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Jim MullinsAnnual staff awards
Each year I envy each one of you, since you have the ability to do something that I cannot do — nominate a Libraries/Press colleague for a Moriarty, Dagnese or Dean's Award. The policy prohibits the dean from making a nomination but my compensation is that I have the pleasure of reading the nominations that are so warmly written about the reasons why a fellow co-worker or co-workers in the Libraries or Press should be recognized by being awarded one of the Libraries' faculty and staff awards. If you haven't considered this before, please do so now. If you have done it in prior years, please do it again. Don't worry about writing in a rich and lyrical prose or developing a persuasive argument, just state who you wish to nominate, for what reason and provide all the supporting information you wish to add. If you need a refresher on the criteria for the various awards please see: http://intranet.lib.purdue.edu/display/HOME/awards

The deadline for nominations has been extended until noon, Monday, March 25.

I look forward to reading about the many contributions that members of the Libraries community have made during the past year to further the services, resources and overall environment of the Purdue University Libraries, Copyright and Press.

Libraries sponsored day trip
Another activity that I want to give you a little head's up on is the Libraries sponsored day trip to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Indianapolis on April 11. As we have done in the past for the American Library Association meeting when it has been held in Chicago (which we will be doing again this summer), we are providing the opportunity to take a day away from our usual work to experience the sights and sounds of a major, national conference.

At the conference, library vendors and suppliers create booths or exhibits that showcase the latest in new technologies, furniture, information resources and many other library-centric items. Purdue Libraries and Press will have a booth where we will be highlighting the special and unique programs, services and facilities that are Purdue University, its Libraries and Press.


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LearnLab in Parrish LibraryThe Business and Finance Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) proudly announces the winner of the twelfth annual Centers of Excellence Awards: the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics, Purdue University Libraries, in the Management Category.

The Parrish Library is being recognized in the Management Category for the excellence the judges saw throughout the renovation/transformation project. The project, which spanned five years, applied comprehensive analysis, benchmarking, partnership building and incremental implementation to a truly strategic objective. The resulting LearnLab is to be used as a model for future classrooms. An excellent example of how academic libraries can impact the student learning environment.

The Centers of Excellence Awards will be officially presented at the 2013 SLA Conference set for June 9-11 in San Diego.

The award recognizes the best of "best practices" in three categories: technology, service and management. Any member of SLA can apply for consideration in any of the three categories and all entries are evaluated by a panel of judges who are members of the Business and Finance Division.

SLA is the global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. Founded in 1909 in New York, it is now the international association representing the interests of thousands of information professionals in more than 80 countries. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy and networking opportunities.


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Libraries 2013 Road School displayAt the 99th annual Purdue Road School conference, March 5-7, The Purdue Libraries showcased the partnership and collaboration between the Purdue e-Pubs repository, Purdue University Press, Libraries Digital Initiatives and Archives and Special Collections with Purdue Road School and its affiliated organizations, such as the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) to over 2,100-plus attendees. The Libraries table displayed images from past Road School’s housed in Archives and Special Collections; The Indiana Bridges, 1921-1943 Collection (available in e-Archives); Purdue University Press Publications, JTRP materials and the Road School conference proceedings from 2011 and 2012 which can be found in Purdue e-Pubs.

With over 450 attendees stopping and speaking to Libraries staff, the response to the partnership and collaboration was very positively received. Look for more information on these partnerships and collaborations in future editions of INSIDe.


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Below you will find the most current list of primary duties for the business office staff. The list is not all-inclusive, but I hope it will give you an idea of who to contact when you have questions. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.

Heather OakleyHeather Oakley, Director of Financial Affairs
Phone: 49-42895, email: hoakley@purdue.edu
Location: STEW 267B
Primary duties: contracts/RFPs, special projects, annual budget, process improvements, interpretation of policies, reporting, serve as business services payroll liaison, recharge rates.

Amy StormsAmy Storms, Account Assistant
Phone: 49-47710, email: astorms@purdue.edu
Location: STEW 267 — desk on left as you enter the business office
Primary duties: office supervisor, backup to all business office staff, financial management and reporting, sponsored research account management, credit card reconciliation, long-term consulting, human subject payments and student award/scholarship payments.


April MaybeeApril Maybee, Account Clerk
Phone: 49-66737, email: amaybee@purdue.edu
Location: STEW 267 — desk to the right corner as you enter the business office
Primary duties: monthly and bi-weekly payroll, travel, credit card reconciliations and staff award payments.



Joette Hutchcraft, Account Clerk
Phone: 49-42894, email: jhutchc@purdue.edu
Location: STEW 267 — the desk straight ahead as you enter the business office
Primary duties: invoice payments, wire transfers (incoming and outgoing), purchasing (special orders), kiosk operations, PMU/Events billings, PRF account management, credit card reconciliations and financial reporting.


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Joe KinzigJoe Kinzig
Digital Reference Specialist

My virtual reference experience began during 2002 while at Harford County Public Library (Maryland). The Harford and Baltimore two county prototype homework help service became the framework for the expanded Maryland state "Ask Us Now" service. During this time I monitored both chat and email services while also acting as library liaison to the state oversight committee. During 2005 Maryland's "Ask Us Now" service joined OCLC's 24/7 QuestionPoint consortium and I moved to West Lafayette. Early in 2006 I began working from home as a QuestionPoint staff librarian.

In August, 2012, I joined Purdue Libraries as the Digital Reference Specialist. Some of my responsibilities include monitoring chat service, email reference, assessment of the digital reference services and creation of library guides for the digital reference services.

My office is located in HSSE 242 and I can be reached at 49-62774 or jkinzig@purdue.edu.


Lauren WhiteLauren White
Project Archivist for University Records

I joined the Libraries Archives and Special Collections unit on January 14 as the Project Archivist for University Records. I am honored to join the Purdue community and excited to tackle this challenging project to survey and document the valuable records collections of the University's departments to further our preservation and stewardship of Purdue's history and legacy.

I come to Purdue from a consulting archivist position for Western Michigan University, where I worked on records workflows, digitization and preservation models, and staff training and management for the Facilities Records Room's collections of blueprints and architectural drawings. Prior to that experience, I graduated from the University of Michigan's School of Information with a master's degree and specializations in Archives and Records Management and Preservation. I have also worked for William Carey University, where I prepared collecting policies, procedures and workflows for the new University Archives as well as processed and created finding aids for the Archives' first collections. Like some of my past work, it is quite the daunting task to take these initial steps in beginning a university-wide historical records program here at Purdue, but I am nothing but enthusiastic to meet the challenge. After all, my personal motto is adopted from a line from the White Queen in "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There: Believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

What I think will be most exciting about my position, therefore, is the chance to break new ground and build new connections with faculty and staff here at Purdue. I aim to build meaningful relationships with the departments I survey, so that all of Purdue's historical materials, whether stored in the Archives or in individual department collections, are documented and well-curated.

When I am not working, I enjoy playing with my 3-year old Holland Lop rabbit, going to the movies, and reading — especially Victorian history and children's/young adult literature, the specialties of my English BA. I've also begun scouring antique shops for skeleton keys to add to my small but growing collection.

If I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting you or if you have a question about the University Records Project, please don't hesitate to contact me. I can be reached by email at white323@purdue.edu and by phone at 49-42263. My office is currently located in HIKS G932.


Lisa ZilinskiLisa Zilinski
Data Services Specialist

Some of you may remember me from the Data Curation Profiles Symposium held here at Purdue in September 2012. I made the trip up from sunny South Florida to the unseasonably cool fall of West Lafayette. During my time at the symposium, I learned of the Data Services Specialist opening and was very interested in learning more. From the people I met while on this trip, I found that Purdue was potentially a good fit for me, both professionally and personally. After a few months, I made the big move from Florida! I officially began as the new Data Services Specialist on January 7.

I began my library career after nine years in human resources as a corporate librarian for FirstMarketing while working on my MSLIS at Florida State University. My next experience in library science was working in the Knowledge Services Organization (KSO) of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)…try to say that ten times fast! I spent time both in Research and Analytics and Taxonomy Management. Most recently, I was the Business Librarian and a Management Instructor at the University of South Florida. I was exploring data management services for the Lakeland regional campus and supporting data initiatives for the main campus.

I was born in Dallas, but have lived in Florida since I was 3. I grew up in Cooper City, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and have lived the last four and half years in Tampa. Transitioning to the Midwest in the dead of winter has been a challenge, I am really looking forward to spring. My toddler son keeps me pretty busy when I am not at work. I am an avid reader and sci-fi/fantasy geek, whether it be books, movies, television or games. I also love inline skating and hope to find a trail soon. I am an animal lover and have two cats and two dogs. In 2010, I worked with the USF Psychology Club to train and certify Echo, a German/Australian Shepard mix, to be a certified therapy dog. She is available for events and parties!

I am very excited to be here at Purdue and I look forward to working with all of you. My office is currently located in Stewart Center, Room 279E. I can be reached at 49-41583 or lzilins@purdue.edu. Please feel free to stop by and say hello.


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Gretchen StephensGretchen Stephens
Veterinary Medical Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Science
Veterinary Medical Library, Health and Life Sciences Division

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job and why?
A. I enjoy most the people I meet and work with here at Purdue and the challenging questions that faculty and students ask. I sometime feel like a literature detective especially since starting work as a bibliographer on the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative grant.

Q. How long have you worked in the Libraries and at Purdue?
A. Having joined the Libraries' staff in December of 1977, I have worked here 35 years so far.

Q. What is one unforgettable experience that has happened to you or your coworkers while working in the library?
A. I too remember a bat experience in the upper stairwell hall outside to Technical Services, but my favorite experiences involve helping an intern identify the right epoxy to use on a turtle's shell while the patient was held in the intern's hand and tracking down a jingling sound in the library to discover a young dachshund racing around the old VM library stacks (having slipped in through the library's double doors).

Q. What is your favorite book, website, movie or database?
A. Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonriders of Pern" (series).

Q. Coffee, tea, water or soft drink?
A. Sweet tea, if available.

Q. What do you like to do for fun?
A. Reading, watching NCIS, NOVA, Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives, and yelling for Purdue women's basketball players.

Q. Feel free to include any information about yourself that you would like to share with the staff?
A. Being a Southerner "born and bred," I like to eat strange things like grits, fried okra and rhubarb pie.


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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 Listing

  • Library Assistant V, Acquisitions Unit (Check Purdue website for new Posting #) (Accepting applications)


  • Library Assistant V, Acquisitions Unit (Posting #1300186) (Interviewing in process)

To view all Purdue job postings visit the Purdue employment page. If you have additional questions, contact Julie Hillgrove or 49-42903.


On March 15 Purdue e-Pubs reached over 4 million downloads. Since Purdue e-Pubs reached 2.5 million last June, there has been a consistent pattern of downloads of 500,000 every quarter and 1 million every six months.


Libraries Annual Staff Awards
Deadline Noon, March 25.
Submit to JoAnne Carow at

One Book Higher supply order
Deadline April 4
See your supply coordinator

One Book Higher poster presentation
Deadline April 10


Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War Exhibit
February 20-April 5
Hicks Undergraduate Library

Women at Work: Celebrating the Legacy of Purdue Women Engineers Exhibit
Archives and Special Collections
March 4-July 31
HSSE 4th floor

Life Inspired 2013
College of Health and Human Sciences
Features former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD
March 26
8 p.m.
Loeb Playhouse
Co-sponsored by the Purdue Libraries

Annual Libraries Clerical and Service Staff Breakfast with the Deans
April 3
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Libraries Annual Staff Awards Luncheon
April 23
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
PMU South Ballroom

One Book Higher
April 23
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
PMU South Ballroom


Sharon Weiner, "Overview: The Role of Information Policy in Resolving Global Challenges." Purdue University Global Policy Research Institute, Policy Education Brief No. 1, 2013.



Purdue Today, March 7
Did You Know? Purdue's first graduate

WBAA, March 11
Exhibit at Purdue features Lincoln and the Civil War

Purdue News, March 15
Notables: Parrish Library received top honor

The Exponent, March 15
Purdue Libraries' Parrish unit receives national honor


Crock pot loaded baked potato soup
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