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June 23, 2011

A special exhibit of the books and papers of the late Kathryn Tucker Windham is on display through fall semester in the Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University's Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

The Selma native, who died June 12 at the age of 93, was the author of a variety of books on southern folklore and folk life, including a popular series of ghost stories. She was also well known as a storyteller, practicing her craft on National Public Radio and at a variety of festivals around the United States.

"Ms. Windham has been very generous to Auburn University over the years with her personal papers," said Dwayne Cox, head of Auburn University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives Department. "Now we want to honor her life by sharing with our patrons the things she shared with us.

The exhibit includes items that chronicle Windham's life, including a handwritten manuscript for one of her books; fan letters from school children; a 1991 resolution of the Alabama legislature honoring Windham; and a variety of photographs of Windham and certificates she had been awarded.

The exhibit is open during all regular Special Collections and Archives hours. For exact hours, go to

Auburn University Libraries serves the more than 24,000 students and faculty of Auburn with a collection of more than 3.2 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 further the mission of the university. These collections are made available to educators and students worldwide.

(Contributed by Jayson Hill.)

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June 9, 2011

Auburn University Facilities workers will begin work re-grouting and repairing the brick work outside the Mell Street Entrance of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.  Access may be limited to only two sets of doors at a time for short durations.  Other access should not be limited.

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June 9, 2011

The roof above the loading dock and the breezeway between the Parking Deck and Ralph Brown Draughon Library will be repaired over the next few weeks.   Foot traffic between the Parking Deck and the Library will not be interrupted but may be restricted somewhat for short periods of time.  The construction crew will have a spotter on the ground while work is going on above the breezeway walk.

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May 26, 2011
Criminal Justice Abstracts  covers international journals, books, reports, dissertations and unpublished papers on criminology and related disciplines. It contains indexes and summaries of international journal articles, books, and governmental and non-governmental reports on a wide range of topics in criminal justice.
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May 25, 2011

The glass elevator, located in the Atrium area of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, is out of order until further notice.  Elevator service is still available for the First through Fourth Floor via the two elevators located on the Mell Street side of the building.

Access to the Special Collections and Archives Department, located on the Ground Floor of the Library, is by stairs only.  If you are unable to use the stairs, please contact the Reference Desk (on the Second Floor) or the Circulation Desk (on the First Floor).

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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May 18, 2011


 AUBURN, Ala. – To mark the 400th anniversary of the first publication of the King James translation of the Bible, Auburn University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Department is hosting a special exhibit of some of the rare and historic Bibles that it holds in its collection. The exhibit is open to the public through November 30, 2011.

The exhibit covers the approximately 100 years of English Bible translations that led up to the publication of the first King James Bible in 1611. Bibles in the exhibit include a facsimile of the 1525 Tyndale translation along with original printings of King Henry VIII’s Great Bible, the Geneva Bible, the Bishop’s Bible, the Rheims New Testament, and finally a 1613 printing of the King James Bible.

The story of how each Bible came to be made and the historical events surrounding them are told in the exhibit prepared by Greg Schmidt of Special Collections and reference librarian Todd Shipman.  Also displayed are books and correspondence of Auburn Professor Emeritus Ward Sykes Allen, an eminent scholar in English Bible translations.

“Special Collections and Archives holds many rare and historic Bibles in its collection,” said Greg Schmidt, special collections librarian at Auburn University Libraries. “Of special note in this exhibit is ‘The Great Bible.’ This book is not only of historical interest as a 16th century Bible, it also is of great importance to the university as a gift from former Auburn University President Philpott in 1979 and as the one millionth volume collected by the library.”

The public is welcome to come to the Special Collections and Archives Department, located on the Ground Floor of Ralph Brown Draughon Library, to view the exhibit during regular semester hours: 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday; and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Please consult Auburn University Libraries’ website for non-semester hours.

(Contributed by W. Jayson Hill)

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May 13, 2011

The Auburn University Libraries will maintain Intersession hours through Wednesday, May 18.  Regular Summer Semester hours begin on Thursday, May 19.  Click on the Library Hours link located in the upper right side of the Auburn University Libraries homepage to check on library hours of operation.

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May 13, 2011

The Caribou Coffee Cafe, located near the Mell Street entrance on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, will maintain the following schedule for a)  the remaining days of Intersession and b) the Summer Semester:

Intersession (May 13-18):

Friday, May 13:  7:20 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 14 - Sunday, May 15:  CLOSED

Monday, May 16:  7:20 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17:  7:20 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18:  7:20 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Summer Semester (Starting May 19):

Monday - Thursday:  7:20 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday:  7:20 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday:  5 - 10 p.m.

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May 13, 2011

The Head of Auburn University Libraries' Circulation Department, Anthony "J.P." Pendleton, has been elected Vice President of the American Library Association's Library Support Staff Interests Round Table, which represents libraries nationwide.

The three-year term will include a year as Vice President, one as President, and one as Past President.  The LSSIRT provides an arena within the American Library Association for addressing a wide variety of issues of concern to library support staff, including basic training programs, education, career development, job duties and responsibilities, and other related issues for the purpose of fostering communication and networking among all levels of library personnel.

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May 13, 2011

A renovation project on the Atrium located in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library has begun and is expected to take most of the Summer.  Work crews will perform preventive maintenance, paint, remove neon lights, and install acoustic panels on both sides of the Atrium.

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