Archive for January, 2017

31 Jan

Interview with Dalal Rahme, research data services librarian at the University Libraries

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / January 31, 2017 / 0 Comments

The School of Information Sciences at the iSchool at Illinois interviewed Dalal Rahme, Research Data Services librarian at AUB’s University Libraries. Below is the full text of the interview that appeared on the iSchool’s website.

Get to know Dalal Rahme (MS ’14), research data services librarian

Posted: January 30, 2017

Our alumni work all over the world, using the knowledge and skills they learned in their iSchool courses. Dalal Rahme (MS ’14) is sharing her knowledge of data curation with students and faculty at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I’m a research data services librarian at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. My main duty is to help researchers find the data they need, organize it, preserve it, and make it accessible for future use through our DataBank. I also assist in the writing of data management plans when required. As a data curator, I work closely with the digital initiatives department, where I am involved in several digital preservation projects. In addition, I teach a digital preservation course at the Graduate School of Library Science at the Lebanese University, which is another great opportunity to be in touch with future librarians.

What do you like best about your job?

What I like best about my job is the continuous learning, diversity of projects, and the everyday challenges that come from working with different types of data, projects, and personalities. All of this helps me learn a great deal of things and acquire new technical and interpersonal skills.

How did the iSchool help you get to where you are today?

I came to the iSchool with an interest in data curation. I became interested in the socio-technical data analytics (SODA) in the first semester and ended up with two concentrations: data curation and SODA. The master’s program at the iSchool exceeded my expectations. It equipped me with what I need to specialize in what I do, and it helped me gain new perspective and see more opportunities in the profession.

What advice would you like to share with iSchool students?

Take advantage of the opportunities offered by the School and University. Get involved in sessions, internships, training, alternative spring breaks, and volunteering.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, sailing, and canoeing. I was recently elected a board member of the Lebanese Library Association, and I am very excited to be part of a team working voluntarily on issues related to librarianship in the country.

Link to article:

27 Jan

AUB University Librarians co-author scholarly article about Library Collection Development and Management

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / January 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

AUB University librarians Dima Ahmadieh- Collection Development Librarian, Salpy Nalbandian- Head of Science and Agriculture Library and Khaled Noubani- Head of Engineering and Architecture Library joined efforts to co-author and publish an article entitled “A comparative citation analysis study of master’s theses at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon”.

Published in Collection Building journal, this article seeks to determine and compare the type and age of cited literature in master’s theses of three academic disciplines at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. It also aims to improve the existing monograph and serial collections at AUB.

In their research, the authors conducted citation analysis of all AUB master’s theses completed between 2004 and 2013 in the disciplines of biology, mechanical engineering and political science. They extracted Bibliographic data from citations in the reference lists and analyzed the data. Availability of the cited books and journals was checked against the library catalog.

The findings indicated that engineering and biology students use a significantly greater number of scholarly journal articles in comparison to political science students and that all disciplines rely on recent publications.

This paper’s findings will prove useful to develop lists of core journals for the UL and will help in managing existing collections and providing a base for informed decision-making regarding journal subscriptions and/or cancellations.

When asked about this publication, the authors said, “It is an unprecedented collaborative effort between three librarians from AUB to share their experience and knowledge about citation analysis.” Adding “It was a new, challenging experience and an opportunity to share our work and knowledge with colleagues nationally and internationally. It was also a great way to know more about our master students’ research to understand and meet their needs.”

The authors unanimously agreed that working on this case study was a challenge at the beginning; to the extent that there were times where they almost lost faith in completing the work. However, they insisted on continuing until the end to get the work published.

This study is one of a few of its kind in the Arab world and will serve to facilitate collection development and management in the region.

To read the full article click here.


Ahmadieh, D., Nalbandian, S., & Noubani, K. (2016). A comparative citation analysis study of master’s theses at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Collection Building35(4), 103-113. doi: 10.1108/CB-06-2016-0013


24 Jan

New Research Guide:” Open Access Publishing”

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / January 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are glad to announce the publication of a new research guide entitled: “Open Access Publishing“. 

The guide highlights open access publishing in general, and related topics:

  • The discounts offered to AUB affiliates
  • Self-Archiving at AUB
  • Authors’ rights
  • Open access publishing venues
  • and more. . .

We hope that this research guide will help our researchers by facilitating the publication process and offering useful resources and information to optimize their chances of publishing in Open Access sources.

For more information, contact Jafet Library by email: or by phone on ext. 2629/1.

24 Jan

University Libraries: Opening Hours

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / January 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

As of today, the University Libraries will resume regular opening hours:

Jafet Library:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am till 12:00 midnight
  • Saturday: 8:00 am till 8:00 pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 noon till 12:00 midnight

Engineering and Architecture Library:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am till 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am till 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Science and Agriculture Library:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am till 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am till 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Saab Medical Library:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am till 12:00 midnight
  • Saturday: 8:00 am till 8:00 pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 noon till 12:00 midnight

Welcome back to AUB and looking forward to seeing you all at the Libraries . . .

16 Jan

Library Databases Subscriptions, 2016

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / January 16, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries is always on the lookout to subscribe to new and specialized databases in order to best support research and teaching at AUB.

In 2016, the UL has expanded its subscription to more databases, covering an array of subject areas and types of material.

We invite you to explore these databases and to enjoy the exclusive access you have to them.

Below is a listing of the databases we have subscribed to during 2016.

To learn more about a database, visit our List of Databases and read more under the “i” icon of each database or contact Jafet Library via email on or by phone on extensions 2620/1/9. 

  1. Taylor & Francis Medical Package
  2. Handbook of Oriental Studies
  3. Translated Texts from Historians
  4. ISS Directors data from WRDS
  5. Foreign Office Files for the M.E. 1971-1981
  6. ExuComp from WRDS
  7. Evidence Analysis Library
  8. Biomedical engineering Handbook
  9. Academy of Management Journals
  10. Church Missionary Society Periodicals
  11. Mideastwire  (Subscription took over from CAMES & CASAR)
  12. Building Types Online
  13. Psychiatry online
  14. Middle East & Islamic Studies Journal Collections
  15. Anthropological Literature
  16. Middle Eastern Manuscripts Online 3 (MEMO:3)
  17. Access Neurology Collection
  18. Access Obgyn Collection
  19. Case Files
  20. Taylor & Francis Medical Package
  21. Handbook of Oriental Studies
  22. Translated Texts from Historians
  23. Building Types Online
  24. Foreign relations of the United states
  25. Sage Videos
  26. Arabic Literature of Africa Online
  27. Coptic Gnostic Library Online
  28. Classic Arabic Texts Online
  29. TCRT2: Islam (Twentieth Century Religious Thought. Volume 2: Islam)
  30. Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman & Central Arabia
  31. Christian Muslim Relations 600-1900
  32. Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology (2nd edition)
  33. WBIZ Arab Islamic archives
  34. Comprehensive Organic Synthesis (2nd edition)
  35. Hormones, brain and behavior (3rd edition)
  36. Meyler’s side effects of drugs (16th edition)
  37. Treatise on geochemistry
  38. Current biography illustrated
  39. Encyclopedia of environmental health
  40. Oxford Classical Dictionary
  41. Open Editions Journals
  42. SPIE digital Library
  43. BECO
  44. Encyclopedia of Hebrew language and linguistics online
  45. Vocabulary for the study of religion online
  46. JSTOR Arts & Sciences XV
  47. MSCI GMI ratings CEO, companies, directorship
  48. MSCI ESG KLD stats
  49. DeGruyter Backfiles purchase of Journals + 3 years journals subscription agreement
  50. F1000
  51. International bibliography of art
  52. PsycTests
  53. History of Science Technology and medicine
  54. TLG Thesaurus Lingua Graecae
  55. SAE Academic Digital Content

Also, here is the list of e-book collections purchased by the UL during 2016:

  1. Royal Society of Chemistry e-books 2016
  2. Edward Elgar 2016 & all non-purchased years 2013 and before along with Law pkg.
  3. Wiley e-books (610) + MRW + 4 book series
  4. Geoscience World 1926-2015
  5. Middle East e-books from Taylor & Francis from Early 20th century -2018
  6. Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library
  7. MIT press e-books Library in IEEE Explore
  8. World scientific -2018
  9. Cambridge companions
  10. Cambridge humanities, social sciences and STM e-books collections 2016 only
  11. Duke University Press till 2016
  12. Sage Knowledge 2015 & 2016
  13. DeGruyter -2018
  14. DeGruyter University Presses partners till 2016
  15. Biblical studies from Brill
  16. Early English books
  17. Early European Books Collection
  18. Oxford Scholarly editions online 1485-1901
  19. University Press Scholarship Online (Oxford)
  20. Oxford Handbooks Online
  21. Open Editions e-books till 2016
  22. Brill e-books collection
  23. Taylor and Francis e-books 1887-2016
  24. Routledge handbooks online 2014-2016
  25. Wiley IEEE 2015 & 2016
  26. Elsevier e-books
  27. ACS Symposium series front file
  28. American Mathematical Society e-books
  29. Karger e-books 2015-2017
  30. Safari business books ( 5 years subscription)
16 Jan

University Libraries publish Oral History videos interviewing current and retired staff members to celebrate AUB’s 150th anniversary

In Library Staff,Projects by AUB Libraries / January 16, 2017 / 1 Comment

As a tribute to AUB’s 150th anniversary, the University Libraries, in collaboration with the Audio, Video, and Multimedia Office at the Information Technology Department have produced 11 oral history interviews with long-standing, current and retired library staff members.

The video is a documentary, capturing the memories of current and retired library staff members who have spent at least 15 years each at the libraries. In the recordings, the staff share their experiences, insights, stories and golden memories at AUB, and specifically at the libraries. The staff portray their devotion & commitment to AUB and to the libraries, showing a remarkable sense of “belongingness” and describing the work environment through thick and thin.

Some interview questions were prepared ahead of time to grasp a general sense. However, there was time left for the interviewees to reminisce and get personal with their experience at AUB. Many just improvised, speaking from the heart.

These were some of the questions posed: When did you start working at AUB Libraries? ; Have you worked somewhere else at AUB? ; What was your happiest memory at work and what was the saddest or most emotional memory? ; Can you share a funny incident that happened at work? ; What more can you tell us about the library? ; How did working at AUB affect your life? Can you describe the library in one sentence or in one word? . . .

The University Libraries have created a short video, highlighting parts of the content of all the interviews. You can watch the video entitled “University Library staff remembering AUB” via this link:  

Below are links to the individual interviews listed by the interviewee name:

We hope that you will enjoy these videos, and we view this as an oral history initiative, capturing a sense of AUB’s history.

Project team: [Fatmeh Charafeddine- Project Manager, Joyce Aways- Documentary Director, Edward Zakaria- Video Recording and Editing]  

11 Jan

Digital Humanities Institute–Beirut: 10-12 March

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / January 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Center for Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Information Technology, the Department of English, and the University Libraries at the American University of Beirut (AUB), are happy to host the second iteration of the Digital Humanities Institute – Beirut (DHI-B 2017), that will take place from 10-12 March 2017.

Nina Ghannam, Assistant to the Librarian and and Vera Al Ashkar, Digital Imaging Specialist from the Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department at the University Libraries will be giving a workshop entitled: “Introduction to Optical Character Recognition for Arabic. This workshop address Optical Character Recognition, by which a computer can take a scanned text and turn it into digital text file.  It will address specific problems related to Arabic.

The workshop will be introduced by Elie Kahale, Head of the Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department at the University Libraries.

This event builds on the success of the event that took place in March 2015 in Beirut. The theme this year in 2017 is Shaping Digital Humanities Communities: Local, Regional and Consortial.

The humanities in the twenty-first century have taken a decidedly digital turn. In some cases this means traditional questions are addressed with new digital skills or new modes of scholarly communication, in others, entirely new research questions are emerging with technology.The main goal of the Institute is to create an environment where different stakeholders in the academic communities of Lebanon and the region learn together about new computing technologies and their impact on the humanities.

Like the digital humanities themselves, DHI-B is designed as a meeting place, between faculty, librarians, students and technologists. It features hands-on workshops, poster presentations, lightning talks, and lectures, conceived with a collegial spirit of collaboration in mind. These workshops aim to introduce you to some of the ways that research and teaching are changing in the humanities. Many of those workshops have been suggested by the community themselves. They will be taught by MA and PhD students, librarians, instructors and professors.

These courses are not all of the same length. The long and short courses run over the period of the first two days, so only one of these courses can be taken alongside a mini course which will run during the last day of the institute (Sunday).


Attendance is by registration only. Please REGISTER .

Free admission, to AUB and AMICAL attendees.

Event Details:

For inquiries, feel free to contact us at

The DHI-B 2017 is primarily sponsored by the Center for Arts and Humanities at AUB, and also AMICAL Consortium, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (AUB), Office of Information Technology (AUB) and the Department of English (AUB).

We look forward to having you with us!

DHI-B Organizing Committee: Fatmeh Charafeddine (Library), Rayane Fayed (IT), Till Grallert (OIB), Mario Hawat (English major), Najla Jarkas (English), David Wrisley (English)

10 Jan

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

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / January 10, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries are glad to announce that they have extended the exhibit “AUB’s 150th: through the looking glass” which will hold in Jafet Library until the 30th of January, 2017.

The exhibit includes a display of Library material depicting the AUB history and showcases material from AUB’s 150th events throughout last year, in addition to a nostalgic display of Campus Yearbook photos.

The exhibit’s opening ceremony was held on the 22nd of December, and featured a talk by Mr. Tony Naufal (BA’74), an independent researcher with a lot of insight and a number of anecdotes about AUB’s history. 

Click here to view the full video of the Tony Naufal’s talk: “Vignettes of AUB History

09 Jan

Upcoming Exhibit: “Fields of Vision and Mediation: Arab Cinema and Political Posters”

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / January 9, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries and the Media Studies Program invite you to an exhibit entitled: “Fields of Vision and Mediation: Arab Cinema and Political posters”, curated by the Archives and Special Collections Department, Jafet Library.

The exhibit, which will showcase a number of political and cinema posters, some comics from our Library collections, graffiti from various venues in the city, as well as some archival material from the Archival papers of the late Anthony Shadid, is presented  in support of a conference organized by the Media Studies Program, and entitled: Rethinking Media Through the Middle East.

“Fields of Vision and Mediation: Arab Cinema and Political Posters”

Exhibit Dates: January 12-14, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Place: West Hall Mahmoud Malhas Common Room