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Stewart Center, Hicks Library Closed for Repairs June 3, 4

The Hicks Undergraduate Library and the Humanities, Social Science & Education (HSSE) Library will be closed June 3 and 4 for repairs.

Stewart Center, including the Humanities, Social Science & Education (HSSE) Library (located in Stewart Center), and the Hicks Undergraduate Library will be closed Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4, with no public or Purdue University student or personnel access to either of the facilities. (This means there will be no PUID swipe-card access to Hicks Undergraduate Library on June 3 or 4.)

The closure of both facilities is to enable in-house project teams (from Physical Facilities) to work on a water system project in the basement of Stewart Center. To complete the work, the water to all of Stewart Center and the Hicks Library will be shut off; no occupants can be in either facility when there is no water to the restrooms.

Visit Purdue Libraries’ website for a comprehensive list of the libraries’ hours at www.lib.purdue.edu/hoursList.

Purdue University Libraries Medical Librarian and Assistant Professor Bethany McGowan

Purdue University Libraries Medical Librarian and Assistant Professor Bethany McGowan

Purdue University Libraries Assistant Professor and Medical Librarian Bethany McGowan has been tapped as a “Rock Star Librarian” by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). McGowan was featured, along with four other medical librarians, on the National Library of Medicine’s website Wednesday. You can read the article at infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2017/05/24/rock-star-medical-librarians-todays-headliners/.

Last month, McGowan was also featured in the VOLUMe, Purdue University Libraries’ bi-annual newsletter. Her contribution to the Spring 2017 issue is just below.


Information Literacy and Improved Health

by Bethany McGowan

At Purdue University Libraries, I am in the unique position to teach health-care providers the information literacy skills that lead to better-informed clinical decisions.

In my role as Health Sciences Information Specialist, I teach the information literacy competencies and evidence-based practices that health-care professionals need to recognize and use quality health information. One of my favorite things about my work is teaching students with a range of research experience, from undergraduates, who are just beginning to explore their interests in entry-level nutrition classes, to graduate nursing students, who are able to put what they have learned to use in clinical settings immediately.

Most of my teaching is focused on conveying the link between health information literacy and evidence-based practices. The Medical Library Association defines health information literacy as the “set of abilities needed to recognize a health information need; identify likely information sources and use those sources to retrieve relevant information; assess the quality of information and its applicability to a specific situation; and analyze, understand, and use information to make good health decisions.” Evidence-based practices complement health information literacy by supporting the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and current research evidence into the decision-making process for patient care.

Noteworthy projects I have been involved in include a collaboration with the Purdue Discovery Learning Research Center, in which we presented hackathon opportunities that encouraged participants to use open health data. I shared the experience in a recent publication, “Hackathon Planning and Participation Strategies for Non-Techie Librarians.”

I also attended the 2016 Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Immersion Teaching Track Program and served as a teaching assistant for the Spring 2017 cohort of IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) Faculty Fellows. Both opportunities are helping me transform my teaching approach. In addition to instructional design principles, I am exploring how information and data visualizations, such as maps, can be used to convey complicated health information.

Finally, I am interested in encouraging health equity by accommodating for learner diversity. In the Fall of 2016, I attended the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Congress in Columbus as a Congress Fellow. This experience encouraged me to consider the global implications of my work, and I subsequently joined the American Library Association International Relations Committee. My future research will focus on exploring how empowering women and adolescent participation in open technology and culture can improve health information literacy, health literacy, and health outcomes.

Stewart Center, Hicks Library Closed for Repairs June 3, 4Stewart Center, including the Humanities, Social Science & Education (HSSE) Library (located in Stewart Center), and the Hicks Undergraduate Library will be closed Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4, with no public or Purdue University student or personnel access to either of the facilities. (This means there will be no PUID swipe-card access to Hicks Undergraduate Library on June 3 or 4.)

The closure of both facilities is to enable in-house project teams (from Physical Facilities) to work on a water system project in the basement of Stewart Center. To complete the work, the water to all of Stewart Center and the Hicks Library will be shut off; no occupants can be in either facility when there is no water to the restrooms.

Visit www.lib.purdue.edu/hoursList for more information about hours at Purdue University Libraries.

The academic year has ended and summer is upon us.  For our final From the Archives post until fall, we present a campus photo that fully embodies summer.  Do you remember where on campus you could find this scene?  What’s there now?

UPDATE:

This outdoor swimming pool was part of the Recreational Gymnasium, which was completed in 1957 and later renamed the Recreational Sports Center. The pool’s site west of the center now is occupied by the Morgan J. Burke Boilermaker Aquatic Center, which was completed in 2001 and adjoins the Co-Rec. The Co-Rec underwent a major renovation and expansion approved in 2008, and it was rededicated in 2012 as the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center.

Recreational Sports Center, circa 1960s

The pool photograph was taken on August 27, 1980, just as these students had arrived on campus for the academic year. Beyond the pool at right is the Purdue fire station, and across Third Street are Meredith and Shreve Residence Halls. Both are visible in the background of the full photo.

When the anniversary of this photo rolls around in three months, we’ll be back with more From the Archives.

Purdue University Libraries faculty and staff have been proud to host the “Big Ten Academic Alliance Collective Collection: Leveraging a Legacy to Shape Our Shared Future” conference this week at Purdue University. Below are tweets and images from the #BTAALib17, which began Tuesday morning at Purdue.

Highlights also include tweets and photos from the Tuesday evening reception in Purdue University’s new Wilmeth Active Learning Center. Conference attendees were among the first groups outside of Purdue to tour the new building.

Purdue Libraries Dean Jim Mullins Opening #BTAALib17

Purdue Libraries Dean Jim Mullins Opening #BTAALib17

Lorcan Dempsey

Lorcan Dempsey

Assistant Director for Research / South Asian Studies Liaison Librarian Mary Rader, University of Texas Libraries, presenting, "Cooperative Collection Development & South Asian Studies."

Assistant Director for Research / South Asian Studies Liaison Librarian Mary Rader, University of Texas Libraries, presenting, “Cooperative Collection Development & South Asian Studies.”

 

Frank Dooley, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Purdue University

Frank Dooley, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Purdue University

 

#BTAALib17

#BTAALib17

Transformation Tuesday

Tuesday evening conference attendees were treated to a sneak peek inside the Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center, which houses the Library of Engineering and Science, 27 classrooms designed for active learning (which will stay open after class hours to provide study space), data visualization and 3D printing resources, the Hiler Theater, group study rooms, computer work stations, 24/7 access (with Purdue University ID)… a few of the new building’s features.

The WALC, constructed on the former site of the Purdue Power Plant, which was used as a hands-on teaching facility for Purdue Engineering faculty and students, “represents the transformation of teaching and learning at Purdue.” The building features archival photographs of scenes from inside the former Power Plant. An audio tour (that can be experienced via an app on a mobile phone or through a website), which describes the murals and the artifacts showcased in the WALC, is an active learning resource that will be available when the building opens Aug. 7.

Active Learning in Purdue Power Plant, c. 1934

One of the murals in Purdue University’s new Wilmeth Active Learning Center. “Active Learning in Purdue Power Plant.”

 

The 2013 article, “Full Steam Ahead,” in “Leadership” (“The Magazine of the Purdue President’s Council), demonstrates a vision for the place the Wilmeth Active Learning Center will hold in Purdue University’s history.

“Where once a smokestack stood — an iconic symbol of another era — soon a new a structure destined to be equally representative of its historical moment will rise on Purdue’s campus horizon: the [Wilmeth] Active Learning Center.”

The article also describes Libraries Dean Jim Mullins’ vision for the facility:

“The dean was an early and persistent champion of the concept of a new centrally located ‘learning commons’ — integrated with library facilities and services — that will further reinforce Purdue’s national leadership as an innovator in emerging trends in active learning and collaborative study needs. Research shows that library facilities remain the top destination to study for undergraduates at Purdue, Mullins says. And because information literacy is embedded in the new core curriculum, Libraries faculty play a greater role in instructing students how to locate, evaluate and judge information’s accuracy and value.”

Below are more tweets and photos of the #BTAALib17 attendees’ visit to the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Mystery items from the former Purdue Power Plant. The view from where these items are located in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center overlooks the Grand Reading Room (and the Tuesday night reception hosted in the room during #BTAALib17).

Mystery items from the former Purdue Power Plant. The view from where these items are located in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center overlooks the Grand Reading Room (and the Tuesday night reception hosted in the room during #BTAALib17).

 

Purdue Libraries Dean Jim Mullins leads one of the tours of Purdue University’s new Wilmeth Active Learning Center during the “Big Ten Academic Alliance Collective Collection: Leveraging a Legacy to Shape Our Shared Future” conference.

Purdue Libraries Dean Jim Mullins leads one of the tours of Purdue University’s new Wilmeth Active Learning Center during the “Big Ten Academic Alliance Collective Collection: Leveraging a Legacy to Shape Our Shared Future” conference.

 

Sebastian Kenny (or "Kenny" as he likes to be called), a student ambassador in Purdue University Libraries, leads a tour of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center during the “Big Ten Academic Alliance Collective Collection: Leveraging a Legacy to Shape Our Shared Future” conference. Kenny and conference attendees are passing by an aerial photograph of the campus from 1934, when both Thomas and Harvey Wilmeth were students at Purdue. (Read more about the Wilmeths at http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q2/purdue-active-learning-center-named-for-engineering-alumni-wilmeth-brothers.html.) The photograph evokes Purdue’s Land Grant Roots and shows the location of old Power Plant (now where the WALC stands). In its day, the state-of-the-art Power Plant was a point of pride for Purdue and became a symbol for the land grant institution.

Sebastian Kenny (or “Kenny” as he likes to be called), a student ambassador in Purdue University Libraries, leads a May 16 tour of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center during the “Big Ten Academic Alliance Collective Collection: Leveraging a Legacy to Shape Our Shared Future” conference. Kenny and conference attendees are passing by an aerial photograph of the campus from 1934, when both Thomas and Harvey Wilmeth were students at Purdue. (Read more about the Wilmeths at www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q2/purdue-active-learning-center-named-for-engineering-alumni-wilmeth-brothers.html.) The photograph evokes Purdue’s Land Grant Roots and shows the location of old Power Plant (now where the WALC stands). In its day, the state-of-the-art Power Plant was a point of pride for Purdue and became a symbol for the land grant institution.

 

Attendees of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Collective Collection: Leveraging a Legacy to Shape Our Shared Future” conference enjoying a reception in the Grand Reading Room of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Attendees of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Collective Collection: Leveraging a Legacy to Shape Our Shared Future” conference enjoying a reception in the Grand Reading Room of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

First book shelved in the Library of Engineering and Science in the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

First book shelved in the Library of Engineering and Science in the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Purdue University Libraries Associate Professor and Head of the Health & Life Sciences Division Vicki Killion placed the first book on a shelf in the Library of Engineering and Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center Monday (May 15) morning.

Purdue University Libraries’ personnel from facilities and faculty and staff from the former separate Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences; Life Sciences; Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences; Physics; and Engineering libraries are working this week to merge the materials into the consolidated library in the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

The new building opens to the public Aug. 7.

More information about about the newly consolidated library and new building is available at blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/2017/04/27/walc-move-faqs/.

Below are some photos of the first books moved into the Library of Engineering and Science, as well as a few photos of the inside of the building.

 


Vicki Killion, associate professor in Purdue University Libraries, places the first book on the shelf in the new Library of Engineering and Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center at Purdue University.

Vicki Killion, associate professor and head of the Health & Life Sciences Division in Purdue University Libraries, places the first book on the shelf in the new Library of Engineering and Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center at Purdue University.

Dan Yeoman and Jacinda Laymon from Libraries Facilities move books into the new Library of Engineering and Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Dan Yeoman and Jacinda Laymon from Libraries Facilities move books into the new Library of Engineering and Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Victoria Thomas (left) and Sandy Galloway working to organize the books on the shelves in the new Library of Engineering & Science, Purdue University Libraries in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Victoria Thomas (left) and Sandy Galloway working to organize the books on the shelves in the new Library of Engineering & Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Ralph Mickey (left) and Monica Kirkwood in the new Library of Engineering & Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center. The first books were moved to the newly consolidated library Monday, May 15.

Ralph Mickey (left) and Monica Kirkwood in the new Library of Engineering & Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center. The first books were moved to the newly consolidated library Monday, May 15.

Purdue University students Lashta Saber and Adam Kunkel organizing the books in the new Library of Engineering & Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Purdue University students Lashta Saber and Adam Kunkel organizing the books in the new Library of Engineering & Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Liz Lukens, JJ Carroll, Adam Kunkel, Lashta Saber, and Victoria Thomas shelving books in the new Library of Engineering & Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Liz Lukens, JJ Carroll, Adam Kunkel, Lashta Saber, and Victoria Thomas shelving books in the new Library of Engineering & Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Sandy Galloway (center, front), Robin Meher, and Lil Conarroe shelving books in the new Library of Engineering & Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Sandy Galloway (center, front), Robin Meher, and Lil Conarroe shelving books in the new Library of Engineering & Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Library of Engineering and Science Information Desk in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Library of Engineering and Science Information Desk in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

This mural shows the interior of the boiler house (in the former Power Plant) with students learning alongside of workers under the guidance of faculty. This was, perhaps, an early version of active learning that is continued with the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

This mural shows the interior of the boiler house (in the former Power Plant) with students learning alongside of workers under the guidance of faculty. This was, perhaps, an early version of active learning that is continued with the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

View from the Library of Engineering and Science's information desk in the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

View from the Library of Engineering and Science’s information desk in the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center. Computer workstations are being installed during the summer of 2017. The building will open to the public Monday, Aug. 7.

The atrium inside the Wilmeth Active Learning Center (first floor)

The atrium inside the Wilmeth Active Learning Center (first floor).

The Reading Room in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

View from inside the Reading Room in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

View of the Purdue University Bell Tower from one of the large windows inside the Wilmeth Active Learning Center's Reading Room.

View of the Purdue University Bell Tower from one of the large windows inside the Wilmeth Active Learning Center’s Reading Room.

Pedestrians are encouraged to use caution in the area and obey all posted signs and construction fencing.

Pedestrians are encouraged to use caution in the area and obey all posted signs and construction fencing.

A May 11 post from the Purdue Physical Facilities Communications alerts pedestrians to the construction projects near the Bell Tower. Various sidewalks and walkways around the Bell Tower, Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Brown Laboratory of Chemistry, Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry, and Stanley Coulter Hall remain closed for ongoing work in the area.

Nearby construction impacts can be viewed in a “Sidewalk closures by POTR, ME, and EE facilities continue.”

Follow Physical Facilities’ news feed at www.purdue.edu/physicalfacilities/index.html.

Questions may be directed to Rustin Meister, senior project manager, at (765) 496-9477 or rrmeister@purdue.edu.

Graduation is almost upon us, so what better time to look back at other graduations in Purdue’s past?  Here you can see Purdue students proceeding to their graduation ceremony, but can you tell where and when this photo was taken?  What clues led you to your answers?  Share your ideas in the comments and check back on Thursday for the reveal!

UPDATE:

On Tuesday, June 11, 1929, Purdue’s graduating class lined up on Memorial Mall and marched as a group to Memorial Gymnasium for a 9:00 AM ceremony.  This photo, taken from the second story of Memorial Gym, shows their approach across the railroad tracks that led to the Power Plant in the center of campus.  The former Purdue Hall is visible in the background.  Family and friends gathered along the path to cheer on the soon-to-be graduates and the Purdue Military Band provided musical accompaniment for the ceremony.  More than 600 students received their degrees that day.

The inside of Memorial Gym, set up for the 1929 graduation ceremony.

This was a tough one!  Congratulations to all who participated!

Today (Friday, May 5), the Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS); Life Sciences; Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences; and Physics libraries will close at 5 p.m; the Engineering Library will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. The libraries are moving to the newly consolidated Library of Engineering and Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, which will open Monday, Aug. 7.

More information is available at blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/2017/04/27/walc-move-faqs/.

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

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” — John F. Kennedy

 

Today and this weekend will be one that is bittersweet for many on the Purdue University campus–and especially so for many in Purdue University Libraries.

Many students are wrapping up their final exams and will soon head home for the summer, leaving their college lives behind for a time. Those who are graduating next week are preparing for commencement and are likely looking toward their new lives in the work world or in advanced degree programs.

And, here in Purdue Libraries, today and tomorrow, we are closing the buildings of six of our libraries–to start the process of the move to the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center (photo above).

The newly consolidated Library of Engineering and Science, along with the many active learning resources available in the Wilmeth Center, will officially open to the public Monday, August 7.

Information about the individual libraries that are closing, as well as for Purdue Libraries’ users, is just below.


Today (Friday, May 5), the Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS); Life Sciences; Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences; and Physics libraries will close at 5 p.m; the Engineering Library will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

The libraries that will remain open during the move to the Wilmeth Active Learning Center include:

  • Archives and Special Collections
  • Aviation Technology Library
  • Black Cultural Center
  • Hicks Undergraduate Library
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education (HSSE) Library
  • Mathematical Sciences Library
  • Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics
  • Veterinary Medical Library

From May 7-June 11, Purdue Libraries’ users who need materials from the closed libraries can search for and retrieve materials by using the secure Interlibrary (ILL) System or UBorrow. An active Purdue Career ID is required for login. You will be notified when the material you requested is ready for pick up at the ILL Office in the Humanities, Social Science, and Education (HSSE) Library or is ready for download. For currently employed West Lafayette faculty, staff, and visiting scholars, we deliver the research material you need to your desktop or office quickly and efficiently.

From June 12 through the opening of the WALC (August 7), users will be able to submit requests for the materials located in the closed locations and pick up their materials from an open library of their choosing. After the WALC opens, materials in the closed libraries can still be requested in the Libraries catalog and will be delivered to an open library of their choosing. Office and desktop delivery for currently employed West Lafayette faculty, staff, and visiting scholars will continue.


Here’s to the future, Purdue!

— Teresa Koltzenburg, Director of Strategic Communication