American Univesity of Beirut

​The University Libraries announce the “Lebanon Protests 2019” project

​​  ​Over the last few weeks, the Libraries have been working relentlessly on an ongoing initiative to collect, digitize and archive material related to the Lebanese protests movement, which started on October 17, 2019. 

The project was initiated a few days after the movement began, and is a collective initiative amongst different departments at the Libraries, namely the Archives and Special Collections, Library Technology Services, Digital Scholarship Services, and Research and Academic Collaboration Services. 
Thousands of materials have been- and will be continuously- collected to be preserved, serving as an archive for current events. A bulk of the material is available at Jafet Library for researchers and AUB community members to view and access upon visiting in person. 

One of the outcomes of this initiative is a research guide entitled Lebanon Protests 2019. The Guide’s co-authors, Fatmeh Charafeddine, Head of Research and Academic Collaboration Services and Nabila Shehabeddin, Head of Reference and Instruction Services explain that the guide aims to document the events of the Lebanese protest movement which started in October 2019. It provides a timeline of events, in addition to listing and linking street activities, associations and peoples’ participation, news coverage and different kinds of activism and artwork including posters, graffiti, and photography. 

Elie Kahale, Director of Digital Initiatives and Scholarship describes this initiative as “a way to integrate the protests into the academia and culture of the University, providing a hub for collaboration between the library and other scholars.”

The Library Technology Services Department’s Data Services Librarian, Dalal Rahme, believes that “well organized raw data can answer many questions and reveal patterns related to what happened and what is still happening in Lebanon”. You can access some of the raw materials here​

Samar Mikati, Head of Archives and Special Collections considers that “the compiled Archives will be a salient resource for researchers and historians willing to write the history of modern Lebanon.”

We invite and encourage researchers and AUB community members to share with us suggested content to add to this digital archive by filling out the Ask A Librarian​ Form.

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