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(Spring 2005)

FROM THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR

    The year has been another year of growth and development of the library. The resources have increased and the services have expanded particularly electronic resources.  Circulation statistics reflect an increase use by the students in borrowing books for their studies. The new library website provides detailed information concerning library operations and the services and resources provided to the academic community.  Library staff members have benefited from opportunities for professional development.  Visitors are invited to sign the guest book when visiting Turathuna.

The list of donors continues to grow.  Both individual donors and different agencies and organizations contribute to our development.  The extensive electronic journals databases and the new library management system would not have been possible to add without the financial support of the agencies that provided the funds.  I express my deep appreciation to all the organizations as well as to those individuals who have contributed even one book.  Our growth and development is possible as a result of your consideration in contributing. Details of these developments are included in this issue.

Br. Dominic Smith



ACADEMIC SEARCH PREMIER

 In a joint project sponsored by the Palestinian Committee of Academic Libraries (PALCAL), the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE), the Academy for Educational Development (AED) – Higher Education Support Initiative (HESI) and funded by USAID all Palestinian university libraries have been provided with a one year subscription to EBSCO Academic Search Premier.  This electronic journals database is the world’s largest scholarly, multi-discipline, full text database designed specifically for academic institutions.  This resource indexes more than 8,000 publications and contains full text for more than 4,700 of those titles covering nearly all academic areas of study.  A detailed description of the database and a guide for the user are available on the library website (library.bethlehem.edu). The enclosed table reflects recent usage.

 

EBSCO Session Usage Report - BETHLEHEM UNIVERSITY

Date

Count

Average Length

Searches

Total Full Text

PDF Full Text

HTML Full Text

Image/ Video

Smart Link

Custom Link

Abstract

March 2005

393

41

1094

549

232

317

0

3

0

493

April 2005

437

43

1573

994

365

629

0

4

0

917

May 2005

151

41

437

320

102

217

1

0

0

245

Totals

1,001

 

3,104

1,863

699

1,163

1

7

0

1,655

TURATHUNA

On her most recent visit Mrs. Elizabeth Moley of Saratoga, California contributed a number of additional items reflecting the cultural heritage of this land.  The new items are a cooler made of wood used to cool coffee grains after toasting, two kirdash made of wood and nails used to puff up the hair of goats, two minjal/kaloush made of iron used to reap wheat and barley, a baklouleh made of baked clay, a bell made of iron worn by animals, and a kanun made of clay mixed with hay.  In addition, on a previous visit Mrs. Moley donated several traditional dresses of vibrant colors of orange, red, and green worn on the night of a young woman’s wedding.  Also, the new Olive Tree Dictionary was included with her generous donation.

LIBSYS

The Bethlehem University Foundation has provided the funds for the purchase of a new library management system (LibSys).  This new information management system contains six integrated modules including: Acquisitions, Cataloging, Serials, Circulation, OPAC (online public access catalog), and Administration.  It was designed by Noursoft Software Development in Ramallah and tailored to the Arabic language.  LibSys is presently in use in several libraries in Palestine and Jordan.  Installation and staff training are currently in process and the implementation will take place in phases.

GRAND STREET

The publisher Grand Street Press contributed to our library a complete set of Grand Street from 1990 to 2004.  The aim of this journal published quarterly has been to introduce gifted international writers and artists to readers in different parts of the world.  It was a project of the New York Foundation of the Arts.  The collection is located in the Language and Literature section (PN 6010.5 G7).

PRINCE CLAUS FUND

The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Netherlands provided the funding for the addition of the works of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, noted 20th century writer from Bethlehem.  The special collection of his writings in fiction, poetry, and criticism in both Arabic and English is located in Turathuna.

PALESTINE INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR

Ms. Hala Marzouka, Head of Arabic Technical Services accompanied by Mr. George Awwad and Ms. Valerie Rock and several faculty members attended the sixth Palestine International Book Fair at El-Bireh Exhibition Hall.  This event organized by the Ministry of Culture and UNESCO attempts to promote reading as part of the living culture.  The library added 222 books in the Arabic section primarily in Arabic literature, social sciences, education, and humanities.  More of the 25,000 books on display will be purchased through local book dealers.

BINDERY

Ms. Rana Andonieh assisted Mr. Imad Abu Sa’da, the book binder in the library as part of the short-term job creation grant from the Pontifical Mission.  During the two months the two worked together in bounding single issues of the periodicals and journals into volumes.  As a result of this project more than 300 volumes have been moved from storage in the basement to the Bound Periodicals on the second floor and are available for students’ research.

BOOK COLLECTION

LC Classification

Number of English Books

Number of Arabic Books

A

General Works

442

219

B-BJ

Philosophy, Psychology

1,302

1,536

BL-BX

Religion

1,961

3,302

C

Auxiliary Sciences of History

224

241

D

History: General and Old World

3,280

5,340

E-F

History: America

293

129

G

Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

829

734

H

Social Science

5,468

4,121

J

Political Science

786

842

K

Law

211

216

L

Education

1,984

1,921

M

Music

192

117

N

Fine Arts

562

332

P-PA

General Philology and Linguistics
Classical Languages and Literatures

842

283

PB-PH

Modern European Languages

1,410

14

PG

Russian Literature

123

77

PJ-PM

Languages and Literatures of Asia, Africa, Oceania, American Indian Languages and Artificial Languages

528

7,004

PN

General Literature

1,079

686

PR

English

2,463

117

PS

American

1,006

100

PQ

French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

381

158

PT

German, Dutch, Scandinavian

99

25

PZ

Fiction

469

16

Q

Sciences

5,001

800

R

Medicine

3,521

1,004

S

Agriculture

266

228

T

Technology

1,990

568

U

Military Science

65

72

V

Naval Science

7

15

Z

Bibliography, Library Science

389

408

Total Books=

37,173

30,625

 

French

Spanish

Italian

German

Russian

Hebrew

Latin

Greek

Total Books

2,243

587

36

41

7

6

41

9

2,970

LIBRARY.BETHLEHEM.EDU

Mr. George Maria of the AV Center has designed a new and expanded version of the Bethlehem University Library website (library.bethlehem.edu).  This site contains all the information about the library including the history of the beginning and the mission.  A brief description of services, policies and procedures, and the detailed publications are available.  Faculty and students can access the online catalog, the electronic journals databases, and website resources through this site.  The cultural heritage items on display in Turathuna are shown.  Lists of new books, journals, and audiovisual materials are posted.  Ideas are requested on the “Send your comments” page.

DONORS

Arab Administration Development Organization
Consulat General de France
Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center in Palestine
Muwatin, the Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy
Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS)
Palestine Technical College, Al-Arroub
Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction (PECDAR)
Palestinian Handicapped Union
Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights
Palestinian Legislative Council
Tantur Ecumenical Institute
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
WCLAC – Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling

Dr. Mahmoud Abu Kitteh
Dr. Sami Adwan
George Awwad
Simon Walar Azrayon
Dominic Baker-Smith
Bill Bellamy
Br. Bernard Conroy
Fr. Peter Du Brul
Dr. Violet Fasheh
Kevin Fischbach
Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick
Mustafa Khimies

Fr. Paul Maddison
Cif Malek
Ayad Al Maliki
Jawdat Mana
Dr. Johnny Mansour
Br. Fergus McArdle
Fr. Jerome Murphy-O’Connor
Fr. David Neuhaus
Mazin Qumsiyeh
Francis Shomali
Fr. Ray Webb
Khalil Zaqtan

VISITORS

Visits by school groups have increased recently.  During the visit a tour to orient the students to the library is planned.  This introduction includes information concerning the different sections, the organizational system, practices and procedures to follow to benefit from the time in the library.  The students receive assignments from their schools and are prepared to locate resources in order to complete their research.  Recent visits included Talitha Kumi and the Jerusalem School in Beit Jala and the Lutheran School in Beit Sahour.  Children from the Pontifical Mission Library have also visited Turathuna to profit from the interactive component of the center.  Many researchers doing graduate studies in other universities take advantage of our resources for their research.  Individuals in tour groups who make a brief visit to Turathuna are impressed with the collection and displays of cultural heritage in the center.

BEST STUDENT ASSISTANTS’ AWARDS

Fall 2004-2005

Iyad Issa

Mariam Abab

Spring 2004-2005

Elham Mhaisen

Hala Dar Hawaja

WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES, COURSES

Sr. Rosalinda Amacanin
  - Spoken Arabic for Beginners
George Maria
  - Media for the Future, conference organized by PYALARA, in Ramallah
Mary Morcos
  - Designing Development Projects and Seeking Grant Support, training course organized by the Institute of Community Partnership
Francis Sleibi
 

- Expotech, the first Palestinian technology exhibit, El-Bireh

- Intel Channel Conferences, presentations on new technologies and products, in Tel Aviv

- Information Security Management (ISM), an IT training program sponsored by Academy for Educational Development (AED) in cooperation with the Galaxy Information Systems (GIS)

BRITISH COUNCIL

The British Council has made two generous contributions to the library during the year.  The first gift presented to us included 44 books on the theme of Jerusalem.  These books are valuable resources for students seeking information on the history, religions, politics and government, sociology, and culture of Jerusalem.  Most of these books are found in the special collection of Turathuna.

The second collection is a series of essays entitled Counterpoint on the theme of cultural relations.  “A wide range of thinkers provides provocative and stimulating visions of the power and importance of cultural relations in the 21st century.” (quote from the book cover)  This collection is included with Social Sciences (GN 358 .S9).  Over the past years the British Council has generously contributed hundreds of books to our library collection

CIRCULATION STATISTICS 2004 – 2005

 

L.C.Class

Summer

Fall

Spring

 

Arabic

English

Total

Arabic

English

Total

Arabic

English

Total

A

1

0

1

1

0

1

7

0

7

B

289

22

311

1,193

124

1,317

1,154

205

1,359

C

0

0

0

3

3

6

7

2

9

D

81

12

93

446

79

525

650

56

706

E-F

0

0

0

15

15

30

15

14

29

G

18

7

25

174

22

196

176

54

230

H

108

20

128

1,317

284

1,601

1,419

192

1,611

J

66

9

75

234

40

274

239

18

257

K

0

0

0

17

7

24

32

9

41

L

178

27

205

792

114

906

891

162

1,053

M

2

2

4

19

4

23

7

13

20

N

7

6

13

55

17

72

67

31

98

P

711

78

789

3,315

1,046

4,361

3,763

1,359

5,122

Q

35

25

60

253

238

491

216

530

746

R

28

84

112

247

409

656

293

488

781

S

0

3

3

19

14

33

31

24

55

T

17

12

29

126

127

253

129

127

256

U

0

0

0

2

0

2

5

0

5

V

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Z

0

0

0

4

0

4

10

4

14

Total

1,541

307

1,848

8232

2,543

10,775

9,111

3,288

12,399

 

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