WorldCat Downtime – September 16

Due to scheduled maintenance, the library’s catalog may be inaccessible between 10am to 2pm on Sunday, September 16. During this time, you may be unable to:

  • Access search results on WorldCat
  • Access your library account details
  • Log into the interlibrary loan system, ILLiad

The library will be open from 7:30am to 12am that day. If you need any help, you can email

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Ground Floor Display – Brainy Books

Check out our “brainiest” books from our new themed display.

The display is located outside the library elevators on the ground floor.

Library tour iPad mini winner announced!

Congratulations to Biology major, Katia El-Meski! She is the lucky winner of a new iPad mini from the new student library tour prize drawing.

iPad draw winner Katia El-Meski with Associate University Librarian for Public Services Alanna Ross

 iPad mini draw winner Katia El-Meski (at right) with Associate University Librarian for Public Services Alanna Ross.

Thank you to all who participated.

Good luck to the new AUS students!

Honoring AUS Library’s Student Assistants – Spring 2018

This year the library recognizes nine graduating library student assistants who have worked tirelessly to provide ongoing support to you our users over many long and very busy semesters.

As is our tradition here in the library, all graduating students who have worked with us for 4 or more semesters select a book which now contains their name inscribed on a book-plate. Though only a small token, book-plates are a lasting reminder of the contribution each student has made to the AUS Library over the years. We thank each of you for your service and wish you all every success in your future careers.

Graduating Student Assistants were asked to consider the single most important thing that they have learned working in the Library. Here is what they said.

Dana Bou Fakhereddine (Mass Comm)
Book Selection: Why Did you Leave the Horse Alone? Call Number: PJ7820.A7 L513 2006

“On joining the library, I was a very shy person. However, after working there for five semesters and dealing with patrons, I gained more confidence. I started approaching students who were facing an issue or seemed lost. This taught me to take initiative. These soft skills that I acquired from working in the library benefited me a lot during my internships and will help me in my future jobs.”

Tanveer Chowdhury (Industrial Engineering)
Book Selection: A Dance with Dragons Call Number: PS3563 .A7239 D36 2011

“Choosing to work in the library was honestly one of the best decisions I made. I have learned so much and improved my technical skills, research as well as developed customer relationship while making sure I achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. The most important thing I learned while working for 8 semesters is that every organization is defined by the quality of its services. The AUS library is continuously improving its services towards professional excellence and helping students since 1997.”

Sameed Khalid (Mechanical Engineering)
Book Selection: Faith Unity Discipline Call Number: UB251.P35 K5413 2016

“The single most important thing that I learned is about helping patrons. Customer service is something that I do by heart and I feel really privileged to have done it being a representative of the AUS Library.”

Nafeha Khan (Design Management)
Book Selection: Little Book of Screen Printing Call Number: TT273.W55 2011

“Working in the library as a student assistant for four semesters has been an extremely valuable learning and growing experience. If I had to choose the single most important thing I learned from working here, it would be the art of dealing with uncertainty. It is very important to say calm and focused when you are handling a situation you have never encountered before, and I’m grateful to the library for giving me this opportunity.”

Tahanun Chowdhury (Mechanical Engineering)
Book Selection: A Game of Thrones Call Number: MARTIN GAME

“I worked as a Student Assistant in the AUS Library for 7 semesters. I have always been passionate about helping people in any way possible. Helping students with technical issues, research, locating books etc. gave me great pleasure. However, the most important skill I acquired is the ability to manage my time efficiently. Managing time between my work and courses as well as travelling back to Ras Al Khaimah every day, where I live, was a major obstacle that I managed to overcome. Furthermore, interacting with different students with various backgrounds helped me develop my interpersonal skills which will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Hilal Al-Salih (Chemical Engineering)
Book Selection: The Millionaire Mind Call Number: HG222.3 S72 2000

“Throughout my 7 semesters of work as a student assistant in AUS library, I improved my time management skills. I had to balance between my tough engineering student life and my part-time job commitment. By working in the library I gained valuable insight also into what it is like to work in a busy environment. This will come in handy after graduation.”

Maisha Samiha (English Language and Literature)
Book Selection: The Complete Persepolis Call Number: SATRAPI COMPLETE

“The most important thing I have learned by working in the library is patience and empathy. The first step to helping people is to be prepared for the expected but also the unexpected. Being a Student Assistant has taught me to reason with people, which works well in any possible situation in the outside world. I joined as a Student Assistant with zero skills in adapting, but I am leaving as a graduate with better skills in empathizing.”

Owais Saqib
Book Selection: Catching Fire Call Number: PZ7.C6837 Cat 2009

“Working as a student assistant has given me a chance to work in a professional work environment. It has not only taught me to manage my time more efficiently, but it has also improved my interpersonal skills, such as communication and team work skills”.

Dina Al-Hamahmy
Book Selection: 1984 Call Number: PR60297.R8 N49 1977

“The most important thing that I have learned working as a Student Assistant in the AUS library is to always take responsibility for my actions and decisions, how to manage my time effectively to ensure that I maintain a balance between studying and working, and how to communicate courteously with patrons.”

Interested in working as a student assistant in the library?

You can find out more about the library’s Student Assistant Program here:

Pictured below with the University Librarian Daphne Flanagan are (from left to right):
Picture of University Librarian Daphne Flanagan with Tahanun Chowdury, Dana Bou Fakkhereddine, Dina Al-Hamahmy, Sameed Khalid and Owais Saqib
Tahanun Chowdury, Dana Bou Fakkhereddine, Dina Al-Hamahmy, Sameed Khalid and Owais Saqib

Pictured below with the University Librarian Daphne Flanagan are (from left to right):
Picture of University Librarian Daphne Flanagan with Tanveer Chowdhury, Nafeha Khan, Hilal Al-Salih, and Maisha Samiha
Tanveer Chowdhury, Nafeha Khan, Hilal Al-Salih and Maisha Samiha

Featured Research – Dr. Serter Atabay, CEN

The library is pleased to feature the influential and cutting-edge work of our AUS faculty researchers. In a newly launched library series, faculty from across the schools discuss their work and areas of research focus.

AUS Featured Researcher: Dr. Serter Atabay, Associate Professor – Civil Engineering, CEN

image of Dr. Serter AtabayResearch is integral to the advancement and scientific rigor of my discipline. Research can forge connections between disciplines. It also enriches the educational experience of students who will one day become the next generation of researchers themselves. This is something that, through my own experience as a consultant working for over seven years for the UK’s leading specialists in flood risk and environmental management, and as faculty at AUS since 2008, drives my teaching practice.

I view teaching as a process of encouraging students to make connections between real world problems and the subjects that they study. I highlight the limitations of theory in real life applications, which provides students with different sets of challenges that can help reshape their way of thinking and enrich their undergraduate educational experience. I always encourage my students to question and justify their findings to improve their engineering judgement. This is crucial first step in life-long learning, but also a necessary skill in today’s work environment that students will very soon be entering following graduation.

It is important to me that I contribute to the advancement of my discipline by tackling interesting questions with innovative methods. My post-doctoral research, was an experimental study that formed part of a research and development project, titled “Scoping Study into Hydraulic Performance of Bridges and other Structures, Including Effects of Blockages at High Flows”. I collected data using different types of bridge models and roughness values in compound channel sections. This is a better representation of the natural environment and there appears to be no other data for similar shaped compound channels in the literature. My contribution within this area of specialization proved invaluable, not only for engineers, but also for software developers. The data, I collected, were used to develop the Afflux Estimation System, which was incorporated in “Infoworks RS” – one of the most commonly used river modeling software programs now used in the United Kingdom.

Having experience as a consultant has definitely enhanced my ability to perform research. My research focuses on real world problems, but also the needs of our region and this has helped shape the direction of supervision I provide for capstone projects and Master’s theses. Supervising students, my research interests have expanded into other areas including the modelling of infiltration rates and water quality modelling in coastal lagoons. In 2016, a conference paper with one of my students was awarded “Best Paper” by the Program Committee of the 18th International Conference on Agricultural, Environmental, Ecological and Ecosystems Sciences, in Rome. September 15~16, 2016.

Most recently, I was awarded the “Best Technical Note of 2018” by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for a paper published in the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, one of the most prestigious publications in Civil Engineering. Written in collaboration with Dr. Ali Osman Akan, former Head of the AUS Department of Civil Engineering, this paper extends a previously reported hydrologic study of vegetative filter strips to calculate sediment trap efficiencies. It presents a set of charts developed using predetermined numerical solutions to the governing equations for overland flow, infiltration, and mass balance of suspended sediments in overland flow. It aims to serve those working in the field including practicing engineers, local authorities, transportation departments, and urban planners. I am honored to have received such accolade and will accept the award in June during the Hydraulics and Waterways Council Luncheon and Awards to be held at the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2018 in Minneapolis, United States.

Banner access limited on library computers

Banner will be blocked from April 23 to May 7, 2018 on all library computers except those on the ground floor.

To register through Banner you can:

  • Use the library computers on the ground floor only.
  • Bring your laptop to use the wireless across campus.
  • Use the labs in the academic buildings.
  • Use your computers in the dorms OR at home.

Featured Research – Dr. Hamid Baghestani, SBA

The library is pleased to feature the influential and cutting-edge work of our AUS faculty researchers. In a newly launched library series, faculty from across the schools discuss their work and areas of research focus.

AUS Featured Researcher: Dr. Hamid Baghestani, Professor – Economics, SBA

Mathematics has always fascinated me. In fact, when I discovered higher math in high school I was finally motivated to consider pursuing the subject at the university level. Ironically, I came to love mathematics as a ten-year-old boy when I worked with my father in building a small but beautiful neighborhood mosque in the southern part of Tehran, Iran. He was what we might term a “natural genius” – completely self-taught in merging mathematical and architectural principles. I didn’t realize that not everyone had this innate ability, for I did too. At the age of nineteen I supervised and financed the building of several apartments in Tehran over a period of three years, which are still in excellent condition after all this time.

image of Dr. Hamid BaghestaniWhen I was able to incorporate a love of math with my economics major at Qazvin College (in a small city near Tehran), I knew I had found my calling. After graduating, I made a short visit to a cousin studying at the School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, and after a weekend in Boulder, I knew the University of Colorado was the place for me. I earned both my M.A. and Ph.D. there, finishing in December 1982 with my degree in Economics.

In spring 1988, I joined the faculty of the Economics Institute (EI) in Boulder, an independent educational facility affiliated with the University of Colorado. It served graduate students who were accepted into Masters and Ph.D. programs throughout the world. The students came from such diverse places as China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Malawi, Mexico, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. They came to study Economics taught in English as preparation for their graduate studies. In addition, as part of my assignment, the EI sent me to various countries to work with employees at central banks and universities to show them how to use econometrics to further the mission of their organization. Visiting Caracas, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Muscat connected me in a profound way with the lives of the people in those areas beyond the classroom.

Since the majority of my classes at the EI were scheduled for the summer, I worked part-time the rest of the year at several local universities: the Colorado School of Mines (Golden), Metropolitan State University (Denver), University of Colorado (Denver), and University of Denver. Even though I was only part-time, the students at Mines voted me Economics Professor of the Year – a plaque on the wall inscribed with my name and everything!

However, after 45 years of educational excellence, the EI closed its doors, and when I decided to pursue another academic position I received several offers, one of which came from the American University of Sharjah (AUS). I joined the faculty in January 2003, and it has been an excellent journey so far. My wife joined me in 2006 and taught at AUS from 2007-2014. Our daughter came over in 2009, earned her MATESOL degree in 2011, and taught at the university level from 2011-2016. Over the years we have been adopted by several stray cats who frequently “help” me with my writing next to the computer.

During 1991-1992, I had five papers published in Journal of Business, Journal of Forecasting, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Macroeconomics, and Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. Publishing in such prestigious journals provided wonderful momentum for the research aspect of my academic life. During my tenure at AUS I have published over 60 papers, with 12 in the process of review and completion.

My research focuses on macroeconomic modeling and forecasting, consumer behavior, energy economics, and financial markets. I believe forecasting is the ultimate test of a theory. An economic model is valid and thus of value if it helps generate accurate forecasts. As such, the majority of my published work is on testing theories by both modeling and forecasting major macroeconomic and financial indicators including energy prices. Another aspect of my research focuses on evaluating the accuracy of experts’ forecasts of economic growth, inflation, unemployment, consumption, saving, investment, budget deficit, exchange rates, and interest rates. I also employ state-of-the-art time-series econometric approaches to analyze the behavior of consumer survey data on business conditions, personal finances, buying attitudes, and expectations. Better understanding of consumer attitudes and expectations is indeed important in both economics and marketing.

My philosophy of education is to take students step-by-step through every concept I introduce. I work through the equations on the board and prefer not to use PowerPoint presentations. I enjoy relating with the class members and answering their questions. In addition, I view office hours as a further opportunity for interaction and extra help, not as a burden to fulfill. Attendance in class and turning in homework are essential for students to do well. I take my job seriously and spend a good portion of my time grading student homework, quizzes, and papers. This connection to student work helps me judge the pace of the class and reteach something if need be. In addition, I have spent an enormous amount of time preparing curricula for classes in which the textbook needed supplemental materials or the text was non-existent. Students have written that they used their notes from my classes both in their jobs and graduate school, which is very gratifying. An alumnus recently wrote, “Dr. Hamid is an amazing professor who makes one of the most avoided and feared subjects interesting, fun, and comprehensible.” I do try to use humor to liven up the class!

It has been quite a journey from being a little boy helping his father build a mosque to being a Full Professor at a world-renowned university.

Library tour iPad mini winner announced!

Congratulations to Eleen Diabat! She is the lucky winner of a new iPad mini from the new student library tour prize drawing.

Thank you to all who participated.

Good luck to the new AUS students!

Featured Researcher – Dr. Nuha Alshaar, CAS

The library is pleased to feature the influential and cutting-edge work of our AUS faculty researchers. In a newly launched library series, faculty from across the schools discuss their work and areas of research focus.

AUS Featured Researcher: Dr. Nuha Alshaar, Assistant Professor – Arabic & Translation Studies, CAS

Ideas often take on a life of their own and crystallize in ways that we do not always anticipate. This is equally true of future plans, books, and life! I came to academia and to Arabic studies out of interest in having a degree that will allow me to become a journalist, but my interest in Arabic literature grew during my undergraduate days and I found myself wanting to pursue postgraduate studies in classical Arabic literature in order to explore further its richness and humanistic depth.

image of Dr. Nuha Alshaar studying a manuscript in Bibliothèque Nationale de France in ParisAfter finishing my BA in Arabic Literature, I moved to the UK as a fresh graduate to continue my academic journey. I found myself diving in a sea of knowledge when I began my Post Graduate Program in Islamic Studies and Humanities at the Institute of Isma‘ili Studies in London. This led me to do an MA in Asian and African History at SOAS, University of London, followed by an MPhil and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in Arabic Studies.

So far, I have been interested in looking at the system of knowledge that shaped the development of Arabic thought, and in exploring its relation to religion and the Qurʾan, theology, and Greek philosophical traditions. Although, some scholars tend to think that most Arabic thought in the classical period is a reproduction of Greek ideas, my research shows the originality of Arabic thought and the tendency of Muslim scholars, especially in the fourth/tenth century of Islam to embrace different forms of knowledge. In my book, Ethics in Islam: Friendship in the Political Thought of Abu Hayyan al-Tawḥīdī and his Contemporaries (Routledge 2015), I discussed the complex influences that shaped ethical and socio-political thought in the early period of Islam. Using various disciplines (history, literary criticism and sociology), I analyzed the concept of ṣadāqa (friendship) of al-Tawḥīdī, an important litterateur and philosopher of the fourth century of Islam.

I was fascinated by al-Tawḥīdī’s definition of friendship, which has four key components: affinity of the soul (mumāzaja nafsiyya), intellectual friendship (sadāqa ‘aqliyya), natural assistance (musā‘ada tabī‘iyya), and moral unanimity (muwātāt khuluqiyya). Trust is also a fundamental component in forming friendship. It triggers emotional and rational attention in the friends to love the good for each other, and secures tranquility. Attention, in this context, plays a major part in the formation of this form of loyalty, since ṣadāqa includes the meanings of ‘to listen attentively’, and ‘to be truthful’ to a friend, which are essential parts of a process of peace and healing of the soul of the friends. This is why al-Tawḥīdī attempted to promote the value of friendship in politics and as a virtue that transcends religious zeal in society.

My book has been reviewed by Professor Eric Ormsby from Freie Universitȁt Berlin who highlighted the excellence and originality of the research in this book (appeared in Journal of Philosophy East and West).

2016-2017 was a good year for me. I received the College of Arts and Sciences, AUS, Award for Excellence in Research [Humanities and Social Sciences], and my edited volume “the Qur’an and Adab: the Shaping of Literary Traditions in Classical Islam” to which I contributed two lengthy chapters was published (Oxford University Press, 2017). For a long time I have felt the need to explore how the Qur’an has been received in a broader context. Too often, the scholarly focus is on Qur’anic commentaries, which has prevented the Qur’an from being examined more fully in other forms of literature and cultural media. This made me aware of the need to rethink the relation of scripture (the Qur’an) to humanistic traditions in classical Islam, in this case adab. Adab has generally been classified as belles-lettres, but this disconnects it from the body of religious literature/its inherent religiosity. This volume demonstrates how the Qur’an in fact shaped the concept of adab and illustrates the religious aesthetic found in different types of adab works – poetry, literary criticism, epistles, oratory, anthologies, ‘mirrors for princes’, folklore and mystical/Sufi literature.

I am happy that this book is well received and scholars in the field, such as Professor Asma Afsaruddin of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University describes it as “a rich and eminently readable collection of articles. The volume will be a welcome addition to Qur’anic studies as well as literary studies….”

I like to travel and stay active in research. In the last five years, I presented my research at various international conferences, including, the AUS and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies collaborative conference; the British Association of Islamic Studies, the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales of Paris, the American University of Beirut, and the American Oriental Society.

In 2014, I was elected to the Arab-German Young Academy of Science and Humanities (AGYA), and since then I continue to be an active member of this academy. I obtained funding from the academy and organized conferences in Palermo, Italy, and in Salala, Oman. I also take part in other conferences organized by my colleagues in AGYA.

Honoring AUS Library’s Student Assistants – Fall 2017

This year the library recognizes five graduating library student assistants who have worked tirelessly to provide ongoing support to you our users working throughout the semester, in the evenings and on weekends too.

Following tradition – as graduating student assistants having worked with us for 4 or more semesters, and honored recipients of the AUS Library’s Student Assistant Recognition Program, each has selected a book which now contains their name inscribed on a book-plate. This is only one small, but lasting reminder of the contribution each student has made to the AUS Library. We thank each of you for your service!

We asked each student to reflection on their time spent working in the library and the skills they each have gained.

Shadia Abdalla Salum

Book Selection: A Thousand Splendid Suns Call Number: PS3608.O832 T56 2007

“As a student assistant, I have learnt to communicate effectively with patrons. In addition, I learnt how to manage my time between studying and working. The experience has also taught me a lot about the work environment so that later on when I start working I will not be overwhelmed by the transition from the student world to the working world.”

Hamza Ahmed Badawy

Book Selection: The Secret Call Number: BF639 .B97 2006

“I decided to join the library as a Student Assistant, five semesters ago and can proudly say that, working in the library has helped me improve my time management skills. Working in the library has also improved my interpersonal skills such as communication, work ethics, etiquette, and team work.”

Md Shahrookh Shahid

Book Selection: Oliver Twist Call Number: PR4567 .A1 2008

“I have become punctual working in the library and I improved my interaction skills by communicating with patrons. Also, I have acquired goal-oriented skills to finish given tasks on time.”

Waleed Qureshi

Book Selection: Engineering Fundamentals of the Internal Combustion Engine Call Number: TJ785 .P78 2004

“Working in the library has taught me numerous things – from the attitude required in helping patrons, to troubleshooting technical issues. However, the best thing I believe this experience has taught me is that it is okay to not know everything; there will be a learning process and asking questions, whenever in doubt, is the initial step to excel. As I have learned, a positive attitude towards colleagues goes a long way.”

Alhassan Hamad

Book Selection: رحلة ابن بطوطة Call Number: G370 .I2 2010

“Working in the library has been very beneficial to me.  I have spent seven semesters assisting students with all of their technical issues. Interacting with different types of students, different cultures, nationalities and personalities has made me more patient and attentive.  I have also acquired time management skills. Lastly, I have got to know amazing people whether they were library staff or student assistants that I would not have befriended if I did not apply to work in this marvelous institution!”

Interested in working as a student assistant in the library?

You can find out more about the library’s Student Assistant Program here:

Pictured below with the University Librarian Daphne Flanagan are (from left to right):
Waleed Qureshi, Md Shahrookh Shahid, Shadia Abdall Salum, Alhassan Hamad and Hamza Badawy.

Waleed Qureshi, Md Shahrookh Shahid, University Librarian Daphne Flanagan, Shadia Abdall Salum, Alhassan Hamad and Hamza Badawy stand in front of a bookshelf in the library

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