POSTED: 11:08 AM, 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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POSTED: 9:17 AM, 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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POSTED: 9:38 AM, 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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POSTED: 9:36 AM, 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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POSTED: 10:47 AM, 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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POSTED: 10:46 AM, 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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POSTED: 1:58 PM, July 9, 2021

During the month of July, AU Libraries, in partnership with U.S. Census Bureau, is offering two webinars:

  • Census Data for Community Analysis(July 16th)
  • How to Access Race and Ethnicity Data(July 23rd)

The U.S Census is one of the most important datasets available to researchers.  Census data is used to guide business and economic development, community planning, social services, and healthcare delivery. The first webinar, Census Data for Community Analysis, will address how to access key demographic, social, economic, and housing indicators for research involving community analysis. Participants will:

  • Learn to access neighborhood-level data (zip code and census tracts) to conduct community analysis
  • Learn how to work with current data on age, income, poverty, race/ethnicity, health, and other community analysis measures
  • Learn to download datasets from and other Census sites

Time: 60 minutes; both webinars will be held on a Friday, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.


For more information & to register, go to:

Registration is free.

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POSTED: 1:27 PM, July 2, 2021

Auburn University Libraries’ Innovation and Research Commons DataSpace will be offering in-person consultants three days a week beginning immediately.

DataSpace offers one-on-one support for data services and workflows. I&RC staff experts in Python, R, ArcGIS, Excel, shell scripting, and other data visualization tools are available to meet with users in-person or over Zoom. They can answer questions about general programming, automating research processes, data cleanup, or just getting code to run. All questions are welcome, from the basics up through complex modeling.

In-person hours for the I&RC DataSpace will be:

Monday 10 a.m. to noon

Tuesday 2 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information on DataSpace services, go to

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POSTED: 8:45 AM, June 18, 2021
Start Date: 20210625

AU Libraries is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to offer three webinars of particular interest to our campus and local community:

  • Census Data for Businesses & Entrepreneurs(June 25th)
  • Census Data for Community Analysis(July 16th)
  • How to Access Race and Ethnicity Data(July 23rd)

The first webinar, Census Data for Businesses & Entrepreneurs, will explore finding data for those seeking to understand the business landscape of a specific region. Participants will:

  • Access statistics on consumer characteristics in market area
  • Access statistics on businesses in specific industries, including data on sales, receipts, payroll, etc.
  • Access local business profiles and reports for desired geography or region
  • Use the Census Business Builder tool to access and visualize Census data
  • Understand the various sources of Census demographic and economic data programs
  • Access business data using North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes

Time: 60 minutes; all webinars will be held on a Friday, from 12-1 PM.


For more information & to register, go to:

Registration is FREE.

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POSTED: 3:03 PM, May 4, 2021

Due to an Interlibrary Loan server and system upgrade designed to improve service to library patrons, the ILLiad Document Delivery Service will be down Monday, May 10 at 9 a.m. until the work is complete, which may be through Friday, May 14, 2021.

During the maintenance period users will not be able to place new Interlibrary borrowing requests, download PDF copies of articles, track or change existing requests, renew Interlibrary borrowing books, or any other function that requires ILLiad support.

ILLiad users may submit requests before this scheduled shutdown in order to avoid delays in receiving materials. Normal processing of requests will resume as soon as the systems work is complete. For questions, call (334) 844-1728 or email

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