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Teresa BrownAs the New Year begins I always reflect on the things that I am grateful for — family, friends, good health and my Libraries colleagues. On January 11, I will enter into my 39th year of employment at Purdue Libraries. (My working history actually began in the fall of 1973, my freshman year at Purdue, as a student staff member in the six individual engineering libraries.) I am not only thankful for my job with the Libraries but most appreciative of the folks I work with — all of you.

In my job as editor of our staff newsletter, INSIDe, I have the unique opportunity to meet all new staff members as well as meeting and working with each of you in a variety of ways. Some of you I’ve known for many years and others in more recent times. I am indebted to those of you who are so willing and helpful in sharing the many ways you and your coworkers are working to fulfill the Libraries strategic goals, your research, your interactions with students and faculty, your successes and plans for the future roles of how Libraries will impact Purdue, nationally and globally.

In 2017, Libraries will continue to see many exciting changes and updates and I invite each of you to please continue to share your experiences, suggestions and ideas for inclusion in future issues of INSIDe. I look forward to the exciting year ahead!

For a list of publication and deadline dates please refer to the Libraries intranet..




MLK Logo 2017Since 2012 Purdue Libraries has participated in the campus-wide celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by creating displays honoring his legacy and will continue to do so in 2017. This year’s theme is “The Fierce Urgency of Now” with the keynote provided by musician and social activist Harry Belafonte on January 17. More information about this year’s events can be found at the MLK Commemorative Events site at https://diversity.purdue.edu/mlk/.

2017 Purdue Libraries Displays

M.G. Mellon Library of Chemistry
“Early Black Educators”
Created by Becky Hunt

Siegesmund Engineering Library
“Civil Rights: Yesterday & Today
Created by Sandy Galloway and Aly Edmondson

Hicks Undergraduate Library
“Groundbreaker: Innovative African Americans in Literature, Music and Film”
Created by Ann O’Donnell

Humanities, Social Sciences & Education
“Harry Belafonte: His Contributions to Films”
Created by Pat Whalen

Mathematical Sciences Library
“Hidden Figures: The Forgotten African American Women Mathematicians Who were Instrumental in Launching Early Space Flight
Created by Angie Ewing and Nastasha Johnson

Physics Library
“Little Known Black Physicists”
Created by Lil Conarroe and Becky Hunt

Most displays will be up January 9-31, 2017.



This article appeared on the Purdue Entrepreneurship and Innovation site in December.

Parrish libraryThe Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program and Purdue Libraries have worked together since the launch of the entrepreneurship program in 2005. Given that certificate courses are designed to teach students how to turn their innovative ideas into action, an important element of the curriculum is learning how to conduct market research. Purdue University Libraries subscribes to over 600 databases, many of which focus on market research. Libraries Professors, Hal Kirkwood and Ilana Stonebraker, give presentations in certificate program courses each semester to show students how to use these resources effectively.

Stonebraker said the way they approach teaching entrepreneurship program students is different than how they would teach a business class. Certificate students tend to be more creative and driven to build whatever it is they’re passionate about. “Students in the certificate program often have a passionate story behind why they are in the program,” Stonebraker said. “When I work with students who have a passion for something, I find that they take the information and use it to be impactful. They are not only looking at how the numbers can be crunched and the most money can be made, but they also take into account creativity, impact, and what changes need to happen to be successful.”

Kirkwood said when he presents to the students, he starts with a broad picture and narrows the research down in steps. “I start with a framework of business information which sets the stage of how information flows from business to industry,” Kirkwood said. “I take students through how to find the information from a big picture setting all the way to an individual’s buying habits. This process is not something students are familiar with. They typically don’t know how much they can learn from market research. This realization changes the way students approach their projects.”

Mike Cassidy, Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Instructor, said the material presented is practical and directly related to course assignments. “The market research presentation is based on examples of how to utilize the tools Libraries offers to students, rather than a rundown of what those offerings are. Hal will perform research as someone who wants to start a business. He utilizes all of the appropriate databases for industry research, competitor research, consumer preferences and buying behaviors. This process is directly related to the methodology required for the next class project.”

Beyond class presentations, Kirkwood and Stonebraker teach MGMT 17500 which is focused on information strategies and is an approved course for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Cassidy said it is good that the students have an additional opportunity to be exposed to using library resources. “It is better if they can get more instruction in all of the aspects of doing deep research with a variety of objectives and utilizing a wider variety of resources. Thus this one hour, eight-week course offers a deeper dive for those students who feel it is appropriate for their career objectives. Making it an option course for the certificate program was a smart move for entrepreneurship students.”

Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation students often participate in the Parrish Library Case Competition. This yearly competition is for undergraduate students who solve problems for a company using their business research skills.

Cassidy has been a judge for the competition and said it is a rewarding experience, “Students are highly motivated to learn and win. They take the case seriously and do good work in finding solutions. It is a pleasure to learn their thought processes and to then offer guidance on how to think things through a little differently whenever appropriate.”

Outside of the partnership, Stonebraker said many students follow up to discuss research further. “Oftentimes after class presentations Hal and I meet with certificate students to help them on projects they are working on outside of class. We are excited to help these students. Research has the power to change how people make business decisions. Add that to the passion certificate students have and the result is significant. It is great to be part of that.”



Wilmeth Active Learning Center view of the Bell Tower

View of the Bell Tower from inside the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.
Photo by Rustin Meister, Purdue's project manager for the WALC






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.







  • Ashely Hutchcraft, event planner, and Teresa Brown, communication coordinator, recently shifted office spaces within STEW 264.
  • Rebecca Richardson, assistant dean for Collections and Access has relocated to STEW 268 (Scott Brandt’s former space).
  • Teresa Koltzenburg, director of Strategic Communication will join Libraries on January 9 and her office will be located in STEW 276 (Rebecca Richardson’s former space).
  • Dr. Karen Hum, director of Assessment will join Libraries on January 16 and her office will be located in STEW 266 (Sue Ward’s former space).



Looking Down, Looking Out, and Looking Up: Maps and the Human Experience Reception
Archives and Special Collections
January 27
2–3 p.m.
HSSE Library 4th floor
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Kirsten K. Elger, Heinz Pampel, Paul Vierkant and Michael Witt “Publishing and Managing Data: The Case for Trustworthy Digital Repositories,” American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California, December 16, 2016.

Ilana Stonebraker's article in Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship "Toward Informed Leadership: Teaching Students to Make Better Decisions Using Information" was selected to be a featured article in Informed Librarian Online's December 2016. www.informedlibrarian.com



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