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TRAVELHeather Oakley
Travel recently shared a list of items they find as the top issues with submitted reports. Below are the common errors we see come through our business office:

  1. Travel Requests

    a. Submit trip requests prior to travel. Although travelers are no longer required to submit itemized anticipated costs for their trip requests, a trip request still needs to be submitted prior to the start of the business travel for both domestic and international travel.
    b. Put the name of the conference/meeting you are attending in the “comments” section on the trip header.

  2. Expense Reports

  3. a. Cost comparisons are required when personal travel is combined with business travel, and extends more than 3 days prior to or after the business dates; or when a third destination is included as a personal destination. See the travel website for other cost comparison requirements. For the most accurate comparison, the comparison should be completed at the time of booking the actual trip.
    b. Receipts are required for all expenses greater than (or equal to) $75. Itemized hotel receipts are always required, regardless of amount. Often, receipts are attached, but are incomplete. Be sure to include class of service, meal and hotel itemizations, and payment information as applicable.

Please contact Joette Hutchcraft with travel related questions. jhutchc@purdue.edu.



  1. Kronos Upgrade in late 2015 (For non-exempt staff and supervisors)

    a. PC timestamp employees can submit a missing punch time suggestion to their supervisor.
    b. Employees (mostly students in Libraries) with multiple jobs can select the job for which they would like to record time when entering time or punching in.
    c. Approve time tool assists supervisors in preparing for payroll.
    d. When approving a timecard, supervisor is approving the hours worked for their area only.
    e. Simplified views/screen layout for users.

Training sessions for supervisors have been announced. To register for training, please click here.

We would like to extend a special thank you to employees and supervisors who do a great job processing time through Kronos. You make it easier for us to process payroll!

Do not hesitate to contact Amy Storms if you have any biweekly payroll questions. astorms@purdue.edu.



Mark GeyerPurdue University Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series presents Mark Geyer the Deputy Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Prior to being named Deputy Director in September of 2015, he served as the Manager of the Orion Program since 2007. In that position, he was responsible for directing the development of Orion, implementing Program policies and planning and ensuring effective cost control of the Program. Geyer’s previous NASA experience includes serving as Deputy Program Manager of the Constellation Program from 2004 to 2007 and Manager of the International Space Station (ISS) Integration Office where he was responsible for leading Russian and other International Partner integration as well as planning the assembly of the ISS. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Geyer earned Masters and Bachelor of Science degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from Purdue University.

Mark Geyer
Orion and NASA Deep Space Exploration
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6 p.m.
Loeb Playhouse
Stewart Center
Free and open to the public

This thirteenth lecture in the series is made possible by major funding to the Purdue University Libraries from the estate of Anna M. Akeley.

The Orion Program
Built to send humans farther than ever before, NASA’s new spacecraft, Orion, will take astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit to destinations such as an asteroid and eventually Mars. On December 5, 2014, Orion successfully completed its first flight test. The uncrewed test flight, called Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), became the first human-rated exploration vehicle to soar through the Van Allen Belt since Apollo 17 in December of 1972. Launched atop a Delta IV heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex, EFT-1 was a two-orbit, four-hour flight that tested many of the systems most critical to safety. This successful mission was a major first step in the nation’s return to deep-space human exploration with planned travel to the Moon, Mars and other destinations.

Prior to the lecture Purdue items that were flown on the 2014 Orion mission will be presented back to Purdue Archives and Special Collections. Archives provided the mission with a Purdue pennant and a photograph of the 1999 Purdue Astronaut reunion at Purdue and a photo of Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, the first and last men to walk on the moon.




The 2015 Purdue GIS Day High School Program was successfully launched on October 8 with the collaboration between Purdue University Libraries, the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, and Discovery Learning and Research Center. About 90 students from Jefferson High School were invited to Purdue’s campus to attend a full day program learning about geospatial information. The goal of Purdue’s high school GIS Day was to increase students’ spatial literacy, including learning what is geospatial information, and how information is collected and used.

The day started with a balloon launch activity. The balloon was equipped with a GPS unit and two cameras, so that the students could track real-time balloon location information on the map and retrieve aerial photos captured by the balloon. Discussions were built around the balloon launch to increase students’ interests in geospatial information. After the discussion, the SMART tool (Social Media Analytics Reporting Toolkit) presentation demonstrated how geospatial information is related to popular social media platforms, and how the communities use this information for law enforcement and event monitoring. Students were encouraged to tweet or Instagram using the hashtag #PurdueGISDay to interact with the presentation.

After lunch, the students broke down into three groups to participate in hands-on GIS activities. These activities included the Zombie Apocalypse planning activity using Indiana Map, the mobile device-based campus spatial data collection activity (http://maps.lib.purdue.edu/gisday2015/) and the introduction of spatial information in learning soils and ocean pollution. These activities were specifically designed to increase high school students’ spatial thinking skills, and inspire their interests to explore spatial information in their future studies.

This is the fourth year that Purdue University Libraries has hosted a K-12 GIS Day Program. The program assessment suggested that students enjoyed the experiences and were inspired to learn about geospatial information. The presenters this year included the Purdue AMET team, VACCINE center, Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana, Larry Biehl (ITAP), Steven Smith (EAPS), Dr. Darrell Schulze (Agronomy), and Sara Wiest (Political Science), as well as backup program support from Megan Sapp Nelson (Libraries) and Teresa Clark (FNR). Thanks to the GIS Day planning committee, the volunteer team, and the support from all aspects of the Libraries to make this event successful! Purdue GIS Day is sponsored by Office of the Provost, College of Agriculture, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, College of Education, College of Engineering, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, the Graduate School and Purdue University Libraries.

More details about the program can be found at https://stemedhub.org/groups/purduegisday/gisday_2015_highschool_program.

2015 GIS High School Day

A group photo captured by the balloon




Eleven teams from Purdue University and Indiana University competed in this year's competition. All groups showed exemplary case analysis, problem solving and information literacy. The top three teams advanced to the final round, which was held October 9 in the Burton Morgan Entrepreneurship Center, Room 121, to compete for first, second and third place.

The Parrish Library Case Competition allows students to experience a case competition environment, and experiencing the final is a great way to see great analytic leadership in action. I was especially excited that two of the placing teams this year were entirely made up of freshmen students.

The winners
First Place: Team Attractive — Joe Vandermus, Matt Xia, Matt Butler, Leeane Chen, Shubhika Barjatya
Second Place: UG Consulting — Joshua Groh, John Brock, Gemma Flanagan, Tim Weiss, Brandon Ko
Third Place: NRAM Solutions — Wenjia Xu, Ruihong Lyu, Michael Szipszky, Albert Sinram

2015 Parrish Case Competition finalist teams

Thank you to everyone who made this years’ competition a success and to EBSCO for sponsoring and sending a representative to judge the competition.



The Libraries Research Council recently hosted the annual Celebrating Research & Scholarship event in the Purdue Memorial Union West Faculty Lounge. This event was open to all Libraries faculty and AP staff and provided them with the opportunity to share their ongoing or recent research projects with their colleagues. There were 15 different presenters who provide information on 19 different research projects.

This year the categories were grouped according to topics of Librarianship, Information Literacy and Data. A question and answer session was held after each topic that allowed colleagues with similar interests to talk about possible collaborations, discuss methods for gathering and analyzing data, generate new research questions, and share insights and resources.

"Purdue Libraries faculty are leaders in Library and Information Science research, and are particularly well-known for their work in research data management, information literacy, scholarly communication and learning spaces," said Paul Bracke, associate dean for Research and Assessment and associate professor.

Celebrating Research and Scholarship 2015



Why I Love Purdue Libraires 2015Purdue University Libraries has launched its 3rd annual, "Why I Love Purdue Libraries" video contest with a deadline for video submissions of Oct. 30, 2015. Winners will be announced on Nov. 20, with a top award of $1,000, second place $750 and third place $500.

The contest is open to all current, enrolled Purdue University students. All video entries must be 1-3 minutes in length and follow the complete rules and guidelines for the contest. Finalists will be selected by Purdue Libraries Undergraduate Student Libraries Advisory Council (USLAC) and winners will be confirmed by the dean, associate deans and the director of strategic communications.

Contest finalists and/or award winners will be featured on Purdue Libraries website and communications channels and all awards will be distributed through Purdue University Financial Aid Division. Sponsorship for this program comes from Purdue Federal Credit Union.

2014 Winning Videos
First Place: http://youtu.be/3rM8XYbwEoE
Second Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lufll8TI_s&feature=youtu.be
Third Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QKdOlRnMV4&feature=youtu.be



Dianna DeputyDianna Deputy’s name was randomly drawn from all those who were SMILED upon in September. 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/.



Lego Play Workshop

On October 7 Megan Lotts, Art Librarian at Rutgers University Libraries, conducted a workshop that looked at the ideas of teamwork, active learning, play and pop-up making spaces within academic libraries. Throughout the workshop individuals used Lego® bricks to solve real world problems faced in academic libraries. Lotts was introduced to the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology at the “i2c2, Innovation, Inspiration, and Creativity” conference in Manchester, UK in 2014. Lego states, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology is “based on research which shows that this kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities.”

The workshop included solving problems with Legos and a group building exercise. One participant noted how interesting it was to see that her coworkers all saw the same library space in a different perspective and several others suggested that all workshops should be as engaging and fun as this one was.

Following the workshop participants were invited to fill out a paper survey. The anonymous responses will be used to write a publishable paper to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

.Lego Play WorkshopLego Paly Workshop

Photo 1 features Hal Kirkwood, Line Pouchard and Sandy Galloway.
Photo 2 features Aly Edmondson, Liz Lukens, Bethany McGowan and Judy Nixon





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
  • Liza Hagerman, Editorial Assistant, University Publishing



Michael Witt is celebrating 15 years at Purdue.


Research Council has evaluated and awards a Libraries Research and Scholarship Support Grant to Amy Van Epps to travel to El Paso, Texas to attend the FIE conference to participate as a co-leader for a workshop and present a research paper on October 21-24, 2015.


Stop by Siegesmund Engineering Library (POTR 160) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 to learn more about the interior space of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center. Sample interior furnishings will be showcased for all students and staff to peruse. The Active Learning Center, opening in 2017 will be a central library/classroom space for all students.

Active Learning Center stair case rendering



Surfaces and Contours: Celebrating Aldo Giorgini's Contributions to Art and Space
Archives and Special Collections
September 28-December 18
HSSE Library 4th floor

All Staff Meeting
October 26
2-3:30 p.m.
STEW 310


October 27
10:30 a.m.-Noon
STEW 310

Libraries Distinguished Lecture
Presents Mark Geyer
Orion and NASA Deep Space Exploration
November 10, 2015
6 p.m.
Loeb Playhouse
Stewart Center
Free and open to the public

Lafayette Farmers Market
May 2-October 31
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
5th Street between Main and Columbia streets
More Information

West Lafayette Farmers Market
May 6-October 28
3:30-7 p.m.
Cumberland Park
3065 North Salisbury Street
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Purdue Farmers Market
May 7- October 29
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Memorial Mall
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Nicole Kong "Exploring the best management practices for geospatial data in academic libraries." Journal of Map and Geography Libraries, 11(2): 207-225, 2015.

Larry Mykytiuk, “Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible,” originally published in Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2015, was republished this fall as chapter 1 of the open access e-book, Who Was Jesus? Exploring the History of Jesus’ Life, ed. Robin Ngo and Megan Sauter (Washington, D.C., Biblical Archaeology Society, 2015), pp. 1-14, http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/free-ebooks/who-was-jesus-exploring-the-history-of-jesus-life/.

Jim Mullins presented at University of Pretoria Libraries, Pretoria, South Africa, August 11, 2015.

Jim Mullins presented “An Odyssey in Data Management: Purdue University,” International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Research Data Management: Finding Our Role – A program of the Research Data Alliance, Cape Town, South Africa, August 17, 2015.

Jim Mullins, “The Challenge of Discovering Science and Technology Information,” Moderator, International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Science and Technological Libraries Section Program, Cape Town, South Africa, August 18, 2015.

Jim Mullins presented at University of Cape Town Libraries, Cape Town, South Africa, August 20, 2015.

Jim Mullins presented “Excellence in Library Services,” Review Team, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, August 24-27, 2015.



Purdue Today, October 2
Two receive 2015 CSSAC Excellence Awards
Candy Scott

Purdue Parent & Family Newsletter, October
Campus Construction Updates
Wilmeth Active Learning Center



Submit your SMILE nomination here



Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
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