Archive for December, 2016

21 Dec

14 UL Staff members receive pins during the AUB Service Awards ceremony

In Events,Library Staff by AUB Libraries / December 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

During this year’s “Service Awards” ceremony and reception, held on December 20th at the Charles W. Hostler Student Center auditorium, AUB acknowledged staff members who have served the university for 10, 15, 20, and 25 years.

The University Libraries (UL) proudly recognized 14 of its staff members for their long years of dedication and service.

Commenting on the ceremony, Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries said: “My heartfelt thank you goes to every single one of them and to their colleagues. Like others in the Library, they are an amazing group of staff members who deserve the very best. I hope to see them go on to serve AUB for 30, 35, 40, and 45 years.”

The UL family would like to congratulate its dedicated staff members and wish them all the best for the upcoming years.

  • YAZBEK, SOUHA – 10
  • ASSAF, TONI – 15
  • MATAR, CLAUDE – 15
  • KADI, SAMIR S. – 20
  • ABBOUD, ELIAS – 25
  • YAMUT, ZIAD – 25

To see the full story on the AUB website click here:

20 Dec

UL Opening Hours-Dec 23, 2016 till Jan 23, 2017

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / December 20, 2016 / 0 Comments

Kindly find below the AUB Libraries schedule from Friday, December 23, 2016 till Monday, January 23, 2017:

Jafet Library

  • From December 23 to January 1: open every day from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm and CLOSED on Sundays (December 25 and January 1)
  • From January 2 to January 23: Monday – Thursday: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm and Friday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, January 24 on: resume regular hours


  • Friday, December 23 – Monday, December 26: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, December 27 – Thursday, December 29: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Friday, December 30 – Sunday, January 1: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2 – Thursday, January 5: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Friday, January 6 – Sunday, January 8: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 9 – Monday, January 23: 8 am – 5 pm and CLOSED on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Tuesday, January 24 on: resume regular hours

Saab Medical Library (SML)

  • December 23: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • December 24: 8:00am. – 8:00pm.
  • December 25: closed
  • December 26: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • December 27: 7:00am. – 12 midnight
  • December 28: 7:00am. – 12 midnight
  • December 29: 7:00am. – 12 midnight
  • December 30: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • December 31: 8:00am. – 5:00pm.
  • January 1st: closed
  • January 2nd and on: resume regular hours
15 Dec

Exhibit: “AUB’s 150th: through the looking glass”

In Events by AUB Libraries / December 15, 2016 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries invite you to an exhibit

“AUB’s 150th: through the looking glass”

 A display of Library material depicting the AUB history and showcasing material from AUB’s 150th events throughout this year, in addition to a nostalgic display of Campus Yearbook photos.

Opening Ceremony:

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 4:00 pm | Jafet Library, Lobby

The ceremony will feature:

  • A talk entitled “Vignettes of AUB History” by Mr. Tony Naufal (BA’74), Independent Researcher
  • A new “oral history” video of interviews with current and retired library staff members

The exhibit will hold in Jafet Library until January 10th, 2017

13 Dec

New Library Guide on the History of AUB in celebration of the University’s 150th anniversary: “AUB History: a Short Guide”

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / December 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of a new Library guide entitled: AUB’s History: a Short Guide. The guide was compiled on the occasion of AUB’s 150th anniversary.

It was initiated by the Research and Instruction Services Department and prepared in collaboration with the Archives and Special Collections Department at the University Libraries. It highlights a number of relevant resources, including books, University catalogs, photos, magazines, archival material, as well as select online resources related to AUB’s founding, its history, Presidents, campus buildings and grounds, lush vegetation and botany, and the variegated and rich activities of its students. It also features a timeline highlighting select key events that marked AUB’s history, and its long running and firmly grounded commitment to liberal arts education (1862-2015).

The Guide can be accessed through the following link:

We hope that our researchers, students and alumni enjoy the guide and benefit from the valuable information it contains.

Please do not hesitate to email us your feedback regarding the guide at the attention of Mrs. Nabila Shehabeddine at

For additional materials on the history and culture of AUB, please visit the Archives and Special Collections Department at Jafet Library, or email:

10 Dec

Free coffee and cookies at Jafet Library during Final exams

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

This article was posted on the AUB website’s News section on December 10, 2016:

In an attempt to help students cope with the stress and strain of final exams, Jafet Library, which opens 24 hours a day during the reading period, is providing them with free coffee and cookies every night. The finals period, the time when students maximize their efforts to successfully wrap up their semesters, extends over two weeks from the December 7 to 20.

“Students wait eagerly for the coffee every night at 11:00pm and stand in line to have turns to fill their cups and grab a cookie,” said Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries, “we decided to serve the coffee and cookies from 11:00pm to 7:00am because the Main Gate closes at 11:00.”

Even if Main Gate closes at 11:00 pm, the Libraries are providing the students an opportunity to study for longer hours in specially equipped rooms, doing everything to maintain the studious and silent atmosphere. This initiative is taken in an attempt to provide the students with a better mood to study and focus, contributing to bettering their experience on campus.

“These are small gestures that demonstrate the President’s commitment to caring for our students. Studying for finals is tough enough and every little bit helps,” said Ramin Sedehi, Chief Operating Officer.

Associate Vice President of Advancement Services, Mrs. Soha Hmaidan, highlights that the initiative taken by Jafet Library is fully funded by the University’s strategic partners who have been funding all the events on Campus in celebration of our 150th anniversary.

“This funding is not from our operating budget, so it’s not coming out of the students’ tuition fees,” added Hmaidan.

Carla Chalhoub, Head of Access Services Department, said the initiative is helping students feel at home.

“They usually are not allowed to drink and eat on the Library premises, but we are making an exception,” added Chalhoub, “it is hard for students pulling an overnight to go out in the cold to buy snacks, so it’s a gesture to make it easier for them.”

Staff members at the Library are getting great response from the students. Avo Dakessian, a sophomore student majoring in Nursing, thought that the idea was “brilliant.”

“Things such as those are motivational, and I think that this should be done often,” said Dakessian.

Youssef Hamade, a student majoring in electrical engineering told us that Jafet is his main destination to study during finals.

“The fact that it is open 24/7 during reading period makes it my go-to when I want to pull an all-nighter, and the fact that no talking is allowed, makes it excellent for concentrating,” said Hamade. “The free cookies and coffee are an added value, the hassle of going out can now be avoided; it’s a chance to maximize our attentiveness on our studies.”

07 Dec

Library exhibition sheds light on AUB’s role during World Wars

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / December 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

This article was published on the AUB website’s News Section on December 6th, 2016: 

Established in 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB) stood firm, surviving many wars, including World War I and World War II. The Archives and Special Collections department at the Jafet Library organized an exhibit recounting the story of how AUB survived the tough days of WWI and WWII. The exhibit in Malhas Common Room, West Hall, features photos, documents, letters, diaries, posters, pamphlets, and oral history interviews from its archival collections.

Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro, Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections, explained to us that the purpose of the exhibit is to highlight the difficult times through which AUB survived, for the tough times tell you a lot about the identity of the University.

“During WWI, AUB played a vital role of resilience through its medical center, by rationing sustainability and offering the citizens medical care and food,” she said. “After WWI, AUB made the transition from being a college to becoming a university; it witnessed a change of name from Syrian Protestant College to American University of Beirut, and became a full-blown liberal arts model.”

During WWII, Chebaro insists the role AUB played was societal and diplomatic. After WWII, AUB had a regional impact influencing the rise of Arab nationalism. Although Lebanon was not as badly affected by the war in comparison to WWI when one third of the population died, WWII was what Chebaro calls “a push and pull” politically.

“During those times Lebanon gained its independence, and many students were granted medals by the state of Lebanon for avidly participating in the protests against the French,” she said, “AUB graduates of those times had key ideas that shaped that century, and that’s due to the Liberal Arts program they followed during their years as students; in the 1945 San Francisco Conference leading to the declaration of the UN, AUB had the biggest proportion of graduates attending the conference, charted as representatives of their states.”

Amazing collection

Mrs Samar Mikati, Librarian at the archives and Special Collections, told us about the richness of the documents they found as they were bringing together this exhibition.

“It was hard to choose the material to uncover, however, we know that there are some areas that weren’t properly covered in the exhibit, we lack documents about the 40s and the 50s,” she said.

Chebaro and Mikati proceeded to thank the dedicated team that worked tirelessly to put the exhibition together, with a special thank you to graduate student Nichola Larkins who devotedly participated in the background research and played a solid role in the execution of the exhibit.

The exhibit was launched in a ceremony attended by President Fadlo R. Khuri, former President Peter Dorman and a number of staff, faculty, and visitors, on December 5. Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of University Libraries, opened the ceremony with a speech thanking the staff for putting this exhibit together and emphasizing on the fact that this only a small part of what the collection found at the archives.

“Visit us in Jafet, you will be amazed with the amount of material that we can provide you with for your research,” said Meho.

President Khuri highlighted the role AUB played during the wars, often as the safest place in the city. According to him, the leadership of AUB was able to rise as hero during those difficult times. He believes the exhibition to be very significant at the end of this celebratory year.

“We are getting close to closing the celebrations, and two days exactly from the 150th anniversary it is fitting that the archives and special collections at Jafet libraries should treat us to this magnificent exhibition where the focus is on some of the most impactful moments of this university’s history,” he said.

Dr. Abdelrahim Abu Husayn, Professor of History at the Department of History and Archaeology, then took the podium to further emphasize on the role of the University during the wars, especially World War I when it provided citizens with medical relief. Abu Husayn also spoke about the importance of documenting history.

“There is always another side to history that it not properly told or is not properly documented. I issue a call to donate whatever material individuals have on WWII and the Lebanese Civil War to Jafet,” said Abu Husayn, “Jafet Library will not only organize it and preserve it, but it will also make it available to the public.”

The exhibit will be running until the December 9. For more online exhibits follow this link

06 Dec

UL Opening Hours during the Reading and Exams period (Dec 7–22, 2016)

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 6, 2016 / 0 Comments

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries during the Reading and Exams period:


On the first day of the reading period, i.e. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Jafet Library will open at 7:00 am. On the last day of the exams period, Thursday, December 22, Jafet Library will close at 9:00 pm

Jafet Library (Reference, Reserve Reading Room, Serials Reading Room, 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 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Saturday (Closed)
  • Sunday (Closed)


Engineering & Architecture – Science and Agriculture Libraries:

  • Monday – Friday (8:00 am – 9:00 pm)
  • Saturday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday (Closed)

On Thursday, December 22, Engineering & Architecture – Science and Agriculture Libraries will close at 5:00 pm

Upper stacks in Jafet Library (3rd, 4th and 5th floors) and the computer lab will close at 12:00 midnight and reopen at 7:00 a.m.

We count on your cooperation to maintain a calm and quiet atmosphere.


Good luck in your exams.

AUB Libraries

02 Dec

AUB among the world’s best for alumni achievement

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 2, 2016 / 0 Comments

This article was published on the AUB News section on November 25, 2016:

The American University of Beirut has made its mark strongly in a new measure introduced by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking organization, highlighting the employability of graduates of different universities worldwide.

AUB came in the 81-90 bracket, coming first not just in the Arab countries, but the whole of the MENA region, and it was ranked 32nd in one of the five categories being measured.

“This ranking is evidence of AUB’s success in achieving its mission by producing outstanding graduates, many of whom go on in their careers to join the world’s most innovative, creative, prosperous, entrepreneurial, and/or philanthropic individuals,” said Director of AUB Libraries, Dr. Lokman Meho.

Dr. Meho told us that although it was a new ranking which started as a pilot in the 2015-16 academic year and makes its debut this year, it uses a credible range of indicators and is based on a large sample of more than 37,000 employers worldwide.

QS published its list of the top 300 institutions for employability of their students, based on reputation with employers (30% of the score); alumni outcomes, i.e. how successful alumni are (20%); institutions’ relations with external partners (25%); employer-student connections (15%); and graduate employment rate (10%).

AUB was ranked 78th in employer reputation and 32nd in alumni outcomes. It also achieved a 72nd spot in employer-student connections through which students are given the opportunity to network with businesses and launch their careers as early as they can.

No other institution in the MENA region was ranked higher than 150. Khalifa University and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals were both ranked in the 151-200 bracket, while the American University in Cairo, American University of Sharjah, and Cairo University were all ranked in the 201+ category.

The highest-ranked institution in terms of employability under the QS criteria was Stanford University, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) coming in second place.

This ranking follows AUB’s phenomenal rise in the QS World University Rankings in September, when it improved by 40 places to reach the 228th spot.