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IMPACT Symposium with Dr. George Kuh

9 April 2016 - 10:59am

The IMPACT Symposium was held on the morning of Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Purdue Memorial Union’s East and West Faculty Lounges. Dr. George Kuh, professor emeritus at Indiana University and the founding director of the widely used National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), spoke at the Symposium about high impact education practices, such as undergraduate research, learning communities, and writing intensive courses. Dr. Kuh said that through all of our endeavors, we must teach students to:

  • Reflect on their experiences in and out of the classroom,
  • Apply what they have learned to new challenges and opportunities, and
  • Integrate what they are learning from different courses and out-of class experiences.

    Dr. George Kuh presenting at the 2016 IMPACT Symposium

Hosted by Purdue’s IMPACT program (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation), a University-wide initiative in which instructors redesign foundational courses to make them more student-centered, the Symposium aimed to promote discussion of innovative teaching and learning at Purdue. The Symposium planning committee was comprised of Libraries faculty Clarence Maybee (Chair) and Michael Flierl, and ITaP staff Suzanne Ahlersmeyer and Sheree Buikema.

Of the 100 attendees at the Symposium presentation, 70 stayed to engage in faculty-led table discussions about three themes that Dr. Kuh spoke about: 1) forging tomorrow’s workforce, 2) empowering diverse learners, and 3) fostering student success. The ten table leaders were faculty who had previously participated in IMPACT.

In the afternoon of April 6th, Dr. Kuh facilitated an Assignment Charrette workshop with a group of instructors from IMPACT and the Teaching Academy. An architectural term, a charrette is an intense creative effort in a limited time period. The fifteen instructors who attended this workshop shared and discussed ways to make one of their assignments more effective.

Purdue Libraries Top Information Literacy Researchers

8 January 2016 - 11:55pm

Researchers from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information at Nanyang Technological University have conducted a study analyzing the publishing trends of information literacy scholarship. Their team examined a total of 1,989 records from Scopus bibliographic database between 2003 and 2012. The information literacy research conducted by faculty and staff at Purdue University Libraries is featured very prominently in the results of this review. Michael Fosmire, professor and Head of PSET Division, is identified as a prolific author, having published eight or more articles during this period of time. A 2006 article by Clarence Maybee, Information Literacy Specialist, was one of the most highly cited articles during the period covered in the review. Most notably, Purdue Libraries are on the top ten list of institutions with authors producing publications on information literacy. Correcting for different ways that affiliations are listed in Scopus, we are the number one producer of information literacy publications in the world! Reflective of our important contribution to information literacy education, this is a tremendous accomplishment of which we should all be very proud.

The full-text of the article is available from the Nanyang Technological University institutional repository.

New Information Literacy Mission Statement!

17 December 2015 - 8:52am

Purdue Libraries presents a new information literacy mission statement:

Purdue University Libraries’ research-based information literacy programming empowers Purdue’s diverse communities of learners to use information critically to learn and to create new knowledge, fostering academic, personal, and professional success.

A team of Libraries faculty (Catherine Fraser Riehle, Ilana Stonebraker, and Clarence Maybee) led a process in fall 2015 to revise the Libraries’ information literacy statement to reflect our current mission, which aligns closely with campus goals for learning. The statement was developed through an inclusive process that included input gathered from stakeholders in the Libraries as well as faculty from other departments.

The extended version of the new mission statement is available on Purdue Libraries’ website:

Augustana Information Literacy Workshop

13 November 2015 - 4:53pm


Mike Flierl, Information Literacy Instructional Designer, attended the Augustana Information Literacy Workshop held in Camrose, Alberta.  While there, Mike learned about using ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education from Sharon Mader, ACRL’s Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy. He also presented on strategies for communicating about information literacy to faculty in other disciplines. When he returned Purdue, Mike presented the key points of the workshop to Libraries faculty during a bi-monthly brown bag meeting.

Data Informed Learning

12 November 2015 - 4:35pm

Clarence Maybee, Information Literacy Specialist, presented a poster with Lisa Zilinski from Carnegie Mellon University at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting on data informed learning. Based on informed learning (Bruce, 2008), data informed learning shifts the focus from acquiring generic data-related skills to learning how to use data in disciplinary contexts. The aim of this project is to develop a data literacy framework for higher education that places learning about using data in the context of disciplinary learning.


Bruce, C. S. (2008). Informed Learning. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Data Information Literacy: Librarians, Data, and the Education of a New Generation of Researchers

24 February 2015 - 8:55am

New book discusses data information literacy:

Carlson J. & Johnston, L. R. “Data Information Literacy: Librarians, Data, and the Education of a New Generation of Researchers” (2015). Purdue University Press e-Books.

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Integrating Information into the Engineering Design Process – Available via ePubs

24 February 2015 - 8:46am

Fosmire, Michael and Radcliffe, David, “Integrating Information into the Engineering Design Process” (2013). Purdue University Press e-Books.

Now available via Purdue ePubs:

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Eric Mazur is coming to Purdue – April 10th!

3 February 2015 - 4:35pm


Event sponsored by IMPACT.

5th Information Literacy Research Symposium

23 September 2013 - 12:11pm

The Purdue University Libraries, Discovery Learning Research Center, and Center for Instructional Excellence present


The 5th Information Literacy Research Symposium


“Toward Informed Learning in Professional Practice”


By Dr. Mary Somerville


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Purdue University West Lafayette Campus


During the morning presentation, eminent library leader and researcher Dr. Mary Somerville will discuss her research on informed learning.  She will explain how it builds on her experiences as a practitioner/researcher/leader.  She will reflect on her colleagues’ engagement with informed learning and the implications of informed learning for academic curriculum design.  She will invite questions and comments from the audience members as educators, including a discussion of opportunities to take the ideas presented forward.


The afternoon will consist of a workshop to design an instructional activity or a cross-disciplinary project based on informed learning theory and principles.



9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.                          Registration

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.                             Presentation

12 p.m. -1 p.m.                                Lunch

1 pm. – 3  p.m.                                  Workshop


Registration fees:

$60        General Registration

$25        Purdue University Faculty and Staff (waived for Purdue Libraries Faculty)

For more information and to register, go to


Introductory Statistics Course Builds Students’ Foundational Information Literacy

24 January 2013 - 9:38am

In this video, Ellen Gundlach, who teaches STAT 113 (Statistics and Society) at Purdue, discusses how the course enhances students’ information literacy. STAT 113 is part of Purdue’s new core curriculum, and students passing this course will have met two foundational core outcomes: Science, Technology and Society and Information Literacy. In spring 2012, STAT 113 was redesigned to through Purdue’s IMPACT program.

Foundational Information Literacy Courses at Purdue

27 December 2012 - 9:19pm

The University Curriculum Council (UCC) has  recommended fifteen courses as meeting the foundational information literacy outcome that is part of Purdue’s new core curriculum. Students starting at Purdue in 2013-14 will have to take a number of courses to meet the eight foundational core outcomes. One or more of the courses students take will be focused on developing their information literacy at the foundational level. These courses teach how to use information in fundamental ways while the students are learning about the subject matter.

Faculty in the Libraries were instrumental in helping departments nominate courses meeting the foundational information literacy outcome. The Libraries’ Curriculum Committee partnered with the Provost’s Office of Assessment to co-sponsor a workshop to help teaching faculty to determine if their course met the information literacy outcome and prepare their nomination materials. Many of the Libraries’ liaisons have consulted with teaching faculty in various ways to help them identify and revise the courses recommended to be part of the new core. Four of the recommended courses worked with faculty from the Libraries when redesigning the course through Purdue’s IMPACT program. Two more of these courses will be going through IMPACT this spring.

In the spring, the UCC will turn its attention to reviewing departmental submissions explaining how they are addressing information literacy at embedded-levels within their curriculum and programs.

The complete list of approved core courses is available at

Libraries Support Student-centered Teaching and Learning

11 October 2012 - 10:28pm

Since Fall 2011, the Purdue University Libraries have been participating in Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT), a Provost sponsored program that supports the redesign of foundational courses to promote student-centered teaching and learning. The facilitation of the IMPACT program is a collaborative effort of a number of campus entities, including the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE), Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC), Extended Campus, iTaP Teaching and Learning, and the Libraries.  The Libraries participate in IMPACT through a wide range of activities, such as serving on the IMPACT Steering and Management Committees, working collaboratively with other units on campus to develop an IMPACT curriculum for teaching faculty redesigning courses, and serving as members of course redesign teams.



Indiana Information Literacy Awareness Week

8 October 2012 - 10:00am

Governor Daniels named the first week of October as Information Literacy Awareness Week!  We are the 11th state in the country to issue such a proclamation.  Other states that have proclamations are Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Texas.

This effort was led by Susan Clark (Director of Library Services, Ivy Tech Community College East Central Region); Marie White, (Library Director, Ivy Tech Community College Indiana, Southern Indiana Region LTA Program Chair); and Catherine Pellegrino (Reference Librarian/Instruction Coordinator, Saint Mary’s College Library, Notre Dame, IN).