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EZproxy downtime – Sept. 22

Due to maintenance, off-campus access to library resources may be unavailable between 3 am to 6:30 am on Sunday, September 22. This includes ebooks, online journals and articles, and databases.

On campus access should be unaffected.

The library will be open from 7:30 am-12 am that day. If you need any help, you can visit the Library Help Desk or email researchhelp@aus.edu.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Ground Floor Display – Study Skills

Looking for tips and tricks on how to study effectively? Then check out our themed display of books on Study Skills!

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

SciVal Trial

From September 8-22, 2019 the library is having a trial of SciVal. Used by researchers and administrators, SciVal is a database for finding collaborations and benchmarking publications and looking for trends across disciplines.

Connect through www.scival.com. Registration is required, though if you’ve previously created an Elsevier or Scopus account, those credentials work across these platforms.

Attend our workshop about SciVal on Wednesday, September 10 at 1pm in IC1 in the Library.

Please let us know what you think – email Kara Jones at kjones@aus.edu

Library Tour iPad Mini winner announced!

Congratulations to SBA major, Nada Hosam Zaki! She is the lucky winner of a new iPad mini from the new student library tour prize drawing.

University Librarian Kara Jones (left) and Associate University Librarian Alanna Ross (right) with winner of the library tour draw, Nada Hosam Zaki (middle) holding her new iPad Mini

University Librarian Kara Jones (left) and Associate University Librarian Alanna Ross (right) presenting Nada Hosam Zaki (middle) with her prize

Cancellation of LexisNexis

On October 31, 2019 AUS will no longer have access to the LexisNexis database.

The American University of Sharjah works to offset the increasing costs of information resources. Our strategy is to minimize the impact of inflation by continuously monitoring the use of the collection to identify and eliminate journals and databases that have low usage and high price increases.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your liaison librarian or researchhelp@aus.edu

Login Page Changes

As AUS’s login system changes, there will be two options presented when you go to log in to WorldCat, to view your library account, or to access online resources while you are off-campus.

Please use the first option, which is labeled “American University of Sharjah login”.

We’re re-carpeting!

Commencing Sunday July 28th, the library’s first floor will be closed for the duration of intersession while work takes place. If you need help finding a DVD or Reference book, please contact a library staff member. We can assist.

We’d like to thank you for your patience as library space enhancements take place.

Get Access to The New York Times

With award-winning journalism and commentary, including video, photos, infographics, podcasts and more, The New York Times has long been considered one of the world’s most trusted news sources.

Now AUS students, faculty, and staff can get access to The New York Times by creating a personal account. Just follow these steps:

  1. When creating a new account, you must be on the AUS campus and connected to the network
  2. Go to https://nytimes.com/grouppass or scan the QR code below
  3. Create a free account using your AUS email address
  4. Once your account is created you can access the NYTimes website or the NYTimes App from anywhere.

QR code for creating a New York Times Account

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.”

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