The Purdue University Libraries system on the West Lafayette campus includes six subject-oriented libraries, the Hicks Undergraduate Library, and the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. Staff totals more than 220, including 90 faculty and professionals. The campus library system includes 3,876,830 printed volumes and electronic books; 164,663 electronic and print journals; and government documents and microforms in excess of 377,000 and 86,000, respectively. To complement our online collections, the Purdue Libraries houses 628,452 volumes in closed stacks that can be requested by individuals for next-day delivery. In addition, any item held in the Big Ten Academic Alliance libraries can be requested directly and typically arrives within a few days.
Even in the Digital Age, the physical library remains an important study space for students; door counts have increased to more than two million per academic year. Information to complete assignments is accessible 24/7. The faculty and staff in the Purdue University Press and the University Copyright Office report to the dean of libraries, and the work of these units is integrated into the operations of the Libraries.
The Purdue e-Pubs digital repository, also a part of Libraries, is an open access software platform, which provides access to full-text publications, as well as unique, previously unpublished scholarly content. It currently contains more than 55,118 items and has registered 15,397,175 downloads as of December 2017.
Award-Winning and International Leadership Initiatives
In 2015, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), honored Purdue University Libraries with the Excellence in Libraries Award based on the Libraries’ numerous innovative initiatives. Those include: leadership in re-defining the role of libraries to meet the needs and expectations of its university; creating a research community in the 21st century, through innovative programs and projects in information literacy; new space designs; new publishing models; international collaborations; and data management (see www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q1/purdue-libraries-named-2015-acrl-excellence-in-university-library-award-winner.html).
Libraries have re-purposed space to support and enable study, teaching, and learning to meet students’ needs for team-, active- and collaborative-learning spaces. Such space is typified by the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics, the Hicks Undergraduate Library, and the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, home of the Library of Engineering and Science, at the center of campus. Of Purdue Libraries’ 338,656 sq. ft., 118,099 sq. ft. are designated as study space or carrels with 3,470 seats.
Libraries faculty members collaborate with other faculty on campus as principal investigators on research projects. Libraries faculty also collaborate with University colleagues by applying library science principles to the management of information and data, whether tangible (archives, books, journals) or intangible (scientific and technical datasets). They are also educational partners in the integration of information literacy into the curriculum, as they teach courses in several departments.
Faculty and staff in the Purdue Libraries facilitate and support a significant goal for Purdue students, which is to graduate with the ability to critique, evaluate, and integrate the best and most appropriate information in order to understand problems and devise solutions in their work and throughout their lives.
Purdue Libraries has an international leadership role through DataCite and assigns Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to datasets in order to enable attribution and discovery. The Purdue University Research Repository (PURR) is a joint endeavor of the Libraries; Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP); and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP) that provides an institutional capability for Purdue researchers and their collaborators to manage, publish, and archive their datasets to meet funder data-management plan requirements.
Author: Libraries Faculty and Staff, January 2018