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VOICEIf you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the display created by international students on the history of international students at Purdue, you are in for a treat! The display is currently up in the Hicks Undergraduate Library. The students who created it volunteered all of their own time, coming to the archives over many months to research student life and experiences of international students at Purdue from the first international student enrolled here. The exhibit charts the first international student organizations as well as ways the university responded to increased numbers of international students.

Congratulations to the Hicks Undergraduate Library staff for partnering with the students who are leaders of the VOICE (Chinese students at Purdue) magazine in making this a reality. You will be impressed by the efforts these students made to educate others about our history, and to help make international students at Purdue feel connected to our past. Neal Harmeyer, Archives and Special Collections Digital Archivist, also went above and beyond in assisting the students with their many digitization requests for use in the display.

The exhibit will be at the Hicks Library until April 17 and later be on display at the Dauch Alumni Center and Purdue residence halls.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Eugene Cernan, the most recent person to walk on the moon, was recognized Thursday evening (April 10) during an invitation-only reception at Purdue’s Mackey Arena for donating an Apollo 17 Lunar Roving Vehicle mapbook to the university.

The event was part of a reunion of some of Purdue’s 23 astronaut alumni that will culminate Saturday (April 12) with a free, public forum.

Cernan, a 1956 Purdue graduate, donated his personal papers to the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives in January 2009. He followed up with the donation of the Apollo 17 mapbook this past December, and Thursday’s event will serve as the public announcement.

The maps are mounted in a custom-made book and are accompanied by several contextual documents and photographs. The maps provided the crew with bearings and ranges to each investigation site on the lunar surface during more than 22 hours of exploration.

The Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives was established with gifts from Barron Hilton and the Conrad Hilton Foundation. It is part of the Purdue Libraries’ Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. In addition to being home to the largest collection of Amelia Earhart papers in the world, the archives include the papers of engineers, aviators, aviation professionals, scholars and alumni astronauts including Neil A. Armstrong and Cernan – the first and last persons to walk on the moon – Jerry Ross, the late Janice Voss and Roy Bridges Jr.

The public forum, titled “A Conversation with Our Astronauts,” featuring seven returning astronauts, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday in Elliott Hall of Music. While free and open to the public, attendees must have tickets, which are available at the box offices in Elliott Hall of Music and Stewart Center or by calling 765-494-3933. Those expected to attend include astronauts Cernan, Mark Brown, Andrew Feustel, Gary Payton, Loren Shriver, Scott Tingle and Charles Walker.

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

Source: Tracy Grimm, Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration archivist, 765-496-2941, grimm3@purdue.edu




Catherine Fraser Riehle, associate professor of Library Science and Sharon A. Weiner, professor and W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy, Purdue University Libraries were recently selected as a 2013 Top Twenty Article from the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Library Instructional Round Table’s (LIRT’s) Top Twenty Committee for their article, High-impact educational practices: An exploration of the role of information literacy.

In selecting this article, the committee especially noted that:

[The authors] include a helpful appendix that maps the literature they reviewed to high impact educational practices and to specific information literacy competencies.  This chart would be helpful to librarians who would like to take an evidence-based approach to their outreach in these five areas.  In addition, the recommendations provide a general blueprint of how to expand the information literacy program in these areas on any campus.

Additionally, Amy Van Epps, associate professor of Library Science and Megan Sapp Nelson, associate professor of Library Science Purdue University Libraries were recently selected  2013 Top Twenty Article honorees from the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Library Instructional Round Table’s (LIRT’s) Top Twenty Committee for their article, One-shot or embedded? Assessing different delivery timing for information resources relevant to assignments.

In selecting this article, the committee noted that:

this article provides librarians with evidence that “just-in-time” instruction may be a more effective alternative to the traditional “one-shot” session.

During the review process, the selection committee read over 160 articles this year.  LIRT will publish information about the 20 selected articles in the June issue of LIRT News.  You can find more information about the Top Twenty Committee as well as information about past selections at http://www.ala.org/lirt/top-twenty.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Water scarcity, food insecurity, energy dependence, global pandemics, and climate change are examples of the ill-defined “Grand Challenges” for which public policy makers look to researchers for solutions. Science and engineering can suggest technological solutions to some aspects of these problems, but real world implementation fails without the insights of humanists and social scientists.

Purdue University Libraries and Press, the College of Liberal Arts, the Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI), and Discovery Park have received a $539,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The funding will support an innovative program that combines interdisciplinary discovery led by humanists, social scientists, and STEM faculty with impactful delivery of research results to policy makers. Activities begin April 2014 and last for two years.

The first goal of the project to encourage humanities and social sciences (HSS) faculty to initiate and fully participate in research programs that address the “Grand Challenges” of the 21st century, large-scale, pressing, public policy problems which can only be solved through interdisciplinary research. $300,000 in grant money will be offered to fund up to six projects.

The second goal will be to facilitate the scholarly communication process in a way that maximizes the political and social impact of research. The remaining funding provides for information management and publishing support for the grant awardees, and builds on a growing program of public policy publishing at Purdue University Press.

A Call for Proposals open to Purdue University faculty is now available at: https://www.purdue.edu/research/gpri/research/mellon-grand.php. Interested faculty may also RSVP on the site to attend an informational workshop to be held on May 1, 2014, from 12 – 2 pm in the Discovery Learning Research Center.

Purdue Provost Professor Timothy Sands noted, “This is an important award at a critical time.   The comprehensive university model only works going forward if the disciplines are woven together across the university. This is a great step toward that goal.”

Further Information:

Amber Thompson, Senior Policy Associate, Global Policy Research Institute

765-496-6392 (office), 765-427-1908 (mobile), athompson@purdue.edu

Purdue University Press book, “The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality” is highlighted in Baker-Taylor Forecast along with an in-depth interview with Charles Watkinson, Director of Purdue University Press.

The issue goes to 22,000 booksellers and public librarians. 

Charles Watkinson is interviewed on page 20 and “The Deans’ Bible” is featured on page 21.



The IMPACT program is now taking applications for the fall 2014 cohort, and applications are due by 5 p.m. May 9.  The application link and information about the program are available at www.purdue.edu/impact.

IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) is a campus-wide initiative begun in 2011 by the Provost’s Office for the redesign of classes. Its aim is to engage students more fully in their learning, thereby improving competency, retention and completion in classes that serve students across the entire campus. It is related to Purdue Moves and the University’s efforts to be the national forerunner in transformative higher education.

For more information on the program, contact Chantal Levesque-Bristol, director of the Center for Instructional Excellence, at cbristol@purdue.edu.


Purdue University Libraries recently awarded faculty members with 2014 Library Scholar Grants.  The grant recipients were recognized at an honorary luncheon in which several past Library Scholar grant recipients spoke about the impact and significance of the research made possible through their grants. 

2014 Library Scholar Grant Recipients:


Alicia Decker
Assistant Professor of History, West Lafayette

“Public Secrets: A Gendered History of Enforced Disappearance in Post-Colonial Africa”


Michael Johnston
Assistant Professor of English, West Lafayette

“The Reading Nation in the Age of Chaucer”


Silvia Mitchell
Assistant Professor of History, West Lafayette

“Spain under Mariana of Austria: Court, Dynastic, and International Politics in Seventeenth-Century Europe”


Yvonne Pitts
Assistant Professor of History, West Lafayette

” ‘Vile Characters’ and Property Law: Regulating Prostitution and Creating Property in Civil War Era Nashville, 1860-1868″


Michael Zimmer
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Calumet

“Biography of John F. Enders and His Contributions to Microbiology”

2014 Presentations by Past Grant Recipients:

  • [2012] Jennifer Foray, Associate Professor of History, West Lafayette, “Imperial Aftershocks: The Legacies of Decolonization in the Netherlands”
  • [2013] Jonathan Swarts, Associate Professor of Political Science, North Central, “Friends and Allies: The Greek Military Junta and the United States”

About the Library Scholars Grant Program: 
The Library Scholars Grant Program was established in 1985 by the 50th anniversary gift of members of the Class of 1935, and the class has been continuously supportive of this fund for the past 29 years. This program supports access to unique collections of information around the country and the world for untenured and recently tenured Purdue faculty in all disciplines from the West Lafayette, Calumet, Fort Wayne, IUPUI and North Central campuses. The grants cover expenses associated with the cost of transportation, lodging, meals and fees charged by the library or other collection owner.    

Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database:  MyWorld Abroad, from Intercultural Systems.

Find it: www.lib.purdue.edu/parrish, under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus: MyWorld Abroad offers resources, articles, and guides related to seeking job opportunities abroad. 

Start with this hint: MyWorld Abroad has a section called What Do You Want To Do? This part of the database provides articles depending on your interest, such as volunteering. If you click on the Volunteer Abroad link, you will see different sections listed as such as What You Should Know First and Find Volunteer Experiences Now.

Click here to see the basics of searching MyWorld Abroad or try our new tool Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database: Students often ask their professors for advice when seeking a job overseas. MyWorld Abroad has a page dedicated to the different experiences available when going abroad, as well as a four part guide to getting started and stories of how others have succeeded.

How this will help students:  Students can use The 4 BIG Things section of MyWorld Abroad to discover the different stages of going abroad. This guide includes articles on how to build experience and find work in various professions.

Cost: $2500.00, paid by the Libraries, the Center for Career Opportunities, and The Parents Fund.


Database of the Week comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu.  Database of the Week is archived at http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/category/MGMT/.  For more Purdue Libraries news, follow us on Twitter (@ParrishLib).


Feedback is always welcome.  If you would like us to promote your favorite database, send an email to mdugan@purdue.edu.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Energy sustainability and climate change are the focus of a new book, published by Purdue University Press in collaboration with Purdue’s Global Policy Research Institute (GPRI). The book, Understanding the Global Energy Crisis, provides timely insights into one of grand challenges of our time and will be a valuable source of up-to-date information for advanced-level students and policy makers. It represents a trans-Atlantic collaboration between Purdue and the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) with authors from both institutions, and is edited by Eugene D. Coyle and Richard A. Simmons. Professor Coyle, previously at DIT, is now Dean of the Military Technological College of the Sultanate of Oman, while Richard Simmons is Executive Director of Purdue’s Air Transport Institute for Environmental Sustainability.

As well as being published in print and commercial e-book formats, Understanding the Global Energy Crisis is being made freely available online (http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/purduepress_ebooks/29/). “The issues we face in energy supply and use are global ones,” explains volume co-editor Coyle, “Making this book freely available online allows anyone with an Internet connection to access high quality information, and will spark the innovative solutions the world needs to address these major challenges.” Open access availability has been made possible thanks to pledges of support from over 300 academic libraries from 24 countries, working through the Knowledge Unlatched (KU) consortium. The book is one of only 28 volumes selected for the pilot collection. Two of these are Purdue-published books, giving the University a major stake in this highly innovative, international, open access monograph project.

In addition to being launched at the Schowe House at Purdue, the home of GPRI, on April 1, the publication of the book is being celebrated in Ireland with an event at DIT opened by the Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, TD on April 9.

For more information about Purdue University Press scholarly publishing initiatives, go to www.press.purdue.edu.

About Knowledge Unlatched (KU) Pilot Collection: 

Knowledge Unlatched is committed to creating a positive change in scholarly communication landscapes by helping libraries to share the costs of publishing high quality specialist scholarly books and making them available in Open Access. The Knowledge Unlatched (KU) Pilot Collection is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) books. KU’s Pilot Collection of 28 new books from 13 recognized scholarly publishers, including Purdue University Press, will become Open Access. Support from a minimum of 200 libraries willing to participate in the KU Pilot was required in order to achieve this goal. This target was exceeded by almost half, with close to 300 libraries from 24 countries joining KU in support of its shared cost approach to Open Access for specialist scholarly books.

About Purdue University Press:  

Dedicated to the dissemination of scholarly and professional information, Purdue University Press selects, develops, and distributes quality resources in several key subject areas for which its parent university is famous, including business, technology, health, veterinary medicine, and other selected disciplines in the humanities and sciences. As the scholarly publishing arm of Purdue University and a unit of Purdue Libraries, the Press is also a partner for university faculty and staff, centers and departments, wishing to disseminate the results of their research.

Related web sites:



Open Access version Understanding the Global Energy Crisis:  http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/purduepress_ebooks/29/

Mykytiuk Larry 2013Larry Mykytiuk, associate professor of Library Science and History Librarian, has, in addition, accepted the offer of a courtesy appointment as associate professor in the Department of History. This appointment was made effective March 11th by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts,  as recommended by the faculty in the Department of History.

Courtesy appointments do not involve any instructional or financial commitments by the appointee or the department, nor do they confer any voting rights or other benefits in the “new” department. Instead, they recognize mutually beneficial relationships between faculty members in two different departments and facilitate connections across disciplines that can enhance scholarship and academic development.