POSTED: 10:21 AM, August 11, 2020

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Auburn University Libraries will be on a modified operations model through the fall 2020 semester.

“This model will help the Libraries to operate safely both for our users and employees,” said Dr. Shali Zhang, Dean of Auburn University Libraries. “Certain steps have had to be taken to keep the building and their materials clean and safe.”

All users will be required to wear a face covering while in library buildings. They are also required to adhere to current campus social distancing policies.

To accommodate daily thorough cleanings of the building, Ralph Brown Draughon Library will be open the following hours:
Mon. to Thurs.: 7:45 a.m. to midnight
Fri.: 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun.: 1 p.m.to midnight
Full library hours may be viewed here: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/hours/index.php

In order to prevent transmission of the virus through shared materials, the following modifications to lending have been put in place:
• Active faculty may request items be delivered to their office via Campus Delivery. Please be aware that processing times may vary depending on current workload and staff availability.
• Loaning of physical books through traditional reserves has been suspended due to the "high touch" nature of hourly reserves and the need to properly quarantine material between patrons.
Faculty may explore two options for providing resources to their class:
1. Request scans of selected book chapters from our current collection via AUBIExpress.
2. Reach out to the Subject Specialist Librarian to request the purchase of an eBook or streaming video if available.
• AUBIExpress and other interlibrary loan services are available and can be accessed through the online catalog or from the Delivery Services web page: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/ill/
• Current staff and graduate students may request materials via Campus Delivery for no-contact pick up in the atrium at the parking deck entrance You will be emailed once items are ready at which point you may pick them up at your convenience during the RBD Library’s current operating hours.

Faculty may contact their subject specialist liaisons at https://libguides.auburn.edu/libraryinstruction/contact to find out more about accessing library resources.

For a frequently asked questions list detailing fall 2020 library operations visit: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/fall-operations-2020-faq/

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POSTED: 8:23 AM, May 29, 2020

 

Auburn University students, faculty and staff now have remote access to powerful software loaded on 85 high-end computers at Auburn University Libraries labs within Ralph Brown Draughon Library and the Library of Architecture, Design and Construction.  Users of the service will not be required to upgrade their computers or purchase additional software to access the computers.

 

“Getting our users access to the computers and software they have grown used to having at the AU Libraries has been a high priority for us since we were forced to close our doors to users at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Mixon, senior information technology specialist in the newly built Innovation & Research Commons (formally Media & Digital Resource Lab) at Auburn University Libraries. “The 85 computers we have configured for remote access are machines running expensive software such as ArcGIS Pro, Autodesk Architecture and SolidWorks computer assisted design software.”

 

Users may access the Libraries computers at: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/remotelab/.  Login requires Auburn University credentials.

 

Mixon indicated that though this access was conceived as a way to bring additional library services to remote workers and learners during the current crisis, if it proves successful it will likely be retained so users may access the computers during times when the Innovation & Research Commons is closed after hours.

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POSTED: 8:00 AM, May 20, 2020

While the buildings of AU Libraries remain closed to the general public, library faculty and staff continue to offer a full suite of research and instruction services for all members of the university community for the summer semesters. These include expanded access to online resources and services. See how we can help at: aub.ie/libraryhelp

AU Libraries has arranged for expanded access to e-resources. E-journals, e-books, databases, streaming videos and digital collections, are accessible to faculty, students, and staff through the Libraries’ online platform, Discovery, at https://www.lib.auburn.edu/. In addition to the library’s regular holdings, many publishers and hosting sites have opened up or expanded access to these kinds of resources. For more information, see: https://libguides.auburn.edu/c.php?g=1009722&p=7329529. HathiTrust is providing emergency temporary online access to almost 48 percent of AU Libraries’ print collections. For more information visit: http://libguides.auburn.edu/hathitrust

If a book from the AU Libraries’ physical collections is needed, library users may contact subject librarians to discuss arrangements for pickup services outside the library building. Contact your subject librarian to learn more: https://libguides.auburn.edu/subjectlibrarians

AU Libraries continues to provide research assistance via chat, email, and phone at the RBD Help Desk. When classes are in session this summer, real-time research help will be available Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Librarians and our trained research assistants are ready and able to help faculty and students navigate library resources for their research and teaching/learning needs.

In order to facilitate remote work with archival materials and rare books, Special Collections and Archives is currently suspending scanning and photocopying fees for researchers. For faculty and graduate student research requests that cannot be met through remote delivery, Special Collections and Archives will be open by appointment. Please see https://www.lib.auburn.edu/specialcollections/ for more information.

Throughout the summer sessions, library faculty and staff will offer virtual workshops on the Adobe Creative Cloud and research enhancement (https://auburn.libcal.com/calendar/workshops), and information literacy instruction to support teaching and learning. For more information and to schedule library instruction for your class, go to: http://libguides.auburn.edu/libraryinstruction.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services are the researcher’s link to materials not owned or subscribed to by AU Libraries. While ILL services across the country are partially curtailed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, library users can request the table of contents and/or index from a book and can then select pages or a couple of chapters to be scanned and delivered electronically by a member library in our lending network. Start a request at: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/ill/index.php.

The Document Delivery Department, which oversees interlibrary loan (ILL), has also expanded its AUBIExpress service. Pages and chapters from items held in AU Libraries’ print collections are scanned and emailed to AU students, faculty and staff. Start a request at: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/ill/index.php

If your remote computer setup is lacking in computing power and software, take control of one of the Innovation and Research Commons’ computers and instantly have access to high-end computers and software. Go to https://www.lib.auburn.edu/remotelab/ to start.

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POSTED: 11:24 AM, April 28, 2020

When Auburn made the decision to go into remote learning mode, closed buildings, and encouraged working from home to protect all members of the Auburn Family, Auburn Libraries’ Interlibrary Loans (ILL)/Document Delivery Department became so very critical to the university’s research mission that it could not be limited and they continued to provide research material scans to remote learners, near and far.

“Both keeping up with the undiminished requirement for our services that necessitate access to the physical library collections and complying with the university mandate to disperse our employees to protect them from COVID-19 has been a challenge,” said Gail Barton, head of Interlibrary Loan. “The result has been a Herculean effort by our staff coming into the library to scan requests from print materials while still maintaining social distancing.”

ILL’s mission of borrowing/securing research materials from other libraries for Auburn researchers and lending/sharing our own research materials to other libraries in the USA and around the world made their continued operation critical.

From March 13 when Auburn Libraries closed their doors to users to April 15, 867 requests were made for research materials from Auburn users. In the same period, 2680 requests came in from libraries worldwide.

Other uses of ILL’s resources also presented themselves. When distant borrowers request materials from AU Libraries, pages are scanned from print and the article, chapter, table of contents, or index is provided to the requester electronically. This service has been extended to Auburn library users in order to cut down on in-person interactions. Over 1,500 pages of materials were scanned for Auburn users and provided to them electronically.

To assist in providing materials through ILL/Document Delivery, subject librarians, who know research materials in their subject areas thoroughly, have been pulling requested materials from shelves and delivering them to ILL for scanning and distribution.

In several instances ILL has notified library acquisition personnel to purchase eBooks so that research materials are available in the critical moment of need. Catalogers have been ensuring the discoverability of these new purchases for all Auburn students, faculty, researchers, and staff.

Its mission to the rest of the world has not been neglected, as research materials have been delivered regularly to global partners. Auburn University Libraries is one of the rare libraries where staff still has access to the print collection. Most libraries have staff working remotely who are only able to share from electronic resources. This has caused some interesting distribution gymnastics to be played out.

Recently a professor for small animal surgery working at the University of Munich in Germany contacted the Charles Allen Cary Veterinary Medical Library, a branch of the Auburn University Libraries, and requested an article from the publication, Auburn Veterinarian, which is held by few other libraries. The veterinary subject librarian, Rob Buchanan, and library technical specialist Jonathon Brock checked the collection and found that holdings in the VetMed branch library began after the requested date but discovered that the Special Collection in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library had the 1976 volume and issue needed. Buchanan contacted ILL with the researcher’s information and that “the catalog shows that we should have a copy in Special Collections.” He asked that ILL scan the article and deliver it electronically. ILL contacted the Special Collections department and almost immediately library technical specialist Elizabeth Bates pulled the journal from the archives and provided it to ILL personnel for scanning and delivery to Germany.

With the assistance of other departments of the AU Libraries, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery has been maintaining a robust research resources exchange with other libraries worldwide and providing our own library users with a continued access to AU Libraries materials through creative use of its capabilities. Users wishing to take advantage of these services should contact ILL through the Libraries website at: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/ill/index.php

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POSTED: 8:41 AM, April 7, 2020

In an effort to further offer more “normal” services to faculty and students during this time of remote instruction, Auburn University Libraries (AUL) made a successful appeal to declare an emergency under HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service. And now Auburn students, faculty, and staff will have access online to almost 48 percent of AUL’s collection. AUL continues to offer the majority of its services with some limitations and continues to search for new ways to bring all services to its users.

“We’ve been trying very hard to continue all the services we can during this transition time and we’re doing our best to add more services as solutions are found,” said Dr. Shali Zhang, Dean of Libraries, Auburn University Libraries. “The HathiTrust temporary emergency access is a huge step forward in being able to offer a large percentage of the most significant thing we lose when the Libraries are closed – the physical collections.”

AUL became a member of the HathiTrust in 2015. Without that membership, the emergency declaration and resulting access to electronic versions of library holdings would not have been possible. HathiTrust is a large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries. It includes content digitized as part of the Google Books project and Internet Archive digitization initiatives, as well as content digitized locally by member libraries.

“While the HathiTrust emergency declaration is a major addition to our offerings, we won’t be stopping there,” said Dr. Zhang. “As the crisis continues, we’re finding solutions to make remote learning, teaching and research easier and more productive.”

Nearing fruition is a project to allow students remote access to the needed software in 78 computers of the Libraries’ newly implemented Innovation and Research Commons. These computers are high-end machines with all manner of powerful software installed. Students will be able tap that power from their home computers without the need to upgrade their computers or purchase new software.

AUL also continues to offer many of the services users have come to expect. In the three weeks since building closure, more than 5,000 users have successful logged in to access e-resources from the Libraries.

Interlibrary Loans (ILL) is busily operating, getting items not held by AUL from other member libraries for our users and providing materials not held by peer libraries to their users so they may continue their research. ILL is also scanning pages and chapters from AUL print holdings and providing them to our users digitally, negating the need for in-person transfers. ILL is currently investigating ways to share e-books between multiple users.

Workshops for both research-enhancing software and Adobe users are being offered remotely via Zoom and recorded video, with 109 users taking advantage of these workshop opportunities so far.

Subject librarians are offering research consultations via Zoom so work momentum is not lost. Reference questions are also being responded to, with 176 such questions already fielded.

And sometimes the library services you might never have thought of become very important as students try to complete all the requirements for their courses.

“It has recently been brought to my attention that 350 students are fulfilling their concert attendance requirement in music appreciation classes by using the Naxos Video Library, a streaming service provided through the library, to watch and listen to masterworks such as the Mahler 1st symphony and Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland,” said Dr. Zhang. “We’ll be working hard to provide innovative solutions for the duration of this crisis – whether it is an appreciation of the beauty of music or the latest scientific journal entry.”

All Auburn University Libraries online services may be accessed at https://www.lib.auburn.edu/ Specific help on remote learning, teaching and research may be found at aub.ie/libraryhelp To access the HathiTrust assets, start at: http://libguides.auburn.edu/hathitrust

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POSTED: 8:40 AM, April 7, 2020

While the COVID-19 virus has interrupted many activities on campus, it has also allowed departments like the Special Collections & Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries to prioritize projects that are difficult to address with the daily flow of users. One such project is the digitization of the complete run of The Auburn Alumnus magazine.

“The Auburn Alumnus magazine ran from 1913 to 1939,” said Greg Schmidt, Acting head of Special Collections & Archives and lead on the digitization project. “For those years, it was the go-to source for news of our university’s alumni. These magazines are a view into a different time at Auburn. They’re really fun to take a deep dive into. We are looking forward to making other Auburn-related collections, including historic video and sound recordings accessible to everyone.”

The digitization of the Auburn Alumnus magazine was made possible by a generous gift from the late C. Harry Knowles, an alumnus of Auburn University, and his wife, Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams.

“The COVID-19 virus may have shut down the buildings of Auburn University Libraries, but the Libraries have continued to offer the research and instruction services required for successful remote learning and teaching online,” said Dr. Shali Zhang, Dean of Libraries. “However, some departments of AU Libraries are more dependent on access to building collections than others. Those departments have been undertaking projects that daily operating pressures have caused us to put off to a quieter time. The digitizing of The Auburn Alumnus magazine was such a project, and the first two weeks of the remote learning period proved the perfect time to complete it.”

The complete run of The Auburn Alumnus magazine may be accessed at https://archive.org/details/@aulibraries

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POSTED: 8:08 AM, February 3, 2020
Start Date: 20200203

AUBURN, AL – The Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries recently received an artifact of great significance to the university’s history: the diploma of Margaret Kate Teague (1873 – 1960), one of the three women who graduated in 1894 from the Alabama Polytechnic Institute’s first class to accept women.

Teague’s diploma is a major artifact in the history of Auburn University and the changes that have occurred in the years it has served Alabama and the world at large. The admission of women in 1892 and the first graduating class of women in 1894 was the beginning of a series of steps that opened Auburn University to diverse applicants.

After the death of her mother in 1890, Teague came to Auburn from Toledo, Arkansas to live with her aunt. She was tutored and studied for the API entrance examination. She passed the examination and was admitted as a junior in 1892. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in 1894.

After her death in 1960 the diploma was passed down in the family. Teague’s grandson, James “Jim” Pinkerton, and his wife, Nieta, (Tulsa, Oklahoma) became caretakers of the diploma. Both felt strongly that the diploma should be returned to Auburn for permanent safekeeping and history.

“We are very pleased and honored to have been entrusted with this rare artifact that documents a great step forward in education equality at Auburn,” said Tommy Brown, archivist at the Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries. “This diploma is one of only three that were awarded to women in the first class that admitted women. The fact that it has survived to come to us for preservation is amazing.”

The diploma had been stored in a folded condition and is now undergoing treatment to ensure its preservation as an artifact that will be available to researchers.

“Margaret Kate Teague’s diploma has come full circle after 126 years,” said Jennifer Wiggins, Special Collections and Archives technician. “We’re going to see that it continues to be a source of inspiration for the future.”

Learn more about the Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries at https://www.lib.auburn.edu/specialcollections/index.php

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POSTED: 9:00 AM, January 24, 2020

Effective immediately, Auburn University Libraries has increased the number of items alumni, community, and business users may check out at one time from 10 to 20 items. All users in these categories who are in good standing may keep checked out items up to 28 days with the option to renew once.

As a Federal Depository Library, AU Libraries facilities are open to anyone to come in and use the library for research or reading for pleasure during all operating hours. To actually checkout materials from the libraries users must be members of the Auburn Alumni Association that have paid their annual membership dues or are a lifetime member of the association, or be a community member or business that has paid an annual fee of $35 directly to the library.

For more information on Auburn University Libraries’ policies and services, visit lib.auburn.edu.

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POSTED: 8:11 AM, January 17, 2020

To give students, faculty and staff even greater access to its extensive services and resources for research and study, Auburn University Libraries will be extending its hours at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library on Friday and Saturday evenings during fall and spring semesters to 9 p.m. This change will take effect on Jan. 31, 2020.

 

“We’ve been hearing for a while that students, especially graduate students, wanted more weekend access for their work,” said Shali Zhang, Dean of Libraries for Auburn University Libraries. “We are pleased that we can now offer these extended hours to our students needing more time to accomplish their research or to find a great place to study.”

 

Previously, RBD Library was open until 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, a total of 134 hours each week.  Ralph Brown Draughon Library will now be open 140 hours each week during fall and spring semesters. The new hours will be:

Sunday 1 p.m. until Friday at 9 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

For detailed library hours, visit  https://www.lib.auburn.edu/

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POSTED: 2:05 PM, January 16, 2020

To give students, faculty and staff even greater access to its extensive services and resources for research and study, Auburn University Libraries will be extending its hours at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library on Friday and Saturday evenings during fall and spring semesters to 9 p.m. This change will take effect on Jan. 31, 2020.

“We’ve been hearing for a while that students, especially graduate students, wanted more weekend access for their work,” said Shali Zhang, Dean of Libraries for Auburn University Libraries. “We are pleased that we can now offer these extended hours to our students needing more time to accomplish their research or to find a great place to study.”

Previously, RBD Library was open until 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, a total of 134 hours each week.  Ralph Brown Draughon Library will now be open 140 hours each week during fall and spring semesters. The new hours will be:

Sunday 1 p.m. until Friday at 9 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For detailed library hours, visit  https://www.lib.auburn.edu/

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