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Magda El-Sherbini

Magda El-Sherbini

Magda El-Sherbini

Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian



305F Thompson Memorial Library
1858 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH

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Office Hours

Virtual office hours: Thursdays 10am-11am or by appointment
Email: el-sherbini.1@osu.edu
Mobile: 614-260-9066

Areas of Expertise

  • Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
  • Turkish Studies
  • Global Information Society
  • Multilingual Subject access and access to foreign materials


  • MA, Library and Information Science, the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
  • BA, Library Science, Cairo University, Faculty of Arts, Cairo, Egypt

Magda El-Sherbini is the Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian.  Prof. El-Sherbini is coming from the Technical Services Division where she served as Head of Collection Description and Access Department.  Prior to this, she was the Middle East Cataloging Specialist at OSU and Arabic Materials Specialist at Georgetown University.  Ms. El-Sherbini was awarded two Fulbright grants; at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt (2010-11) and American University of Kuwait (2016-18).  She has served as Vice-President, President and Program Chair of the Middle East Library Association.

Her recent monograph – Recourse Description and Access has been awarded the prestigious American Library Association’s ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award in 2014.  Her extensive list of publications includes bibliographic essays on Nagib Mahfuz and the topic of terrorism.

She has taught Freshman Seminars at OSU on “Women in Islam” and “Image of Arabs in Western Media”.

International Awards
U.S. Fulbright Scholars Program administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) for research and teaching at the American University of Kuwait, Kuwait 2016-2018 (blog); U.S. Fulbright Scholars Program administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) for research and teaching at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt, 2010-2011 (blog); 1982-1984: Foreign Students Fellowship from the Middle East and North Africa, America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST). A scholarship was awarded to attend the School of Library and Information Sciences, Catholic University of America, Washington DC.

National and Professional Awards:
ALA ALCTS Margaret Mann Citation recipient, presented by the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (ALA CaMMS 2015); ALA ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award recipient for the book "RDA: Strategies for Implementation," Chicago: ALA Editions, 2013 (ALA CaMMS 2014); ALA ALCTS Presidential Citation, for outstanding leadership of the ALCTS Steering Committee for Implementation of Non-English Language Task Force Recommendations (ALA ALCTS President 2009). 

“RDA: Strategies for Implementation.” Chicago: ALA Editions, 2013.   

Selected Book Chapters:
(2015) “Multilingual Subject Retrieval – Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Subject Authority File and Linked Subject Data.” Springer E book. 550 pages. (2010) “Sharing Cataloging Expertise: Options for Libraries to Share Their Skilled Catalogers with Other Libraries.”  Cataloging and Classification Quarterly: Special Issue. Bradford Lee Eden, editor. 48(6-7), 525 – 540. (2010) “Program for Cooperative Cataloging: BIBCO Records: Analysis of Quality”. In Cataloging and Classification Quarterly: Special Issue. Rebecca L. Mugridge, editor. 48(2–3), 1-16. (2004) “Technical Services between Reality and Illusion: Reorganization in Technical Services at the Ohio State University-- Questions and Assessment.” Brad Eden, Editor.  Libraries Unlimited, 379-398.

Selected Journal Articles:
(2018) "RDA implementation and the emergence of BIBFRAME" published in JLIS.it Italian Journal of Library, Archives, and Information Science" 9, 1 (January 2018): 66-82. doi: 10.4403/jlis.it-12443.

(2013). “Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Model for Arabic Name Authority Control.”  Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS). 57(1), 1-15. (2011) “An Assessment of the Need to Provide Non-Roman Subject Access to the Library Online Catalog.” Cataloging and Classification Quarterly. 49 (6), 457-483. (2008) “Cataloging and Classification: Review of the Literature 2005-06.” Library Resources & Technical Services. 52(2), 148-163. (2007) “New Strategies for Delivering Library Resources to Users: Rethinking the Mechanisms in which Libraries are Processing and Delivering Bibliographic Records.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship.  33(2), 228-242. (2007) “Open WorldCat and Its Impact on Academic Libraries.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 33(1), 55-66. (2004) “Metadata and Cataloging Practices.” The Electronic Library. 22(3), 238-24885.

For more information about Magda’s professional activities, visit her website.


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