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Purdue University Libraries has been chosen for a top honor in the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Excellence in Libraries Award. The ACRL on Tuesday (Jan. 27) announced Purdue Libraries’ honor in the university category based on its numerous initiatives:http://bit.ly/1DexiNR

Provost Deba Dutta and Dean of Libraries Jim Mullins presented the “Leadership in Open Access Award” to Purdue’s Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Health and Human Sciences, led by Professor Christopher Agnew, Department Head of Psychological Sciences.

The award was given in recognition of the department’s leadership in depositing all scholarly communication and publications into Purdue e-Pubs, helping to advance the impact of scholarship and research globally.

“In the tradition of the land-grant university, Dr. Agnew has embraced open access and made available to the world the important research and publications of the Department of Psychological Sciences,” said Provost Deba Dutta.

“Purdue e-Pubs is a very useful mechanism for disseminating our research findings far and wide, beyond only academic outlets,” said Department Head Dr. Christopher Agnew. “Purdue e-Pubs provides a valuable, user-friendly forum for both researchers and consumers of research.  Researchers in my department saw the benefits of Purdue e-Pubs as an easy-to-use open access repository for increasing the access and exposure of their work.”

Open Access week, held October 20-24, 2014 this past year, is an international event bringing awareness to open access. Purdue Libraries celebrates and encourages authors (particularly academic faculty) to participate as they can.

Purdue e-Pubs, one of three institutional repositories as part of Purdue University Libraries, provides free global online access to Purdue-affiliated articles, reports, conference proceedings, student scholarship, and more. Purdue e-Pubs also provides online publishing support for original publications.

Measuring and reporting impact is an important part of the Purdue e-Pubs service model. As well as having all content indexed in Google Scholar, Purdue e-Pubs uses Google Analytics to gather qualitative information. The repository also issues automatic monthly download notifications to authors, allowing authors the opportunity to demonstrate the reach of their scholarship, not only to academic colleagues and administrators, but to taxpayers, policymakers and media outlets.

To date, every college on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus has a presence in the repository.  Purdue e-Pubs continues to be a central place on campus advancing the impact of scholarship at the global, national and local level. Purdue University Libraries began providing the Purdue e-Pubs service to the campus community in 2006 as a means to share research and scholarship in a stable, open, and citable format.

As the repository continues to garner more downloads and objects, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to consider adding their research and scholarship. For more information about Purdue e-Pubs and adding previously published items, contact Dave Scherer, scholarly repository specialist, Purdue University Libraries, at 49-48511 or dscherer@purdue.edu.

 

Past “Leadership in Open Access” Award Winners:

2013 –  Leadership in Open Access Award, Dr. Mark S. Lundstrom, in recognition of Dr. Lundstrom’s leadership in creating NanoHUB;   Open Access Education Award, Dr. Linda S. Bergmann, Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

2012 –  Graduate Student Award in Open Access, Mel Chua of Engineering Education;  Leadership in Open Access Award, Professor Darcy Bullock, Joint Transportation Research Program

 

2011 –  Leadership in Open Access Award, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering;  Leadership in Open Access Award, Ian Bell, PhD., in recognition of broadening the reach of the Purdue’s Herrick Laboratories’ international conferences on compressor engineering, high performance buildings, and refrigeration and air conditioning

 

Writer: Shannon Walker, Purdue University Libraries, 765-496-9610, walker81@purdue.edu

 

 

 

 

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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:  BizMiner, from the Brandow Company.

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

Description/focus: BizMiner delivers industry analysis by tracking 18 million US businesses in 16,000 industry segments.

Start with this hint: From the BizMiner homepage, click on Industry Search. Here you have options to do a keyword search or to drill down through industry categories and subcategories. Once you choose the industry, you can further narrow your search to a state or metro area.

Click here to see the basics of searching BizMiner or try our Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database: BizMiner Industry Market reports include industry population by year, market volume, employment class trends, and other statistics. Industry Financial Reports include Income-Expense, balance sheet, and financial ratios.

How this will help students: Each report in BizMiner includes explanations of terms, providing students a ready reference tool to help them understand the data and why the information is important.

Cost: For annual subscription information, contact Mary Dugan.

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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.

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: OECD iLibrary, from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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

Description/focus: OECD iLibrary offers statistics, full text books, and reports from the OECD, whose focus is the world economy.

Start with this hint: The OECD iLibrary opening page has a menu bar to browse by theme, country, catalogue, and statistics. The basic search box finds your term in several fields, and then you can limit the results to books, papers, statistics, etc. If your subject is a phrase, be sure to use quotation marks: water policies will give different results from “water policies.”  The default for the Advanced Search is to look for your term in all fields, so limit to Title and Abstract to get a manageable number of hits.

Click here to see the basics of searching OECD iLibrary or try our Guide on the Side with this link.

 

Why you should know this database: The statistical databases in OECD iLibrary cover national accounts, economic indicators, trade, employment, migration, education, energy, health, development and innovation in both member and non-member countries.

 

How this will help students: Students searching for an international research topic can browse the OECD iLibrary Theme or Country menus for issues in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.  The organization covers economic and social trends, from the labor force in persistently poor areas to the innovation and growth of the Internet economy.

 

Cost: $12,749.00 paid by the Libraries annually.

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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, Ind. –Purdue University Libraries and the Joint Transportation Research Program achieved a major milestone on Dec.7 with over 1 million downloads of technical reports within the Libraries’ Purdue e-Pubs, the university’s worldwide online open access Institutional document repository.

JTRP technical reports are from research projects conducted through collaboration with the Indiana Department of Transportation, higher education institutions, and industry. The program adopted an electronic publication process in 2011. Bepress, a third-party vendor, provides the digital platform that supports all Purdue Press and Libraries serial publications as well as Purdue e-Pubs. Before the repository was established, reports were printed and then shelved without easy access or impact.

The impact of this electronic migration has been nothing short of amazing,” said Darcy Bullock, JTRP director. “This has been an incredibly valuable tool for communicating to our sponsors the impact their funded research is having.” Just this past fall, both the Ohio DOT and Illinois DOT asked JTRP and Purdue Libraries to host a campus visit to learn about our unique partnership.

The 1-millionth download was “Cost- and Energy-Efficient (LED, Induction and Plasma) Roadway Lighting,” written by Shuo Li and Aaron Thompson of INDOT, and Purdue Professor Yi Jian, with graduate students Bowen Guan and Guangyuan Zhao. This report was published on Purdue e-Pubs in 2013 and has 248 total downloads to date. Kicking off the next million downloads was “Simplified Load Distribution Factor for Use in LRFD Design,” by Purdue professors Elisa Sotelino and Judy Liu, with graduate students Wonseok Chung and Kitjapat Phuvoravan. This report was published in 2006 and has 11,744 total downloads to date. Currently, more than 1,500 technical reports dating back to the 1950s reside in the JTRP Technical Report Repository on Purdue e-Pubs. These reports average over 1,000 downloads per day.

In addition to providing free electronic access, hard copies of recent technical reports can be purchased through the Purdue e-Pubs site. Some publications, such as the Indiana Mobility Reports, are also available on Amazon. New for 2014, JTRP technical reports are available as free e-books for download onto personal e-readers.

In 2012, acting President Timothy Sands recognized JTRP’s open access initiative by presenting Darcy Bullock with the 2012 Faculty Award for Leadership in Open Access. This award was given in recognition of his commitment to broadening the reach of scholarship by making publicly funded research freely accessible online in collaboration with Purdue Libraries. During the same year, one of the JTRP reports written by professor emeritus Sidney Diamond was recognized as the 3-millionth download from Purdue e-Pubs as a whole. Other notable JTRP alumni with technical reports in the Purdue e-Pubs collection include Delon Hampton and Essam Abdel-Aziz Sharaf, former prime minister of Egypt.

 

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

Darcy Bullock, 765-494-2226, darcy@purdue.edu

 

Video:   Celebrating JTRP Technical Reports 1 Million Downloads

GIS Day Celebration at Purdue University
By Nicole Kong
 

The 7th GIS Day celebration hosted by Purdue University Libraries was held on November 6th and 7th. It was a wonderful event to connect the GIS community on campus and beyond. During both days of celebration, the community got to know more GIS resources both on campus and across Indiana, connected students with GIS professionals, expanded GIS into more disciplines, and brought geospatial interests to high school students.

Working with Steven Smith at Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, the High School GIS Day program, attracted 60 high school students to visit Purdue and learn spatial thinking skills. Age-appropriate activities were designed to bring the excitements to students. Students had the opportunities to interact with Tom Brenneman, GeoMentor from the most famous GIS software company – ESRI, about how GIS is applied in the real world application. Many thanks to the fabulous volunteer team from the libraries and GIS students on campus for their wonderful job in helping out the event! They have guided the high school student groups around Discovery Park for a service-learning project, which leads to a Discovery Park Visitor Tour Map available here: http://maps.lib.purdue.edu/gisday2014/.

On November 7th, over a hundred people from various departments across the university attended College GIS Day program. Guest speakers from Indiana State Government, Indiana Geographic Information Council, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Polis Center at IUPUI, Indiana State University, private sectors, and different departments at Purdue delivered informative and interesting presentations and interacted with students. In particular, the Indiana Geographic Information Officer, Jim Spark, shared state-wide GIS resources that could be used for higher education. The executive director of Polis Center at IUPUI and book author of Spatial Humanities, David Bodernhamer, talked about the expansion and potential of geospatial technologies in humanities. In addition, the Career Lunch talk invited nine panel presenters to interact with students about GIS career opportunities, where students got suggestions on how to prepare for their career from the employers point of view. All the talks on GIS Day will be available from Purdue e-pub shortly.

The success of GIS Day event is made by the great team work. Thank Dean Mullins at the libraries for bringing in sponsors across the campus, which made the event possible! Purdue GIS Day is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, College of Liberal Arts, College of Agriculture, College of Science, College of Education, College of Technology, the Graduate School and Purdue University Libraries. Thank the GIS Day planning committee, Larry Theller (ABE), Larry Biehl (ITAP), Steven Smith (EAPS), Ann Bessenbacher (DLRC), Nicholas Rauh (Classics), Jarrod Doucette (FNR), Jonathan Pettit (CRCS), Sara Weist (Political Science), Shannon Walker (Libraries), Becky Bunch (Libraries), Michael Fosmire (Libraries), for their time and continuous support! Thank many many others in the GIS community for every help they have offered! For more GIS resources at Purdue, please visit the website: https://www.lib.purdue.edu/gis, or contact geohelp@purdue.edu.

 

Purdue University Libraries will offer study break activities for students in Hicks Undergraduate Library during prep and finals week to help Purdue students alleviate stress. All of these events are free and light refreshments will be served.

Activities that will be offered are:

Therapy Dogs and Cats
Caring Paws volunteers will bring dog and cat teams to help students de-stress.
Thursday, December 11
6 p.m.
Hicks Common Area

Massage Therapy
Massage therapists from Purdue’s Division of Recreational Sports will be stopping by the library to offer student quick chair massages.
Monday, December 15
6 p.m.
Hicks Common Area

Therapy Dogs and Cats
Caring Paws volunteers will return with their dog and cat teams to help students de-stress.
Tuesday, December 16
6 p.m.
Hicks Common Area

Therapy Dogs
Therapy Dogs International will bring several dog teams for additional stress-relief for students.
Wednesday, December 17
6 p.m.
Hicks Common Area

In addition to these events, the Hicks Undergraduate Library will have board games/cards available for checkout and art relaxation stations located around the library.

If there are any questions regarding these events, please contact Danielle Schiewer (dschiewe@purdue.edu or 49-46733) or Ann O’Donnell (atodonne@purdue.edu or 49-61498).

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Items representing Purdue University’s contributions to flight and space history were to fly onboard this week’s first test of Orion from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex. Purdue is the alma mater of 23 NASA astronauts.

The Orion flight test, a two-orbit, four-hour flight that will test many of the systems most critical to safety, was scheduled for Thursday (Dec. 4). Due to weather and other complications, the launch has been tentatively rescheduled for Friday (Dec 5) morning. The test will evaluate launch and high-speed re-entry systems such as avionics, attitude control, parachutes and the heat shield.

As part of the flight, Purdue University Libraries’ Division of Archives and Special Collections provided a group photograph taken at the university’s 1999 Purdue astronaut reunion. Also included is a photograph of Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, the first and last men to walk on the moon, raising the American flag acknowledging a cheering crowd at Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium in 2007.

Lastly, two Purdue pennants are on board. These items represent Purdue’s contributions to the U.S. space program – by not only its astronauts but also by the generations of engineers and scientists who have graduated from Purdue and gone on to work for NASA and in the aerospace industry.

“Purdue has long had a prominent presence in the U.S. space program, and it’s gratifying that our university is part of this historic occasion,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.

In the future, Orion will launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System. More powerful than any rocket ever built, SLS will be capable of sending humans to deep space destinations such as an asteroid and eventually Mars. Exploration Mission-1 will be the first mission to integrate Orion and the Space Launch System.

Contact: Sammie Morris, head of the Archives and Special Collections Division and associate professor, 765 494-2905, morris18@purdue.edu

PHOTO 1

This photo of Purdue  alumni astronauts Neil A. Armstrong (left) and Gene A. Cernan, will be aboard the Orion space vehicle. The photo is from a 2007 football game in Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium. (Purdue University photo)

A publication-quality photo is available at https://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/2014/cernan-orion.jpg

PHOTO 2

The Orion test flight will carry this photo of Purdue alumni astronauts into space. The photo was taken during their reunion on Purdue’s campus in 1999. (Purdue University photo)

A publication-quality photo is available at https://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/2014/group-orion.jpg

The 2014 “Why I Love Purdue Libraries” video contest recently ended. This year, as with last year, there was another fantastic group of student videos submitted.

Our Undergraduate Student Libraries Advisory Council (USLAC) recently reviewed the video finalists and selected the winners. Libraries Dean Jim Mullins met with the winners and presented them with their award certificates. Contest finalists’ awards have been distributed through Purdue University Financial Aid Division.

Links to the winning videos are:

First Place: Zacharie David Riddle, sophomore, Exploratory Studies.http://youtu.be/3rM8XYbwEoE

Second Place: Tre’ Bennett, sophomore, CGT.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lufll8TI_s&feature=youtu.be

Third Place: Andrew Fan, junior, Mechanical Engineering and Kristy Lau, professional 2nd Year, Pharmacy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QKdOlRnMV4&feature=youtu.be

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Approaching One Million Downloads for Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) Technical Reports: Purdue University Libraries/Purdue e-Pubs looks forward to celebrating this milestone with JTRP and partners and hope to name the millionth soon. Stay tuned!http://lnkd.in/e7ZBNPd