Amy S Van Epps

University Title:
Associate Professor
Division/Unit(s):
Physical Sciences, Engineering, Technology
Location(s):
Potter Engineering Center
B-61

Professional Information

Faculty Rank:
Associate Professor
Liaison Areas:
Engineering Education
Industrial Engineering
Transdisciplinary Studies in Technology
Courses Taught:
PTEC 308 - TST Studio
TECH 299 - TST Design Lab
Research Areas:
Information literacy instruction for engineers; Ethical writing and plagiarism; Technology applications to library services; Development, management and use of digital collections
Education:
PhD, Engineering Education, Purdue University, in progress
M.Eng. Industrial and Management Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2001
M.S.L.S., The Catholic University of America, 1994
B.A. Engineering Science, Lafayette College, 1991
Professional Experience:
Engineering Librarian, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1995-2000
Evening Librarian, Kutztown University, Sept-Dec 1994
Honors and Awards:

Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award, ASEE Engineering Libraries Division, 2014

Best Poster Award. ASEE Engineering Libraries Division, 2013.

Memberships and Service:

American Society for Engineering Education, 1995-present
     Engineering Libraries Division
          Chair, Nominating Committee, 2009-2010
          Chair, 2008-2009
          Program Chair/Chair-Elect, 2007-2008
          Secretary/Treasurer, 2006-2007
          ALOHA selection committee, 2006-2007
          Development Liaison, 2004-2006, 2010-present
          Membership Committee Chair, 2002-2006
          Program Planning Committee, 2003-2005, 2006-2010
          Bylaws Review Committee, Chair, 2008-2015
          Electronic Voting Administrator, 2003-present

American Library Association, 2003-2004, 2007-present
Association of College and Research Libraries, 2003-2004, 2007-present
     Instruction Section
          Committee Lists Administrator, 2009-2013
     Science & Technology Section

Publications

Laux, Chad, Abe Walton, Amy Van Epps, Darrel L. Sandall, and Delana Cooper. “Gateway Experiences to Engineering Technology: Development of an Introductory Course.” Journal of STEM Teacher Education 50, no.1 (2015): 91-103. http://cas.illinoisstate.edu/ojs/index.php/CeMaST/article/view/953/875

Van Epps, Amy S., Davin Huston, John Sherrill, Ann Alvar, and Anna Bowen. “How 3D Printers Support Teaching in Engineering, Technology, and Beyond.” Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology 42, no. 1 (2015). https://www.asist.org/files/bulletin/oct-15/VanEpps_EtAl.pdf

Douglas, Kerri Anna, Amy S. Van Epps, Brittany Mihalec-Adkins, Michael Fosmire, and Şenay Purzer. “A Comparison of Beginning and Advanced Engineering Students’ Description of Information Skills.” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 10, no.2 (2015): 127-143. http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP/article/view/24128

Zilinski, Lisa, Megan Sapp Nelson, and Amy S. Van Epps. “Developing Professional Skills in STEM Students: Data Information Literacy.” Issues in Science and Technology Libraries 77 (Summer 2014). doi:10.5062/F42V2D2Z

Van Epps, Amy S., and Monica Cardella. “Chapter 8: Scout the Lay of the Land: Understanding the Broader Context of a Design Project.” In Integrating Information into Engineering Design, edited by David Radcliffe, and Michael Fosmire. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2014.

Van Epps, Amy S. “Beyond JEE: Finding publication venues to get your message to the ‘right’ audience.” In Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA. Washington, DC: ASEE, 2013. Paper number 5859. [PDF]
     Won the ASEE ELD Best Poster award, 2013 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Van Epps, Amy S. “Educating for evidence based decision in engineering: The view as librarian and instructor.” In Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA. Washington, DC: ASEE, 2013. Paper number 5858. [PDF]

Van Epps, Amy S., and Megan Sapp Nelson. “One-shot or Embedded? Assessing Different Delivery Timing for Information Resources Relevant to Assignments.” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 8, no.1 (2013): 4-18. http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP/article/view/18027
     Selected by LIRT (ALA Library Instruction Round Table) for the Top Twenty instruction articles in 2013. (On page 6 of the June LIRT News).

Laux, C., Walton, A., Van Epps, A., Deranek, K., Sandall, D., Homkes, R., & Leach, S. "Gateway Experiences to Engineering Technology: Development of an Introductory Course" (Paper No. AC 2011-1078). In Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (Session T133C). June 26-29, 2011. Vancouver, BC. (PDF). 13 pgs.

Van Epps, Amy S., Megan Sapp Nelson, Michael Fosmire, and Bruce Harding. "Next Generation of Online Tutorials: Finding Technical Information at Purdue." In Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education. September 3-7, 2007. Coimbra, Portugal.

Nelson Sapp, Megan, Michael Fosmire, Bruce Harding and Amy S. Van Epps. "Next Generation of Tutorials: Finding Technical Information at Purdue." Session #3541. In Proceedings of the ASEE National Conference. June 24-27, 2007. Honolulu, HI. (PDF) 11 pgs.

Bhatt, Jay, W. Charles Paulsen, Lisa G. Dunn and Amy S. Van Epps. "Science and Technology Libraries Partnering with Knovel." Science and Technology Libraries 26, no. 3/4 (September 2006): 13-28.

Presentations

“An Assessment Architecture for Competency-Based Learning: Version 1.0.” Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). El Paso, TX. October 2015.

“A Transdisciplinary Approach for Developing Effective Communication Skills in a First-year STEM Seminar.” ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, WA. June 2015.

“Badging your way to Information Literacy.” ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, WA. June 2015.

“Measuring student's ability to find and use high quality information: Developing standardized assessments.” IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (IPCC), Vancouver, BC. July 2013.

“Measuring science and technology information literacy competencies: Creation of the CELT assessment.” ALA Annual Conference, STS Poster Session. Chicago, IL. July 2013.

“Beyond JEE: Finding publication venues to get your message to the ‘right’ audience”. Poster Presentation. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA. June 2013.
            Selected as ASEE Engineering Libraries Division Best Poster.

“Educating for evidence based decision in engineering: The view as librarian and instructor.” ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA. June 2013.

“One or Many? Assessing different delivery timing for information resources relevant to assignments during the semester. A work-in-progress.” With Megan Sapp Nelson. American Society for Engineering Education. 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition. San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012.

"Gateway Experiences to Engineering Technology: Development of an Introductory Course" American Society for Engineering Education. 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition. Vancouver, BC, June 26-29, 2011.

"Next Generation of Online Tutorials: Finding Technical Information at Purdue." International Conference on Engineering Education. Coimbra, Portugal, Sepember 3-7, 2007.

"Next Generation of Tutorials: Finding Technical Information at Purdue." American Society for Engineering Education. 2007 Annual Conference and Exposition. Honolulu, HI, June 24-27, 2007.

"Managing and Metoring." Panel discussion, Panelist. American Society for Engineering Education. 2007 Annual Conference and Exposition. Honolulu, HI, June 24-27, 2007.

"A systems approach to designing a customized information delivery system: Staying relevant to researchers. " American Society for Engineering Education. 2006 Annual Conference and Exposition. Chicago, IL, June 18-21, 2006.

"Partnering with Knovel: Case Studies in Information Outreach." American Society for Engineering Education. 2005 Annual Conference and Exposition. Portland, OR, June 12-15, 2005.

"More than just lab work: A summer intern program teaches undergraduates how to communicate their research" American Society for Engineering Education. 2005 Annual Conference and Exposition. Portland, OR, June 12-15, 2005.