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September 8, 2023
Start Date: 20231130

Late-night study sessions at Ralph Brown Draughon Library just became more productive with the addition of two new Costa Coffee vending machines on the first floor in the Newspaper Reading Room.

The installation of the two coffee vending machines came about through a discussion of student needs between Dr. Shali Zhang, Dean of Auburn University Libraries, and John David Jones, President of the AU Student Government Association.

“The partnership between AU Libraries and the SGA at Auburn has been nothing short of excellent,” said Jones. “Upon the start of our term, we set a few priorities to improve the student experience, one of which being, ‘Accommodating the recent growth of the student body through providing study spaces for students to pursue academic excellence.’ Quickly, AU Libraries worked to provide new study pods and to fulfill our request to have new Costa Coffee machines located in RBD. These machines provide students with 24/7 service and will continue to advance the student experience in the classroom. We would like to thank Dr. Zhang and her team that worked quickly and effectively to make our goals a reality.”

The two coffee vending machines will fill the coffee gap between when the Panera Bread location in RBD Library closes in the evenings and reopens in the morning. They will make coffee availability in the library truly an every-hour-the-library-is-open service.

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September 8, 2023
Start Date: 20230914

Attorney of historic Supreme Court case is featured 2023 Constitution Day lecturer

Auburn University’s annual Constitution Day lecture will feature Ronnie Williams, the attorney that argued the Supreme Court case of Wallace v. Jaffree that raised the question of prayer in school under the 1st Amendment Establishment Clause. The program will take place on Thursday, September 14 at 3 p.m. in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. It may also be attended via Zoom at

Attorney Ronnie Williams will discuss Wallace v. Jaffree, the 1985 landmark school prayer decision, and his experience arguing the case before the United States Supreme Court. Representing Ishmael Jaffree of Mobile, Alabama, Williams argued that an Alabama statute that sought to return prayer to public schools by authorizing a one-minute period of silence for “meditation or voluntary prayer” violated the First Amendment’s establishment clause.  Because the statute lacked a secular purpose, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Jaffree’s favor.

Attorney Williams continues to serve as a constitutional rights advocate and civil rights attorney and is the founder of Williams & Associates, LLC, which has offices in Mobile and Birmingham.  A graduate of Tuskegee Institute and the Florida State University College of Law, Williams is a member of both the Alabama and Florida Bars. 

Williams will be introduced by Dr. Steven P. Brown, Professor and Morris Savage Endowed Chair in the Department of Political Science.  Brown is the author of Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces that Changed a Nation, which includes a chapter on Wallace v. Jaffree.

The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by Auburn University Libraries, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, and the Department of Political Science at Auburn University. 

About Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787, the Constitutional Convention held its final meeting and delegates signed the Constitution of the United States of America. In 2004, Congress designated September 17 of each year as Constitution Day, requiring schools receiving federal funds and all federal agencies to coordinate educational events during the week to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.

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September 1, 2023
Start Date: 20230906

The Fall 2023 Graduate Research and Writing Studio is a weekly writing retreat offering support from a research librarian and a graduate writing consultant. Light refreshments are provided!

The studio will be held repeating on Wednesdays from 1-4, September 6 - November 15.

The registration link is

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August 30, 2023

Auburn University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives department is pleased to announce the completion of the restoration project for two historic books: Raphael Holinshed’s “Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande” (1587) and Holinshed’s “Historie of England” (1587) thanks to the generosity of Tiger Giving Day donors. With their support, AU Libraries was able to surpass their Tiger Giving Day target goal of $10,000 by 34 percent. The additional funds will be used to restore more historic books.

“These books hold immense value and impact on the teaching curriculum,” said Greg Schmidt, head of the AU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Department. “The 1587 edition of the “Chronicles” played an important role in William Shakespeare’s research in many of his historical plays, including “Richard III”. These ancient books are taught to students and hold invaluable history of knowledge, technology, design, illustration, and literacy.”

For over a decade, the two books have been a pivotal part of AU Libraries classroom experience. However, due to their poor and fragile condition, their usage in the classroom has been very limited in recent years. With the successful restoration of these books, they can be brought back to life and offer students a unique hands-on experience of the Early Modern works in English.

The conservators at Etherington Conservation Center achieved amazing results with the two volumes. AU Libraries can now ensure the usage and teaching of these volumes to generations of Auburn students.

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August 28, 2023
Start Date: 20230930

Auburn University Libraries recently celebrated a significant milestone, over one million transactions processed in the InterLibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database (ILLiad). Since installation of ILLiad on August 15, 2006, this software has been used to process requests from Auburn University faculty, staff, and students for content held by other libraries, but also requests from patrons around the world who have requested access to library materials held in in the collections of Auburn University Libraries. ILLiad streamlines the process of requesting and fulfilling the demand for research materials with some content delivered electronically without mediation after hours and on weekends when the Interlibrary Loan office is closed. 

This remarkable statistic is further evidence of the growth of Auburn University as an R1 research institution and a peer collaborator that supports the work of other institutions to advance human knowledge. ILLiad, sometimes working quietly in the background and little known to most patrons, has actively contributed to the twin pillars of AU Libraries’ collection development strategy: research support and student success. Since no academic library can hope to provide a collection that covers all possible research and learning needs, interlibrary loan continues to be an essential service even in our digital age. Tools such as ILLiad enable library staff to expand the services provided by Auburn University Libraries.

Faculty and graduate students at Auburn University are the heaviest users of interlibrary loan with the departments of English, History, World Languages & Literatures requesting the most books from elsewhere. The Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing request the most research articles. The University of Tennessee, the University of Kentucky, the University of Georgia, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest support Auburn University more than any other institutions in terms of fulfilling requests made by patrons. However, the vast majority of the one million transactions, 731,796, are from other libraries seeking content held by Auburn University. Samford University, Mississippi State University, the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB), University of Louisville, and the University of South Alabama top the list of institutions seeking access to our collections.

To learn more about ILLiad, and to request materials through interlibrary loan, including electronic delivery of scans of print materials through AUBIExpress, see:

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August 25, 2023
Start Date: 20230909

Auburn University Libraries will hold its fall semester Savvy Researcher Boot Camp, over Zoom, on Saturday Sept. 9, 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 locate scholarly sources in their field, write a literature review, manage data, organize citations, or present their research, the Savvy Researcher workshops will help them become better, more effective, researchers.


The Boot Camp lunchtime program features a Funded Research seminar (offered by AU Proposal Services and Faculty Support).

Workshops offered include:

Intro to Writing Literature Reviews (offered by University Writing)

Citation Managers:  Zotero | Endnote | Mendeley

Conducting a Literature Review: Search Strategies

Intro to Systematic Reviews

Presentation Skills and Software

NEW: Designing Your Academic Poster

NEW: Creating Graphics and Video using Adobe Creative Cloud

NEW: Using Infographics in Presentations and Lectures

Google Scholar Tips and Tricks

Understanding & Navigating the Scholarly Communication System


Data Management for Scientific Workflows

Ethical Data Practices

Exploration of Digital Humanities Tools and Methods

Intro to Qualtrics

NEW: AMA (Ask Me Anything): Business Research

NEW: Business Writing: Tips & Strategies

Finding Scholarly Literature: Engineering

Searching Scholarly Literature: Biology & Agriculture

Introduction to SciFinder and Reaxys for Chemistry Research

Searching for Statistics in the Field of Education

NEW: Timeboxing: How to Maximize Your Day

Foster Success as a Graduate Student (offered by Academic Coaching)

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August 23, 2023
Start Date: 20231031

To help users learn how to use the creative applications of Adobe Creative Cloud including generative ai art, and how to use the audio studio and technology lending equipment available for checkout, the Auburn University Libraries’ I&RC (Innovation & Research Commons) is offering free instructional workshops open to all Auburn students, faculty, and staff, including new topics. Topics include Technology Lending Open House, Generative AI Playground: Adobe Firefly and more, Adobe Photoshop for Beginners, Basics of Manual Photography with DSLR Cameras, Adobe Portfolio, Introduction to the Audio Studio, 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, or would like a consultation for integrating into your class? Visit  

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August 21, 2023
Start Date: 20230831

Make plans to attend Adobe Day, Thursday August 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ralph Brown Draughon Library, 2nd floor, an official First 56 event []. Adobe Creative Cloud is available to all Auburn students at no additional cost. Presenters and our own Adobe Student Consultants and Adobe Student Ambassadors will share how they use Adobe Creative Cloud software. No registration required, drop by for a few minutes anytime during the event hours to hear about creative learning opportunities; free swag available while it lasts. Learn how Adobe Creative Cloud can help you complete assignments and present research and ideas in clear, creative ways. We’ll demo new Adobe offerings that utilize some of the most exciting trends in emerging technology: generative ai, on-the-go video storytelling, and more. We hope you’ll join us!  

Pop-up mini sessions, no registration required:

  • 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Use Adobe Express to Create Graphics, Web pages, Video, and More with Generative AI
  • 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Get Started in Adobe Photoshop and Using Generative AI
  • 12 p.m. to 12;30 p.m.: Edit Your Photos on the Fly and more with Adobe Mobile Apps such as Lightroom, Express, and Scan
  • 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Create Digital Video on the go: Adobe Premiere Rush

More information:   

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May 18, 2023
Start Date: 20230530

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use and open access citation management tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. In this workshop, you'll learn how to download Zotero, register for an account, import and organize your sources, use the built-in PDF editor, and create a formatted bibliography. We'll also practice using the Write and Cite feature that allows you to easily add citations and bibliographies from Zotero to Microsoft Word and Google Docs.

Related LibGuide: Zotero by Kasia Leousis

When: Tuesday, May 30, 2023

             4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Where: RBD, Gibbs Lab (Rm 2031)

Registration is FREE!

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April 24, 2023
Start Date: 20230603

The Savvy Researcher Boot Camp is a day-long event, featuring workshops taught by faculty and staff from AU Libraries, University Writing, and Academic Support.  Whether you’re interested in locating scholarly sources, writing a literature review, managing citations, publishing your work, or learning about IRB procedures, the Savvy Researcher workshops will help you become a better, more effective, researcher.  Pick and choose the workshops that interest you!  Questions?  Contact:

When: Saturday, June 3, 2023

             9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Workshops are offered online via Zoom

Sign up  at tobenotified when registration opens.

Registration is FREE!

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