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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Faculty in Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies are part of a team of academic library faculty who recently were selected to receive a $249,179 award through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Along with librarians at the University of Arizona and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies faculty librarians will collaborate on the project with university classroom instructors to develop disciplinary-based, information literacy curricula.

The results of the project, “Academic Librarian Curriculum Developers: Building Capacity to Integrate Information Literacy across the University,” will be shared with academic library professionals, administrators, and information literacy thought leaders across the nation. Project team leaders include: Clarence Maybee, project lead, Purdue; Michael Flierl, co-project lead, Purdue; Maribeth Slebodnik, co-project lead, University of Arizona; and Catherine Fraser Riehle, co-project lead, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Preparing graduates to use digital information in their future work and lives requires teaching them to use information in disciplinary and professional learning contexts, the team leaders noted.

Maybee, associate professor and information literacy specialist at Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies, explained those involved in the project will apply a learning design model that underscores the role information plays in the learning process. The project will help academic library professionals collaborate with disciplinary instructors to integrate information literacy into courses and assess the outcomes of the resulting coursework.

“I am excited to receive this IMLS grant, as it allows us to expand the work we are doing at Purdue to integrate information literacy into courses to two other large research universities—University of Arizona, and University of Nebraska, Lincoln,” he added.

Dean of Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies Beth McNeil noted the award is an endorsement of the innovative information literacy work Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies faculty have been doing with such noteworthy programs as IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Information).

“Our librarian faculty are on the cutting edge of integrating information literacy into 21st-century teaching and learning styles,” McNeil said. “This award will enable our faculty to continue their transformational work and collaborate, and expand it, with librarians and instructional faculty at two other noted research institutions. Results of this important project will enhance current students’ information literacy skills, which they can apply to make better informed decisions and use to tackle tough future challenges in both their professional and personal lives.”

For more information about Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies’ involvement in the grant project, contact Maybee at cmaybee@purdue.edu. Information about the IMLS grant award is available at www.imls.gov/grants/awarded/re-13-19-0021-19.

In celebration of Purdue’s 150th Anniversary on May 6, Purdue University Press is offering a special Giant Leaps Celebration Sale featuring two new books on the University’s history: Ever True: 150 Years of Giant Leaps at Purdue University and Purdue at 150: A Visual History of Student Life.

Take 50% off each book by ordering directly from Purdue University Press at press.purdue.edu or by calling 1-800-247-6553 and use the discount code GiantLeaps at checkout. This special sale ends on May 6 at 11:59pm EST.

Ever True: 150 Years of Giant Leaps at Purdue University by John Norberg with a Foreword by Purdue University President Mitch Daniels captures the essence of our great university. In this volume, Norberg takes readers beyond the iconic redbrick walls of Purdue’s West Lafayette campus to delve into the stories of the faculty, alumni, student, and leaders who make up this remarkable institution’s distinguished history.

President Emeritus Martin C. Jischke calls Norberg’s work, “an engaging, inspiring, and beautifully written history of one of America’s most distinguished public universities. It tells the story of Purdue from its humble origins to its emergence as a preeminent research university.”

Hardback with jacket, 496 pages, 6.75”x9.75” trim size with over 150 illustrations.

Purdue at 150: A Visual History of Student Life by David M. Hovde, Adriana Harmeyer, Neal Harmeyer, and Sammie L. Morris with a Foreword by Drew and Brittany Brees tells Purdue’s story through rare images, artifacts, and words. The authors culled decades of student papers from scrapbooks, yearbooks, letters, and newspapers to historical photographs and memorabilia preserved in the Purdue University Libraries Virginia Kelley Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. Many of the images and artifacts included have never been published, presenting a unique history of the land-grant university from the student perspective.

The Brees’ say in their Foreword, “Purdue at 150 is the definitive visual history of student life at our beloved alma mater, recalling stories through rare images and artifacts as well as words. Whether you are a long-time alumni or a recent graduate, we know you will enjoy the trip down memory lane.”

Hardback with jacket, 280 pages, 10”×13” trim size with over 675 illustrations.

Since 2013, Purdue University Libraries has sponsored the “Why I Love Purdue Libraries” video contest.

2019 Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies Contest Winners

Jeff Love (second from left), account vice president, Purdue Federal Credit Union, with the 2019 winners of the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies video contest. Winners are (L to R): Miteum Yoo (first place); Tae Hyung Kwon (second place); and Bharat Kesari, Christian Viktrup, and Dane Brear (third place).

Each year, the contest — supported by the Purdue Federal Credit Union — is open to all current, enrolled Purdue University students on the West Lafayette campus.

In 2019, all entries were judged by Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies student employees and regular staff members.

Three videos – first, second, and third place  – were selected as winners of the first $1,000 prize, second $750 prize, and third $500 prize; the winning entrants and videos are listed below.

First Place Winner

Miteum Yoo (undergraduate)

Second Place Winner

Tae Hyung Kwon (undergraduate)

Third Place Winning Team*

  • Dane Brear (undergraduate)
  • Christian Viktrup (undergraduate)
  • Bharat Kesari (undergraduate)

*$500 prize split equally among the three of them

Visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the University of the Pacific Elham (Ellie) Sayyad Abdi

(Ellie) Sayyad Abdi

Visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the University of the Pacific Elham (Ellie) Sayyad Abdi will present “Immigrants: An Information Literacy Framework” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23 in Stewart Center, room 320, during her visit to Purdue University. The talk is open free to the public and is sponsored by the Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies.

Abdi’s research focuses on uncovering the ways in which different populations conceptualize and engage with information. Her presentation will cover her Australian Research Council-funded study, which explores immigrants’ experiences with information and information literacy to enable them to learn the structure of the new environment, make informed choices, and become active and empowered participants of a new society.

Currently, Abdi is the Australian Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the University of the Pacific, California. She is an information researcher and working to pioneer the concept of information experience design (IXD), which is about designing and developing interventions for everyday life based on how people engage with information. Her research specifically examines the information experience among immigrant communities.

From 2014–18, Abdi served as an assistant professor in the School of Information Systems at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Abdi is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), chairs the LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), regularly serves as a reviewer for various information journals, and serves on the program committees of various information conferences.

For more information about this event, contact Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies Associate Professor Clarence Maybee at cmaybee@purdue.edu.

Virginia Eubanks, associate professor of political science, University of Albany, the State University of New York (SUNY)

Virginia Eubanks, associate professor of political science, University of Albany, the State University of New York (SUNY)

Courtesy of Purdue News Service

In an increasingly automated world, what if artificial intelligence (AI) tools are harmful to poor people? They just might be.

Virginia Eubanks, associate professor of political science at the University of Albany, SUNY, will address this question in her lecture “What IF AI tools Punish the Poor?” She argues that government data and its abuses have worsened inequality and created a digital poorhouse by imposing a new regime of surveillance, profiling, punishment, containment and exclusion in our society.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. It will be followed by a Q&A session.

For 20 years, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. She was a founding member of Our Data Bodies Project and was a fellow at New America.

The event is a part of Purdue’s Ideas Festival, the centerpiece of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Sesquicentennial Campaign, which is a series of events that connect world-renowned speakers and Purdue expertise in a conversation on the most critical problems facing the world. One of the Ideas Festival’s themes is artificial intelligence, algorithms and automation.

Eubanks is the author of “Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor” and “Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age.” She also co-edited with Alethia Jones “Ain’t Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith.” Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in Scientific American, The Nation, Harper’s and Wired.

This Spring Critical Data Studies Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by the Honors College. Eubanks’ visit also is co-sponsored by the AI Committee/Ideas Festival, American Studies Program, Black Cultural Center, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Center for Science of Information – NSF Science & Technology Center, Civic Engagement and Leadership Development, Critical Data Studies, The Data Mine, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Diversity Resource Office, Honors College, Purdue University Libraries – Seminar Committee, Purdue Graduate Student Government, and Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Justin Race Named Director of Purdue University Press

Justin Race

Justin Race has been named the director of the Purdue University Press, according to Interim Dean of Purdue University Libraries and Dean of the Purdue Honors College Rhonda Phillips.

Race, who will begin his new role Monday, Nov. 12, is currently the director of the University of Nevada Press. During his tenure there, he doubled the content output and grew sales by more than 30 percent in just over three years. Race began his career in publishing in acquisitions with the Lexington Books imprint, Rowman and Littlefield.

“We look forward to Justin joining the Purdue University Press, which is part of the Purdue Libraries,” Phillips said. “Justin’s publishing experience and his excellent track record of driving success as the leader of another university-based press will help him hit the ground running in this position.”

Race received his B.A. in political science from Tufts University and his M.A. from the Committee on Social Thought from the University of Chicago.

“Purdue University Press has a rich tradition, not only of producing worthwhile and quality content, but also of being an innovator in today’s rapidly changing publishing landscape,” Race noted. “I’m delighted to join the team and excited to be a part of the future of the Purdue University Press.”

About Purdue University Press

Founded in 1960, Purdue University Press is dedicated to the dissemination of scholarly and professional information. The Press personnel select, develop, and distribute quality resources in key subject areas for which Purdue University is famous, including aeronautics and astronautics, business, technology, health, veterinary medicine, and other selected disciplines in the humanities and sciences.

As the scholarly publishing arm of Purdue University and a unit of Purdue Libraries, the Press is also a partner for University faculty and staff in Purdue’s academic departments and centers who wish to disseminate the results of their research globally. The Press is a member of the Association of University Presses, the Society for Scholarly Publishing, Association of American Publishers, and is a founding member of the Library Publishing Coalition. Purdue was one of the first in the United States to integrate library/university press/open access scholarly publishing into a single unit.

Purdue University Libraries - Library of Engineering and Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center

Library of Engineering and Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center (Photo by Mark Simons, Purdue University Marketing & Media)

For the full announcement from Purdue University, please visit www.purdue.edu/newsroom/purduetoday/releases/2018/Q3/purdue-to-initiate-dean-search-for-libraries.html.

Jay Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, has announced the start of a national search for the next dean of Purdue University Libraries.

“Purdue Libraries faculty and staff are known for being creative, collaborative and innovative,” Akridge says. “In addition to their many current contributions, the talented members of this unit will play a key role in our campus-wide Integrated Data Science Initiative and undergraduate research under the direction of the new dean. To better reflect the broader contributions they make to the campus and their future direction, the Libraries faculty and staff are in the process of identifying a new name for the unit. We will be looking for a leader who will help take our (renamed) Libraries to even higher levels of excellence and impact.”

David Reingold, the Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will chair the search. Rhonda Phillips, dean of the Honors College, is continuing her service as interim dean of Purdue Libraries.

The search committee members’ names are listed in the Sept. 20 edition of “Purdue Today.”

Purdue University Office of Undergraduate ResearchThe Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at Purdue University is now part of the Purdue Libraries, creating a partnership between two vital resource areas for undergraduate students, faculty, and staff at Purdue.

Now located in the Hicks Undergraduate Library, the OUR is easily accessible and continues to serve as a central resource to promote and expand experiential learning for undergraduate students through research experiences, creative endeavors, and scholarship with skilled mentors.

Amy Childress, Ph.D., Director of Purdue University's Office of Undergraduate Research

Amy Childress,Director of Purdue University’s Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)

“The partnership between OUR and Purdue Libraries creates an ideal foundation for undergraduate research across our University,” said Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity Jay Akridge. “This is the next step in the development and expansion of undergraduate research experiences at Purdue, and it will build on the successful launch of OUR by integrating the resources of Purdue Libraries into OUR programming and support.”

According to OUR Director Amy Childress, OUR connects students with opportunities to learn beyond traditional classroom activities and gain skills applicable to both research and non-research careers. Studies show that undergraduate students who engage in research are twice as likely to graduate, five times more likely to go on to graduate school, and have more successful careers after graduation.

“This increased collaboration with Libraries faculty and staff, who provide students with the research tools necessary for so many disciplines and publish the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research, complements the work of the OUR to deliver research support to students,” Childress explained. “It will expand upon the biweekly research seminars that have been sponsored by the OUR and Libraries for the past three semesters. The collective activities of the OUR and Libraries faculty strengthen the University’s commitment to providing high-quality experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates and encouraging mentorship from Purdue’s broad range of researchers and scholars.”

JJ Sadler, Associate Director of Purdue University's Office of Undergraduate Research

JJ Sadler, Associate Director of Purdue University’s OUR

Dean of the Purdue Honors College and Interim Dean of Libraries Rhonda Phillips noted that linking OUR, which is a newer unit at Purdue, with Libraries will facilitate enhanced access to information and skills for knowledge building across the spectrum of inquiry.

“The Libraries faculty and staff are experts in information literacy, and this new partnership will benefit both by connecting vital capacities in information literacy and research-skill development with OUR’s programming and service to students, faculty, and staff across campus,” Phillips said.

“The purpose of the OUR is to foster strong faculty-student mentorships, which aids in student retention, helps students to clarify their career goals, reduces the amount of time it takes for them to earn their degrees, enhances their interest in graduate school, and further develops critical-thinking skills necessary for lifelong success,” Childress added.

Angie Welsheimer, Administrative Assistant, Purdue University Office of Undergraduate Research

Angie Welsheimer, Administrative Assistant, Purdue University’s OUR

According to Purdue Libraries Head of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business (HSSEB) Division Erla Heyns, the faculty and staff of the Libraries have a long history and a strong commitment to supporting undergraduate inquiry.

“With the merger of OUR and the Libraries, Purdue University will be able to play a vital role in furthering the education of students as researchers. The Hicks Undergraduate Library, where the OUR is now located, has been identified as the focal point for supporting undergraduate research,” Heyns noted. “To support this collaboration between the OUR and Libraries, Associate Professor Clarence Maybee is spearheading a Libraries’ initiative to create space in Hicks for undergraduate researchers to engage in specialized consultations and interactions with Libraries faculty and staff, as well as a place for students and faculty mentors to come together as a community. He will teach a for-credit course devoted to undergraduate research and the consultation space will play a critical role in supporting this initiative.”

More About the Office of Undergraduate Research

The OUR was launched in July 2017 and serves as a central resource for faculty and staff to coordinate and promote undergraduate research experiences (UREs). By providing this programmatic assistance, faculty, and administrators can better focus their time on more effective URE efforts and priorities. This infrastructure includes a portal for researcher and student recruitment through OURConnect, wraparound educational support in the form of online courses for current and prospective undergraduate researchers, promotion of research-based best practices, and development of a campus-wide community of practice for faculty and staff.

The OUR staff oversees multiple initiatives designed to recognize student research and scholarly achievements, including the annual OUR Scholarship, fall and spring undergraduate research conferences held each semester, a summer poster symposium, and research and travel grants.

For more information and to register for the OUR newsletter, visit www.purdue.edu/undergrad-research or contact Childress at childres@purdue.edu.

Purdue University Press announces 12 new books for the Fall/Winter 2018-19 season. These new books, slated for publication from September 2018 through February 2019, feature works in the subject areas of flight and space, library and information sciences, business and leadership, veterinary studies, global languages and literature, literary criticism, Jewish studies, and European history.

Part of this slate of new scholarly and popular books is the release of the revised and expanded paperback edition of Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom. A book on the life of the famed Purdue astronaut that The Wall Street Journal described as “thrillingly told, taking the readers into the cosmos with Grissom, conveying the sense of wonder and danger that accompanied these early voyages.”

To find out more about these forthcoming books download the seasonal catalog or go to www.press.purdue.edu.


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Purdue University Press is the scholarly publishing arm of the University and is a unit within the Purdue University Libraries. Dedicated to the dissemination of scholarly and professional information, the Press selects, develops, and distributes quality resources in several key subject areas for which its parent university is famous, including aeronautics and astronautics, business, technology, engineering education, health, veterinary medicine, and other selected disciplines in the humanities and sciences. The Press is also a partner for university faculty and staff, centers, and departments, wishing to disseminate the results of their research.

Dr. Noble’s Talk Part of Purdue University’s Sesquicentennial Ideas Festival.

Dr. Safiya Noble

Dr. Safiya Noble

Safiya Noble, author of the widely acclaimed book, “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism,” will deliver the inaugural lecture in Purdue University Libraries’ Critical Data Studies Distinguished Lecture series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Fowler Hall at Purdue University.

Noble’s lecture, “Intellectual Freedom and Racial Inequality as Addressed in ‘Algorithms of Oppression,” is aligned with Purdue’s Giant Leaps Sesquicentennial Campaign and is part of the Ideas Festival Theme, “Giant Leaps in Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, and Automation: Balancing Humanity and Technology.” The Ideas Festival is the centerpiece of the campaign and connects world-renowned speakers and Purdue expertise in a conversation on the most critical problems and opportunities facing our world.

According to Purdue Libraries Assistant Professor Kendall Roark, Critical Data Studies, or CDS, is an emerging interdisciplinary field that addresses ethical, legal, socio-cultural, epistemological, and political aspects of data science, big data, algorithms, platforms, and digital infrastructure.

“Dr. Noble’s work is unique, but also draws upon themes within critical theory, Black Feminist Thought, and information science that are of interest to CDS scholars. Dr. Noble asks questions about how inequality, bias, and power are embedded into search-engine platforms. Her work has the potential to inform not only CDS scholars, but also public debates around a wide range of emerging technologies and the transformation of everyday life,” said Roark.

Purdue University Director and Professor of American Studies Rayvon Fouché, who served on Noble’s dissertation committee, calls her work on “Algorithms of Oppression” “pathbreaking.”

“It demands that we rethink the ways that online interactions reinforce assumptions about race, gender, and all forms of difference. As societies continue to move in a direction where algorithms mediate our information exchanges, Dr. Noble’s research supplies valuable insights on how to build a more just and equitable world,” he noted.

“We are honored that Dr. Noble will share her important research with the Purdue community as the inaugural lecture in Purdue University Libraries’ Critical Data Studies Distinguished Lecture series,” added Interim Dean of Libraries Rhonda Phillips, who is also the dean of the Purdue Honors College. “Her 2018 acclaimed book is a must-read by scholars of information science, artificial intelligence and technology, sociologists, engineers, and scientists of all disciplines. We are excited that Dr. Noble will share insights into her research and serve as a catalyst for an important discussion about artificial intelligence in the Ideas Festival component of Purdue’s Sesquicentennial celebration.”

About Safiya Noble

Noble, an assistant professor at University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communications, is a co-founder of the Information Ethics & Equity Institute (IEEI), which provides training for organizations committed to transforming their information management practices toward more just and equitable outcomes. She is the recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and the UCLA Early Career Award, and her research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the Internet and their impact on society. Noble earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in sociology from California State University, Fresno, with an emphasis on African American/ethnic studies. Prior to becoming an academic, she spent more than 15 years in various corporate and non-profit marketing and advertising positions. (See safiyaunoble.com for more information.)

About the CDS Lecture Series and the Data Mine at Purdue

The Critical Data Studies Lecture Series and the Critical Data Studies Cohort of the Data Mine Learning Community are a collaboration of the Purdue Honors College, Purdue University Libraries, and the Department of Anthropology. Please contact Roark (roark6@purdue.edu) to learn more about the Critical Data Studies Seminar Series and/or CDS Cohort of the Data Mine. Visit the Data Mine Learning Community website for details about applying to be part of the residential learning community.

Noble’s lecture is made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Purdue University Libraries, Purdue College of Liberal Arts’ School of Interdisciplinary Studies’ American Studies major; Purdue Policy Research Institute; Diversity Resource Office; 150th Committee on “Giant Leaps in Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms And Automation: Balancing Humanity And Technology”; Purdue Department of Anthropology; Purdue Honors College; Critical Data Studies cohort of the Data Mine Learning Community; the Center for Science Information, NSF Science & Technology Center, Purdue University; and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Purdue University Sesquicentennial Campaign, 150 Years of Giant Leaps, 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 the Critical Data Studies Seminar Series and/or other related learning and research opportunities, contact Roark at (765) 494-2637 or via email at roark6@purdue.edu.

Editor’s Note: Dr. Noble will be available for media interviews from 3-4 p.m. outside of Fowler Hall in Stewart Center. Please send confirmation of attendance to tkoltzen@purdue.edu or call (765) 494-0069.