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Due to construction, Hicks Undergraduate Library will be closed from 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 through 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

Hicks Library will again close at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 through 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

For more information, contact Hicks Library at (765) 494-6733 or via email at ugrl@purdue.edu.

“To build up the future, you have to know the past.” — Otto Frank

 

“From the Past to the Future” series by Teresa Brown also appears in INSIDe, the Purdue University Libraries’ newsletter for Libraries personnel. As faculty and staff in Purdue University Libraries consolidate six libraries in the Library of Engineering and Science in the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center this summer, we’ll feature the history of each of the now closed libraries here on a regular basis.

by Teresa Brown

In the 1950s, and into the 1970s, the Schools of Engineering were served by many separate libraries:

  • Aeronautical Engineering was at the airport until it was combined with the Engineering Sciences Library in the mid-1960s. That library was then combined with the Industrial Engineering Library in the late 1960s and was located on the third floor of Grissom Hall.
  • Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering was first noted in 1927, located in an office. In 1971, it was remodeled and moved to the basement of the Chemical Engineering building, now Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering.
  • In 1963-64, the Civil Engineering Library was formally named the R.B. Wiley Memorial Library for Civil Engineering and moved into the Civil Engineering Building (Hampton) from the old Civil Engineering Building (Grissom Hall).
  • Electrical Engineering Sciences was located in the Electrical Engineering in three rooms on the second floor.
  • Mechanical Engineering was located in the Mechanical Engineering building on the second floor.
  • The Nuclear Engineering Library moved from the Michael Golden Engineering Laboratories in July 1971 to the second floor of the Engineering Administration building (the current site of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center) and included departmental faculty office space.

A look back at the engineering libraries at Purdue

In 1977, all the libraries were combined into the Siegesmund Engineering Library. (Editor’s note: I worked in all these libraries as a student employee, 1973-1977, under Ed Posey.)

A.A. Potter Engineering Research Center

A.A. Potter Engineering Research Center

Siegesmund Engineering Library

On April 22, 1977, the A.A. Potter Engineering Research Center was dedicated and a unified engineering library was opened for business.

Funds for the $6 million building were made possible partially by gifts received from engineering alumni and other friends of the Schools of Engineering during Purdue’s 1969 Centennial Fund Drive.

The Potter Center was named in honor of Dean Emeritus Audrey A. Potter who served as Purdue’s Engineering Dean, from 1920-1953. Dean Potter was born in Vilna, Russia, and came to the United States in 1897. He was an educator, counselor, inventor, administrator and author who was dedicated to making Purdue’s Engineering Schools one of the most recognized in the country.

The new library was named in honor of John C. And Lillian W. Siegesmund, benefactors of the building and library project.

At the time of the library’s grand opening, Edwin D. Posey was the Engineering Librarian. The merger of the six individual engineering libraries and the Goss Collection were Posey’s main reason for staying at Purdue for 26 years.

“Basically the individual engineering schools were against a merger, but many people, besides the librarians, could see the advantages that a single engineering library would offer its students and teaching staff,” Posey said.

It was billed as a “unified” engineering library, which in addition to the traditional library services, would have computer-controlled, student-activated storage and retrieval systems.

The original library plans included 45,000 square feet, but when enough funds could not be raised, the space was reduced to 24,000 square feet. Rather than give up the idea of a unified engineering library, Posey worked with the building’s architects to create a floor plan that included the Mezzanine floor in addition to its two floors of space.

Once the building was completed, “Operation Booklift” took place. The task of moving and shuffling 100,000 books (1/10 of the entire libraries’ collection) to the new library took approximately 5,300 staff hours, $11,000 and over two months to complete. It was the largest physical movement of books in the university’s history.

Since its grand opening in 1977, the Engineering Library has had two head librarians, Ed Posey and Sheila Curl. In 2003, Michael Fosmire was appointed as Head, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology Division. Prior head librarians included Mary Lee Rudd and Richard Funkhouser.

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.

Purdue University Libraries will extend hours at four facilities to help students prepare for final exams.

Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 23, the Siegesmund Engineering Library will remain open 24 hours a day through 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

The John W. Hicks Undergraduate Library will remain open 24 hours/day from 1 p.m. Sunday, April 23 through 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

The Humanities, Social Science, and Education (HSSE) Library will be open the following times/dates during prep and finals weeks:

  • 1 p.m.–midnight Sunday, April 23;
  • 7 a.m.–midnight Monday–Friday, April 24–28
  • 11 a.m.–midnight, Saturday, April 29;
  • 1 p.m.–2 a.m. Sunday, April 30;
  • 7 a.m.–2 a.m. Monday–Thursday, May 1–4;
  • 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday, May 5; and
  • 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

Purdue Libraries extend hours for prep and final exam weeks, Spring 2017The Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics will be open the following times/dates during prep and finals weeks:

  • 11 a.m.–midnight, Sunday–Friday, April 23–28;
  • 10:30 a.m.–midnight, Saturday, April 29;
  • 11 a.m.–midnight Sunday–Friday, April 30–May 5; and
  • 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

Hours are posted on the Libraries’ website at www.lib.purdue.edu/hoursList.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Hicks Undergraduate Library will hold several “study break” activities in conjunction with prep/finals week:

  • Therapy DogsTuesday, April 29 and Tuesday, May 6 – 6:30 p.m.

Therapy Dogs, International will be bringing several dog teams to the main common area in Hicks.  Students will be allowed to visit with the dogs to help lower their stress levels.

Location: Hicks Main Common Area

  • Music TherapyMonday, May 5 – 7 p.m.

Julia Lopez – Kaley, MT-BC will provide customized activities with goals of decreasing stress and identifying ways to recognize and manage symptoms in a musical context.

Location: Hicks G980D

  • Game BreakWednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 8 – 6:30 p.m.

Hicks Undergraduate Library will offer a variety of classic board and card games to allow students to de-stress and have fun.

Location: Hicks G980D

  • A Taste of RelaxationThursday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 7 – 6:30 p.m.

Instructors from the Purdue Recreation center will provide instruction on various stress reduction techniques including meditation, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery.

Location: Hicks G980D

Source: Shannon Walker, Purdue University Libraries – walker81@purdue.edu; (765)496-9610

Related web site: www.lib.purdue.edu

 

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Libraries will extend hours and offer special services at four facilities to help students prepare for final exams, which run from May 5-10.

Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday (April 27), the Siegesmund Engineering Library will remain open 24 hours a day through 5 p.m. May 10. The John W. Hicks Undergraduate Library, which is open to Purdue students 24 hours a day when classes are in session, will stay open from 1 p.m. April 27 through 5 p.m. May 10. Please see the Purdue Libraries website for details on special programming to take place in Hicks.

The Humanities, Social Science and Education Library will be open 1 p.m. to midnight on April 27; 7 a.m. to midnight April 28 through May 1; 11 a.m. to midnight May 3; 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 4; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 9; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10. The Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics also will offer extended hours and services.

During extended hours, Libraries staff will be on site to assist students, and refreshments will be provided.

All other libraries will maintain regular hours.

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

Source: Beth McNeil, 765-496-2261, memcneil@purdue.edu

Purdue plans to merge six of its current libraries into one facility, the Active Learning Center, by the fall of 2017.

via Active Learning Center, planned for 2017, to merge libraries into one – Purdue Exponent: Campus.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A key document ensuring that Purdue University would flourish during its formative years became part of Purdue University archives on Saturday (Sept. 7).

A Release of Mortgage – a document filed when a loan has been paid in full – from the estate of university founder John Purdue was presented during a 9:45 a.m. pep rally in Mackey Arena before Saturday’s home-opening football game against Indiana State.

Shortly before his death in September 1876, Purdue mortgaged about 2,000 acres of Warren County land to the state of Indiana. He did so to ensure that, in the event of his death, the remaining funds he owed from a $150,000 pledge to the university would be paid in full. The mortgage document allowed the state to sell the land to pay off the remainder of John Purdue’s pledge to the university trustees.

Ruth Martin, Purdue’s great-great niece, will present the paper to university President Mitch Daniels. About 20 family members, including Martin’s daughters Constance Hayman and Marcia Morningstar, both Purdue graduates, and cousin Marshall Horn, will be in attendance.

“My mother had a chance to get this document from her uncle when he died. She had it much of her life – from the 1920s until the ’80s, and I’ve had it since,” Martin said. “It meant a lot to her, so it has meant a lot to me to have it. But I’ve had the document all these years, and we just decided we would give it to the university so it would be preserved and taken care of properly.”

The document will go to the Purdue Libraries’ Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center to be digitized and stored as part of university history.

“We are delighted that Ruth Martin has donated this historical document to the Purdue University Libraries, Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center,” said Sammie Morris, head of the Division of Archives and Special Collections and associate professor.  “Without John Purdue, there would be no Purdue University. This document shows the commitment he made to provide financially for the university he helped establish and his integrity in fulfilling that promise. We are grateful to Ruth and her family for entrusting us with the preservation of this piece of Purdue history.”

The document was signed in December 1882 by Purdue Board of Trustees treasurer Martin L. Peirce. It reads: “This certifies, That a certain Mortgage executed by John Purdue to the State of Indiana for the use of the Board of Trustees of Purdue University, securing the payment of $150,000.00, dated September 14, 1876 and duly recorded in the Records of Mortgages of Warren County, in the State of Indiana, in Record No. six (6), on page 272, has been fully paid and satisfied, and the same is hereby released.”

The document will become part of an archives collection that is rich in historic figures and pioneers who earned an education at Purdue University. The Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives includes papers and artifacts from famous astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Eugene C. Cernan, Roy Bridges, Jr., Janice Voss and Jerry Ross. The world’s largest compilation of papers, memorabilia and artifacts from late aviator Amelia Earhart are maintained there; as are papers related to Virginia Meredith, nicknamed the Queen of American Agriculture; Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, renowned as the “Father and Mother of Modern Management;” Dorothy Stratton, a military pioneer for whom a U.S. Coast Guard cutter is named; and Charles Ellis, designer of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The 211 Session (one degree before boiling) Saturday will feature the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, drumline, Purdue Pete and the football team.

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

Source: Sammie Morris, 765-494-2905, morris18@purdue.edu

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Libraries on Sept. 13 will celebrate the Hicks Undergraduate Library’s ground floor renovation with live music, refreshments and games.

The “Hicks Renovation Celebration” will take place 4-7 p.m. in Hicks Undergraduate Library ground floor level.  Purdue Libraries will also launch a video contest, “Why I love Purdue Libraries,” during the event.

The renovation was completed to better meet the needs of today’s students. Now, upon entering the library, visitors see a dramatically transformed area that is more conducive for study and collaboration.

Some key highlights of the renovation include:

* A new lounge area, comfortable booth seating, bistro height tables, and architectural screens for creating privacy.

* Easily accessible electrical outlets and quick-access, stand-up computers for a brief check of email or to quickly print out assignments.

* An iDesk (service desk) to provide students assistance with both technology and library resources.

* A contemporary décor lending a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

The renovation was funded by a grant from the university’s repair and replacement fund. The grant was matched with funding from the Esther Ellis Norton Endowment and the Office of the Provost.

Student input has been crucial to recent changes made at Purdue Libraries. In response to student requests, the entire ground floor is now open 24 hours, seven days per week (after normal university hours of operation through Purdue ID card swipe).  Even the moveable chairs accompanying the computer work stations were selected after collecting student input.  The renovation makes the main area of Hicks an especially convenient place to study for students using the new high-tech IMPACT classrooms already open in the space.

Source: Shannon Walker, Purdue University Libraries

 

Libraries IT Customer Service Announcement:

 

Date/Duration of Event:

From Friday August 9 @ 11:00pm to Saturday August 10 @ 8:00pm

 

Description of Event:

General power outage to the main server room in MATH B60.  They are upgrading the electrical system to the server room and need all equipment powered off.

 

Services Affected:

All Libraries services will be down for the duration of the power outage.  A few services like a minimized copy of our website will be online to alert users of what is happening and to provide access to the services we have that are hosted elsewhere (Alma, Primo, SFX, etc.).

 

Action Required:

None.  A notice will be sent when all systems come back online.

 

How to Contact Us:

URL:  http://www.lib.purdue.edu/cso

 

 

 

Support Hours:

 

Monday – Thursday: 

8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday:

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM