"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 
Tsunami of Information… Scholarly Literature doubles every 3-5 years. 6500 medical articles published/day >120,000 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
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 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!
Item Typein 2009in 2014 Print books purchased8,00020,000 Databases*90300 Major Reference Works100500 eBooks (ownership)15,000500,000 Journal packages1450 eJournals (access)49,000140,000 Journal dig. arch. (# vols)14,000400,000 Journal subscriptions2,6435,780 Newspapers (Mic. to E)**020 Primary Sources (DBs)025 *New databases: expensive, high quality, core titles (e.g., PAO, PQ Central, WoS). **Examples: Economist, Financial Times, Jerusalem Post, NYT, Times, WSJ, Washington Post. Collection: Past vs. Present
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 abbreviations List your email correctly and open it frequently Publish in Journals that have at least one of these: 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 @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 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 State of the art E-Classroom
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 during regular hours for troubleshooting (24 hours help desk by phone)
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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