POSTED: 8:40 AM, April 7, 2020

While the COVID-19 virus has interrupted many activities on campus, it has also allowed departments like the Special Collections & Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries to prioritize projects that are difficult to address with the daily flow of users. One such project is the digitization of the complete run of The Auburn Alumnus magazine.

“The Auburn Alumnus magazine ran from 1913 to 1939,” said Greg Schmidt, Acting head of Special Collections & Archives and lead on the digitization project. “For those years, it was the go-to source for news of our university’s alumni. These magazines are a view into a different time at Auburn. They’re really fun to take a deep dive into. We are looking forward to making other Auburn-related collections, including historic video and sound recordings accessible to everyone.”

The digitization of the Auburn Alumnus magazine was made possible by a generous gift from the late C. Harry Knowles, an alumnus of Auburn University, and his wife, Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams.

“The COVID-19 virus may have shut down the buildings of Auburn University Libraries, but the Libraries have continued to offer the research and instruction services required for successful remote learning and teaching online,” said Dr. Shali Zhang, Dean of Libraries. “However, some departments of AU Libraries are more dependent on access to building collections than others. Those departments have been undertaking projects that daily operating pressures have caused us to put off to a quieter time. The digitizing of The Auburn Alumnus magazine was such a project, and the first two weeks of the remote learning period proved the perfect time to complete it.”

The complete run of The Auburn Alumnus magazine may be accessed at https://archive.org/details/@aulibraries

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POSTED: 8:08 AM, February 3, 2020
Start Date: 20200203

AUBURN, AL – The Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries recently received an artifact of great significance to the university’s history: the diploma of Margaret Kate Teague (1873 – 1960), one of the three women who graduated in 1894 from the Alabama Polytechnic Institute’s first class to accept women.

Teague’s diploma is a major artifact in the history of Auburn University and the changes that have occurred in the years it has served Alabama and the world at large. The admission of women in 1892 and the first graduating class of women in 1894 was the beginning of a series of steps that opened Auburn University to diverse applicants.

After the death of her mother in 1890, Teague came to Auburn from Toledo, Arkansas to live with her aunt. She was tutored and studied for the API entrance examination. She passed the examination and was admitted as a junior in 1892. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in 1894.

After her death in 1960 the diploma was passed down in the family. Teague’s grandson, James “Jim” Pinkerton, and his wife, Nieta, (Tulsa, Oklahoma) became caretakers of the diploma. Both felt strongly that the diploma should be returned to Auburn for permanent safekeeping and history.

“We are very pleased and honored to have been entrusted with this rare artifact that documents a great step forward in education equality at Auburn,” said Tommy Brown, archivist at the Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries. “This diploma is one of only three that were awarded to women in the first class that admitted women. The fact that it has survived to come to us for preservation is amazing.”

The diploma had been stored in a folded condition and is now undergoing treatment to ensure its preservation as an artifact that will be available to researchers.

“Margaret Kate Teague’s diploma has come full circle after 126 years,” said Jennifer Wiggins, Special Collections and Archives technician. “We’re going to see that it continues to be a source of inspiration for the future.”

Learn more about the Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries at https://www.lib.auburn.edu/specialcollections/index.php

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POSTED: 9:00 AM, January 24, 2020

Effective immediately, Auburn University Libraries has increased the number of items alumni, community, and business users may check out at one time from 10 to 20 items. All users in these categories who are in good standing may keep checked out items up to 28 days with the option to renew once.

As a Federal Depository Library, AU Libraries facilities are open to anyone to come in and use the library for research or reading for pleasure during all operating hours. To actually checkout materials from the libraries users must be members of the Auburn Alumni Association that have paid their annual membership dues or are a lifetime member of the association, or be a community member or business that has paid an annual fee of $35 directly to the library.

For more information on Auburn University Libraries’ policies and services, visit lib.auburn.edu.

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POSTED: 8:11 AM, January 17, 2020

To give students, faculty and staff even greater access to its extensive services and resources for research and study, Auburn University Libraries will be extending its hours at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library on Friday and Saturday evenings during fall and spring semesters to 9 p.m. This change will take effect on Jan. 31, 2020.

 

“We’ve been hearing for a while that students, especially graduate students, wanted more weekend access for their work,” said Shali Zhang, Dean of Libraries for Auburn University Libraries. “We are pleased that we can now offer these extended hours to our students needing more time to accomplish their research or to find a great place to study.”

 

Previously, RBD Library was open until 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, a total of 134 hours each week.  Ralph Brown Draughon Library will now be open 140 hours each week during fall and spring semesters. The new hours will be:

Sunday 1 p.m. until Friday at 9 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

For detailed library hours, visit  https://www.lib.auburn.edu/

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POSTED: 2:05 PM, January 16, 2020

To give students, faculty and staff even greater access to its extensive services and resources for research and study, Auburn University Libraries will be extending its hours at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library on Friday and Saturday evenings during fall and spring semesters to 9 p.m. This change will take effect on Jan. 31, 2020.

“We’ve been hearing for a while that students, especially graduate students, wanted more weekend access for their work,” said Shali Zhang, Dean of Libraries for Auburn University Libraries. “We are pleased that we can now offer these extended hours to our students needing more time to accomplish their research or to find a great place to study.”

Previously, RBD Library was open until 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, a total of 134 hours each week.  Ralph Brown Draughon Library will now be open 140 hours each week during fall and spring semesters. The new hours will be:

Sunday 1 p.m. until Friday at 9 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For detailed library hours, visit  https://www.lib.auburn.edu/

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POSTED: 1:48 PM, January 13, 2020

Auburn University Libraries will be offering research and creative workshops led by Research and Instruction librarians and the staff of the Media and Digital Resource Lab in spring semester 2020. Workshops include citation management software, systematic reviews, data management, LaTeX, the use of the creative applications of the Adobe Creative Cloud, and more.

Workshops are open to faculty, staff, and students. Class size is limited. Please register early through the AU Libraries website at: https://aub.ie/libraryworkshops.

 

 

Citation Management

 

EndNote

EndNote is an online tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references.

Learn five ways to add citations to EndNote: (1) manually; (2) directly from a database; (3) two-step import from a database; (4) using EndNote to search a library catalog; and (5) via PDFs. Additional aspects covered in the workshop include how to handle journal abbreviations, edit Output Styles, manage an EndNote Library, and use EndNote with Microsoft Word to create bibliographies.

Jan. 22: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 28: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mar. 18: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 2: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 15 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

May 13: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

Introduction to Mendeley

Mendeley is a free online resource empowering researchers to organize their references and build their research network.

Learn how to add citations to Mendeley from your computer, a library database, and the web, as well as how to use the software to annotate citations and create bibliographies using the Microsoft Word plug-in.

Jan. 22: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Feb. 27: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Mar. 18: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Apr. 23: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Zotero 101

Zotero is a free easy-to-use, online tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Learn how to register for a Zotero account, import and organize citations, create a formatted bibliography, and use Zotero with the Microsoft Word plugin. Sharing citations through the Group Libraries feature will also be discussed.

Jan. 23: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Feb. 5: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Feb.: 25: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Mar. 16: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Mar. 31: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 

 

Productivity Software

 

Introduction to LaTeX

LaTeX is a document preparation system used for the production of scientific and technical publications.

Examples of the types of documents that you can create with LaTeX include articles, presentations, lab reports, and other homework assignments.

Learn some of the basic functions of LaTeX in order to create technical and scientific documents using mathematical expressions.  In this workshop, you will learn to set up a basic document in LaTeX and learn basic commands for equations and mathematical expressions.

Jan. 23: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Feb. 19: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Mar. 25: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Apr. 16: 3 p.m.- 4 p.m.

 

 

Research Skills and Strategies

 

Introduction to Systematic Reviews

A systematic review is a formal research study that seeks to first identify, through a systematic and comprehensive search, all relevant literature answering a focused research question, then appraise the identified literature and finally analyze, synthesize, and present data from all studies included in the review.

This workshop examines the steps that scholars take to complete a systematic review. In addition, you’ll learn how systematic reviews differ from other types of reviews, and where to find additional resources and services to help with the systematic review process.

Jan. 17: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Mar. 26: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

May 13: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Introduction to Data Management

Learn some best practices for organizing your data and files.  The workshop will explore basic issues in data management, including data organization and formatting. More specialized, subject-specific topics are addressed based on the participants' research areas.

Jan. 15: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Jan. 22: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Jan. 28: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Feb. 4: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Adobe Creative Cloud Workshops by AU Libraries’ Media and Digital Resource Lab

To help users learn how to use the creative applications of the Adobe Creative Cloud currently offered to students for free by the University, the Auburn University Libraries’ Media and Digital Resource Lab (MDRL) is offering instructional workshops open to all Auburn students, faculty, and staff. Topics include Getting Started with Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Spark, Screen Design: Adobe XD for Beginners, Adobe Photoshop for Beginners, Digital Video: Adobe Premiere Rush and more. Learn to use creative apps to enhance classroom assignments, present research, and design and publish both print and online content.

Workshops will take place in the RBD Library, 3rd floor lab. View MDRL Workshop information at https://www.lib.auburn.edu/mdrl/files/MDRL-Workshops-Spring-20201.pdf

Register at http://aub.ie/libraryworkshops.

 

Auburn University Libraries’ Media and Digital Resource Lab (MDRL) Workshops

Instructional workshops in multimedia creation open to all Auburn students, faculty, and staff. Registration required. Participants may bring their own device or lab PC’s will be available.

MDRL Workshops also available via Zoom: http://auburn.zoom.us/my/hooperc

MDRL Workshop Contact: Chelsy Hooper hooperc@auburn.edu

Register: http://aub.ie/libraryworkshops

 

Getting Started with Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Spark

Workshop highlights: Learn about Adobe Creative Cloud and begin creating in Adobe Spark.
Full description: Students, sign up for your free Adobe ID http://adobe.auburn.edu. Faculty and staff, learn to leverage Adobe Creative Cloud in your courses and work. Explore Adobe Spark, an app that allows everyone to create beautiful web stories, slideshows, and video. Access Adobe’s free resources that will empower you to use more powerful apps such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro. Bring your own laptop or use our lab PC’s; additional mobile device recommended.

Jan. 22: 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Feb. 4: 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.

 

Creating Graphics: Adobe Photoshop for Beginners

Workshop highlights: Learn the basics of Photoshop.
Full description: Learn the basics of Photoshop and develop photo editing skills to enhance your class assignments and projects, including combining graphics with layered text and images for collages, adjusting photo colors, and adding effects. Adobe ID preferred http://adobe.auburn.edu. Bring your own laptop with Photoshop installed or use our Shared Lab licensed computers.

Jan. 27: 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Mar. 23: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.

 

Digital Video: Adobe Premiere Rush

Workshop highlights: Create and edit video.
Full description: Need a quick way to create slick video, on the fly? Explore Adobe Premiere Rush for video creation and editing. Adobe ID preferred http://adobe.auburn.edu. Bring your own laptop with Rush installed or use our Shared Lab licensed lab computers. Additional mobile device recommended. Discover Adobe’s free resources that will empower you to use more powerful video apps such as Premiere Pro.

Jan. 28: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Mar. 3: 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.

 

Poster Design

Workshop highlights: Learn the basics of poster design.
Full description: Need to design a poster for a class assignment, research presentation, or a conference presentation? Begin with the drag and drop features of PowerPoint to design and print a poster; basic design tips included. Explore ways to get started with more advanced poster design using Adobe InDesign and interactive apps.

Jan. 23: 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Apr. 1: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.

 

Designing Documents: Adobe InDesign for Beginners

Workshop highlights: Learn the basics of InDesign.
Full description: Learn the basics of InDesign, including how to create brochures, flyers, and custom documents and how to place images and add text. Adobe ID preferred http://adobe.auburn.edu. Bring your own laptop with InDesign installed or use our Shared Lab licensed lab computers.

Jan. 28: 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Mar. 25: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.

 

Digital Drawing: Adobe Illustrator for Beginners

Workshop highlights: Learn the basics of Illustrator.
Full description: Learn the basics of Illustrator and develop digital drawing skills to enhance your class assignments and projects, including layering shapes, drawing lines, using color effectively, and creating vector images. Adobe ID preferred http://adobe.auburn.edu. Bring your own laptop with Illustrator installed or use our Shared Lab licensed computers.
Feb. 5: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Mar. 26: 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.

 

NEW FOR SPRING 2020

 

Designing for Screens: Adobe XD for Beginners

Workshop highlights: Learn the basics of Adobe XD.
Full description: Learn the basics of Adobe XD and design a presentation, a prototype or mockup, or an application for touch screens such as smartphones and tablets; no coding required. Adobe ID preferred http://adobe.auburn.edu. Bring your own laptop with XD installed or use our Shared Lab licensed computers. Additional mobile device recommended.

Feb. 18: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Mar. 30: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.

 

Creating Graphics 2: Intermediate Photoshop

Workshop highlights: Learn additional features of Photoshop.
Full description: Designed as a follow-up session to Photoshop for Beginners, this workshop helps you take the basics of Photoshop and develop additional photo editing skills to enhance your class assignments and projects, including working with layers, the selection tool, and incorporating effects. Adobe ID preferred http://adobe.auburn.edu. Bring your own laptop with Photoshop installed or use our Shared Lab licensed computers.

Feb. 6: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Mar. 4: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.

 

Designing Documents 2: Intermediate InDesign

Workshop highlights: Learn additional features of InDesign.
Full description: As a follow-up session to InDesign for Beginners, this workshop helps you take the basics of InDesign and develop additional publication layout skills including working with layers and custom documents. Adobe ID preferred http://adobe.auburn.edu. Bring your own laptop with InDesign installed or use our Shared Lab licensed lab computers.

Mar. 2: 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.

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POSTED: 8:21 AM, January 9, 2020

Academic libraries are looking for ways to better support the research enterprise at their universities. Auburn University Libraries’ recent efforts were presented as a model for cooperative research endeavors at the Coalition for Networked Information’s fall membership meeting in Washington, D.C., on December 9-10, 2019.

Dr. Mallory Lucier-Greer, associate professor in the College of Human Sciences, Denise Baker, manager of Information Technologies at Auburn University Libraries, and Aaron Trehub, assistant dean of Technology and Special Collections and Archives at Auburn University Libraries, gave a project briefing entitled “The Academic Library as IT Partner: Supporting Sponsored Research at Auburn University”. The briefing described the collaboration between the AU Libraries and CHS on the Military REACH Project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Defense.

Dr. Lucier-Greer gave an overview of Military REACH, recounting how the project came to Auburn and emphasizing the importance of getting the results of academic research to the target community—in this case, military families—quickly and in an easily usable form, “Each year hundreds of studies across the country are conducted about the well-being of service members and their families. By collaborating with different departments across campus, like the Auburn Libraries, we have the opportunity to identify those studies and make them accessible to families, helping professionals, and policymakers."

Ms. Baker and Mr. Trehub described the collaboration from the point of view of the libraries, saying that providing high-level IT support to the Military REACH Project has highlighted a new service model for the libraries. As Mr. Trehub put it, serving as a source of IT expertise for externally funded research projects at Auburn “directly supports the research priorities of the university and plays to the library’s comparative advantage in this area.” All three speakers pointed to the publicity value of these kinds of projects, showing a photo of the Military REACH team being saluted on the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium during the Military Recognition Day football game against Ole Miss on November 2, 2019.

The project briefing was well-attended and well-received, with a standing-room-only audience and positive feedback from attendees. “Auburn University Libraries’ unique partnership with Military REACH is a striking example of how libraries can accelerate access to leading research by our communities,” said Leonora Crema, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Services Librarian at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. “As librarians interested in fostering community engagement, we can learn much from their experience.” Ms. Crema singled out Military REACH and Auburn University as models for other universities during her presentation the following day at a Mellon Foundation-funded symposium on “Critical Roles for Libraries in Today’s Research Enterprise”.

More information about Military REACH can be found here: https://militaryreach.auburn.edu/

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POSTED: 1:18 PM, December 6, 2019
Start Date: 20191213
Start Time: 6 p.m.

AU Libraries will have a variety of activities at RBD Library for students studying for finals December 8 – 13. Currently scheduled are:

Up All Night with the SGA - Dec. 8 - 12, midnight, Help Desk, 2nd floor. Stop by for free doughnuts, juice and scantrons. Special guest Aubie on December 8, 10 and 12. Sponsored by the SGA.

Coloring & Chill with Relaxing Music - Gibbs Lab, 2nd floor. Treat your over-worked brain to some relaxing music and creative art activities to regain the focus on studying. Sponsored by AU Libraries.

Oculus VR Demonstration in the Mell Classroom Building - Get a sneak peek at the new virtual reality system being installed in RBD Library for spring semester. See this exciting technology in the Mell Building atrium each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 13.

Quiet Meditation Room - Room 4006, 4th floor. Slow down. Unplug and unwind and reconnect with your inner peace and calm before you go back to the study grind. Sponsored by AU Libraries.

Wellness & Self-Care During Finals - Dec. 9, 1 to 5 p.m., stop by the Newspaper Reading Room, 1st floor, to greet Moose and Nessie the therapy dogs.  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.

Board and Card Games - Gibbs Lab, 2nd floor, 7 - 9 p.m., Dec. 9 and 10.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.

Music Program - Exit 51 saxophone quartet. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Mell Building.

CramCart - Dec. 9-12. Free snacks, drinks, promotional items, and scantrons. Follow @autigerdining to find the #CramCart during finals week. Sponsored by Tiger Dining.

Recharging Station - Stop by the Help Desk, 2nd floor, to recharge your devices and yourself. Pick up a complimentary high protein snack, while supplies last. Sponsored by AU Libraries.

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POSTED: 12:47 PM, September 17, 2019

Auburn University Libraries has opened a new meditation and reflection room for all members of the Auburn University community. This shared space is located on the fourth floor of Ralph Brown Draughon Library, in room 4006, and is open during all hours the library is open. The space is intended for brief retreats from studying, and users are encouraged to relax, take a moment, and clear their mind.

Users are requested to remove their shoes upon entering the room and limit the use of electronic devices. The room may not be reserved and is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Auburn University Libraries welcomes any suggestions for improvements to the room, and hopes this can be a new space for everyone at Auburn to feel welcomed and take a moment to breathe.

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POSTED: 8:46 AM, September 17, 2019

Through the generosity of Tiger Giving Day 2019 donors, over the summer Auburn University Libraries launched a pilot program placing treadmill and stationary bike desks in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. These desks allow students to simultaneously study and engage in low-impact cardiovascular activity. The initial four exercise desks have been set up in the Learning Commons on the second floor. They are currently open to anyone wishing to try these new additions to the RBD Library’s study facilities.

“Auburn University Libraries is very pleased to be offering these new desks that not only help in the development of the student mind but also contributes to student health,” said Dr. Shali Zhang, Dean of Libraries. “We’re grateful to the donors from Tiger Giving Day 2019 that made this initial offering of treadmill and stationary bike desks possible. As we head into the fall semester, we look forward to seeing how these new desks are utilized by students.”

The concept for this Tiger Giving Day project began in 2018 when AU Libraries started looking for ideas that would impact student engagement and campus experience.

AU Libraries personnel consulted with the Department of Kinesiology’s Dr. Danielle Wadsworth, whose lab has conducted studies regarding sedentary behavior interruption and its correlating improvements to the body’s glucose utilization and how that can decrease the risk of diabetes. With their input, it was decided to make the purchase of treadmill and stationary bike desks AU Libraries’ Tiger Giving Day project.

Since their installation, these machines have already seen tremendous usage by summer students. Their usage in the fall semester will determine if the program will be expanded further in the AU Libraries.

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