The AUB University Libraries (UL) held its annual open day to familiarize incoming and continuing students with the Libraries’ services and resources through friendly and interactive methods. This year, a new and growing online educational video collection was introduced that includes documentaries and teaching series linked to the various academic curricula.
The one-day event spread over three floors within the Jafet Library and outside its main entrance to encourage students to explore options made available to them throughout their education at AUB. Up in the student reading area, an ‘Escape the Library’ game was set up that entails solving puzzles that relate to the Library facilities and contents. In the main Jafet floor, various games were simultaneously taking place such as “Bookémon”, where students are asked to find specific books with specific content, and Libraryopoly that mimics Monopoly but with Library resource-related twist. The archives section in the lower floor familiarized the students with their resources by quizzing participating students on old photos of AUB’s buildings and personalities and asking them to solve puzzles that require looking through the archives. Through partnerships with 20 book and library material dealers, prizes, including iPads and pre-paid cards, to winners of competitions.
Informative sessions were being offered in the meantime. Reference Librarian Fatmeh Charafeddine presented the online video collection at the Jafet Library e-classroom. Due to an increasing demand for multimedia resources for teaching, research, and publishing purposes, the UL started in 2014 to acquire online video databases through various subscriptions. The Libraries now have tens of thousands of videos across disciplines, now made available for AUB students and faculty.
Through video streaming technology, videos can be viewed in HD-quality on the internet browser and do not require a player software. They are viewed in real time and do not need to be downloaded as an entire file.
The UL streaming video resources consist of four collections. The Academic Video Online: Premium is the largest and most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers more than 50,000 video titles spanning subject areas essential to curricula in social sciences, arts, humanities, and sciences.Sage Knowledge is another series of online collections developed in partnership with leading academics, societies, and practitioners to deliver cutting-edge pedagogical collections mapped to disciplinary curricular needs within the social sciences. Business Education in Video features executive interviews, corporate training videos, case studies, How-To features and documentary films that focus on all aspects of the global business environment, and the Business Education Complete is a comprehensive and large collection that provides access to more than 60,000 videos. Content is instructional and multi-disciplinary with two Business databases. It includes videos on art and design, communication, education, environmental sciences, film, foreign language materials, health, history, and psychology, and other subjects in all fields of knowledge. The collection includes all kinds of video material with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, and field recordings.
The video collections can be found on the UL list of Databases, under the Type “Multimedia”. The entire video collection is searchable using SearchALL box on the UL webpage and is accessible from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection on campus and off-campus.
All online video collections provide learning and searching tools including: searching, scrolling full-text transcripts, creating video clips, citing a permanent URL, sharing, and embedding clips in third-party sites, as well as learning management systems such as Moodle.
“We had two goals behind holding this year’s open day, we wanted our students to know about the various modern resources that are made readily available to them and we want to send out a friendly message to them that we, the library staff, are accessible and ready to assist, support, and advise them,” Fatmeh Charafeddine told us.