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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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November 1, 2010

November 1, 2010

W. Jayson Hill, (334) 844-7439 (wjh0008@auburn.edu)

 Greg Schmidt of Auburn Libraries Wins Gracy Award

 AUBURN, Ala. - Greg Scmidt, special collections librarian at Auburn University Libraries, has been selected to receive the Gracy Award from the Society of Georgia Archivists for his article, “Functional Analysis in the Reappraisal of Faculty Papers” that appeared in the 2009 issue of the society’s publication, Provenance.

Schmidt’s article, written in collaboration with Michael Law, a graduate student in history, lays out a case study for arranging faculty papers by university function, a methodology that has been advocated in the academic archiving community for institutional records.

Schmidt’s case study used the papers of Dr. Malcolm McMillian, professor of history at Auburn University from 1948 – 1978. This collection was donated to the Auburn libraries in 1990, but had not yet been fully arranged for researchers. Schmidt undertook to rearrange the collection, dividing McMillian’s papers into such functional areas as research, administration, teaching and outreach. He then had the collection entered into a new electronic finding aid to make it more accessible to researchers.

 The Gracy award is named for David B. Gracy II, founder and first editor of the Georgia Archive, and is awarded by the Provenance editorial board to the one superior contribution submitted to their annual publication.

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October 22, 2010

Discover Auburn Lecture

Photographs of Afghanistan and the Pakistan Frontier before the Fighting

Photographs taken by Cornelia Martin

Location:  Library Auditorium, First Floor, Ralph Brown Draughon Library

Date and Time:  Thursday, November 4 at 3 p.m.

Sponsored by:  Auburn University Libraries

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September 24, 2010

Discover Auburn Lecture

The Encyclopedia of Alabama

Dr. Jeff Jakeman

Date and Time:  Thursday, October 14 at 3 p.m.

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

Sponsored by:  Auburn University Libraries

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September 22, 2010

AUBURN, AL - To further Auburn University’s commitment to outreach and cooperation with other institutions of higher learning in Alabama, Auburn University Libraries Systems Department has reached a milestone in a year-long project with Tuskegee University aimed at bringing the historical materials in Tuskegee’s archives to a wider audience by making them available online.

This cooperative effort began in the summer of 2009, when the new head of Tuskegee University Archives, Dana Chandler, realized the wealth of historical materials his department was holding and began generating ideas for making them available to researchers worldwide. Putting many of the materials online was the obvious choice, but his department lacked hands-on experience with his preferred software solution: DSpace, an open-source digital content-management package developed at MIT and widely used for digital repositories.

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September 10, 2010

Groundbreaking for the Ralph Brown Draughon Library took place in 1960, consequently, we are celebrating the library's fiftieth anniversary.

The first public display has just been installed by the Mell Street entrance (Second Floor).  It features three tall panel displays featuring photographs and background information about the need for a new library in 1960.

More information will follow this Fall.

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