Librarian Enjoys Teaching Opportunity


Vicki KillionOne of the first instructors that PharmD students see when they start at Purdue is one of our own Libraries faculty members. Vicki Killion, Head, Health & Life Sciences Division has been teaching in the School of Pharmacy since 1991.

Vicki started by teaching the first eight weeks of the required two-credit drug information course for PharmD students for four years, covering tertiary drug information resources and use of the biomedical databases. In 1996 the program was restructured, and Vicki began teaching Introduction to Drug Information and other modules in the Integrated Labs. These one-credit courses consist of a weekly 3-hour lab and are required in each semester of the students’ first three professional years to reinforce specific courses. Vicki works on a regular basis with Pharmacy faculty to ensure the content is appropriate for each module she teaches. There are typically 165 students divided into 5 sections each week.

Vicki introduces the Professional Year 1 (PY1) students to the clinical drug trial process and literature, provides an orientation to the Libraries’ resources and web sites with hands-on instruction, and follows up with a graded in-class assignment.

A month later she teaches the same students how to evaluate healthcare information found on the internet. They learn how to evaluate web sites and complete a required assignment testing their information literacy skills.

In the spring, PY1 students get a follow up on how to locate primary literature using PubMed, which includes in-class and hands-on practice and required assignments. During the fall of their second professional year, Vicki teaches the now PY2 students how to locate clinical trial data in the primary literature using PubMed and how to use an approved citation format for references.

“This is a particularly challenging part of the student’s curriculum, as they undertake a role-playing assignment,” Vicki says. “Faculty members volunteer to call an assigned student with a drug related question as if they were a healthcare professional seeking advice about a specific patient and his/her medication-related problem. Students have a set protocol of questions that they ask the requestor and then they must provide an answer to the question as if they were in an actual drug information center or pharmacy.” Vicki adds that students are graded on their phone conduct, factual information, and their final analysis and recommendation to the requestor. “I’m sure it’s stressful for the student but it provides them with a real world experience and I enjoy taking part in this assignment,” says Vicki.

Vicki is available to students who need help even after her classes are completed. “Teaching students how to utilize and take advantage of the Libraries resources is a rewarding experience,” she says. “Finding and using the right information sources will help them become better pharmacists.”

Purdue Welcomes Dr. Sharon Weiner to the Libraries

Dr. W. Wayne BookerOn Friday, September 4th, campus and Libraries faculty and staff formally welcomed Dr. Sharon Weiner, the W. Wayne Booker Endowed Chair for Information Literacy, to the Purdue Libraries. Dr. W. Wayne Booker, who passed away in 2007, endowed the Chair in 2005 to equip Purdue Libraries with the necessary resources to become a national leader in information literacy.

At the reception, which was open to the Purdue campus, Dr. Booker’s children and grandchildren welcomed Sharon on behalf of their family and spoke to their father’s commitment to lifelong learning.

“This gift reflects faith in Purdue’s education leadership for the global business community for the 21st century,” Booker said at the time of his gift. “Partnership with Purdue on this initiative is a sound investment in the future and a win for everyone involved.”

Sharon’s appointment in June by the Board of Trustees helps bring this landmark gift — the largest in Purdue Libraries’ history — full circle.

Sharon Weiner Reception and Booker Family

Pictured above front row: Dr. Sharon Weiner, Noah Kurtz, Monica Booker. Back row: Dean Jim Mullins, Tara Kurtz, Alex Kurtz, Dean Kurtz and David Booker.


Indiana Access to Public Records Act


Recently, the University has made an effort to remind staff all over campus about the state’s public records policy and how this relates to Purdue employee communications such as email, voicemail, and files. This information is meant to guide both employees’ uses of email and voicemail, as well as to provide guidance should you receive a request to access any Purdue record.

The Indiana Access to Public Records Act (Indiana Code 5-14-3) was passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 1983 to permit the citizens of Indiana easy access to public records and provide the opportunity to inspect and copy public records. Implementation of this Act is administered by Policy VI.4.1: Disclosure of University Records in Connection with the “Access to Public Records” Act and in Response to Third-Party Subpoenas .

The Access to Public Records Act (APRA) defines a public record as any writing, paper, report, study, map, photograph, book, card, tape recording, or other material that is created, received, retained, maintained, or filed by or with a public agency and which is generated on paper, paper substitutes, photographic media, chemically based media, magnetic or machine readable media, electronically stored data, or any other material, regardless of form or characteristics. This definition includes personal records stored in offices or file servers, including email and voicemail.

The APRA allows certain exemptions from disclosure. A few of these include records declared confidential by state and federal law (FERPA, HIPAA, etc.), research records, law enforcement investigatory records, certain personnel related records, and administrative or technical information that would jeopardize a recordkeeping or security system.

A specific exemption that applies to the libraries allows, at Purdue’s discretion, the exemption of “Library or archival records: (A) which can be used to identify any library patron…”

If someone contacts you to request access to any record, instruct them to contact the Public Records Office at 494-9218. If you receive a Request for Public Record form or other written request for access to records, immediately forward it to the Public Records Office at FREH.

As always, be mindful of your use of Purdue email and voicemail for non-Purdue-affiliated activities, including involvement in external organizations, personal correspondence, or any other communications that could be accessed as part of Purdue’s public record.

For additional information, please contact Cheryl Westlund at 494-9218 or


Distinguished Lecture Series Featuring Dr. Moira GunnMoira Gunn

Moira Gunn Book CoverMonday, September 14, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Fowler Hall

All staff are invited to a reception from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
HSSE Reading Room

Book sale and signing to follow lecture.

Free and open to the public.

Visit for more information.


Purdue University Press Celebrates New Office Space & Staff

The Press staff will be hosting an Open House on

Tuesday, September 15
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
STEW 370

All Libraries staff are invited to come and meet Charles Watkinson, Bryan Shaffer, Becky Corbin, Katherine Purple, and Beth Robertson for an inside look at what the Press does and where they reside.


Corrected Library Hours: Changes for 2009 - 10

Libraries that will be closed December 29 -30, 2009 include:

  • Archives and Special Collections
  • Aviation Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Management and Economics
  • Pharmacy, Nursing, and HEalth Sciences
  • Physics
  • Hicks Undergraduate

Staff members who work in one of these libraries may work in another library to staff a service point, on special projects in HKRP, or take vacation time.

Libraries that will be open December 29 - 30, 2009 include:

  • Engineering
  • Humanities, Social Science, and Education
  • Veterinary Medical
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Hicks Repository will be closed to the public but open to staff who want to work in that area.

Staff who plan to work during the last week of December should work with their supervisors to determine where they are most needed during this time.

If you have questions or concerns please contact your division head or Beth McNeil.


Purdue University's Constitution Day Celebration

Thursday, September 17, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118

Banned Books Dispaly 2008Thirty-nine of the 55 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. The Congress, by joint resolution, has designated September 17th as “Citizenship Day” and the week beginning September 17th and ending September 23rd of each year as “Constitution Week." Public Law 108-477 contained in the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 ( PDF ) states that “each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution."

Purdue University Libraries' "Banned Book" Exhibit
Students can see how the First Amendment impacts their lives through this display of books that have been (or remain) censored. Information on censorship and important censorship cases will also be displayed.

Click here for a list of booths and activities


Copyright Myths


Donna FerulloIn order to help Libraries faculty and staff better understand copyright issues and be able to provide accurate copyright information to patrons, University Copyright Officer Donna Ferullo will periodically be dispelling common “Copyright Myths” in INSIDE.

Have a copyright question or myth? Send it to for inclusion in the next issue. For more information about copyright, see the recently re-vamped University Copyright Office web site at

Myth: It is okay to make a copy of an entire book that is still protected by copyright in order to avoid having to pay to purchase it.

Truth:  There are very few exceptions in the United States Copyright law that would allow a work to be copied in its entirety and avoiding payment is not one of them. Under fair use parts of a work may be copied under very specific circumstances. Also, libraries are allowed to make copies of entire works for preservation purposes but with many restrictions. One of the purposes of the copyright law is to encourage people to be creative and allow them to receive compensation for their efforts which is why copying an entire book that does not qualify under the exceptions is not allowed.


Green Tambourine


Claire AlexanderAnother academic year is beginning. Kudos to Jane (Kinkus) Yatcilla for starting the Green Tambourine column. As this year’s columnist, I also welcome your contributions of ideas to share; send them to

Although I am interested in all green hints and news items, I am especially interested in actions we can take in the libraries and university at our level, whatever level that is, to be more green. Many actions take place at the level of policy making and building design, but there is a place for all. September provides inspiration.

This year’s Global Fest made me aware of local-event efforts. See West Lafayette’s Go Greener Web site for details of this zero-landfill event. While at the web site, check out other events that are certified, ways you can get involved and ways you can green events you plan to host or attend.

And plan to participate in Green Week, September 21-25. For a schedule of programs—some general, some an update on Purdue actions—see Purdue’s sustainability web site


Kudos to DigRef Staff

Received at the DigRef service on September 8, 2009:

"Your representative Alyssia was extremely helpful. I am amazed at this help from someone trained so well in the process of searching, and the fact that it is made available from/through Purdue."


IEEE Celebrating 125 years of Engineering the Future

The Siegesmund Engineering Library will be hosting the IEEE 125th Anniversary Celebration.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Engineering Library

Keynote speaker will be Leah Jamison, Dean of Engineering,
Refreshments will be provided.
All Library staff are invited.



Life Sciences Library Marks 50 Year Milestone

On September 18, 1959 the Lilly Hall of Life Sciences was dedicated with such dignitaries in attendance as Dean Earl Butz, Governor Harold Handley, and Purdue’s president, Dr. Frederick Hovde. Among the 499,877 square feet of floor space was the Life Sciences Library.

Planning began in 1954 for the Life Sciences Library. The new library was a combination of several department libraries and private collections that fell under the supervision of the Director of Libraries John Moriarty and the Life Sciences Librarian. The library’s move from Stanley Coulter Hall was completed in time for the dedication ceremony in September 1959.

Life Sciences Librarians since 1959 include James Martindale (Agricultural Experiment Station Library), Henry Murphy, Thomas Marshall, Chuck Shaeve, Ruth Ahl, Martha Bailey, Sarah Kelly, and Vicki Killion.

Although the library has not seen any major structural changes since its initial move the library staff has certainly worked hard at keeping up with the current technology, making it an asset to students, faculty, and the community. The staff continually looks for feedback from its users and seeks help from other libraries on campus for suggestions, support, and resources.

Congratulations to all the Life Sciences Library staff for your dedicated service to the Libraries and Purdue!

1959 Lilly Hall of Life Sciences

Lilly Hall of Life Sciences from the 1959 Debris.


LCSSAC Fall Picnic

Thursday, September 17, 2009
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Happy Hollow Park
Shelter #1A

All Purdue Libraries staff, their family and friends are invited to attend this fun-filled event. Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, bottled water, and table service will be provided. Please bring a covered dish and one White Elephant gift wrapped in a paper bag for the mystery game.

Please register on the Libraries intranet.




  • Purdue Welcomes Dr. Sharon Weiner
  • Indiana Access Public Records Act
  • Libraries Distinguished Lecture
  • Purdue Press Open House
  • Corrected Libraries Hours: Changes for 2009-10
  • Constitution Day
  • Copyright Myths
  • Green Tambourine
  • Kudos
  • IEEE Celebration
  • Life Sciences Library Reaches 50 Year Milestone
  • LCSSAC Fall Picnic
  • Off the Shelf
  • Training Opportunities
  • Libraries in the News
  • Staff Achievements
  • Tippy Update
  • Libraries Staff A - Z
  • Student Staff
  • Staff Publications
  • What's Cooking?


Off the shelf

Continuing Vacancies

  • Secretary IV, .50FTE University Copyright Office (University Posting #0900518)
  • Operations Coordinator Engineering Library (University Posting #0900655)

New Hire

  • Charles Watkinson, Director, Purdue Press
  • Stephan Miller, Windows System Administrator, DPIA


  • Kate Bejune, DPIA

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


Training opportunities

Intranet Training:
Thursday, Sept. 24
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
iLab (UGRL G959)

Friday, Sept. 25
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
iLab (UGRL G959)

Ergonomics and Safety Awareness:
Tuesday, Oct. 6
10:00 a.m.  – 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

To register, email Rebecca Richardson – – with the session date/time you would like to attend.

As always, staff are asked to check with their supervisors before registering.


libraries in the news

Inside Purdue, August 27, 2009
Staff Training/Career Development Steering Committee members: George Bergstrom, Rebecca Richardson, pg. 4; New Faculty – Sharon Weiner, pg. 12; CSSAC members - Elaine Bahler, Terry  Wade, Pat Williams, pg. 16; APSAC members - Linda Rose, pg. 19

UNS Press Release, September 1, 2009
Purdue alumna, NPR program host to speak at Purdue

UNS Press Release, September 2, 2009
Purdue revamps Hicks Undergraduate Library

Purdue Exponent, September 3, 2009
Campus libraries offer more computer options; letter from Dawn Stahura

Purdue Today, September 4, 2009
Reception to welcome information literacy chair

Purdue Alumnus, September/October 2009
Purdue’s Place in Space shown in exhibit, video, pg. 28;
Purdue Ink – Purdue Press books featured, pg. 34


staff achievements

Sue Long, ITRS, is celebrating 25 years at Purdue.

Mary Sego, Archives, is celebrating 25 years at Purdue.


Tippy update

USAIN Cow Tippy in Hicks Repository

Tippy takes a walk down memory lane in the Hick's Repository. Photo by Dot Lazaretto.

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.


Libraries Staff a - Z

Siegesmund Engineering Library
Reference Assistant

Q.  What do you enjoy most about your job and why?
A.  Helping patrons find what they need. Right now, one of my projects is helping out the e-archives people (Jan Addison and Carl Snow) with the Industrial Waste Conference … and to know that what I am doing  can be viewed across the globe is exhilarating.

Q.  How long have you worked in the Libraries and at Purdue?
A.  Well I started in May, 1994 …so 15 yrs and 4 months.

Q.  What is one unforgettable experience that has happened to you or your coworkers while working in the library?
A.  Unforgettable? Well I can share this one with Bert (Chapman): our “conspiracy” person has now latched on to me.

Q.  What’s your favorite book, Web site, movie, or database?
A.  Mmmm how long can the list be? Let’s simplify: books by L.M. Montgomery and J.K. Rowling to name just two.

Q.  Have you been in all the Purdue Libraries?
A.  Yes I have… even the closed ones

Q.  Coffee, tea, water, or soft drink?
A.  Coffee and tea (hot or cold) soft drinks: only if I am really thirsty. Prefer Perrier water with orange juice.

Q.  What do you like to do for fun?
A.  Reenactments: I love to get dressed up in period garb and sing old French songs.

Q.  Please include any Library teams, groups, associations, etc. that you serve on or are associated with.
A.  I can’t remember them all: RSST, PSET Marketing, ALA.

Q.  Feel free to include any information about yourself that you would like to share with the staff?
A.  I am French Canadian, born in Quebec City. My husband and I were supposed to be in Indiana for two years…17 years ago. We have a very spoiled and beloved kitty named Cleopatra. I love hats and enjoy knitting.


Student Staff

2nd year Ph.D.

Q.  What Library do you work in?
I work in the library’s research department under Jake Carlson with the Data Curation Profiles Project. Our office is on the second floor of Stewart.

Q.  Where is your hometown?
A.  Saint George, SC   

Q.  What do you like about the Purdue Libraries?
A.  The friendly staff

Q.  What’s your favorite book?
A.  As an English degree holder and a budding communication scholar, I’ve read too many books to identify one as a favorite.

Q.  If you could add a class to Purdue’s curriculum, what would it be?
A.  I would suggest a course entitled Midwest 101. As a southerner, it has been difficult adjusting to life in the Midwest.

Q.  What’s the best birthday present you’ve received?
A.  The best birthday present I’ve received was a red dress from my best friend in high school (she had a matching one as well). It was so comfortable that I wanted to wear it almost every day… until my mother threatened to throw it away.

Q.  Do you use Facebook or MySpace?
A.  I use Facebook to keep in touch with the world I knew before I returned back to school to pursue graduate work. Although I may be getting too old for it, it’s essential for me because I live far away from my family and close friends.

Q.  Who would like to meet and have dinner with?
A.  The president and the first lady

Q.  What do you do for fun?
A.  I enjoy shopping but I am loyal to only a few stores (Ann Taylor & Ann Taylor Loft are my favorites). I also love to travel. A few years ago, I made a pledge that I would always take a yearly excursion to the Caribbean. I traveled to Puerto Rico earlier this year and the options for next year include Belize, Turks & Caicos, and Grand Cayman.

Q.  Future plans?
A.  My future plans include graduating on time (2012); securing a job (academic or industry); and moving to a new place.

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

staff publications

Michael Witt, (2009). Electronic Dissertation Mashups Using SRU. Chapter in "Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data." Ed. by Nicole C. Engard. New York: Information Today, Inc.

Submit your publications for INSIDE to


Stuffed Zucchini
Visit the Libraries Intranet site for
this recipe posted by Teresa Brown.

Copy Deadline

Copy for the September 23 issue is due by September 21, 2009. Send to Teresa Brown.