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March 24, 2011

AUBURN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES’ AARON TREHUB HELPS ORGANIZE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL PRESERVATION

AUBURN, Ala. – For Aaron Trehub, assistant dean for technology and technical services at Auburn University Libraries, the possibility that a catastrophe could wipe out large amounts of the world’s digital information is a familiar one. He has been thinking about the long-term preservation of digital content for half a decade. With Trehub’s leadership and some timely grant funding, Auburn University has emerged as a leader in the area of Distributed Digital Preservation (DDP). And in May of 2011, his work in this field will be rewarded when digital preservation experts from around the globe converge on Tallinn, Estonia for the “Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation” conference.

Working in the spirit of Auburn University President Jay Gogue’s strategic plan to take the university’s outreach efforts to an international audience and with the backing of the United States Library of Congress, the National Library of Estonia, and the Atlanta-based Educopia Institute, Trehub has put in two years of intense planning and coordinating to bring together leaders in the field of digital preservation to exchange ideas and information.

In 2006, Trehub worked with the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) to obtain a grant to establish the Alabama Digital Preservation Network (ADPNet), the first statewide DDP network in the USA. Auburn University was also one of the six founding members of the Atlanta-based MetaArchive Cooperative, the first multi-state DDP network.  Originally consisting of six southeastern institutions, today MetaArchive has grown to 19 institutions and consortia worldwide.

It was while working on the MetaArchive project that Trehub and Dr. Martin Halbert, formerly at Emory University and now the dean of libraries at the University of North Texas, began to discuss the need to promote international cooperation in digital preservation. It was during one of their brainstorming sessions that Trehub had the idea of holding an international conference in Estonia, a location convenient to all of Europe, accessible to the rest of the world, and with a very advanced information technology infrastructure. Both Trehub and Halbert had personal and professional contacts in Estonia, including Trehub’s longstanding acquaintance with the New Jersey-raised, Columbia University-educated president of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves.

President Ilves embraced the idea and forwarded it to the National Library of Estonia for further action. The Library of Congress joined in the effort and the Educopia Institute signed on to do the lion’s share of coordination for the event.

“Aaron's knowledge, expertise, and contacts – both in Estonia and throughout the international community – are an enormous asset in our planning and production of the ‘Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation’ forum,” said Dr. Katherine Skinner, executive director, Educopia Institute. “He has helped us to plan the program (including establishing the panel topics and selecting appropriate panel conveners), establish our venue and logistics and build sponsorship for the event. He is a core member of the program committee, without which, this event honestly would not be able to happen or at least would happen very differently.”

“We hope that this conference will do much to foster international cooperation for the preservation of our collective cultural memory,” said Trehub. “A best-case scenario would see information shared between experts from around the world, give us the opportunity to study promising technical and organizational approaches to digital preservation with an emphasis on interoperable systems, and foster economically sustainable collaborations among institutions and countries. If we can manage that, it will give us the basis to devise an action plan for building collaboration among interested national initiatives, with the ultimate goal being to form an international steering committee for digital preservation. I have great confidence we will accomplish our goals.”

For more information on the “Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation” conference, visit  http://www.educopia.org/events/ANADP/.

Auburn University Libraries serves the more than 24,000 students and faculty of Auburn with a collection in excess of 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 that, in turn, further the mission of Auburn University.  These collections are made available to educators and students in the state, nation and the world.

Auburn University has provided instruction, research and outreach to benefit the state and nation for more than 150 years, and is among a distinctive group of universities designated as Land, Sea, and Space Grant institutions. Auburn University makes a nearly $5 billion economic contribution to the state each year, has more than 250,000 graduates and provides 130 degree programs to more than 24,000 graduate and undergraduate students.

(Contributed by W. Jayson Hill)

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February 22, 2011

Discover Auburn Lecture

Auburn University's Statistical Profile

Drew Clark, Director, Institutional Research and Assessment, auburn University

Location:  Special Collections and Archives Department, Ground Floor, Ralph Brown Draughon Library

Time and Date:  Thursday, February 24 at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by:  Auburn University Libraries, and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities

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February 4, 2011

Discover Auburn Lecture Series

"My Digital Year, Or, From Book to Website"

Dr. Ruth Crocker, Alumni Professor of History, Auburn University, and author of Mrs. Russell Sage:  Women's Activism and Philanthropy in Gilded Age and Progressive Era America

Location: Special Collections and Archives Department, Ground Floor, Ralph Brown Draughon Library

Date and Time:  Thursday, February 10 at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by: Auburn University Libraries, The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, and the Auburn University Bookstore.

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February 4, 2011

The Auburn University Libraries homepage was recently redesigned to conform to the newly redesigned Auburn University homepage .  The Auburn University homepage was last redesigned in 2005.  Both new homepages were launched on Sunday, January 23.  The launch came after a two-year period of development initiated by the Auburn University Office of Communications and Marketing and the Office of Information Technology .

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February 3, 2011

This fun event takes place on Friday, February 11, 6 - 9 p.m. in the Learning Commons area (Second Floor) of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Student gamers can enjoy activities such as video games, board games, a dry erase board art competition, a photo scavenger hunt (bring your camera!), a football toss, a trivia contest, a Project Runway fashion contest, and more.  FREE snacks and drinks will be provided.

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January 21, 2011

Located in the three large glass display cases immediately upon one's left when entering the Special Collections and Archives Department (Ground Floor, Ralph Brown Draughon Library), are exhibits featuring rare illustrations and publications relating to nature in Alabama.

The first display case features vivid illustrations of Alabama insects depicted by British naturalist Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888) including a copy of his Letters from Alabama published in 1859.

The second display case features several large color plates  birds illustrated by John James Audubon (1785-1851) and includes a copy of the 1859 edition of his The Birds of America.

The third display case features color plates of various botanical illustrations including an 1804 volume of Curtis's Botanical Magazine.

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January 7, 2011

The Spring 2011 schedule for the Discover Auburn lecture series is listed below.

Thursday, January 20:  Diversity at Auburn University

Lecture by Overtoun Jenda, Associate Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Auburn University

Thursday, January 27:  Fighting the Devil in Dixie:  How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama

Book talk by Wayne Greenhaw

Thursday, February 10:  My Digital Year:  Or, From Book to Website

Lecture by Ruth Crocker, Alumni Professor of History, Auburn University

Thursday, February 24:  Auburn University's Statistical Profile

Lecture by Drew Clark, Director, Institutional Research and Assessment, Auburn University

Thursday, March 24:  Legal Issues in Higher Education

Lecture by Lee Armstrong, General Counsel, Auburn University

Monday, April 25:  What to Do with Letters?  William Bartram and the Art of Correspondence

Thomas Hallock, Associate Professor of English, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

All lectures will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

The Discover Auburn Series is sponsored by the Auburn University Libraries and Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.

For more information, please call (334) 844-4946 or visit http://www.auburn.edu/cah .

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December 17, 2010

During the Intersession Break, please do NOT attempt to enter the Ground Floor or the Fourth Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.  This is for your safety.  New carpet is being installed on these floors and there is a risk of injury if you enter these areas.

Items on these floors are still available but must be requested at the Circulation Desk, located on the First Floor by the Parking Deck entrance.

The Ralph Brown Draughon Library will resume normal operations on January 10, 2011.

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December 17, 2010

Since  July 20 the default online catalog of the Auburn University Libraries has been a catalog labelled "Catalog (beta)."  It is now simply labelled "the Catalog" and has been chosen as the default online catalog for patrons to use.  It is prominently located in the left central portion of the Auburn University Libraries homepage .

A radio button for the "Classic Catalog" continues to be available for those who wish to use the online catalog previously known as AUBIEcat.

Further change:  the "Classic Catalog" otherwise known as AUBIEcat is itself undergoing redevelopment.  To find out more about the pending redesign, click on the blue "Keyword Search" button located on the Auburn University Libraries homepage below the "Catalog" and "Classic Catalog" radio buttons.  This takes you to the Keyword Search screen in AUBIEcat (otherwise now known as the Classic Catalog).  Click on the bright yellow "AUBIEcat Redesign" link located in the upper right hand side of the screen.

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November 5, 2010

Discover Auburn Lecture

The Muslim - Christian Dialogue

Richard Penaskovic (Coordinator of Religious Studies, Auburn University)

Location:  Special Collections and Archives Department, Ground Floor, Ralph Brown Draughon Library

Date and Time:  Tuesday, November 16 at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by:  Auburn University Libraries

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