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April 28, 2022
Start Date: 20220428

Auburn University Libraries’ Discover Auburn Lecture Series concludes its spring semester programs on Thursday, April 28 at 3 p.m. with a book talk featuring Paula Webb, librarian at the University of South Alabama, speaking on her book “Such a Woman: The Life of Madame Octavia Walton LeVert.”

LeVert was the granddaughter of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the daughter of the first Secretary for Florida, and the first woman to represent the United States outside the country. Her literary salon in Mobile, Alabama, and the publication of her only book, “Souvenirs of Travel”, resulted in international fame until her Union sympathies during the Civil War ended it all. 

Webb’s Discover Auburn program will be available as both an in-person program in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library and as a Zoom presentation at

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April 28, 2022

The Auburn University Libraries will be offering extended hours and stress reducing activities during the finals period of April 29 to May 6.

Extended hours start on Friday, April 29, when Ralph Brown Draughon (RBD) Library will be open until midnight. Saturday, April 30, RBD will be open from 9 a.m. to midnight. On Sunday, May 1, RBD will open at 11 a.m. and will remain open continuously until 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6.

Security escorts to the parking deck and the quad dorms for those studying late will be offered every night through the morning of May 6.

The circulation desk at RBD offers a wide variety of items to help in studying and items to borrow for anyone that may have forgotten something. Check with them when in need.

AU Libraries will be offering many stress reduction activities to take a moment from studies, get your head in a better place, and continue your study efforts with renewed energy. Activities scheduled:

Yoga and Chill 

Tuesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 5. Room 2009, opposite 2nd Floor RBD Helpdesk. For those inclined towards yoga, balls and mats will be provided, but bring your own towel. Sponsored by AU Libraries. 

Up All Night with the SGA 

Sunday - Friday, midnight, Help Desk, 2nd floor. Stop by for free doughnuts and juice. Sponsored by the SGA. 

Oculus Quest VR Demo and Jigsaw Puzzles

Sunday - Thursday, 1st Floor RBD Library. Stop by the Innovation and Research Commons (I&RC) from noon to 2 p.m. to take part in a peaceful virtual reality experience with one of our Oculus Quest headsets. If VR isn’t for you, one of our jigsaw puzzles might be just what your busy brain needs to slow down and focus.

Coloring & Chill

Sunday - Friday, Gibbs Lab, 2nd floor RBD Library and the Library of Architecture, Design and Construction Treat your over-worked brain to some creative art activities to regain the focus on studying. Sponsored by AU Libraries. 

Quiet Meditation Room 

Available all library open times.  Room 4006, 4th floor. Slow down. Unplug, unwind and reconnect with your inner peace and calm before you go back to the study grind.  

Wellness & Self-Care During Finals 

May 3, noon to 4 p.m. Stop by the Newspaper Reading Room, RBD 1st floor.  Staff from the Student Counseling & Psychological Services in collaboration with Health Promotion and Wellness Services will host wellness-promoting activities and help with stress management. 

Games & Puzzles

Sunday - Friday, Newspaper Reading Room, 1st floor of RBD.  Take a break from studying to play a quick game or two. We will have classic favorites like Sorry!, Uno, and SkipBo, along with “new classics” like Exploding Kittens and Sushi GO.  Play a little to re-sharpen your thinking then get back to your studies. Sponsored by AU Libraries. 

Recharging Stations 

Stop by the RBD 2nd floor Help Desk or the Library of Architecture, Design and Construction to recharge your devices and yourself. Pick up a scantron, bottled water, pens, highlighters, and post-it-notes.  Sponsored by AU Libraries. 

Photo Wall 

Monday - Thursday. Once you’ve made it through finals, grab your friends and your phone and have your picture taken in front of our “I Survived Finals Week” or “Last Finals Week Ever” Photo Wall [across from the Help Desk, 2nd Floor]. Sponsored by AU Libraries. 

Message Wall 

Monday - Thursday. Leave an uplifting or stress-releasing message on the big orange wall across from the Help Desk, 2nd Floor. Sponsored by AU Libraries. 

Check the AU Libraries finals activities website for updates and additional finals activities.

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April 4, 2022
Start Date: 20220414

Auburn University Libraries’ next Discover Auburn Lecture Series program features Laura N. Hill, communications editor at the Encyclopedia of Alabama, speaking on the women's suffrage movement in Auburn and East Alabama.

“Suffragists in East Alabama” will include names familiar to the Auburn family. Women with names such as Cary, Martin, Glenn, and Petrie were among the first women to register to vote in Lee County in October 1920. The story also includes a visit from nationally known suffragists in a bright yellow automobile.

The program will be Thursday, April 14 at 3 p.m. and is available as both an in-person lecture in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library or as a Zoom presentation at

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March 29, 2022

Auburn University Libraries has recently made Statista available to all faculty, staff, and students of Auburn University.

Statista is a searchable database that provides statistical information gleaned from more than 22,500 sources. These sources include trade publications, scientific journals, government resources, business reports, media, and other websites. Users may search for information about more than 80,000 topics in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities with the ability to download select information directly into Excel or PowerPoint. (Some features may require individual registration.)

 Statista is accessible online through the Libraries’ website at:

To learn more about this powerful new tool or if you have any questions or feedback, contact George Stachokas, AU Libraries’ collections strategist, at or your subject specialist librarian at

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February 21, 2022
Start Date: 20220223

The Auburn University Libraries’ Discover Auburn Lecture Series presents Dr. Beverley Rilett in a program entitled “Bringing 19th-Century Literary Scholarship into the 21st Century: the George Eliot Archive.” The program will be available as both an in-person program in the Caroline Marshall Draughon and as a Zoom presentation at The lecture will be held at 3 p.m., February 23.

Dr. Rilett joined AU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives in fall 2020. She directs a major, peer-reviewed digital humanities project, the George Eliot Archive. Dr. Rilett will describe how 21st Century computational technology is helping to illuminate 19th century literature, and how this international project benefits Auburn University.

The Discover Auburn Lecture Series is open to the public.

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January 24, 2022
Start Date: 20220205

Auburn University Libraries will hold its Savvy Researcher Boot Camp on Saturday February 5, from 9 a.m. – 4 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 locate scholarly sources, write a literature review, manage citations or data, or create amazing professional presentations, the Savvy Researcher workshops will help them become better, and more effective, researchers.

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 University Writing)

Finding Sources for Your Literature Review

NEW: Google Scholar Tips & Tricks

Intro to Systematic Reviews

NEW: Company & Industry Info

NEW: Customer & Consumer Information

Setting up Search Alerts: Be in the Know!

Intro to Zotero | Intro to Mendeley

How to Read a Scholarly Article

Publishing Your Work

Measuring Research Impact

NEW: Researcher & Student Success (offered by Academic Support)

NEW: Work Smarter: Workflow Techniques for Fast, Efficient, & Accurate Researchers (offered by QMER)

Data Management for Scientific Workflows

NEW: A Painless Introduction to R (offered by QMER)

Intro to GIT

Intro to LaTeX | LaTeX: Bibliographies, Images, Tables

NEW: Digital Video Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro

NTIS National Technical Reports Library  

A special lunch hour panel presentation will feature Auburn University’s 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT©) winners.

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January 20, 2022

To help users learn how to use the creative applications of Adobe Creative Cloud and the new technology lending equipment available for checkout, the Auburn University Libraries’ Innovation & Research Commons (I&RC) is offering instructional workshops open to all Auburn students, faculty, and staff, including new topics. Topics include Getting Started with Design: Adobe Creative Cloud Express, Adobe Stock, Digital Drawing 2: Intermediate Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop for BeginnersBasics of Manual Photography with DSLR Cameras, Adobe Portfolio, Adobe Mobile Apps for Productivity, Social Media, Photo Editing, AR and more. Learn to use creative apps and equipment to enhance classroom assignments, present research, and design and publish both print and online content. 

Workshops are offered in-person and via Zoom unless otherwise indicated; computers with Adobe Creative Cloud installed provided in-person. View the I&RC Workshop flyer [].

Register at Unable to attend, or need Adobe video how-to content for your courses? Visit 

I&RC Multimedia Workshop Contact: Dr. Chelsy Hooper 

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January 20, 2022

Auburn University Libraries’ newest exhibit in Ralph Brown Draughon Library marks half a century of video game consoles with a selection of video game hardware and software from what is known as the “Classic Era” of video games: 1972 - 1984. This exhibit will be accessible during all regular library hours and is located in the first-floor exhibit space near the main circulation desk.

The Classic Era of video games was the period in which video games established themselves as mainstream entertainment both in the coin-operated arcades and on consoles at home. The birth of what would become the multi-billion dollar gaming industry of today was characterized by rapid innovation but ultimately this era ended with a crash in the video game industry in 1983 - 1984 due to over production and unlicensed, poor quality games.

The exhibit was designed and executed by AU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives department head, Greg Schmidt, and history major student Tori Buchanan. It is made up of artifacts on loan from AU alumni Jayson Hill, class of 1980.  The artifacts represent the wide variety of technologies employed and the many companies that made hardware and software during this formative era.

“AU Libraries and the Special Collections and Archives department try to craft exhibits that are engaging and informative,” said Schmidt. “Showcasing library, alumni, student and faculty collections is a great way to engage with the Auburn Family. The video gaming industry has become a major economic, technological, and creative force in our culture, and its history touches almost everyone. Creating this exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of home video gaming has been both fun and enlightening for us. I hope that visitors will enjoy this window into the birth of an industry.”

The Classic Era video game exhibit will be on display through spring semester 2022 and is open to the public.

A few of the more noteworthy exhibit artifacts include:

Magnavox Odyssey (1972) – the first home video game console. The exhibited example is autographed by the designer, Ralph Baer.

Atari Pong (1975) – the first of the dedicated Pong consoles from Atari. The exhibited example is autographed by Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari, and Bob Brown, one of the three engineers that put together the hardware.

Fairchild Channel F (1976) - the first Read Only Memory (ROM) cartridge programmable console and the first console to employ a microprocessor.

Atari Video Computer System (1977, a.k.a. Atari 2600) - the most popular of the Classic Era video game consoles, selling more consoles and games than all the other Classic Era programmable consoles combined. Vectrex (1982) – a programmable standalone console that employed a vector graphics monitor rather than the raster scan TV monitors used by home consoles of the era. The exhibited example is autographed by the Smith Engineering design team.

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September 24, 2021
Start Date: 20211130

Auburn University Libraries has chosen to celebrate the return of football to the plains in its newly created Ralph Brown Draughon Library first floor exhibit space. The inaugural exhibit, displaying memorabilia and artifacts from the Charles Johnson Collection, is sure to please Auburn football fans. On display are materials showcasing Auburn’s three Heisman Trophy winners: Pat Sullivan (1971), Bo Jackson (1985), and Cam Newton (2010).

“We’re very excited to have this new display space. It will allow us to better share treasures of the Special Collections and Archives with many more people,” said Greg Schmidt, acting head of Special Collections and Archives at Auburn University Libraries. “This space was completed in September, so it seemed only logical that we make its first exhibit something for the football season. Heisman winners are the gold standard of collegiate players and Auburn has had three. We’re proud to honor Sullivan, Jackson and Newton with this exhibit and we hope that tailgating Auburn fans will make a gameday visit to Draughon Library to see it.”

Unlike previous exhibits displayed in the Special Collections and Archives department on the ground floor of RBD Library that had limited hours compared to the main areas of the library, the new first floor exhibit area is open during all hours the RBD Library is open. And as the parking deck adjacent to RBD Library is open to all after 6 p.m., the public will have more opportunities to enjoy Special Collections and Archives exhibits.

Going forward, Schmidt has indicated that he has plans for many more exhibits in the new display area that are sure to educate and entertain Auburn students and the public at large.

Encyclopedia of Alabama articles on Auburn Football:

Auburn University Football

John Heisman

Ralph “Shug” Jordon

Pat Dye

Pat Sullivan

Bo Jackson

George Petrie

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September 24, 2021
Start Date: 20211004

To mark National Voter Registration Day, Auburn University Libraries and the League of Women Voters of East Alabama will be hosting a voter registration and information event on Tuesday September 28 in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.  A second voter registration event at the library will be held the following week on Monday October 4.  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 general voting information. Laptops will be available at the help desk so that individuals may register to vote online. 

The help desk will be located at the 1st floor parking deck entrance to RBD Library, adjacent to the circulation desk and will be staffed between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Approved virus safety protocols will be observed.

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