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(2006 - 2007)


FROM THE LIBRARY DIRECTOR

I write my last letter from Bethlehem.  Little did I think when I arrived in 1997 that ten years later I would still be here.  The De La Salle Christian Brothers are a worldwide institute with educational ministries in 80 countries throughout the world.  I feel very privileged and grateful to have had the opportunity to serve here in the Holy Land.  Only a small percentage of Brothers have experienced the same privilege. 

It’s true that Bethlehem University has had a greater impact on me than I have had on the university.  I leave with a sense of admiration of the administration, faculty, staff, and students for what is accomplished here on a daily basis.  I have gained a deep appreciation of the Palestinian people in general who are able to endure harsh treatment and denial of human rights.  The resiliency of the people who can pick up the pieces and continue with pleasant dispositions is an admirable trait.  Also the traditions of hospitality will remain with me always.

I have always considered my role as an important contribution to the total operation of a university.  As Director it is my responsibility to manage a library that functions effectively.  The university is a successful organization as a result of a library, as well as the other units, that offer the best resources and services possible.

Everyone will agree that the library has experienced tremendous growth and development in the past ten years.  By no means do I claim sole responsibility for this progress.  The efforts and contributions of many must be included in accounting for this increase.  The administration and faculty have continually offered suggestions for selecting resources.  In the performance of their routine tasks the members of the library staff are responsible for offering essential services.  The staff must be congratulated for the support and contributions in the daily operation.

For any major additions the library depends on grants and contributions offered by agencies, organizations, and individuals to fund such additions.  The library would have little in terms of resources without the contributions of the donors and benefactors.  Previous issues of this newsletter have noted the significant additions in past years.  This issue lists the contributions that have been added during the current year.  It’s easy to conclude that the donors play an important and essential role in our ability to offer an improvement in resources.  The growth and development is a result of the participation of many.  I offer my sincere appreciation and gratitude to all involved.  The library will continue to be a center for learning with the involvement of many under new leadership.

Br. Dominic Smith

LIBRARY COLLECTION (PRINT AND NON-PRINT)

LC Classification

Number in English and other languages

Number in Arabic

AV material

A

General Works

340

226

3

B-BJ

Philosophy, Psychology

1,417

1,654

15

BL-BX

Religion

2,277

3,539

12

C

Auxiliary Sciences of History

244

231

10

D

History: General and Old World

3,705

5,701

125

E-F

History: America

324

134

5

G

Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

947

828

5

H

Social Science

5,414

4,194

420

J

Political Science

852

957

1,389

K

Law

225

240

0

L

Education

2,181

2,044

145

M

Music

218

134

8

N

Fine Arts

640

365

1

P-PA

General Philology and Linguistics

Classical Languages and Literatures

910

276

622

PB-PH

Modern European Languages

1892

92

11

PJ-PM

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

670

7568

5

PN

General Literature

1,181

741

109

PQ

French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

1,908

172

60

PR

English

2,600

116

336

PS

American

1,029

103

1

PT

German, Dutch, Scandinavian

126

31

24

PZ

Fiction

436

17

9

Q

Sciences

5,608

834

979

R

Medicine

3,731

1,037

528

S

Agriculture

257

236

1

T

Technology

2,184

565

192

U

Military Science

73

80

0

V

Naval Science

7

15

1

Z

Bibliography, Library Science

403

402

29

Total

41,799

32,532

5,045

 

TOTAL COLLECTION - LANGUAGE STATISTICS

Language

Volumes

Arabic

33,741

Arabic-English

274

Arabic-French

6

Arabic-Spanish

1

English

41,880

English-Arabic

436

English-French

1

French

2,566

French-Arabic

2

French-English

3

German

46

Greek

11

Hebrew

15

Italian

41

Latin

4

Russian

9

Spanish

835

Total=

85,950

BEST STUDENT ASSISTANTS’ AWARDS

Fall 2006-2007

Sana Shreim

Spring 2006-2007

 Marwa Ayyad
Samah Hamad
 

MEDIA SERVICES

Over a period of a few years the space in the basement has been developed in order to create four distinct units: Audio Visual Center, Radio Studio, Videoconferencing Facility, and Digital Media Center.  The staff working in these units is always ready to offer assistance to faculty and students who plan to make use of the advanced technology provided in these facilities.  Plans for the use of this space forced the closure of the bindery.

 

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

The Arab Student Aid International has provided the funds for three additional machines for use by students with visual impairment.  Merlin Plus is a video magnifier system which enables students with low vision to read small print.  The Mountbatten Brailler is an electronic Braille writer which allows students to type in Braille and print in English text.  The JAWS Software is now available in Arabic.  The primary use by students is typing assignments.

   

RESOURCES

The final phase of the major AED/USAID project was completed during the year.  Hundreds of books in both English and Arabic and other non-print resources were added to our collection.

Book Aid International works with partners “to support national development and quality education through increased access to learning materials.”  This organization has accepted our application and has provided us with 242 books in English covering a wide range of topics with up-to-date information.

Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, SJ, a generous benefactor, has contributed regularly to the library collection.  During the year more than 150 books in English were added as a result of his generosity.  Literature, biography, history, physics and other topics are included.

Missio Aachen has offered a grant of 5,500 Euros for the purchase of resources.  These funds have been used to cover the costs of journals and books in English and Arabic. 

In a project supported by Life for Relief and Development (LIFE) and coordinated by Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee (PARC) the library received a collection of     200 books and CD-ROMs in English.  The books cover a variety of topics in business, computer, education, mathematics, nursing, sciences, and technology.

The government of Ireland has offered a small collection of books in the history and literature of Ireland.

 

The Center for Arab Unity Studies regularly contributes books in Arabic.  The most recent collection includes books in the humanities.

The Korea Foundation has offered a small collection of books and DVDs covering topics in the art and culture of Korea.

A grant from the Lasallian Education Fund is supporting the subscription to HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative).  Students and faculty in the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science can gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of biomedical and health literature.

eIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is supporting a three-year subscription to BioOne, a unique aggregation of high-impact bioscience research journals.  Oxford English Dictionary Online (OED), Oxford Reference Online, and SAGE Journals Online are also provided through eIFL.

Sheth and LAMP Foundations continue to fund electronic subscriptions to American Marketing Association journals.

Mrs. Elizabeth Moley visited again bringing additional artifacts to add to the collection in Turathuna.

The generosity of all the donors to our library is greatly appreciated.  With their support our resources have greatly improved in both quality and quantity.

 

EBSCO Session Usage Report - BETHLEHEM UNIVERSITY

Date

Average Length

Searches

Total Full Text

PDF Full Text

HTML Full Text

Image/ Video

Smart Link

Custom Link

Abstract

June 2006

33

85

43

29

14

0

0

0

45

July 2006

35

137

59

47

12

0

0

0

50

August 2006

32

389

76

57

19

0

1

0

42

September 2006

38

400

227

142

85

0

6

0

366

October 2006

36

725

299

145

154

0

8

0

319

November 2006

47

1,577

849

408

441

0

30

0

862

December 2006

40

964

381

180

201

0

8

0

422

January 2007

47

522

410

225

177

8

3

0

330

February 2007

43

1,743

1,275

522

753

0

13

0

1,061

March 2007

47

2,211

1,474

531

938

5

35

0

1,874

April 2007

58

3,799

3,684

1,382

2,302

0

70

0

3,249

May 2007

51

4,730

1,616

835

778

3

33

0

1,857

Totals

42

17,282

10,393

4,503

5,874

16

207

0

10,477

 

CIRCULATION STATISTICS 2006 – 2007

L.C.Class

Summer 2006

Fall 2006

Spring 2007

 

Arabic

English

Total

Arabic

English

Total

Arabic

English

Total

A

0

0

0

1

2

3

2

0

2

B

248

10

258

1,365

78

1,443

1,336

127

1,463

C

1

0

1

7

0

7

2

0

2

D

153

24

177

1,026

53

1,079

666

83

749

E-F

5

0

5

28

6

34

20

4

24

G

8

0

8

118

37

155

235

67

302

H

425

17

442

1,661

287

1,948

1,752

316

2,068

J

98

0

98

241

36

277

152

33

185

K

3

2

5

16

3

19

23

10

33

L

157

10

167

1,077

118

1,195

1,162

104

1,266

M

1

0

1

6

4

10

20

0

20

N

6

4

10

78

5

83

91

7

98

P

499

53

552

2,380

762

3,142

3,211

1,045

4,256

Q

37

19

56

195

242

437

160

402

562

R

28

35

63

211

431

642

330

507

837

S

2

0

2

7

14

21

24

3

27

T

24

24

48

112

129

241

139

133

272

U

5

0

5

1

0

1

0

0

0

V

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Z

2

0

2

2

0

2

13

0

13

Total

1,702

198

1,900

8,532

2,207

10,739

9,338

2,841

12,179

Daily Average

57

6

63

120

31

151

126

39

165

 

ARCHIVES

Ms. Francoise Watel and Mr. Fabien Opperman from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, specialists in archiving, visited the University Archives in the library.  They examined our system of classification of materials, studied our needs, examined the contents, offered proper advice, and made suggestions for equipment to manage the Archives professionally.  The final report will be available when it arrives.

ONLINE CATALOG SEARCHES

Date

Number

June 2006

785

July 2006

616

August 2006

818

September 2006

3,052

October 2006

2,143

November 2006

2,146

December 2006

1,202

January 2007

1,613

February 2007

3,411

March 2007

2,673

April 2007

2,339

May 2007

1,493

Total=

22,291

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Mr. George Awwad, Reference Librarian, participated in a workshop organized by the National Institute for Educational Training that considered the formulation of a curriculum for training public school librarians in Palestine.  He offered sessions to a group of 20 school librarians covering various topics in library and information science and services for school libraries.  The group visited Bethlehem University Library for an orientation tour.

Other programs include:

  • George Maria – ICDL Certificate
  • Mary Morcos – Course in Translation
  • Valerie Rock  – Statistical Analysis “SPSS13.0 Course”
  • Suzi Salman    – Course in Translation
  • Francis Sleibi  – Intel Conference 2
                          – Oracle 9 course

 

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