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Since 2009, the Archives and Special Collections has had a social media presence, first through Facebook and Twitter accounts and more recently through Instagram and creation of our blog, Memoirs and Memories. We invite you to stay up to date on our activities as we post information about new collections, interesting discoveries, special events and exhibits, and more.

Through social media, ASC is able to connect with current patrons while also reaching out to engage with new audiences. In addition to broadening our outreach to the public, social media has led to collaboration with departments at Purdue, such as the Vice Provost for Research Office, which frequently utilizes ASC’s digitized Purdue history photo collections in their tweets (@research_purdue). The official Purdue University Instagram account, @LifeatPurdue, often promotes the images we post on our ASC Instagram account, vastly increasing the number of people who are exposed to our work. Our recent blog post, written by Mary Sego in tribute to Purdue Pete’s 60th birthday was picked up by a variety of Purdue units and proved very popular based on the number of times it was shared by members of the Purdue community and alumni.

Through social media, ASC has also made connections with other cultural heritage institutions. For example, when we post about our Flight and Space collections, we sometimes comment or share information between ASC and institutions like the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. One of our former ASC student employees even blogged during his summer internship at the Smithsonian about how Eugene Cernan’s lunar surface maps are split between collections at ASC and at the Smithsonian — this type of promotion helps our users see where they can go to find additional information on their research topics and it generates goodwill between ASC and other institutions, which may lead to more in-depth collaboration in the future.

And here’s something else that’s pretty cool: Wikipedia now has a “proposed article template” for archivists or librarians to use when including links to their online collections and finding aids to Wikipedia articles. Basically, it’s a recommendation from Wikipedia to archivists (or others) on how to cite archival materials in Wikipedia — and guess what, they use a sample collection item from ASC (in the George Ade Papers), and even link to ASC’s LibGuide with the OWL guidelines we helped develop with the Online Writing Lab at Purdue, on how to cite archival material. Check it out here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Archivists/Citation

We are also exploring and experimenting with new ways to communicate about our learning activities. Recently the students in two History and Honors College courses created new ways to share their research projects online, under guidance from our embedded archivists Tracy Grimm and Neal Harmeyer, as well as Amanda Visconti, Digital Humanities Specialist, and faculty members Michael Smith (History) and Kristina Bross (Honors College/English). These products include a blog with posts written by students in the course, and a new open access student research journal pilot project, focused on use of the flight and space collections, called Flight Paths.

Our Memoirs and Memories blog, managed by Outreach Archivist Adriana Harmeyer, is also growing in popularity and if you haven’t checked it out, we encourage you to do so! We will soon be posting a piece authored by Adriana on the various political figures who have made visits to Purdue during campaign seasons.

Archives website page 2016

Here are links to some of the items I’ve mentioned — be sure and follow, like, or stay up to date with us by one or more of these social media platforms/websites!

Connect with Us!
ASC Blog: Memoirs & Memories http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/asc/
Twitter: @purduearchives https://twitter.com/PurdueArchives
Instagram: purduearchives https://www.instagram.com/purduearchives/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/purduearchives/
Flight Paths student research journal (pilot project, still evolving): http://flightpaths.lib.purdue.edu
Honors 199 (Spring 2016) Class Site: http://ascblogs.lib.purdue.edu/spring2016-honors19903



During our October all-staff meetings, we began an initiative that focuses on more effective workplace communication. The first step was to learn more about how we individually like to communicate. Jon Biggs, from HR Training and Development, led an exercise that helped us learn our preferences.

The Administrative Council (AdCom) and leaders of the Libraries staff organizations are identifying ways to follow-up on this exercise. You will be hearing more about this soon!



Purdue College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and Purdue University Libraries are co-sponsoring Purdue Digital Humanities Symposium on Nov. 11. The focus will be on digital humanities (DH) scholarship and undergraduate DH teaching. Please plan to attend all or any part of the event.

Purdue Digital Humanities Symposium
1-7 p.m.

Grissom Hall, Room 102

  • "Research Implications and Promises of DH"
    1-2:30 p.m.
    Panel presentations by Catherine Dossin, Art History; Dino Felluga, English; and Amanda Visconti, Libraries
  • Break
  • "Pedagogical Implications and Promises of DH"
    2:45-4:15 p.m.
    Panel presentations by Bradley Dilger, Kim Gallon and Laura Zanotti
  • Break
  • "Programmatic Implications and Promises of DH"
    4:30-6 p.m.
    Invited speakers panel with Kristen Mapes, Digital Humanities Specialist at MSU and Angel David Nieves, Co-Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College 
  • Reception
    6-7 p.m.

We are also partnering with the CLA for a second Purdue Digital Humanities Symposium in April 2017 (probably the afternoon of 4/3 or 4/10). I will lead this second event, which will focus on practical aspects of doing DH and on graduate DH teaching. I'll share more information and opportunities for Libraries involvement at this second event in early 2017. Both events will be friendly to people without a DH background.



The end of the semester is approaching, and Purdue Libraries will once again be extending hours in four of our libraries. Engineering (ENGR) and Hicks (HIKS) will be open 24-hours beginning Sunday, December 4. Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (HSSE) and Parrish will extend hours Friday, Saturday and Finals week. All other libraries will remain open normal hours.

Libraries Extended Hours Fall 2016





Parrish (KRAN)

Sun. Dec 4

24 Hour Library Begins at 11 a.m.

24 Hour Library Begins at 1 p.m.

1 p.m.–Midnight

Open at 11 a.m.

Mon.–Thu.   Dec 5-8

Open 24 hours

Open 24 hours

7 a.m.–Midnight

Open 24 hours

Fri. Dec 9

Open 24 hours

Open 24 hours

7 a.m.–Midnight

Close at Midnight

Sat. Dec 10

Open 24 hours

Open 24 hours

11 a.m.–Midnight

10:30 a.m.–Midnight

Sun. Dec 11

Open 24 hours

Open 24 hours

1 p.m.–2 a.m.

Open at 11 a.m.

Dec 12–15

Open 24 hours

Open 24 hours

7 a.m.–2 a.m.

Open 24 hours

Fri. Dec 16

Open 24 hours

Open 24 hours

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Close at Midnight

Sat. Dec 17

24 Hour Library
Ends at 5 p.m.

24 Hour Library
Ends at 5 p.m.

11 a.m.–5 p.m.  Normal

10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 18 All Libraries Closed. Interim Hours begin Dec. 19.

This schedule will have participating libraries open for many additional hours, and staff are needed to help cover some of the extended hours. No reference experience is required. Training in circulation, building and emergency procedures, and food and drink policies will be provided if necessary. Typically, shifts are scheduled to allow for maximum coverage.

ENGR: seeking staff from throughout Purdue Libraries. Contact Amanda Gill, gill3@purdue.edu.

  • Monday – Friday, Midnight–8 a.m.
  • Friday, 6 p.m. – Saturday, 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, 5 p.m. – Sunday, 11 a.m.

Hicks: seeking staff from throughout Purdue Libraries. Contact RaeLynn Boes, rboes@purdue.edu.

  • Monday – Friday, 2–7a.m.
  • Friday, 6 p.m. – Saturday, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, 6 p.m. – Sunday, 1 p.m.

HSSE: HSSE staff/faculty — work with RaeLynn Boes to cover extended hours.

Parrish: Parrish staff/faculty — work with RaeLynn Boes to cover extended hours.

If you wish to participate or have questions, please send an email with your availability by Monday, Nov. 14 to Amanda Gill for ENGR or RaeLynn Boes for Hicks.

A combination of overtime and flex scheduling is possible, consistent with the pay period and supervisor’s permission. Biweekly staff and monthly non-exempt staff members who work hours in excess of 40 in a workweek (Monday – Sunday) will be paid time-and-a-half. No employee may work more than 16 hours (regular and overtime) in a 24-hour period. The maximum overtime an employee may work in any workweek is 20 hours. Monthly exempt staff and faculty could adjust their schedules as appropriate.

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped keep the Libraries open in the past and to new volunteers who are able to contribute a few hours of time at the end of this semester. This greatly appreciated initiative would not be possible without your help!


Nanette AnderssonNanette Andersson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Libraries Facilities

So, how does an architect end up working in Libraries? First, confession time — I am a huge library geek. So I’m pretty much in hog heaven! I’m originally from the Chicago area, though my family did move to Paris, France for three years while I was in High School. My undergraduate degree, from Northern Illinois University (NIU), is in Art History, where I focused on illuminated manuscripts. I studied in London during my junior year, researching at the British Museum for my senior capstone on seventh-and-eighth century Anglo-Irish insular manuscript illumination. In addition, I earned money by doing exactly what our student workers do. I worked at NIU’s Founders Memorial Library in Interlibrary Loan and answered the phones. This was at the nascence of interconnected computers which would later become the internet. We would have to search and scroll through data for titles library-by-library hoping for a match. I also worked in the DuPage County Law Library. This was my first exposure to the fact that there are many different types of libraries — and I was hooked.

Once I graduated from college, I had several different types of jobs, including managing a retail bookstore (some of you may remember Waldenbooks), before deciding to get my M. ARCH, Master’s Degree in Architecture, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sticking with the theme — my third year spring semester project was, of course, a library. I then worked for several medium-sized firms, though again I gravitated to library projects — such as the 88,000 SF Harm A. Weber Academic Center (HAWAC) at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. This is a LEED Gold certified library and academic center designed by the UK winner of an international competition (the firm, BCA, I was with was the architect of record). The HAWAC is one of the few naturally ventilated new construction structures in the U.S. and relies on the stack effect to ventilate the building. During this time, I completed the 3-5 year internship and seven tests required to get my architectural license. Then in 2009, I started my own firm, Andersson Architecture + Design (AA+D), specializing in the design for new and existing library facilities. AA+D’s most recent project was the renovation and remodeling of the O’Fallon Public Library, in O’Fallon Illinois. (Feel free to go to my Pinterest page “Andersson Architecture +Design” or my website “Anderarch.com” to see images of some of my work). While most of my work has been in libraries, I have also worked high-profile projects such as the interior renovation of Chicago City Hall, as well as smaller projects like the adaptive reuse of an agricultural outbuilding into an ice cream scoop shop!

When I’m not being an architect, I love to travel and tour libraries and other buildings. I like sharing my knowledge of architecture. For instance, I did a 12-year stint as a Historic Preservation Commissioner in my hometown of Geneva, Illinois, I have been a Director of the Northeast Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture and I was appointed a member of the Architecture and Design Board for the Illinois Executive Mansion Committee by Illinois’ First Lady Diana Rauner. I’ve been married to my husband, Steve, for 30 years in May, and we have two grown children, Matthew and Sarah. In addition, I am an avid reader, and I love to draw and paint.

My office is located in Stewart Center, Libraries Facilities (PLF) Room 170A, and I may be reached at nanderss@purdue.edu or 49-49205.

Mandi GramelspacherMandi Gramelspacher
Administrative Services Manager

As a teenager, I was always jealous of my friends who knew exactly what they wanted to be when they grew up. There was never a particular career path that I was drawn to, so I found myself feeling a little lost. I have siblings in law enforcement, and at one point it felt very natural to follow in their footsteps. I hoped to eventually join the FBI, so in college I focused on Law and Society, with minors in Psychology and Spanish. Before too long, I decided that line of work wasn’t for me, but I graduated with my bachelor’s degree and crossed my fingers that things would work out.

Immediately after college, I took a job working as a paralegal in a local law office, where I focused on family law and estates. While I enjoyed the work, I knew in my heart that I ultimately wanted to come back to Purdue. I finally had the opportunity to return in June 2005 when I was hired as a Secretary V working for the Director of Business Managers. In August 2010, I took the position of Administrative Assistant for the Senior Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, where I remained for more than six years. I am incredibly grateful for the experience and knowledge I have gained from those positions, and for the connections and friendships that I have built along the way. I am so excited to see what’s in store for me in my new adventure in the Libraries!

My family is very important to me. I have been married for more than 14 years to my husband, Josh, despite the fact that he’s a devoted IU fan! We have an amazing six year old daughter named Katie, and a very sweet, and energetic Lab/Shih-Tzu mix named Izzy. We love traveling, especially to tropical, beachy locations. Our upcoming trips include a visit to Walt Disney World in late October, and hopefully a cruise to the Bahamas in the spring!

In my spare time, I enjoy working out and running. Years ago, I was a dedicated mini-marathon runner, and was training for a full marathon when an injury prevented me from competing in the race. Completing a full marathon is an item on my bucket list that I hope to check off in the next couple of years.

My office is located in the Libraries Administration Office, Room 271, and I may be reached at 49-42902 or mandig@purdue.edu.

Jason ReedJason Reed
Health Sciences Information Specialist
Division of Health and Life Sciences

I am excited to join the Purdue Libraries and specifically the Division of Health and Life Sciences. This is a fantastic group and I am looking forward to learning from their experiences, while sharing my own. I join Purdue from Kansas State University where I worked firstly as a Graduate Student and Faculty Librarian and most recently as Library User Services, Head. I received my MLS from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2013.

Growing up in Asheville, North Carolina, I developed a strong love for nature — particularly hiking and canoeing/kayaking. I have added jogging and mostly recently, CrossFit to my list of activities that help support my other passion of gaming. I love all types of gaming from pencil and paper games to board games to video games to live trivia events. Lastly, I enjoy watching, and occasionally playing, soccer.

I enjoy discovering new places and new experiences, so please feel free to share if there is something I should experience at Purdue or the surrounding areas.

My office is in RHPH 274 and I can be reached at reed252@purdue.edu or 49-49813.

Joan WangJoan Wang
Library Assistant IV

Hi, I am the new library assistant in Acquisitions. Well, I am not totally new to the Purdue community. I was a student at Purdue and earned an MS in Education. From 2001 to 2008 I was a copy cataloger in the Libraries Cataloging unit (it was part of Technical Services at that time). When my family relocated to China in 2008, I had to leave my cataloging work and wonderful coworkers in the Libraries.

During the past eight years, my family traveled to over fifteen countries in the world. These fantastic trips offered us great opportunities to learn and embrace different languages, customs and cultures. In the blink of an eye, eight years passed and here I am at Purdue again.

I like listening to music, singing, reading and drawing. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as traveling around to see the world.

I am located in STEW 370 and you can reach me via email at wang52@purdue.edu or by phone at 49-47970.


Read to Succeed logoPurdue Libraries United Way Book Drive to benefit “Read to Succeed”

The Libraries United Way committee is accepting donations of new and/or gently used Pre-k/kindergarten books. The books will be distributed through the Kindergarten Countdown Camp program that builds skills in incoming kindergarteners with little or no preschool experience. Examples of the type of books needed: Dr. Seuss; “Pat the Bunny”; “Help Purdue Pete Finds His Hammer,” etc. This is a voluntary donation and we thank you for your consideration.

To learn more about this important program: http://www.purdue.edu/community_relations/initiatives/read.html

Accepting donations until Nov. 16, 2016.

Please give your donations to your team captain:

Angie Ewing MATH MATH 341
Sandy Galloway ENGR POTR 169
Pat Miller LIFE LILY2400
Ashley Hutchcraft EVENTS STEW 264
Dan Rotello PLF STEW 170
Emily Branson HSSE STEW 242
Allen Bol HSSE STEW 256

You can also send them campus mail to any of the above people.






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

  • Michael Lewis, Digital Collection Services
  • Mandi Gramelspacher, Administrative Services Manager
  • Ethan Shepherd, Hicks Repository
  • Lisa Carter, HSSE



Heather Howard has received a 2016 Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians. The Wiley publishing company awarded three $1500 scholarships to aid in the cost of attending a conference of the awardee's choice. She will be attending ACRL in March 2017.

You can view Heather’s winning video here.



Center for Healthy Living Workshop
The Center for Healthy Living on Purdue's West Lafayette campus is offering an upcoming workshop focused on mindfulness. The workshop will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 9 in Stewart Center, Room 311.

Led by Lindsey Millburg, licensed social worker at the center, the workshop will focus on helping attendees build more awareness and intentionality within themselves. Objectives of the workshop include teaching ways to calm reactivity, tune in to thoughts and feelings as they arise, be present with others' feelings, listen deeply and create space for intuition and innovation.

To register, call 49-45505 by Nov. 3. For more information visit Center for Healthy Living.


Name Change & Open House
Auxiliary Services has been renamed Libraries Facilities (PLF) to better reflect their role in the renovation, modification and management of Libraries space and physical assets.

In honor of the unit’s new name and renovated space, PLF will be hosting an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 1 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. in Room 170 of Stewart Center.



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

Libraries Facilities (PLF) Open House
November 1
10 a.m.-Noon
STEW 170

GIS Day @ Purdue
November 4
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Rooms 302 and 306

Purdue Digital Humanities Symposium
November 11
1-7 p.m.
GRIS 102

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



Donna L. Ferullo presented “© and Publishing: What Graduate Students Need to Know” at the Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop, sponsored by the Graduate School, at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, October 6, 2016.

Michael Flierl presentedIL Dialogue as a Wittgensteinian Language-Game: Embedding IL into Curricula” at the European Information Literacy Conference held in Prague, Czech Republic, October 2016.

Clarence Maybee and Michael Flierl presented “Motivating learners through information literacy” at the European Information Literacy Conference held in Prague, Czech Republic, October 2016.

Lana W. Jackman and Sharon A. Weiner. “The rescinding of the ACRL 2000 Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education — Really??," College & Undergraduate Libraries, October 2016. To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/

DOI: 10.1080/10691316.2016.1217811.
Amanda Visconti was the first invited speaker for the University of Iowa’s NEH-funded Next Generation Ph.D. series, October 12, 2016.



Purdue Today, Oct. 19
Libraries inviting applications for scholars grants



Submit your LINK Letter here



Submit your SMILE nomination here



Slow Cooker Herbed Turkey
Visit the Libraries Intranet



Copy for the November 9 issue is due by noon, November 7. Send to tmabrown@purdue.edu