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Tomalee DoanYou likely know, I have taken on new responsibilities for the next 3 years as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs as of early July. It is a privilege to take on this new role and I am able and ready to continue with the strategic agenda already set for the Libraries. I assure you I do not have the energy that Dean McNeil brought to the position, but as each day passes my recovery from cancer is beginning to feel like a distance past. So many of you have been so supportive of me during my time here at Purdue starting back in May 2006 all the way through this past month when Dean Mullins made the position announcement. I am grateful and want to say thank you to so many colleagues, staff and faculty who have welcomed me into my new role.

As we embark on a new academic year, we are also going to be working on updating the objectives of the Libraries Strategic Plan to align our plan with the universities strategic plan, Purdue Moves. The Libraries plan will be set to go July 1, 2016. I look forward to working with you as we will be seeking feedback from all faculty and staff. I also want to mention that we are in the process of several new searches for key positions in our libraries. We have already added excellent new staff and faculty and I am looking forward to getting to know all the new hires. Yet, there are so many of you that I pass daily and don’t really know much about you. Please know that I am open and approachable and do want to get to know all of you much better. That said, I’d like to share a bit about me. My hubby and I recently acquired two young Abyssinian kitties, Radar and Riley. This breed is considered the second most playful cat breed behind the Japanese Bobtail. They are sleek, highly intelligent, athletic climbers. My husband Rick and I couldn’t be happier as they add so much entertainment to our lives.

These are exciting times for the Libraries and I look forward to the continued constant change which has become more of a norm in today’s academic research library. I especially look forward to the continued planning and preparation of the Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center opening fall 2017




Wayne and Helen TownsendWayne Townsend was not only a political leader in Indiana where he was a force in the Democratic Party that culminated in his run for governor in 1984, and not only a loyal and committed Boilermaker, he was a champion and supporter of the Purdue University Libraries. Wayne Townsend passed away at age 89 earlier this month.

Wayne Townsend and I first met when I was confirmed as Dean of Libraries by the Board of Trustees in July, 2004 in Fort Wayne. When I learned he was from Hartford City, Indiana, I asked him if he knew a cousin of mine, an attorney, Bill Ervin. He turned, and gave me his characteristic warm, big smile, and said, “Bill Ervin was my best friend.” When I told him I was Bill’s cousin, he looked at me, and then said, “If you are anything like Bill, you will be a great dean.” Bill Ervin had passed away a few years prior to this conversation.

At the time of my introduction to Wayne he was a member of the Board of Trustees, however, that summer his term ended. Therefore, I asked him if he would agree to serve on the Libraries Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC). He said not only would he be interested, but Helen, his wife and Purdue graduate, would also be willing and interested in serving. He said, “You will get two for the price of one.” How could I say no? They served for five years on the DAC from 2004-2009.

During their DAC years, Wayne and Helen offered sage advice about understanding the thinking of Hoosiers (in this instance, the residents of Indiana) and Boilermakers specifically. He was a champion of the consolidation of the archives and special collections into one space and was a generous donor to Libraries’ projects.
My wife, Kathy, and I hosted Wayne and Helen at a football game this past fall. Although I was shocked at the decline in his health, the positive, humorous and frank personality that Wayne was known for was still very evident.

In my position as dean I have the opportunity to meet many outstanding people, but several stand out among them for their sincerity, joy in living and love for Purdue. Wayne was one of those people. I will always treasure having known him.




Theresa HoeferThe sudden passing of Theresa Hoefer was a devastating shock. Theresa had worked in the Libraries Acquisitions department for 10 years before retiring not quite two years ago, and had kept in touch with those she worked with. Theresa was a fun-loving, energetic person with a cheerful infectious laugh that resonated throughout the office. She was having a wonderful time with her family and especially her grandchildren.

I have a fond memory of Theresa that I would like to share. One morning Theresa came into my office with a large grin spread across her face. She asked me if I knew Russell Bogan. I replied that I did indeed know Russell Bogan, and I’m thinking, how in the world how did she know my grandfather? Theresa extended her hand towards me and there laying across her palm was a picture of my Grandfather and Grandmother, perfectly coiffed, standing side-by-side with pleasant smiles on their faces. The picture was dated 1940 when my father was three years old and of course much younger than when I knew them. I said “That’s my Grandfather!” and placed my hand on my heart. Taken aback and astounded I asked her how she had a picture of my grandparents. Theresa sat down across from me and told me her sister married my father’s cousin. She and I had talked about people from the Monitor area and she had put two and two together. Theresa gave me the picture that I will forever cherish. Not only is the picture a reminder of my grandparents, but also of Theresa and her thoughtfulness and act of kindness.




The new digital reference software, Springshare LibChat, was launched in January 2015 for Purdue University’s online reference service. Our statistics show an 8% increase with our new software which allows us the ability to communicate with our patrons not only through CHAT, email and TEXT, but also Twitter. We are now ready to launch the second feature which is the ability to turn on LibAnswer FAQs. This will allow Purdue Libraries to organize a knowledge base of reference and how-to information that will be available 24/7 on our website. Patrons will be able to search these FAQs using a search box or by choosing a topic to browse. Currently we have a list of canned messages/scripts that we send to patrons that includes links and consistent information. These current scripts will be the beginning source for the new FAQs. The Springshare software allows for easy organization and input to build our FAQs into what the patrons need. It’s a great way to expedite the correct information to patrons for redundant questions which can be easily answered

WATCH for the roll-out of this addition to LibAnswers/Chat this fall!



Aly EdmondsonAly Edmondson
Libraries Instructional Developer
Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology Division

Hi all! I am the new Library Instructional Developer in the PSET Division. I work with the librarians in developing and maintaining web content and digital and physical instructional materials.

I am a Greater Lafayette native and a William Henry Harrison High School alum! Just a couple of years ago I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ball State University. Even though my major emphasis was photography and intermedia, in college I worked with many art mediums simultaneously including painting, printmaking, glass, etc. My senior thesis exhibition incorporated ceramics, sculpture and alternative photographic processing. After I graduated I returned to the Lafayette area and began working as a Library Media Aide at Mayflower Mill Elementary. During that time I worked face-to-face with approximately 600 K-5 students, teaching them about the library, using books as tools, as well as helping them learn to read.

Outside of my work here at Purdue, I enjoy taking art classes at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette and local public studios. Recently I started a new project working with ceramics in creating utilitarian pieces with a heavy art history reference. As an interdisciplinary artist I consistently create new work and participate in art exhibitions across the United States. I consider myself an avid investigator and inquirer, always wanting to learn new things. Eventually I would like to receive my Master of Fine Arts, and own and operate a community based art studio and exhibition space. My other passions include reading, traveling (even though I haven’t done much of it yet), music, volunteering and collecting globes. What am I currently doing? Reading “Yes, Please” by Amy Poehler, planning a trip to the Dominican Republic, listening to the Matchbox Twenty Pandora station and of course making art!

My office is located in ENGR 135A. You can reach me at 49-42764 and edmonds0@purdue.edu. I look forward to working with all of you!





Beth McNeil's cat FionaIt’s time for me to say goodbye to West Lafayette and Purdue. I have enjoyed very much my time at Purdue Libraries. Working with so many smart, dedicated and fun colleagues has made the past eight years just fly by. Thank you to everyone for your collegiality and friendship.

All the very best wishes to Purdue Libraries faculty and staff.

P.S. Making the drive to Ames with an elderly dog and three slightly sedated cats was exciting. Here’s Fiona meowing goodbye as we headed out of West Lafayette.



Sandy GallowaySandy Galloway’s name was randomly drawn from all those who were SMILED upon in June. She received a $25 Von’s Book Shop gift certificate.

All faculty, administration 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/



Things are "looking up" as construction begins on the Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center set to open in fall 2017.

Active Learning Center construction crane




Over the last few years we have been coordinating the layout and design of INSIDe to match with the latest issue of VOLUMe. This new design for INSIDe was created by Sam Wehrspann, web application developer. The redesign also involves many steps for it to work in Dreamweaver as well in Delivra. A huge thank you to Sam for his creativeness, technical skills and mostly his patience with me.

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

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

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

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

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





New Staff

  • Cara Bradford, Library Assistant V, Acquisitions
  • Alexandra Hoff, Editorial Assistant, University Publishing


  • Kathy Garner, Acquisitions, retired on June 30. Kathy worked at Purdue Libraries for 35 years.
  • Nancy Hewison is celebrating 30 years at Purdue.
  • Elaine Bahler is celebrating 20 years at Purdue.
  • Donna Ferullo is celebrating 15 years at Purdue.

First in the Field: Beginnings of the Nation’s First Computer Science Department
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Sharon Weiner, Sammie Morris and Larry Mykytiuk. “Archival literacy competencies for undergraduate history majors,” American Archivist 78(1):153-179, 2015.

Clarence Maybee, Jake Carlson, Maribeth Slebodnik and Bert Chapman (in press). “It’s in the syllabus”: Identifying information literacy and data information literacy opportunities using a grounded theory approach,” The Journal of Academic Librarianship doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2015.05.009

Larry Mykytiuk, “Strengthening Biblical Historicity vis-à-vis Minimalism, 1992-2008 and Beyond, Part 2.3: Some Commonalities in Approaches to Writing Ancient Israel's History,” Journal of Religious & Theological Information, 14:1–2 (2015): 30–48.

Line Pouchard presented “Issues in Big Data Curation” at the Research Data Alliance 5th Plenary, Big Data Interest Group. San Diego, CA, March 2015.

Amy Barton, Marianne Stowell Bracke, Paul Bracke, D. Scott Brandt, Nastasha Johnson, Nicole Kong, Line Pouchard, Megan Sapp Nelson, Michael Witt presented “Research Data Management Workshop” at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. June 18, 2015.

Line C. Pouchard, Megan Sapp Nelson and Yung-Hsiang Lu presented “Comparing policies for open data from publicly accessible international sources” at IASSIST 2015 conference, Minneapolis, MN. June 2015.

Suzanne Ward, Mary Evangeliste and Katherine Furlong. “Rightsizing Your Library: From Weeding to Services.” American Library Association annual conference, San Francisco, CA. June 2015.

Donna L. Ferullo participated on a panel entitled “DMCA Takedown Notices: Managing Practices from the Perspective of Institutional Repositories” at the 10th International Conference on Open Repositories in Indianapolis, IN. June 9, 2015.

Donna L. Ferullo presented a workshop on “Copyright and Online Education” at the University of San Francisco. June 24, 2015.



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