POSTED: 8:32 AM, September 20, 2018
Start Date: 20181009
Start Time: 3 p.m.

Research Data Management Workshop – Tuesday, October 10, 3 p.m.

This introductory seminar is intended for graduate researchers who are learning about issues in data management for the first time. All sessions will cover data organization and formatting. More specialized, subject-specific topics are addressed based on the participants' research areas.

Register at: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/training/

Other Fall 2018 Research Data Management Workshops

Tuesday, October 23, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 6, 3 p.m.

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POSTED: 8:04 AM, September 20, 2018
Start Date: 20181006
Start Time: 10 a.m.

Maximizing Google Scholar - Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m.

Google Scholar is transforming the way we conduct scholarly research, and is often a first step in research for students and faculty alike. As simple as it seems, however, Google Scholar is a complex search engine. This hands-on seminar is intended for those who would like to learn more about what Google Scholar searches, how it functions alongside library subscription databases, and tools that can enhance your Google Scholar experience. Register for seminars at: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/training/

Other class dates:

Tuesday, October 16, 2 p.m.

Monday, October 29, 9 a.m.

Wednesday, October 14, noon

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POSTED: 8:24 AM, September 19, 2018
Start Date: 20181004
Start Time: 3 p.m.

EndNote Class in the Library - Thursday, October 4, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

EndNote is the industry standard software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references on the Windows and Macintosh desktop. Register at: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/training/

Other Fall 2018 EndNote Classes

Saturday, October 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Saturday, November 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, November 20, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Tuesday, December 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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POSTED: 7:46 AM, September 17, 2018
Start Date: 20180929
Start Time: 11 p.m.

Auburn University Libraries Opens Archive of Audio Recordings from the 1960s and ‘70s

Auburn University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Department has been working to make available a large number of audio recordings of the university’s Horizons Lecture Series, Auburn Profiles Series, Auburn Conference on International Affairs, and various other speeches and programs conducted on campus, many of which have not been available to researchers and scholars for many years. Originally recorded in the 1960s and ‘70s, these recordings represent a treasure trove of the actual words of political and military leaders, sports figures, journalists and entertainers. The first of these newly digitized recordings are now available for researchers and casual listeners free online.

“When we discovered these hundreds of reel-to-reel tapes in our archives, I immediately appreciated the historical significance of them as a window into a turbulent time in American history,” said Aaron Trehub, Assistant Dean of Technology, Auburn University Libraries and head of Special Collections and Archives. “The Vietnam War was being fought, desegregation was gaining steam, and Watergate was in the news. They would be of interest to anyone either professionally or casually studying the period. Our problem was only having these speeches on obsolete magnetic media that could not be read by anything we had in the library.”

Auburn University’s annual Tiger Giving Day offered the solution. As its project, Special Collections and Archives requested donors give money to obtain a reel-to-reel tape player and the appropriate digitizing equipment to turn the magnetic tapes into digital files that could be easily shared. Many donors responded positively and the project was fully funded.

Special collections librarian Greg Schmidt has been heading the effort to digitize the recordings. “It is amazing how many prominent figures of the time came to Auburn University,” said Schmidt. “Boxer Mohammad Ali, Senators Barry Goldwater and Edward Kennedy, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, journalist Harry Reasoner, attorney William Kunstler and many others. These are all people who had reached the pinnacle in their fields. To hear their view of the world then in their own voice is inspiring. I also love listening to Auburn students engage with these speakers during question and answer periods. There is probably no more primary a resource than to hear a person speak without the filter of a person writing their words down as they understood them or reporting after the fact. And we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of what we have in these tapes. By the time the project is complete, we will have hundreds of recordings digitized.”

At one time the only way to hear these tapes was to physically come to Auburn to listen to them in the library on a reel-to-reel tape deck. But even that was lost when, over the years, Auburn University Libraries lost its ability to play magnetic tapes.

As a founding member of the international digital preservation community and a longtime advocate for sharable knowledge, Trehub has long been concerned about the loss of certain legacy media (such as magnetic tapes and magnetic computer media) that contain a great deal of irreplaceable material. Digital has become the standard for data storage, so the preservation of media still in analog formats becomes more important. The loss of the materials leaves a gap in our knowledge.

“Digitizing older media into a format that can be both readily shared by researchers and scholars worldwide today and preserved for future generations tomorrow, is a high priority for Auburn University Libraries,” said Trehub. “The loss of these speeches by some of the brightest of their generation would be a tragedy. Researchers and scholars looking for a window into how people of the past thought about similar challenges to the ones we face today will find these recordings invaluable. We’re fortunate that donors came through for us and we got the opportunity to save them. They will add greatly to the research excellence of our scholars looking into the period for social sciences, business and scientific insights.”

Recordings from the Auburn University Horizons Lecture Series, Auburn Profiles Series, Auburn Conference on International Affairs, and other events are available at https://archive.org/details/@aulibraries The coming months will see many more audio recordings added to the archive as well as other digital artifacts in the collection of Auburn University Libraries Special Collections and Archives.

 

 

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POSTED: 8:31 AM, September 14, 2018
Start Date: 20180920
Start Time: 3 p.m.

Auburn University Libraries Discover Auburn Lecture Series – Dr. Loka Ashwood, “For-Profit Democracy: Why the Government Is Losing the Trust of Rural America”

Dr. Loka Ashwood, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, will discuss her book, “For-Profit Democracy: Why the Government Is Losing the Trust of Rural America” at the next Auburn University Libraries Discover Auburn Lecture Series program on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m.

Ashwood asks, why is government distrust rampant, especially in the rural United States? Her book offers a simple explanation: corporations and the government together dispossess rural people of their prosperity, and even their property. Based on four years of fieldwork, this eye-opening assessment plays out in a mixed-race Georgia community that hosted the first nuclear power reactors sanctioned by the government in three decades.

The program will take place in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library and is open to the public. A reception will follow.

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POSTED: 3:38 PM, September 12, 2018
Start Date: 20180926
Start Time: 5 p.m.

Zotero - Wednesday September 26, 5-6pm

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use, online tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. This hands-on workshop will cover registering for an account, importing references, organizing your references, creating a formatted bibliography, and using Zotero with the MS Word plugin. Sharing references through the Group Libraries feature will also be discussed. Bringing your laptop is encouraged, but not required. RBD Library 2nd Floor Gibbs Lab, across from the Mell Commons entrance into RBD Library. Register at https://www.lib.auburn.edu/training/  For more information and if you would like to schedule a separate Zotero workshop for a course or group, see http://libguides.auburn.edu/zotero.

Other Fall 2018 Zotero cWorkshops

Wednesday October 17, 5-6pm

Thursday November 8, 5-6pm

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POSTED: 8:00 AM, September 12, 2018
Start Date: 20180926
Start Time: 9 a.m.

Maximizing Google Scholar - Wednesday, September 26, 9 a.m.

Google Scholar is transforming the way we conduct scholarly research, and is often a first step in research for students and faculty alike. As simple as it seems, however, Google Scholar is a complex search engine. This hands-on seminar is intended for those who would like to learn more about what Google Scholar searches, how it functions alongside library subscription databases, and tools that can enhance your Google Scholar experience. Register for seminars at: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/training/

Other class dates:

Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, October 16, 2 p.m.

Monday, October 29, 9 a.m.

Wednesday, October 14, noon

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POSTED: 8:20 AM, September 11, 2018
Start Date: 20180920

View the Search Posting and Candidates List here:
http://www.lib.auburn.edu/deansearch/

Candidate Open Forum and Meet & Greet are on Sept. 10th, 13th, 17th, and 20th at 2:00pm.

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POSTED: 11:00 AM, September 10, 2018
Start Date: 20180926
Start Time: 3 p.m.

Research Data Management Workshop – Tuesday, September 26, 3 p.m.

This introductory seminar is intended for graduate researchers who are learning about issues in data management for the first time. All sessions will cover data organization and formatting. More specialized, subject-specific topics are addressed based on the participants' research areas.

Register at: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/training/

Other Fall 2018 Research Data Management Workshops

Tuesday, October 9, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, October 23, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 6, 3 p.m.

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POSTED: 1:05 PM, September 6, 2018
Start Date: 20180910
Start Time: 9 p.m.

In honor of the many black alumni who will attend the upcoming Black Alumni Weekend 2018 at Auburn University, the AU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Department has created an exhibit marking the accomplishments and campus life of black Auburn alumni.

The three-case exhibit will highlight the integration of Auburn University, black student life at Auburn, and, finally, a case featuring some of the notable black Auburn alumni.

The exhibit, located in the Special Collections and Archives Department on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, will open to the public on September 7 at the beginning of Black Alumni Weekend and will remain open during all Special Collections and Archives regular hours. The exhibit will remain up through the end of fall semester 2018 for those who miss it over the weekend.

Special Collections and Archives hours over the Black Alumni Weekend are:

Friday, Sept. 7,  7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8,  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 9,  1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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