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“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 weekly.

by Carolyn Laffoon and Teresa Brown

On July 1, 1967, the Department of Geosciences was formed in the School of Science; it was previously a part of the School of EngineeriPurdue Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Libraryng. The geology library materials were stored in the basement of the Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Building and were a subset of the Civil Engineering Library collection. Marjorie Meyer staffed the library one-quarter time as the library assistant. Dr. Wilton “Bill” Melhorn, the first department head, was instrumental in establishing the Geosciences Library. Dr. Ted V. Jennings, as library committee chair, assisted in selecting library materials to purchase.

In 1970, the department and library moved across the street into the old Pharmacy Building. Located on the first floor of the Geosciences Building, the library had fire exit doors that overlooked the old fountain situated in front of Hovde Hall of Administration. The library originally consisted of the main room with four study tables and 16 seats, as well as a large room to the immediate southwest. Original built-in wooden shelves and several rows of old army-green surplus shelving housed the entire collection. As the collection grew, the library extended into surrounding rooms, adding three additional rooms before moving to the newly constructed location. The library title morphed from “Geosciences” to “Earth and Atmospheric Sciences” when the department changed names in 1986. In 1988 the Library moved, with the department, to the Civil Engineering Building, now named Hampton Hall of Civil Engineering. The name of the library was changed to “Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences” in 2012 when the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences underwent a name change to incorporate a new Planetary Sciences major.

Staff

In 1971, after one year in the Mathematical Sciences Library, Carolyn J. Laffoon took the library assistant position in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Library (EAS). In 1987, she obtained her Master’s in Library Science from Indiana University, while simultaneously working full-time in the EAS Library. Upon graduation, she was promoted to Professional Librarian of the EAS Library and served in that role until her retirement in 2011.

In 1988, with the move to the new facilities, the university merged the map collection housed in Stewart Center Special Collections with the second campus map collection held by the Department of the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Virginia Carter transferred from Special Collections to the EAS Library Map Room as the library assistant and map curator. She worked there until her retirement in 2000. Rebecca Richardson assumed the position of map curator/library assistant and student supervisor the following year, until she finished her Master’s in Library Science. Scott Bonner succeeded Rebecca in 2001 and was the primary force behind merging the two map collections, so library users could easily find maps for themselves. Hired in 2002, Claire Alexander held the position as the map curator/library assistant until her retirement in 2011. Donna Slone worked in the CFS Library from 2004-2007 and moved to Physics where she spent part of her time in Engineering. She moved to EAPS in 2012 and will move to Hicks Library with the map collection. Terry Wade, hired in 1999 as library assistant in Physics Library, splitting her time between Physics and EAS until 2001, when she became a full-time EAS Library assistant supervising the main collection and student staff members.

Over the course of the existence of the EAS library, several faculty librarians have overseen the library, including:  Richard Funkhouser, 1970-1980; Martha Bailey, 1980-1982; Dennis Parks, 1982-1986; D. Scott Brandt, 1987-1989; Robert “Pat” Allen, 1990-1997; and Michael Fosmire, 1998-2003, when he was appointed Head, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology Division, which included EAS. Megan Sapp Nelson, associate professor, assumed supervision of the EAS library in 2011. She will continue as the liaison to the EAPS department after the closure of the departmental library in 2017.

Additionally, in August, 2006, Chris Miller joined the Purdue Libraries as its first GIS Librarian. Nicole Kong was hired in 2012 as GIS Librarian and two Geographic Information Systems Analysts, Yue (Shirley) Li and Bertin Mbongo were added in 2016.

Purdue's Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences Library in early 2017

Purdue’s Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences Library in early 2017

Collection

The collection consists of research materials primarily for geology, atmospheric sciences, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrogeology and environmental ecology. The EAS Library is a U.S. government depository collecting documents and maps dealing with geology and meteorology. An official depository for the U.S. Geological Survey, it has a fairly complete collection of state survey materials. The map room consists of over 204,000 maps and 140,000 aerial photos, including historical aerial photos of Tippecanoe County. Among the most unique item in the collection is 5 volumes containing the very first original aerial photos ever taken anywhere! They happen to be of the Wabash River Valley, c. 1929.  (No other library has this set!) These materials were transferred to Purdue University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections. They were digitized and plans are to add them to the GIS server.

Historical Changes

The EAS Library has evolved, along with libraries as a whole, from manual to electronic circulation and overdue materials; from card catalogs to online catalogs, from print reference sources to primarily online databases, such as GeoRef and Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA) and reference sources, from face-to-face reference to digital reference (i.e. Ask-A-Librarian service) and email reference, from print journals and books to ejournals and ebooks available on desktop personal computers, and from teaching basic bibliographic instruction classes in the library to teaching classes mostly from computer labs to demonstrate database usage, web searching techniques and webpage evaluation. (Searches that used to take weeks, now take minutes, and even seconds!)

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.

The Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC)

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” — John F. Kennedy

 

Today and this weekend will be one that is bittersweet for many on the Purdue University campus–and especially so for many in Purdue University Libraries.

Many students are wrapping up their final exams and will soon head home for the summer, leaving their college lives behind for a time. Those who are graduating next week are preparing for commencement and are likely looking toward their new lives in the work world or in advanced degree programs.

And, here in Purdue Libraries, today and tomorrow, we are closing the buildings of six of our libraries–to start the process of the move to the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center (photo above).

The newly consolidated Library of Engineering and Science, along with the many active learning resources available in the Wilmeth Center, will officially open to the public Monday, August 7.

Information about the individual libraries that are closing, as well as for Purdue Libraries’ users, is just below.


Today (Friday, May 5), the Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS); Life Sciences; Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences; and Physics libraries will close at 5 p.m; the Engineering Library will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

The libraries that will remain open during the move to the Wilmeth Active Learning Center include:

  • Archives and Special Collections
  • Aviation Technology Library
  • Black Cultural Center
  • Hicks Undergraduate Library
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education (HSSE) Library
  • Mathematical Sciences Library
  • Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics
  • Veterinary Medical Library

From May 7-June 11, Purdue Libraries’ users who need materials from the closed libraries can search for and retrieve materials by using the secure Interlibrary (ILL) System or UBorrow. An active Purdue Career ID is required for login. You will be notified when the material you requested is ready for pick up at the ILL Office in the Humanities, Social Science, and Education (HSSE) Library or is ready for download. For currently employed West Lafayette faculty, staff, and visiting scholars, we deliver the research material you need to your desktop or office quickly and efficiently.

From June 12 through the opening of the WALC (August 7), users will be able to submit requests for the materials located in the closed locations and pick up their materials from an open library of their choosing. After the WALC opens, materials in the closed libraries can still be requested in the Libraries catalog and will be delivered to an open library of their choosing. Office and desktop delivery for currently employed West Lafayette faculty, staff, and visiting scholars will continue.


Here’s to the future, Purdue!

— Teresa Koltzenburg, Director of Strategic Communication

 

The Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC)

The Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) will open August 7.

Six Library Facilities Closing After Spring ’17 Finals Week for Move to Wilmeth Active Learning Center

 

Purdue University’s newest building, the Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC), is on schedule to open to the public Monday, August 7.

The WALC Center houses 27 collaborative active learning classrooms. After the end of the spring 2017 semester, the building will consolidate six of the nine science libraries to form the Library of Engineering and Science in one location at the heart of campus. The center will be a daily academic destination for approximately 5,000 Purdue students and faculty. (Read more about the background of the facility at www.lib.purdue.edu/walc/.)

After finals week, Libraries faculty and staff in the Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS); Engineering; Life Sciences; Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences; and Physics Libraries will begin the process of moving books and materials from their current locations on the West Lafayette campus to the new WALC or to other locations. The Chemistry; EAPS; Life Sciences; Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences; and Physics Libraries will close at 5 p.m. Friday, May 5; the Engineering Library will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

The libraries that will remain open during the move to the Wilmeth Active Learning Center include the:

  • Archives and Special Collections
  • Aviation Technology Library
  • Black Cultural Center
  • Hicks Undergraduate Library
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education (HSSE) Library
  • Mathematical Sciences Library
  • Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics
  • Veterinary Medical Library

From May 7-June 11, Purdue Libraries’ users who need materials from the closed libraries can search for and retrieve materials by using the secure Interlibrary (ILL) System or UBorrow. An active Purdue Career ID is required for login. You will be notified when the material you requested is ready for pick up at the ILL Office in the Humanities, Social Science, and Education (HSSE) Library or is ready for download. For currently employed West Lafayette faculty, staff, and visiting scholars, we deliver the research material you need to your desktop or office quickly and efficiently.

From June 12 through the opening of the WALC (August 7), users will be able to submit requests for the materials located in the closed locations and pick up their materials from an open library of their choosing. After the WALC opens, materials in the closed libraries can still be requested in the Libraries catalog and will be delivered to an open library of their choosing. Office and desktop delivery for currently employed West Lafayette faculty, staff, and visiting scholars will continue.

Follow the Purdue Libraries’ home page at www.lib.purdue.edu for updates.

Featured New Books

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A First Course in Systems Biology

A First Course in Systems Biology

Eberhard O. Voit

Starting this fall semester, Purdue Libraries will offer a text message reference service, in addition to email and chat services.

Get a brief answer to your simple question. TEXT Purduelib to 66746 to get started!

Purdue Libraries’ reference service has many options available, whether the physical library is open or not. In fact, Libraries is never closed to people who need information. Choose text for short answers, chat for 1:1 conversational assistance or email for more comprehensive assistance.

Purdue Libraries’ NEW Ask a Librarian website focuses on letting students choose the assistance which fits their needs. For more information visit: www.lib.purdue.edu/askalib

Purdue Libraries has made some changes to reserve policies across the libraries to lessen confusion for those using the reserve system and ensure that reserves are available to all students as equitably as possible. These will be in effect beginning  January 9, 2012. Reserves will continue to be held by request of the instructor behind the circulation desk and available for only a limited loan period. Instructors may designate the library where a reserve is held and select either the two hour (standard) or one week loan period.

Reserve: 2 Hour Loan – These items can now leave the library where they are checked out, but must be returned to the circulation desk of the lending library. No reserve items can be kept overnight and all reserves must be returned before the lending library closes for the day, even if this means the loan period is shortened.

Reserve: 1 Week Loan – Will circulate for 1 week.

Penalties – Items that have a circulation period of less than one day will be subject to fines after the item is overdue for one hour.  For current list of fees, visit www.lib.purdue.edu/access/circserv/policy.

To request reserves, fill out the form found at www.lib.purdue.edu/coursereserves. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laurie Sadler lsadler@purdue.edu or 49-46238.

Here is the listing of Purdue speakers and poster presenters for the upcoming 242nd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, August 28‐September 1, 2011, being held in Denver, CO.

Merck Index – New Interface

August 24th, 2011

Purdue now has access to The Merck Index from a more user-friendly web interface. Access The Merck Index here.

The Merck Index contains descriptive information on 10,000+ chemicals, drugs (human and veterinary), and biologicals. Each entry lists synonyms for drug names (trade, chemical, generic, and research codes), CAS Registry Numbers, physical data, patent information, uses, toxicity, and bibliographic citations on synthesis, pharmacology, and toxicology. Can search by name, structure, CAS # and more.

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced that the Web version of SciFinder has been updated to improve your overall user experience. You can expect faster response times in several key areas, including answer set display and pagination, detailed displays, breadcrumb navigation and large answer set print/export. Individual performance improvements may vary and are dependent on Internet connection speed, hardware configuration and other variables.

They have also added support for additional Web browsers. Mozilla Firefox 5 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Web browsers have been added to the list of recommended browsers for SciFinder.

In addition, new Print and Export options allow for more customized information output, and a more visible Keep Me Posted (KMP) alert button will help guide you to this valuable SciFinder feature. Set up a KMP alert today to notify you monthly or even weekly when new research is available in SciFinder. To learn more, visit What’s New in the Web Version of SciFinder.