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Library Automation
Beirut, December 15, 2004

Haidostian: Partnerships encourage excellence and knowledge; help the weak and needy;        close the gaps among peoples, classes and hearts. 

On December 15, 2004, the president of Haigazian University, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, and the mission director of the United States Agency for International Development in Lebanon, Mr. Raouf Youssef, inaugurated the automation of the Haigazian University Library, in the presence of the minister of youth and sports, Dr. Sebouh Hovnanian, the president of The Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, Rev. Meguerditch Karagoezian, vice governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Mr. Alain Balian, members of the board of trustees, faculty and press representatives. 

The ceremony started with a welcome speech by the Director of Public Relations of the university, Mrs. Mira Yardemian, who highlighted the importance of technology in learning, the proliferation of electronic knowledge, and the transition from paper to digitized information. 

In his word, the president of Haigazian University, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian pointed out that the project of the library automation was the fruit of a partnership between Haigazian University and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He explained the meaning of partnership as two entities that enjoy separate identities and resources which go through a process of joining forces for better and fuller existence, where truth, freedom and service abide. This is applicable to this partnership, since on one hand, Haigazian University and its libraries with their 80,000 volumes, rare books and periodicals have nurtured generations of young people in the past 50 years, and on the other hand, the noble ideals of the Unite States constitution, pave the way for just relationships, free minds and consciences. 

Then the mission director of the United States Agency for International Development, Mr. Raouf Youssef, addressed the audience, by noting that this partnership will benefit more than 750 students in Haigazian University, and the automation will promote information technology, manage and exchange knowledge between educational institutions in Lebanon and abroad. He hoped that Haigazian University will continue to further develop this project and other projects that will prepare to endow educated professional citizens to have responsibility in leadership and in the contribution of the Lebanese socio-economic development.

Afterwards the audience had a tour in the 2 libraries, the English and the Armenian. Mr. Raouf Youssef was especially touched when he saw a copy of the first Armenian Bible published in 1666 in Amsterdam by Voskan Yerevantzi. 

A reception followed.
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