Auburn University hosted its annual Tailgate at the Library on Friday, September 2 from 10a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ralph Brown Draughon Library to promote the services offered by the library and kick off the celebration for the upcoming game on Saturday.
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The purpose of the Tailgate at the Library event is to expose incoming freshman and other students to the services that are offered by the library, Each section of the library had special stations with tents set up where students could learn more about the services offered in that area. Some of the stations featured included special collections/archives, Media/Digital Resource Lab, OIT Help Desk, Study Partners and Miller Writing Center.
Study Partners is one of the main resources the library wanted to make students aware of during the tailgating event. Study Partners is a free peer tutoring service offered to current students to help those having difficulties with class assignments and expectations. They currently offer individual tutoring sessions as well as group sessions for those who are interested.
The Miller Writing Center was another main attraction of the library that was publicized. This resource helps students improve their writing techniques. They also assist the faculty by providing quality writing instruction.
The Auburn University Marching Band, Cheerleaders, War Eagle VII and Aubie all took part in the event along with the students. The library provided free food and beverages for the “tailgaters” as well as a chance to win an autographed football signed by Coach Chizik if you visit all of the stations.
The faculty and staff hope that this event will not only bring awareness to the services offered, but encourage the students to utilize these services and help them understand that the library can be fun and entertaining. Combining a tradition known and loved by Auburn students such as tailgating, with a place some students may despise is a great way to change the existing attitudes towards the library.
“You can imagine that as a freshman the library can be intimidating but this way there’s other students visiting each area and learning everything about the library” said Kim Conner, Executive Assistant Business Manager of the Auburn University Library.
Students wishing to know more about the services offered by Auburn University at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library can visit the library home page at www.lib.auburn.edu for more information or come by the library to speak to the staff in person.