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Mr. Simon Samoeil, Curator, Near East Collection -- Yale University Library


Simon Samoeil was born in Latakia, Syria, and moved to the United States in 1975. He is currently Curator of the Near East Collection at Yale University, a position which he held since 1990. Yale’s Near East Collection is one of the oldest collections in North America dealing with this part of the world. Mr. Samoeil acquires and maintains materials from the Near East and North Africa in Islamic, Arabic and Near East area studies.

Mr. Samoeil obtained his baccalaureate from Latakia and subsequently he attended the Centre Universitaire de Vincennes in Paris, France. In 1979 he obtained a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in New Haven. After graduating, Mr. Samoeil worked at the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia as the Arabic Librarian, then as Middle Eastern Bibliographer at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In 1983, Mr. Samoeil was appointed the Middle East Technical Services Librarian at the Harvard College Library, and in 1985, returned to the University of Pennsylvania as the Middle East Technical Services Librarian with the concurrent responsibility as Division Head of this unit.

Mr. Samoeil has published and lectured widely on Near East librarianship. He is a member of the Middle East Librarian Association (MELA), the American Oriental Society (AOS), and the Middle East Librarians Association Committee on Iraq Libraries.

Dr. Elizabeth Beaudin, Manager of International Digital Special Projects -- Yale University Library


Elizabeth A. S. Beaudin received her Ph.D. from Yale University, writing her thesis on medieval love narratives from Muslim Spain. She has taught language and literature courses at Fairfield University and Yale. Dr. Beaudin is also a systems architect with 20 years of information technology experience, during which time she has developed both academic and administrative systems in a university environment. Her academic background helps balance the demands of technical architecture design with the scholar’s needs for useable content. Dr. Beaudin's work on the recent OACIS project included developing the software, interface, and technical communications for a new electronic union catalog.

Beaudin is project manager for two granted projects at Yale University Library -- Project AMEEL and Iraq ReCollection -- that will create a scalable digital repository on the Middle East. Dr. Beaudin is currently Manager of International Digital Special Projects, Yale University.

November 23 , 2008
MESA 2008, Washington, DC
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Room TBA
Sunday, November 23, 2008 (9 a.m.-3p.m.)

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