcement of the receipt of the Archive is conjoined with a one-day seminar, “In Remembrance of Constantine Zurayk”, October, 31st,  which will feature many world class speakers, as detailed below. It will also feature an accompanying exhibit of the archival collection, between October 31st and November 4th, at the Mahmoud Malhas Common Room, West Hall, which will showcase select items from the Zurayk Archive.

For more information about the program please click on the following link:

21 Oct

Book Discussion “Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900”

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries is holding a book discussion by the distinguished author and former AUB trustee, Dr. Linda K. Jacobs about her renown book and bestseller

Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900

The event will take place on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at Jafet Library,  followed by a book signing.

The book traces the beginnings of the Syrian immigration and settlement in New York City, namely around Washington Square on the lower west side of Manhattan and is thoroughly and expansively researched, based on a variety of sources including local newspapers, church records, city directories, private archives and photo collections and other documents to conceptualize the mergence and development of this distinctive community.

About the Author

Linda K. Jacobs is a New York-based scholar and author. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology/Anthropology and spent many years working on archaeological excavations and economic development projects in the Middle East. She is the author of Digging In: An American Archaeologist Uncovers the Real Iran (2012) and a series of articles about the nineteenth-century Syrian colony in New York. Dr. Jacobs is committed to promoting Middle Eastern culture and knowledge in the United States, founding KalimahPress in 2011, establishing the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust, and sitting on the boards of the Near East Foundation and the Moise Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. She has also served on the board of the American University of Beirut. All four of her grandparents were members of the New York Syrian Colony

For more about the book, kindly go to

19 Oct

Re-run: Lecture Series – Workshop1 “Joining a Scholarly Conversation”

In Events,Workshops by AUB Libraries / October 19, 2016 / 0 Comments

 The Graduate Council, the University Libraries, the University Writing Center and the Accessible Education Office at AUB invite you to

a Re-run of the Lecture Series – Workshop #1

“Joining a Scholarly Conversation”

 Joining a Scholarly Conversation (introduction of series and literature review)

  • Understanding the writing thesis process
  • Accessing education and thesis process
  • Imagining a literature review
  • Making full use of the library


Thursday, October 20, 2016

11:00 am – 12:15 pm


Auditorium B1- College Hall

To register follow this link:

For further details please call ext. 2621/2629 or e-mail:

10 Oct

UL Closed for Commemoration of Ashoura

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 10, 2016 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

Kindly note that AUB Libraries (Jafet, Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture and Saab Medical Library) will be closed on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Commemoration of Ashoura.

AUB Libraries

07 Oct

Hanna Bassar retires after serving more than 40 years at AUB

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 7, 2016 / 1 Comment

The University Libraries’ management and staff wishes all the best to Hanna Bassar, who retired this October, after serving the AUB community for more than 40 years.

“Best regards and wishes to our colleague, Hanna Bassar, who gave AUB and Jafet Library 42 years of loyalty and silent work. Hanna retired today silently….the way he wished. He never “over-breaked”, never complained and was respected by all. From my personal contact with him, I knew that he was kidnapped twice during the civil war, while crossing the divided Beirut to come to work. I think he is an excellent example of service, wisdom and discipline. Let us all wish him good health and more achievements.” wrote Ziad Kaj, a UL staff member.

Best of luck, Hanna, and may you have a long, peaceful and healthy retirement. . .