Neil Armstrong Gives Papers to Archives
BY SAMMIE MORRIS
On Saturday, November 1, President Córdova announced that Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong is giving Archives and Special Collections his personal papers. These papers will serve as the launch pad for building a comprehensive flight archives in the Purdue Libraries. To read the full announcement, click here.
A Fond Farewell
BY EMILY MOBLEY
On August 14, 1986, I began employment in the Purdue Libraries as Associate Director for Public Services and Collection Development. My plan was to stay for about five years and then move on to a directorship at another university. My psyche was always challenged by going into situations where change was needed. It was fun to work with colleagues and administrators in order to “turn a ship” around and had never taken more than three to five years to create organizational success. After a few weeks here, it was apparent that the Purdue Libraries ship was terribly “heavy” and the anchor was cemented in bedrock. In addition, external forces, such as the university administration’s attitudes toward the library as well as an overall lack of monies in the university made it obvious that creating organizational success here was going to be a long and arduous struggle. The only hope was to develop a strategic plan for the libraries even though the university did not have one. Unfortunately, as we began to make progress on the background work (surveys, focus group discussions, etc.), Joe Dagnese, the Libraries director, died and I was thrust into the top leadership of the Libraries. At that point I knew that accepting the position of dean would mean that I would need to stay longer than five years. Now here its 22 years later and I’m just leaving. Geez, I must have really been having fun.
With the very hard work of many people in the Libraries, we cut the anchor and sailed off, full steam ahead, into a new direction. Within ten years, we had remarkable success. Prime among the successes was a change in the university administration’s perception of the Libraries. We gained a reputation for a “can do” attitude. Rather than “begging” for money, we would use our own budget and/or money from donors to develop “glimpses” of the future. This strategy resulted in previously unheard of influxes of new funds for technology and digital resources. I could go on and on about our many successes. It was truly a situation of WE did it. The best part of my years here was working with the vast majority of the libraries’ staff, even the “I’m from Missouri, show me” ones. Not everything on our list was done but we always took advantage of opportunities to help us reach our goals. The DLC is one example of absolutely seizing an opportunity.
What are my plans for retirement? On Saturday (11/8), I’m flying to Houston, TX, where my husband and I built our retirement home (at least for now). I’m going to spend at least a week just sitting on the patio drinking coffee and watching the many varieties of birds flying by. Our property is on a natural waterway so the birds have lots to eat. However, we also watch alligators swim down the creek as well as poisonous snakes slithering by. This is why we had the patio enclosed. I enjoy growing tropical flowers both outdoors and inside. When I’m not sitting on the patio, I’ll be at LA Fitness trying to find the body I used to have (no laughing now). To keep my brain from rotting, I do income tax preparation for AARP (at no charge). I have to pass an exam every year so the brain cells must work some. My next volunteer effort will be to teach English as a second language and teach adults basic education. Bill (my husband) and I also have a “bucket list” of travel desires. Next year should find us in Australia, Paris, or Egypt along with a short cruise or two.
As they say, “It’s been real.” I’ll miss all the wonderful people I’ve met and worked with but it’s time to move on. I did not want to die “with my boots on” as my predecessor did. Good luck to all in the future.
Stay Up to Date with Libraries News Through RSS Feeds
BY KAYLA GREGORY
Purdue has recently been pushing some new tools to promote campus programs and events online. The Libraries marketing office has been taking advantage of three of these tools – Purdue eBoard, eSidewalk, and the University News Service RSS feeds.
Pappy's Murals Depict Scenes from Campus
Pappy's has a new look, thanks in part to the Purdue Archives and Special Collections. Gary Goldberg, director of PMU dining, and mixdesigns, Inc., worked with Archives to obtain photographs for use in the murals that were used in the recently remolded dining area of Pappy's.
Photos were selected using eArchives and then high resolution images were provided for the final production of the murals and new signage.
"It was very easy to work with Archives and Special Collections," said Brandon Dzunda, mixdesigns, Inc. "Carl Snow was extremely helpful. He had all the pictures scanned and ready for me in just a few days; all it took was a phone call and a fax and I had everything I needed."
Be sure and check out the fun, retro look next time you're in the Memorial Union!
Libraries to Host GIS Day
BY CHRIS MILLER
Purdue Libraries will host a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day celebration on Wednesday, November 19, 2008. With support from the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Engineering, and the College of Science, this year’s event will be significantly bigger than last year’s and will feature several events aimed at a more general academic population.
GIS, typically defined, is a collection of software applications, hardware devices such as GPS receivers and data sensors, and various processes that take maps and statistical data and put them together in a digital mapping environment in order to ask questions of it all collectively. More loosely defined, GIS is appearing in most facets of the connected, networked life, from the driving directions and maps on our phones to the routes your UPS driver takes to your house to the coordinates attached to the Wikipedia articles you read. In academia specifically, geospatial information and data are becoming increasingly important and applicable to researchers and students across the curriculum, allowing Agricultural Economics students to analyze market trends at increasingly high spatial resolutions, helping atmospheric scientists produce inventories of carbon emissions, and empowering Agronomy faculty to include increasingly realistic, visualized depictions of earth data in their curricula.
Purdue’s GIS Day will feature a poster session and two presentation sessions that depict and describe various GIS projects and research from students, faculty, and labs across the campus. In addition, a geocaching contest (a kind of GPS-led scavenger hunt) and a map mashup workshop have been added to the GIS Day schedule this year. All sessions and events are free and open to the public. See gis.lib.purdue.edu for details and schedules.
Back to Class with Susan Bulkeley Butler Women's Archives
For the President’s Council Annual Back to Class Program, Sammie Morris and Stephanie Schmitz co-instructed a class on the Susan Bulkeley Butler Women’s Archives. In this class, Purdue alumni and donors learned about the role women have played in the University’s rich history and viewed some treasures of the Women’s Archives, including Susan Butler’s cord skirt, a women’s residence hall application from 1934, and the diaries of renowned plant-geneticist Anne Mae Lutz. Sammie talked about some of the key women in Purdue history, such as mountain climber Annie Peck Smith, “Queen of American Agriculture” Virginia Claypool Meredith, and creator of Stove Top Stuffing, Ruth Siems. She described how many of their contributions have gone undocumented, and discussed the importance of remembering the legacy of the women pioneers at Purdue. Stephanie touched on the nuts-and-bolts of archival processing, pointed out some key features of the Women’s Archives Web site, and described some of the acquisitions that have recently come into the archives. After the presentation, many women alumnae shared the unique experiences they had as students, including how an unofficial mandate required them to wear skirts up until the 1960s. Others shared stories about the women’s swimming pool, which was located off-campus.
New Faculty & Staff
Thanks for a Job Well Done
BY JANE KINKUS
Manage office equipment energy use better
Source: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
LibQUAL+™ By the Numbers
The final tally included 1,412 completed responses to the survey:
The task force will begin analyzing the data as soon as it is available from ARL. Look for a presentation on the results at the spring all-staff meeting!
Off the shelf
Libraries in the news
UNS Press Release, Nov. 1, 2008
mndaily.com, Oct. 22, 2008
UNS Press Release, Oct. 16, 2008
BIGTEN Network, Oct. 17, 2008
Library Director’s Summit,
Annual Staff Recognition
Presentation of Certificates
National Gaming at your Library Day
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. Coffee, tea, water, or soft drink?
Q. What do you like to do for fun?
Q. Where are you from (hometown)?
Q. What do you like about the Purdue Libraries?
Q. What’s your favorite book?
Q. lf 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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