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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Libraries’ Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center recently accepted the donation of an original 16 mm film showing Amelia Earhart and her Lockheed Electra as they were being photographed by Albert Bresnik, Earhart’s official photographer.

Earhart, who was a Purdue career counselor and adviser to the Department of Aeronautics from 1935 to 1937, was recruited by then-President Edward Elliott, who was impressed by her spirit of adventure and her message to women. In April 1936 an Amelia Earhart Fund for Aeronautical Research was created with the Purdue Research Foundation. The fund purchased the $80,000 Lockheed Electra that became known as Earhart’s flying laboratory. With navigator Fred Noonan, Earhart disappeared July 2, 1937, near the tiny Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean while attempting an around-the-world voyage.

The film was donated to Purdue by Douglas Westfall, owner and publisher at The Paragon Agency, which last month released a book, “Amelia Earhart’s Last Photo Shoot,” by Nicole Swinford.

According to Westfall, who acquired the film from John Bresnik Jr., the family believes the film footage was taken by Albert’s brother, John Bresnik. The film is unique in that it captures Earhart posing for publicity photos and interacting with her photographer and others at the Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California (today known as the Bob Hope Airport). The film shows clear and close-up shots of Earhart’s plane before her departure on her world flight attempt.

Purdue University Libraries Archives and Special Collections faculty and staff will take steps to preserve the film and make it accessible to students and researchers interested in scholarship on the many facets of the legacy of Amelia Earhart. The film will join the Amelia Earhart Papers in the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives within the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University Libraries.

To learn more about the collection visit http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/flight-and-space/.

Contact: Tracy Grimm, Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration, Purdue University Libraries, 765-496-2941, grimm3@purdue.edu

Related information:

http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/flight-and-space/

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Harvard Library and Purdue University Libraries collaborated in hosting a two-day data management symposium at Harvard on June 16-17. The focus of the symposium centered on new roles for libraries as part of data management strategies during all parts of the research cycle. Attendees came from across the country.

The Symposium incorporated visionary ideas, new concepts and inspirational speakers. The purpose was to promote data awareness and integration of library services into the research cycle, and to demonstrate that data management is not simply about compliance but also about building relationships and engaging stakeholders at all levels.

Well-managed data can allow researchers to develop new lines of inquiry that would not have been possible previously and to communicate their work in innovative ways; librarians can contribute to this effort.

“The agreement by Sarah Thomas, my counterpart at Harvard, to have Harvard Library collaborate with Purdue University Libraries on this symposium recognizes the high regard in which Purdue University Libraries is held for its leadership role in data management. I was very proud of the presentations and participation of my Purdue colleagues at the symposium,” said James L. (Jim) Mullins, dean of libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor at Purdue.

The symposium was planned by a joint committee made up of Harvard and Purdue individuals; from Purdue Libraries it included: Paul Bracke, associate dean for research and assessment; Scott Brandt, professor of library science and data specialist; and, Michael Witt, associate professor of library science and head, Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2).

Other faculty from Purdue who presented and participated were: Jeffrey T. Bolin, associate vice president for research centers, cores, and research development services and professor of biological sciences, Department of Biological Science; and Sylvie Brouder, professor of agronomy, College of Agriculture.

On June 18, a workshop was held that brought together groups from only Harvard and Purdue to explore in more detail specific challenges facing data management at the two universities. Purdue Libraries faculty and staff who presented at the workshop included: Amy Barton, assistant professor of library science and metadata specialist; Scott Brandt, professor of library science and data specialist; Marianne Stowell Bracke, associate professor of library science and agricultural sciences information specialist; Paul Bracke, associate dean for research and assessment; Nastasha Johnson, assistant professor of library science and physical and mathematical sciences information specialist; Line Pouchard, assistant professor of library science and data specialist and Michael Witt, associate professor of library science and head, Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2).

Contributors to the workshop from Purdue Libraries included: Carly Dearborn, digital preservation and electronic records archivist; Nicole Kong, assistant professor of library science and GIS specialist; Megan Sapp Nelson, associate professor of library science and data information literacy specialist; and Pete Pascuzzi, assistant professor of library science and molecular biosciences information specialist.

Full details on the symposium can be found at: http://library.harvard.edu/harvard-purdue-data

Contact: Shannon Walker, 765-496-9610, walker81@purdue.edu

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Harvard and Purdue Libraries are hosting a two-day (free) data management symposium at Harvard on June 16 and 17, 2015.  The focus will be on new roles for libraries as part of data management strategies during all parts of the research cycle.

This symposium on data management will incorporate visionary ideas, new concepts, and inspirational speakers. The purpose is to promote data awareness and integration of library services into the research cycle, and to demonstrate that data management is not simply about compliance but also about building relationships and engaging stakeholders at all levels. Well-managed data can allow researchers to develop new lines of inquiry that would not have been possible previously and to communicate their work in innovative ways; librarians can contribute to this effort. The symposium will explore broader data management needs across libraries and archives that can lead to developing recommendations and policies as well as creating central architecture to support data management.

Full information can be found at

http://library.harvard.edu/harvard-purdue-data

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Engineering Information Specialist 

Assistant or Associate Professor

(Two Positions)

Purdue University Libraries seeks an energetic, outgoing, and innovative individual who will join a collaborative, dynamic team carrying out a robust program of integrated information literacy, data services, scholarly communication, and collaborative research, and who, as a Libraries faculty member, contributes to research and scholarship in these areas.

The Engineering Information (EI) Specialist acts as a liaison with two to four Schools in the College of Engineering; participates in interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects, including sponsored research, within the Libraries and the College of Engineering; makes connections between engineering faculty and units of the Libraries to enable greater research productivity, sustainable publication and dissemination of scholarship and data; participates in the development of information literacy outcomes, through an informed learning approach, in support of the University’s new undergraduate core curriculum that requires information literacy outcomes for all undergraduates; and contributes to Libraries-wide initiatives and participates in faculty governance of the Libraries.  As a member of the Libraries faculty, the EI Specialist must articulate a research agenda that explores questions within the EI Specialist’s area of specialization, resulting in a scholarly publication record as required for promotion and tenure at Purdue University.

Requirements: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or a PhD in a relevant discipline; evidence of a proactive, user-centered vision for information access; strong interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively;  familiarity with current trends in instructional best practices and data curation services.  Ability to adjust to and accommodate changing demands within Libraries, the University and the field.  Commitment to engage in research and scholarship, and ability to achieve promotion and tenure.

Desired: Experience developing and implementing active learning techniques in a curricular setting.  Knowledge of best practices in online learning pedagogies.  Experience using online learning tools and content management and production systems.  For applicants with MLS degrees, a degree in science or engineering, or experience in an engineering library is desired.

 Salary and benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Faculty tenure-track position with a twelve-month appointment. Rank of assistant or associate professor depending on qualifications.  Start-up funds in support of research are provided for computer/software/equipment, for travel/professional development, and for a half time graduate assistant for two years. Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.

Purdue University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Application process: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Carole Tolley, Libraries Human Resources Coordinator, at libhr@purdue.edu.   Please place “Engineering Information Specialist” in the subject line of the email.  Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Carole Tolley at 765-494-2899 or the above email address.  A background check will be required for this position.

The full position announcement may be found at  www.lib.purdue.edu/about/employment

 Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

 

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Health Sciences Information Specialist 

Assistant or Associate Professor

Purdue University Libraries (PUL) seeks highly motivated, innovative, and learner-centered health science information specialist to join a collaborative, dynamic team who carry out a robust program of integrated information literacy, data services, scholarly communication, and collaborative research, and, as a Libraries faculty member, contribute to the research and scholarship in these areas.

The Health Sciences Information Specialist, co-liaison with other health sciences information specialists to nursing, nutrition science, pharmacy, public health, veterinary medicine and other clinical programs and liaison to one or two related departments on campus: provides instructional programs with emphasis on information literacy, inter-professional informatics, evidence-based practice and systematic reviews; makes connections between the health sciences academic programs and other disciplinary faculty with units of the Libraries to enable greater research productivity, and sustainable publication and dissemination of scholarship and data; participates in interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects, including sponsored research with faculty in the Libraries and the liaison areas; participates in the development of activities in support of the University’s core curriculum that requires both foundational and embedded information literacy outcomes for all undergraduates;  contributes to Libraries-wide initiatives; and participates in faculty governance of the Libraries. As a member of the Libraries faculty, the Health Sciences Information Specialist must articulate a research agenda that explores questions within her/his area of specialization and will result in a scholarly publication record required for promotion and tenure at Purdue University.

Requirements: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or doctoral degree in a relevant discipline; strong interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially; familiarity with current trends in health sciences information issues, instructional best practices, and data curation services. Ability to adjust and accommodate to changing demands within Libraries, the University and the field. Commitment to engage in research and scholarship, and ability to meet the expectations for promotion and tenure.

Desired: Substantial knowledge of health and life sciences information resources, including scholarly communication issues and trends in this area; knowledge of NLM resources and services; experience developing and implementing active learning techniques in a curricular setting; experience using online learning tools and content management and production systems; awareness of intellectual property issues with respect to online learning environments; for applicants with the MLS degree, an undergraduate or graduate degree in a health or life science or experience in a health science library is desired.

Salary and benefits: Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Faculty tenure-track position with a twelve-month appointment. Rank of assistant or associate professor depending on qualifications.  Start-up funds in support of research are provided for computer/software/equipment, for travel/professional development, and for a half time graduate assistant for two years. Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.  Purdue University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Application process: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Carole Tolley, Libraries Human Resources Coordinator, at libhr@purdue.edu.   Please place “Health Sciences Information Specialist” in the subject line of the email.  Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Carole Tolley at 765-494-2899 or the above email address.  A background check will be required for this position.

The full job announcement can be seen www.lib.purdue.edu/about/employment

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Digital Humanities Specialist

Assistant or Associate Professor

Purdue University Libraries (PUL) seeks a highly motivated, innovative, and learner-centered Digital Humanities (DH) Specialist to join a collaborative, dynamic team who carry out a robust program of integrated information literacy, data services, scholarly communication, and collaborative research, and, as a Libraries faculty member, to contribute to the research and scholarship in those areas.

The DH Specialist will establish a dynamic multifaceted digital humanities program in the Libraries’ Division of Humanities, Social Science, Education and Business (HSSEB) and collaborate with other Purdue faculty to meet the growing demand for digital scholarship at Purdue.  Working closely with the Libraries’ GIS specialist, archivists, and Research Data unit, the successful candidate will consult and collaborate with faculty and students on techniques and methodologies supporting the digital humanities and provide instruction in their use. The

DH Specialist may serve as a subject liaison to at least one humanities discipline.

Required qualifications:  Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or doctoral degree in relevant discipline; demonstrated knowledge of digital research tools and approaches (e.g., text mining, data visualization, and image analysis) and/or related techniques; knowledge of data issues in the research/knowledge creation lifecycle and familiarity with the challenges faced by digital project lifecycle management; demonstrated interest in the applications of current and emerging technologies to meet the changing needs of users; demonstrated commitment to user instruction and to consultation with users on their information needs; strong service orientation; excellent communication and presentation skills; and ability to work well with all levels of users and staff.

Desired Qualifications:  Familiarity with the challenges of long-term archiving.

Salary and benefits:  Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Faculty tenure-track position with a twelve-month appointment. Rank of assistant or associate professor depending on qualifications.  Start-up funds in support of research are provided for computer/software/equipment, for travel/professional development, and for a half time graduate assistant for two years. Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.  Purdue University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Application process: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Carole Tolley, Libraries Human Resources Coordinator, at libhr@purdue.edu.   Please place “Digital Humanities Specialist” in the subject line of the email.  Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Carole Tolley at 765-494-2899 or the above email address.  A background check will be required for this position.

The full job announcement can be seen www.lib.purdue.edu/about/employment

 Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

The Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University Libraries, announces its inaugural Research Travel Grants program for visiting scholars. The purpose of these grants is to support the research of scholars (faculty, students, and independent researchers) whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting materials onsite in the collections of the Karnes Research Center. One or more grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to individual scholars studying one or more subjects represented in the Karnes Center’s collections onsite between June 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Eligibility and Criteria

Anyone (faculty, students, and/or independent researchers) who wishes to use the Karnes Center collections for research may apply, regardless of his or her academic status. Intended to support research using the Karnes Center as a historical resource, the grants require the onsite use of at least one of the Center’s collections.

Archival collecting areas include the history of flight and space (Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives), the history of women affiliated with Purdue University or the state of Indiana (Susan Bulkeley Butler Women’s Archives), the history of psychedelics for medicinal and healing purposes (Psychoactive Substances Research Collection), and the history of Purdue University, including papers of Purdue alumni, faculty and staff, and records of the University departments reflecting the founding, growth and evolution of the land-grant university for the State of Indiana and its mission to provide instruction in the mechanical arts (University Archives).  Rare book collections include the history of engineering, science, and transportation (Goss Library of the History of Engineering), the history of economics and political thought (Krannert Special Collection), the history of typography and book design (Bruce Rogers Collection of books and personal papers), and books about Indiana history or written by Indiana authors (including the personal libraries and manuscripts of George Ade and Charles Major and the cartoons of John T. McCutcheon).

Preference will be given to applicants needing funds to travel from out of state or out of the country and who plan to publish or publicly disseminate the scholarly results of their research. Funds may be used for business related expenses incurred by the researcher in association with his or her research, travel, and use of the Karnes Center facilities and collections as well as costs in making the research broadly available to the scholarly community. Grants are awarded to individual applicants, not to institutions, as awarded funds are meant to help offset the costs associated with visiting and utilizing the Karnes Center and not for institutional overhead. Only in exceptional cases would an individual be awarded more than one research travel grant per year.

Criteria used to judge the applications will include how well the case is made that the proposed project will support the candidate’s research and that conducting this research requires travel to use the unique collections in the Karnes Center; the appropriateness of the budget; the plan for making the results of the research available to the public; and the feasibility of the project within time constraints. Proposals will be evaluated by a panel chaired by the Director of the Karnes Center and composed of two or more additional archivists employed by the Karnes Center.

Application Process

Applicants are asked to provide:

  • Cover sheet containing the following information: name, rank/title, mailing address, email address, phone number, the title of the project, projected dates of travel, and the total amount of funding requested. Grants will be made for any amount up to the maximum amount allowed per grant ($2,000) (1 page)
  • Narrative description of the research project, including the research topic and an explanation of how onsite use of the Karnes Center’s collections are essential to successful completion of the project. Specify which collections will be used; the projected timeline, including approximate dates of travel to the Karnes Center; expected outcome(s) of the research, and how it will be made available (for example: publication of a book or journal article, thesis/dissertation, conference presentation, development of a course, etc.) (1-2 pages)
  • Budget itemizing activities and their estimated costs, with total amount requested (1 page)

The following websites may be used to estimate lodging, meals and incidentals.

– For U.S. General Services Administration – Domestic destinations:

http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/105307

– For U.S. Dept. of State — Foreign destinations:

http://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=184&menu_id=81

  • CV or resume, including a list of relevant publications and presentations (3 pages maximum)
  • For student applicants, please include a letter of recommendation from an advisor, thesis director, professor, or mentor who is a good judge of the student’s work (1-2 pages)

Please send all materials as email attachments to: morris18@purdue.edu, with “Travel Grants” in the subject line. Questions about the grants may be sent to the same address.

Reporting Requirements

A brief report or presentation on the research-related activities supported by the grant, and the significance to the research of the recipient, is required and must be submitted to the Director of the Karnes Center within 1 year following receipt of grant funds.  Each individual awarded a grant will be invited to give a presentation about his or her research either during the research visit or at a convenient date following the visit.

Funding

Awards will be in given in any amount of up to the maximum amount allowed per grant ($2,000).  Grant funds will be provided to the award recipients upon completion of the site visit and use of the facility. Beyond the initial year of the program, the amount of awards and the continuation of the program will be dependent on the funding available.

Deadlines

For researchers planning to travel between June 2015 and December 2015, the deadline for applications is May 30, 2015. For researchers planning to travel between January 2016 and June 2016, the deadline for applications is December 30, 2015. All applications must be submitted by email to morris18@purdue.edu, with the subject line: Research Travel Grants. Applications received following the deadline cannot be considered, but can be resubmitted for consideration during the following funding cycle.

For further information on the Karnes Center and its collections, please visit our website: http://www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol.

Questions may be submitted by email to morris18@purdue.edu

 

 

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