BY JIM MULLINS
This holiday season we are facing challenges that our nation hasn’t seen in decades, and while our tendency may be to focus on the financial crisis, this is a special opportunity to reconnect with the many things we treasure in life. It is a time to share memories with family, to relax with friends, to seek ways to help those who are less fortunate.
We, who work in the library field, play a very important role in provision of information at any time, but in times of crisis, our role is heightened as people turn to libraries for enhanced reasons. A recent National Public Radio (NPR) news story focused on how use of public libraries, nationwide, has greatly increased as people seek a sense of stability as well as assistance with job searches, access to the internet, or, a short respite with a good book or DVD. For we who work in academic libraries, the story is similar as our students and faculty turn to us for assistance with their learning and discovery goals, but also, as they seek assistance from us in new ways.
LC Made Easy
LC Easy is now available for all Libraries staff and students to access. This software will help users learn the basics of the Library of Congress classification system: how call numbers are constructed and how to shelve/organize books according to this classification scheme
Link to LC Easy: http://purl.lib.purdue.edu/db/lceasy
Students Appreciate Extended Library Hours
Nima Zahedi (junior in management), Sachin Khare (junior in engineering), and Ian Pfeiffer (junior in management) study for final exams in the Hicks Undergraduate Library during the Libraries extended hours December 5 – 20, 2008.
Nima says, “I haven’t been to bed all night and I came here from the Management library when they closed at 2:00 a.m. to continue to study. I like coming to the library because there are no distractions here; my dorm room isn’t very good for staying focused.”
Ian says, “I come to the library to study because it’s a good place to find classmates who are studying for the same exam and the tables and comfortable chairs make it easier to study in groups.”
Sachin echoes Ian’s comments, “There’s enough space here to spread out and do our work rather than being crammed in our small dorm rooms. I really appreciate the extended hours and the environment that the libraries provide for the students who are already stressed out. It’s just more comfortable here.”
All three students were tired but thankful to have the libraries as a place to study, find support, and relax a little before heading out for their final economics exam.
Graduating Seniors Honored
These graduating seniors were recognized by Dean Mullins for their dedicated service to the Purdue Libraries.
BRITTANY ACKERSON, VETM; ALANA CLARK, HSSE; ANKIT DHAWAN, UGRL; CLAUDIA HONG, VETM; MANAV JAIN, ENGR; BRITTANY KOGER, UGRL; CORBIT WHITE, AUX
Books will be ordered in each student's area of study and placed in the coordinating library. Each book will bear a name plate honoring that student.
Easy Process for Emergency Notification
BY SHARON STURGEON
Purdue University has established an Emergency Warning Notification System to quickly communicate emergency messages. As part of a multi-layered approach for communicating information in the event of a public safety emergency, Purdue has added an opt-in text message system.
To sign up, go to www.purdue.edu/securepurdue click on “Change My Emergency Contact Number” icon, enter your career account and password, and then enter your cell phone number in the space provided.
Brown Bag Seminars for January 2009
Brown Bags are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month from noon – 1:00 p.m. in the HSSE Conference Room.
January 7, 2009
January 12, 2009
January 21, 2009
For a complete list visit the Libraries intranet, http://intranet.lib.purdue.edu/display/LFC/seminar.
New Faculty & Staff
LIBBY WAHL, HSSE
BY JANE KINKUS
Marianne Stowell Bracke (LIFE) suggests a couple of web sites devoted to frugality, and frugal tactics often overlap with green efforts. The first is a blog penned by The Frugal Girl (http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/), a 30 year old mother of four. Frugal Girl offers practical tips such as how to save money at the grocery store, raising kids frugally (take note, all you Libraries expectant parents!), and some DIY tips such as how to make your own yogurt without any fancy gadgets. I could go on, but I’ll leave it to the reader to explore on her/his own.
Archives and Special Collections Making Progress
Libraries staff were provided with guided tours on December 15, 2008 of the new Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center.
The new Archives & Special Collections space will be open to the public when classes commence on January 12, 2009. Grand opening events are being planned for April 2009 to coincide with Purdue's Gala Week.
Off the shelf
Libraries in the news
Purdue Today, Dec. 22, 2008
UNS Press Release, Dec. 18, 2008
Journal & Courier, Dec. 14, 2008
ITaP's IDC Newsletter, Dec.12, 2008
Journal & Courier, Dec. 11, 2008
Lunch & Learn
Libraries Staff a - Z
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job and why?
Q. How long have you worked in the Libraries and at Purdue?
Q. What is one unforgettable experience that has happened to you or your coworkers while working in the library?
Q. What’s your favorite book, Web site, movie, or database?
Q. Have you been in all the Purdue Libraries?
Q. Coffee, tea, water, or soft drink?
Q. What do you like to do for fun?
Q. What Library do you work in?
Q. What do you like about the Purdue Libraries?
Q. What’s your favorite book?
Q. If you could add a class to Purdue’s curriculum, what would it be?
Q. What’s the best birthday present you’ve received?
Q. Do you use Facebook or Myspace?
Q. Who would like to meet and have dinner with?
Q. What do you do for fun?
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2008 Holiday Recipes
Visit the Libraries Intranet site for a variety of great holiday recipes.
Retired Math Sciences Librarian, Richard Funkhouser writes with regards to Dawn Stahura's recent scholarship award, the Esther Schlundt Memorial Scholarship.
"Esther Schlundt worked in the Purdue Libraries. She was head of public services form 1955 - 1964 and previously was head of the reference department in the old General (HSSE) Library. She was my boss for seven years when I was head of the Engineering Libraries."
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