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Nancy HewisonOn June 30, we reached the end of the second full year of our 2011–2013 strategic plan. In mid-June, the Planning and Operations Council (POC) conducted a review of the progress made by the Libraries, Press and Copyright Office on accomplishing the strategies which were developed in May 2011 to enable us to reach the plan’s goals of Learning, Scholarly Communication and Global Challenges by 2016. POC reviewed the current status of each strategy, identifying which ones had been completed and which will need further attention in FY14 (July 2103–June 2014). New strategies for FY14 were also identified. A new chart will be created to help POC track our progress in FY14. Meanwhile, to look at the results of POC’s FY13 progress review, please visit the POC Home page on the Libraries intranet to read the working document, “Strategic Plan 2011–2016 — FY13 End of Year Report” at: http://intranet.lib.purdue.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=25985054.

On July 11, POC met with Dean Jim Mullins and Sandy Howarth, Director of Advancement, to discuss the progress review. Mullins opened the discussion by saying “I’m impressed with the commitment and understanding of each unit’s role with regard to our and the University’s strategic plans.” He then spoke about the FY13 accomplishments in POC’s very significant list, sharing not only his thoughts but also the positive response he’s received from others, on campus and beyond. Finally, he talked with POC about the group’s preliminary list of areas for emphasis in FY14. These include participation in the campus-wide scaling up of the IM:PACT program, additional planning and fundraising for the Active Learning Center, a focus on embedded information literacy outcomes, extending our national and international reputation, further work related to digitization and the critical importance of assessment in helping us communicate the value of the Libraries, Press and Copyright Office on campus, as well as nationally and internationally.

Significant FY13 accomplishments

  • Implementation of Alma and Primo
  • Debut of Libraries’ new website
  • Advances in information literacy and IM:PACT courses campus-wide
  • Planning for the Active Learning Center, including work of the Participatory Design Project
  • Monographic de-selection analysis completed
  • People hired in numerous key areas
  • Campus Repair & Rehabilitation Matching funding secured to renovate Hicks ground floor and Vet Med
  • Progress on many aspects of digitization and digital collections
  • National and international awards received for Parrish Library renovation and D2C2
  • International presence through conference presentations and visits
  • State legislature’s allocation of $50M in cash for the Active Learning Center
  • Our founding role in formation of the Library Publishing Coalition
  • Contributions to open access on campus


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BY ANTTI ROUSI, Aalto University Library, Finland

Antti Rousi 2013 Visiting ScholarThe more I got acquainted with Purdue University Libraries faculty and staff, the more I marveled at your great ability and achievements, and the more I felt proud of my summer visiting scholar fellowship. What an inspiring place the Purdue University Libraries are! Besides a lot of Purdue T-shirts, I will take with me a glimpse of seemingly endless intellectual curiosity and power to advance the library field present at Purdue Libraries.

I have explicated many of the details of my learning in a blog that I’ve written during my stay. The blog can be found from here: https://blogs.aalto.fi/purdue/. From there you will find my detailed thoughts on many great Purdue Libraries initiatives, such as PURR, Data Curation Profiles, GIS services and learning environment design. If you are interested, there’s also a Finnish digest from the ASEE 2013 conference held in Atlanta. The blog is still open and functional and can be used for open communication between our libraries.

I want to thank you all for being so generous with your time. Despite my short visiting period, I felt like I was perceived as a professional whose visit had value for the Purdue Libraries community. I especially want to thank Professor Michael Fosmire, whose efforts concerning my stay made a lot of my learning possible — thank you! Hopefully the work done this summer expands into friendly relationships of knowledge sharing between our libraries.

I feel that the success of Purdue Libraries owes much to the intellectually thriving environment that is created by its outstanding personnel. I will follow with much interest how this energizing force continues to change our profession.

Please stay in touch antti.m.rousi@aalto.fi and thank you for your hospitality and great learning experience!

Note: Rousi’s initial story appeared in the May 29 issue of INSIDe.


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Purdue University Libraries was well represented at Purdue Day at the Indiana State Fair on August 9. Libraries staff welcomed visitors into the Libraries tent to learn more about Purdue’s premier research library, enter a drawing to receive a signed copy of Jerry Ross’ Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer and pick up a giveaway.
Other features of the Libraries exhibit included:

  • Archives — featuring online exhibits available to general public (Flight Archives, Oral Histories, etc.)
  • e-Archives — (digital versions of Debris, Indiana Farmers, etc.), finding aids to collections (Orville Redenbacher and many others — offers brief overview of items available to research)
  • ePubs — showcasing how we serve the taxpayers of Indiana (extension materials, JTRP [highway research], plant growth, airline quality, etc.)
  • JPUR — showcasing Purdue’s undergraduate student research
  • Purdue University Press — showcasing their recent books

Volunteers for the day included: Elaine Bahler, Allen Bol, Becky Bunch, Susan Calvert, Frances Christman, Lil Conarroe, Tracy Grimm, Elizabeth Hudson, Jennifer Lynch, Beth McNeil, Kay Schurr, Mary Sego, Bryan Shaffer, Eric Thompson, Amy Van Epps, Shannon Walker and Patrick Whalen.

Purdue Day at the Indiana State Fair 2013












Photo: Susan Calvert and Allen Bol welcome visitors to the Libraries and Press tent at the Indiana State Fair.


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The Annual LCSSAC Fall Picnic for all Libraries faculty and staff and their families will be held on October 1, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Happy Hollow Park, shelter #4 (shelter furthest back).

Dean Mullins will be providing hamburgers and hot dogs, please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

The white elephant gift exchange will also be taking place! Please bring something from home that is usable and not broken and place it in a brown paper bag or something that cannot be seen through.

The crossword puzzle this year is more challenging than ever! Be ready to show off your knowledge of library trivia!

Please RSVP so that we will know about how many people are expecting to come:













Photo: Last year's attendees are working the crossword puzzle.


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This year the Libraries, Student Success (formerly SATS), University Residences, Student Affairs, Purdue Alumni Student Experience (PASE), and Public Safety (PUPD and PUFD) jointly staffed four information tents on Monday and Tuesday, August 19-20.

The tents were located in front of Smith Hall, the Armory, at the Lion’s Head fountain and between the Engineering Mall and Stadium Mall. Each information tent was staffed by people from different areas, and provided Libraries staff an opportunity to meet and interact with some of our coworkers from across campus.

Jane Yatcilla serves as chair of the Libraries Student Orientation Committee and coordinated the Libraries’ volunteers: Emily Branson, Bert Chapman, Frances Christman, Lil Conarroe, Mary Dugan, Nancy Hewison, Becky Hunt, Dania Remaly, Mary Sego, Sharon Sturgeon and Amy Van Epps.

Information Tents Fall 2013

Lil Conarroe and Kat Braz from the University Residence Directors Office help a student find his way to the Engineering Library.


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Sharon WeinerSharon Weiner
Professor and W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job and why?
A. There are so many things I enjoy! I enjoy working with information literacy (IL) on many levels and with a wide range of people. I work with librarians, faculty and administrators at Purdue and in other institutions as well as with people interested in IL nationally and internationally. I have always enjoyed writing and have the opportunity to write about IL continually, conduct research and give presentations frequently. I enjoy being involved in professional development and mentoring. Networking with people at other institutions and around the world is important in my job, and that is always interesting and rewarding. As a member of many committees in the Libraries, at Purdue, and in the profession, I feel that I can influence the development of IL in our curricula and in education in general. Lastly, I really enjoy the people here!

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

Q. What is one unforgettable experience that has happened to you or your coworkers while working in the library?
A. Some experiences that haunt me are those in which people don’t draw on information literacy competencies when they could or should.

Q. What is your favorite book, website, movie or database?
A. It’s impossible to select one favorite of any of these! So here’s a sample. Isabel Allende and Barbara Kingsolver are two of my favorite authors; I also like biographies. Some of my favorite web sites are those of some favorite musicians: organist Cameron Carpenter http://www.cameroncarpenter.com/home/; jazz bass player Ron Carter http://www.roncarter.net/officialSite.html; and a capella choir Chanticleer http://www.chanticleer.org/.

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

Q. What do you like to do for fun?
A. Visiting my sons in Philadelphia, flower gardening, playing the piano, going to concerts and theater, visiting Chicago, cooking.

Q. Feel free to include any information about yourself that you would like to share with the staff?
A. My four years at Purdue have flown! I really appreciate the receptivity of people to collaborate and to advance IL here at Purdue. I am proud of what we are doing here!


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You will notice the use of these icons before the article that are symbolic of our Libraries strategic goals.

Goal LearningLEARNING: Libraries faculty lead in information literacy and learning space implementation, research and scholarship.

Scholarly Goal SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION: Libraries facilitate and enhance the continuum of the scholarly communication process.

Global GoalGLOBAL CHALLENGES: Libraries faculty lead in international initiatives in information literacy, e-science, information access and data management and collaborate on Purdue's global initiatives.

Infrastructure GoalINFRASTRUCTURE: Libraries staff working together to enhance the users experience, raise awareness of Purdue Libraries and recognize the continued learning and successes of our knowledgeable staff.


New Listings

  • Informed Learning Instructional Designer (A/P) (Posting #1301501) (Check the libraries employment opportunities page) Accepting applications.
  • Secretary, Libraries Administration Office (C/S) (Posting#1301457) Onsite interview this week and next week.
  • 2 Library Assistant Positions, HSSEB Division (C/S) (Posting #1301510) Accepting Applications.
    (One full-time position in Hicks and one full-time position split between Hicks/Parrish.)


To view all Purdue job postings visit the Purdue employment page. If you have additional questions, contact
Christine Abel or 49-42899.


Nominations for the 2014-2015 Common Reading Program book are being accepted until September 3. Please visit https://www.purdue.edu/studentsuccess/
to make your suggestion.


Purdue Libraries commemorates 100th anniversary of Special Collections Exhibit
Archives and Special Collections
HSSE 4th floor

Hicks Renovation Celebration
September 13
4-7 p.m.
Music, food, giveaways, activities

The Discovery Lecture Series & Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series
Featuring Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
"This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe"

September 19
7-9 p.m.
Elliott Hall of Music
Free and open to the public

LCSSAC Fall Picnic
October 1
5:30-8 p.m.
Happy Hollow Park, Shelter 4

All Staff Meeting
October 29
1:30 -3 p.m.
STEW 202
October 30
9-10:30 a.m.
STEW 202

Charlotte Erdmann, “Lightning Talk: E-Book Statistical Analysis: Lessons Learned” at ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, June 2013.

Lisa Zilinski and Dave Scherer, in collaboration with Clarence Maybee, presented “Librarians as Consultants: The Convergence of Information Literacy, Data Literacy and Scholarly Communication in Undergraduate Research" at the 2013 Indiana University Libraries Information Literacy Colloquium, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana, August 9, 2013.

Micah Altman, Clifford Lynch, Chris Mattman, Matthew Mayernick, Reagan Moore, David Petravick, George Strawn, and Michael Witt, presented "Data and Software Preservation for Open Science: Survey of Commonality With Other Disciplines," at the 13th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2013. https://daspos.crc.nd.edu/index.php/

Bert Chapman and Sarag Saikai, “More Effective Human Spaceflight Programs and Their International Security Implications” for the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Human Spaceflight available at http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/lib_fsdocs/46/.

Jake Carlson, Jared Lyle, Mary Vardigan and Ron Nakao, presented “An Applied Approach to Data Curation Training at the Inter-universityConsortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)” at DigCurV 2013 International Conference.

Jeremy Garritano and Jane Yatcilla presented “Participatory Design of the Active Learning Center, a Combined Classroom and Library Building” at the 2013 CLIR Participatory Design Seminar: Sharing Research, Ideas, and Methods, University of Rochester – Rochester, New York, June 7.


Times Higher Ed, August 15
How to reach the many offline students. Interview with Rey Junco

NPR, August 19
Can Twitter Boost Literacy? Interview with Rey Junco

Purdue Today, August 20
Purdue Libraries commemorates 100th anniversary of Special Collections with exhibit


Creamy Bacon and Cheese Dip
Visit the Libraries Intranet


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