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Title: AUB University Libraries: New Faculty Orientation Fall 2011

Libraries_at_AUB New faculty orientation
Aida Farha Medical Librarian Saab Medical
Library Jan 23, 2015
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"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
  • gt120,000 STM journals.

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 Libraries
  • 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
  • 55 support staff plus student assistants

Physical Facility
Libraries _at_ AUB
Libraries _at_AUB
Professional Services
As a Physical Facility
  • Group-study rooms / Study carrels / Computer
  • Renovation plans
  • Jafet Regular Hours
  • Mon-Fri 730 am - midnight
  • Sat 800 am - 800 pm
  • Sun 1200 pm midnight
  • 106.5 hrs/week . 24/7 during reading/exams
  • Summer Jafet/SML close at 900 pm
  • Science/Engineering at 300 pm

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
Item Type in 2009 in 2014
Print books purchased 8,000 20,000
Databases 90 300
Major Reference Works 100 500
eBooks (ownership) 15,000 500,000
Journal packages 14 50
eJournals (access) 49,000 140,000
Journal dig. arch. ( vols) 14,000 400,000
Journal subscriptions 2,643 5,780
Newspapers (Mic. to E) 0 20
Primary Sources (DBs) 0 25
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)
  • 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
  • Ordering new books
  • Ordering journals/databases

Services for Faculty (2 of 3)
  • Ordering articles/research material
  • Identifying new acquisitions
  • E-Reserve or Print Reserve
  • Subject Specialist Librarians give course
    -integrated classes or create customized research
    guides and act as liaisons between Library and
    AUB Faculties.

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
  • Request citation Management Tools training
  • Create targeted current awareness
  • Get help with research
  • In summary, we are professional information
    specialists that are here to satisfy your
    information needs and many times we do exceed
    them ?

Tips to Your Research Impact
  • Create your Open Researcher Contributor ID
    (ORCID) remove author ambiguity ensure your
    work is correctly attributed to you
  • Be consistent in writing your name, institutional
    departmental address and do not use
  • List your email correctly and open it frequently
  • Publish in Journals that have at least one of
  • Impact Factor
  • Open Access (beware of predatory ones)
  • Indexed in International databases
  • Check Scopus, PubMed or WoS to see if all your
    citations are correct
  • Join academic social networking ex. Academia,
    LinkedIn, ResearchGate
  • Participate in a professional listserv
  • Retain your right to place your publication _at_AUB
    Institutional Repository
  • Too much to
    remember? Ask US, we are here to help you!

Services for YOUR Students
  • Instructions either one-to-one or for a
  • Customized sessions to suit your curricular needs
  • Thesis clinics
  • SMLs 2-credit hours course (IDTH 301)
  • Last year 500 sessions for 8,000 students
  • Carrels for your graduate students and research
  • State of the art E-Classroom

Technology _at_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 during regular
    hours for troubleshooting (24 hours help desk by

Current Future Plans
  • 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!

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  • A speech should be like a woman's skirt long
    enough to cover the topic yet short enough to
    keep the interest .

    Winston Churchill

Thank you