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The AUC Libraries newsletter brings you the latest news about Library events, new resources, rare collections as well as physical and virtual services to support your academic endeavor and learning experience.

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Newsletter Spring 2023

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Newsletter Spring 2022

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Newsletter Fall 2021

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Newsletter Fall 2022

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Newsletter Special Edition

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MICT-AUC Libraries Cooperation in Safeguarding Egypt Cultural Heritage

An MoU was signed between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MICT), Amr Talaat, Higher Education Minister and Ahmed Dallal, AUC President, to collaborate on Egypt’s digital heritage platform project on November 6, 2023.

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MoU Signed with Saudi Al-Turath Foundation

Ahmed Dallal, AUC president, signed an MoU with the Saudi Al-Turath Foundation to preserve architectural cultural heritage in Riyadh. An organization dedicated to the preservation of Saudi as well as Arab and Islamic heritage and whose focus on architecture is mutual interest with the RBSCL. The event took place on Sunday, October 8, 2023.

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National Museum of Egyptian Civilization: Metadata and Digitization Training at AUC Libraries

AUC Libraries have successfully conducted a two-day training about Metadata and Digitization with the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) as per the mutual cooperation with cultural institutions. “The training was truly commendable as per the feedback of& the top management and the participants of NMEC as well as a good illustration of the transfer of know- how and expertise across cultural associations,”stated Heba Sayed, Phd, director of planning, assessment and business development at LLT.

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Van-Leo Exhibition at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles

The library collaborated with UCLA’s Hammer Museum for the international exhibition Becoming Van Leo from July 15 to November 5. The exhibition showcased Van Leo, an Armenian-Egyptian photographer's iconic portraits of mid-20th century celebrities, featuring 200+ original photos and artifacts alongside hundreds of reproduced images.

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UNESCO-AUC RBSCL Archival Projects

Under the framework of the Safeguarding of Hassan Fathy’s Architectural Legacy in New Gourna Site project, the UNESCO Cairo office and the RBSCL collaborated to create a comprehensive chronological documentation of all the New Gourna project material in the Hassan Fathy archives. The research begins from the early phase of the 1940s, covering the design and execution of the village and all the later assessment and restoration work. It analyzes all materials in the archives, incorporating architectural drawings, diaries, papers, correspondences with partners and government, studies, video footage, audio tapes, and photographs.

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E-books Leading Scientific Publishers

The AUC Library provides access to hundreds of thousands of eBooks from many leading scientific publishers. In particular, for Engineering and Science, Access Engineering and Access Science provide McGraw Hill titles, and the O’Reilly platform includes many selected titles from publishers, including Pearson, Prentice-Hall and Wiley.

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RBSCL Cooperation with King Saud University in Sayed Karim Projects

The parties cooperate in conducting research about the architectural drawings of the Egyptian architect Sayed Karim concerning projects of governmental buildings in Riyadh. The selected resources will be incorporated into research work through online or print publications, and exhibitions.

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Visit of Architects Legorreta and Almaraz of Legorreta Arquitectos of Mexico City to Hassan Fathy Collection

Architects Victor Legorreta and Miguel Almaraz of Legorreta Arquitectos of Mexico City, a leading international architectural firm, visited the RBSCL’s Regional Architecture Collections. Legoretta has been involved in the design of the New Cairo campus and engaged AUC campus' new extension project, viewing drawings from the Hassan Fathy collection, including renderings of traditional and environmental architectural elements and photos of his different projects.

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AUC libraries hosts Here be Dragons workshop

AUC's history department and library hosted a joint workshop on historical newspapers and magazines in Egypt. The workshop brought together donors, researchers, students, librarians, and archivists and showcased recent work on historical newspapers. Selected presentations will be posted on the FOUNT repository.

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Archiving Family Heritage Workshop

In collaboration with the Khaza School of Heritage, the RBSCL has organized a one-day workshop for 19 participants to train them on the technical steps of preserving, listing the heritage of their family and connecting with the library to make such rare primary resources accessible for related research.

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Library Participation in the First Year Student Meeting of the Libraries, Archives, and IT Department in Cairo University

AUC library plays an important role in impacting and guiding students of national universities by participating in special events. AUC collection department was represented by Lamiaa, who shared her 30-year journey in the field of librarianship, highlighting the importance of libraries as vibrant centers of knowledge and the evolving role of librarians in the digital age the vital role that librarians play in supporting academic research, fostering critical thinking, and promoting information literacy through practical tips and strategies for pursuing a career in librarianship.

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MyLibrary! AUC Library App … Anywhere, Everywhere

MyLibrary! Helps patrons to engage no matter where they are. MyLibrary! Provides instant access to all library resources, which is a perfect response to the mobile nature of library users:

Perform a search to check availability and place holds

Scan ISBN barcodes to retrieve available formats such as print, eBook, video and more

Connect with the library’s social media platforms

View and renew your checked-out items

Use the app in place of your ID card to check out items

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Cook Book Display

Our cook book display stirred up more than just an appetite for knowledge! Students and faculty dived into a diverse collection from different disciplines, while faculty recommendations added an interdisciplinary flair. The fusion of ancient artifacts and classic recipes added a unique charm, turning the library into a time-traveling kitchen. The display became a hub for shared experiences, blending academic exploration with the joy of cooking.

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New Access to Library Online Resources

To offer seamless access to Library Online Resources, the Library is now using the AUC Single Sign On (SSO). Once you have signed in to your AUC email, you will not be prompted to enter your credentials again. In case you receive an error message titled Ezproxy-AUC: Sorry, we’re having trouble signing you in, send an email to to grant you access.

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AUC Libraries Participation in IFLA MENA Committee Meeting

Heba Sayed, director of planning, assessment and business development, represented the AUC libraries and Egypt at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) meeting that was hosted by Sharjah Public Libraries early November 2023. The representative libraries of the MENA region developed the strategic plan of the region as a part of IFLA's overall plan aiming at the enhancement of the field of librarianship for the welfare of the intellectual community.