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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

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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

Purdue University on Friday (Nov. 21) recognized Carol Armstrong for the gift of papers valued at more than $3.4 million from her late husband, Neil A. Armstrong, a 1955 Purdue graduate and the first person to step on the moon.

Carol Armstrong, along with alumnus astronaut Gene A. Cernan, the most recent person to walk on the moon, attended a private event honoring the gifts at the Purdue Libraries’ Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center.

“Neil Armstrong epitomized in a very literal sense just how far an education could take a person. He came to Purdue with natural talent and a dream, and through hard work and a strong code of personal value, became an American icon,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “Only a few achieve such status. But he is an example to all young people to dare to dream.

“We’re truly grateful that his wife, Carol, chose to further honor his legacy and Purdue with these gifts. And it is fitting that Gene Cernan, another example of a Purdue Boilermaker who imagined the possibilities, is here to share in this special occasion. Neil and Gene are forever linked as Purdue alumni and the first and – for now – last people to walk on the moon.”

Neil Armstrong, a 1955 Purdue graduate, began donating personal papers to the Purdue Libraries’ Division of Archives and Special Collections in 2008 after carefully considering repository options, said Sammie Morris, head of the Archives and Special Collections Division and associate professor.

“Neil carefully interviewed us to be sure the papers would not sit in storage, but rather be made available for scholarly research and access to students,” Morris said.

While Armstrong donated a portion of his artifacts and papers before his death in 2012, Carol has since given the bulk to Purdue Libraries per his wishes. The papers span Armstrong’s lifetime and have undergone archival processing. The collection is now part of the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives and is open for scholarly research.

In celebration, the Division of Archives and Special Collections has mounted the exhibit “Steps to the Moon: Selections from the Neil A. Armstrong Papers and the Eugene C. Cernan Papers.” The exhibit in the Karnes Research Center, which is on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library in Stewart Center, will be on display through Feb. 27.

Open house events featuring the exhibit for parents and children are scheduled for Dec. 6 and Jan. 17 from 1-3:30 p.m. both days. Visitors will be able to tour the exhibit and participate in a space facts scavenger hunt. Parking in the Grant Street and Marstellar Street parking garages is free on Saturday. For information, contact Tracy Grimm, archivist for the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives, at grimm3@purdue.edu.

Armstrong’s papers include items from grade school, his participation in the Boy Scouts of America, his college years and NASA career. Documents from his work on various commissions and boards, as well as hundreds of speaking engagements, also are included.

The papers include approximately 70,000 pages of fan mail, the bulk of which Armstrong received in the months and years following the moon landing, Grimm said.

“Expressions of awe and the global reaction to the first human to walk on the moon are vividly represented in the fan mail, which often included personal photographs, drawings, poems and musical compositions in addition to notes of congratulations and gratitude,” she said.

The papers also include Armstrong’s extensive subject files, photographs, prepared speeches, awards, news clippings, and commemorative artwork and memorabilia. The materials span his test pilot work at Edwards Air Force Base through his Apollo 11 command and his final NASA assignment as deputy administrator of aeronautics.

“They highlight his contributions as an engineer to the developing U.S. space program,” Grimm said. “Much like the Eugene Cernan papers and those we hold of other astronauts and engineers, the papers reflect the unique perspective of an individual who played one of many key roles in the space program during an exceptional period in its history.”

The Hilton Flight Archives also holds the George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers and the Eugene A. Cernan Papers, as well as those of other aviators, engineers and astronauts. The Hilton Flight Archives was established in 2011 with a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to endow an archivist for flight and space with particular attention to the Neil Armstrong and the Eugene Cernan papers. Cernan, a 1956 Purdue graduate, served as pilot for the 1966 Gemini 9 spacecraft, lunar module pilot for Apollo 10 and commander for Apollo 17.

“The support and generosity of Neil and Carol Armstrong and Eugene Cernan were key to the establishment of the endowment for the Flight and Space Archives and to the ongoing growth of the Flight Archives,” said Purdue Libraries Dean James L. Mullins. “Engineers, former test pilots and astronauts, and administrators have placed their papers in the Hilton Flight Archives in no small part because Neil and Gene have done so. We’ve been entrusted also because of the tremendous support for the established endowment and the high priority the university places on the preservation of these unique records of human achievement.”

Source: Purdue University

Purdue News – Purdue to be featured as part of C-SPAN%25E2%2580%2599s 2014 Cities Tour.

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:  SimplyMap from Geographic Research, Inc.

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

Description/focus: SimplyMap provides demographic, business, and marketing data.

Start with this hint:  Our subscription to SimplyMap has a limited number of users so try again later if you cannot connect.  SimplyMap works best with the creation of a personal workspace, but you can login as a guest to just try it.  Once you are in SimplyMap, select a geographical location on the left and click Use This Location. Next click on the Variables tab where you can browse characteristics such as population by age, race, or income. Once you have selected your variables click the “x” to close the tab and draw the map.

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

Why you should know this database: SimplyMap is the tool to use to compare variables, rank locations, create a demographic analysis, or compare data for a location.

How this will help students: SimplyMap online workspaces can be shared.  This database can be used for any class that requires a business plan or forecasting.

Cost: $12,186 paid annually by the Libraries, with a limited number of seats. If both “seats” are taken, try again later.

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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 parrlib@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:  Hospitality & Tourism Complete, from EBSCOhost.

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

Description/focus: Hospitality & Tourism Complete covers scholarly research and industry news, extending back to 1965 in some areas.

Start with this hint: Hospitality & Tourism Complete has the basic and advanced search features that are standard in other databases.  Enter a word or short phrase that describes your subject and then narrow your displayed results. The limiting tools on the left are helpful. You can change the publication date, or select different source types. You can also do an Advanced Search for additional options. If the full text of an article is not available, try the icon Find It @ Purdue Libraries which could lead to the full text in another database.

Click here to see the basics of searching Hospitality & Tourism Complete or try our Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database:  Hospitality & Tourism Complete is directed towards those in the hospitality field, but the included research of subjects such as entrepreneurship or international businesses may apply to other areas. For example, the Datamonitor Country Reports include analysis of the political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental structure of the subject country.

How this will help students:  Searching Hospitality & Tourism Complete is simple and gives students full text results they can access immediately.

Cost: No cost to Purdue University Libraries. Hospitality & Tourism Complete is an Inspire database provided by the state of Indiana.

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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 parrlib@purdue.edu.