American Univesity of Beirut

University Libraries present at MELA's Social Justice series lecture

​​Fatme Charafeddine, Interim Director of AUB University Libraries, and Basma Chebani, Associate University Librarian for Cataloging and Metadata Services at the AUB University Libraries are presenting in the Middle East Librarians Association (MELA) Social Justice Lecture Series 2021-2022 season, "⸮Neutral / حياد / بی طرف / tarafsız?: Heritage, Colonialism and Diversity in Middle East Libraries and Archives." 

Their lecture is titled: "Challenges facing catalogers in describing and indexing Middle Eastern books and periodicals

Date: February 9, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada); 6:00 pm Beirut Time

Register here: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckcu-oqjooHdYVGfjDo00B7ysQykC7xKPX​ 

From experience in research and publishing, librarians dealing with Middle Eastern collections are very much aware that there is a large gap in access to information from different countries, as well as some intentional or non-intentional bias in representing other cultures. This presentation will give examples of the challenges facing catalogers in describing and indexing Middle Eastern books and periodicals, as well as showing examples in the online catalog using Library of Congress subject headings. Finally, it will show some solutions elaborated at AUB Libraries. 

For more information, and to view recorded lectures from the last season, see MELA's website (https://bit.ly/MELASJSeries).​​


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