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Tom Wilmeth May 2014The Purdue University Board of Trustees on May 16 approved naming the library within the future Active Learning Center for two College of Engineering alumni brothers in recognition of gifts totaling $4 million to Purdue University Libraries.

The Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Library of Engineering and Science will be dedicated in 2017 upon completion of the $79 million classroom-library project: the Active Learning Center — ranked since July 2012 as the university's No. 1 capital project for the biennium. When completed, the center — and the Wilmeth Library — will be a daily academic destination for 5,000 Purdue students and faculty.

The naming recognizes and honors Thomas S. Wilmeth, who earned his electrical engineering degree in 1935, and the late Harvey D. Wilmeth, who earned his chemical engineering degree in 1940. The brothers founded Scot Industries Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1949. Tom ran and built the business with seed money provided by the shrewd investments of younger brother Harvey. Scot Industries is the worldwide quality and technological leader in the specialty tubing and bar business. Scot Industries continues to grow as a privately held company with 13 plants worldwide.

"It is appropriate to name the library of the future after two brothers who personify and exemplify the creative problem solving, ingenuity and entrepreneurship of Purdue engineers," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. "We are grateful to the Wilmeth brothers for their vision and desire to make a lasting impact on the world and in the lives of Purdue students today and tomorrow."

Daniels hosted a private reception and dinner for centenarian Tom Wilmeth, his family members and guests Monday, May 12.

The Active Learning Center will blend and integrate centrally scheduled active learning classrooms, library/information services, formal study spaces, collaborative work areas and informal learning spaces. During the class day, 40 percent of the center will be library/study spaces that, at the end of the class day, during the evening and throughout the night, expand to nearly the entire building. This flexibility of classroom/study/learning space allows for greater building efficiency.

"The Wilmeth family has had a long-term commitment to Purdue Libraries, and their gifts affirm that commitment," said James L. Mullins, dean of libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor. "They recognize the vital role of Libraries in the provision of ideal learning space for our students in the Active Learning Center. We are very grateful and appreciative of their support."

Thomas S. Wilmeth was born Oct. 2, 1913. A lifelong entrepreneur, Wilmeth started his first business at age 10. At 16 he enrolled at Purdue. During his senior year, he was the business manager of the Purdue yearbook, Debris. While at Purdue, Wilmeth was a member of Alpha Chi Rho, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He graduated magna cum laude at age 21.

Wilmeth's long history of support for the university and Purdue Libraries began in 1991, when he made a contribution to fund Libraries' first electronic database. In 1993 he joined the Libraries Dean's Advisory Council and served for 10 years.

Purdue awarded Wilmeth an honorary doctorate of engineering information literacy in 2013 in recognition of his understanding and appreciation of the need to use published research outside of academe to advance industrial methods and to create new engineering processes and technological applications. In 2004 he received the President's Council Distinguished Pinnacle Award for his philanthropy to Purdue Libraries.

"My philanthropy always has been intended to offer opportunities to others through the resources and services of the Purdue University Libraries," Wilmeth said. "I believe the essence of education is developing the ability to train and teach oneself to learn. Thanks in large part to the training we received at Purdue, our successes have allowed my brother and me to help others achieve their own success."

Wilmeth attributes the brothers' success to "continual self-education, creative ideas, extraordinary determination, hard work, a little luck and the willingness to take risks."

Though Harvey Wilmeth (1918-2007) graduated from Purdue with a degree in chemical engineering, his true passion was economics and economic theory, his older brother noted.

Harvey founded the original Center for Advanced Macroeconomic Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee following his retirement in 1983 as vice president and economist at the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. He served as an adjunct professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was awarded an honorary doctorate of economics from UWM in 2006. While at Purdue, Harvey was a member of the Purdue Student Union Board.

The Active Learning Center will be located at the center of the West Lafayette campus just east of the Purdue Bell Tower and southeast of Hovde Hall, the Purdue administration building.

The center will anchor the east end of the Third Street Student Success Corridor on the site of the long-abandoned North Power Plant and the Engineering Administration Building.

Demolition is to begin on those two buildings in June 2014 and will be completed in May 2015. Construction on the Active Learning Center is scheduled to begin in summer of 2015 with completion during the summer of 2017 and occupancy in August 2017.

BSA Life Structures has been retained as the architects for the Active Learning Center. Design work is progressing at this time with schematic design and layouts anticipated by early June.


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The Purdue Board of Trustees on Friday, May 16 listened intently as Dean of Libraries Jim Mullins presented key information on how Purdue University Libraries are strengthening academic and research quality and leading the way in areas such as information literacy, data management, student affordability, re-definition of learning spaces, STEM education and international reach at Purdue and across the globe.

The presentation was very well-received and ended in enthusiastic applause and great admiration for the leadership and innovation shown by Purdue University Libraries faculty and staff. Trustees commented on how pioneering and advanced Purdue University Libraries has been in transforming education, research and key collaborations.

At the meeting, the Trustees also approved naming the library within the future Active Learning Center (ALC) for two College of Engineering alumni brothers in recognition of gifts totaling $4 million to Purdue University Libraries. The Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Library of Engineering and Science will be dedicated in 2017 upon completion of the $79 million classroom-library project, the Active Learning Center.

To follow the design and construction updates about the ALC visit the website https://www.lib.purdue.edu/adv/alc.


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On May 21, a group from the D2C2 participated in the 12th ORCID Outreach Meeting in Chicago. Visiting scholars, Ms. Tianfang Dou (Tsinghua University) and Dr. Hui Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences), joined Michael Witt who gave a talk and presented a poster with students, Alicia Lim and Ahmed Abdel-Gawad, about their integration of ORCID and HUBZero. Lim’s work will be published in the next issue of the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research, which will begin requiring its authors to register ORCID identifiers with their submissions.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant applications, and patent applications.

ORCID Chicago meeting with D2C2 Librarians 2014

Pictured left to right: Tianfang Dou, Hui Wang, Michael Witt, Alicia Lim and Ahmed Abdel-Gawad.


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Richard BernierRichard Bernier
Processing and Public Services Archivist

I am excited to join the vibrant Purdue Libraries as Processing and Public Services Archivist. I come to you from two hours down the road, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, “Indiana’s other engineering school.” Actually, I believe that is how they refer to Purdue! Either way, both are outstanding institutions and I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the progressive and dynamic Archives and Special Collections department.

I started at Purdue on May 1 after almost 14 years at Rose-Hulman where I served as User Services and Library Technologies Librarian. In that position, I had the opportunity to be involved in many functions of the library including reference, library instruction, manager of all electronic resources and services and interim library director. But what I enjoyed the most was my role as manager of our digital collections and Institute Archivist. 

I am originally from Massachusetts (I still have some of the accent) and have a BA in history from Bridgewater State University, an MA in history from the University of Louisville and my MLIS from the University of Kentucky. Having reached the conclusion a few years ago that my true passion was archival science, I also took several classes at Indiana University. My hobbies include Latin percussion (congas, bongos, timbales), Red Sox baseball and managing my vast analog and digital music and photo collections. My family thinks I’m crazy for all the time and effort I put into managing metadata, but I’m sure you all understand. Oh, and with a very active nineteen month old toddler, my wife and I get plenty of exercise chasing him around so he doesn’t destroy the house or kill himself.

As Processing and Public Services Archivist, I will oversee and manage collection processing and reference services for the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. My main responsibility is to manage the processing activities, but I also get to collaborate with my colleagues in the conservation, digitization and preservation of our collections. Although I gain gratification in making collections available for research, what I find truly rewarding is seeing the fruits of such labor through collection usage by researchers, the creation of exhibits and through promoting information literacy of primary source materials.

I am happy to be a part of Purdue University Libraries and to work with a great group of people in the archives. Feel free to contact me at bernier@purdue.edu, 49-49040, or stop by my office in Archives & Special Collections, Room 458.


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The most recent research proposals were reviewed by Research Council and approved for research support.

Mary Dugan was awarded a Research and Scholarship Support Grant to attend the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) conference in Burlington, VT, May 4-7, 2014.

Michael Witt was awarded an International Travel Grant to present a paper, “ORCIDs in the Wild: Implementing ORCIDs into Research Support and Repository Systems” at the 9th International Conference on Open Repositories in Helsinki, Finland, June 9, 2014.


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Rachel BorsaRachel Borsa
Major: Professional Flight Technology
Minor: Certificate of Entrepreneurship

Q. What Library or Library Unit do you work in and what is your job?
A. Aviation Technology Library Assistant.

Q. Where is your hometown?
A. Erie, Pennsylvania.

Q. What do you like most about your job at Purdue Libraries?
A. Everyone is so friendly! The rest of the staff is always willing to help out if there is a scheduling conflict and our supervisors are the best.

Q. If you could add a class to Purdue’s curriculum, what would it be?
A. Yoga! I wish I had a class to make me sit still and just breathe for a little bit. Sometimes we forget to do that as college students.

Q. Who would you like to meet and have dinner with?
A. Amelia Earhart. She was an amazing woman and I would love to sit and talk about airplanes with her.

Q. What do you do for fun?
A. I love hanging out with my friends. We don't have to do anything special, but we have a wonderful time doing it!

Q. Future Plans?
A. I plan to become a commercial pilot. I want to fly and travel and see as much of the world as I possibly can.

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New Staff

  • Katie Van Kammen, part-time secretary, Libraries Administration Office

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


New LCSSAC members are Ann O’Donnell (District 3) and Dianna Deputy (District 4). They will begin serving their three year terms on July 1.

Thank you to outgoing members Sharon Sturgeon and Dan Yeoman for their dedication and service.


Purdue University Libraries has been selected to participate in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA).”  Nastasha Johnson, assistant professor, will serve as campus team leader with Libraries faculty Clarence Maybee, assistant professor and information literacy specialist, and Paul Bracke, associate dean for research and assessment, and campus leaders Vice Provost Diane Beaudoin and Assistant Professor Nathan Mentzer as team members. Check here for official announcement.


Quest for Equality: Celebrating the Leadership, Advocacy and Commitment of Five Purdue Women
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Purdue Farmer's Market
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May 1-July 31
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August 7-October 30
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Note: Due to conflicting events in the area, the market will not be held on September 11 or 18.

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Jim Mullins, keynote speaker, presented “Big Data & Implications for Academic Libraries,” at Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) Cyber-infrastructure Conference, Kansas City, MO, May 28, 2014.

Michael Witt, "DataCite, re3data.org and Databib Announce Collaboration". D-Lib Magazine 20(5/6). http://www.dlib.org/dlib/may14

Donna L. Ferullo presented “Copyright: Both Sides of the Aisle” at the Purdue University Student Legal Services Inaugural Law Symposium, April 17, 2014.

Donna L. Ferullo participated on two panels; “Updates on Current Copyright Court Cases” and “Fair Use Scenarios” along with Dwayne Buttler, JD; Tom Lipinksi, JD; Gretchen McCord, JD and Naz Pantaloni, JD and moderated a panel titled, “MOOCs.” She also gave two presentations titled, “Licensing and Permissions” and “Digitization and Copyright Issues,” at the Eleventh Annual Copyright Conference at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, April 22-23, 2014.

Donna L. Ferullo presented “Copyright and Higher Education: Making it Work for You.” at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA, April 29,2014.

Michael Witt, "ORCID-HUBzero Integration" at the 12th ORCID Outreach Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, May 21, 2014. https://orcid.org/content/orcid-outreach-meeting-and-codefest-may-2014.

Michael Witt, Alicia Lim and Ahmed Abdel-Gawad presented a poster, “ORCID-HUBzero Integration" at the 12th ORCID Outreach Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, May 21, 2014.


Purdue Today May 16
Purdue Active Learning Center library to bear brother’s names

Purdue Today May 19
Thumbs Up — Hal Kirkwood, Ilana Barnes, Mary Dugan and Tomalee Doan

Purdue Today, May 19, 2014
Mortar Board announces winners of annual awards
Brenda Meagher, Rose Award


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