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AU Library News and Exhibits

Air University Library celebrates 75 years

As it is now said often that 75 is the new 40, Air University Library celebrated its 75th anniversary recently, showing that it still has youthful exuberance to get after its mission of serving the entire institution with research support for the students, faculty and staff. Former Air University Library Director Robert Lane (right) joined the library staff to help them celebrate the library’s 75th anniversary, April 1, 2021. Lane was director from 1974-2000. Lane is pictured with current AU Library Director Alisha Miles and AU Academic Services Director Dr. Mehmed Ali. (Courtesy photo)


Air University students experience virtual reality regional study trips

Over the years, students of the Regional Security Studies course at AWC have traveled to various regions to conduct field studies. The RSS trips enable senior leaders to become familiar with the political, military, economic, cultural and security issues within different regions around the world. This year, however, the trips were cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and safety concerns, leaving students unable to participate in this pivotal piece of the program. Seeing a need, Dr. Brian Selmeski, an associate professor and the director of strategic initiatives, and Dr. Andy Clayton, assistant professor of leadership and augmented reality/virtual reality research task force director, teamed up with the staff at the AU Teaching and Learning Center and AU Library to come up with an alternative experience for the students.

VR Study Trips



AU Library makes women’s exhibit available online during pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Air University Library has made their exhibit, Female Pioneers: Those Who Did, So We Knew We Could, available online. “We are excited to have recently launched the new web exhibit and resource guide on Women’s Equality Day in honor of the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment,” said Dr. Mehmed Ali, Air University Library academic services director. “The guide is our small contribution toward helping bring attention to the larger issues that women continue to face a century later.”
While the Lunch and Learn was a onetime experience, the exhibit is still on display at the library and can be viewed on their website,

Women's exhibit



“Father of the Air Force’s” grandson visits Air University

Robert Arnold, the grandson of Air Force pioneer Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold, listens as Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center faculty members detail the history of Air University and their efforts to preserve that history, Nov. 13, 2019, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Robert Arnold visited the AU in search of an organization to donate his grandfather’s memorabilia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cassandra Cornwell.)


Air University elective broadens SOS students’ research experience

"Using the 3D printer in the innovation lab at the Muir S. Fairchild Research and Information Center, research assistants have developed prototype parts requested by C-130 aircrews. Once such part was manufactured for the Air Force Reserve’s 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base. The part is used to support crew-seat armrests on the unit’s C-130s. Getting a replacement part from the original manufacturer would cost roughly $300 and an untold amount of time to get; however, a former research assistant, Capt. Ian Watkins, a B-1 crew member at Dyess AFB, Texas, was able to manufacture the prototype in about four hours for less than $2 in materials."  -Phil Berube, Air University Public Affairs.


Air University Press unveil new bookstore in AU Library

Dr. Mehmed Ali, Air University Academic Services director, and Lt. Col. Daren Greg, Air University Press director, cut the ribbon on the new Air University Press bookstore located within the Air University Library, Sept. 20, 2019, on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The new bookstore offers free books published by the AU Press, primarily covering topics of airpower and defense strategy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)


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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty)


Air University orientation gives wing commanders new tools for their tool box

Chief Master Sgt. Lee Mills, 673rd Air Base Wing command chief from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, tests out virtual reality Aug. 13, 2019, during the Air University wing commander’s orientation on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Just one of the many projects the attendees had the opportunity to learn about was Air University’s application of virtual and mixed-reality as a means of enhancing the training of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trey Ward)


Knowledge Constellation Code Jam

Maj. Scott Van de Water, Air University Integration Cell, leads an ideation session using a visualization of data during the Knowledge Constellation Code Jam at the AU Library on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, April 8, 2019. The code jam is to support an initiative by the library to take current holdings and add a real-time connectivity layer to facilitate student and faculty research. (U.S. Air Force photo by Billy Birchfield)


MGMWERX hosts Library Ideation Workshop

Justin Chrysostom, Air University librarian, shares a few of the new technologies offered at the AU library during the MGMWERX Library Ideation Workshop, Feb. 21, 2019, in Montgomery, Alabama. The Air University Library recently opened the new Innovation Lab, which boasts augment reality and virtual reality headsets, a 3D printer and a raspberry pie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)


MSFRIC honors African - American History Month

An attendee of the “Maxwell and the Movement” exhibit looks over the pictures on display at the Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, Feb. 21, 2019, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The exhibit displayed photos and writings highlighting the successes and challenges overcome by African – Americans here at Maxwell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Francisco Melendez – Espinosa)


Renovation meets Innovation at the MSFRIC

Team members from the Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center and the Teaching and Learning center open the Innovation Lab, Oct. 2, 2018, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The Innovation Lab features virtual and augmented reality technology for Air University students to further their studies and research. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samuel Contreras)


First Research Roundtable connected students, authors

(From Left) Col. Jeffrey Donnithorne, Air University Chief Academic Officer; Col. Jeremy Weber, Judge Advocate General’s School; Dr. Forrest Marion, Air Force Historical Research Agency; Dr. Filomeno Arenas and Dr. Daniel Connelly, Air Command and Staff College faculty; and Dr. William Waddell, Air War College faculty, pose with books they authored in the Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center Auditorium after the AU Research Roundtable Oct. 11. The first AU Research Roundtable was hosted by the AU Library and AU Press to highlight published faculty from across AU and promote the knowledge and research occurring across the university. (Courtesy Photo)


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Words to the Wise

In this issue of Words to the Wise, we’d like to highlight some resources where you can find digital images to enhance your research papers.

Are you looking for a portrait of a war hero? An image of an aircraft? A World War I poster?  Ranging from still, motion and multimedia digital images, you have access to 25 databases featuring images related to military, defense and space topics.  You can begin your search by clicking here: Best Bets for Digital Images.  

Please note that official Air Force symbols are protected by trademark and licensing laws.  You can find more information about gaining permission to use these images here:  Information on Trademarks.

What is the MSFRIC Words to the Wise?

The MSFRIC Words is a bi-weekly email prepared by your librarians to highlight MSFRIC resources, share research tips, announce new Research Guides and other helpful tidbits that may be useful to everyone.  Please call us at 953-5042 if you have any questions about this edition of MSFRIC Words.


Archived MSFRIC Installment News

Archived issues of the MSFRIC Installment News are available upon request.  Ask us here.

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