Amy S Van Epps

University Title:
Engineering Librarian
Division/Unit(s):
Physical Sciences, Engineering, Technology
Location(s):
Potter Engineering Center
154

Professional Information

Faculty Rank:
Associate Professor
Liaison Areas:
Computer Graphics Technology
Computer Technology
Engineering Education
Industrial Engineering
Industrial Technology
Nuclear Engineering
Research Areas:
Information literacy instruction for engineers; Ethical writing and plagiarism; Technology applications to library services; Development, management and use of digital collections
Education:
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

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-
          Membership Committee Chair, 2002-2006
          Program Planning Committee, 2003-2005, 2006-2010
          Bylaws Review Committee, Chair, 2008-

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

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]

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.

Sapp, Megan and Amy S. Van Epps. "Equal Access: What does the digital revolution mean for library web sites?" Science and Technology Libraries 26, no. 3/4 (September 2006): 157-173.

Van Epps, Amy S. "The Evolution of Electronic Reference Sources." Library Hi-Tech 23, no. 2 (June 2005): 287-298.
    (Selected as a premium article for August 2005 on the Informed Librarian site.) [Doc - preprint]

Presentations

"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.

"Database-to-web technologies." American Society for Engineering Education. 2003 Annual Conference and Exhibition. Nashville, TN, June 22-25, 2003.

"Virtual Reference using Convey's OnDemand." Panel Discussion, Panelist. Association of College and Research Libraries. Eleventh National Conference. Charlotte, NC, April 10-13, 2003.

"Use of various Electronic Engineering Databases." American Society for Engineering Education. 2002 IL/IN Sectional Conference. Chicago, IL, April 12, 2002.

"Virtual Reference." Electronic Poster Session. Purdue University, MIDC. Teaching, Learning Technology 2002. West Lafayette, IN, February 20-21, 2002.