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Donna FerulloAll things fair use will be celebrated during the week of February 20-24. This annual event is coordinated by the Association of Research Libraries to highlight the benefits of copyright and in particular, the right of fair use.

Fair use is one of the cornerstones of education and libraries. Using video clips for a presentation or incorporating music into a course assignment is legally allowed because of fair use. One of the many benefits of fair use is that it can be applied for personal, educational or business uses of copyrighted works. It’s also very flexible in that it is not limited to just text but includes digital works, images, sound recordings, audiovisual works and many other formats as well. When the use of a work is considered fair use, then permission or payment of royalties is not needed.

So, how does fair use work? Well, first and foremost, fair use is an exception under the U.S. Copyright Act. Copyright is all about balancing the rights of the creators of original works with the rights of the public to use those works without compensation to the copyright holder. Fair use is a four factor test that analyzes the purpose and character of the use; the nature of the work being used; the amount of the work being used; and whether the market for the original work will be impacted by the new work. To learn more about fair use and how to apply the four fair use factors, check out fair use on the Purdue University Copyright Office’s website.

Please join the University Copyright Office in celebrating Fair Use Week. We will have cake and discussions on fair use on Thursday, February 23 from Noon-1 p.m. in the Hicks Mezzanine.

For information on major events being held around the country during Fair Use Week, check out www.fairuseweek.org.


Clarence MaybeeClarence Maybee, assistant professor and Information Literacy specialist, has been invited to join the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Immersion Program Faculty. The Immersion Program provides librarians the opportunity to work intensively for several days to explore and enhance their teaching or programming efforts related to information literacy. With more than 2,000 graduates of previous national and regional sessions, the Program is now in its seventeenth year. In addition to facilitating parts of the Program, Clarence will be joining other Immersion faculty members in a process to revise the Immersion Program based upon assessment data and feedback from Immersion alumni and the academic library community.

“It is a great distinction as it means that Clarence is a nationally recognized and influential ‘teacher of teachers’ in our profession. It will give him a great opportunity to promote informed learning and show how information specialists at Purdue teach and embed in curricula,” said Sharon Weiner, interim associate dean for Academic Affairs and W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy.



Have you worked on an interesting project lately? Has your library or unit implemented a new and innovative service or practice? Share your experience with the rest of your colleagues at the Libraries' 9th annual One Book Higher poster session!

When: March 28, 10-11:30 a.m. (Poster session); 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Lunch & Awards)
Where: PMU South Ballroom
Who: All Libraries Employees

One Book Higher Poster 2016Vote for the best poster in these categories:

  • Most Interactive
  • Most Creative
  • Most Scholarly
  • Viewer’s Choice
  • Made Me LOL
  • Most Innovative Idea
  • Best Furthers the Strategic Plan
  • AD/s Choice

Voting will end promptly at 11:15

To present a poster, enter your information at the following link before March 6 at 5 p.m. One Book Higher.

1. Title of poster
2. Presenter(s)
3. Table placement
4. If you will need electricity; an electrical outlet
5. If you will need a table, display stand, or both

Supplies for posters will be ordered through your area's designated supply coordinator. Please ask your coordinator to place any One Book Higher orders separate from other orders with a note in the comments field indicating the supplies are for One Book Higher. Deadline for ordering supplies is March 10. If you are wanting to print your poster, you will have to do that on your own, there will not be printing available through the Libraries.

If you have any questions contact one of the One Book Higher committee members: Angie Ewing (chair), Ashley Hutchcraft, Lil Conarroe, Jenny Jackson and Heather Howard.


Karen HumKaren Hum, PhD
Director of Assessment

My path to higher education, both personally and professionally, was circuitous at best. Growing up on a farm, I determined early in life that I wanted to be a veterinarian. Consequently, I worked hard to have high marks, volunteered several years with the local vet, and made plans to attend Purdue. Upon high school graduation, however, I abruptly (and inexplicably) changed my mind and went instead to Ball State, but without a replacement plan or academic direction. Needless to say, my initial undergraduate years were kind of a bust. I eventually dropped out, got married, had children, etc., as well as moved to central Florida for several years before returning to Indiana to be close to family. During this time, my employment choices, although interesting (e.g. nurse aide in a convent, surgical assistant in a veterinary clinic, and laboratory technician for a cytology firm), were limiting.

Over time, I became increasingly unhappy with myself for not yet completing college, especially since my younger sister (I’m one of seven siblings) was a partner in a law firm (talk about peer pressure!). Thus, around the age of 30, I went back to school and earned a BA in English, which, although not my dream major, appeared to be the fastest route to completion. Thankfully, I was able to parlay my degree into an editing career before my employment path led me to Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed working in higher education (something I had never considered previously), especially in the area of data analysis.

Fast forward several years, I completed my PhD in Educational Psychology (cognate in statistics and educational research with a specialization in psychometrics) at Ball State and was Director of Institutional Research for Ivy Tech’s statewide administration. Yet, I was still feeling unfulfilled. I can blame some of this on my children, as I’m (un)patiently waiting for a grandchild, but I also wasn’t utilizing my education and skills to their fullest. Hence, my new role as Director of Assessment, in which I’ll be collaborating with the Purdue Libraries staff to lead, coordinate, and expand assessment activities, to facilitate reporting and to analyze and interpret data. I’m especially interested in finding alternative means to measure success and determine outcomes.

My husband and I currently live in Noblesville and have three children, aged 22 (boy), 27 (girl, married), and 29 (boy). We also own several large catfish (my other babies), too many dogs and a mean cat.

I’m truly honored to be part of the Purdue Libraries team. It’s exciting and humbling to be surrounded by such a high level of knowledge and accomplishment. I’m very mentor-oriented, so I fully intend to glean as much information from all of you as I can!

My office is located in STEW 266 and I can be reached at humk@purdue.edu or 49-61554.


Gaya AnandGaya Anand
Web Application Developer
Instruction & Digital Programs Services

Born and raised in Chennai, India, where I completed my high school and undergraduate education in Computer Engineering, I moved to the U.S. for my graduate studies. I earned my master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. After working for about 10 years as a web developer in Princeton, NJ, I moved to West Lafayette in 2008.

I love web design and am very excited and grateful to be doing just that at Purdue Libraries. I joined Purdue in January, and every day has been a great learning experience.

I have two kids, my daughter Aditi is thirteen and my son Bharath is eight. My husband is a faculty member at ECE. Reading books and gardening are my two most favorite hobbies.
My office is located in STEW 363 and I can be reached at gaya12@purdue.edu or 49-61242.


Josh WhiteJosh White
Web Applications Developer
Instruction & Digital Programs

I guess Thomas Wolfe was right: you can’t go home again. After first coming to Purdue in 2010, my family and I returned to our hometown of Asheville, North Carolina last summer (incidentally, Asheville was also Wolfe’s hometown). With a shiny new PhD in philosophy in hand, I had high hopes of settling down and securing a job on my old stomping ground.

As it turned out, there were two problems with this plan. First, Asheville is largely a tourist town, so unless one is trained in hospitality or healthcare, finding a career can be difficult (yes, even for someone with an advanced degree in a highly marketable field like philosophy). Second, “home” just didn’t feel much like home anymore. Being surrounded by family and beautiful scenery was great, but the sprawl and congestion was not.

Thus enlightened, we decided we’d like to return to West Lafayette — the place we could call home without reaching for scare quotes. Before first coming to Purdue, I worked as a web developer for six years. So, when I saw that the Libraries was looking for a web applications developer, I jumped at the opportunity. Now I’m part of a great team in Instruction and Digital Programs Services, and I couldn’t be happier to be back at Purdue.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have twin boys who are seven (both of them), a daughter who’s four, and a wife who’s two years older than I am. I like to read, particularly the classics and philosophy. I also enjoy tinkering with audio/video equipment (much to my wife’s annoyance, I have a subwoofer collection capable of shaking our house), driving fast cars (I wish I had one), biking and playing video games.

My office is in STEW 363, and I can be reached at white167@purdue.edu or 49-61360.


A sneak peek inside the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.
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Wilmeth Active Learning Center January 2017






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

  • Nathan Bryant, HKRP



Heather Howard has been accepted to the ACRL Teacher Track of the 2017 Immersion Program to be held at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, July 23-28, 2017. She was also awarded an $800 scholarship to attend the program. She will be joining a special group of individuals who are strongly committed to teaching and the power of information literacy.



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



Flierl, M. “Information Literacy Dialogue as a Wittgensteinian Language-Game: Embedding IL into Curricula,” Information Literacy in the Inclusive Society (Communications in Computer and Information Science Series): Proceedings of the European Information Literacy Conference. S. Kurbanoğlu, J. Boustany, S. Špiranec, E. Grassian, D. Mizrachi, L. Roy, & T. Çakmak (Eds.), (pp. 688-697).  Heidelberg: Springer. 2017.

Maybee, C. and Flierl, M. “Motivating learners through information literacy,” Information Literacy in the Inclusive Society (Communications in Computer and Information Science Series): Proceedings of the European Information Literacy Conference. S. Kurbanoğlu, J. Boustany, S. Špiranec, E. Grassian, D. Mizrachi, L. Roy, & T. Çakmak (Eds.) (pp. 698-707).  Heidelberg: Springer. 2017.

Weiner, S. A. “Sexual minority health: A bibliography and preliminary study of the book literature,” Medical Reference Services Quarterly 36(1):49-61, 2017.

Bert Chapman made the following webinar presentation “Major Reports of the U.S. Department of Defense” for the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s FDLP Academy on January 19. http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/

Donna L. Ferullo presented two sessions of “The Art of ©” for Visual Communications Design course taught by Professor Ichiyama, at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN on January 26, 2017,



Purdue Today, February 10
Grand Challenges research teams announced in Mellon grant



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