File - Students exist the AUB main gate in Beirut, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
BEIRUT: The American University of Beirut announced Tuesday that its libraries had joined a New York University project to digitalize 100,000 Arabic volumes.
"AUB Libraries have joined the Arabic Collections Online (ACO), a five-year project funded by New York University Abu Dhabi that aims to digitize and make accessible worldwide over 100,000 volumes of Arabic content, a statement by AUB said Tuesday.
The AUB Libraries will contribute several thousand titles “from their growing rich and historical Arabic collections in a variety of subjects and disciplines,” the statement said.
In addition to NYU, the Beirut-based university will be joining prestigious Columbia, Princeton and Cornell universities, according to AUB’s chief librarian, Dr. Lokman Meho.
“The AUB Libraries’ extensive Arabic language collections and their commitment to open access and to high standards of digital preservation will make them perfect partners for this project.”
The AUB statement said that the project’s wide scope “will constitute an important step in the direction of democratizing access to scholarly Arabic materials, and to boosting research from and about the Arab region.”
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