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Jim MullinsEach year we wonder what the impact or impacts will be on our lives during the upcoming academic year. Nature dictates that nothing remain static, those of us who have been around for a number of years in academe, know that the University and its Libraries are not exempt from this axiom.

Each year we bid adieu to colleagues through retirement, demands of family situations, or for that “greener pasture.” The University and Libraries are better for their time with us. However, as new colleagues join us, we are rejuvenated by their excitement to be with us and their passion for their role within Libraries.

This year we look forward to a sizeable change in our physical presence on campus. Even as the Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) began to emerge two years ago from the ground at the very heart of the campus, it still seemed like a dream to many of us. At the end of this academic year we will begin to move into a facility conceptualized from the ground-up as a library, one that will relate to the 21st century and beyond. The Wilmeth Active Learning Center is the first free standing library facility to be built at Purdue in 34 years, since the John W. Hicks Library opened in 1982. Just as the Hicks Library created a new image and role for Libraries, the WALC will be an important place to further our students’ academic goals for years to come.

This will be a wonderful and productive year for Purdue and its Libraries.




A new LibGuide provided by Purdue University Libraries Research Data and developed in collaboration with ITaP displays the variety of data storage options available to researchers at Purdue University. After conversations with new faculty and graduate students where specific information on the data storage options present at Purdue and the considerations that go into selecting an appropriate data storage solution for a given data set were requested, the LibGuide was designed to meet those needs for all researchers.

The primary page lists six of the most common selection criteria for all available storage solutions at Purdue, including price, available storage, primary use, backups, access after leaving Purdue’s campus, and access from and to high performance computing systems. Each storage solution then has a profile page that includes in-depth information on 23 selection criteria, to give researchers a comprehensive picture for each data storage solution.

A link to the LibGuide can be found here: http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/DataStorage




Sharon Sturgeon retirementSharon Sturgeon joined the Libraries on December 29, 1986 in the Life Sciences Library as the circulation assistant. She moved to the Chemistry Library on September 12, 1995 where she continued to serve the needs of the students and staff with dedication and professionalism for the next 21 years.

Sharon has seen many changes in her time with the Libraries and was actively involved in many of them by serving and participating in a variety of committees. She served as a facilitator to the newly formed LCSSAC, was active on the Circulation/Reserve Team that helped create and fund the PULSE Award for Libraries student staff, participated in strategic planning teams, served on LCSSAC, helped work on the implementation of Alma, volunteered for One Book Higher and many other Libraries sponsored events and activities. Sharon always contributed constructively when she was part of a group or committee and her input was valued by the other members. She had a flair for expressing many points of views, giving others the opportunity to look at the task at hand in a variety of practical ways.

Sharon received the Dagnese Award in 1999 and the Deans Award for Sustained or Outstanding Contribution to the Libraries in 2010.

Thank you Sharon for your dedication to Purdue University Libraries and its students. We have many wonderful memories and an everlasting friendship that you will always be a part of.




Tom HaworthTom Haworth came to Purdue University in 1975 as an interviewer for Human Resources. He became the human resource manager for the Purdue Libraries and Audio Visual Center in 1975. Tom retired in February 2010 after building many lifelong friendships with his coworkers and friends.

As I reflected on Tom’s tenure and impact within Libraries the following questions came to mind:

  • How many phone calls did Tom make during his 34 years at Purdue?
  • How many reference letters did he process?
  • How many interviews did he arrange for students, staff and faculty?
  • How many delicate situations did he take care of?
  • How many events did he help plan and host over the years?

Tom served as our teacher, our counselor and most importantly our friend. He taught us about respect and appreciation for each others individual diversity and our human rights. He counseled many of us about work related issues and often provided us with guidance in our personal lives. He offered us friendship by helping us move into a new job, a new apartment and even our new homes.

For those of us who knew Tom, we are ever grateful for his dedication to Purdue Libraries staff and his fun-loving outlook on life. He will be missed and remembered as an important part of our lives.



Snadi CaldroneSandi Caldrone
Data Repository Outreach Specialist
Research Data

I’m very excited to join the Purdue Libraries as part of the PURR team. After a long and rewarding stint in the nonprofit world, I’m really enjoying being a part of a campus community again and focusing on data.

I started in the social science world, earning an MA in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Northern Illinois University in 2006. I was drawn to the holistic approach and ethic of service in both disciplines, and was always fascinated by how people categorize the world around them. My thesis research examined conceptions of sex among students — both LGBTQ and straight — in NIU’s Pride organization in the context of the abstinence-only sex education debate at the time. I found that students did not have a static definition of sex, but saw it as a gray area that may include any number of acts depending on both who they were with and how they felt.

After graduation, I wanted to get firsthand experience in two things: living in another country, and working on the front lines of community health. I was an assistant English teacher in a high school near Hiroshima for a semester, and then for the past nine years I worked for Girls in the Game, a Chicago-based nonprofit providing leadership, sports and health programs for girls. While there, I rescued a languishing database and discovered the joys of working with data, which led me to the University of Illinois distance learning program where I completed an MS in Library and Information Science with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Curation.

In my free time, I love crafting of all sorts, baking, reading and exploring my new neighborhood with my two dogs. You might find me knitting a Hogwarts scarf, burying my nose in a detective novel, or getting pulled around town by two little terriers with big personalities. If you see me around, please stop and say hi, or you can reach me any time in STEW 174 and at scaldron@purdue.edu or 49-48446.


Erla HeynsErla Heyns
Associate Professor

I started at Purdue University Libraries as the head of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Education and Business Division (HSSEB) on August 15, 2016 and I am very happy to be back in Indiana, my home in the United States. This is a homecoming for me at many levels, though I have been working in the Sciences for many years, my academic background is in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Education and management was the focus for my Ph.D. coursework. Not only is this position a great fit, I am also very pleased that the work culture at Purdue University Libraries match my own values for collegiality, collaboration, innovation and creativity. To top it off I also have family in this area, a sister in Indianapolis and a daughter in Chicago.

I was the director of Veterinary Library at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York since December of 1999 and since January 2015 I was also overseeing the Science and Technology Libraries (engineering, math and physical sciences). I worked at Indiana University as a support staff member and then librarian since 1984 in various capacities. I received my Ph.D. in Library and Information Science in 1994 from Indiana University and my specialization is in Library Management and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Syracuse University in 2013. I moved to the United States from South Africa in 1983 where many of my very large extended family members still live. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Stellenbosch in History and Afrikaans and Dutch Literature and I have a post-graduate diploma as a high school teacher in South Africa.

Family is very important to me; I have two daughters, both in their 20s, Dianne is in Chicago after graduating from Cornell University in December 2015 and Annali, the youngest is a senior at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. When the kids were growing up our family enjoyed skiing, boating and hiking and we spent much of our free time at swim meets, soccer games, lacrosse games, ski races and piano recitals.

In my spare time I like to hike and I am looking forward to exploring the state parks in Northern Indiana and re-discovering the state parks in Southern Indiana. I am also an artist and I enjoy painting flowers and landscapes in Acrylics.

My office is located in HSSE, STEW 252 and I can be reached at eheyns@purdue.edu or 49-48462.


Jacinda LaymonJacinda Laymon
Departmental Operations Clerk
Libraries Facilities

Five years ago, I came to Purdue not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. The only thing I knew for sure was that a path including being a Boilermaker would lead me to great things. The first of which was getting a job working for the Purdue University Libraries Facilities as a student assistant. It was hard work, but the people in the department made it enjoyable and rewarding. During this time, I finally landed on the decision to pursue a degree in psychology. In December 2015, I obtained my bachelor’s degree but failed to find a career that I truly desired. It was at this time I decided to achieve my previously-secret dream of being an artist, and I am now currently pursuing a degree in graphic design.

I grew up in Martinsville, Indiana surrounded by IU fans expecting me to do my studies in Bloomington. However, I went against this norm because I always knew Purdue was superior. It turned out to be the best decision I have ever made, and these past five years have been the best time of my life.

I currently live in Lafayette with my cat, Piper. I enjoy drawing, reading, and above all, watching movies. My favorite director is Quentin Tarantino and my favorite films are Pulp Fiction, Lord of the Rings and Moulin Rouge. My hopes for the future include traveling the world and finding the best slice of pizza it can offer.

For the next three years, I will be ensuring that the right-sizing project goes smoothly by supervising and training student employees. I am delighted to begin my new adventure as a staff member and to pass on the work ethic and skills I learned as a student. This promotion gives me even more enthusiasm and opportunities to work towards improving the Libraries every day. I am blessed to have this amazing opportunity and to work with some awesome people. I hope I can return the favor and do some great things for the Purdue Libraries.

My office is located in STEW 173, and I can be contacted via jlaymon@purdue.edu or 49-61552.


NuRee LeeNuRee Lee
Assistant Professor of Library Science
Molecular Plant Sciences Information Specialist

I hail from the chilly north that is Canada. Specifically, from the city of Toronto where I have spent my life since the age of 2. My entire academic life was spent at the University of Toronto where I received a BSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a graduate degree in Information Science.

With an uncommon combination of degrees, I had started my venture into finding a career I would be excited about. My luck has landed me here at Purdue University Libraries, in a position I had never dreamed possible.

Coming from a big city, I am slowly adjusting to a quieter life in Lafayette and West Lafayette. So far during my free time I have been spending extra bonding time with my dog Chopin by taking him on long walks around the area. I am also in the midst of a dilemma about whether I should subscribe to Netflix.

Being new to the American academic and non-academic sphere, I am excited to learn more about Purdue and the local community. Any guidance or tips about working in Purdue or living in Indiana would be greatly appreciated!

My office in located in LILY 031 and my contact is lee2563@purdue.edu or by phone 49-48684. Please feel free to contact at me at any time.



Libraries Facilities Team Update
By Candy Scott

After six months of renovations we are finally settling into our new digs. Along with the new paint, flooring, doors and desks we would like to introduce the new and improved Libraries Facilities Team.

Jacinda Laymon has joined us as a full-time staff member for the duration of the rightsizing project and the move into the WALC.

Nanette Andersson, director of Libraries facilities, will join us September 1. Once she gets settled in we would like to invite faculty and staff in for a visit to see where we are and answer questions you may have about our department. Watch for more information in the coming months.

Auxiliary Services Team 2018





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.






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Congratulations to Megan Sapp Nelson for being named the ACRL Member of the Week.



Agriculture at the State Bicentennial: Purdue’s Contributions to Indiana and Its People
Archives and Special Collections
June 10–December 23
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
HSSE Library 4th floor

Sept. 22
5 p.m.-Dusk
Happy Hollow Park, Shelter 1
West Lafayette

West Lafayette Farmer’s Market
May 4-October 26
3:30-7 p.m.
Cumberland Park
3150 North Salisbury Street

Purdue Farmer’s Market
August 18-October 27
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Memorial Mall
Purdue Campus

Lafayette Farmer’s Market
May 7-Ocotber 29
5th Street
Between Main & Columbia



Jamillah R. Gabriel presented “Teaching Cultural Heritage Literacy,” IFLA Information Literacy Satellite Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August 2016.

Michael Witt, Mustapha Mokrane, Frank Scholze, Robert Ulrich and Heinz Pampel. “re3data and an Ecosystem of Research Data Repositories.” World Library and Information Congress, 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Columbus, Ohio. August 8.

Sammie Morris chaired and Tracy Grimm presented on the panel, “Embedded Archivists: Exploring New Depths in Teaching with Primary Sources” at the joint annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists and Council of State Archivists, Atlanta, Georgia, August 6.

Sammie Morris and Tracy Grimm, along with Indiana University colleagues Carey Beam and Carrie Schwier presented “Archivists with Class: Teaching Students Primary Source Literacy,” at the IFLA Information Literacy Satellite Meeting co-sponsored by ACRL and DePaul University, Chicago, August 11.



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