Research and Technical Support
The Auburn University Libraries are centered in the Ralph Brown Draughon or RBD Library, but also include the smaller Library of Architecture, Design and Construction and the Cary Veterinary Medical Library. The combined holdings contain over 2.2 million volumes as well as 1.4 million government documents, 2.9 million microforms, and 134,000 maps. The Libraries receive over 19,000 current serials and 150 current newspapers. Books are classified by the Library of Congress (LC) system and are arranged in open stacks by subject.
A member of the Association of Research Libraries, the RBD Library is a much-admired leader in computer-assisted research tools and facilities and readily supports most research projects in English Studies with its full and current collections. For teachers and researchers alike, instantaneous access from any campus location to Project Muse, the Chadwyck-Healey database, the OED, MLA, and a host of other dedicated electronic databases and journals proves itself invaluable time after time.
university and the department offer graduate students free access
to varied technologies for research and teaching, including email accounts,
substantial web space, and up-to-date hardware and software. Auburn
has been ranked as one of Yahoo's "Most Wired Universities".
The University's Office
of Information Technology operates a wide variety of dedicated
student computer labs all over campus, including two in Haley Center.
The English Department maintains four well-equipped workrooms for use by GTAs and instructors and two 26-station computer-mediated writing classrooms with Internet access. Four multimedia classrooms with Internet access, VCRs, and document cameras are available. All of the classrooms in Haley Center now have Internet access, and portable multimedia platforms may be checked out through the Learning Resource Center.
The department and the university provide scanners, CD-burners, and software for web development, presentations, and course development (WebCT). Training and support for instructional and research technology are also provided by the department through the Coordinator of Instructional Technology and his or her GTAs. Substantial assistance is also provided by the College of Liberal Arts.