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Walk into a Tour/Class/Workshop

AU Library and our campus partners are offering a variety of free tours, classes, and workshops to enable student success and effectiveness. You can learn to be a better researcher, reader, media producer, and time manager. Students who attend these workshops will be eligible to enter the library’s annual prize drawing which includes Smartrip cards, a sheep for a needy family donated in your name, and a mystery grand prize. See the full schedule

Classes you might want to take advantage of include an introduction to library research, improving time management, media software use, how to do a literature review, and EndNote citation software. Some of the classes, including Effective Reading, Overcoming Procrastination, and Time Management will be taught by the library’s campus partner, the Academic Support & Access Center.

Faculty, especially pre-tenure faculty, will also want to take advantage of classes on how to measure their research impact. You can learn about the metrics and tools that are commonly used to measure the impact of scholarly research, along with new and emerging tools. This class is especially useful for pre-tenure faculty wishing to put together a file for action or for other faculty wishing to track their scholarly impact. 

If you are planning to make media productions of your own, you can plan to attend one of many free sessions in the New Media Center. Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, podcasting, and GarageBand are just some of the skills you can acquire in workshops offered throughout the semester. Many workshops are offered at both the basic and intermediate levels. See the complete New Media Center schedule for sessions on video and other productions.

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Library Messages Marked as Spam

Recently, some emails sent from the Library have been incorrectly marked as spam by GMail. These messages are sent from the Washington Research Library Consortium. They alert students, faculty, staff, and alumni to due dates, fines, and book requests. While this issue is being corrected, all Library users are encouraged to check their spam folder and mark emails sent from the Library as "Not Spam".

Since American University student email accounts are contracted through Google, this issue affects all student accounts, as well as anyone who is using a personal GMail account, or who has emails forwarded from an address to GMail. The most common senders for emails from the Library are clsau, WRLC, and CLS Document Delivery. Please be aware that the Library does not send emails with attachments.

Users who are not sure whether an email is spam, can forward the message to, and a member of the Library staff will be happy to help resolve the issue. Assistance can also be provided by phone at (202) 885-3221 or in-person anytime the Library is open.

The Library will provide status updates through the official Library Twitter and Facebook accounts. Information about checked out items and status updates for requested items are available online through My Library Account.