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Throughout the history of Purdue, its students have created and participated in many long-running traditions. What tradition is shown in this photo, and where did this activity occur? Share your theories in the comments and check back on Friday for the reveal!

Today we share the second photograph in our From the Archives series. This photo shows a moment that changed the face of Purdue’s campus.

What exactly is happening in this image and what was its result?


On Jan. 19, 1894, Purdue dedicated a new mechanical engineering laboratory building on campus named after benefactor Amos Heavilon. The new structure was the pride of campus with state-of-the-art equipment and an eye-catching tower. Only four days after its dedication, however, a gas explosion in the boiler room sparked a fire that quickly spread throughout the building. Helpless crowds gathered to watch Purdue’s newest building burn to the ground. Aside from a few salvaged pieces of machinery, the building was a total loss.

Heavilon Hall after the fire (William Chester Halstead photographs, MSA 262)

The day after the fire, Purdue President James H. Smart drew upon the imagery of the Heavilon tower and vowed that it would be rebuilt “one brick higher.” Thanks to generous donations and fundraising efforts, the second Heavilon Hall was dedicated on December 4, 1895, less than two years after the fire. Ever since Smart’s speech in 1894, “one brick higher” has been a rallying cry spurring the Purdue community to ever greater heights.

Congratulations to the many respondents who knew the answer!

PowerShift Case Competition Undergraduate and graduate students from Purdue University colleges, schools and academic units are encouraged to take part in real world, gender-issue case competition designed to help them lead in a diverse and changing workforce and use their skills to generate solutions.

Set for April 21, the PowerShift Case Competition is held annually by Purdue’s Krannert School of Management. The Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center will lead the competition in collaboration with Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor of Management and research director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. PowerShift is made possible by support from Accenture and Purdue University Libraries.

The case will be released in early April to approximately 15 teams composed of four to five students each, who will present their recommendations to judges and sponsors on April 21 following a preliminary round of presentations on April 14.

“Called ‘the varsity sports of business schools,’ case competitions are becoming an integral element of managerial education,” says Kossek. “Adding a gender diversity theme to this format will generate important dialogue among men and women who will become tomorrow’s leaders.”

For more information, visit http://krannert.purdue.edu/centers/women-in-management/initiatives/powershift.php or contact the Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center at jbwwim@purdue.edu.

Hicks Study Break Spring 2016 with therapy dogsTake a break from the stress and grind of finals preparation at the Hicks Undergraduate Library later this month with the bi-annual Study Break events slated for prep and finals weeks. The first event will kick off at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, with Caring Paws, which will provide students with the opportunity to interact with therapy animals.

The full schedule is listed below.

Prep Week

  • 7-8 p.m. Mon., April 24 – Caring Paws: Students will have the opportunity to interact with therapy animals;
  • 6-8 p.m. Tues., April 25 – Chair Massages;
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Weds., April 26 – Therapy Dogs International: Students will have the opportunity to interact with therapy dogs; and
  • 6-8 p.m. Thurs., April 27 – Craft Night & Popcorn Bar: Create your own stress ball and enjoy the popcorn bar!

Hicks Undergraduate Library Study Break Event, Spring 2016Finals Week

  • 7-8 p.m. Mon., May 1 – Caring Paws: Students will have the opportunity to interact with therapy animals;
  • 6-8 p.m. Tues., May 2 – Craft Night & Popcorn Bar: Bury your stress–decorate a pot and plant a seed to take home. Enjoy the popcorn bar!
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Weds., May 3 – Sidewalk Chalk and Bubbles: Watch your stress away float away by blowing bubbles, and tap into your inner artist and decorate sidewalks around Hicks with chalk; and
  • 6-8 p.m. Thurs., May 4 – Chair Massages.

Other activities to take place at Hicks on an ongoing basis during the two weeks of Study Break: lego building, art relaxation stations, and bubble wrap.

All events will be held in common areas unless otherwise noted.

Hicks Undergraduate Library Study Break Events Spring 2017

The Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC)

The Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) will open August 7.

Six Library Facilities Closing After Spring ’17 Finals Week for Move to Wilmeth Active Learning Center


Purdue University’s newest building, the Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC), is on schedule to open to the public Monday, August 7.

The WALC Center houses 27 collaborative active learning classrooms. After the end of the spring 2017 semester, the building will consolidate six of the nine science libraries to form the Library of Engineering and Science in one location at the heart of campus. The center will be a daily academic destination for approximately 5,000 Purdue students and faculty. (Read more about the background of the facility at www.lib.purdue.edu/walc/.)

After finals week, Libraries faculty and staff in the Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS); Engineering; Life Sciences; Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences; and Physics Libraries will begin the process of moving books and materials from their current locations on the West Lafayette campus to the new WALC or to other locations. The Chemistry; EAPS; Life Sciences; Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences; and Physics Libraries will close at 5 p.m. Friday, May 5; the Engineering Library will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

Information about retrieving materials during the move to the WALC is forthcoming.

Follow the Purdue Libraries’ home page at www.lib.purdue.edu for updates.

Purdue University Libraries Associate Professor Michael Witt has been recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) with the Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences. He shares the award with Frank Scholze, from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, for their collaboration on re3data, which is an online registry of research data repositories.

Michael Witt, Purdue University Libraries

Michael Witt

“Researchers are being required by funding agencies to share the data generated by grant-funded research,” Witt said. “They can search re3data to identify the best repository for them to deposit their datasets to satisfy these requirements and to increase the impact of their research by sharing their data.”

re3data has been widely adopted and is referenced in guidelines by such funders as the European Commission, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Department of Transportation, as well as publishers, including Nature, PeerJ, Copernicus, and the Public Library of Science.

The registry also helps students, publishers, research administrators, and librarians find research data and track the impact of data-sharing. Users can browse and search for data repositories in re3data by subjects, keywords, policies, locations, and a variety of other features.

Repositories are identified and entered into the registry by an international editorial board of librarians working toward comprehensive coverage of every discipline from repositories around the world.

“All entries in re3data.org are reviewed twice by the editorial board for accuracy. The search, browse, and filtering options make this registry quite useful, and the icons and other metadata indicating important repository characteristics, such as access restrictions and persistent identifiers, add considerable value,” said Sara Scheib, chair of the award committee.

Early work on re3data was supported in the United States by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in Germany, and it is currently managed in collaboration with DataCite, an international, nonprofit organization that promotes data citation.

Purdue University Libraries is a founding organizational member of DataCite, and re3data complements other campus services the Purdue Libraries offer, such as consulting on data management with researchers, teaching data literacy, and providing the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR).

Witt is also the director of PURR, a university core research facility, provided by the Libraries, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, and Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP).

The Oberly Award is given every other year by the Science and Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), which is a division of ALA. It will be presented in June at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Purdue University Libraries will extend hours at four facilities to help students prepare for final exams.

Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 23, the Siegesmund Engineering Library will remain open 24 hours a day through 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

The John W. Hicks Undergraduate Library will remain open 24 hours/day from 1 p.m. Sunday, April 23 through 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

The Humanities, Social Science, and Education (HSSE) Library will be open the following times/dates during prep and finals weeks:

  • 1 p.m.–midnight Sunday, April 23;
  • 7 a.m.–midnight Monday–Friday, April 24–28
  • 11 a.m.–midnight, Saturday, April 29;
  • 1 p.m.–2 a.m. Sunday, April 30;
  • 7 a.m.–2 a.m. Monday–Thursday, May 1–4;
  • 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday, May 5; and
  • 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

Purdue Libraries extend hours for prep and final exam weeks, Spring 2017The Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics will be open the following times/dates during prep and finals weeks:

  • 11 a.m.–midnight, Sunday–Friday, April 23–28;
  • 10:30 a.m.–midnight, Saturday, April 29;
  • 11 a.m.–midnight Sunday–Friday, April 30–May 5; and
  • 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

Hours are posted on the Libraries’ website at www.lib.purdue.edu/hoursList.

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In association with Purdue Today, we introduce our new From the Archives series, sharing glimpses of Purdue’s past through photographs from the Purdue Libraries Archives and Special Collections.  On alternating Mondays during the academic year, this feature will allow readers a chance to view a historical photograph and guess what is taking place in the image.  On Fridays, we will reveal the story behind the photograph, allowing readers to learn more about Purdue history and see if their guesses were correct.

To start the series, here is a moment in Purdue history related to another beginning.  What is happening, and, for an extra challenge, who is this person?


On Nov. 25, 1922, David Ross, Purdue trustee and co-namesake of Ross-Ade Stadium, laid the cornerstone for Purdue Memorial Union, a structure dedicated to the memory of those who fought and died in World War I.

The official groundbreaking for the Memorial Union building was held earlier that year on June 13, 1922, during Gala Week. Ross broke ground with a shovel, then the task was continued with a horse and plow in front of an excited crowd. Three months later came the cornerstone ceremony, with speakers including Indiana Gov. Warren T. McCray; Charles W. Morey, president of the Purdue Alumni Association; and Purdue President Edward Elliott.

Purdue Memorial Union officially opened two years later on Sept. 9, 1924.

Purdue Memorial Union shortly after construction

Congratulations to those of you who correctly identified the Purdue Memorial Union and David Ross! Our “From the Archives” photo series will continue to share views of Purdue history on alternating weeks throughout the spring. Our next photo will be online on April 10.

Ilana Stonebraker, Purdue Libraries

Ilana Stonebraker

It is easy to discern why Ilana Stonebraker, assistant professor and business information specialist, has been selected as a Library Journal Class of 2017  “Mover & Shaker.”

Ilana—who is recognized as one of the librarians in the educator category in this year’s installment of the LJ project—engages deeply in her work at Purdue University Libraries’ Parrish Library of Management and Economics, with Purdue students, and with the people in her communities. Her instructional work has been recognized with a Purdue Libraries Excellence in Teaching Award, and she, and a Purdue Honors College course she designed, HONR 299: Making Greater Lafayette Greater, is featured on the Honors College’s website this week in “Making Greater Lafayette Greater: Honors course tackles challenges, connects communities.”

According to Library Journal, its “Movers & Shakers” project “provides an annual snapshot of the transformative work being done by those in libraries of all types and sizes across the field.” The LJ project started 16 years ago, and this year, Stonebraker was one—and the first ever for Purdue Libraries—of more than 50 individuals recognized.

“At a time when individual and collective actions matter more than ever, the 52 people…reflect the outsize impact librarians can have through services and programs they deliver, their deep community connections and collaborations with partner organizations, and their one-on-one interactions with patrons,” states Library Journal’s introduction to the Class of 2017.

At Purdue Libraries, that “outsize” impact also encompasses the important instructional and information literacy work the faculty and staff here do here every day.

You can read Ilana’s “Mover & Shaker” profile on Library Journal’s website at http://bit.ly/2nF6qoy, and she provided a bit more about what she does at Purdue Libraries through a short Q&A below.

Q. Tell me a bit about your background.

Ilana: Like many in business librarianship, I kind of fell into business. When I was an undergraduate, my campus job was working at the business library, where then Director Gordan Aamot encouraged everyone to become business librarians, so he really planted the seed. When I headed to grad school at University of Michigan, I ended up working at the Kresge Business Library, where Laura Berdish and Corey Seeman encouraged me further. So I blame it on all of them. I have benefited from some great mentors throughout my short career.

Ilana Stonebraker works with HONR 299 students

Ilana Stonebraker works with HONR 299

Q. How did you come to be selected as a 2017 “Mover & Shaker” in LJ?
Ilana: I was nominated for my work in information literacy and instruction. I am very much aligned with the teaching and learning aspects of Purdue. I have taught 13 for-credit courses, designed a successful case competition, created a crowdsourced help site, and consulted in both faculty development and in business environments. My research interests include scholarship of teaching and learning, business information literacy and education and emerging metrics. I am a Purdue Teaching for Tomorrow Fellow, Service-Learning Junior Fellow, and a recipient of the Purdue Libraries Excellence in Teaching Award.

Q. How do you think you and the work you do helps “change the face of libraries” (as mentioned in the intro to last year’s LJ M&S class)?
Ilana: When I tell people about my work at Purdue, their response is not “Libraries do that?”, it is “Wow! Libraries do that!” As many of those who work in libraries will tell you, their faculty members wear many hats, but I think Purdue Libraries faculty members are different because we’re also making new, important hats all the time. It is very exciting to find new hats and see where those hats take you.

My work at Purdue is innovative, but I see myself very much at heart of our information literacy mission statement: empowering a diverse set of learners toward personal and professional success. I don’t know if it changes the face of libraries, but it certainly helps libraries personnel better position their diverse set of talents.

Q. What does it mean to you to be selected for such an honor this year?
Ilana: It is very exciting to be listed as one of the Movers & Shakers and a great honor to be the first listed from Purdue University Libraries. I think it is exciting because it really helps me highlight the interesting work that happens at Purdue. It feels like being part of a very important club. The group got together at the American Library Association‘s Midwinter Meeting (in January) for the photo shoot, and I feel like I have learned so much already from the people I met.

Q. Tell me something about yourself that people may be surprised to learn about you.
Ilana: I had a mohawk and a lip ring in college.

Q. Do you have any go-to advice you provide when people ask?
Ilana: I get a surprising amount of opportunities in my work with undergraduates to give advice, and I always tell them to do what feels right for you, even if it doesn’t all quite add up together. You can love data and people at the same time. You can be an accountant and also an activist. It is important to imagine yourself complexly.

2017 Purdue Libraries Video Contest winners joined Dean of Libraries Jim Mullins and Purdue Federal Credit Union (PFCU) Vice President Jeff Love for a special presentation of their awards. The Purdue Libraries Video Contest was supported by Purdue Federal Credit Union.” Pictured left to right: Jing Yao, Xiaoping (Mary) Zhu, Jim Mullins, Jeff Love, Jacob Russell and Tre Bennett.

2016-17 Purdue Libraries Video Contest winners joined Dean of Libraries Jim Mullins and Purdue Federal Credit Union (PFCU) Vice President Jeff Love for a special presentation of their awards. The Purdue Libraries Video Contest was supported by Purdue Federal Credit Union. Pictured (L to R): Jing Yao, Xiaoping (Mary) Zhu, Jim Mullins, Jeff Love, Jacob Russell, and Tré Bennett. (Not pictured: Preeya Sharma.) Photo by Teresa Brown.

Five Purdue University students showed the many reasons why they love Purdue Libraries in the Purdue University Libraries’ fourth annual “Why I Love Purdue Libraries” video contest.

The contest, which was announced last fall and is supported by the Purdue Federal Credit Union, was open to Purdue students and received several entries for the 2016-17 competition. All entries were judged by members of the Undergraduate Student Libraries Advisory Council.

Three videos – first, second, and third place – were selected as winners of the first $1,000 prize, second $750 prize, and third $500 prize. Five students (two on the first-place team and two on the third-place team) produced the videos. They include:

  • First Place – Jacob Russell (junior, information systems management) and Preeya Sharma (junior, finance): each will receive half of the $1,000;
  • Second Place – Tré Bennett (senior, computer graphics technology): $750; and
  • Third Place – Jing Yao (sophomore, industrial management) and Xiaoping (Mary) Zhu (sophomore, business management); each will receive half of the $500.

View the winning videos on the “Why I Love Purdue Libraries” 2016-17 Video Contest YouTube Playlist at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfiLH31ZZsO3OYQLsVaRwApmrk4APRMmk

Or watch them below…