LAUNCH OF UMAM BIBLIO

Directory of UMAM D&R Books, Periodicals and Collections
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 6 - 9 PM | Beit Beirut (Sodeco)
In cooperation with the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon
Under the patronage of her Excellency Ms. Monika Schmutz Kirgöz, Swiss Ambassador to Lebanon, UMAM Documentation & Research launches its electronical archival directory UMAM BIBLIO, accompagnied by an installation of its archives and screenings of recently digitized films. 

From the beginning, UMAM D&R has striven to put its documentation and archival assets, which include periodicals, publications, written documents, and audiovisual materials relating mainly to Lebanon and its recent history, at the disposal of whomever wishes to peruse them.

UMAM D&R is grounded in the belief that such assets have a role to play in informing and structuring public debates. Still, we must admit that our will to make UMAM D&R's assets available was often limited by the lack of needed resources to improve the cataloging of the already sorted out items or begin sorting out others. We conceived the establishment of a portal which gives direct access to our catalogues, and to some digitized materials, as a necessary step towards fulfilling our purpose.

Work on this portal began a year ago, and, today, our long efforts have come to fruition. The sustaining moral and financial support that UMAM D&R enjoys from the Swiss embassy in Beirut made this significant leap forward possible and UMAMBIBLIO.ORG is now open on two interfaces: an Arabic and a non-Arabic-speaking one. While the latter is, as of yet, more limited in content than the first, it nevertheless gives an idea about the ease of access this web database offers.