Talat Okby

Adjunct Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: LT 1117
  • Phone: 607-777-6709
  • E-mail: tokby@stny.rr.com

Interests and Background

Within extensive background and experience in both Arabic instruction and librarianship, Talat M. Okby has taught at SUNY Cortland and Broome County College, and has nd worked in the library and information science fields in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Washington DC, and Binghamton University. His interests include Classical Arabic poetry and multimedia.

A sampling of Mr. Okby's poetry (.pdf, 108kb).


  • Master of Library and Information Science, State University of New York at Albany
  • Bachelor of Arts (Library Science & Archives), Cairo University, Egypt

Publications, Non-Print

  • Produced: Your First Arabic Words in the Egyptian Dialect, an instructional DVD to help beginners learn Arabic and created a web site to promulgate Arabic language education under: www.Lingualevant.com
  • Research: Devised the Flat liner methodology, a unique way to connect Arabic letters, patented it, produced it in a DVD format and published it in the newsletter of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic

Overseas Positions Held

  • 1965 - 1969 Instructor, Conversational English, Department of Public Service, American University in Cairo
    • Utilized multi-media and language lab facilities
  • 4/ 1976 - 7/1979 Asst. Head, Cataloging Dept., King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
    • Assisted the Department Head in the day to day operations of training and supervising the work of catalogers and paraprofessionals
  • 9/1979 - 5/1986 Senior Information Specialist, National Scientific and Technical Information Center of KISR (Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research), Kuwait
    • Taught technical services skills to professional catalogers
    • Created an on-line catalog of material utilizing Blackwell, North America database with Microfiche file for backup
  • 4/1990 - 7/1996 Bibliographic Control Coordinator, United Arab Emirates University Libraries, U.A.E.
    • Converted library classification system from Dewey Decimal to Library of Congress and helped automate catalog using the VTLS system and USMARC format

US Positions Held

  • 7/1970 - 4/1974 Catalog Librarian, Binghamton University Libraries, Binghamton, NY
    • Processed different complexity works in Indo-European languages and Arabic under the Southwest Asia and North Africa Area Program (SWANA)
  • 5/1974 - 3/1976 Arabic Material Specialist/English Cataloger, Georgetown University Libraries, Washington, DC
    • Resource person for the acquisition and processing of Arabic material for Georgetown's Arabic Department
    • Utilized the recently developed OCLC software in input and retrieval of bibliographic information
  • 5/1998 - 9/2000 Client Specialist, LeBouef, Lamb, Greene and MacRae, L.L.P., Washington, DC
    • Team Leader of three professional librarians and numerous legal-assistants to build and maintain a litigation library and database for a border dispute involving two overseas governments


  • English
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Working knowledge of Hebrew


  • Poetry (have my own 'Sufi Diwan' in Modern Classical Arabic: unpublished)
  • Music (Piano)
  • Videotaping & production
  • Home Theater

Last Updated: 3/12/15