American Univesity of Beirut

Aida Farha, Head of Saab Medical Library receives AUB President’s Service Excellence Award

​​​​​​The University Libraries proudly announces that Ms. Aida Farha, Head of the Saab Medical Library, has received the President’s Service Excellence Award for 2014.

Aida received the award along with three other AUB Staff members during a ceremony held by President Peter Dorman on Monday, May 18th, at 12:00 pm in Assembly Hall.

Ms. Farha has been working at SML for more than 35 years since her graduation from AUB with a BS in Pharmacy.

Presenting Aida at the award ceremony, President Dorman said: “Throughout her years at SML, Aida managed to transfer knowledge and research methodologies to a wide audience. Many people extol her positive attitude and teaching style.”

When remembering her career path at UL, Aida claims that at the beginning, she always wondered why there were so many staff members in a library. After joining SML, she said she realized how valuable the job of a medical librarian was. “As the medical librarian, I realized my job helped in saving patients’ lives, healthcare professionals’ time, ​​​​and healthcare cost,” Aida says.

Aida says that she always feels awarded after helping any user get needed information. For Aida, this had always been her true reward. She regards the President’s Service Excellence Award as a second, reassuring honor, encouraging her work.

“I still remember the time a physician called me at home to say that I saved his life! He had attended one of my workshops, and after a few months, he fell ill. He went to see a specialist who could not cure him. He then remembered the way I taught him how to retrieve information and was able to find a solution on his own and recovered . . . ” Aida says.

Upon receiving the award, Aida said: “I would like to thank everyone that I have helped these 35 years because it is through them that I was awarded twice. Additionally, I would like to send special thanks to my previous boss, Ms. Hilda Nassar, my current boss, Dr. Lokman Meho, and my dear assistant, Mrs. Layal Hneiny, who was the one who worked hard to achieve this after she strongly believed I deserve the Award.”

An article about the ceremony was posted on the AUB website: http://www.aub.edu.lb/news/2015/Pages/outstanding-employees-veterans.aspx.

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