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April 28, 2011

Up All Night

Ralph Brown Draughon Library

May 2 - 5

SGA (Student Government Association) Study Break:  free doughnuts, juice, and exam scantrons, 1 - 2 a.m., Monday - Thursday.  Location:  Newspaper Reading Room, First Floor.

Stress Management:  May 3, 1 - 5 p.m. next to the Caribou Coffee cafe (Second Floor):  wellness-promoting activities and stress management tips.

Sponsored by:  Earthfare, Caribou Coffee, Kroger, Southern Union Community College, and Auburn University Health Promotion and Wellness Services.

Get a JOLT at Caribou Coffee:  extended hours, 7 a.m. - 3 a.m.

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April 28, 2011

Currently on display in the Special Collections and Archives Department, is an exhibit featuring rare naturalist illustrations and publications.  Located in the three tall glass display cases immediately upon one's left are the following:

1)  Color illustrations of insects made by British naturalist Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888) who arrived in Alabama in 1838 and spent time in the Mt. Pleasant area near Mobile.  The exhibit also features Gosse's Letters from Alabama published in London by Morgan and Chase in 1859.

2)  Color illustrations of birds by John James Audubon (1785-1851).  The exhibit also features Audubon's The Birds of America from the Drawings Made in the United States and their Territories, Third Edition, published in New York by V.G. Audubon in 1859.  Gift of the Eugene B. Sledge Family.

3)  Several issues featuring color illustrations of plants and flowers in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, the oldest continuously published journal of color illustrations in the world which was established in 1787.  The Auburn University Libraries hold a complete run of this journal covering the period 1787-1983. 

The Special Collections and Archives Department is located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

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April 13, 2011

Discover Auburn Lecture Series

Book Talk:  William Bartram: The Search for Nature's Design

Thomas Hallock (University of South Florida), co-editor with Nancy Hoffman, will discuss this book.  It contains letters, essays, and artwork by 18th.-Century natural historian, William Bartram, who explored much of  the Southeastern United States including Alabama.

Date and Time:  Monday, April 25 at 3 p.m.

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

Copies of William Bartram:  The Search for Nature's Design, will be available for sale and signature by Dr. Hallock.

Sponsored by:  Auburn University Libraries, University Bookstore, and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts.  All are welcome to attend the lecture and the reception that will follow.

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April 8, 2011


 AUBURN, Ala. – The Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries will host an exhibit of messages and other artifacts left at the Toomer’s Corner Oaks in the days following the announcement in early February that the trees had been poisoned. The exhibit will open to the public at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library on Tuesday, April 12 and will remain open through the A-Day weekend of April 16 and 17 during regular library hours.

 “We know there were many Auburn fans around the state and even the nation who wished they could have been here with their well wishes for the trees when the initial shock of the poisoning news hit,” said Greg Schmidt, special collections librarian at Auburn University Libraries. “As we expect many out-of-town fans to show up for A-Day activities, we wanted to give them a chance to at least experience the flavor of the reaction that members of the Auburn family had in the days following that sad news.”

The artifacts gathered at the trees and slated to be in the exhibit include many get-well wishes for the trees from small children and adults alike, and tributes from current and former students. These artifacts take all shapes from simple cards and signs to the victory-celebration corner’s signature item - rolls of toilet paper.

The exhibit will be on the first floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Library and exhibit hours during A-Day activities are Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and reopening Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. and remaining open on the library’s regular 24/5 schedule.

(Contributed by W. Jayson Hill)

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April 8, 2011


AUBURN, Ala. - Glenn Anderson, associate dean for collection development (Emeritus) at Auburn University Libraries, has been awarded the 2011 Sue O. Medina Award for Significant Contribution from the Alabama Association of College and Research Libraries (AACRL). The annual award honors library and information professionals and graduate students who work or reside in Alabama and have made a significant contribution in the area of college and research libraries on the local, state, regional, national or international level.

Anderson was selected to receive the award for his 32 years of service at Auburn University Libraries, and most particularly his last 12 years as assistant dean for collection development.

“Glenn Anderson’s contributions to the libraries of Alabama go far beyond the long and stellar job he has done for Auburn University,” said Rickey Best, board member and past president of AACRL. “His experience and ability to build consensus among diverse groups has resulted in all research libraries in Alabama getting better deals on their electronic database subscriptions, allowing member libraries to better serve their patrons.”

Anderson’s award will be officially presented at the AACRL yearly meeting on April 20 in Orange Beach, Ala.

“We’re very proud that Glenn Anderson has won this very prestigious award,” said Bonnie MacEwan, dean of Auburn University Libraries. “We’ve always known Alabama libraries were better off for Glenn’s work, but it is terrific to see his numerous accomplishments recognized with this award from AACRL.”

Anderson is the third member of Auburn University Libraries’ staff to have won the Sue O. Medina Award. Aaron Trehub, assistant dean for technology and technical services, won the award in 2010 and Marcia Boosinger, associate dean for public services, won the award in 2004.

(Contributed by W. Jayson Hill)

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March 24, 2011


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

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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