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Benefits of Open AccessPurdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies will kick off International Open Access Week (October 21-27) with the announcement of the Leadership in Open Access Award from Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies (PULSIS) and Purdue University Office of the Provost.

During the week, PULSIS and the Purdue University Press (PUP) will also host a panel discussion, three Open Access information installations on campus, and an Open Access content campaign via the PULSIS website and PULSIS and PUP social media.

From 10:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Oct. 22 PULSIS and PUP are sponsoring the panel discussion, “What Open Access Means to You.” Purdue University Press Director Justin Race will serve as moderator of the panel discussion, which will be held in Stewart Center, room 202. Panelists include:

  • Kris Bross, associate dean for research and creative endeavors, Purdue Honors College;
  • Gaurav Chopra, assistant professor, Purdue Department of Chemistry;
  • Michael Witt, interim associate dean for research, associate professor, and head of the Distributed Data Curation Center, PULSIS; and
  • Wayne Wright, Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language and associate dean for research, graduate programs, and faculty development, Purdue College of Education.

Leadership Award and Information Installations

According to Dean of Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies Beth McNeil, the Leadership in Open Access Award recognizes an individual (or individuals) at Purdue University who make an exceptional commitment to broadening the reach of scholarship by making publicly funded research freely accessible online through Purdue e-Pubs repository.

What Is Purdue e-Pubs?In addition, Scholarly Publishing Specialist Nina Collins will be available via three Open Access “information installations” on campus that week, including:

  • 1-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Horticulture Building (HORT), room 217;
  • 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 23, Knoy Hall of Technology (KNOY), KNOY Lobby; and
  • noon-3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, Mechanical Engineering, Railside Station area.

The PULSIS and PUP content campaign will feature blog and social media posts about the benefits of Open Access. Blog post authors include:

  • Darcy Bullock, Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Joint Transportation Research Program;
  • Sandi Caldrone, data repository outreach specialist, Purdue University Research Repository (PURR);
  • Erla Heyns, head, Humanities, Social Science, Education, and Business (HSSEB) Division and associate professor, PULSIS;
  • Senay Purzer, director of assessment research at the INSPIRE Institute for Pre-college Engineering Research and associate professor, School of Engineering; and
  • Beth McNeil, dean, PULSIS.

For more information, contact Collins at nkcollin@purdue.edu.

About Open Access Week

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eleventh year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they have learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Learn more about Open Access Week at www.openaccessweek.org.

Heather Howard, Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies

Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies Assistant Professor and Business Information Specialist Heather Howard speaking at the Midwest Business Librarian Summit 2019.

Many marketing instructors demonstrate how professional marketers incorporate Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in their approaches to product or service development for their target customer segments. So it’s not surprising that Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies Assistant Professor and Business Information Specialist Heather Howard developed the Midwest Business Librarian Summit to meet her fellow business librarians’ needs — belonging, esteem, and self-actualization — shown in the upper area of the famous pyramid hierarchy.

“Currently there are no national conferences that are business librarian focused, and the ones many go to, such as the American Library Association or Special Library Association, have limited content for business librarians or are prohibitively expensive for many librarians,” Howard explained.

Although she’s not a marketing instructor, at Purdue Howard teaches courses that incorporate business information concepts (marketing being an extremely important one), and she helps Purdue students and faculty navigate the complex web of information and data fundamental to business success. In 2018, she organized the Indiana Business Librarian Summit (held at Purdue), which about 25 individuals attended.

David Hummels, Purdue University Krannert School of Management

Dean of the Krannert School of Management and Distinguished Professor of Economics David Hummels welcomed the nearly 70 attendees of the Midwest Business Librarian Summit July 24 at Purdue University.

This year, she rebranded the July 24 event as the “Midwest Business Librarian Summit” (or MBLS) and featured David Hummels, the Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Krannert School of Management and Distinguished Professor of Economics, who welcomed those who attended. The new Dean of Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies and Professor Beth McNeil gave the keynote presentation. Both addressed the nearly 70 business librarians and information professionals who attended from areas across the region — a significant increase in attendees in only one year.

Clearly, Howard is on to something.

Below, she provides more detail about MBLS… and her plans for its future.

Q: Tell me about the Midwest Business Librarian Summit: how and why did you start it?

Howard: The Midwest Business Librarian Summit started in 2018 as the Indiana Business Librarian Summit. After attendees came from all over the area, it was rebranded in 2019 as MBLS to better represent the interest in the event.

Beth McNeil, Dean of Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies

Dean of Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies and Professor Beth McNeil presents the keynote at MBLS 2019, held in the Hicks Undergraduate Library at Purdue.

I started the event because I saw a need for business librarians in the area to get together to talk about projects they are working on, databases and resources, and all things business librarian. This year I also organized the event, but I had the help of a committee of business librarians.

Q: Is this summit affiliated with other summit events for those business librarians who work, for example, in different geographic areas?

Howard: Nope, this is a standalone event. There are a few other groups of business librarians who also have meetings, including The Southern Academic Business Librarians Conference (SOUCABL) and the Michigan Area Business Librarians (who attended MBLS as their 2019 meeting), and there are rumors of one starting up in Colorado.

Q: Who is eligible to attend this summit/conference?

Howard: There is no limit on who can attend. We are open to anyone who is practicing business librarianship or is otherwise interested, including public, academic, and corporate librarians. Though we are called “midwest,” anyone who wants to make the trip to West Lafayette is welcome to attend.

Q: What do you hope that attendees were able to take away from the summit this year?

Teresa Williams, Butler University Libraries

Teresa Williams from Butler University Libraries presented her lightning talk, “When Databases Are No Longer an Option: Teaching Resources for Business Information” at the 2019 Midwest Business Librarian Summit held at Purdue.

Howard: I hope that attendees had great conversations with one another, are inspired by work our colleagues are doing, and form new partnerships and collaborations.

Much of the content of MBLS is provided by those who are attending in the form of lightning talks, interest group conversations, and open forum talks, so the key takeaways are determined by what people discussed.

Q: Will there be an MBLS 2020? If so, will you follow the same format next year? change it up? or will that be up to you and your committee based on feedback from this year?

Howard: There will definitely be an MBLS 2020! We received quite a bit of positive verbal feedback at the event, and the committee and I will be sending out a survey to assess what people liked and what people would like to change in future years.

I can say that many people told me they appreciated how easy it is to get to Purdue and how nice our event space was, which was great to hear.

Follow the Midwest Business Librarian Summit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/midwestbuslib/ and on Twitter at twitter.com/MidwestBusLib.

On Thursday, May 23, a Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations was held at Purdue University. Ashlee Messersmith, manager, thesis/dissertation, The Graduate School at Purdue University, and Michael Witt, associate professor, Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies, organized the event, with support from the United States Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (USETDA).

By Michael Witt, Head, Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), and Associate Professor of Library Science

"Purdue Graduate School Thesis and Dissertation Policy Changes: Giant Leaps Forward" at the Symposium on Electronic Dissertations and Theses May 23 in Purdue's Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

Ashlee Messersmith (far left) and James L. Mohler, deputy chair, The Graduate School at Purdue, and professor in computer graphics technology (CGT), presented “Purdue Graduate School Thesis and Dissertation Policy Changes: Giant Leaps Forward” at the Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations May 23 in Purdue’s Wilmeth Active Learning Center.

The presenters at the Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) highlighted a wide variety of creative works produced by graduate students in earning their degrees, such as:

  • a newly discovered chemical structure with directions for building your own model of it using a 3D printer;
  • training materials for board game designers to help them write better instructions for teaching people how to play their games; and
  • an online map of the state of Indiana with embedded ecological data to improve natural resource management.

Graduate students will typically prepare and defend a written thesis, even if their research can be communicated in a more meaningful or impactful format than a document. There are other examples, such as software source code and research data, videos and photos from exhibits and performances, mixed media, dynamic websites, and much more produced by students; but this type of content is often left out of a traditional thesis.

Professor and Dean of Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Martin Halbert addressed the landscape and life cycle of electronic theses and dissertations, as well as the ETDPlus resource Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations on May 23 at Purdue University.

On May 23, Professor and Dean of Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Martin Halbert addressed the landscape and life cycle of electronic theses and dissertations, as well as the ETDPlus resource, at the Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations at Purdue University.

In some cases, these non-traditional works could be considered as the primary product of the students’ scholarship — without the need for a written thesis.

Recent changes to the policies of Purdue’s Graduate School reflect a progressive approach and support for non-traditional theses, embracing both the opportunities and challenges they present for the Purdue’s faculty, thesis office, and libraries.

“As emerging technologies continue to influence higher education, we needed to set a precedent through which students are permitted to express their creativity,” Messersmith explained. “Exploring these influences and their implications was the focus of the symposium, which was held in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center. We invited experts to share ideas and brainstorm with participants who supervise theses and manage the processes and platforms for producing and archiving them.”

Guiding Graduate Students in Data Management in Practice

Michael Witt presented “Guiding Graduate Students in Data Management in Practice” at the ETD Symposium May 23 at Purdue. Witt’s presentation covered the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), which helps university researchers plan and implement effective data management plans, share and manage their data with collaborators while the research is taking place, publish their data in a scholarly context, archive data for the long-term, and measure the impact of sharing their data.

The opening keynote presentation by Professor and Dean of Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Martin Halbert addressed the landscape and life cycle of electronic theses and dissertations, as well as the ETDPlus resource.

The closing keynote, delivered by Jean-Pierre Hérubel, professor, Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies, dove into the history and culture of the doctoral dissertation, as well as variations and transformations of its purpose and form.

Other presentations from Purdue faculty and staff explored issues related to student perspectives, digital humanities, graduate college policies, research data management, digital preservation, and scholarly publishing. Throughout the symposium, participants discussed important questions related to sharing current practices; interfacing with faculty to observe and respect local cultures related to credentialing students; identifying concerns and opportunities for graduate colleges, libraries, and technology providers; and increasing collaboration within the University and among universities. A lively round of lightning talks in the afternoon featured specific examples of theses that challenge conventions from other universities.

Presentation slides and collaborative notes from the symposium are available on Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies’ e-Pubs repository at https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/etdgiantleaps/.


HIcks Study Breaks Spring 2019Take time out to relax and de-stress during prep and finals weeks this spring. Beginning Monday, April 22, Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies will host Hicks Study Breaks to help students take a break from studying in the Hicks Undergraduate Library. A full list of the events, with times and dates, is below.

All events are free and open to all Purdue students and will be held in the Hicks Undergraduate Library’s main common area.

Prep Week

  • 7-8 p.m. Monday, April 22: Pet Partners
  • 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23: Popcorn and Mobile Making Activity
  • 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24: Cord Decorating
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25: Sidewalk Chalk and Bubbles

Finals Week

  • 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 29: Popcorn and Mobile Making Activity
  • 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30: Therapy Dogs International
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1: Sidewalk Chalk and Bubbles

Why I Love Purdue Libraries 2019


There are more than 150 ways to love Purdue University Libraries, and, to help celebrate Purdue University’s Sesquicentennial, we’re asking you to share your stories about some of the ways via the “Why I Love Purdue Libraries” annual video contest! Supported by the Purdue Federal Credit Union, the contest is open to all students on the West Lafayette campus. The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 15.

Each academic year since 2013, Purdue Libraries has opened the contest to Purdue University students on the West Lafayette campus and has awarded first, second, and third place prizes to the winning entrants.

First-place prize is $1,000; second-place prize is $750; and third-place prize is $500. Each submission must be from 1-3 minutes in length. Submissions will be evaluated by a team of student and full-time staff in Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies. Winning videos will be shared April 24, Purdue University’s 2019 Day of Giving.

For submission information and complete contest rules and guidelines, visit www.lib.purdue.edu/videocontest, or download the 2019 contest guidelines at https://bit.ly/2IV9rAo.

Below are the winning entries (first, second, third) for the 2017-18 academic year (the contest in 2017-18 focused on the Wilmeth Active Learning Center the first year it opened):

First Place: Cole Griffin and Anna Magner

Second Place: Jake Heidecker

Third Place (Tie): Matt Schnelker

Third Place (Tie): Jason Kelly

For decades, psychedelic drugs have been associated with “turning on, tuning in, dropping out” and the countercultural baggage of the 1960s. But what if they hold the key to treating a series of health afflictions? Are they safe? Are they effective?

Michael Pollan Photo by Fran Collin

Michael Pollan
Photo by Fran Collin

Six-time New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan will explore these ideas March 20 in a Q&A session led by Rhonda Phillips, interim dean of Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies. “What If Psychedelics Could Heal?” is set to start at 6 p.m. in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. The lecture/presentation is open free to the public. The presentation will be followed by a book signing outside Fowler Hall at 7:15 p.m.

Pollan is author of the recent “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence,” as well as other books including “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.”

This Ideas Festival presentation is among many events celebrating Purdue’s sesquicentennial celebration, 150 Years of Giant Leaps, which acknowledges the university’s global advancements made in a variety of fields. This event aligns with one of the celebration’s Giant Leaps themes, Health, Longevity and Quality of Life.

What IF Psychedelics Could Heal? Featuring Michael Pollan, Purdue University LibrariesPollan has dedicated the last 30 years to exploring and writing about the many ways in which the human and natural worlds intersect. He is the author of eight books, six of which have been New York Times best-sellers, including “Cooked,” which served as the basis for the 2016 Netflix miniseries of the same name; and “The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World” and “In Defense of Food,” both of which have inspired PBS documentaries. Pollan also appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Food Inc.,” which was partially based on another of his books, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.” His work has led him to be chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and has earned him many accolades within his field.

“How to Change Your Mind,” an immediate No. 1 New York Times best-seller, explores the revolutionary potential psychedelics hold in relieving depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction — afflictions that have been characteristically difficult to treat. Today, as scientists and researchers worldwide reevaluate hallucinogens and their potential healing powers, Pollan strives to provide some clarity on the safety and effectiveness of these substances.

“As the world of medicine continues to evolve, psychedelics and their role in treating mental illness have become a huge area of research interest,” Phillips said. “Given Purdue’s longstanding dedication to seeking out innovative solutions to improve the quality of life, we are very excited to hear Pollan’s take on an unconventional method of healing, as well as the medical and societal implications it may have.”

This event is sponsored by Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies and Purdue Archives and Special Collections – which is home of the Betsy Gordon Psychoactive Substances Research Collection – and is co-sponsored by the Department of Chemistry, the Honors College, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Science, Purdue Graduate Student Government, and the Ideas Festival Committee.

Writer: Jaclyn Lawmaster, jlawmast@purdue.edu

Media Contact: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Take a break from final exam stress with the Fall 2018 Hicks Undergraduate Library Study Break events. Pet therapy dogs or learn about the tradition of Purdue “Senior Cords” and decorate your own corduroy swatch to show your Purdue spirit! Cookie decorating and other crafting activities are also part of the Fall ’18 Hicks Study Breaks’ lineup.

All events are free and open to all Purdue students and are held in the Hicks Library’s main common area.

Prep Week

  • 7-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 — Therapy Dogs International
    Final exams can be ruff. Take time out for a pawfully relaxing evening with some furry friends.
  • 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 — Popcorn & Mug Decorating
    Enjoy some free popcorn and design your own mug for your favorite coffee, hot chocolate, or for a homemade holiday gift.
  • 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 — Mobile Making Activity
    Join the Libraries Mobile Making Team from the Data Visualization Experience Lab of Purdue (D-VELoP) to make stuff and learn more about our 3D printing and data viz resources.
  • 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 — Cookie Decorating
    Try your hand at decorating (and then eating) some delicious treats.

Finals Week

  • 6-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 — Cord Decorating
    Learn about the tradition of decorating yellow “Senior Cords” at Purdue and decorate your own corduroy fabric swatch.
  • 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 — Mobile Making Activity
    Join the Libraries Mobile Making Team from the Data Visualization Experience Lab of Purdue (D-VELoP) to make stuff and learn more about our 3D printing and data viz resources.
  • 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 — Popcorn & Crafting
    More free popcorn and creative activities to take a break from final exams.
  • 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 — Cookie Decorating
    Another chance to try your hand at cookie decorating.

In addition to the above-listed events, art-relaxation stations, puzzle stations, bubble wrap, and a Lego station will be set up around the library.

Purdue Libraries Presents "The American Soldier Transcribe-a-Thon" 2018Join Purdue Libraries for “The American Soldier Transcribe-a-Thon,” a Digital Humanities event in commemoration of Veterans Day.

From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Humanities, Social Science, and Education (HSSE) Library (Stewart Center, room 142), individuals are encouraged to come and transcribe original and uncensored commentaries written by soldiers who served during World War II and were asked to reflect on their service.

The transcribed commentaries will be saved and made available digitally to students and scholars around the world, providing an important resource for future research.

“These commentaries provide a wealth of information about the soldiers’ lives, their hopes and anxieties about returning to civilian life, and their thoughts about the Army,” explained Purdue Libraries Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities Matt Hannah.

“The American Soldier Transcribe-a-Thon” at Purdue is sponsored by Purdue Libraries and is open free to the public. No technical expertise required, but participants are asked to bring a laptop computer on which to transcribe. Registration is available at https://go.lib.purdue.edu/events/americansoldier.

The annual event is organized by Virginia Tech, and many individuals and entities across the U.S. participate every year.

Learn more about the project at www.zooniverse.org/projects/tkotwim/the-american-soldier/about/research.

Editor’s Note: Dr. Nicolas Picard’s presentation is the keynote address for Purdue Libraries’ GIS Day Conference 2018 and is part of the Ideas Festival, the centerpiece of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Sesquicentennial Campaign. Learn more about the GIS Day Conference 2018 at www.lib.purdue.edu/gis/gisday/gisday_2018_college_program.

Wildlife experts estimate the Earth loses 18.7 million acres of forests per year — the equivalent of 27 soccer fields every minute — through rampant deforestation. Tropical forestry expert and researcher Nicolas Picard, an official with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), believes the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can lead to a more sustainable future by improving forest management through the mapping, analysis, and oversight of global forest environments.

Dr. Picard’s keynote address will start at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Stewart Center 206 and is open free to the public.

The GIS Day Conference 2018 is co-sponsored by the Purdue College of Agriculture and the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, the Graduate School at Purdue University, Purdue Honors College, Purdue’s Krannert School of Management, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine.

About the Keynote Speaker

Picard is currently Ingénieur for the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forest, and in charge of the Secretariat of the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions-Silva Mediterranea within the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


Building Purdue - Aug. 27-Dec. 14 - Purdue Archives and Special CollectionsPurdue University Archives and Special Collections (ASC) latest exhibit highlights the physical growth and evolution of Purdue‘s West Lafayette campus since the University was founded in 1869. “Building Purdue: 150 Years of the West Lafayette Campus” will be on display from Monday, Aug. 27–Friday, Dec. 14 in the ASC (located on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science, and Education, or HSSE, Library in Stewart Center). Exhibition hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and it is free and open to the public.

According to Digital Archivist Neal Harmeyer, who curated the exhibit, the display will include selected maps, photographs, documents, and artifacts that tell the story of campus—with a focus on its construction—as Purdue nears the sesquicentennial.

“Prominent topics are the fire of Heavilon Hall that inspired ‘One Brick Higher,’ the creation of the Purdue Memorial Union, the University during and after the World Wars, and the ever-changing nature of the campus all Boilermakers call home,” Harmeyer noted.

Later this year, Archives and Special Collections will launch the Campus Buildings and Facilities Project, a searchable database documenting the full history of the physical West Lafayette campus.

The exhibit helps Purdue Archives and Special Collections, a division of Purdue Libraries, kick off Purdue University’s Sesquicentennial Campaign, 150 Years of Giant Leaps. The campaign is a yearlong celebration of Purdue, its remarkable people, its unique history, and its visionary drive to meet the world’s future challenges. From Homecoming 2018 through Homecoming 2019, the Purdue community will spend the year celebrating its unique legacy, which has included giant leaps across every field of endeavor, and further advancing the mission set forth since its founding as a land-grant university in 1869. With the campaign serving as a springboard for a renewed commitment to growth, innovation, and discovery, Purdue’s call is simple: Whatever your pursuit, take Giant Leaps.

For more information about “Building Purdue: 150 Years of the West Lafayette Campus,” contact Harmeyer at harmeyna@purdue.edu.