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Purdue Day of Giving 2018As we close out the fiscal year, I look back on a very exciting year in fundraising for the Purdue Libraries. Once again, through our mission, we have connected with people in a way that convinces them we are the place for their philanthropic giving. Considering all the needs across the globe and opportunities to give, I am grateful that so many – many of whom are not alumni – choose to support what you all do and our valuable collections.

I feel sure I am the only one in Libraries who geeks out on philanthropy data, but I think it is important to share some trends that will ultimately impact all of us who work in institutions that benefit from philanthropic giving. This year's Giving USA report (prepared and published each year from scholars just down the road at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI) states that giving increased over last year. The 2017 total was $281.9B. However, the report also showed that growth had slowed and, more importantly, that growth in giving to support education had grown very little compared to previous years.

Thanks to the Baby Boomers, philanthropic giving has become a significant factor in our economy, but there are concerns about what will happen when future generations come into position to lead this effort. Gen Xers and Millennials are not expected to have the savings or investment earnings their parents worked so hard to grow. Times have changed, as we are all aware, and the nonprofit sector has challenges ahead.

At a time when information proliferates at extreme rates, we can't expect young people to figure out on their own how integral philanthropy is to institutions and services they value. Through volunteer opportunities and fundraising events, those who work in this area in higher education are beginning to develop models to foster philanthropic giving with students, with a long-term goal of developing the donors that we need to engage in the future. As part of this movement, the Libraries and Honors College are partnering this year on the Purdue Day of Giving in a series of  pop-up events, which we hope will educate students about the impact that philanthropic giving has on their Purdue experience and begin to get them to see how even low-level participation can be meaningful.

On April 25, 2018, we will host one event each in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Hicks Undergraduate Library, and Honors College. Student Ambassadors from the Honors College will distribute information about the event and the way that philanthropic funds support the university. Students will also have an opportunity to make a donation. We will also have fun giveaways and activities. These are truly pop-up events – quick and dirty – and driven predominantly by our social media platforms.

We hope you will join in the fun and engage virtually. The students of today will (hopefully) be supporting the Libraries' mission of tomorrow!


2018 One Book Higher Annual Awards Luncheon: Libraries Award WinnersPictured above are the 2018 Libraries employees award winners (those who were present at the '18 One Book Higher Awards Luncheon): L to R: Pete Pascuzzi, David Zwicky, Karen Fields, Neal Harmeyer, Megan Sapp-Nelson, Allen Bol, Victoria Thomas, Dan Yeoman, Meredith Gozo, Jacinda Laymon, Nicole Kong, and Kendall Roark.

Below is a complete ist of the student and employee award winners and award-selection committee members.

Libraries Scholarships

Members of the 2018 Libraries Scholarships committee included: Becki Corgin, chair; Frances Christman, Angie Ewing, Hal Kirkwood, Katherine Purple, Danielle Schiewer, and Anna Subramaniam.

2018 PULSE Award WinnersPULSE Awards

The Purdue University Libraries Student Excellence (PULSE) award, which is a $1,000 award, was created by the Circulation Reserve Team to recognize student employees. Through fundraising, and with special support from Judy and Michael Humnicky, an endowment supports the annual award. In 2018, three student employees were named recipients. They include:

  • Joshua Groh, junior, pictured right in khaki suit (Supervisor: Frances Christman, Aviation Technology Library);
  • Tatum Theaman, junior, pictured right in blue dress (Supervisor: Neal Harmeyer, Archives and Special Collections); and
  • Jonathan Reitz, junior, not pictured (Supervisor: Sandy Galloway, Library of Engineering and Science).

2018 McCaw and Viton Scholarships Award WinnersDorothy Newby McCaw Scholarship and Albert Viton Scholarship

The Albert Viton Scholarship and the Dorothy Newby McCaw Scholarship are merit-based scholarships made possible by two generous donors. The amount of each of these scholarships this year is $2,500.

  • Mary Zhu (junior, pictured on the left wearing black shoes) is the 2018 recipient of the Dorothy Newby McCaw Scholarship. (Supervisor: Teresa Balser, Parrish Library of Management and Economics)
  • Sarah Merryman (junior) is the 2018 recipient of the Albert Viton Scholarship. (Supervisor: Bryan Shaffer, Purdue University Press)


Amelia Earhart Scholarship

The Amelia Earhart Scholarships are funded by an outside donor and administered through the Division of Financial Aid. Purdue Libraries is represented on the Earhart Scholarship Committee in recognition of the Earhart Collection housed in Archives and Special Collections. The 2018 recipients are:

  • Olivia Glowacki, junior (pictured, right, green shirt)
  • Matthew (Alex) Kortepeter, junior (pictured, right, tan jacket)
  • Abhipri (Abby) Mishra, junior (pictured, right, in white shirt)
  • Alan Pecor, junior (not pictured)
  • Farhat Alucozai, senior (not pictured)
  • Adam Cullers, junior (not pictured)

Dagnese Award for Excellence in Service

The Dagnese Award for Excellence in Service to the Libraries of Purdue University and Its Patrons is given annually with support from the Joseph M. Dagnese Memorial Fund. Mr. Dagnese led the Purdue Libraries from 1972-1989.

The recipients of this award must be members of the Administrative/Professional or Clerical/Service staff and have been nominated by fellow colleagues within those two employee groups. Those selected demonstrate excellence in job performance, commitment to the Libraries, cooperation with others, creativity and innovation in job tasks, and service to the Libraries and the University.

The 2018 Dagnese Award Selection Committee included the previous year’s Dagnese awardees, Cheryl Sagendorf and Neal Harmeyer, along with the dean and the associate and assistant deans.

This year the following individuals were honored with the Dagnese Award:

  • Allen Bol, Library Assistant, Digital Programs, Collections and Access
  • Dan Yeoman, Department Operations Clerk, Libraries Facilities

John H. Moriarty Award for Excellence in Library Service

The John H. Moriarty Award for Excellence in Library Service is annually awarded to Libraries Faculty for their service to Purdue University faculty and students. Named in honor of John H. Moriarty, who led the libraries from 1944-1970, the funding for the award is from the Richard L. Funkhouser Libraries Endowment.

The 2018 Moriarty Award winner is: Pete Pascuzzi, Assistant Professor, Health and Life Sciences Div.

Dean's Awards

The Dean’s Individual Awards were created as part of the strategic plan to recognize employee accomplishments throughout the Libraries. Libraries faculty and staff nominate recipients to recognize individual accomplishments. Dean's Council members selected the winners from among several nominees.

Dean's Individual Award for Sustained and/or Outstanding Contribution to Libraries

  • Victoria Thomas, Library Assistant, Health and Life Sciences Div.

Dean's Individual Award for Advancing a Libraries Strategic Initiative

  • Jacinda Laymon, Departmental Operations Clerk, Libraries Facilities
  • Kendall Roark, Assistant Professor, Data Specialists, Research Data, Research and Assessment

Dean's Team Awards

The Dean's Team Awards were designed to recognize the need for teamwork in order to move Libraries forward. Teams must be comprised of three or more employees and may be comprised of individuals from one or more employee categories. In addition, the team activity had to be inaugurated or completed during the past year.

Two different teams were chosen this year, and following are the recipients who were honored with the Dean's Team Awards in 2018:

  • Carly Dearborn, Noel Diaz, Karen Fields, Meredith Gozo, and Neal Harmeyer (ArchivesSpace Implementation Team)
  • Janna Bennet, LuAnn Gooden, Becky Hunt, Ethan Shepherd, and Melissa Waterworth (Print Repository Team)

8th Annual Purdue University Libraries Award for Excellence in Teaching

Selected by the Libraries Faculty Curriculum Committee, the 2018 recipient of the Libraries Award for Excellence in Teaching is:

  • David Zwicky, Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Technology.

Fourth Annual Purdue Libraries Research Award

Selected by the Faculty Affairs Committee, there are two winners of this award in 2018. They are:

  • Megan Sapp-Nelson, Professor, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Technology; and
  • Nicole Kong, Assistant Professor, Geographical Information Systems.

All three Purdue Libraries faculty members will also be recognized for their awards at the Faculty Awards Convocation May 8.

One Book Higher Poster Winners

Most Interactive: Lindsey Organ and Teresa Koltzenburg (Sharing the Stories of the Purdue Libraries)

Made Me LOL: Allen Bol, Cliff Harrison, Michael Lewis, and Carolee McGill-Barker (Faces of Purdue: Capturing Who We Are)

Most Creative and Viewers' Choice: Liz Lukens, Sandy Galloway, Jacinda Laymon, Leslie Matteson, April Maybee, and Angela Ewing (New Beginnings…LCSSAC)

Most Innovative Idea: Aly Edmondson, Liz Lukens, Robin Meher, and Sam Lundberg (3D Printing in the WALC)

Most Scholarly and ADs Choice: Margaret Phillips, Michael Fosmire, Paul McPherson, Jing Lu, Aly Edmondson, and Sam Gulati (Standards Are Everywhere: An Open-Access, Information-Literacy Focused Standards Education Program)

Best Furthers Strategic Plan: Cara Bradford and Alison Lampley (What's the Big Deal with the Big Deal e-Journal Package?)


Women's History Month celebrations in the Library of Engineering and Science (Mullins Reading Room), top photo, and and Hicks Undergraduate Library, bottom photo.








You will notice the use of these icons before the article that are symbolic of our Libraries strategic goals.

SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION: We enhance the spectrum of scholarly communication from discovery to delivery through the provision of information resources, services, research, partnerships, and national and international leadership. We advocate the change in scholarly communication to promote economic sustainability, effective use of copyright, and open access to knowledge for all.

ENGAGEMENT AND EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES:We commit our resources and expertise in Library, Information, and Archival Sciences to advance the profession and contribute to the welfare and economic development of the citizens and state of Indiana, the nation, and the world.

LEARNING:We contribute to student success and lifelong learning through innovative educational practices. Our research-based information literacy programming empowers Purdue's diverse communities of learners to use information critically to learn and to create new knowledge. Our learning spaces, both virtual and physical, align with evolving curricula and student learning needs.

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 Postings

  • Business Information Specialist (Faculty). Accepting applications; review of applications has begun.
  • Plant Sciences Information Specialist (Faculty).  Accepting applications; review of applications has begun.


  • Agricultural Sciences Information Specialist (Faculty). Accepting applications; review of applications has begun.
  • Engineering Information Specialist (Faculty). Accepting applications.
  • Head, Metadata Services (M/P) (Posting 1701902). Accepting applications; review of applications has begun.

Check the Libraries Employment Opportunities page.



D-VELoP: Viz for Biz!
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3
WALC, 1st floor and room 3045
Part of Purdue Engineers' Week (E-Week)

Purdue Libraries and Archives @
Celebrate... Purdue Thinkers, Creators, and Experimenters - Undergraduate Research Week

1:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3
Purdue Co-Rec

Library Scholars Grant Award Presentations
1:15-2:45 p.m., Tuesday, April 3

Stewart Center, room 279

Kurt Vonnegut Exhibit
Hicks Undergraduate Library
through Tuesday, April 10



Ilana Stonebraker was awarded (by Research Council) an International Travel Grant of $2,000 to travel to Ottawa, Canada (June 6-8) to present her paper, “First experience and cognitive dissonance: A study of student perceptions change over time in two institutions” at the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use Conference at the University of Ottawa.

Ilana Stonebraker was awarded (by Research Council) a Research & Scholarship Support Grant of $1,500 to travel to Houston, TX (May 3-5) to give two presentations, “Librarians to Battle Stations: Cognitive Dissonance and Information Literacy in the Fake News Era”  and “Charting Their Path: How Students Experience Using Information in their Job Search” at LOEX 2018.

Michael Witt March 2018 presentations:

  • "An Institutional Approach to a Research Data Service," Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Lund University, Sweden (March 7, invited presentation)
  • "Federal Research Data Policy in the United States and Institutional Observations," Svensk Nationell Datatjänst [Swedish National Data Service], Göteborg, Sweden (March 8, invited presentation)
  • "Research Data Services at Purdue University: An Institutional Approach" (opening keynote), Göttingen-CODATA Research Data Management Symposium, University of Göttingen, Germany (March 18)

A project co-lead by Michael Witt, re3data, was included in a feature article in Nature ("Data management made simple")

Wei Zakharov (along with C. Wang, S. Hubbard, and S. Deng) presented: "Utilizing the systematic literature review in aviation--A case study for runway incursions" at 104th Purdue Road School Transportation Conference (March 2018), West Lafayette, IN.



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