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March 2, 2021

Each year, Auburn University holds Tiger Giving Day, a one-day event when donors are asked to fund special projects by various units of the university. This year, Auburn University Libraries sought funding from donors to save more than 200 U-matic format video tapes from the 1970s, ’80s and ‘90s that have been unviewable for more than two decades. Through the generosity of donors, the funds needed to make these videos available online in a digital format were raised.

“We are so grateful to the Tiger Giving Day donors for giving us the opportunity to preserve so many of these U-matic analog video tapes,” said Greg Schmidt, head of special collections and archives at Auburn University Libraries. “Old analog media does have a self-life and the technology to read them is beginning to disappear. When the physical media degrades or the last machine that can read them breaks beyond repair, the contents will be lost to history. We have to act now to ensure that does not happen.”

AU Libraries’ special collections and archives has been hard at work for more than a decade to find ways to transfer legacy analog and digital media to modern formats. This effort creates files that can be stored in a variety of ways to give future researchers access to the history they hold. The department has acquired several pieces of equipment to aid in this effort, such as reel-to-reel, cassette, and even Digital Compact Cassette audio tape players to digitize legacy audio recordings. But some formats, such as the U-matic video tapes, cannot be processed in-house.

“U-matic tapes are a different animal when it comes to digitizing their content,” said Schmidt. “U-matic was a professional grade analog video tape that was mainly used to produce television content. There were never that many of the players and those that remain in use require professional servicing and maintenance. We will be sending our tapes to one of the professional video transfer companies to ensure we have the greatest chance of getting as much as possible from the tapes we hold.”

During 2021 Tiger Giving Day, 198 donors gave $12,168 (well above the $10,000 goal) for the project.

“We like to think that most people don’t want to lose the memories these tapes contain to time and advancing technology,” said Schmidt. “This is not the first time that the Auburn Family of givers has helped us save legacy media in our collection. I’m sure it won’t be the last.”

Digital content of the Auburn University Libraries may be found at and

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January 28, 2021

The Special Collections and Archives of Auburn University Libraries is continuing its efforts to document the efforts of Auburn University and its students, faculty, and staff in adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic archive already contains many items from official Auburn sources. What the collection lacks is more personal items. Especially items from students.

“We’ve been very successful at capturing the items about the pandemic from sources like the president and provost’s offices, and the posters and signage produced by the university,” said Tommy Brown, archivist and associate professor at AU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives. “What we lack is the more personal aspect of the pandemic. Like a face mask that was worn for a special occasion. A t-shirt for an event during the pandemic. Photographs of students in their masks or perhaps participating in a Zoom class. All of these are items that seem mundane now, but one day will be the things that give historians the complete picture of the pandemic at Auburn University.”

Students and other members of the Auburn Family are asked to donate physical items of all kinds, including: photographs, diaries, posters, students assignments, t-shirts, ephemera of any kind.  Basically, anything connected with the pandemic.

Digital files are also welcome: photos, word docs, diaries, syllabi, assignments, video/audio files.  Most paper items can be scanned or photographed and converted into PDFs.  People can fill out the online information and upload their files as many times as they want.

Questions about donating items may be addressed to Tommy Brown,, (334) 844-1733.

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January 28, 2021

Beginning the week of February 1, the Adobe Creative Space in the AU Libraries’ Innovation & Research Commons (I&RC) is offering an Adobe help desk and Zoom room staffed with student employees to assist users in learning skills to complete academic projects using Adobe Creative Cloud applications. 

The Adobe Creative Space area of the I&RC is an open-access learning space for Auburn students, faculty, and staff dedicated to providing Auburn students with digital creation skills and technology. This area, as well as supporting online resources, serves to promote and strengthen the digital literacy of our students. Offered support helps facilitate student success both in their coursework and continued use in their careers. 

Find the Adobe Student Consultants’ schedule, areas of specialty, help desk location, policies, and Adobe Help Zoom room link on the I&RC Adobe Creative Space page at 

The I&RC also offers Adobe/multimedia workshops via Zoom; in-person, socially-distanced tours of the I&RC; and on-demand instructional content for students, faculty, and staff. Visit the I&RC Instructional Content page for workshop / tour schedules and registration, on-demand video recordings, and more at 

Contact: Chelsy Hooper,  

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January 25, 2021
Start Date: 20210206

Auburn University Libraries will be offering its spring edition of the Savvy Researcher Boot Camp on Saturday, February 6, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The daylong event is designed for graduate students who want to take their research skills to a higher level. Whether students are interested in learning how to find scholarly sources, write a literature review, manage citations, or design a poster presentation, the Savvy Researcher workshops will help them become better, and more effective, researchers.

The Savvy Researcher Boot Camp will take place online via Zoom. Students may pick and choose the sessions that interest them.

 Registration for the Boot Camp is now open. Spaces are limited.  For more information and to register, visit:

Workshops offered include:

  • Writing Literature Reviews (offered by staff from University Writing)
  • Finding Sources for Your Literature Review
  • Intro to Systematic Reviews
  • NEW: Research Consultation with the Engineering Librarian
  • Citation Managers (Zotero, EndNote, and Mendeley)
  • NEW: Intermediate Excel: Pivot Tables
  • NEW: Intro to R
  • NEW: Data Analysis with Python
  • LaTeX: Bibliographies and Images
  • Effective Poster Design
  • Publishing Your Work
  • NEW: Reveal Digital (primary source databases)

 A special lunch hour presentation will feature Auburn’s 2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT©) winners.

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January 8, 2021

To help us continue providing safe and clean learning spaces at the Ralph Brown Draughon (RBD) Library, and in consultation with various campus units, Auburn University Libraries will be making the following change to in-building food polices for spring 2021.

Effective January 11, 2021, food may only be eaten in the area directly adjacent to the Panera Bread on the second floor of the RBD Library. No food of any kind may be consumed in any other part of the RBD Library.

While in the area around Panera Bread, face coverings may be removed to consume food but otherwise must be worn. This will allow students to still be able have meals in the library, minimizing interruption to their studies, while making it easier to remain masked in the rest of the building.

In all other areas of the building, face coverings must be worn at all times. In all areas of the library, including the area around Panera, proper social distancing must be maintained at all times.

This policy change will be in effect until further notice.

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October 23, 2020
Start Date: 20201027

On Tuesday, October 27 at 1 p.m., Auburn University Libraries’ Discover Auburn Lecture Series will host Professor Tim Dodge for a lecture entitled “Hardrock Gunter: Country’s Missing Link to Rock ‘n’ Roll.” This lecture will be presented remotely and everyone is welcome to attend by joining via Zoom at


Before Elvis Presley, before Little Richard, and before Bill Haley and the Comets, Alabama’s own Hardrock Gunter had a hit record in the emerging style of popular music that soon became known as Rock ‘n’ Roll starting with his “Birmingham Bounce” in 1950.  For the next dozen years Gunter continued to record Country-flavored Rock ‘n’ Roll and kept up with the rapid evolution of the music.  Dr. Tim Dodge, History and Political Science Librarian, will explore Gunter’s musical contributions and seek to reclaim recognition of Hardrock Gunter as a pioneer in the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll music.


For those not able to attend live, the program will be recorded and available to view approximately one week after the live date at:

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October 2, 2020
Start Date: 20201005

Due to popular demand, Auburn University Libraries and the League of Women Voters of East Alabama will be hosting a third voter registration and information event on October 5 from noon to 8 p.m. in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Those wishing to register to vote or just wanting information on voting are welcome to stop by.

A help desk staffed by League of Women Voters volunteers will provide information about voter registration and voting by absentee ballot. Laptops will be available at the help desk so that individuals may register to vote online.  Printer/photocopier machines are located nearby so that visitors requesting an absentee ballot may print out their driver’s license or state-issued ID card.  Print mail-in voter registration and absentee ballot application forms will also be available.

The help desk will be located at the 1st floor parking deck entrance to RBD Library, adjacent to the circulation desk.  The help desk will be staffed between 12 and 8 p.m. Approved virus safety protocols will be observed.

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September 29, 2020
Start Date: 20201014

Auburn University Libraries will present a Digital Video 3: Adobe Premiere Pro workshop with Auburn’s Adobe student ambassador, Ramsey McAtee, on Oct. 14 at 3 - 4 p.m. The one-hour workshop via Zoom will help users create and edit video using Adobe’s professional video editing software. No prerequisite is needed. This workshop will introduce more advanced video editing techniques such as time remapping, position and scale keyframing and color correction.

An Adobe ID and use of a computer with Premiere Pro installed are required. This workshop is offered via Zoom and a link will be sent in an event reminder email. To register, click here. For questions, contact Chelsy Hooper at

Adobe student ambassadors are responsible for planning, promoting and hosting product training, spreading the word about Adobe on campus and online and developing relationships and partnerships with relevant student organizations. Ramsey is a senior at Auburn studying communications and marketing. As a special guest presenter, Ramsey will lead the workshop with Chelsy Hooper, instructional technology specialist, in the AU Libraries’ Innovation and Research Commons creativity workshop series.

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September 22, 2020
Start Date: 20200922

On Tuesday, Sep. 22 at 3 p.m., Auburn University Libraries’ Discover Auburn Lecture Series will host associate professor of History and Women’s Studies faculty affiliate Dr. Melissa Blair for a lecture entitled “New Faces and New Obstacles: Current Interpretations of the Fight for Women’s Suffrage.” This lecture will be presented remotely and anyone is welcome to attend by joining via Zoom at

Dr. Blair’s talk will focus on the role of women of color in the suffrage fight, why their contributions were ignored for so long, and how the 19th Amendment was the end of one fight but, for Black Southern women, the beginning of another.

For those not able to attend live, the program will be recorded and available to view approximately one week after the live date at:

This program is co-sponsored by Auburn University Libraries and the AU Women’s Studies Program.

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August 17, 2020

With the reopening of the Auburn University Libraries’ buildings, the justifications for keeping emergency temporary access to additional HathiTrust assets no longer apply and this access was deactivated on Friday, Aug. 14. Library patrons are now welcome to enter the library to select materials from the stacks or request delivery of materials through Campus Delivery services,

AU Libraries began its access to additional HathiTrust assets in early April 2020 when the Libraries’ buildings were closed. This allowed library patrons to have online access to almost 48 percent of  AUL’s collection.

After the deactivation, titles that previously appeared in HathiTrust as “Temporary Access” for logged-in users will now be displayed with the label “Limited (search only).” These are the items where copyright restrictions apply. Items in “Full View” are items available via the public domain or through Creative Commons licensing.

AUL became a member of the HathiTrust in 2015. HathiTrust is a large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries. It includes content digitized as part of the Google Books project and Internet Archive digitization initiatives, as well as content digitized locally by member libraries.

Please contact your liaison librarian if you have any questions on use of HathiTrust and other Libraries assets.

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