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Purdue National Engineers' Week 2018As part of the commemoration of the Purdue Engineering Presidents’ Council (PEPC) National Engineers’ Week 2018 at Purdue University, Purdue Libraries faculty and staff will host Purdue D-VELoP: Viz for Biz!, a maker-space event in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Set from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, the event will provide Boilermakers with the opportunity to create custom key chains or business nameplates in minutes via the 3D printing resources in the Libraries’ Data Visualization Experience Lab of Purdue (D-VELoP). In addition, attendees will be able to take professional quality photographs of prototypes, or capture their adventures with the latest Go-Pro and Theta cameras.Data Visualization Experience Lab of Purdue - D-VELoP

Viz for Biz! will be held on the first floor of the WALC and in the D-VELoP suite, which is located in room 3045 (in the WALC).

Boilermakers are encouraged to drop in to explore how the Library of Engineering and Science faculty and staff can help students turn their creative ideas into reality for personal and professional success!

Purdue Libraries: March 2018 Mobile Making Workshops

 

Faculty and staff in the Library of Engineering & Science & D-VELoP (Data-Visualization Experience Lab of Purdue) are hosting two more of the popular Mobile Making workshops in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) in March.

This month, each workshop will feature 3D-printed jewelry- and keychain-making activities.

D-VELoP workshops, which are free and open to all those at Purdue University, are set from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, March 8 and Thursday, March 22, and are located just to the east of the first floor information desk in the WALC.

“We’ll have the 3D printed items already printed, so all you have to do is turn them into earrings or key chains,” noted Purdue Libraries Assistant Professor Sarah Huber.

Learn more about D-VELoP at www.lib.purdue.edu/d-velop.

 

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

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

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

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

The new building opens to the public Aug. 7.

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Reading Room in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

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

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

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

This release was written and first appeared online by Purdue News Service on May 1, 2017.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A new book series from Purdue University Press will explore cutting-edge topics in aeronautics and astronautics enterprises, tell unique stories from the history of flight and space travel and contemplate the future of human space exploration and colonization.

The series, “Purdue Studies in Aeronautics and Astronautics,” will be edited by James R. Hansen, author of “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” (Simon & Schuster, 2005, 2012). Hansen, the authorized biographer of Neil A. Armstrong, in 2008 donated 55 hours of one-on-one tape-recorded interviews with the famed astronaut to the Purdue University Libraries’ Division of Archives and Special Collections. “First Man” spent three weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. A new edition of “First Man,” from Simon & Schuster, is planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.

“I am thrilled to edit such an innovative series for the Purdue University Press,” Hansen said. “These titles will build on past titles from Purdue and showcase Purdue’s deep connection with space travel and innovation.”

The first title to be released in the series is “Piercing the Horizon: The Story of Visionary NASA Chief Tom Paine,” by Sunny Tsiao.

The book delivers new insights into the behind-the-scenes drama of the space race. Tsiao examines how Paine’s days as a World War II submariner fighting in the Pacific shaped his vision for the future of humankind in space. The book tells of how Paine honed his skills as a pioneering materials engineer at the fabled postwar General Electric Co. in the 1950s, to his dealings inside the halls of NASA and with U.S. presidents Johnson, Nixon and later, the Reagan and Bush administrations.

As robotic missions begin leaving Earth, Tsiao invites the reader to take another look at the plans that Paine articulated regarding how America could have had humans on Mars by the year 2000 as the first step to the exploration of deep space. “Piercing the Horizon” provides provocative context to current conversations on the case for reaching Mars, settling our solar system and continuing the exploration of space.

“This series on aeronautics and astronautics that span from science and engineering to policies and the human spirit will inspire the next generation of pioneers, explorers, and champions to dream and achieve the impossible. I cannot think of a better person to lead this exciting series than Jim Hanson,” said Tom Shih, head of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue.

The series builds on Purdue University Press’s recent successful titles, such as “Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom,” by George Leopold (Purdue, 2016), and “Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer,” by Jerry Ross with John Norberg (Purdue, 2013).

 “An international research center and aeronautics and astronautics program like ours, with such a rich tradition and such active ongoing research, deserves a fine publishing program. It will not only celebrate our institutional and national heritage, but also our human heritage and, indeed, bring important new thinking to new audiences,” said Peter Froehlich, director of Purdue University Press.” Our team is excited to be working with Jim Hansen on this new series for Purdue.”

Writer: Megan Huckaby, 765-496-1325, mhuckaby@purdue.edu

Sources: Peter Froehlich, 765-494-8251, pfroehli@purdue.edu

Tom I-P. Shih, tomshih@purdue.edu

James Hansen, hansejr@auburn.edu

A new LibGuide provided by Purdue University Libraries Research Data and developed in collaboration with ITaP displays the variety of data storage options available to researchers at Purdue University. After conversations with new faculty and graduate students where specific information on the data storage options present at Purdue and the considerations that go into selecting an appropriate data storage solution for a given data set were requested, the LibGuide was designed to meet those needs for all researchers.

The primary page lists six of the most common selection criteria for all available storage solutions at Purdue, including price, available storage, primary use, backups, access after leaving Purdue’s campus, and access from and to high performance computing systems. Each storage solution then has a profile page that includes in-depth information on 23 selection criteria, to give researchers a comprehensive picture for each data storage solution.

A link to the LibGuide can be found here: http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/DataStorage

As part of the Libraries annual review of databases, AccessEngineering has been recommended for cancellation by the subject specialist librarians. Access will cease April 30, 2016.

Please contact Anna Seiffert, Electronic Resources Manager, with comments.

Stop by Siegesmund Engineering Library (POTR 160) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 to learn more about the interior space of the Active Learning Center.  Sample interior furnishings will be showcased for all students to peruse.  The Active Learning Center, opening in 2017 will be a central library/classroom space for all students.

PosterMedium

November is Native American Heritage month and the Purdue University Libraries worked with Felica Ahasteen-Bryant, Director of the Native American Educational and Cultural Center, to create display cases in the following Purdue Libraries to recognize and honor the Native American culture.

Engineering Library
Display focuses on Native engineers, including Mary Golda Ross and John Herrington, and Purdue AISES chapter. A variety of Native artwork is also included. Created by Sandy Galloway.

HSSE Library
Display focuses on the Navajo including Navajo books and artwork. Created by Patrick Whalen.

Physics Library
Display focuses on the universe, specifically Native American legends related to stars and constellations. Created by Becky Hunt

Chemistry Library
Display focuses on sustainable and renewable energy. Includes posters, pictures and articles on current events taking place in Native communities.  Created by Becky Hunt.

Hicks Undergraduate Library
The display at the Hicks Undergraduate Library shows a selection of titles available in the media collection that highlight several areas of Native American history, culture, and portrayals in popular film. The corresponding LibGuide has also been updated to reflect recent acquisitions.  It can be found here: http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/content.php?pid=434712. Created by Ann O’Donnell.

For a list of events visit the Native American Educational and Cultural Center’s website.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Libraries and the university’s College of Engineering are collaborating in an effort to assess and teach information gathering skills among engineering students.

“In our own research and in other findings, we discovered a need in self-directed learning, especially in information literacy,” said Senay Purzer, an assistant professor in engineering education at Purdue and principal investigator on the project. “Engineering graduates must constantly renew and expand their skills in rapidly changing fields, and this program is designed to measure students’ information literacy skills and to develop their abilities as they become practicing engineers.”

Loosely defined, self-directed learning is a process where students determine their own learning needs, including knowing where to go to find the resources that can help them meet their objectives. That often involves information literacy skills, which is where Purdue Libraries fits into the project.

The effort received a $200,000 boost from the National Science Foundation to develop assessment tools that measure information literacy skills and attitudes among engineering students, said Michael Fosmire, head of the physical sciences, engineering and technology division of Purdue Libraries. Fosmire and Amy Van Epps, associate professor of library science, are co-principal investigators on the project.

“We expect to develop validated assessment tools that can accurately measure student performance, and we expect that these tools will lead to better and deeper conversations between engineering faculty and librarians about the skills students need in this area,” Fosmire said.

The project includes two objectives. One is to develop surveys to measure students’ perceptions of their self-directed learning skills to gather evidence and use that information to make effective decisions. The other objective incudes a multiple-choice information literacy test, one part focusing on assessing students’ reflective judgment and information literacy skills and the second part checking the reasoning behind their answers.

The overall goal is to promote persistent, lifelong learning skills in alignment with ABET requirements and the Purdue University College of Engineering’s Engineer of 2020 vision, to enable students to stay abreast of changes in their fields and be effective problem solvers as practicing engineers. The assessments provide engineering faculty with the tools and resources needed to do so.

The effort also initially includes the universities of Arkansas and Manitoba (Ontario, Canada), and Arizona State University. Additionally, project leaders also plan to share the program with others at professional research conferences and institutions across the nation. Several universities also have expressed an interest.

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

Sources: Senay Purzer, 765-496-1684, senay@purdue.edu

Michael Fosmire, 765-494-2858, fosmire@purdue.edu

Amy Van Epps, 765-496-7680, vanepa@purdue.edu