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Kathryn DilworthIn development, we have turned our view from the building of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) to the activity that will occur inside. We recently mailed our annual appeal for the Purdue University Libraries and focused our request for support on students. As many of you have expressed in the past, the awards and scholarships we provide to student workers in the Libraries have a significant impact and are so meaningful for donors who get to experience the thrill and gratitude from those who benefit. We also asked donors to consider broader themes including resources and activities when giving for student support. This summer we received a major gift that combined current use funds and a planned gift focused on assisting student workers with their expenses and awarding them for excellence. It’s very exciting to have another award that benefits the student employees in the Libraries who work so hard and often really need support.

Although fundraising can be very challenging, it is also most rewarding when our donors and friends respond to our needs. So far, we have received a great response to our recent mailing for which we are very pleased. Thank you for all you do every day through your work in the Libraries to support students, and consider this area of focus in your future giving.



Michael BeschlossPurdue University Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series presents Michael Beschloss, an award historian, best-selling author, New York Times columnist and Emmy-winning contributor to NBC News, PBS NewsHour, MSNBC and NPR.

Michael Beschloss
The History-Making Election of 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2106
7 p.m.
Fowler Hall
Stewart Center
Free and open to the public

Beschloss is the author of nine books. In 2007, Simon and Schuster published his best-selling book, Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989. Taking Charge (Simon & Schuster, 1997) Beschloss' first volume on President Lyndon Johnson's newly released secret tapes and the sequel, Reaching for Glory (Simon & Schuster, 2001), were both national best sellers.

He was born in Chicago in 1955. An alumnus of Phillips Academy (Andover) and Williams College, he also earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he studied leadership and business history. He has served as an historian at the Smithsonian Institution, a resident scholar at Oxford University and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Foundation.

Beschloss holds honorary doctorates from Williams College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Lafayette College, St. Peter's College and Governors State University. He has also been awarded the State of Illinois’ Order of Lincoln, the Ambassador Book Prize, the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award, the Founders Award of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the New York State Archives Award and the Rutgers University Living History Award.

He is a trustee of the White House Historical Association and the National Archives Foundation, and is a former trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and their two sons.

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




Patent poster headingOn September 15, the Purdue University Libraries and the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship will be hosting a pair of workshops on patent information at the Discovery Learning Research Center. Each workshop will feature presentations by representatives of the United States Patent & Trademark Office, coming from their Midwest Regional Office.

The first workshop, 10:30 a.m.-noon, will be aimed at patent novices. It’s for people who are just getting started with their inventions and thinking about filing a patent application. We will be talking about the patent process, provisional patent applications and other patent basics.

The second workshop, 1-2:30 p.m., will be aimed at more experienced patent users. It’s for people with at least a little bit of patent expertise, whether as a researcher or an entrepreneur. We’re going to be talking about advanced patent searching tools and techniques, as well as some current issues in intellectual property.

If you have any questions, please contact me for more details at dzwicky@purdue.edu.



A Place Called Turkey Run book coverPurdue University Libraries and Purdue University Press is pleased to announce the upcoming release of A Place Called Turkey Run: A Celebration of Indiana’s Second State Park in Photographs and Words by Daniel P. Shepardson on Sept. 22.

Turkey Run became Indiana's second state park in 1916. Within its boundaries lie some of the more rugged and stunning landscapes to be found in Indiana. Its sandstone bluffs and canyons, created by centuries of melting glaciers and running water, are filled with unique landforms and beautiful landscapes supporting a wide array of plant and animal life. A Place Called Turkey Run captures the majesty and mystique of the park in text and hundreds of full-color images. The work is organized into six distinct photo essays on the park’s beauty: sandstone; bluffs and canyons; flowing water; snow and ice; tall trees; and flowers, ferns, and fungi. This book is published to honor the natural heritage of the land it describes, in celebration of Turkey Run’s hundredth anniversary as an Indiana State Park.

Daniel P. Shepardson is a professor of geoenvironmental and science education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. He received his degrees from Utah State University (BS, MS) and the University of Iowa (PhD). Shepardson has over 80 journal publications and book chapters as well as one book on science education, Assessment in Science: A Guide to Professional Development and Classroom Practice. His photographic work has appeared in national magazines, local newsletters, regional publications and is on permanent display at the Lilly Nature Center and area hospitals as part of the Photos for Health series.

The book is available through Purdue University Press:




What is the Parrish Case Competition?
In order to bring more attention to business information literacy Parrish Library is hosting its third annual case competition for undergraduates. This yearly competition challenges students to solve a problem for a company using their business research skills. Last year, 16 teams competed from two schools in this marketing and strategy case completion. This year’s competition includes students from Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, Indiana University and Butler University.

  • First place $500
  • Second place $300
  • Third place $100

How do I sign up?
Registration will be open after Sept. 14.

Who can do the Parrish Case Competition?
This case competition is open to all undergraduate students regardless of major. The teams should be 4-5 students. At Purdue, at least one student should have taken MGMT 175, GS 175 or MGMT 190. Two of the students need to be freshmen or sophomore level (doesn’t have to be the same as MGMT 175 participant). This case competition is intended to be a “lower division” case competition. Butler, Notre Dame and IU, will need to check their local requirements for team membership.

When and where is the Parrish Case Competition?

CalloutsParrish Case Competition team presentation 2015
Monday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m., KRAN 250
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m., KRAN 250
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m., KRAN 250

Teams Formation Deadline and Case Presentation
Wednesday, Oct. 19

First Round Executive Summaries Due
Wednesday, Oct. 26 (submitted online)

Final Round Announced
Tuesday, Nov. 1

Final Presentations
Saturday, Nov. 5, 1-5 p.m., Burton Morgan 121, Open to Public




Co-hosted by the Purdue University Libraries and Discovery Park, featuring an evening Keynote by Harvard economist, activist and thinker Roland Fryer, and made possible by the continuing generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, our Grand Challenges Conference on Sept. 8, was quite a success!

We raised awareness of the awards to Purdue; honored the work of researchers and faculty in the first round; drew light to the next round of the program; and kicked off our new submission period, and the next round call for proposals, in style.

The event also featured speakers from teams in the first round as well as scholars speaking on enhancing the impact of research in the world around us through the use of best practices in interdisciplinary research and communication science.

One takeaway from the day was a reminder of the value our Libraries faculty brought to the successful teams in the first round. Each team reported significant contributions to the focus of efforts and the nature of collaborations that resulted from the contributions of our faculty.

Another takeaway was the interest researchers expressed in continuing to evolve an integrated approach to scholarly communication. By embedding publishing, information and policy professionals in the research process and helping researchers to craft communication plans and policy briefs from the start we are continuing to push the boundaries of our field, helping newly created knowledge to reach communities of interest swiftly, openly and effectively for Purdue.

We have an Innovators' Reception this Thursday, Sept. 15, for interested scholars to meet-n-mingle and join and form new teams: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Mann Hall, second floor atrium. Hope to see everyone there! Our call for proposals can be found online. Please share information with scholars and friends across Purdue and have them email us with questions at humstem@purdue.edu.

Mellon Foundation Grand Challenge fall event 2016



Libby WahlLibby Wahl’s name was randomly drawn from all those who were SMILED upon in August. 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/



Constitution Day banner

Monday, September 19, is Purdue’s annual commemoration of Constitution Day and Libraries is again participating. We are asking for volunteers to staff the display, which will be in the Purdue Memorial Union Room 118 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors to past Constitution Days from the University and the community have enjoyed the Libraries display which demonstrates the importance of freedom of speech by highlighting books that have been banned over the years. Shifts that need coverage are listed below. Please check with your supervisor for permission to participate and notify Beth Moore at moore658@purdue.edu when you are available. Thank you.

10-11 a.m.
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
12-1 p.m.
1-2 p.m.
2-3 p.m.



HSSEB Staff Attend Archives Presentation

Recently HSSEB staff attended a presentation given by David Hovde of Archives and Special Collections. David shared his vast knowledge of just some of the fascinating treasures to be found in Archives. Among the items viewed were: the oldest item in the Archives, a papyrus manuscript from 30 b.c., the world’s smallest commercially produced book, measuring 3.5 x 3.5 millimeters, a 1916 student handbook, and a copy of one of Neil Armstrong’s test papers.

David also demonstrated tips on navigating the Archives website to locate such things as the Debris yearbook, campus photographs and personal papers. “It was awe inspiring to see all the relics and history that David shared with us that are available in the Archives. This session will enable me to answer more questions and encourage more students to take advantage of the ASC sources,” said attendee Kay Schurr. “Students are our primary users and we encourage and welcome students to use our collection,” said David.

HSSEB Archives presentation with David Hovde





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.






  • Nanette Andersson, Director of Libraries Facilities
  • Qinghong "Joan" Wang, Library Assistant, Acquisitions



Richard Bernier passed the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) exam and is now recognized as a “certified archivist.” The ACA is an independent certifying organization of professional archivists. Certification is not a requirement to work in the field, but it does confirm that individuals demonstrate continuing professional commitment to all aspects of archival management.


Research Council has evaluated and awards the following research grants:

Clarence Maybee, an International grant to travel to the European Information Literacy Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, to present a peer-reviewed conference paper. October 10-13, 2016.

J.P Herubel, and international grant to travel to the 12th International Conference on Webometrics, Informetrics, and Scientometrics (WIS) and the 17th COLLNET Meeting, Nancy, France, December 12-15, 2016.

Amanda Visconti, a research support grant, to present at The Cultural Heritage and Social Change Summit, New Orleans, November 5-6, 2016.



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

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

All Staff Meetings
October 10
2-3:30 p.m.
STEW 310
Please wear your name tag.


October 11
9-10:30 a.m.
STEW 310
Please wear your name tag.

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



Kong, N., Li, Q., Sangwan, N., Kulzick, R., Matei, S. and Ariyur, K. (2016). An Interdisciplinary Approach for a Water Sustainability Study. Papers in Applied Geography, 2(2):189-200.

Line Pouchard presented for the panel “Big Data experiences and IT infrastructure projects in libraries,” Data in Libraries: The Big Picture, a satellite pre-conference to the IFLA 2016 WLIC. She presented Big Data Infrastructure and Tools in Libraries on August 10, 2016 at the University of Chicago.

Boyu Zhang, Line Pouchard, Preston Smith, Amanda Gasc, and Bryan Pijanowsli presented “Data Storage and Sharing for the Long Tail of Science,” at the New York Scientific Data Summit, NY, NY, August 15, 2016. A publication will be forthcoming. This work was supported by the Research Council.

Line Pouchard, Michael Huhns, and Tom Narock presented “Increasing the availability and re-sue of Earth Science ontologies using a repository,” at Open Repository 2016, in Dublin, June 13-16, 2016. This work was supported by an international grant of the Research Council.

Nicole Kong. “The Geospatial Data Curation, Management, and Discovery in Academic Libraries,” at the World Library and Information Congress, 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Columbus, Ohio. August 13-19.

Nicole Kong, Michael Fosmire, Yue Shirley Li, poster presentation, “Developing Spatial Thinking Skills across Disciplines” at IFLA Information Literacy Satellite Pre-conference co-sponsored by ACRL and DePaul University, Chicago, August 11.



Purdue Today, Sept 1
Grand Challenges Conference to address work with Andrew W. Mellon Foundations grants

Purdue Today, September 12
Patent workshop set for Thursday



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