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March 24, 2011

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES DEPARTMENT OF AUBURN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES ESTABLISHES NEW COLLECTION OF ARTIFACTS LEFT AT TOOMER’S CORNER OAKS

 AUBURN, Ala. – In the days following the Feb. 16 announcement that the 130-year-old oaks of Toomer’s Corner had been poisoned and were unlikely to survive, the entire Auburn family engaged in a spontaneous outpouring of grief, well wishes for the health of the trees, and an affirmation that this senseless crime would not break the Auburn spirit.

In the wake of that outpouring of emotion, many personal articles, signs and other artifacts were left at the historic trees. As efforts began in earnest to do everything possible to save the trees that have been the site of so many Auburn celebrations, these artifacts were removed from the trees and gathered in a new collection established to preserve this trying chapter in Auburn University history.

Auburn University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Department has undertaken to preserve this new collection - some of which falls well outside the norm for the average archival artifact.

“I’m not sure anyone has ever tried to archivally preserve a roll of toilet paper with writing on it,” said Greg Schmidt, special collections librarian at Auburn University Libraries. “Toilet paper is meant to break down and is a very delicate medium for the written word. We have many such rolls collected from the Toomer’s Corner oaks, and ensuring they last in our archives is going to be a challenge.”

Artifacts gathered at the trees range from get-well wishes for the trees from small children to touching tributes from current and former students.

The public will have an opportunity to view many of these newest pieces of Auburn history at a special exhibit that will be housed in Ralph Brown Draughon Library during A-Day activities on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Details about the exhibition will be announced in early April.

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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March 10, 2011

Congressional Record

Now available in full-text electronic format, this is a digitized version of the bound edition of the Congressional Record (1873-1997) and its predecessor publications, the Annals of Congress (1789-1824), the Register of Debates of Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873).  The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings, debates, and activities of Congress.  Although the Record contains a substantially verbatim account of the proceedings and debates, it also contains extensive inserted materials, communications from the president and executive agencies, memorials, and petitions.

The Congressional Record is available as part of the Auburn University Libraries' subscription to the Lexis Nexis Congressional database.

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March 10, 2011

ICPSR (Inter University Consortium for Political and Social Research) holds several datasets that can shed light on recent events in Egypt.  They include:  Youth, Emotional Energy, and Political Violence:  The Cases of Egypt and Saudi Arabia Survey, 2005 .  This dataset explores the values, opinions and sociopolitical and cultural attitudes of youth in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.  Specific topics include religion, marriage, political systems, employment, freedom, and economic development.

Voice of the People, 2005 is an annual survey that was conducted in 67 countries, including Egypt, and it asked respondents about their countries' system of government, whether democracy is the best system, and additional topics such as income inequality and crime.

Other Egypt-related datasets address issues related to aging, crime, international aid, and other social and economic indicators.

These datasets are part of the ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) .  Auburn University students, faculty, and staff only may create an account that will allow access to the membership-only data.

Please contact Barbara Bishop at bishoba@auburn.edu or (334) 844-1690 if you need more information concerning ICPSR .

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February 18, 2011

The Integrated Fertility Survey Series (IFSS) project at ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is pleased to announce the release of its second harmonized dataset, which updates the first release and adds variables related to union history, cohabitation and husband/partner sociodemographics.  The dataset combines information from 10 surveys and over 71,000 respondents spanning 1955 to 2002 into harmonized variables for easy analysis.

The harmonized data are available for download on the "Data and Documentation" page, and can be explored and extracted from the Harmonized Data Extracts page.  Online analysis via SDA (Survey Documentation and Analysis) is coming soon.

Please note that all IFSS data releases are "beta" versions provided for users to begin using the data before the final version is released in Spring 2012.  As such, they are subject to change and may contain small inconsistencies.  If you notice any problems with the data, please contact the IFSS team at IFSSGroup@umich.edu so that we may fix them.

This document is part of the ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)Auburn University students, faculty, and staff only may create an account that will allow access to the membership-only data.

Please contact Barbara Bishop at bishoba@auburn.edu or (334) 844-1690 if you need more information concerning ICPSR .

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February 18, 2011

Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens:  A Handbook for Gardeners, Homeowners, and Professionals

By Gil Nelson and published by the University Press of Florida in 2010, this volume is located on the Fourth Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number SB 439.24 .S66 N45 2010.

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February 4, 2011

Most recently known as Lexis Nexis Statistical Insight, this database has undergone several name changes.  However, despite the new name and redesigned search screen, the information provided remains the same.  ProQuest Statistical Insight provides abstracts and indexes of statistical information from over 100,000 U.S. government publications from 1973 onward, state and private sources from 1980 onward, and approximately 2000 documents from international organizations from 1983 onward.  ProQuest Statistical Insight incorporates ASI (American Statistical Index) subject and keyword searching.  Full-text or web links are provided for many citations retrieved.

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February 4, 2011

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) has released the NCAA Division I and II Graduation Success Rate, 1995-2002 dataset.

The release is the second from ICPSR's NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive established in 2010 to make data available to the public that has been collected by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  The NCAA's goal in providing the data is to help answer research questions posed by college presidents, athletics personnel, faculty, student-athlete groups, the media, and others in the higher education community.

The newly released dataset contains measurements of federally defined graduation rates; Division I Graduation Success Rates (GSR) for student-athletes who transfer in to a given institution, discounting those who separate from that institution  who would have been academically ineligible if they had returned; and Division II Academic Success Rates (ASR), which is identical to GSR except that it also includes freshmen who did not receive athletic aid but participated in athletics.

The federal and NCAA measures of academic success for student-athletes are presented side-by-side with similar data for the student body as a whole to aid in analytic comparisons within and across each population.  The first dataset released by the NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive was the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2009.

This document is part of the ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) .  Auburn University students, faculty, and staff only may create an account that will allow access to the membership-only data .

Please contact Barbara Bishop at bishoba@auburn.edu or (334) 844-1690 if you need more information regarding ICPSR .

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January 21, 2011

Edited by Susan T. Fiske and others, this is the Fifth Edition.  This two-volume work, published by Wiley in 2010, is located in the Reference Collection on the Second Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library under call number HM 1011 .H37 2010.

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January 21, 2011

NAHDAP Disseminating Restricted-Use Data on Acquisition and Transmission of HIV

NAHDAP, the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program , is pleased to announce the release of its first restricted-use databaset on HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), The Sexual Acquisition and Transmission of HIV Cooperative Agreement Program (SATHCAP), 2006-2008 (click here ).

   SATHCAP is a multisite study designed to assess the role of drug use in the sexual transmission of HIV from high-risk groups, such as gay men and drug users, to lower-risk groups, such as non-drug-using sexual partners.

The dataset is the second restricted-use release by NAHDAP, which archives and disseminates data from research funded by the national Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

To access the data, users must first set up a "My Data" account and then fill out a Restricted Use Contract Data application .  Please contact Sabrina Bauroth at savripas@umich.edu or (734) 615-7827 if you have any questions about the SATHCAP Restricted Use Contract application

This document is part of the ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) .  Auburn University students, faculty, and staff only may create an account that will allow access to the membership-only data.

Please contact Barbara Bishop at bishoba@auburn.edu or (334) 844-1690 if you need more information regarding ICPSR .

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January 7, 2011

American Mosaic Project, 2003

The survey is from the American Mosaic Project, a multipyear, multimethod study of the bases of solidarity and diversity in American life.  The survey contains items measuring the place of diversity in visions of American society and in respondents' own lives; social and cultural boundaries between groups and dimensions of inclusion and exclusion; racial and religious identity; belonging and discrimination; opinions about sources of advancement for Whites and African Americans; opinions and immigration and assimilation; diversity in respondents' close-tie network; political identity and demographic information.  The survey also includes oversamples of African American and Hispanic respondents, allowing for comparisons across racial/ethnic categories.  Demographic variables include race, age. gender, religion, level of education, United States citizenship status, partisan affiliation, and family income.

This document is part of the ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research).  Auburn University students, faculty, and staff only may create an account that will allow access to the membership-only data by clicking here .

Please contact Barbara Bishop at bishoba@auburn.edu or (334) 844-1690 if you need more information regarding ICPSR .

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