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This past year our Division has been prioritizing making some of our challenging to navigate collections more accessible to the Purdue community of users. The Guide on the Side (GoS) software allows one to follow along with the tutorial and even take mini-quizzes interspersed in the content, creating an active online learning environment. By using highlighted screen captures from the database as part of the instructional material ‘on the side’, we make it easier for users to follow along in the tutorial. Under the expert production of Aly Edmondson, our instructional developer, we highlighted patents, standards and a few of our society publisher document databases that are difficult to use.

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Some of the recently developed tutorials:

These GoS tutorials complement in-class instruction, providing a point-of-need review and refresher of the structure and location of the technical resources our students need. One example of the use of the tutorial is within a course Purdue Libraries faculty members have collaborated with MET faculty on for 30+ years. One of the student outcomes of MET 102, Production Design and Specifications, is to develop an ability to locate and use technical standards. Librarians traditionally have provided one-shot instruction on the basics of standards, and searching for and accessing print and electronic standards. Margaret Phillips piloted a new approach this spring to move the mechanics of searching and locating standards to the GoS tutorials. This enabled the IL session to transform into a co-facilitated (instructor + librarian) discussion of standards and their use in product design, so students understood better why standards were important and how they could be used to improve product design. The instructor has reported being very satisfied with the quality of student research compared to prior years and plans to continue to embed the GoS tutorials in the course in future terms.

The Guide on the Side tutorials have enabled us to successfully ‘flip the classroom’ in our instruction in many cases, allowing us to focus on higher-level concepts and application during our face-to-face time with students, while providing point-of-need support for the mechanics of navigating to and searching specific resources through the online tutorials.




IMPACT visiting schoalr at Nebraska-Lincoln Maybee 2016Purdue Libraries faculty presented at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The event was UNL Libraries’ annual Visiting Scholar Program, which this year focused on Purdue’s Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) program. Clarence Maybee, Assistant Professor at Purdue Libraries, gave the morning keynote presentation titled: Making an Impact: Transforming Academic Courses through Student-centered Teaching. The seventy attendees were from a variety of departments and campuses at the University of Nebraska, as well as librarians from Iowa State University. In his presentation, Maybee described the various partners, such as the Purdue’s Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE) and Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), that work with the Libraries to facilitate the IMPACT program. He argued that by all units focusing on the broader goal of developing student-centered courses, we are each able to advance our own goals, including the Libraries’ goal of integrating informed learning into course curricula.

In the afternoon, Maybee was joined by Purdue Libraries faculty, Catherine Fraser Riehle and Michael Flierl to present a panel, titled: Common Conversations about Teaching and Learning: Making an Impact. Maybee highlighted how IMPACT and other learning initiatives at Purdue have fostered a robust campus conversation about teaching and learning over the last five years. Flierl discussed how IMPACT uses a faculty learning community model, in which approximately 25 Purdue instructors who participate in IMPACT each semester forms a “community” centered on student-centered learning. Riehle described another aspect of “conversation” generated by IMPACT, outlining how IMPACT teams, comprised of three instructors from different departments, staff from CIE and ITaP, and a member of the Libraries faculty, work together to brainstorm solutions to classroom problems. The three Purdue presenters also met with several UNL librarians and administrators throughout the day to discuss innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Erica DeFrain, assistant professor at UNL, and chair of the organizing committee for UNL Libraries’ Visiting Scholar Program, contacted the presenters when they got back to Purdue and shared, “I have gotten nothing but positive and excited feedback from all who attended.”





Members of the Libraries Deans Advisory Council joined the associate deans on a tour of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center construction site on Friday, April, 29. Many of the council members were able to see the spaces they had named through gifts to the project for the first time. The tour was led by Rustin Meister, project manager for the WALC and Tomalee Doan, associate dean for academic affairs, who talked about the research behind the design of spaces in the new facility. After the tour, many Libraries DAC members expressed their surprise at the massive size of the spaces and with excitement about seeing the vision of the WALC come to life. According to the project manager, the construction is going well and will be complete in time for the grand opening in the fall of 2017.

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Sue WardSue Ward has had many roles within Purdue Libraries since she arrived at Purdue in September, 1987 as the Assistant Technical Services Literature Specialist. Within two years she was made manager of the Technical Information Services (TIS) which provided reference and interlibrary loan services to private companies and corporations on a cost-recovery basis. In 1993, in addition to heading the TIS services, she became Head, Access Services. When it was determined that TIS was no longer enough in demand by the Indiana business community to warrant it continuing, TIS was phased out and closed in 2006. In 2007, after serving twenty years in an administrative professional position, Sue became a member of the Libraries faculty as professor when she assumed the position of Head, Resource Sharing, Information Resources, and Scholarly Communications. In 2012, her title changed to Head, Collections Management, and most recently, in July, 2015, her title changed to Collection Strategist, first in the country with this cutting edge title.

“Sue was a consummate professional, dedicated to the Libraries, Purdue University and our profession. Her research and publications will be long regarded and cited for the insight provided into so many issues relating to collection development and management. Her joy in her work and her hearty laugh that we all knew so well, will be greatly missed. Purdue University Libraries is a better place for having had the many contributions of Professor Sue Ward for nearly 30 years,” said Dean of Libraries, Jim Mullins.




Archives Students Katie, Hannah and MaxMax Campbell (B.A. 2014, M.A. 2016), Katie Martin (B.A. 2015), and Hannah Vaughn (B.A. 2016) all former Archives and Special Collections student archives assistants, will take up residence this summer in Washington, D.C. as Smithsonian interns.

Max Campbell, a 2015 National Air and Space Museum intern, will pick up this summer where he left off on the ongoing “TMS Command Module Virtual Tour Update Project.” He will work with the Apollo curator to update the electronic records of the collection of items stowed on the Apollo 11 command module to ready data for a planned virtual tour of the interior of the command module. Max will be working under the guidance of the curator and the Collections Processing Unit and Collections Special Projects Unit. For more information on the command module project please see: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/another-giant-leap-apollo-11-command-module-3d-digitized-humankind-180957503/?no-ist

Katie Martin, an MLS student in the Archives and Records Management Specialization track at Indiana University, was awarded a 2016 Professional Development Internship with the Smithsonian Libraries. These internships are designed for current graduate students in library or information science fields interested in working in research and/or museum libraries. Katie will be working at the National Museum of American History Library on a project to identify materials in the library’s trade literature and world’s fair collections that specifically address the Art Deco period in Chicago, Illinois. This information will be part of a plan to digitize the identified materials. For more information on these collections please see http://library.si.edu/libraries/american-history/special-collections

Finally, Hannah Vaughn will be a 2016 Smithsonian summer intern at the National Air and Space Museum. Hannah will be working with the Office of the Registrar and the Space History Department to evaluate the completeness of records related to outgoing loans and update the Museum’s collections management database. She will also be responsible for organizing and editing digital media provided by borrowing institutions. For more information on the Smithsonian’s Department of Space History please see https://airandspace.si.edu/research/space-history/ Following Hannah’s summer internship, we are pleased to note she will be joining Katie Martin as a MLS student at Indiana University in the fall.




Fae LogsdonFae Logsdon retired from Purdue University Libraries on July 1, 1989 after working 20 years in the Marking and Mending department of Acquisitions. One of her main responsibilities was putting the call numbers on the spines of books using a heated stylus. One summer, I was assigned the task of helping her mark the children’s literature books that were being moved into the General (HSSE) Library from the Education building. She was very particular and watched over me like an eagle until she was convinced my lettering skills were good enough to grace the spines of the books. We had a lot of fun and developed a great friendship that extended to her husband Max, who was the film and media inspector for the Film Library and Independent Study Center. Fae and Max retired together and we had a wonderful reception for them in the Hicks Undergraduate Library Bookstall (HIKS B848). Dot Lanzalotto remained in contact with both them over the years and would often arrange a luncheon get-together for those of us who had the privilege of knowing Fae and Max. They were a great married coupled who enjoyed life and shared it with their family and friends.




It is election time for new membership to the Libraries Clerical Service Staff Advisory Committee (LCSSAC).

The clerical service staff are divided into districts and elections are held on a rotating schedule for each district. A notice was sent to each eligible district seeking nominations and elections are being held May 16-20. This year we are electing one member each from District 1 and District 2.

District 1: Circulation/Repository; Life Sciences; Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences; and Veterinary Medical

District 2: Administrative Offices; Advancement (Communications) Office; Auxiliary Services; Business Office; Copyright Office; Human Resources Office; and University Press and Scholarly Publishing Services

To learn more about LCSSAC visit the Libraries intranet. https://intranet.lib.purdue.edu/display/lcssac/Home

Please contact a member of LCSSAC if you have questions, suggestions or concerns. Remember that you can also submit a LINK Letter at any time.

Current members include:
District 1: Cheryl Oliver csmith68@purdue.edu
District 2: Dan Rotello drotello@purdue.edu
District 3: Ann O’Donnell atodonne@purdue.edu
District 4: Dianna Deputy deputyd@purdue.edu
District 5: Roger Strater hawken@purdue.edu
District 6: April Maybee amaybee@purdue.edu



Aimee McCombAimee McComb’s name was randomly drawn from all those who were SMILED upon in April. 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/



Auxiliary students were caught moving boxes of thesis from HKRP to LYNN Repository. This is one small part (500-700 boxes) that have to be moved to make room for the transfers from the Rightsizing project of over 300,000 volumes that have to be moved to and from various locations. From left to right; Alex Carbone, Nathan Quast and Jacinda Laymon.

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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

  • Nina Collins, Scholarly Publishing Specialist



Angie Ewing is celebrating 25 years at Purdue.

Tomalee Doan is celebrating 10 years at Purdue.



Noel Diaz received the Volunteer of the Year Award from AgNIC, the Agriculture Network Information Collaborative.

Paul Bracke received the Volunteer of the Year Award from AgNIC, the Agriculture Network Information Collaborative.

Purdue University Libraries received Partner of the Year Award from AgNIC, the Agriculture Network Information Collaborative.

Research Council has evaluated and awards an International Travel Grant to Line Pouchard to travel to Dublin, Ireland, on June 13-16, 2016, to present “Increasing the Availability and Reuse of Earth Science Ontologies Using a Repository” at the International Conference on Open Repositories.

Ilana Stonebraker was elected Secretary of the Business References and Services Section (BRASS) in the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Division (RUSA ALA): http://rusa.ala.org/blog/2016/04/29/2016-rusa-election-results/



Lunch & Learn Opportunity
LCSSAC invites you to join them on Thursday, May 26 from 2-3 p.m. for a presentation and demonstration by Aly Edmondson about the Engineering Library’s 3D printer in Engineering Library, Room B50.

Please note that participation in this presentation will be in paid status.



Purdue's Tribute to Holocaust Survivors
Archives and Special Collections
April 10-May 31
HSSE Library 4th floor

Spring Fling
May 25
11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Memorial Mall

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

Purdue Farmer’s Market
May 5-August 11
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Memorial Mall
Purdue Campus

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



Smeaton, K., Maybee, C., Bruce, C. S. and Hughes, H. “Crossing literacy and informed learning boundaries with Manga." ACCESS, 30(1), 12-26, 2016.

Rachel Fundator and Ilana Stonebraker presented “Playing the Long Game: Longitudinal Assessment of Information Literacy,” Illinois Information Literacy Summit, April 29, 2016.

Clarence Maybee “Making an impact: Transforming academic courses through student-centered learning.” Keynote presentation at the Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. April 2016.

Marianne Stowell Bracke presented “Creating Opportunities in Data Management: Directors of the North Central Agricultural Experiment Stations.” United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) 2016 Conference, Gainesville, Florida, April 2016.

Marianne Stowell Bracke, Cynthia Parr, Barbara Pralle and Amy Barton poster presentation “Comparing Metadata Across Disciplinary and Institutional Data Repositories: Lessons for Good Data Publishing Solutions.” United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) 2016 Conference, Gainesville, Florida, April 2016.

Marianne Stowell Bracke, Sarah Williams and Noel Kopriva presented “Collaborating to Facilitate Data Literacy in Agricultural Experiment Stations.” United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) 2016 Conference, Gainesville, Florida, April 2016.

Marianne Stowell Bracke, Mohan Ramaswamy and Debbie Currie conducted a workshop, “Research Data Management Planning: What Faculty Need to Know.” AgNIC Annual Meeting, Gainesville, Florida, April 28, 2016.

Amanda Visconti and Dino Felluga (English) led a set of digital humanities events that included speakers from Great Britain and Canada. These events were generously hosted by the Libraries and included a day long public DH symposium, the first in-person meeting of a new digital scholarship consortium, and a two-day meeting of the ARC (Advanced Research Consortium) research group. May 10-14, 2016.



Purdue Today, May 3
IMPACT puts course focus on learning outcomes without sacrificing innovation

WLFI TV 18, May 11
Purdue to publish new biography of astronaut Gus Grissom
Purdue University Press



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