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Air University Library digitizes research, products for remote Air Force, DOD access

Alexandra Aldridge, Air University Library employee, demonstrates one of the digitization methods the library is using to make their resources available DOD-wide, Aug. 22, 2019, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The AUL is currently working on digitizing more than 2,500 linear feet of resources, providing the larger Air Force and DOD communities with access to their research and products regardless of location.

Alexandra Aldridge, Air University Library employee, demonstrates one of the digitization methods the library is using to make their resources available DOD-wide, Aug. 22, 2019, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The AUL is currently working on digitizing more than 2,500 linear feet of resources, providing the larger Air Force and DOD communities with access to their research and products regardless of location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty)

An Air University Library employee holds a historical document signed by former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Aug. 22, 2019, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. This document is just one of many historical products the Air University Library is digitizing, making it available to DOD employees, regardless of location.

An Air University Library employee holds a historical document signed by former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Aug. 22, 2019, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. This document is just one of many historical products the Air University Library is digitizing, making it available to DOD employees, regardless of location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty)

Alexandra Aldridge, Air University Library employee, demonstrates one of the digitization methods the library is using to make their resources available DOD-wide, Aug. 22, 2019, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The AUL is currently working on digitizing more than 2,500 linear feet of resources, providing the larger Air Force and DOD communities with access to their research and products regardless of location.

Alexandra Aldridge, Air University Library employee, demonstrates one of the digitization methods the library is using to make their resources available DOD-wide, Aug. 22, 2019, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The AUL is currently working on digitizing more than 2,500 linear feet of resources, providing the larger Air Force and DOD communities with access to their research and products regardless of location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty)

An Air University Library employee showcases one of the oldest books in the library’s collection, which they claim dates back to as early as 1611, Aug. 22, 2019, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. In addition to this book, the library has a vast collection of historical research and products that they are currently digitizing, which will soon be made available to Air Force and DOD employees around the world.

An Air University Library employee showcases one of the oldest books in the library’s collection, which dates back to the late 1700's, Aug. 22, 2019, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. In addition to this book, the library has a vast collection of historical research and products that they are currently digitizing, which will soon be made available to Air Force and DOD employees around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty)

An original copy of the ‘Air University Dispatch’ sits on display before AU Library employees digitize it, Aug. 22, 2019, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The library is currently working on digitizing all copies of the dispatch they have in possession, in addition to more than 2,500 linear feet of other current and historic research and documents.

An original copy of the ‘Air University Dispatch’ sits on display before AU Library employees digitize it, Aug. 22, 2019, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The library is currently working on digitizing all copies of the dispatch they have in possession, in addition to more than 2,500 linear feet of other current and historic research and documents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty)

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The Air University Library is currently digitizing and cataloging 2,500 linear feet of analog resources to make the entire collection of unclassified AU research and products readily available to the larger Air Force and DOD communities.

Once all documents have been fully processed, they will be available for AU students, faculty and staff and will not only significantly impact the Senior and Intermediate Professional Military Education cohort and the AU masters and doctorate programs, but will support the force development plans of Airmen and other branch service personnel, regardless of location.

“Air University Library’s vision is to ‘fuel Air Force research and connect the nation’s Airmen to information that makes a difference,’” said Alisha Miles, Air University Library Reader Services Division chief. “AU schools and programs are producing a wealth of useful information, and we are working to make sure it is available to all Airmen.”

In collaboration with the AU Integration Cell, AUL will work to promote awareness and utilization of the digitized resources in order to improve research, curriculum design and command decision making.

“The ability to sort the data by decade or subject through key word identification lends the ability to identify spikes in student research areas,” Miles said. “Additionally, by making such a large amount of information available in digital format, we are looking to introduce legitimate big data analytics into AU and provide a useful tool that can help visualize gaps in our student and faculty learning in order to guide future research and analysis.”

Just a few of the noteworthy collections being digitized are:

  • Air University Student Papers 1947-present
  • Air University History Office Photos
  • Historical Summary of the Women in the Air Force 1955-1971
  • United States Strategic Bombing Survey 1945 & 1947
  • The Dispatch (Maxwell-Gunter Newspaper) 1947-2014

All digitized resources can be found at the AU Library website.