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Moving truck for WALC moveVicki KillionIn a few weeks, we will be loading up the truck with the Library of Congress (LC) classified books destined for the Library of Engineering and Science in the WALC. At last count, there are approximately 22,000 books from the six libraries, but we still have new books arriving and books will be reclassified as review lists are completed during the next year. Eventually, we will reach the estimated maximum of 30,000. The collection will be a dynamic collection with books transferred to HKRP or withdrawn as new publications are added.

Recently, LC letters and numbers have been on my mind. As I prepared an Excel spreadsheet of the numbers of books within each LC class in each of the six libraries, I knew the majority of the collections would be in Q, R, S, T, G and H. (If you’re not sure what these mean, see https://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/). What was surprising was that each of the libraries had some titles in the other classes, such as B, C, M, N and P. Obviously not huge numbers, but titles that are unique and intriguing and may end up on my TBR list:

  • The Nobel banquets: a century of culinary history (1901-2001) – (What did Herbert C. Brown eat in 1979?)
  • Cod: a biography of fish that changed the world – (One fish, two fish....)
  • Symbol source book: an authoritative guide to international graphic symbols – (Did Dan Brown read this?)
  • Food and philosophy: eat, drink and be merry – (My personal philosophy!)
  • Riffing on strings: creative writing inspired by string theory – (Will anyone but physicists be able to understand the writings?)
  • Phake: the deadly world of falsified and substandard medicines – (Phake news?)




On April 6, Instruction Matters: Purdue’s Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) program hosted the 2017 IMPACT Symposium, featuring Purdue alumna and Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, Dr. Kathleen Blake Yancey. The symposium included two workshops on writing for learning. Dr. Yancey spoke about the importance of incorporating writing into all academic disciplines, in order to support knowledge transfer to future academic and professional contexts. She also offered concrete examples and suggestions for Purdue faculty and instructors interested in adding writing assignments tailored to their courses and disciplines.

IMPACT Symposium 2017In the morning session on informal writing assignments, Dr. Yancey and the fifty attendees asked questions of a panel of five Purdue undergraduate students (Josey Cline and Lexi Eiler from Wildlife, Danny Zuercher from Landscape Architecture, Kenny Nguyen from Neurophysiology, and Sahej Bains from Biology) who described their experiences with academic writing. The students explained to the audience of faculty and staff what motivates them to complete writing tasks, and what they believe is critical to help other students recognize the value of writing in their academic areas. Thirty people attended the afternoon session, where participants focused on designing writing assignments that feature the writing genres specific to their academic disciplines. Following the day’s workshops, attendees joined Dr. Yancey at the Gerald D. and Edna E. Mann Hall for a reception.

The Symposium was hosted by Purdue’s IMPACT program, a Big Moves initiative that helps instructors redesign their courses to be more student-centered. The planning committee was comprised of Dan Guberman (Chair) and Laura Fritz from the Center for Instructional Excellence, Clarence Maybee and Rachel Fundator from the Purdue Libraries, and Sheree Buikema from Instructional Technology at Purdue.




The Learning Council recently established a new working group: The Libraries Instructional Support Working Group (LISWG). This is the charge of LISWG:

The Libraries Instructional Support Working Group (LISWG) will provide an instructional support network for faculty, staff and administration by unifying support structures across current and future Libraries Divisions. LISWG will:

  1. Explore and enable professional development both within our group and other support staff across divisions, so that the benefits of LISWG spread both vertically and laterally within the Libraries.
  2. Bolster the current infrastructure that links support staff with pertinent Libraries’ groups (e.g., the Web Steering Committee, IMPACT and the Operations Managers) and Purdue faculty.
  3. Ensure that our instructional content is cohesive, high quality and accessible.

The LISWG reports to the Learning Council. Michael Flierl is the liaison from the LISWG to the Learning Council.


Ashley Butler (PRSH)
Lisa Carter (HSSE)
Aly Edmondson (ENGR)
Rachel Fundator (Information Literacy)
Adriana Harmeyer (ASC)
Emily Heitman (HSSE)
Liz Lukens (PNHS)
Robin Meher (LIFE)
Ann O’Donnell (HIKS)
Chelsie Schuette (VETM)
Kay Schurr (HSSE)
Victoria Thomas (LIFE)




Purdue Libraries are hosting several study break events in Hicks Undergraduate Library. All events are free and will be held in the main common area. In addition to these events, there will be art relaxation stations, bubble wrap, and Lego building available around the Library.

Mon., April 24 – Caring Paws Hicks study break
Students will have the opportunity to interact with therapy animals
7-8 p.m.

Tues., April 25 – Chair Massages
6-8 p.m.

Wed., April 26 – Therapy Dogs International
Students will have the opportunity to interact with therapy dogs
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Thurs., April 27 – Craft Night & Popcorn Bar Hicks study break
Create your own stress ball and enjoy the popcorn bar!
6-8 p.m.

Mon., May 1 – Caring Paws
Students will have the opportunity to interact with therapy animals
7-8 p.m.

Tues., May 2 – Craft Night & Popcorn Bar
Bury your stress–decorate a pot and plant a seed to take home. Enjoy the popcorn bar!
6-8 p.m.

Wed., May 3 – Sidewalk Chalk and Bubbles
Watch your stress away float away by blowing bubbles, and tap into your inner artist and decorate sidewalks around Hicks with chalk
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Thurs., May 4 – Chair Massages.
6-8 p.m.



IMPACT goes to PeruClarence Maybee, the Libraries’ Information Literacy Specialist, and Chantal Levesque Bristol, Director of Purdue’s Center for Instructional Excellence, travelled over spring break to Lima, Peru to help a new technology university develop a program similar to Purdue’s Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT). The institution, Universidad de Ingeniería y Technología (UTEC), was opened in 2011 and enrolls about 1200 students. Elizabeth Barajas, Global Programs Coordinator for the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, arranged the visit. Across the week, Maybee, Levesque Bristol and Barajas met with several instructors and worked closely with staff developing a new teaching support center at UTEC. Using Purdue’s IMPACT program as a model, the new teaching center will work with instructors to create active, student-centered learning environments in UTEC courses.



All 2017 (May, August and December) graduating seniors and their immediate supervisors have been invited to a dinner that will be hosted by Dean of Libraries, Jim Mullins.They will be recognized for their dedicated service to the Purdue University Libraries and each Student will receive a Purdue Libraries mug and a letter of appreciation.

Christien A. Alexander, Libraries Facilities & Parrish
Azwanina Shahizan Azham Shah, HSSE
Benjamin L. Baker, Archives & Special Collections
Destani K. Bartlett, HIKS
Bryant Bechtold, USLAC
Erin Biesterveld, HSSE
Samantha D. Brown, Metadata Services
Trevor Burrows, Archives & Special Collections
Miranda Erin Campbell, HIKS
Katie M. Carroll, PUP
Brandt Z. Davis, Archives & Special Collections
Skyler M. Doss, ADMN & HR
William Logan Downing, CHEM
Kaelynn D. Duncan, Parrish
Sindhura Elluri, D2C2
Nicole A. Gonzalez, VETM
Taylor L. Goodpaster, Information Literacy
Amber J. Haga, Parrish
Katie R. Hatch, ILL
Joshua A. Heintz, HIKS
Nehemiah Huang, AVTE
Utsav Jain, HSSE & HIKS
Morgan E. Juillerat, USLAC
Muhammad Afiq Junaidy, HSSE
Andrea R. Kaufman, EAPS
Yae Ji Kim, Parrish
Jessica, J. Kitchel, ENGR
Kollette P. Koehler, MATH
Chris Kulesza, GSLAC
Ryan A. Lazur, PHYS
Trenton G. Low, USLAC

Shanice J. Matthews, ENGR
Sedrick M. McDonald, HSSE & Parrish
Emily R. McIlhattan, MATH
Caleb J. McLean, ENGR
Claudia N. Mena, HSSE
Kent A. Miiller, USLAC
Jennifer I. Montgomery, Parrish
Aswin Siva Nagasubramanian, Instru. & Digital Prog.
Alex C. Namwali, AVTE
Bruce A. Olson, USLAC
Leah Pennywark, Scholarly Publishing
Shankali U. Pradhan, GSLAC
Heidi R. Prawat, PNHS
Yixuan Qiu, Research Data
Patrick J. Quinn, HSSE
Callie R. Richard, ENGR
Samantha R. Sainato, USLAC & Ambassador
Justin T. Shake, AVTE
Janet D. Shin, Parrish
Jacob Michael Smith, Archives & Special Collections
Emily A. Smith, Parrish
Shannon Sremac, HSSE
Andrew D. Tuholski, Dean's Office
Micaela L. Walls, Digital Programs
Hao Wang, HSSE
Jonathon A. Welk, Libraries Facilities
Natalie R. Wieclaw, Hicks
Marie I. Wood, ENGR
Eliana P. Yu, USLAC
Andrew K. Zeller, GSLAC



Gene Ann Fausett was randomly drawn from all those who were SMILED upon in March. 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/



2017 Library Scholars Presentations

Presentations by past Library Scholars Grant recipients were held in the Swaim Instruction Center on April 6. Pictured is Silvia Mitchell, assistant professor of History, talking about her research conducted in Spain for her project title, “Anglo-Spanish Relations during the Regency of Queen Mariana of Austria, 1665-1675.” Other presenters included: Jennifer Zaspel, assistant professor of Entomology; Rebekah Klein-Pejšová, associate professor of History; Yvonne Pitts, associate professor of History; and Brett Crawford, assistant professor of Technology Leadership and Innovation.

Library Scholars Presentations 2017 with Silvia Mitchell



Purdue Day of GIving 2017 logo

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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

  • Leslie Matteson, Library Assistant IV, Parrish



Kelley Kimm is celebrating 5 years at Purdue.



Research Council has evaluated and awarded the following grants:

An International Travel Grant to Heather Howard to travel to Glasgow, Scotland in June 2017 to present “Deciding Differently: Teaching Undergraduate Students to Make Evidence-Based Decisions” at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) conference.

An International Travel Grant along with a Research & Scholarship Support Grant to Ilana Stonebraker to travel to Liverpool, United Kingdom in July 2017 to present the “Search Beyond: The Library, Social Researching and Practices of Knowing” paper to the Critical Social Researching track at the Critical Management Studies conference.



Center for Healthy Living to offer weight management program; register by April 12


An interactive Construction Map for the State Street redevelopment project is available on the Purdue Physical Facilities website.



Looking Down, Looking Out, and Looking Up: Maps and the Human Experience Reception
Archives and Special Collections
January 27-June 23
HSSE Library 4th floor

Libraries All Staff Meeting
April 19
2-3:30 p.m.
STEW 279


April 20
9-10:30 a.m.
STEW 279

Spring Fling
May 25
11:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m.
Cordóva Recreational Sports Center
West Lafayette Campus



Ilana Stonebraker, Caitlan Maxwell, Kenny Garcia, Jessica Jerrit. “Liberty and Justice for All: Critical Information Literacy for Business and Professional Students”. Panel Presentation at ACRL 2017. Baltimore, Maryland.

Neal Harmeyer, Carrie Schwier, et al. presented “Cross-Disciplinary Instruction: Course Engagement Beyond the History Major” at the Midwest Archives Conference Annual Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, April 6, 2017.

Sally Childs-Helton, Neal Harmeyer, Brandon Pieczko, and Alison Stankrauff presented “The History Major and Beyond: Cross-Disciplinary Instruction” at the Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Conference, Muncie, Indiana, March 31, 2017.



Honors College, March 14
Making Greater Lafayette Greater: Honors course tackles challenge, connects communities
Ilana Stonebraker

Library Journal, April 10
Jamillah Gabriel, Think Outside (and Inside) the Box

Purdue Today, April 22
Purdue phasing VCRs out of classrooms
HSSE collection



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Submit your SMILE nomination here



KOOL-AID Tie-Dye Easter Eggs
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