Libraries Collaborates with the College of Agriculture to Highlight J. C. Allen Collection

A reception was held in Archives and Special Collections to celebrate an exhibition of photography and artifacts from the J. C. Allen Collection. The event highlighted the successful collaborative efforts of the Libraries and the College of Agriculture to preserve the more than 2,000 prints, glass plates, and negatives that make up the collection. The College of Agriculture had maintained the collection until space became available in Archives and Special Collections.

J. C. Allen came to the Purdue College of Agriculture in 1909, where he photographed significant advances in extension activities, teaching, research, and completion of new agriculture buildings, in addition to chronicling the progress and significant milestones of Purdue. His photographs were used in agricultural publications including Prairie Farmer, Successful Farming, and Farm Journal. Allen's archive of Purdue photos includes images of Amelia Earhart, the Memorial Union construction, and Ross-Ade Stadium, and other historical events.

"Agriculture in Focus: Through the Lens of J. C. Allen," will be on display until December 23 in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. The exhibit was curated by Elizabeth Wilkinson, processing and public services archivist.

J.C. Allen Reception

Jim Mullins presents a framed copy of the poster used for the exhibit to John Allen, grandson of J. C. Allen. Pictured with them is College of Agriculture Dean, Jay Akridge and Life Sciences Information Specialist, Marianne Stowell Bracke.


Jane Taylor to retire on December 1

Jane TaylorJane Taylor, assistant to the Dean, will retire on December 1, 2010 exactly seven years after she began her Purdue career in the Libraries.

Jane came to the Libraries as a receptionist in the Administrative Offices working under the supervision of Diane Lasic. After Diane’s retirement in 2004 Jane was promoted to her current position. “Life is a lot about luck; I was lucky to be working in the Libraries and to have the opportunity to be offered my current position,” says Jane. “I thoroughly enjoy what I do, how much luckier can it be to be able to say that and mean it?”

Of the many duties Jane has, her main job is to keep the dean’s schedule flowing smoothly and trying to make things easier for him. “Keeping the dean’s calendar is kind of like being an air traffic controller; scheduling appointments, bringing in the client, and making sure there aren’t any ‘crashes’ along the way. When I first started in this position I had to use a spread sheet that included everyone’s daily schedules and make a lot of phone calls. Outlook certainly made it much easier!”

“Jane's role as 'air traffic controller' was an incredible help to me, she made my role as dean much easier," says Jim Mullins. “She kept things organized for me, the Libraries' staff and the people with whom I was meeting.”

Some of her other favorite jobs included overseeing the remodeling of the Libraries administrative office area and event planning.  “I’ll never forget planning the first staff awards picnic on Memorial Mall. The tent was too small, it rained, and it was cold, but it was great fun and the staff seemed to appreciate the extra effort of having the picnic atmosphere.”

“My time in the Libraries has certainly been fun, exciting, and challenging. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, okay, well except retirement,” laughs Jane. She is thankful for the many opportunities she has experienced while working in the University environment and especially getting to know the Libraries staff. “Working on a college campus helps keep one’s mind active and alert, in touch with today’s youth, and staying young at heart. I am so thankful to have had this experience. “

Retirement will find Jane and Phil, her husband of almost 49 years, spending time in their country home overlooking the Wildcat creek, traveling to visit with their three children and their nine grandchildren, and cultivating new gardening activities. Jane also plans to perfect her knitting and crocheting skills during the day. “Trying to be creative, watch a movie, and relax all at the same time during the evening hours is difficult to do – sleep too often ends the struggle!”

Jim says, “Jane always greeted me each morning with a smile, always ready to help and offer her support. I will miss her, but at the same time, I envy her for what lies ahead with family, travel, and doing just what she wants with her time. I wish for her a wonderful retirement, she has earned it!  Congratulations Jane.  Enjoy!”

A reception for Jane will be held on Monday, November 30 in STEW 279 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and congratulate Jane on her retirement.


Libraries extend hours to help students prepare for finals

HSSE Students studyingLibraries staff have been hard at work rearranging schedules, partnering with staff in other libraries, and looking for budget-conscious ways to provide students with a great place to study at the end of the semester.

Four libraries will again extend their hours and provide refreshments for students who are preparing for their final exams and projects.

The Hicks Undergraduate Library and the Siegesmund Engineering Library will be open 24/7 starting on Sunday, December 6th, through 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 19.

The Humanities, Social Science, and Education Library and the Management and Economics Library will be extending their regular hours to stay open until 2:00 a.m. during finals week (Sunday, December 13-Thursday, December 17).

Hours are posted online at


Staff members recognized for 265 years of service

30 Years
Lil Conarroe
Michael Solomon

25 Years
Sue Long
Mary Sego

20 Years
Cheryl Oliver
Richard Pierson
Candy Scott
Marilynn Shonkwiler

15 Years
Frances Christman

10 Years
Jill Begley
Dianna Deputy
Bonnie Douglas
Marsha Hill
Kelly Stingle
Terry Wade

The honorees will be recognized by the Libraries Administration and staff on Thursday, December 17 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in STEW 279. Please plan to attend and offer them your congratulations.

All new staff who have joined the Libraries since November 2008 to the present will also be welcomed and recognized. They include: Libby Wahl (DPIA), Dacia Wiesler (ACS), Michelle Conwell (HR & BUS), David Stotler (DPIA), Shauna Borger (ASC), Sharon Weiner (Booker Chair), Jennifer Scruggs (BUS), Charles Watkinson (PUP), Stephan Miller (DPIA), and Amanda Gill (ENGR).

The Annual Arts & Crafts Show and Sale will also be held at this time. Contact Dot Lanzalotto for more information.


University Library Committee gives feedback on Information Literacy, Purdue’s core curriculum

The University Library Committee (ULC) is a subcommittee in the University Senate that advises the libraries on key issues and initiatives. The ULC met with Dean Mullins and Sharon Weiner, the Booker Chair for Information Literacy, on Friday to discuss information literacy initiatives and the work of the University’s core curriculum committee.

Dr. David Radcliffe, Epistemology Professor of Engineering and Interim Head of the School of Engineering Education, made a presentation to the ULC on the role of information literacy in Engineering Education, based on a program he helped implement first at the University of Queensland, Australia and now at Purdue.

Members of the committee had questions about assessment, how information literacy applies across multiple fields, and how this model for information literacy might be applied in the University’s core curriculum work.

Andrew Luescher, who is chairing the Core Curriculum Committee and attended the ULC as a guest, indicated that a rough draft of the committee’s core curriculum plan is due by the end of the Spring 2010 semester, and that information literacy is being considered by the committee as a component.

For more information on councils that advise the Libraries, see the Dean’s Councils page. For a full list of ULC members, visit the University Library Committee page.


Campus view of October's Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon over University Hall

Photo by Patrick Whalen, HSSE


Copyright Myth #4


Donna FerulloMyth:  The public domain is a database of books and journals that can be freely accessed.

Truth:  The term “public domain” is used in copyright to define when a work is not protected by copyright. When a work is in the public domain, it can be used without seeking permission from the copyright holder or paying fees to use it. There are two categories of public domain works. The first category is works where the copyright has expired. Works published in the U.S. prior to 1923 are in the public domain. The second category is works that are produced by U.S. government employees when it is a part of their job. Works produced by state employees are protected by copyright. There is no one database that includes all public domain works. 


Green Tambourine


Claire AlexanderAccording to Robin Mills Ridgeway, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship, an opportunity to provide input on green issues for the campus will be available in early January:  

Purdue has hired a consultant to help us prepare a Strategic plan for Sustainability at Purdue. This same consultant prepared the Plan for UC Riverside. A draft of that plan is available here:

In preparation, you may want to read the above plan and explore current efforts by Purdue’s Housing and Food Service, including capital projects:

Watch for an announcement of the discussion group for the consultant to gather input from the Purdue community. If you want to continuously be informed, you can go to the Purdue sustainability web site and sign up to be on their email list. .


UnderGrounds lofo

Hours of operation for UnderGrounds beginning finals week and through winter break:

Saturday, December 12 - Thursday, December 17
10:00 a.m. - Midnight

Friday, December 18
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 18 - Sunday, January 10

Monday, January 11
Resume regular hours

  • Jane Taylor to retire
  • Libraries extend hours
  • Staff members recognized
  • University Library Committee gives feedback on Information Literacy, Purdue's core curriculum
  • Harvest Moon
  • Copyright Myth #4
  • Green Tambourine
  • UnderGrounds hours
  • Off the Shelf
  • Libraries in the News
  • Announcement
  • Staff Publications
  • Libraries Staff A - Z
  • Student Staff
  • Tippy Update
  • Connect with Purdue Libraries
  • What's Cooking?


Off the shelf

Continuing Vacancies

  • Secretary IV, .50FTE University Copyright Office (University Posting #0900518)
  • Libraries Data Coordinator/Assistant to the Dean (University Posting #0901028)

To view all Purdue job postings visit the Purdue employment page. If you have additional questions, contact Tom Haworth, 494-2903.


libraries in the news

Purdue Exponent, November 10, 2009
Armstrong exhibit goes from archives to Internet,
Sammie Morris photo, pg. 5

Purdue Alumnus, November/December 2009
Purdue Ink, Purdue Press books featured, pg. 67

Purdue Today, November 11, 2009
Heroes' Tree on display at Hicks Undergraduate Library



Annual Staff Recognition
Welcome New Staff

Thursday, December 17, 2009
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
STEW 279


staff publications

Authors: Charles Lyons; Hal Kirkwood
Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship: Volume 14 Issue 4, 2009, "Business Library Web Sites Revisited: An Updated Review of the Organization and Content of Academic Business Library Web Sites," pages 333 - 347.

Authors: Tomalee Doan; Mary Lee Kennedy
Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship: Volume 14 Issue 4, 2009, "Innovation, Creativity, and Meaning: Leading in the Information Age," pages 348 - 358.


Libraries Staff a - Z

Engineering library
Reference assistant & stacks maintenance

Q.  What do you enjoy most about your job and why?
A.  My job is always changing. I am constantly learning new things. It keeps me from becoming bored with my job.

Q.  How long have you worked in the Libraries and at Purdue?
A. 10 years

Q.  What is one unforgettable experience that has happened to you or your coworkers while working in the library?  
A.  A group of us from the engineering library had a guided boat tour of the Wabash River.  It was a great way to find out more about this area and also get to know the people I work with a little better.

Q.  What’s your favorite book, Web site, movie, or database? 
A.  Gone with the Wind. I am a romantic at heart, plus I love to read about the Civil War.

Q.  Coffee, tea, water, or soft drink?
A.  Soft drink

Q.  What do you like to do for fun?
A.  I am a sports nut. I love to watch or go to games, especially baseball and football. 

Q.  Feel free to include any information about yourself that you would like to share with the staff?

A.  I love to garden. Over the last 3 years I have been slowly transforming my yard into a sanctuary for birds. I love watching the hummingbirds, hawks, finches etc. It is also my place to relax and get together with my neighbors.


student staff

Elementary Education

Q.  What Library do you work in?
A.  Engineering Library.

Q.  Where is your hometown?
A.  South Bend, IN

Q.  What do you like about the Purdue Libraries?
A.  Flexible work schedule, friendly staff, and availability of books.

Q.  What’s your favorite book?
A.  Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.

Q.  If you could add a class to Purdue’s curriculum, what would it be?
A.  Effects of video games on the minds of students.

Q.  Who would like to meet and have dinner with?
A.  Derek Jeter, my favorite pro baseball player.

Q.  What do you do for fun?
A.  Sports, video games, movies, hanging out with friends.

Q.  Future Plans?
A.  Be a teacher, get married, have a family.

If you would like to feature one of your student staff members please contact Teresa Brown.


Tippy update

USAIN COw Tippy Jumping over the moon

Tippy jumping over the moon. Photo by Marianne Stowell Bracke.

Check USAIN Conference for more
information about the conference to be held at Purdue in May 2010.

Have a Tippy photo? Send it to Marianne Bracke. View other Tippy photos here.


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Copy Deadline

Copy for the December 2 issue is due by November 30, 2009. Send to Teresa Brown.