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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will partner with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to supply 12 artifacts related to Purdue astronauts for the “Beyond Spaceship Earth” exhibition opening June 25.

The ongoing exhibit will feature the story of space exploration from NASA’s Project Mercury, which sent the first astronauts into space, to the International Space Station. Purdue will provide the 12 items as part of the “Indiana Astronaut Wall of Fame” portion of the exhibit.

The items on loan include Janice Voss’ report card; Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom’s 1960 appointment calendar; Eugene Cernan’s selection letter for astronaut training; slide rules used by Richard Covey and Guy Gardner; Mark Brown’s “Jet Propulsion for Aerospace Applications” textbook; a photograph from the Apollo 11 mission that Brown kept on his dorm wall as a student; a U.S. flag flown aboard Gemini 8 mission crewed by Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott; Jerry Ross’ STS-135 (final Space Shuttle Program mission) Astronaut Support Personnel Checklist; Roy Bridges Jr.’s Space Lab 2 (STS-51-F) cloth mission patch; Donald E. Williams’s NASA medical certification for spaceflight laminated identification card; and a model of a lunar landing module with a mounted plaque inscribed “Neil A. Armstrong.”

The artifacts are on loan courtesy of the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center and Purdue University Libraries. For more information on the items, visit the Flight and Space Archives website.

The “Beyond Spaceship Earth” exhibition also will include a re-creation of portions of the International Space Station and a one-of-a-kind, immersive space object experience called the “Schaefer Planetarium & Space Object Theater.” The theater will be an area where real space vehicles and equipment, a dynamic light-and-sound experience and key artifacts will help tell stories of missions, astronauts and events throughout the history of space exploration. It will open with the NASA Mercury capsule, the Liberty Bell 7, on display. Grissom, a Purdue graduate, piloted this spacecraft in 1961 on America’s second manned space flight.

Writer: Megan Huckaby, 765-496-1325, mhuckaby@purdue.edu

Sources: Tracy B. Grimm, Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration, 765-496-2941,grimm3@purdue.edu

Sammy Morris, head of Archives and Special Collections, 765-494-2905, morris18@purdue.edu

Museum contact:

Kimberly Harms, director of media public relations at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis,kimh@childrensmuseum.org

Purdue University’s Libraries, Center for Instructional Excellence, International Programs, and Office of Diversity and Inclusion are proud to present:


2016 Purdue Information Literacy Research Symposium

Faces and Spaces of Information Literacy:  With International Students in Mind


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

8:30 am – 1:30 pm


Dr. Hilary Hughes

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Brisbane, Australia


International students bring richly varied knowledge and capabilities to study at their host universities. However, settling into an unfamiliar learning environment can be challenging for anyone. Librarians and educators play a vital role in the transition and ongoing academic success of international students through culturally-aware information literacy education. This support enables international students to thrive by developing their familiarity with the faces and spaces of the new university and its particular academic approaches and information-using conventions.


Culturally-aware information literacy education, like any vibrant learning process, can raise dilemmas for librarians and educators. So in this workshop we shall share puzzles, ideas, and strategies for enhancing the experience of information literacy learning in culturally diverse higher education contexts. The inclusive informed learning principles that underpin the workshop ensure that the outcomes will support international and domestic students alike.


Registration Fee:   $45 (waived for Purdue Faculty and Staff but registration is required)

Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, July 26, 2016


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Press will launch “Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family: A Photo History of Indiana’s Early County Extension Agents” in June. The book has been endorsed as a Legacy Project by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

The book, written by Fred Whitford, Neal Harmeyer and David M. Hovde, captures the story of the state’s first Extension agents in archival photos and words during a time when Extension was just an idea and county agents traveled muddy back roads to visit farmers.

“I had the privilege of seeing Extension in its infancy serving people in rural communities through the photos in the book and realized the goal of Purdue Extension today is still helping people of all ages to better themselves through education,” said Whitford, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and clinical engagement professor in the College of Agriculture.

The book is compiled from original county agent records discovered in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center in the Purdue University Libraries. “Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family” includes hundreds of rare and anecdotal information about how county agents overcame their constituents’ reluctance to change.

Through patient outreach and dedicated engagement, they built trust in communities and were able to share new information that introduced farmers and their families to new frontiers of productivity.

Purdue Extension programs today are a result of the hard work shown in this book. They include agriculture and natural resources, health and human sciences, economic and community development, and 4-H youth development.

For more information or to purchase the book, click here.

Writer: Bryan Shaffer, 765-494-8428, bshaffer@purdue.edu

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

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
Agriculture News Page


Clarence Maybee, PhD, assistant professor of library science and information literacy specialist, Purdue University Libraries, has been selected as the recipient of a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for 2015 for his dissertation titled, “Informed learning in the undergraduate classroom: The role of information experiences in shaping outcomes.”

The decision-making process, undertaken by the University’s Research Degrees Committee, places Dr. Maybee in the top 5% of successful candidates for 2015.  This award was presented to Dr. Maybee in recognition of the outstanding contribution he has made to his chosen discipline and the standard of excellence demonstrated in higher degree research practice.  Dr. Maybee was presented with a certificate of citation, $1,000 honorarium and a trophy award.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Press will launch “Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom”  with several events this week (May 9) leading up to its June 15 publication date.

The book, written by George Leopold, chronicles the life of Grissom, Purdue’s first astronaut and one of the three astronauts killed in the January 27, 1967, launch pad fire.

“Calculated Risk” draws from interviews with fellow astronauts, NASA engineers, family members and friends of Grissom to place his career in the context of the Cold War and the history of human spaceflight.

Events taking place this week in Chicago, Lafayette and Indianapolis are detailed here. For more information on the book or to place a pre-order click here.

Writer: Megan Huckaby, 765-496-1325, mhuckaby@purdue.edu

Source: Bryan Shaffer, 765-494-8428, bshaffer@purdue.edu

As part of the Libraries annual review of databases, NTIS via ProQuest has been recommended for cancellation by subject specialist librarians. Access will cease May 31, 2016.  It has been replaced with NTIS via NTRL.  Please contact Anna Seiffert, Electronic Resources Manager, with comments.

Purdue’s first astronaut alumnus, Hoosier native, and National hero Gus Grissom died nearly 50 years ago in the pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 Adobe Photoshop PDFmission along with astronauts Ed White and fellow Purdue alumnus Roger Chaffee. Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom draws on extensive interviews with fellow astronauts, NASA engineers, family members, and friends of Gus Grissom. Veteran technology journalist and science writer, George Leopold, delivers a comprehensive survey of Grissom’s life that places his career in the context of the Cold War and the history of human spaceflight. Calculated Risk will be published and available in early June, however the book will be launched this week at several events in Chicago, Lafayette, and Indianapolis.

May 11-13, Purdue University Press will feature Calculated Risk at the BookExpo America in Chicago via the Bookmasters/AtlasBooks exhibit (booth #900).  On Friday, May 13 the author will be signing books at 1pm CST in the BEA autographing section. Afterward Leopold will participate in a 2:15pm livestream interview with Authors’ Voice where listeners can ask questions (before or during the interview) and purchase autographed copies of the book.

On Saturday, May 14, George Leopold will be signing Calculated Risk at Main Street Books in downtown Lafayette from 10:30-11:30am; on the same day he will sign books in downtown Indianapolis at Indy Reads Books from 3:00-4:00pm.


PDOG_2016_Logo_LightWednesday, April 27, 2016 marks the 2016 Purdue Day of Giving event.  We need your support and participation to help elevate the Libraries’ presence on social media and event leader boards, offering an even greater impact for your gift.

As part of Purdue Day of Giving, you can direct your pledge to a specific Libraries funding initiative here including: 

  • Student-Centered Activities
  • Student Employee Scholarships
  • Active Learning Initiatives and Technologies
  • Archives and Special Collections
  • Dean’s Priorities for Libraries and Press

There are several hourly challenges that we really need your help with.  Please consider giving a gift during the following one-hour timespans.  You can participate in as many of these challenges as you’d like.

  • 8 a.m. – School/program with the highest number of donations in this one-hour timespan
  • 9 a.m. – Most faculty/staff donors
  • 4 p.m. – School/program with the highest number of donations in this one-hour timespan
  • 8 p.m. – Most creative picture of your pet(s) in Purdue Gear on Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to include #PurdueDayofGiving and #PurdueLibs

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Purdue Libraries 2016 Purdue Day of Giving page: http://bit.ly/1SL13Mk

Pay it forward.  Share the message of Purdue Day of Giving on your social media accounts and encourage others to join in the fun.

Thank you for your participation and generous support of Purdue University Libraries.

Purdue University Libraries has developed a new information literacy mission statement to guide students, faculty and staff in fostering successful learning at Purdue.

The new statement is:

“Purdue University Libraries’ research-based information literacy programming empowers Purdue’s diverse communities of learners to use information critically to learn and to create new knowledge, fostering academic, personal and professional success.”

The Libraries revisited the mission statement to align it more closely with campus goals for learning. Beginning in fall 2015, the mission statement was developed through an inclusive process that gathered input from stakeholders in the Libraries and focus groups with faculty across the University.

Libraries faculty and staff partner across the University community to integrate information literacy into the curriculum and beyond.

During the last fiscal year, the Libraries collectively worked with 19,481 students on many information literacy-related efforts to foster effective learning and decision-making skills. Libraries faculty also work directly in the planning stages of unique Purdue projects, such as developing innovative learning environments for students in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and creating digital learning tools to teach Honors College students who are preparing to conduct original research.

Fundamental Libraries information literacy efforts include:

* Creation of the first endowed chair for information literacy, held by Sharon Weiner, professor of library science and the W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy.

* Libraries faculty teaming with other campus units and Purdue instructors to revamp courses through the IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) program, and serving in key roles on the committees developing and implementing Purdue’s core curriculum.

* Libraries faculty working closely in planning and design of new Purdue projects in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and Honors College.

* Libraries faculty and staff creating and implementing engaging activities to connect new Purdue students with the libraries during Boiler Gold Rush.

* University Libraries leading the academic research library profession in the development of data literacy education.

* The creation of a new Graduate Resource Information Portal (G.R.I.P.) to connect graduate students with the services and resources available through the Libraries.

The mission is grounded in research. The continued contributions to information literacy research by faculty have been highlighted in a bibliographic study conducted by researchers at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

The extended version of the new mission statement is available on Purdue Libraries’ website.

For more information, contact Shannon Walker, director of strategic communication for Purdue Libraries, at walker81@purdue.edu or Clarence Maybee, assistant professor and information literacy specialist for Purdue Libraries, at cmaybee@purdue.edu.