The USEK Library, to enrich the student learning experience
Established in 1938 with the foundation of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), the USEK Library’s mission is to serve the USEK community (students, staff and administrators), as well as alumni, monks of the Lebanese Maronite Order (OLM) and visitors.
We have talked to Fr. Joseph Moukarzel, Library Director, to know more about it.
How does the library work?
The USEK Library supports and nurtures the mission and vision of the University, namely, the education of the youth and the building of a humanist culture. It aims to enrich the student learning experience; it encourages exploration and research at all levels, and provides access to an array of scholarly resources. The Library seeks to empower students to foster intellectual growth in an information age that produces leaders of the next generation in Lebanon and the Middle East.
The Library continues to embrace change and thrives on diversity to support professional growth and opportunity, and to reward flexibility and innovation.
The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik Library includes the Main Library at the Kaslik campus, as well as libraries in the Regional University Centers (Chekka, Zahle and Rmeich).
Can we borrow books from your library?
The Library has a Borrowing Service that allows undergraduate students, graduate students, doctoral students, Faculty members, staff, alumni, OLM Monks and visitors to borrow various material according to a defined policy. Users can borrow books, journals and periodicals, and CDs & DVDs. They also allowed to consult reference and special collections within the Library. All this is controlled through Sierra, the integrated library system (ILS), also known as a library management system (LMS). This system allows users to search the Library catalog and records borrowing transactions.
How is the Library funded?
The Library is funded by the University and its administration like any other department or office of USEK. The allocated amount is not fixed, especially with the introduction of electronic resources (books and journals) to the collection.
What is Le Centre Phoenix pour les études libanaises (CPEL) ? Is it a publishing house?
CPEL is a multidisciplinary research laboratory. Its objective is to promote research and projects in the field of Lebanese heritage. In partnership with the various faculties and institutes of USEK, it supports research in Lebanon and promotes its international promotion. At the same time, he joined the Central Library and its various services to make available archival resources, handwritten, printed and computerized documents to all researchers.
Finally, it participates in the training of researchers - doctoral and post-doctoral students, academics and professionals in the field of archives - by welcoming them in the Centre and helping them their stay abroad.
The objectives of the Phoenix Centre develop around three main areas:
- collection and preservation of Lebanese heritage
- study and research
- heritage publishing and promotion
What are the series published by the CPEL ?
Till now, the CPEL has introduced 5 sets of publications:
- Research (Multidisciplinary series)
- The Lebanese theater
- The Lebanese poetry
- The Lebanese novel
Are there other similar centers at the CPEL within the Library?
In the Library, there are no centers like the CPEL; however, there are two centers, affiliated to the Library that work very closely with CPEL: the Center for Written Heritage Conservation and the Center for Reprography and Digitization. The first center deals with the physical preservation of the archives of the CPEL and the second center works on the digital preservation of the archives (converting from the print to the digital format).
Do you have exchange agreements or joint publications with other Lebanese and foreign libraries?
The Library has national and international agreements of exchange by which library materials (books or periodicals) are exchanged between the main library of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and another library, institution or organization.
What are the qualities that should have the head of a university library?
The library director should have: leader, innovative, visionary, social, tech-savvy, motivational, character, decision maker and problem solver.