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“Building Purdue: 150 Years of the West Lafayette Campus” Exhibit to Open Aug. 27 in Purdue Archives and Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections - 22 August 2018 - 2:03pm
Purdue University Archives and Special Collections (ASC) latest exhibit highlights the physical growth and evolution of Purdue’s West Lafayette campus since the University was founded in 1869. “Building Purdue: 150 Years of the West Lafayette Campus” will be on display from Monday, Aug. 27–Friday, Dec. 14 in the ASC (located on the fourth floor of […]

A Tribute to Chana Bloch: Poet, Teacher, and Mother

Purdue Press News - 8 August 2018 - 10:03am
This blog post is written by Jonathan Bloch, son of Chana Bloch. The 36.2 (Summer 2018) issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies is a tribute issue for writer, poet, teacher, and mother: Chana Bloch (1940-2017). In the words of the special issue editors, Rachel Tzvia Back and Dara Barnat, “We gather together […]

Purdue Open Access Education Journal, IJPBL, Engages New Co-Editor

Purdue Press News - 29 June 2018 - 10:06am
Purdue University Press is pleased to announce that the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning (IJPBL) has engaged a new co-editor, Xun Ge, to serve the publication alongside journal co-editor Krista Glazewski, associate professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University. IJPBL publishes relevant, interesting, and challenging articles of research, analysis, or promising practice related to […]

Informed Learning Design Project

Projects & Activities - 14 June 2018 - 12:15pm

Dr. Clarence Maybee, Michael Flierl and Rachel Fundator have begun a new project this summer in which they are working with Purdue instructors to develop informed learning assignments. These assignments allow undergraduates to intentionally learn to use information sources at the same time as they are learning about course content, e.g., disciplinary concepts, theories, practices, etc.

The group is hosting two 1-day workshops this summer to work with instructors to create or revise assignments using the informed learning design. Grounded in the informed learning pedagogic model,1 informed learning design was developed by Dr. Maybee to guide the creation of assignments in which students intentionally learn to use information sources at the same time as they are learning course content. For example, students in a statistical literacy course who are learning about statistical concepts, may do so by applying those concepts to make sense of statistics reported in the popular press, or students studying local history may be asked to make a short documentary-style video in which they must learn to use archival materials to support their argument.

Participants and designers at the first Informed Learning Design workshop – June 11, 2018

The newly created or redesigned informed learning assignments will be implemented in courses during the 2018-19 academic year. After the assignments are completed, Maybee, Flierl, and Fundator will interview students about their experiences with this new type of assignment.

Project Participants

Tracy Grimm, University Archives and Special Collections

Jennifer Hall, Communications

Alex Isaacs, College of Pharmacy

Julius Keller, School of Aviation and Transportation Technology

Monica Miller, College of Pharmacy

Cara Putnum, Krannert School of Management


New Series Editor for Purdue Information Literacy Handbooks

Purdue Press News - 14 May 2018 - 9:01am
Purdue University Press is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Clarence Maybee as series editor for Purdue Information Literacy Handbooks. The series, founded by Dr. Sharon Weiner, promotes evidence-based practice in teaching information literacy competencies through the lens of the different academic disciplines. The content of each volume includes the perspectives of disciplinary experts […]

Human-Animal Bond Series Editor Q&A for National Pet Week

Purdue Press News - 10 May 2018 - 11:07am
In order to celebrate National Pet Week we reached out to the editors of our book series, New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond, to ask them a few short questions about the series and their own pets. Both series editors are at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University. Alan Beck, ScD is director of […]

Therapy Dogs in Education: The True Story of How an Eleven-Year-Old Girl Learned to Love Reading with the Help of Moose

Purdue Press News - 30 April 2018 - 2:34pm
  You can find him at the Alamosa, Colorado library during story time; people always feel comfortable around him; he loves helping children become better readers…can you guess who he is? Moose, the reading therapy dog! Moose is a registered therapy dog who has been providing animal assisted interventions in his community since 2011. One […]

Purdue Archives’ New Exhibit Tells Story of “The Sixties: A Decade of Triumph, Struggle, and Change at Purdue”

Archives and Special Collections - 27 April 2018 - 11:10am
A new exhibit, “The Sixties: A Decade of Triumph, Struggle, and Change” from Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, a division of Purdue Libraries, features a rich variety of artifacts, photographs, and documents, all from the Archives’ collections. According to Archivist for University History Adriana Harmeyer, the artifacts and displays spotlight the student experience at […]

From the Archives: At the Beginning

Archives and Special Collections - 22 April 2018 - 3:30pm
For our final From the Archives photo this semester, we look way, way back to the oldest photo of campus.  Where is this?  Can you identify any of the buildings?  When would this have been taken? Share your ideas in the comments and check back on Friday to learn the details about this photo.

Johns Hopkins Libraries Dean to Present “Research Infrastructure for Open Scholarship” April 26 in Stewart Center

Open Access - 6 April 2018 - 10:02am
Learn about how faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries are building research infrastructure to support open scholarship for a range of disciplines—spanning the sciences to the humanities—at the Purdue University Libraries’ upcoming guest talk by Sayeed Choudhury. The Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and […]

Combining the Worlds of Philosophy and Literature

Purdue Press News - 30 March 2018 - 2:36pm
On March 15th the Purdue University Press released Of Levinas and Shakespeare: “To See Another Thus” edited by Moshe Gold and Sandor Goodhart with Kent Lehnhof. Scholars have used Levinas as a lens through which to view many authors and texts, fields of endeavor, and works of art. Yet no book-length work or dedicated volume […]

From the Archives: Play Ball!

Archives and Special Collections - 25 March 2018 - 3:30pm
Spring is here, which means warmer weather and baseball season!  Baseball has always been a popular activity at Purdue.  Can you identify the location of this baseball game?  When was it?  How many landmarks can you identify in the background?  Share your theories in the comments and check back on Friday for the full story! […]

From the Archives: Paperwork

Archives and Special Collections - 11 March 2018 - 3:30pm
In this image, many people have gathered to complete an important task that is a regular part of every student’s college experience.  What are they doing?  How was it organized?  Where is this? Share your ideas in the comments and check back on Friday for the full story!

From the Archives: An Active Classroom

Archives and Special Collections - 25 February 2018 - 2:30pm
Purdue students have always enjoyed hands-on activities as part of their coursework, gaining real world experience as they prepare for their future careers.  What course of study are these students following?  What are they doing?  Where are they?  Share your ideas in the comments and check back on Friday for the reveal!

NEW BOOK: IMPACT Learning: Librarians at the Forefront of Change in Higher Education

Projects & Activities - 20 February 2018 - 10:30pm

My new book, IMPACT Learning: Librarians at the Forefront of Change in Higher Education, describes how academic libraries can enable the success of higher education students by creating or partnering with teaching and learning initiatives that support meaningful learning through engagement with information. Since the 1970s, the academic library community has been advocating and developing programming for information literacy. This book discusses existing models, extracting lessons from Purdue University Libraries’ partnership with other units to create a campus-wide course development program, Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT), which provides academic libraries with tools and strategies for working with faculty and departments to integrate information literacy into disciplinary courses.

First two chapters available in Google Books

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New Research: Academic Librarians’ Experiences of Educational Design

Projects & Activities - 14 February 2018 - 9:19pm

Academic librarians often collaborate closely with instructors to integrate information literacy into coursework. A new study is underway that uses phenomenography, a research methodology that reveals different ways people experience the same phenomenon, to investigate the experiences of librarians working with instructors in the IMPACT program to make changes in their courses.

Purdue Research Team:
Michael Flierl, Learning Design Specialist
Clarence Maybee, Information Literacy Specialist
Rachel Fundator, Information Literacy Instructional Designer

From the Archives: A Campus House

Archives and Special Collections - 11 February 2018 - 2:30pm
Many buildings have housed Purdue’s departments and organizations.  Those that are gone often played an important role in the foundation and growth of programs that still exist on campus today.  Do you know what organization was based in this structure?  How long was this building its home?  Where was it located?  Share your ideas in […]

From the Archives: Balloon Parade

Archives and Special Collections - 28 January 2018 - 2:30pm
It’s always a good time to celebrate Purdue!  In this image, we see a large group of people parading along a West Lafayette street.  Can you identify the location and the time period?  Where might they have been going? Share your guesses in the comments and check back on Friday when we reveal the full […]

From the Archives: A Winter Scene

Archives and Special Collections - 15 January 2018 - 2:30pm
Winter break is over and classes are back in session, but Purdue’s campus still looks like a winter wonderland.  Students have been trekking through snow to travel between their classes, dorms, and activities, just as they always have.  The features in this photograph are no longer part of the campus landscape, but can you identify […]


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