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Peter FroehlichWe have two promotions to announce, along with news of the formation of a new leadership team to share. Katherine Purple is now our Editorial, Design and Production (EDP) Strategic Manager, and Bryan Shaffer is now our Sales and Marketing Strategic Manger. Both will work on projects across all of Scholarly Publishing. Further, they will join Nina Collins, Scholarly Publishing Specialist, and me as members of our newly formed Scholarly Publishing leadership team.

At Purdue, we are not like anyone else. We were among the first to bring together our university press, publishing services and institutional repository to begin to build something greater than the sum of their parts. Others have begun to follow suit. Few are up ahead to show us the way.

Roxane Gay quoteAs a quote from a Purdue English faculty member, Roxane Gay, notes, “When you can’t find someone to follow, you have to find a way to lead by example.” I have this on a cabinet in my office. It beautifully sums our lot in Libraries and Scholarly Publishing: we can, and indeed we must, do things differently.

Traditional university-based publishers (u presses) are highly hierarchical or ‘patriarchal’ in structure, and many still run as they did many years ago, like mid-last-century “Father-Knows-Best” shops. Judith Butler was the first I heard point out that the opposite of patriarchy isn’t matriarchy; it’s fraternity.

Put differently: Teams beat individuals. Diversity strengthens thinking and speeds innovation.

We can learn from advances in cross-functional teamwork and collaborative leadership, in so far as we have the courage to step out from tradition. So thank you to Katherine, Bryan and Nina for stepping up (and out) in new ways, and a round of applause for our whole team in STEW 190 and for all teams across Libraries for rising to this challenge Gay so well describes. Together we can continue to de-silo and disrupt received ideas of how others do things (did things) as we continue to explore and define what’s possible in 21st century scholarly publishing.




For several years, Parrish Library has produced a weekly feature called “Database of the Week” that explores one of our many business databases. Each production includes a written summary, a link to the featured database, a section about the focus, tips for, and important aspects about the database a patron would want to know. These features also include a closed-caption video with voiceover that covers all of these components as well as an application-based, guided database tutorial using Guide-on-the-Side. Covering this content three different ways appeals to a variety of learners, and each week this resource is distributed to several populations on campus who utilize our business resources.

Creating this valuable resource is no small process. Each database is chosen and investigated and the multimedia content is written and outlined. The video is then recorded, edited, produced, captioned and published on our Libraries’ YouTube channel. After creating Guide-on-the-Side, we put all the elements together and distribute it.

We are happy to report that we now have 30 different databases that have been featured in Database of the Week — many of which have been revised and repeated over the years due to interface changes. This means that we have video and Guide-on-the-Side help for at least these 30 different business databases that show up across the A-Z list and LibGuides via the youtube iconand Guide on the side iconicons next to their links. For an example of these tutorials, look for those icons either here or here.

With this substantial collection, which we will continue to revise as changes arise, we plan to scale back the production of new database tutorials and will now be distributing them on a monthly basis as Database of the Month.



It is time to submit nominations for the Dagnese, Moriarty and several Dean's Awards. Please review the different criteria and eligibility for each award on the Libraries intranet at https://intranet.lib.purdue.edu/display/HOME/Libraries+Awards.

There is no limit to the number of nominations you may submit and self-nominations are accepted. All Purdue Libraries, Purdue University Press and University Copyright Office employees, who meet the criteria, are eligible for the awards. This year the amount for each individual award is $1000. The team award is $1000 shared among the team members.

Final selections are made by members of the Dean's Council for the Dean’s Awards, the Administrative Committee (AdCom) for the Moriarty Award, and the Dagnese Award Selection Committee which consists of AdCom plus last year's awardees.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 p.m. Friday, February 10. You may submit your nomination(s) to Mandi Gramelspacher by email at mandig@purdue.edu or by campus mail at ADM/STEW 272. The nomination form is available on the intranet link shown above.

Awards will be presented at the 13th Annual Libraries’ Staff Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 28, in the PMU South Ballroom from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

2016 Libraries Annual Awards

2016 Awards Recipients with Paul Bracke
Front Row: Rachel Moore, Libby Wahl, Marcy Wilhelm-South, Gretchen Stephens
Back Row: Paul Bracke, Nicole Kong, Michael Witt
Not pictured: Katherine Purple



Archives exhibit: Looking DOwn, Looking Ou, and Looking Up: Maps and the Human Expereince“Looking Down, Looking Out, and Looking Up: Maps and the Human Experience” explores the history, art and science of maps and their interaction with the people who create and use them. The maps progress from days of “looking down” with traditional aerial maps, “looking out” with the expansion of exploration and technology such as railroads and canals, and “looking up” with star charts, flight plans and lunar maps. Along with maps, the exhibit includes books, documents, photographs and artifacts, including surveying tools, cloth maps used by a World War II pilot and map pins used by Lillian Gilbreth. All items on display are from the collections of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections. The exhibit was curated by Outreach Archivist Adriana Harmeyer and will be open until June 23, 2017.




Kim RinglerKim Ringler's name was randomly drawn from all those who were SMILED upon in January. 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/



It's official — the sign is up for the Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Wilmeth Active Learning Center sign






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

  • Josh White, Web Applications Developer
  • Alison Lampley, Electronic Resources Librarian



Pat Miller is celebrating 20 years at Purdue.

Kay Schurr is celebrating 15 years at Purdue.



Due to training, the next issue of INSIDe will be delayed until February 22. Please contact Teresa Brown if you have questions.

Center for Healthy Living classes
Stress management is the focus of an upcoming workshop series offered by the Center for Healthy Living beginning Feb. 15. The six-week series will meet from noon to 12:50 p.m. on Wednesdays through March 22 in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 102. There will not be a class during the week of spring break.

Led by Cheryl Laszynski, registered nurse, certified health and wellness coach at the Center for Healthy Living, the workshop series will help participants identify signs and symptoms of stress, understand sources of stress and develop coping techniques to manage their stress and help balance work and home life demands.
Workshops are available at no cost to benefits-eligible faculty and staff and spouses/adult dependents covered on a Purdue medical plan.

Those interested need to register by Feb. 14. FOr more information check the Purdue Today article posted on Febrary 1.

Employees without computer access can call 765-494-5505 to register. Limited seats are available for this small group format.



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

One Book Higher
March 28
10-11:30 a.m.
South Ball Room

Libraries Annual Staff Awards Luncheon
March 28
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
South Ball Room

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


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



Yatcilla, Jane Kinkus and Bracke, Marianne Stowell, "Investigating the Needs of Agriculture Scholars: The Purdue Report for Ithaka S+R" (2017). Libraries Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Research. Paper 165. http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/

Ilana Stonebraker, Joe Collier, Heather Howard, Saira Raza presented and led a panel discussion on “The Future of Innovation: How Libraries Support Entrepreneurs” at the Symposium on the Future of Libraries, ALA Midwinter 2017. Atlanta, Georgia.

Heather Howard, “Landing the Job: How Special Libraries Can Support Career Research Introduction,” Public Services Quarterly, Volume 13 (1), 2017. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/



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Submit your SMILE nomination here



Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Icing
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Copy for the February 22 issue is due by noon, February 20. Send to tmabrown@purdue.edu