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WorldCat Downtime – May 26

Due to scheduled maintenance, the library’s catalog may be intermittently inaccessible between 10 am to 1 pm on Sunday, May 26. During this time, you may be unable to:

  • View the status, location or call number of physical items on WorldCat
  • Access your library account details

The library will be open from 9 am to 5 pm that day. If you need any help, you can visit the Library Help Desk or email circulation@aus.edu.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Ground Floor Display – Literature of Exile

Check out our new themed display of literature created in or about exile.

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

Honoring AUS Library’s Student Assistants – Spring 2019

Each semester the library recognizes graduating student assistants who have worked with us for 4 or more semesters in providing support to you our users. Our student assistants are very important to us. With their assistance, Help Desk and Information Commons support from opening to closing – seven days a week is possible. As is our tradition, graduating students each select a book that 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.

This semester we have four graduating student assistant who have worked tirelessly for us. We asked each to reflect upon her experience and to consider the single most important thing they have learned working in the Library. Here is what they said.

Dina Ali Abdul Azim Abul Ella (Business Administration – Management)

Number of semesters working in the library: 5

Book Selection: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Call Number: BF408.G464 2015

“Working in the library has definitely helped me learn and develop in many ways. Being a student assistant, and working with many patrons, gave me the chance to develop my technical and customer service skills. My time at the library also helped me develop better time management skills as I learned ways to balance my work life without risking my studies. I also have to say that the people I worked with brought me a lot of pleasure and made my time in the library both beneficial and enjoyable. Being a library assistant was my first real job and I have to say that it was a wonderful first job experience.”

Mosammat Rashmin Akter (Business Administration – Accounting)

Number of semesters working in the library: 7

Book Selection: All the Light we Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr

Call Number: PS3604.O34 A77 2017

“My seven semesters of working in the library have certainly been the best experience in AUS. I have acquired important technical, research and communication skills with continuous guidance from our amiable supervisors and excellent librarians. I am blessed to be part of the AUS library and to help serve our patrons.”

Zeenah Ryad Mansour (Arts & Sciences – Biology)

Number of semesters working in the library: 4

Book Selection: Mornings in Jenin: A Novel by Susan Abulhawa

Call Number: PS3601.B86 S33 2010

“The single most important thing is the communication skills that I acquired through my interactions with library clientele and staff. Before joining the library team, I was frequently reluctant to engage in social situations and to go outside my comfort zone to interact with strangers. However, after working in the library, my confidence grew. Approaching others and starting conversations with others has now become an easy task.”

Siddharth Chopra (Business Administration – Finance)

Number of semesters working in the library: 5

Book Selection: The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel by Benjamin Graham

Call Number: HG4521.G665 1985

“The single most important thing I learned is time management – managing my other responsibilities round my library schedule and commitments.”

We thank all our graduating student assistants for their service and wish them all every success in their future graduate and working careers. If you would like to work in the library, we review applications at the beginning of each semester. The online application form opens on August 18th this year. You can read more about becoming a student assistant from our Student Employment page.

photo of departing students holding their selected books: From Left – Kara Jones (University Librarian), Student Assistants: Mosammat Akter, Dina Abul Ella, Zina Mansour, Siddharth Chopra and Alanna Ross (Associate University Librarian for Public Services)
From Left – Kara Jones (University Librarian), Student Assistants: Mosammat Akter, Dina Abul Ella, Zina Mansour, Siddharth Chopra and Alanna Ross (Associate University Librarian for Public Services).

Browse Library Shelves Digitally

There has been an update to our discovery system, WorldCat, which allows you to browse the books on the shelf right from your search results.

See which books of interest lie on either side of your selected item by clicking on the title of the book to open the detailed display. The second expandable section is called “Browse the Shelf,” clicking to expand it will display the item’s neighbours on the shelf. As our shelves are arranged using the Library of Congress call number system, the neighbours will have similar, or even identical, topics.

In the screenshot below, the items on either side of Byron Augustin’s “United Arab Emirates” are “The United Arab Emirates: dynamics of state formation” and “The North-East Shaikhdoms: an Arabian album.”

Library tour iPad mini winner announced!

Congratulations to Architecture major, Manar Saeed Al-Mohammedi! She is the lucky winner of a new iPad mini from the new student library tour prize drawing.

iPad draw winner Manar Saeed Al-Mohammedi with Associate University Librarian for Public Services Alanna Ross

 iPad mini draw winner Manar Saeed Al-Mohammedi (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 – Fall 2018

Each semester the library recognizes graduating student assistants who have worked with us for 4 or more semesters in providing support to you our users. Our student assistants are very important to us. With their assistance, Help Desk and Information Commons support from opening to closing – seven days a week is possible. As is our tradition, graduating students each select a book that 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.

This semester we have one graduating student assistant – Lana Afaneh. Lana has worked tirelessly in the library for 5 semesters. We asked Lana to reflect upon her experience and to consider the single most important thing she has learned.

As she commented:

“I would say working as a student assistant in the library benefited me in more ways than one. I gained and improved my technical and customer service skills and learned how to balance studies, working, and my social life. In fact, finding that balance helped me do well academically without overworking or stressing myself out.”

We thank Lana for her service and wish her every success in her future career.

Lana Afaneh (International Studies)
Book Selection: The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Call Number: UB 271.U52 P47 2016

Below, Lana Afaneh (right) is pictured holding her chosen book with Alanna Ross:
Lana Afaneh holding her chosen book with Associate University Librarian Alanna Ross

Featured Research – Dr. Oussama El-Kadri, 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. Oussama El-Kadri, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, CAS.
oelkadri@aus.edu

People often think about rising global temperatures, but we also have to understand their effects, like rising sea levels and the impact on animal life. These are major issues that scientists are trying to work out. My work is part of this puzzle.

Dr. Oussama, wearing a labcoat, is holding a vial of bright red, translucent fluid and is pointing to it

Dr. Oussama shows some of his work in his lab.

Since joining AUS, my research has been directed toward clean energy and compacting environmental challenges such as the emission of radioactive species and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from nuclear and fossil fuel power plants. These are issues of interest to UAE’s national agenda, such as lower carbon emissions (UAE is a member of Paris Accord treaty committed to lower emissions from fossil fuel burning), nuclear power plant safety, and water safety and security. My research interests are also in line with the goals and objectives of the newly established research institutes at AUS: Materials Sciences and Engineering Research Institute (MSERI) and the Gulf Environment Research Institute.

On the academic side, my research endeavors give undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to engage in high caliber research projects and prepare them uniquely for their independent careers. I want these young, smart students to work and see what conducting research is all about.

The research that I am carrying out is based on the development of nanoporous materials for use in clean energy and environmental applications. These nanomaterials are based on “stitching” molecular building blocks (organic, inorganic) to form highly porous structures consisting of repeating units that are held together by very strong bonds. The porosity and chemical functionalities of these structures can be tuned by the use of various “linkers” that exhibit different lengths and decorated with heteroatoms such as nitrogen and oxygen coupled with particular synthetic routes. Accordingly, with the proper choice of linkers and synthetic routes, the porous frameworks can be tailored for specific applications.

Crystal Structure of an edible and biocompatible Metal Organic Framework (bMOF)

My expertise in porous materials was acquired during my stay at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Professor Omar Yaghi, one of the most cited chemists in the world. I was a member of a team that developed a series of 3-D edible and biocompatible Metal Organic Frameworks (bMOFs) from nontoxic metals and linkers. These bMOF materials can be utilized in drug storage and delivery, drying and flavoring agents in food, dietary supplements, gas storage, etc. A patent was granted in 2014 for the preparation and usage of bMOFs.

My AUS team has been collaborating with Professor Hani El-Kaderi’s research group in Virginia Commonwealth University to design and prepare highly porous organic polymers (POPs) that are capable of capturing radioactive iodine and small gas molecules. Recently, we reported on the design and preparation of highly porous polymers that exhibit surface areas as big as two tennis courts per gram and can capture and store significant amounts of iodine and carbon dioxide (one of the highest amounts by POPs reported to date). These research results were published in the ACS Applied Materials and Interface and the Journal of Physical Chemistry C, both highly reputable journals.

We are also designing porous materials to detect and remove heavy metal ions from water. Up to this point, we have successfully prepared chemosensors that have the ability to detect toxic metals such as mercury, lead, and thallium ions in water.

As AUS has continued to increase research funding, along with the establishment of the MSERI, my future research projects include the utilization of porous materials in Li-sulfur batteries, supercapacitors, and drug delivery.

Coursepack Deadline – Nov. 8

Faculty interested in a coursepack for the Spring 2019 semester should contact the Library as soon as possible at copyright@aus.edu. The deadline for coursepack submissions is Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Details about coursepacks can be found at http://library.aus.edu/faculty-resources/copyright-permissions-service/coursepack/

Thank you for your cooperation.

Ground Floor Display – Travel Literature

Check out our new themed display and escape to a new destination, or revisit an old favourite, with this selection of travel literature.

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!

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