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Description: Purdue University Libraries is conducting user evaluation for the library website (www.lib.purdue.edu). In the evaluation participants will be asked to complete a set of testing tasks with the website and provide feedback. The evaluation is expected to take up to 1 hour of time. Participants will receive $10 if they complete the evaluation.

Requirements: 1) currently enrolled students, staff or faculty at Purdue University, and 2) experience of using Purdue University Libraries website or other academic search websites.

Contact: Please contact Tao Zhang at zhan1022@purdue.edu to schedule an evaluation time.

Indiana’s first female firefighter retired on Tuesday with a crowd of friends and coworkers surrounding her as she gave her final speech.

Diana Hardy left behind 36 years of firefighting – 32 of them with Purdue – on Tuesday afternoon.  Hardy paved the way for women in a traditionally male-dominated profession as the first female firefighter in Indiana.  Her retirement also marks the loss of Purdue Fire Department’s longest-serving member.

In honor of Hardy’s service, Sen. Ron Alting and Rep. Sheila Klinker presented her with Indiana’s Sagamore of the Wabash award.

“This is the highest honor we can get in the State of Indiana,” Alting said during the presentation.  “People like Neil Armstrong, a Boilermaker, was presented this award.  Being a Boilermaker myself, (Hardy is) representing our great University and more importantly, this is history today.”

Accolades aside, Hardy said her biggest reward isn’t the praise or recognition itself, but the example she is leaving behind for girls and other women.  The Logansport, Ind. Native will be donating her uniform to Purdue Libraries to be put on display with items from other influential women, including pilot Amelia Earhart.

“It’s a women’s history project.  They’ve wanted to do that for a while now, but I’ve kind of held them off for a little bit because I felt like it was something I wanted to do after retirement,” Hardy said.  “I really wanted to wait until all was said and done, and then kind of share the whole experience.  It’s pretty cool to know that I’m going to be in a display and somewhere, sometime, some little girl is going to see that and it may change her life.”

Hardy described her retirement as bittersweet; she said the department’s camaraderie, football and basketball games and tours with local children are what she will miss the most.

“It’s a career that you really have to be devoted to because it’s a lifetime career.  You’re always a firefighter,” Hardy said.  “I feel like I’m not really leaving the department, I’m just taking the uniform off.”

Purdue’s own Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics was ranked #11 on Business Research Guide’s (BRG) “30 Most Impressive University Business School Libraries”: http://www.businessresearchguide.com/30-most-impressive-university-business-school-libraries/?fb_action_ids=10202473850743564&fb_action_types=og.likes

The Engineering Administration Building or ENAD and the old power plant are being torn down this summer to make way for a new active learning center.

Daniels tells News 18 he hopes the center helps Purdue become a leader in modern higher education by providing a valuable and interactive campus experience. He said the active learning center is like a 21st century update to a library, by being technology-based, fully digital, with space for groups to meet both in the same room and around the globe.

“We’re very excited about this,” said Daniels. “We think it will be the first of its kind in the country. If we’ve guessed correctly, it will show the way to a new and improved way of teaching and learning.”

Daniels said he hopes to set up similar spaces in multiple campus buildings including residence halls. He hopes it helps justify the residential university experience.

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http://wlfi.com/2014/07/04/daniels-hopes-center-becomes-model-for-other-universities/

 

Active Learning Center increases truck traffic through campus

The demolition of the Engineering Administration Building (ENAD) and the retired Heating and Power Plant North (HPN) to allow for the construction of the new Active Learning Center will begin in June. As a result, there will be increased truck traffic to and from the project site. The maps below display the routes from June 23 through August 15, 2014 and from August 16, 2014 through the duration of the project.

The construction traffic routes will be clearly marked, but pedestrians and motorists should be cautious in the area and obey all posted signs.

Construction traffic from June 23 through August 15, 2014

The truck route for the ALC project prior to August 15, 2014


Construction traffic after August 15, 2014

Truck route for Active Learning Center after August 15

Questions may be directed to Rustin Meister, project manager, at (765) 496-9477.

Director, Purdue University Press & Head, Scholarly Publishing Services

Purdue University seeks a highly motivated and forward-thinking publishing professional to take Purdue University Press and Scholarly Publishing Services (PUP/SPS) to the next level. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries and an integral member of the Libraries’ senior leadership team, the successful candidate will be responsible for a publishing division that is gaining international recognition for its success in combining skills and infrastructure from both library and publishing contexts to better serve the needs of academic authors in a changing scholarly communication environment. The position is responsible not only for Purdue University Press but also for Scholarly Publishing Services, which includes Purdue e-Pubs, the University’s institutional repository. The relationship between PUP and SPS is articulated at http://lib.purdue.edu/publishing.

Purdue University Press (http://press.purdue.edu), founded in 1960, publishes 25-30 books a year as well as several journals, both subscription-based (e.g., Shofar) and Open Access (e.g., the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning). All books and journals published under the Press imprint are peer-reviewed, edited, and designed to the highest standards. The University Press operates on a business model that relies on earned revenue to cover direct program costs. Manuscripts published come from scholars based outside as well as inside Purdue University, and the Press is a proud and active member of the Association of American University Presses. Over recent years the Press has built on strong lists in traditional humanities and social sciences areas, such as European history and Jewish studies, to develop programs aligned with Purdue as a land-grant, STEM-focused institution. Promising lists are currently being developed in library science, science and engineering education, construction management and civil engineering, aviation and astronautics, and veterinary studies. There is also a strong regional studies program, focused on the history, culture, and natural history of Indiana.

Scholarly Publishing Services focuses on supporting the publication efforts of various centers and departments within the Purdue system. The primary publishing platform used is Purdue e-Pubs (http://docs.lib.purdue.edu) and the majority of products created are openly accessible to readers. These include technical reports, niche faculty journals, student publications, and conference proceedings. Open Access is made possible by the financial support of partners, foundations, and Purdue University Libraries. Purdue e-Pubs, built on Digital Commons, is also the University’s institutional repository and the successful candidate will be responsible for encouraging Open Access to materials published elsewhere by Purdue University faculty.  Through Purdue e-Pubs, users worldwide get free access to around 40,000 documents which are downloaded over 2.6 million times a year. Purdue is one of the founding members of the Library Publishing Coalition.

PUP/SPS operations are funded by a mixture of earned revenue and university support, in cash and in kind. This ensures financial stability while also facilitating the development of sustainable Open Access strategies. Collaborative relationships across Purdue ensure that there is substantial institutional support and PUP/SPS is situated at the center of the attractive, West Lafayette campus. The integration into the Libraries of the publishing function ensures that this position offers exciting opportunities to be a member of a group of information professionals who are redefining the ways in which scholarly information is managed, preserved, and disseminated. Purdue University Libraries is well-known as a leader in expanding the role of libraries in areas such as research data management, information literacy instruction, and re-conceptualizing options in scholarly communication and the use of library spaces.

Qualifications

Required:

  • A minimum of five years of progressively more responsible experience in publishing.
  • A bachelor’s degree, and preferably a post-graduate qualification in publishing, business, or a field related to the publishing program.
  • Experience in managing a budget, with preference to a publishing related budget, to ensure financial viability and long-term growth.
  • Project management expertise.
  • Experience in negotiating, preparing, and administering author and editor contracts, agency agreements for a suite of publishing services, and distribution relationships.
  • Demonstrable success in developing and implementing collaborative ventures and long-term relationships with partners with whom there is mutual benefit.
  • Experience in pursuing and selecting manuscripts to be assessed by the Editorial Board.
  • Knowledge necessary to expand and develop digital initiatives.
  • Understanding of production and sales and marketing roles.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in scholarly communications.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.

Preferred:

  • Experience of publishing in science, engineering, or related STEM fields.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the missions and functions of a large research library.
  • Record of successful grant management.

Application Process

To be considered for the position, applications must be made through Purdue University’s employment web site at: www.purdue.edu/hr/careers and reference position ID 11488. Please include a cover letter with your application outlining your qualifications for this position. Review of applications will begin June 13, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.  Nominations and/or questions can be directed to: Ferullo@purdue.edu. Resumés or CVs sent to this email address cannot be considered. Please put “PUP/SPS” in the title of all email correspondence. A background check is required for this position.

 

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

 

Engineering Information Specialist

Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor; tenure track.

Purdue University Libraries seeks an energetic, outgoing, and innovative individual to join a collaborative, dynamic team of information professionals who carry out a robust program of integrated information literacy, data services, scholarly communication, and collaborative research, and, as a Libraries faculty member, contribute to the research and scholarship in these areas

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Engineering Information Specialist, liaison to between two to four departments in the College of Engineering, provides instruction and collaborates on scholarly communication and data services initiatives; participates in interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects, including sponsored research, within the Libraries and the College of Engineering; actively engages in information literacy instruction and collaboration;  and provides leadership in the development of online learning content for the Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Technology (PSET) Division of the Purdue Libraries, with a focus on developing re-usable learning objects; designs, develops, and maintains a library of digital materials to support information literacy instruction in the online environment; develops and conducts assessments of the effectiveness of learning objects; assesses the potential of new instructional technologies for incorporation in the Libraries; makes connections between engineering and other disciplinary faculty and with units of the Libraries to enable greater research productivity, sustainable publication and dissemination of scholarship and data; participates in the development of informed learning activities in support of the University’s new core curriculum that requires both foundational and embedded information literacy outcomes for all undergraduates; and contributes to Libraries-wide initiatives and participates in faculty governance of the Libraries.  As a member of the Libraries faculty a research agenda must be articulated that explores questions within their area of specialization, resulting in a scholarly publication record required for promotion and tenure at Purdue University.

Requirements: MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or a PhD in a relevant discipline; evidence of a proactive, user-centered vision for services; strong interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively;  familiarity with current trends in instructional best practices and data curation services. Ability to adjust and accommodate changing demands within Libraries, the University and the field.  Commitment to engage in research and scholarship, and ability to achieve promotion and tenure.

Desired: Experience developing and implementing active learning techniques in a curricular setting; Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in online learning pedagogies; Experience using online learning tools and content management and production systems; Awareness of intellectual property issues with respect to online learning environments; For applicants with MLS degrees, a degree in science or engineering or experience in an engineering library is desired.

Environment:

The Purdue University Libraries system (http://www.lib.purdue.edu/) includes the divisions of Archives and Special Collections (ASC); Health and Life Sciences (HLS); Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business (HSSEB); and Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PSET). Other areas include Collections Management, Resource Sharing, Resource Services, Instruction and Digital Program Services, the Research Division/Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), and Scholarly Publishing Services.  The Purdue University Press and the University Copyright Office report to the dean of libraries, and the work of these units is integrated with and into the operations of the Libraries. The staff of 175 includes 70 faculty and professionals.

At Purdue, Libraries faculty are full members of the Purdue University faculty with professorial rank and tenure and therefore must achieve and meet the requirements for promotion including published scholarship.  Libraries faculty support the information literacy, e-science and data, and scholarly communication initiatives of the Libraries.  Libraries faculty are encouraged to engage in collaborative interdisciplinary research applying library and information science principles to sponsored research projects.  Libraries has embarked upon a comprehensive information literacy program, including the creation of the first endowed chair in information literacy in the country in 2008 and the expansion of collaborative endeavors with disciplinary faculty culminating in 2012 with a core campus curriculum that includes information literacy as a required core requirement.   Libraries faculty collaborate with disciplinary faculty to develop methodologies and repositories for discovering, accessing, and sharing of research publications and data. A reconceptualization of spaces is taking place throughout the Libraries.  Now in the planning stages, the Active Learning Center will bring together six of the science and engineering libraries into a facility that will seamlessly integrate learning and classroom spaces in a $79M facility at the center of the campus that will be completed Summer 2017.

Purdue Libraries is an active member of state, regional, national, and international associations and consortia, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), SPARC, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL).  Purdue Libraries is a founding member of HathiTrust, DataCite, Digital Preservation Network (DPN) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA).  Collaboration and partnerships are hallmarks of Purdue Libraries both on and off campus, including partnership with ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue) and the Purdue Office of Research to provide assistance with funder data requirements.

Purdue Libraries is a leader in the area of data curation, including development of the Data Curation Profiles which provide information professionals a means of investigating, uncovering, and capturing the data needs of faculty researchers. The Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), a Libraries initiative, provides an online, collaborative working space and data-sharing platform to support the data management needs of Purdue researchers and their collaborators.  Since 2005, Purdue Libraries has collaborated in interdisciplinary sponsored research on campus with over 100 faculty, as well as off campus with other libraries and institutions.  Libraries is in its 10th year of a partnership with the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce to provide ARL Diversity Scholars with a behind-the-scenes look at the advanced operations of research libraries.

Purdue University (http://www.purdue.edu/), located in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the historic Wabash River valley, is one hour from Indianapolis and two hours from Chicago. Renowned for its programs in engineering, science, agriculture, and business, the University has over 39,500 students and 15,000 employees. Purdue is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Purdue has the second highest enrollment of international students among public U.S. universities, with over 8,000 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students in Fall, 2013, including over 20% of the first year class.  The greater Lafayette area (http://www.homeofpurdue.com/) provides diverse cultural, social, and recreational activities.

Salary and benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Faculty tenure-track position with a twelve-month appointment. Rank of assistant or associate professor depending on qualifications.  Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.

Application process: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Christine Abel, Libraries Human Resources Assistant, at christineabel@purdue.edu.   Please place “Engineering Information Specialist” in the subject line of the email.  Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address.  Review of applications will begin on June 13, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Christine Abel at 765-494-2899 or the above email address.  A background check will be required for this position.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

 

Chemical Information Specialist

Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor; tenure track.

Purdue University Libraries seeks an energetic, outgoing, and innovative individual to join a collaborative, dynamic team of information professionals who carry out a robust program of integrated information literacy, data services, scholarly communication, and collaborative research, and, as a faculty member, contribute to the research and scholarship in these areas.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Chemical Information Specialist, liaison to the Chemistry Department as well as the Schools of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering, provides instruction, collection development, and collaborates on scholarly communication and data services initiatives; participates in collaborative research projects, including sponsored research projects, within the Libraries and the Colleges of Engineering and Science;  actively engages in information literacy efforts within the Chemistry Department, the Schools of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering, and meets chemical information instructional needs campus-wide; contributes to Libraries-wide initiatives and participates in faculty governance of the Libraries; makes connections between disciplinary faculty and different units of the Libraries to enable greater research productivity, sustainable publication and dissemination of scholarship and data; participates in the development of informed learning activities in support of the University’s new core curriculum that requires both foundational and embedded information literacy outcomes for all undergraduates; contributes to Libraries-wide initiatives and participates in faculty governance of the libraries.  As a member of the Libraries faculty must articulate a research agenda that explores questions within the area of specialization, resulting in a scholarly publication record required for promotion and tenure at Purdue University.

Requirements: MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or a PhD in a relevant discipline; evidence of a proactive, user-centered vision for services; strong interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively;  familiarity with current trends in instructional best practices and data curation services. Commitment to engage in research and scholarship, and ability to achieve promotion and tenure.

Desired: Educational background in chemistry and/or experience providing information services for a scientific/technical audience; Understanding of the data-management needs of scientific researchers; Familiarity with a wide-variety of chemical and materials information sources; Teaching experience and enthusiasm for integrating active learning techniques into the classroom; Ability to develop and sustain productive collaborations within and across academic departments. For applicants with MLS degrees a degree in chemistry or science is also desired.

Environment:

The Purdue University Libraries system (http://www.lib.purdue.edu/) includes the divisions of Archives and Special Collections (ASC); Health and Life Sciences (HLS); Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business (HSSEB); and Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PSET). Other areas include Collections Management, Resource Sharing, Resource Services, Instruction and Digital Program Services, the Research Division/Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), and Scholarly Publishing Services.  The Purdue University Press and the University Copyright Office report to the dean of libraries, and the work of these units is integrated with and into the operations of the Libraries. The staff of 175 includes 70 faculty and professionals.

At Purdue, Libraries faculty are full members of the Purdue University faculty with professorial rank and tenure and therefore must achieve and meet the requirements for promotion including published scholarship.  Libraries faculty support the information literacy, e-science and data, and scholarly communication initiatives of the Libraries.  Libraries faculty are encouraged to engage in collaborative interdisciplinary research applying library and information science principles to sponsored research projects.  The Libraries has embarked upon a comprehensive information literacy program, including the creation of the first endowed chair in information literacy in the country in 2008 and the expansion of collaborative endeavors with disciplinary faculty culminating in 2012 with a core campus curriculum that includes information literacy as a core requirement.   Libraries faculty collaborate with disciplinary faculty to develop methodologies and repositories for discovering, accessing, and sharing of research publications and data. A reconceptualization of spaces is taking place throughout the Libraries.  Now in the planning stages, the Active Learning Center will bring together six of the science and engineering libraries into a facility that will seamlessly integrate learning and classroom spaces in a $79M facility at the center of the campus.

Purdue Libraries is an active member of state, regional, national, and international associations and consortia, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), SPARC, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL).  Purdue Libraries is a founding member of both HathiTrust and DataCite. Collaboration and partnerships are hallmarks of Purdue Libraries both on and off campus, including partnership with ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue) and the Purdue Office of Research to provide assistance with funder data requirements.

Purdue Libraries is a leader in the area of data curation, including development of the Data Curation Profiles which provide information professionals a means of investigating, uncovering, and capturing the data needs of faculty researchers. The Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), a Libraries initiative, provides an online, collaborative working space and data-sharing platform to support the data management needs of Purdue researchers and their collaborators.  Since 2005, Purdue Libraries has collaborated in interdisciplinary sponsored research on campus with over 100 faculty, as well as off campus with other libraries and institutions and is in its 10thyear of a partnership with the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce to provide ARL Diversity Scholars with a behind-the-scenes look at the advanced operations of research libraries.  Purdue Libraries, in concert with five other academic libraries, is partnering with CLIR to offer fellowship placements in the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries program. http://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc

Purdue University (http://www.purdue.edu/), located in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the historic Wabash River valley, is one hour from Indianapolis and two hours from Chicago. Renowned for its programs in engineering, science, agriculture, and business, the University has over 39,500 students and 15,000 employees. Purdue is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Purdue has the second highest enrollment of international students among public U.S. universities, with over 8,000 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students in Fall 2012, including over 20% of the first year class.  The greater Lafayette area (http://www.homeofpurdue.com/) provides diverse cultural, social, and recreational activities.

Salary and benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Faculty tenure-track position with a twelve-month appointment. Rank of assistant or associate professor depending on qualifications.  Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.

Application process: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Christine Abel, Libraries Human Resources Assistant, at christineabel@purdue.edu.  Please place “Chemistry Information Specialist ” in the subject line of the email.  Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address.  Review of applications will begin on June 13, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Christine Abel at 765-494-2899 or the above email address.  A background check will be required for this position.

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (May 16)   approved naming the library within the future Active Learning Center for two College of Engineering alumni brothers in recognition of gifts totaling $4 million to Purdue Libraries.

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The naming recognizes and honors Thomas S. Wilmeth (above), who earned his electrical engineering degree in 1935, and the late Harvey D. Wilmeth, who earned his chemical engineering degree in 1940.

The Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Library of Engineering and Science will be dedicated in 2017 upon completion of the $79 million classroom-library project: the Active Learning Center – ranked since July 2012 as the university’s No. 1 capital project for the biennium. When completed, the center – and the Wilmeth Library – will be a daily academic destination for 5,000 Purdue students and faculty.

The naming recognizes and honors Thomas S. Wilmeth, who earned his electrical engineering degree in 1935, and the late Harvey D. Wilmeth, who earned his chemical engineering degree in 1940. The brothers founded Scot Industries Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1949. Tom ran and built the business with seed money provided by the shrewd investments of younger brother Harvey. Scot Industries is the worldwide quality and technological leader in the specialty tubing and bar business. Scot Industries continues to grow as a privately held company with 13 plants worldwide.

“It is appropriate to name the library of the future after two brothers who personify and exemplify the creative problem solving, ingenuity and entrepreneurship of Purdue engineers,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “We are grateful to the Wilmeth brothers for their vision and desire to make a lasting impact on the world and in the lives of Purdue students today and tomorrow.”

Daniels hosted a private reception and dinner for centenarian Tom Wilmeth, his family members and guests Monday (May 12).

The Active Learning Center will blend and integrate centrally scheduled active learning classrooms, library/information services, formal study spaces, collaborative work areas and informal learning spaces. During the class day, 40 percent of the center will be library/study spaces that, at the end of the class day, during the evening and throughout the night, expand to nearly the entire building. This flexibility of classroom/study/learning space allows for greater building efficiency.

“The Wilmeth family has had a long-term commitment to Purdue Libraries, and their gifts affirm that commitment,” said James L. Mullins, dean of libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor. “They recognize the vital role of Libraries in the provision of ideal learning space for our students in the Active Learning Center. We are very grateful and appreciative of their support.”

Thomas S. Wilmeth was born Oct. 2, 1913. A lifelong entrepreneur, Wilmeth started his first business at age 10. At 16 he enrolled at Purdue. During his senior year, he was the business manager of the Purdue yearbook, Debris. While at Purdue, Wilmeth was a member of Alpha Chi Rho, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He graduated magna cum laude at age 21.

Wilmeth’s long history of support for the university and Purdue Libraries began in 1991, when he made a contribution to fund Libraries’ first electronic database. In 1993 he joined the Libraries Dean’s Advisory Council and served for 10 years.

Purdue awarded Wilmeth an honorary doctorate of engineering information literacy in 2013 in recognition of his understanding and appreciation of the need to use published research outside of academe to advance industrial methods and to create new engineering processes and technological applications. In 2004 he received the President’s Council Distinguished Pinnacle Award for his philanthropy to Purdue Libraries.

“My philanthropy always has been intended to offer opportunities to others through the resources and services of the Purdue University Libraries,” Wilmeth said. “I believe the essence of education is developing the ability to train and teach oneself to learn. Thanks in large part to the training we received at Purdue, our successes have allowed my brother and me to help others achieve their own success.”

Wilmeth attributes the brothers’ success to “continual self-education, creative ideas, extraordinary determination, hard work, a little luck and the willingness to take risks.”

Though Harvey Wilmeth (1918-2007) graduated from Purdue with a degree in chemical engineering, his true passion was economics and economic theory, his older brother noted.

Harvey founded the original Center for Advanced Macroeconomic Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee following his retirement in 1983 as vice president and economist at the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. He served as an adjunct professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was awarded an honorary doctorate of economics from UWM in 2006. While at Purdue, Harvey was a member of the Purdue Student Union Board.

The Active Learning Center will be located at the center of the West Lafayette campus just east of the Purdue Bell Tower and southeast of Hovde Hall, the Purdue administration building.

The center will anchor the east end of the Third Street Student Success Corridor on the site of the long-abandoned North Power Plant and the Engineering Administration Building.

Demolition is to begin on those two buildings in June 2014 and will be completed in May 2015. Construction on the Active Learning Center is scheduled to begin in summer of 2015 with completion during the summer of 2017 and occupancy in August 2017.

BSA Life Structures has been retained as the architects for the Active Learning Center. Design work is progressing at this time with schematic design and layouts anticipated by early June.

Writer: Grant Flora, 765-494-7566, gflora@purdue.edu

Source: James L. Mullins, 765-494-2900, jmullins@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:  Mergent Online, from Mergent.

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

Description/focus:  Mergent Online provides company information.

Start with this hint:  Enter the ticker symbol or name of the company of interest and Mergent Online will give you a list of guesses.  When you select the company from the list, the resulting page has tabs for more information.  Use the tabs ranging from Executives to Competitors or use the Report Builder for a specialized report.  Also try the links below the tabs.  For example, Highlights includes a balance sheet, management effectiveness, and liquidity indicators.

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

Why you should know this database:  Mergent Online includes inactive companies.

How this will help students: Mergent Online can be a one-stop database for students looking for company information. There are also country reports providing economic, industry, and trade information, as well as basic history, geography, demographic, government, communication media information.

Cost: For information contact mdugan@purdue.edu.

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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.