Purdue University Libraries Purdue Logo Purdue Libraries
 Hours  |   My Account  |   Ask a Librarian Get Help Give to the Libraries

‘ADM’ category

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Libraries will celebrate Information Literacy Month during the month of October with a variety of educational and awareness initiatives and a culminating Information Literacy Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Purdue University featuring Dr. Mary Somerville, University Librarian at the Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver.

Purdue University Libraries is committed to leading the way in learning and information literacy through a variety of cutting-edge initiatives, including the newly expanded IMPACT program, which helps transform Purdue’s core curriculum to support learners in today’s information-rich environment and enhance student information literacy by advancing educational practice and research.

About Information Literacy

 Information Literacy is a survival skill in the Information Age, according to the American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy Final Report (1989).

 Instead of drowning in the abundance of information that floods their lives, information literate people know how to find, evaluate, and use information effectively to solve a particular problem or make a decision–whether the information they select comes from a computer, a book, a government agency, a film, or any number of other possible resources.

Libraries, which provide a significant public access point to such information and usually at no cost, must play a key role in preparing people for the demands of today’s information society…

From American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy Final Report (1989)

About the 5th Annual Information Literacy Symposium – Oct. 29

In celebration of Information Literacy Month, Purdue University Libraries present: The 5th Information Literacy Research Symposium by Dr. Mary Somerville, University Librarian at the Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver – “Toward Informed Learning in Professional Practice” on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Purdue University West Lafayette Campus,  318 Stewart Center.

During the morning presentation, eminent library leader and researcher Dr. Mary Somerville will discuss her research on informed learning.  She will explain how it builds on her experiences as a practitioner/ researcher/leader.  She will reflect on her colleagues’ engagement with informed learning and the implications of informed learning for academic curriculum design.  She will invite questions and comments from the audience members as educators, including a discussion of opportunities to take the ideas presented forward.

The afternoon will consist of a workshop to design an instructional activity or a cross-disciplinary project based on informed learning theory/principles.

PROGRAM:

9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.                  Registration

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.                     Presentation

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.                       Lunch (Purdue Memorial Union Anniversary Drawing Room)

1 pm. – 3 p.m.                         Workshop

 ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Source:

Sharon Weiner, PhD, W. Booker Chair for Information Literacy, Purdue University Libraries, 765-496-3128, sweiner@purdue.edu

Related Web sites:

Purdue University Libraries/Learning and Information Literacy www.lib.purdue.edu/infolit

National Forum on Information Literacy – www.infolit.org

 

 

 

The Purdue University Libraries will continue the Library Scholars Grant Program this year with a focus on supporting access to unique collections of information around the country and the world. Awards of up to $5,000will be made for this purpose to untenured tenure-track members of the Purdue faculty, and to associate professors tenured effective July 1, 2011, or later, with grant-supported activities to be completed by December 31, 2014.The Library Scholars Grant Program is made possible through the generosity of the 50th anniversary gift of the Class of 1935, and continuing gifts from this class and others, to an endowment fund in the Purdue Research Foundation.

The Library Scholars Grant Program is designed to provide grants to untenured tenure-track Purdue faculty members, and recently tenured or hired associate professors, to help them gain access to library materials necessary for research required for their continued growth as faculty members. Just as people come to Purdue to use our unique collections, the research of Purdue faculty may require visiting unique collections beyond Purdue. The Library Scholars Grant Program offers an opportunity for support for such activities to untenured tenure-track members of the Purdue faculty, and to Purdue associate professors tenured effective July 1, 2011, or later, in all disciplines, from the West Lafayette, Calumet, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, and North Central campuses, and the Statewide Technology Program. (Purdue faculty at the Fort Wayne and IUPUI campuses are those within “Purdue mission” programs; i.e., those for whom the promotions process falls under Purdue.)

Each Library Scholars Grant recipient will be asked to present a seminar about the information-related activities supported by the grant. The seminars will permit the Libraries to learn from recipients’ experiences in order to better serve both Purdue scholars and those from outside Purdue who visit our collections.

The 2013-2014 Library Scholars Grant Program awards will be in amounts of up to $5,000. The funds may be used for expenses associated with travel to archives or collections beyond Purdue, including the cost of transportation, lodging, meals, and fees charged by the library or other collection owner for access, photocopying, scanning, etc. Reimbursement will be made, for approved expenditures, up to the amount of the award.

Criteria used to judge the proposals will include how well the case is made that the proposed information-related activities will support the candidate’s research and that conducting these activities requires travel to unique collections beyond Purdue, the appropriateness of the budget, and the feasibility of the project within time constraints. Proposals will be evaluated by a panel chaired by a tenured member of the Libraries faculty and composed of tenured faculty and one or more previous winners, with recommendations made to the Dean of Libraries. Award recipients will be contacted in December 2013.

The guidelines for proposals are outlined below.

All proposals must be submitted by email to Carole Tolley, tolleyc@purdue.edu, with the Subject: Library Scholars Grant, no later than 5:00pm, Friday, November 15, 2013.

Guidelines for Proposals

Overview

The Library Scholars Grant Program, administered by the Purdue University Libraries, focuses on supporting access for untenured tenure-track members of the Purdue faculty, and associate professors tenured effective July 1, 2011, or later, to unique collections of information found around the country and the world. Awards of up to $5,000 will be made to for this purpose, with grant-supported activities to be completed by December 31, 2014.

The Library Scholars Grant Program is designed to provide grants to untenured tenure-track Purdue faculty members, and recently tenured or hired associate professors, to help them gain access to library materials necessary for research required for their continued growth as faculty members. Just as people come to Purdue to use our unique collections, the research of Purdue faculty may require visiting unique collections. The Library Scholars Grant Program offers an opportunity for untenured tenure-track faculty and recently tenured associate professors to receive support for expenses associated with travel to archives or collections beyond Purdue, including the cost of transportation, lodging, meals, and fees charged by the library or other collection owner for access, photocopying, scanning, etc.

Eligibility

Untenured tenure-track Purdue faculty members, and recently tenured or hired associate professors effective July 1, 2011, or later, in all disciplines, from the West Lafayette, Calumet, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, and North Central campuses, and the Statewide Technology Program are eligible for Library Scholars Grant Program awards. (Purdue faculty at the Fort Wayne and IUPUI campuses are those within “Purdue mission” programs; i.e., those for whom the promotions process falls under Purdue.) Grant recipients are not eligible for an award in consecutive years.

Proposal contents and format

1) Cover page with the following information:

a)   Name

b)  Rank, title

c)  Date of appointment to the Purdue faculty; if Associate, date of promotion (if hired as Associate, please amend date of appointment with this information to clarify)

d)  Department

          e)  College

          f)  Campus address

          g)  E-mail

          h)  Phone number

          i)   Name and address of Head of Department

          j)   Name and address of Dean of College/School

          k)  Name of Purdue Libraries faculty member or other Purdue Librarian from whom the                  applicant is submitting a letter of support (see #4)

          l)   Total amount of fundingthe applicant seeks from the Library Scholars Grant Program

          m)Additional funding (grants, departmental funds, etc.), if any, available to the applicant to support the information-related activities for which a Library Scholars Grant is being sought


2) One-page narrative stating the following:

          a)  Area of research;

          b)  Related information needs that require using collection(s) beyond Purdue;

          c)  Information-related activities to be undertaken

(Note: The award may be used for expenses associated with travel to archives or collections beyond Purdue, including the cost of transportation, lodging, meals, and fees charged by the library or other collection owner for access, photocopying, scanning, etc.);

          d)  Projected timeline; and

          e)  Expected outcome(s) of the information-related activities, i.e., how they would     support the applicant’s research.

3) Budget, itemizing proposed activities and their estimated costs, and showing total.

          The following websites should be used to estimate lodging, meals and incidentals.

          — For U.S. General Services Administration – Domestic destinations:

          http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/105307

          — For U.S. Dept. of State — Foreign destinations:

http://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=184&menu_id=81

 

4) Letter of support from a Purdue Libraries faculty member, or other Purdue librarian, with whom applicant has consulted regarding the information needs and information–related activities reflected in the proposal. In the letter, the librarian should briefly state the      reasons the applicant cannot meet the information needs by using Purdue collections       and electronic information resources and, therefore, needs to travel to unique           collections beyond Purdue.

5) Brief resume (3 pages maximum).

6) List of publications

Reporting requirements

A brief report or presentation on the information-related activities accomplished as a result of the award, and their significance to the research of the recipient, must be sent to the Dean of Libraries by February 15, 2015.  Additionally, each individual awarded a Library Scholars Grant will be asked to present a seminar about the activities supported by the grant. The seminars will permit the Libraries to learn from recipients’ experiences in order to better serve both Purdue scholars and those from outside Purdue who visit our collections.

Funding

Awards will be in given in amounts of up to $5,000, with reimbursement, for approved expenditures, up to the amount of the award.  The Libraries Business Office will coordinate reimbursement with the grant recipient’s business manager.  Expenses may be reimbursed as they occur over the course of the project, with grant-supported activities to be completed by December 31, 2014. All requests for reimbursement, accompanied by appropriate documentation, must be received in the grant recipient’s departmental business office no later than February 15, 2014.

Criteria for judging proposals

Criteria used to judge the proposals will include how well the case is made that the proposed information-related activities will support the applicant’s research and that conducting these activities requires travel to unique collections beyond Purdue, the appropriateness of the budget, and the feasibility of the project within time constraints. Proposals will be evaluated by a panel chaired by a tenured member of the Libraries faculty and composed of tenured faculty and one or more previous winners, with recommendations made to the Dean of Libraries. Award recipients will be contacted in December 2013.

Proposal deadline

All proposals must be submitted by email to Carole Tolley, tolleyc@purdue.edu, with the Subject: Library Scholars Grant, no later than 5:00pm, Friday, November 15, 2013.

Questions should be submitted to Carole Tolley, Office of the Dean, Purdue University Libraries – ADMN, email: tolleyc@purdue.edu., telephone: 765-494-2900; fax: 765-494-0156

 

 

Starting Aug. 1, a group of 500 articles will become read-only with no print feature and will be clearly marked as such. This list is available on the Libraries’ website here:  HBR_list_of_500 .

These articles tend to be the most widely used, and the list is subject to change.

Also, Purdue’s Lynda.com subscription will expire on Aug. 12. Lynda.com will no longer offer its concurrent user “kiosk” model, where Purdue currently has three “seats.” The company instead will offer LyndaCampus, which is cost-prohibitive at this time.

Purdue Libraries is looking for alternative options for this resource.

The latest information and updates about Purdue Libraries e-resources are available at www.lib.purdue.edu.

Purdue University Libraries has launched a new library management system, Alma to replace both Voyager and SFX. This includes functions associated with an integrated library system (ILS) and an electronic resources management system (ERM).

The benefits of Alma will include:

· Streamlined workflows resulting in efficient and effective processes.

· Elimination of silos between print and electronic resources

· Improved collection analysis through Alma Analytics and Oracle Business Intelligence

Purdue University Libraries is not only an early adopter of this new system; but it was a co-developer of Alma with Ex Libris, Princeton University, Boston College and University of Leuven (Belgium).

Many Purdue University Libraries faculty and staff have been involved in the planning and implementation of Alma over the last few years to ensure a successful launch.

Further information regarding Alma’s key features will be communicated in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact: Paul Bracke, Associate Dean for Digital Programs and Information Access, Associate Professor of Library Science, Purdue University Libraries at (765) 496-3606 or pbracke@purdue.edu or George Stachokas, Assistant Professor & Head of Resource Services, Purdue University Libraries at (765) 494-2812 or gstachok@purdue.edu.

 

 

Purdue University Libraries is very pleased to welcome Rey Junco to our Libraries staff.  Rey is an associate professor and First Year Experience and Emerging Technologies Specialist    Rey will be temporarily located in HSSE 347 this summer, and will move to Hicks after the renovation.  He can be emailed at: rjunco@purdue.edu.  Welcome to Purdue Libraries, Rey!

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:  As a member of the Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Technology Division of the Libraries, the person in this position will have primary liaison responsibilities for the departments of Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics, and depending on the interests and abilities of the successful candidate  may also liaison with other departments in the Colleges of Science, Engineering, and Technology; Make connections between disciplinary faculty and different units of the Libraries to enable greater research productivity, sustainable publication and dissemination of scholarship and data; Participate 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; Participates in interdisciplinary research initiatives as appropriate.

Requirements: MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or a PhD in a relevant discipline; experience providing information services for a technical clientele; 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: Experience developing and implementing active learning techniques in a curricular setting; record of scholarly achievement; Knowledge of statistical applications and technology.  For applicants with MLS degrees a degree in science or engineering 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, Circulation and Repositories, 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, the Libraries faculty is redefining its role within the learning, discovery, and engagement initiatives of the University, through involvement in information literacy instruction, re-defining of learning spaces, scholarly communication, e-science and data management, and global outreach.  Members of the Libraries faculty can either have as preparation a professional degree in library/information/archival sciences or the appropriate terminal degree in another discipline, typically a doctorate.   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. 

The Purdue 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.  The Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics, created through a major renovation completed in early 2012, (http://www.lib.purdue.edu/adv/newsletters/LibNews_F10.pdf) is a natural extension of the classroom, where students work in teams or individually, using smart boards, image capture equipment, and computer pod workstations, and are able to choose from a variety of space and furniture configurations, including a self-service café.   The Hicks Undergraduate Library has had a phased beginning in 2011 and culminating in 2014 through the creation of three active learning classrooms to support Purdue’s innovative course-redesign initiative, IM:PACT.   The renovations in 2013/14 will create spaces where students will find seating for quiet individual study, collaboration stations for team learning, and a café area, all open 24/7.  In the planning stages in 2013, 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 $100M 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. Purdue was one of four universities that collaborated with Ex Libris, Inc., on its Alma library system, the next generation library management system.  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 9th 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 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 Carla Heuss, Libraries Human Resources Assistant, at green113@purdue.edu   Please place “Physical and Mathematical Sciences” 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 7, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Carla Heuss at 765-494-2899 or the above email address.  A background check will be required for this position.

 

 

Purdue University has identified “Big Data” as a major thrust for interdisciplinary research and education. Several faculty positions, including one in the Libraries, are available in enabling technologies as well as in domain sciences that deal with the use and management of digital data. The new hires will join a strong faculty group engaged in this area and will have a unique opportunity to help shape Purdue’s vision and research/education agenda in managing collections of scientific data.

Responsibilities: Candidates for tenure and tenure-track positions at the Assistant/Associate professor level will be considered.  Strong interest in interdisciplinary activities is required.  Outstanding candidates with an interest in all data-related areas of computer science and engineering, physics, civil engineering and library science will be considered.  Examples of specific fields of interest are data curation and preservation, data infrastructure (storage and networking), system software infrastructure (OS, programming models), scalable analytics (data mining and machine learning at scale), analytics presentation (information visualization) and applications in domain sciences. A detailed description of open positions is available at http://www.cs.purdue.edu/hiring/bigdata.

Qualifications: Candidates must hold either a MLS from an ALA accredited university or a PhD degree in one of the above-mentioned areas or in a closely related discipline.  Successful candidates will have demonstrated potential for excellence in research, and be committed to excellence in teaching. “Big Data” faculty will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, conduct research in their field of expertise, and participate in interdisciplinary “Big-Data” activities. 

Applications:Salary and benefits are highly competitive. Submit applications online at http://www.cs.purdue.edu/hiring/bigdata. The application should include a cover letter, a complete and detailed vitae, and statements of research and teaching interests. Also, please include names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses for three or more references. For questions regarding the application process, please contact Nicole Piegza (piegza@purdue.edu). Applications for positions to begin in Fall 2013 are now being considered; the review will continue until the positions are filled. A background check will be required for employment in these positions. Hard copy applications can be sent to: Faculty Search Chair, 305 N. University Street, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

 

 

Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

 

 

 

 

Mary Dugan and Michael Witt, two members of the Purdue Faculty of Library, Archival and Information Sciences, were approved by the Board of Trustees for promotion to the rank of associate professor with tenure.  This approval culminates the process that began at the beginning of the academic year with review by the Libraries Primary Promotion and Tenure Committee, followed by review by the Libraries Area Promotion and Tenure Committee, and early this year by the University Promotion Committee.  The Provost then recommended the promotions to the President and to the Board of Trustees, resulting in these two promotions to the rank of associate professor with tenure.

Mary M. Dugan, associate professor of library science

Professor Mary Dugan has established herself as a leader in the area of business information literacy. She perceives the needs of students in their learning, provides the necessary information that supports learning, designs tools and creates an effective process to support learning, and conducts research that is relevant and informs the business information literacy community. She has practiced her teaching style in and outside the classroom, in the classroom as exemplified by GS175, Information Strategies, and outside through her work with the SPAN Plan. Her research has developed and supports her practice as a business/economics information specialist.

Michael C. Witt, associate professor of library science Professor Michael Witt has built a substantial presence within the Libraries, campus, nation and internationally in the area of information technology, library science and data management.  He combines his role as a Libraries faculty member with scholarship that includes top tier journals and invited presentations at international conferences, along with engagement activities within the University and the profession. Professor Witt is also a Fulbright Scholar.

Normal
0

false
false
false

EN-US
X-NONE
X-NONE

/* Style Definitions */
table.MsoNormalTable
{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;
mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;
mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;
mso-style-noshow:yes;
mso-style-priority:99;
mso-style-parent:””;
mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
mso-para-margin-top:0in;
mso-para-margin-right:0in;
mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt;
mso-para-margin-left:0in;
line-height:115%;
mso-pagination:widow-orphan;
font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”;
mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;
mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;
mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;
mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

The world’s largest children’s museum is over the moon about its first Extraordinary Scientist-in-Residence – former astronaut, Dr. David Wolf.  Adding to the excitement is an additional announcement of a new partnership with Purdue University in conjunction with Purdue Libraries and its Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives (part of the Virginia Kelley Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center) and future programs and exhibits that will be developed, which will focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) principles as well as space exploration, the International Space Station, the Shuttle program and experiments in zero gravity featuring the work of Indiana astronauts and Purdue University, Dr. Wolf’s alma mater.

The new Extraordinary Scientist-in-Residence at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will bring the real-world experience of space and innovative science to millions of children and their families.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for children to be inspired at the world’s largest children’s museum,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “Young people can share the same dreams that touched astronauts and scientists like David Wolf and learn how to launch those dreams in the classroom, much as he did during his time at Purdue.”

The museum is also pleased to announce a partnership with Purdue University to explore new opportunities in the space and engineering areas and collaborate on future programs and exhibits in conjunction with Purdue University Libraries and its Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives, part of the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center.

Already home to the nation’s only biotechnology laboratory created especially for children and families, The Children’s Museum will capture the intrigue of space and STEM-based learning first-hand. Families and children will be able to conduct hands-on science experiments and develop critical problem-solving skills modeled after experiments completed on the International Space Station. New programs dealing with cell growth, electronics, the impact of zero gravity and how GPS navigation works will be relevant to our changing world while piquing fascination in the naturally curious minds of the children and families who visit the museum.

Purdue University Libraries and a group of other leading research libraries and technical information providers throughout the world have established an international partnership, DataCite, to improve access to research data on the Internet.

DataCite will build upon the system developed by the German National Library of Science and Technology of using Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) for datasets to track information online. A DOI is assigned to each dataset and is a permanent and traceable identifier.

DataCite involves 10 founding partners, including two U.S. institutions, and establishes a nonprofit agency to track and manage data collected during research. The data will be labeled or registered, and other researchers will be able to find and use the data in their own research while citing the original source.

“As science is global with individual researchers working and publishing, DataCite is global with individual local partners to offer services and advice directly where they are needed by the scientists,” said Jan Brase, a DataCite founder. “With expertise and experience through their Distributed Data Curation Center, Purdue University is a most valuable partner for DataCite in the United States.”

James L. Mullins, dean of Purdue Libraries, said, “We’re privileged, along with the California Digital Library, to be one of the two U.S. institutions to be founding partners in this international effort that will link researchers around the world to an ever-increasing mountain of research data. DataCite will establish easier access to scientific research data on the Internet, increase acceptance of research data as a legitimate, citable contribution to the scientific record, and support data archiving that will permit results to be verified and repurposed for future study. DataCite will promote sharing of datasets, increased access and better protection of the research investment.”

In addition to Purdue, the cooperative includes the German National Library of Science and Technology, the British Library, the Library of the ETH Zurich, the French Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, the Technical Information Center of Denmark, the Dutch TU Delft Library, Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, the Australian National Data Service, and the California Digital Library of the University of California system.

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

Source: James L. Mullins, 765-494-2900, jmullins@purdue.edu

Original posting: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/general/2010/100210MullinsDataCite.html