It is with a saddened heart that the AUB University Libraries and the local and regional library societies received the news of the passing away of Mrs. Aida Naaman last week.
Naaman first joined AUB Libraries as the Head of Cataloging of Oriental Languages at Jafet Library in 1970, where she stayed until 1975. She was then the Director of the Engineering and Architecture Library between 1976 and 1980, where she implemented numerous imperative projects and initiatives. After more than 10 years at AUB, Naaman moved on to work at the Lebanese University, and then took the position of Director of the Library at the Lebanese American University (LAU) until her retirement.
Naaman graduated from LAU (known then as BUC) in 1960 with a BA in Arabic Literature and Language. She then pursued a master's degree in Library Science (MLS) in 1970 from the University of Minnesota in the United States, with a Full Scholarship, due to her high academic achievement.
Naaman was very active in the national and regional Library societies and was a member of the executive committee of the Lebanese Libraries Association from 1991 till 1988. She was then President of the Lebanese Libraries Association between 1998 and 2005.
In addition to her salient role in the Library field, Naaman was an active member on several boards and societies, including being: President of the Lebanese Board on Books for Young People (LBBY), 2008 – 2021, Member of the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) and Chair of the Documentation and Research Committee, 2007 – 2021, Chair of the Steering Committee of the e-Portal of Lebanese Women - National Commission for Lebanese, 2007 – 2021, Member of the Committee for the Revival of the National Library, 2006 -2021, and many other impactful societies.
Naaman was also an author, namely of books for young adults. Her publications include 'Antar al-ashqar [Antar the blond], 'Asafir al-karaz' [Cherry birds], and 'Ashate' assirri' [The secret shore], which was on the Honor List in the International Board of Books for Young People in 2005.
The University Libraries' staff members who worked with Naaman expressed great grief when they learned about her passing away, remembering her as an “elegant and professional lady" with immense dedication and love for her work and community.
Many believe that she was an influential person, who encouraged and inspired many staff members to pursue a career in Library Science.
You can view an interview with the late Mrs. Naaman as part of an Oral History project by the AUB Libraries in 2017 by visiting this link on the UL's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXO4wIQlWEk
Rest In Peace, Mrs. Naaman and thank you, sincerely, for all what you have done for the AUB Libraries, and for the local and regional library societies.
Your legacy and memory will always remain close to our hearts. . .