American Univesity of Beirut

University Libraries publish Oral History videos interviewing current and retired staff members to celebrate AUB’s 150th anniversary

​​​As a tribute to AUB’s 150th anniversary, the University Libraries, in collaboration with the Audio, Video, and Multimedia Office at the Information Technology Department have produced 11 oral history interviews with long-standing, current and retired library staff members.


The video is a documentary, capturing the memories of current and retired library staff members who have spent at least 15 years each at the libraries. In the recordings, the staff share their experiences, insights, stories and golden memories at AUB, and specifically at the libraries. The staff portray their devotion & commitment to AUB and to the libraries, showing a remarkable sense of “belongingness” and describing the work environment through thick and thin.


Some interview questions were prepared ahead of time to grasp a general sense. However, there was time left for the interviewees to reminisce and get personal with their experience at AUB. Many just improvised, speaking from the heart.


These were some of the questions posed: When did you start working at AUB Libraries? ; Have you worked somewhere else at AUB? ; What was your happiest memory at work and what was the saddest or most emotional memory? ; Can you share a funny incident that happened at work? ; What more can you tell us about the library? ; How did working at AUB affect your life? Can you describe the library in one sentence or in one word? . . .


The University Libraries have created a short video, highlighting parts of the content of all the interviews. You can watch the video entitled “University Library staff remembering AUB” via this link:  https://youtu.be/yUNXkLBR93E.  


Below are links to the individual interviews listed by the interviewee name:

We hope that you will enjoy these videos, and we view this as an oral history initiative, capturing a sense of AUB’s history.

Project team: [Fatmeh Charafeddine- Project Manager, Joyce Aways- Documentary Director, Edward Zakaria- Video Recording and Editing]  ​


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