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|+ The third international conference on Christian-Muslim Relations with the theme “Violence, Non-violence and Religion,” proceedings|
|+ Library holds its Student Workers' Orientation Day|
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Dr. Niall Holohan, Representative of Ireland to the Palestinian Authority was present for the official dedication of Turathuna: Center for Palestinian Heritage. Development Cooperation Ireland funded the establishment of this center whose aim is “to contribute to the emergence of Palestine’s national and cultural identity. We see the role of the center as providing a showcase for this heritage.” Six additional display panels have been completed and more artifacts including a grinder and Palestinian embroidery were donated recently. The guests including members of the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and representatives of local schools and cultural centers had an opportunity to experiment with some of the available computer technology. In his remarks Br. Vincent Malham expressed appreciation to the researchers, technicians, consultants, and donors who assisted in the creation of this facility.
The course in Library Skills (LIBR 101) was offered for the first time. This seven week course required of all first year students provides information and helps students develop skills necessary for academic life. Research strategies including selection of a topic, using information sources and preparing a seven item bibliography are components of the course. Mr. Anan Hamad is the instructor. An evaluation of the pilot program was conducted at the conclusion of the year and a report was distributed. It’s interesting to note that one student in the course was assisting a fourth year student in the proper way to cite sources for a bibliography.
PROJECT DESK CALENDARS
Through the combined efforts of Ms. Elsa Hazboun, Director of Personnel Management and Mr. Issa Bandak, Instructor in the Faculty of Business Administration students participated in a project to raise funds for the Bethlehem University Library Scholarship Fund. A desk calendar with photos reflecting the local culture was created and the students had a chance to practice principles learned in their studies by selling the calendars. The most rewarding aspect of the project is the knowledge that our own needy students profited from the work of the students in business.
Bethlehem University Library participated in the first local book fair sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the Arab Women Union, Cardinal House of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Peace Center, and Friends of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra. Almost 100 of our books were on loan for the exhibition that emphasized works by local authors and those that treat of Bethlehem. Books by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra and Edward Said were also included in the exhibition.
In addition, the library has contributed second copies, old and used books to Freres School in Bethlehem, Latin Patriarchate School in Beit Sahour, the Palestinian Union of Social Workers and Psychologists in Bethlehem, Orthodox
Cultural and Educational Center in Beit Jala, and Evangelical Luteran Secondary School Talitha Kumi.
Audio Visual CenterMohammed Esmael, a third year student with a major in Arabic and a minor in Journalism, from Dar Salah-Bethlehem, is one of the most active students in using and taking advantage of the library resources. Almost every day he spends about two hours using the Internet searching for his needs. His interest is in Arabic poetry, linguistics, grammar, novels, literature, and Islamic and language studies. He finds these resources are a great help in his studies, research and hobbies. Also, he is reading and using the books in the library for about one or two hours daily. Besides his use of the library, he is spending much of his time helping a third year blind Arabic major student, Awad Ebiat, in his studies.
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
A room dedicated for students with special needs was established during the year. The Students with Special Needs Committee considered the priority to equip the room in order to serve the special needs of students with visual impairments. Equipment including a brailler, a braille embosser, two computers, a scanner, JAWS screen reading computer software program, screen zooming, and two cassette tape recorders with headphones have been placed in the room to assist the students with learning. The room is located next to the Library Director’s office. In addition, students can borrow books at the circulation desk from the National Society for the Visually Handicapped, Jerusalem for their leisure reading.
CIRCULATION STATISTICS 2003 – 2004
BEST STUDENT ASSISTANTS’ AWARDS
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