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(2005 - 2006)

FROM THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR

    The year has been a year of transition for the library.  With the full implementation of the online catalog through the LibSys.net software the card catalog is no longer in use.  No new records are added to it.  Circulation is managed by recording the transaction in the circulation unit using the university ID with a barcode.  Signing the traditional book card is discontinued.  Everyone can access the online catalog and a personal account for current information from any computer.

The staff of the library is involved in new processes to enter data in cataloging, acquisitions, and administering the new system.  Hundreds of hours were used in placing barcode labels on all the books in the collection.

Searching the electronic journals databases for current periodical resources has replaced the use of the Readers’ Guide and other periodical indexes.  Full text electronic journals have replaced many printed versions in our collection.

For the first time in our history an external reviewer visited our library for a comprehensive study of the operation and to offer recommendations for continuous improvement.

Information on these and other ongoing developments is contained in these pages.

Br. Dominic Smith



 

LIBRARY RESOURCES GRANT

For the past few years the library has been involved in a major project to improve library resources in all Palestinian universities.  The Academy for Educational Development (AED) – Higher Education Support Initiative (HESI) in cooperation the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) and the Committee of Academic Libraries is managing the development of the project.  USAID is funding the project.

The first phase, a one year subscription to EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier, has been completed.  This electronic journals database continues to be available as one of our online databases.

The second phase provided five computer work stations to be used solely by students to access electronic journals databases, the online library catalog, and other library resources.  They are placed on the first and second floors.

For the third phase the grant provided $45,000 for the purchase of books and non-print resources.  At this time 500 books in Arabic and 60 DVDs have arrived.  They will be available for use after they are cataloged.

 

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

August 2005

70

34

93

75

45

29

1

0

0

64

September 2005

180

37

269

218

67

151

0

20

0

179

October 2005

907

39

2,247

1,241

553

684

4

143

0

1,275

November 2005

380

37

964

384

240

144

0

16

0

475

December 2005

1,205

38

2,749

3,479

1,546

1,933

0

11

0

2,078

January 2006

152

35

272

192

80

112

0

6

0

163

February 2006

472

42

1,230

695

322

372

1

18

0

880

March 2006

688

44

2,713

1,201

713

488

0

18

0

1,349

April 2006

402

42

1,463

737

537

197

3

0

0

801

May 2006

338

38

1,310

471

319

135

17

16

0

451

Totals

4,794

38.6

13,310

8,693

4,422

4,245

26

248

0

7,715

PRINCIPAL DONORS

Resource

Donor

16 computers

European Union

LibSys.net

Bethlehem University Foundation

Academic Search Premier (one year)

AED/USAID

5 computer workstations

Books in Arabic, DVDs 

2 LCD monitors, computer, DVD/video writer

De La Salle Institute

 

OED online

eIFL

Oxford Reference online

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals

Open Society Institute

American Marketing Association Journal                      Distribution Program   

Sheth and LAMP Foundation

 

EOLSS online

UNESCO/EOLSS

ESCWA publications

United Nations

Books, journals

Centre for Arab Unity Studies

Books, journals in Tourism

TEMPUS

Palestinian heritage artifacts

Mrs. Elizabeth Moley

BOOK COLLECTION - LANGUAGE STATISTICS

Language

Volumes

Arabic

32,579

Arabic-English

309

Arabic-French

4

English

37,644

English-French

3

French

2,564

German

46

Greek

10

Hebrew

15

Italian

38

Latin

37

Russian

9

Spanish

816

Total=

74,074

 

VIDEOCONFERENCING

Due to the generosity of the Italian Catholic Bishops Conference and the government of Finland, Bethlehem University now has a fully functioning videoconferencing facility in L-002.  The new facility can connect with most other videoconferencing facilities throughout Palestine and the world.  It is under the supervision of the AV Center staff.

ONLINE CATALOG SEARCHES

Date

Number

June 2005

13

July 2005

611

August 2005

1,326

September 2005

1,141

October 2005

1,423

November 2005

1,452

December 2005

1,461

January 2006

830

February 2006

1,883

March 2006

1,471

April 2006

1,098

May 2006

883

Total=

13,592

 

CIRCULATION STATISTICS 2005– 2006

L.C.Class

Summer 2005

Fall 2005

Spring 2006

 

Arabic

English

Total

Arabic

English

Total

Arabic

English

Total

A

2

1

3

17

16

33

8

10

18

B

333

14

347

1,177

126

1,303

1,377

198

1,575

C

0

0

0

8

4

12

5

7

12

D

109

12

121

626

58

684

614

107

721

E

0

0

0

9

0

9

13

8

21

F

0

0

0

6

2

8

0

0

0

G

14

19

33

131

47

178

175

58

233

H

115

25

140

1,264

279

1,543

1,366

252

1,618

J

47

4

51

253

16

269

262

32

294

K

2

0

2

7

2

9

7

3

10

L

117

31

148

874

68

942

865

99

964

M

4

0

4

24

8

32

19

5

24

N

10

3

13

60

20

80

91

17

108

P

518

85

603

2,379

892

3,271

3,221

1,088

4,309

Q

61

48

109

206

265

471

437

751

1,188

R

84

40

124

247

370

617

328

688

1,016

S

0

0

0

12

6

18

15

7

22

T

30

14

44

158

141

299

153

235

388

U

4

0

4

1

0

1

2

1

3

V

9

2

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

Z

0

0

0

9

0

9

20

0

20

Total

1,459

298

1,757

7,468

2,320

9,788

8,978

3,566

12,544

Daily Average

49

10

59

101

31

132

123

49

172

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Ms. Hala Marzouka, Head of Arabic Technical Services and Mr. George Awwad, Reference Librarian participated in a week-long course based on the theme of the Library of Congress Classification System.  The course was offered as one in the Library Workshop Series at Birzeit University.  Mr. William Kopycki, expert in the field from the University of Pennsylvania, introduced the latest advances in classification and demonstrated the use of electronic versions of classification schedules.

Mr. George Awwad, Reference Librarian and Mr. Francis Sleibi, Head of the Audio Visual Center attended a two-day workshop in Ramallah organized by the British Council in conjunction with eIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries).  The aim is to build a national library consortium capable of sustained activities in the development of electronic libraries and the provision of electronic services to users.

Mr. George Maria, Assistant in the AV Center, presented a short training course to the Public Relations staff in the preparation of the university homepage (www.bethlehem.edu).  The PR staff now has the skills needed to maintain the website with updated information.

Other programs include:

Gloria Handal

- Management for Non-Academic Staff
- Effective Strategic Management

Vera Koussa

- Management for Non-Academic Staff

George Maria

- Flash MX 2004 & Photoshop
- Dynamic Web Page Development using PHP/MySQL

Francis Sleibi

- Flash MX 2004 & Photoshop
- Dynamic Web Page Development using PHP/MySQL
- Intel Conference series
- Statistical Analysis using SPSS 12.0

BEST STUDENT ASSITANTS’ AWARDS

 

Fall 2005-2006

 

Hazim Musleh

Wafa Hasasneh

 

 

Spring 2005-2006

 

Ahmad Al-Assa

Maryana Awawdeh

 

 

 

LIBRARY COLLECTION (PRINT AND NON-PRINT)

LC Classification

Number  in English and other languages

Number in Arabic

A

General Works

341

217

B-BJ

Philosophy, Psychology

1,384

1,632

BL-BX

Religion

2,223

3,401

C

Auxiliary Sciences of History

239

243

D

History: General and Old World

3,626

5,590

E

History: America

236

115

F

History: America

80

17

G

Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

929

784

H

Social Sciences and Business

6,021

4,386

J

Political Science

1,685

1,426

K

Law

217

225

L

Education

2,134

2,041

M

Music

207

129

N

Fine Arts

627

357

P-PA

General Philology and Linguistics
Classical Languages and Literatures

1,463

342

PB-PH

Modern European Languages

1,844

90

PJ-PM

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

650

7,515

PN

General Literature

1,172

784

PQ

French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

1,925

176

PR

English

2,871

124

PS

American

1,015

108

PT

German, Dutch, Scandinavian

157

30

PZ

Fiction

479

18

Q

Sciences

6,156

1,133

R

Medicine

3,953

1,116

S

Agriculture

254

243

T

Technology

2,277

568

U

Military Science

71

77

V

Naval Science

7

15

Z

Bibliography, Library Science

417

408

Total Books=

44,660

33,310

 

 

 

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