Johnny A. Bahbah
Johnny A. Bahbah <BAHBAH@...
1997-11-10 16:22:14 GMT
Dear MELA members:
Since no one posted any direct questions to the candidates for this
November's elections, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce
myself and to give you some background about myself so that you can have
a better understanding of who Johnny A. Bahbah is.
I first started working in libraries as a student assistant in the early 80's
at Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library. I worked as a student
assistant helping with the Arabic materials. A few years later, I
accepted a position in the Order Division as a Blanket Approval
Supervisor. In 1989, I was hired by Princeton University as an
Arabic Cataloger. I was one of two who were hired for the Arabic
Microfilming Project. Three years later I became the Leader for the Near
East Projects Unit. One year later I became the Assistant Head for the
Near East Technical Services Division. I served in that capacity until
December of 1994.
In January 1995, I joined the Catalog Division as the Coordinator of
the Projects Committee. On July 1, 1996, the Near East Technical
Services Division was dissolved and the catalogers joined two different
cataloging teams: the Humanities Team and the Slavic-Germanic Team.
In addition to my full time job, I was hired in 1994 as the Arabic
Consultant for the Newark Public Library, where I select materials for
acquisition, catalog and do some fund raising. Yes, I still work with
Middle Eastern materials.
As for the questions that were posted earlier concerning
institutional support, I asked my supervisor whether the Library will
support me if I am elected, and his answer was an unqualified "Yes". He
added that the Library has always provided support when asked by our
professional Librarians. If you all recall in 1995 when I was Vice
President and Program Chair, the Library gave me a budget to use for
expenses. The Library has always helped finance the professional