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AUIS hosts workshop for University of Karbala librarians

  AUIS partnered with the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) in Boston, Massachusetts to conduct a workshop titled “Capacity Building in Academic Libraries” with librarians from the University of Kerbala from October 1-16, 2018. The 15-day workshop focused on bringing Kerbala and AUIS up to date on the latest trends and practices in academic library management and operations, and helping them integrate new techniques into their support of the advancement of knowledge by faculty and students. Participants included Dr. Omaima Hameed Al-Adilee, Mr. Hamad Mahmood Jawad Nasrawi, Mr. Imad  Abdulrasoul Ismael, Mr. Haider Musa Jaffar, and Dr. Faisal from the University of Kerbala, as well as AUIS librarian Rania Azad, who also contributed AUIS’s experiences to the workshop. The workshop was led by Michèle Cloonan and Caryn Anderson.   Ms. Cloonan is a library management and cultural heritage preservation and conservation expert and served as dean of SLIS at Simmons University from 2002-2012. Prior to Simmons, she was chair of the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has held a variety of offices in the American Library Association, the American Printing History Association, the Northeast Document Conservation Center—where she was chair of the board of directors, and the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She was president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education from 2008-2009. She has also served on the editorial boards of Libraries & Culture, Library Quarterly, and Libri. Her honors include the Banks/Harris Preservation Award, the Robert Vosper/IFLA Fellows Programme Award, the Bibliographic Society of America Fellowship, and a fellowship to the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. She holds degrees from Bennington College (AB), the University of Chicago (AM), and the University of Illinois (MS, Ph.D.). Ms. Anderson is an expert in library technology and research. She has taught at SLIS at Simmons University since 2006 and served as Manager of Doctoral Programs from 2007-2008. She is currently Associate Editor of Library and Information Science Research. Ms. Anderson previously lived and worked in Iraq from 2009-2012 and provided training and mentoring to public and academic libraries all over the country, including in Sulaimani. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication/Journalism from Boston University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Simmons University.  

Moulakis Library Receives Book Donation from Heartland Alliance International

About Heartland Alliance International (HAI): Heartland Alliance International (HAI) has been working in Iraq since 2004, providing legal, mental health and psychosocial services, and protection services to vulnerable Iraqis throughout Federal Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR). Operating in 12 governorates, HAI works to protect, train, and educate through (i) direct legal and psycho-social services; (ii) training and capacity-building for local agencies, professionals, and service providers; and (iii) legislative advocacy to ensure the rights of the most vulnerable individuals in society and (iv) outreach sessions providing information about legal rights and other services available to those in need.

AUIS Library Receives Book Donation

The AUIS Library is pleased to receive a new collection of books donated by the United States Consulate in Erbil and the Institute of the Study of the Ancient World at the New York University recently. The ISAW shipment includes nearly 300 items, including a number of titles on the history of the Ancient Near East, as well as materials on Classical, East Asian, and European history and archaeology. This was ISAW's second donation to AUIS. In 2015, ISAW shipped hundreds of books on world history, including standard reference volumes on Asia, the Mediterranean, and of Mesopotamia. "Almost every single volume included in the donation is a classic in its field; the few exceptions provide detailed accounts of important historical topics,” Professor Tobin Hartnell had said, thanking ISAW for their generous donation in 2015. The titles in ISAW's recent donation were selected by members of the AUIS faculty, including Lynn Rose, Frederick Monsma, and Tobin Hartnell. The US Consulate donated 134 books, mostly literature and fiction, and some DVDs to the library. The consulate has previously donated to the library as well as the Center for Gender and Development Studies at AUIS. We hope this donation will help students and faculty with studies and research for years to come.

Guest Lecture and Book Launch: Kareem Abdulrahman

  The Moulakis Library hosts a guest talk by Kareem Abdulrahman, who has recently translated and published Bakhtiyar Ali’s renowned Kurdish novel Ghazalnus and the Gardens of Imagination, into English as I Stared at the Night of the City. The book was published by Periscope Books in London last year. Abdulrahman will discuss the unique challenges of translating and publishing contemporary Kurdish fiction. The event will be hosted at the Reading Center at the Moulakis Library.    The book has won a “PEN Promotes” grant, and PEN’s World Bookshelf describes the novel as:   I Stared at the Night of the City is a trip, in more ways than one: a tale of extraordinary people travelling great distances, in their minds or with their feet. It is a lyrical interpretation of contemporary Kurdistan, so much in the news nowadays but otherwise so little understood. Told by several unreliable narrators in a kaleidoscope of fragments that all eventually cohere, the novel manages the neat trick of dipping readers into a fantasia just long enough before wrenching them back to hard, cold ‘real life’.   Kareem Abdulrahman is a translator and journalist. He obtained his MA in Journalism from the University of Westminster and worked for over eight years with the BBC, where translation from Kurdish was part of his remit. In 2013, he was awarded a place on the British Centre for Literary Translation’s prestigious mentorship programme. He lives in London.  

Workshop on Research Skills

Do you have difficulties to write your assignments or Capstone? You do not know where and how to start? What are the available E-resources in the library? How to those E-resources? or How to find good articles using JSTOR, EBRARY, and EBSCOHOST.   The AUIS Library is here to provide help and assistance to you. The Librarian, Rania Azad, is hosting a workshop to help students with their research skills on April 6, 2016 at the Reading Center. 

AUIS Library Receives Large Collection on History from New York University

ISAW is a center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, housed at the New York University (NYU), which aims to encourage particularly the study of the economic, religious, political and cultural connections between ancient civilizations. Dr. Tobin Hartnell, archaeologist and assistant professor at the AUIS Social Sciences department thanked ISAW for their generous donation. “The NYU book donation is so important to AUIS because it covers almost all of the major discoveries and eras of world history, including standard reference volumes on Asia, the Mediterranean, and of course ancient Mesopotamia. Almost every single volume included in the donation is a classic in its field; the few exceptions provide detailed accounts of important historical topics,” he said, about the collection. The ISAW Library provided a list of books to AUIS, from which the faculty and librarian made selections, which were then shipped to AUIS earlier this summer. According to ISAW’s press release, “...the Library has committed itself to placing as many such volumes at institutions where they are likely to have a profound and lasting scholarly or pedagogical impact. In doing so, we make a special effort to place books with institutions like the AUIS, which teach future generations to interpret, value, and preserve their ancient cultural heritage. ISAW is therefore especially pleased to have been able to make this donation to the students and faculty of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani.” "These books will provide a place to go for students wanting to learn more about what they read in their courses and provide options for the specialized upper-level classes in the Social Sciences at the university. AUIS students can now study the works of art and culture that are currently on display in Oxford, Harvard, Paris or Beijing; places that are often difficult for our students to visit in practice. Some books are particularly timely; for example, the works on the ancient ivories, that can be used to understand the immense cultural value of Nimrud, the first ancient city destroyed by ISIS. Ultimately, this book donation will support AUIS for decades to come.” added Hartnell. Related links: ISAW donates hundreds of books to The American University of Iraqi, Sulaimani Stop ISIS and save Iraq’s cultural heritage
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