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Libraries @ AUB New faculty orientation. Aida Farha Medical Librarian Saab Medical Library August 18, 2014. "Half of what you are taught as medical students will in 10 years have been shown to be wrong. And the trouble is none of your teachers knows which half"

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Libraries @ AUB

New faculty orientation

Aida Farha

Medical Librarian

Saab Medical Library

August 18, 2014


"Half of what you are taught as medical students will in 10 years have been shown to be wrong. And the trouble is none of your teachers knows which half"

Dr. Sydney Burwell [1956]

tsunami of information

Scholarly Literature doubles every 3-5 years.

  • 6500 medical articles published/day
  • >120,000 STM journals.

Tsunami of Information…

aub libraries
AUB Libraries
  • Jafet Library (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences)
  • Saab Medical Library (SML)
  • Engineering and Architecture Library
  • Science and Agriculture Library
    • Farm Library

AUB Libraries embrace the mission of the University in supporting excellence in education & research and in serving the peoples of the Middle East and beyond.

academic research library
Academic / Research Library

One of the largest academic/research libraries in the Arab world:

  • Budget: one of the largest in Arab world and larger than most institutions of the same size in the U.S.
  • Staff: among the largest in Arab world
    • 25 librarians with MS in library or information science (some with PhD or a second master degree)
    • 10 assistants to the librarians
    • 55 support staff plus student assistants


Physical Facility

Libraries @


Professional Services

as a physical facility
As a Physical Facility
  • Group-study rooms / Study carrels / Computer Labs.
  • Renovation plans…
  • Jafet Regular Hours:

Mon-Fri 7:30 am - midnight

Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Sun 12:00 pm – midnight

106.5 hrs/week …. 24/7 during reading/exams periods

Summer: Jafet/SML close at 9:00 pm

Science/Engineering at 3:00 pm

collection in numbers
Collection in Numbers
  • Over 1.3 million volumes of print and electronic monographs and periodicals
  • Over 140,000 print and electronic journals & conference proceedings
  • Over 300 databases and hundreds of major reference works
  • Substantial number of local/regional journals, newspapers, and magazines going back to the late 19th century
  • 1,400 manuscripts (some appraised as museum pieces) and a growing collection of rare books
  • 2,000 maps and 50,000 photographs of unique/historical nature
  • Missionaries papers; art and political posters, and papers by famous scholars, musicians and artists: e.g. Zaki Nassif…
  • And open to suggestions from Faculty!
collection past vs present
Collection: Past vs. Present

*New databases: expensive, high quality, core titles (e.g., PAO, PQ Central, WoS).

**Examples: Economist, Financial Times, Jerusalem Post, NYT, Times, WSJ, Washington Post.

services for faculty 1 of 3
Services for Faculty … (1 of 3)

Borrowing, renewing and returning books:

  • Up to 100 items for a loan period of one year
  • Online renewal
  • Borrowing by proxy
  • Books can be returned to any library
  • Recalling books

Ordering new books:

  • Online form
  • Automated tracking/notification system

Ordering journals/databases:

  • Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian
services for faculty 2 of 3
Services for Faculty …(2 of 3)
  • Ordering articles/research material:
      • Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan Services (worldwide)
  • Identifying new acquisitions
  • E-Reserve or Print Reserve:
      • Contact Circulation Staff
    • Subject Specialist Librarians give course-integrated classes or create customized research guides and act as liaisons between the Library and the AUB Faculties
services for faculty 3 of 3
Services for Faculty … (3 of 3)

Instruction one-to-one:

  • Library Tour
  • Identify resources relevant to your needs
  • Learn about the quality of the journals and conference proceedings
  • Know who/which papers cited your work
  • Citation Management Tools training
  • Create targeted current awareness
  • Get help with research at the Reference Desk

In summary, we are professional information specialists that are here to satisfy your information needs 

services for your students
Services for YOUR Students
  • Instructions either one-to-one or for a group/class
  • Customized sessions to suit your curricular needs
  • Thesis clinics
  • SML’s 2-credit hours course (IDTH 301)
  • Last year: 500 sessions for 8,000 students
  • Carrels for your graduate students and research associates
  • E-Classroom
technology @aub libraries
Technology @AUB Libraries
  • Wireless Internet connection
  • Four computer labs with 120 state-of-the-art PCs
  • Networked printing and photocopying services
  • Remote access available for the great majority of online resources
  • Computer technicians are available in the libraries during regular hours for troubleshooting (24 hours help desk by phone)
current future plans
Current & Future Plans
  • Upgrade the E-Classroom and renovate SML
  • Create 2 study rooms (increase seating capacity to 1,000)
  • Redesign the libraries’ homepages (ASC, Jafet, and SML)
  • Populate AUB Scholar Works repository with AUB student and faculty publications
  • Index and digitize major Arabic newspapers, magazines, and journals
  • Digitize all of the Libraries’ 1,400 manuscripts
  • Digitize all of the Libraries’ 10,000 pre-1956 Arabic books
  • Open for YOUR Suggestions 