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Global Goal



Shannon WalkerAs you know, there are a multitude of activities happening here within Purdue Libraries. From key research, publishing and collaborations to new teaching and learning initiatives, it is the role of Purdue Libraries Strategic Communication to streamline and maximize these important activities in a consistent and effective way to maximize our results to our key audiences.

The challenges:

  • Purdue Libraries has multiple messages going out to different audiences at the same time.
  • Purdue Libraries competes with other messages from other entities both on campus, externally and among our peer institutions.
  • Many of the cutting-edge activities happening in Purdue Libraries aren’t necessarily measured by current library, university or external metrics.
  • We continuously must look at ways to communicate in an environmentally sound and cost-effective manner that produces maximum results.
  • Key initiatives to communicate, such as the Active Learning Center are still visually abstract, yet we must move forward with communicating to our campus, community, peer institutions and potential prospects about the importance and progress of this important project.

What to look for in the next year:

  • More consistent branding and amplified use of our social media channels.
  • Increased collaboration with different Purdue Library Divisions.
  • Moving away from printed communication to more digital communication.
  • A holistic plan for communicating our Libraries key objectives and advancement priorities tied to the Libraries Strategic Plan and in conjunction with the University Development Plan and key University objectives.
  • Effectively communicating library division resources in a more streamlined, digital manner.
  • Evolving the Purdue Libraries brand to cut through the clutter.
  • More consistent use of our regular communications channels.
  • Continued search for improving communications, achieving cost savings and maximizing results.
  • Tying metrics into communication; showing how Purdue Libraries are making an impact.

How you can help:

  • Provide your ideas on how we can improve communication internally and externally.
  • Find pieces of communication that aren’t working effectively and let me know why.
  • Submit story ideas of great things happening in the Purdue Libraries — from people to projects to simple solutions!

If you have any questions or ideas, I welcome your feedback. Please feel free to email me anytime at: walker81@purdue.edu or call me at 496-6910.


Goal Learning



The Academic Libraries of Indiana’s (ALI) Information Literacy Committee hosted three UnConferences around the state during the week of July 29. The northern event took place at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, the central event at the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics in the DePauw University Nature Park in Greencastle, and the southern event at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg.

An UnConference is a type of conference where the participants spend part of the morning selecting the topics they will discuss during the breakout sessions across the rest of the day. At the Greencastle event, six attendees from the Purdue Libraries joined 28 other librarians from the central Indiana area in selecting nine topics to be discussed during breakout sessions:

  • Learning Objects
  • Google
  • LibGuides
  • Flipped Classrooms
  • Information Literacy as a Life Skill
  • Assessment
  • User Information & Ethnographic Studies
  • International Students & Grad Students as Specialized Populations
  • Outreach to Faculty & Students

There were three concurrent sessions during each of the three breakout periods that took place across the rest of the day, so attendees had opportunities to engage with three topics they were interested in. During the breakout sessions everyone in the room shared their experiences with the topic. For example, at the User Information & Ethnographic Studies breakout session, attendees discussed research project ideas as well as shared details of research projects they currently have underway. At the end of the day, all the attendees came back together and reported on key points from each of the nine sessions. The discussion was thought provoking and a few attendees may have found new solutions to issues they face back at their institutions. Most of all, the day provided a wonderful venue for networking with our colleagues from the central area of the state. The photo below features the breakout session, "Learning about our Users."

Information Literacy Unconfereces July 2013

Author’s note: Clarence Maybee, assistant professor and Purdue Libraries Information Literacy Specialist, became the Chair of the ALI Information Literacy Committee at a meeting held at Purdue in July 2013.


Infrastructure Goal



Bonnie DouglasBonnie Douglas
Library Assistant
Digital Projects

With the advent of “shelf-ready” books and electronic holdings, the copy catalogers’ work has been transitioning into new areas. During the past several years we have taken on projects that had previously been on the “wish-list” of various library departments. For example, I spent one summer cataloging all the VHS tapes in Hicks Undergraduate Library. Later I completed a serial conversion project for Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Library (EAPS) and also did some map cataloging.

Sometime during 2010 the copy catalogers started helping Digital Initiatives (now Digital Programs) with metadata for the pre-1923 Theses and Dissertations project. The scanning was being done by students but metadata had to be provided using ContentDM and Dublin Core (as opposed to MARC cataloging) before the material could be uploaded to e-Archives for public access. In the spring of 2012 when Carl Snow was gearing down for retirement, Patty Glasson (my supervisor) was asked to take over his duties. Since Jan Addison was also nearing retirement, Patty had her hands full trying to learn everything the two of them knew about scanning and ContentDM before the end of May 2012.

When another big project came along (with a deadline), I started assisting with scanning in addition to metadata. Summer came and most of our student workers left until fall 2012, so I soon found myself spending more time in STEW279 than in cataloging. Luckily I had worked with flatbed scanners at home, so I learned the procedures quickly and before I knew it I was training new students. When Patty asked if I would like to move downstairs and work in Digital Projects full time, I was very happy to oblige.

Digitization projects have three major parts (after the planning stages, which can take almost as long as the project!): scanning (using either flatbed scanners or the Bookeye Three); quality control (cleaning up the scans, cropping and correcting skew, removing artifacts using Photoshop); and metadata. In some projects we also have to clean up after the OCR software which attempts to make scans “keyword searchable.”

Since being here I have learned a lot about various new types of software: ContentDM, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat and ABBYY Fine Reader to name a few. The pre-1923 Theses and Dissertations project will last for several more years, but sometimes gets put on the back burner in favor of other projects that have deadlines. We have worked on old books and pamphlets, scrapbooks, yearbooks, photographs, slides, glass plates, tintypes — you name it. We work closely with Archives and Special Collections but also accept projects from departments all over campus.

Right now we have a project involving Amnesty International. We have over twenty cartons of Urgent Action Bulletins, Medical Action bulletins and other documents dating back to the 70s and 80s. We are collaborating with a Purdue professor who is doing a statistical analysis based on our scans, so getting our work product to mesh with the software they are using has been very challenging. But I am always happiest when there is plenty of work to do and new challenges to take on, so I am very happy with my transition from cataloging to Digital Projects.


Infrastructure Goal


Christine Abel 2013Christine Abel
Human Resources Coordinator
Purdue Libraries

Hello! I joined Purdue Libraries as the Human Resources Coordinator on July 22. Although I am new to Purdue Libraries, I have worked at Purdue since 2008. Most recently, I worked for the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance Office as the support for the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity. I am currently working on my B.S. in Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan and plan to graduate next spring!

I spent most of my childhood in Fishers, Indiana and came to West Lafayette in 2001. I met my husband here in West Lafayette about 7 years ago, and we have two beautiful children, Aiden and Emma who are my world! Aiden will be 5 later this month and my daughter Emma turned 3 a few months ago.

I am excited to be here in Libraries and have felt very welcome by the Libraries staff! I am looking forward to meeting everyone and getting to know all of you.

My office is located in Stewart Center, Room 265. You can contact me at christineabel@purdue.edu or 49-42899.


Infrastructure Goal



SMILE AWard July 2013 Dale WhiteDale White’s name was randomly drawn from all those who were SMILED upon in July. He received a $25 Von's Book Shop gift certificate.

All faculty, administrators and staff are invited to send a note of appreciation for a kindness or thoughtfulness given, assistance provided to or by a Libraries, Press or Copyright Office colleague.

To learn more about how to participate in our SMILE Program, please visit and bookmark this page on the Libraries Intranet: http://intranet.lib.purdue.edu/display/HR/SMILE+Program.


Infrastructure Goal


Charles WatkinsonCharles Watkinson
Director, Purdue University Press and Head of Scholarly Publishing Services
Purdue University Libraries

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job and why?
A. I enjoy working with authors to help them communicate their research more clearly. My talented colleagues can take almost any pile of roughly typed pages and miscellaneous images and make them into excellent books and journal articles. And it is so rewarding when an author receives their finished publication and thanks us for helping them say what they really meant to say.

Q. How long have you worked in the Libraries and at Purdue?
A. I started working at Purdue and Purdue Libraries in September 2009. I am originally from the United Kingdom but have lived in the States since 1999. I moved to Purdue from New Jersey where I was Director of Publications at the American School of Classical Studies.

Q. What is one unforgettable experience that has happened to you or your coworkers while working in the library?
A. It was sitting next to record-breaking astronaut and Purdue University Press author Jerry Ross in the HSSE Conference Room while he showed his "home videos" — now deposited in the Archives — and hearing him describe the feeling of space flight. The matter-of-fact way in which he and his fellow astronauts treated their Shuttle flights amazed me. It made my spine tingle. It was as if they were climbing on board a plane for a regular domestic flight rather than jetting to the stars.

Q. What is your favorite book, website, movie or database?
A. To my wife’s dismay, I am a big romantic comedy fan (she is much more serious). She just gave me a DVD of “Love Actually” as an anniversary present.

Q. Coffee, tea, water or soft drink?
A. Coffee, oh so much coffee!

Q. What do you like to do for fun?
A. I am being reintroduced to dinosaurs by our two-year-old, Alexander. I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed learning about them. My background is in archaeology, so any chance to visit a museum or a historic site is one I will take. Counting down to the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon!

Q. Feel free to include any information about yourself that you would like to share with the staff
A. I keep being asked at the moment about the new royal baby and am always happy to address questions about the bizarre English class system. I recently found out that Anthony Cawdron, Event Coordinator at Westwood, and I both worked at one time for the same Duke (of Marlborough). We had a very surreal conversation about his line of succession in the middle of Marriott Hall a couple of weeks ago.

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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 Staff

  • Blythe Lee, Library Assistant V, Acquisitions
  • Pete Pazcuzzi, Molecular Biosciences Information Specialist, Faculty

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


Dania Remaly is celebrating 25 years at Purdue.

Teresa Balser is celebrating 10 years at Purdue.

Allen Bol is celebrating 5 years at Purdue.



Purdue Day at Indiana State Fair
Friday, August 9

Common Reading Program
August 18
3 p.m.
Elliott Hall of Music
Free and open to the public

Hicks Renovation Celebration
September 13
Music, food, giveaways, activities
More details to come.

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

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

ITaP offers new training classes

  • Camtasia: Training classes on August 15, 19 and 21.
  • Boiler Up with Technology: a campus technology class for new faculty and staff, August 15.
  • Adobe Connect: Training on how to use the campus system for web conferencing, collaboration and online teaching, August 16.
  • BoilerCast Demo: An overview and demo of the latest features available in the campus lecture capturing system, August 22.

To register, please click on the course listing on ITaP’s training calendar and follow the prompts. http://www.itap.purdue.edu/

Sharon Weiner gave a plenary presentation, "The State of Information Literacy Policy:  A Global Priority” at the XIV World Congress of the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD) at Cornell University on July 22, 2013.

Clarence Maybee, Christine Bruce, Mandy Lupton and Kristen Rebmann, “Learning to use information: Informed learning in the undergraduate classroom” Library and Information Science Research, 35(3), 200-206, 2013.

Purdue Today, July 25, 2013
Two vendor changes for Purdue Libraries

Journal & Courier, July 28
Undergraduates grasp opportunities to do high-level research


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