POSTED: 1:18 PM, December 6, 2019
Start Date: 20191213
Start Time: 6 p.m.

AU Libraries will have a variety of activities at RBD Library for students studying for finals December 8 – 13. Currently scheduled are:

Up All Night with the SGA - Dec. 8 - 12, midnight, Help Desk, 2nd floor. Stop by for free doughnuts, juice and scantrons. Special guest Aubie on December 8, 10 and 12. Sponsored by the SGA.

Coloring & Chill with Relaxing Music - Gibbs Lab, 2nd floor. Treat your over-worked brain to some relaxing music and creative art activities to regain the focus on studying. Sponsored by AU Libraries.

Oculus VR Demonstration in the Mell Classroom Building - Get a sneak peek at the new virtual reality system being installed in RBD Library for spring semester. See this exciting technology in the Mell Building atrium each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 13.

Quiet Meditation Room - Room 4006, 4th floor. Slow down. Unplug and unwind and reconnect with your inner peace and calm before you go back to the study grind. Sponsored by AU Libraries.

Wellness & Self-Care During Finals - Dec. 9, 1 to 5 p.m., stop by the Newspaper Reading Room, 1st floor, to greet Moose and Nessie the therapy dogs.  Staff from the Student Counseling & Psychological Services in collaboration with Health Promotion and Wellness Services will host wellness-promoting activities and help with stress management.

Board and Card Games - Gibbs Lab, 2nd floor, 7 - 9 p.m., Dec. 9 and 10.Take a break from studying to play a quick game or two. We will have classic favorites like Sorry!, Uno, and SkipBo, along with “new classics” like Exploding Kittens and Sushi GO.  Play a little to re-sharpen your thinking then get back to your studies. Sponsored by AU Libraries.

Music Program - Exit 51 saxophone quartet. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Mell Building.

CramCart - Dec. 9-12. Free snacks, drinks, promotional items, and scantrons. Follow @autigerdining to find the #CramCart during finals week. Sponsored by Tiger Dining.

Recharging Station - Stop by the Help Desk, 2nd floor, to recharge your devices and yourself. Pick up a complimentary high protein snack, while supplies last. Sponsored by AU Libraries.

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POSTED: 12:47 PM, September 17, 2019

Auburn University Libraries has opened a new meditation and reflection room for all members of the Auburn University community. This shared space is located on the fourth floor of Ralph Brown Draughon Library, in room 4006, and is open during all hours the library is open. The space is intended for brief retreats from studying, and users are encouraged to relax, take a moment, and clear their mind.

Users are requested to remove their shoes upon entering the room and limit the use of electronic devices. The room may not be reserved and is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Auburn University Libraries welcomes any suggestions for improvements to the room, and hopes this can be a new space for everyone at Auburn to feel welcomed and take a moment to breathe.

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POSTED: 8:46 AM, September 17, 2019

Through the generosity of Tiger Giving Day 2019 donors, over the summer Auburn University Libraries launched a pilot program placing treadmill and stationary bike desks in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. These desks allow students to simultaneously study and engage in low-impact cardiovascular activity. The initial four exercise desks have been set up in the Learning Commons on the second floor. They are currently open to anyone wishing to try these new additions to the RBD Library’s study facilities.

“Auburn University Libraries is very pleased to be offering these new desks that not only help in the development of the student mind but also contributes to student health,” said Dr. Shali Zhang, Dean of Libraries. “We’re grateful to the donors from Tiger Giving Day 2019 that made this initial offering of treadmill and stationary bike desks possible. As we head into the fall semester, we look forward to seeing how these new desks are utilized by students.”

The concept for this Tiger Giving Day project began in 2018 when AU Libraries started looking for ideas that would impact student engagement and campus experience.

AU Libraries personnel consulted with the Department of Kinesiology’s Dr. Danielle Wadsworth, whose lab has conducted studies regarding sedentary behavior interruption and its correlating improvements to the body’s glucose utilization and how that can decrease the risk of diabetes. With their input, it was decided to make the purchase of treadmill and stationary bike desks AU Libraries’ Tiger Giving Day project.

Since their installation, these machines have already seen tremendous usage by summer students. Their usage in the fall semester will determine if the program will be expanded further in the AU Libraries.

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POSTED: 3:57 PM, September 3, 2019
Start Date: 20190622

Supporting the research mission of Auburn University has always been a high priority for the AU Libraries, but that support has taken new forms in the past two years.

Since late 2017, the Auburn University Libraries have been providing high-level information technology (IT) support and subject-matter expertise to the externally funded Military REACH Project, which is based in the College of Human Sciences (CHS). Originally based at the University of Minnesota, the Military REACH Project moved to Auburn in late 2017 as the result of a successful proposal in response to a competitive funding solicitation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

The mission of the Military REACH Project is to support U.S. military families and family readiness by translating academic research and other resources into practical applications. This means making research both accessible and usable by DoD family support specialists and military families themselves. A key component of the project is the design and development of a publicly accessible, easy-to-navigate library of research publications and other resources on military life and family health, delivered through an attractive, user-friendly Web site. This is where the Libraries’ extensive experience in designing and building information technology infrastructure, bibliographic databases, information management and delivery systems, and user-focused Web sites came into play.

At the invitation of the project’s principal investigator, Dr. Mallory Lucier-Greer of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in CHS, the Libraries contributed their knowledge and expertise to the successful funding proposal that brought the Military REACH Project from Minnesota to Auburn. From the beginning of the project, the Libraries’ Military REACH support team—Denise Baker, Adam Chalkley, Midge Coates, Michael Stone, and Adam Wendling in the AUL Systems Department, and Nancy Noe in the AUL Research and Instruction Services Department—have worked with their counterparts in CHS and the project leadership to build the robust IT and bibliographic infrastructure on which the project rests. Among other things, this has included setting up and configuring the Military REACH server computers in the OIT Data Center; creating the infrastructure for the Military REACH publications library in an open-source content management software system; assisting in the development and hosting of the Military REACH Web site; providing expert guidance on metadata standards, accessibility, usage statistics, and social media; training IT support staff in CHS on the tools being used in Military REACH; and helping the Military REACH team transition gradually to a new IT support structure.

Thanks in large part to the Libraries’ contributions, the Military REACH Project was able to meet its ambitious goal of launching a fully-functioning, publicly-accessible website and library of research publications in its first year of funding. The project was recently renewed for a second year of funding under Dr. Lucier-Greer’s leadership. The Military REACH Project is just one example of how the Libraries are supporting externally funded research, helping to put Auburn on the map as a major research university that is doing work of critical national importance.

Military REACH: Research and Outreach:

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POSTED: 3:29 PM, September 3, 2019

Auburn University Libraries will host five programs in their Discover Auburn Lecture series during the fall 2019 semester.

August 29 - Dr. Salhia Ben-Messahel   -  “The White Australia Policy and the Stolen Generations: Issues of Race and Identity”

September 5 - Dr. Dennis Bodewits – “Auburn University and the Hubble Telescope”

September 26 - Dr. Andrea Kelley – book talk: “Soundies Jukebox Films and the Shift to Small Screen Culture

October 24 - Dr. Mark Thornton – book talk: “The Skyscraper Curse: And How Austrian Economists Predicted Every Major Economic Crisis of the Last Century”

November 14 - Dr. Tim Dodge – ‘I’ll Be Locked Here in this Cell ‘til my Body’s Just a Shell:  Hank Williams on Crime and Punishment”

All events are open to the public and will be held at 3 p.m. in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

The Discover Auburn Lecture Series showcases the work of Auburn’s faculty and staff. Past lectures in the series may be viewed at:

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POSTED: 3:27 PM, September 3, 2019
Start Date: 20190905
Start Time: 3 p.m.

Auburn University Libraries’ next Discover Auburn Lecture Series will host Dr. Dennis Bodewits in a lecture entitled "From the Microscope to the Hubble Space Telescope: Laboratory Astrophysics at Auburn University." The program will be held on September 5 at 3 p.m. in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium on the 1st floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

In December 2018, Dr. Bodewits, an associate professor of astrophysics at the College of Science and Mathmatics, and his research collaboration team were the recipients of an award to use the Hubble Space Telescope for two days and six hours (36 orbits) to study the chemical composition of Comet 46P/Wirtanen and atomic and molecular reactions near its nucleus.

The program is open to the public and a reception will follow the lecture. Past lectures in the series may be viewed at:

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POSTED: 7:55 AM, August 19, 2019

Auburn University Libraries will be offering two workshop series for students, faculty and staff during the first half of fall semester of 2019. Additional workshops will be scheduled after the fall break.

In the Level Up: Improve Your Research Skills series, Auburn University Libraries’ faculty will lead workshops which include citation management software, data management, strategic searching, and LaTeX.

The Adobe Creative Cloud workshop series, led by staff from the Libraries’ Media and Digital Resource Lab, includes Getting Started with Adobe Creative Cloud, Poster Design 101, Free Online Multimedia Creation Tools, Adobe Photoshop for Beginners, and more.

Class size is limited. Register through the AU Libraries website at:



Level Up: Improve Your Research Skills



EndNote is an online tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references.

Learn five ways to add citations to EndNote: (1) manually; (2) directly from a database; (3) two-step import from a database; (4) using EndNote to search a library catalog; and (5) via PDFs. Additional aspects covered in the workshop include how to handle journal abbreviations, edit Output Styles, manage an EndNote Library, and use EndNote with Microsoft Word to create bibliographies.

Time: 90 minutes

Monday, August 26, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 11, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 26, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 9, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Zotero 101

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use, online tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Learn how to register for a Zotero account, import and organize citations, create a formatted bibliography, and use Zotero with the Microsoft Word plugin. Sharing citations through the Group Libraries feature will also be discussed.

Time: 60 minutes

Monday, August 26, 4 p.m.  – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 26, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.



Introduction to Data Management

Learn some best practices for organizing your data and files.  The workshop will explore basic issues in data management, including data organization and formatting. More specialized, subject-specific topics are addressed based on the participants' research areas.

Time: 60 minutes

Tuesday, August 27, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Monday, September 9, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday, September 17, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Monday, September 23, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday, September 30, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 1, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Monday, October 7, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Making the Most of Your ORCID ID

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is part of a global effort to ensure researchers are correctly connected to their scholarly output. ORCID IDs are increasingly requested or required elements of publishing, funding, and university reporting workflows. This hand-on workshop will help you understand the benefits of ORCID, create an ORCID iD (if you don't already have one), and use ORCID’s convenient features to populate your profile and maximize its impact.

Time: 60 minutes

Wednesday, September 25, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Open Access & AU's Digital Repository

AUrora is AU’s institutional repository for faculty, students and staff to self-archive their research. Self-archiving is a way to make your work open access, reach a broader audience and ensure long-term preservation of your work. In this workshop, you will learn about the best practices for self-archiving, your rights as an author, and the benefits of open access to you and the research community.

Related LibGuide: Scholarly Communication and Open Access by Jaena Alabi

Time: 60 minutes

Tuesday, October 1, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Managing Your Scholarly Identity

Creating an online scholarly identity (SI) can increase the visibility of your research and publications, enhance networking opportunities, and help potential collaborators find you. Consciously curating and monitoring your online image helps you take control of what people see when they search for you online. This interactive workshop will introduce you to some of the most popular SI platforms and tools and help you get started on your own online scholarly profile.

Time: 60 minutes

Wednesday, October 2, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Introduction to LaTeX

LaTeX is a document preparation system used for the production of scientific and technical publications.  Examples of the types of documents that you can create with LaTeX include articles, presentations, lab reports, and other homework assignments. Learn some of the basic functions of LaTeX in order to create technical and scientific documents using mathematical expressions.  In this workshop, you will learn to set up a basic document in LaTeX and learn basic commands for equations and mathematical expressions.

Time: 60 minutes

Wednesday, August 28, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Strategic Searching

Do you have a go-to search engine or database that you use almost exclusively when searching for literature in your field? Are you hesitant to stray too far from the familiar, but suspect you could be searching more effectively? This workshop will review common research scenarios to help you strategize the best places to find the resources that you need depending on the purpose of your search and your stage of research. Library databases and Google Scholar will be discussed.

Time: 60 minutes

Wednesday, August 28, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 19, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Monday, September 30, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.



Adobe Creative Cloud Workshops by AU Libraries’ Media and Digital Resource Lab

To help users learn how to use the creative applications of the Adobe Creative Cloud currently offered to students for free by the University, the Auburn University Libraries’ Media and Digital Resource Lab (MDRL) is offering instructional workshops open to all Auburn students, faculty, and staff. Learn to use creative apps to enhance classroom assignments, present research, and design and publish both print and online content.

Workshops will take place in the RBD Library, 3rd floor lab. Register at

MDRL Workshops are also available via Zoom (please still register):

For additional information on MDRL Workshops, contact: Chelsy Hooper


Getting Started with Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Spark

Students, sign up for your free Adobe ID Faculty and staff, learn to leverage Adobe Creative Cloud in your courses and work. Explore Adobe Spark, an app that allows everyone to create beautiful web stories, slideshows, and video. Access Adobe’s free resources that will empower you to use more powerful apps such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro. Bring your own laptop or use our lab PC’s; additional mobile device recommended.

Time: 60 minutes

Wednesday, August. 28: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m
Tuesday, September 10: 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.


Creating Graphics: Adobe Photoshop for Beginners

Learn the basics of Photoshop and develop photo editing skills to enhance your class assignments and projects, including combining graphics with layered text and images for collages, adjusting photo colors, and adding effects. Adobe ID preferred Bring your own laptop with Photoshop installed or use our Shared Lab licensed computers.

Time: 60 minutes

Tuesday, September 3, 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.

Wednesday, September 25, 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.


Digital Video: Adobe Premiere Rush

Need a quick way to create slick video, on the fly? Explore Adobe Premiere Rush for video creation and editing. Adobe ID preferred Bring your own laptop with Rush installed or use our Shared Lab licensed lab computers. Additional mobile device recommended. Discover Adobe’s free resources that will empower you to use more powerful video apps such as Premiere Pro.

Time: 60 minutes

Wednesday, September 4, 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.


Poster Design

Need to design a poster for a class assignment, research presentation, or a conference presentation? Begin with the drag and drop features of PowerPoint to design and print a poster; basic design tips included. Explore ways to get started with more advanced poster design using Adobe InDesign and interactive apps.

Time: 60 minutes

Monday, September 9, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Designing Documents: Adobe InDesign for Beginners

Learn the basics of InDesign, including how to create brochures, flyers, and custom documents and how to place images and add text. Adobe ID preferred Bring your own laptop with InDesign installed or use our Shared Lab licensed lab computers.

Time: 60 minutes

Monday, September. 16: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Poster Design Open Session

Join your peers in sharing your poster topic, planning, design, and presentation. Work on any aspect of your poster in this group setting and receive feedback from peers and facilitators on your planning, design, and / or your presentation of your poster.

Time: 90 minutes

Thursday, September 26, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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POSTED: 10:58 AM, August 12, 2019

Auburn University Libraries has launched the next step in powerful research tools with the addition of Discovery. The Discovery interface is located centrally on the AU Libraries’ web page and reduces the need to make several individual searches, as searches in Discovery produce results from many of the resources that previously required dedicated searches to obtain.

Additional advantages for users over the former catalog search tool include: quicker access to more information resources (including article databases), integrated research starters to jump-start research, richer facets for making searches more focused, and an integral search history feature enabling users to save and retrieve searches via their EBSCOhost accounts.

For additional help in using the Discovery search tool contact a subject librarian, visit the RBD Library Help Desk on 2nd Floor, or use the “Chat Online Now” link on the main AU Libraries page. Help is also available by phone at (334) 844-1737.

Please direct feedback and problems regarding Discovery to Users may also use the Feedback form:

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POSTED: 8:19 AM, August 2, 2019

Due to an Interlibrary Loan server and system upgrade designed to improve service to library patrons, the ILLiad request forms will be down Aug. 5 until the work is complete, which may be through Aug. 9.

ILLiad users may submit requests before this scheduled shutdown in order to avoid delays in receiving materials. Normal processing of requests will resume as soon as the systems work is complete.

For questions, contact 334-844-1728 or

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POSTED: 4:26 PM, April 23, 2019

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Department has opened a new exhibit honoring native Alabama author and educator Dr. Wade Hall. In 2018 Dr. Hall’s estate donated more than 1,600 20th century paperback books to Auburn University. These books represent excellent examples of paperback novel production and illustration during the modernist and postmodernist era.

“We are very grateful to the family of Dr. Hall for entrusting the care of this excellent collection of 20th Century paperbacks to us,” said Greg Schmidt, special collections librarian at Auburn University Libraries. “What they tell us about the dreams, morals and mores of the period they come from is an illuminating window into the time.”

A native of Alabama, Hall is the author of “Conecuh People: Words of Life from the Alabama Black Belt,” an oral history of his home community. The book was made into a successful play that is still presented regularly in Union Springs. The first of his family to graduate high school, Hall earned a BS from Troy State Teachers College, an MA from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Hall spent most of his career in Kentucky. In 1962, he became the head of the Kentucky Southern College English department, and in 1969, he moved to Bellarmine College where he taught for 30 years and chaired the English and Humanities programs. While there, he edited the Kentucky Poetry Review and was the host of a long-running interview show, “Wade Hall’s Kentucky Desk.”  Throughout his life, Dr. Hall was a passionate collector of books and Southern Americana. In 2006, Hall and his partner, Gregg Swem, returned to Union Springs. Wade Hall passed away in 2015. Hall wanted his collections to be shared, and he eventually donated significant collections to the universities of Alabama and Kentucky and to art museums in Birmingham, Mobile, and Columbus (Ga.).

In honor of Wade Hall, Special Collections is displaying a small number of his collected novels. The exhibit will includes works dating from 1912 until the late 1950s to illustrate production and illustration during the modernist and postmodernist era. In addition to Wade Hall’s collection, Betty Ballantine, co-founder of Bantam and Ballantine Books, will be highlighted in memory of the legacy she and her husband built with paperback novels. Bantam and Ballantine Books represent a significant proportion of works in the Wade Hall paperback collection.

The Wade Hall 20th Century Paperbacks exhibit is open during all Special Collections and Archives hours of business and is located on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. The exhibit will run through the end of 2019. For a full list of Special Collections and Archives hours, visit

Auburn University Libraries serves the more than 30,000 students and faculty of Auburn with a collection in excess of 3.6 million volumes. The Special Collections and Archives Department collects, preserves, and houses rare and unique items relating to the histories of Auburn University, the state of Alabama, the southeastern region, the Civil War, Native Americans and aviation. The Auburn University Digital Library develops accessible digital collections of materials that support the teaching and research of Auburn faculty and students, and that, in turn, further the mission of Auburn University.  These collections are made available to researchers, educators and students in the state, nation and the world.

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