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Research and Writing Help in Hicks - Purdue Libraries Hone your research and writing skills with help from personnel in Purdue Libraries and the Purdue Writing Lab! Purdue University students can now set up one-on-one consultations—conveniently located in the Hicks Undergraduate Library—with members of Purdue Libraries faculty and/or Purdue Writing Lab personnel.

Libraries faculty can work with you on a number of research and scholarly communication topics including: research questions, literature review sources, and poster design. Libraries faculty can also connect you with others to discuss research methods exploration, data storage, data ethics, and more.

Writing Lab staff can work with you on any aspect of writing, including getting started, focusing your topic, integrating your research, developing your argument, genre conventions, and more.

  • Where: Hicks Library (outside the G980D classroom)
  • When: 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons
  • How: Sign up online, or drop in and go to the information desk at Hicks.

Sign up for research consultation at http://calendar.lib.purdue.edu/booking/researchconsult

Sign up for a writing consultation at https://cla.purdue.edu/wlschedule.


Show your data some love during this week, “Love Data Week” (or LDW) and all year long using the six tips listed in the graphic below.

According to the LDW website, the event is designed “to raise awareness and build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services.”

“We believe research data are the foundation of the scholarly record and crucial for advancing our knowledge of the world around us,” notes the LDW organizers on the website.

For more information from Purdue Libraries, visit our “Data Management for Undergraduate Researchers: Introduction” LibGuide, at http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/undergraddata, and learn more about our Data Visualization Experience Lab of Purdue (D-VELoP) at www.lib.purdue.edu/d-velop.

6 Ways to Show Your Data Some Love: 1. Use open source/non-proprietary and uncompressed data formats for long-term accessibility; 2. Create an organizational scheme and consistent naming convention to manage your files; 3. Find connections in your data in the Purdue Libraries' Data Visualization Experience lab (D-VELoP); 4. Create a "data dictionary" to unambiguously define (and remember) the meaning of your variables; 5. Make sure you have two or three backups in different physical locations; 6. Share your data in an organized, secure repository... like the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR)

Two Purdue University faculty members have been named recipients of the 2017-18 Library Scholars Grant, which supports each grant recipient’s access to unique collections of information around the country and the world.

Charlene Elsby, 2017-18 Library Scholars Grant Program Recipient (Purdue University Libraries)

IPFW Assistant Professor of Philosophy Charlene Elsby

Indiana (University) Purdue (University) Fort Wayne (IPFW) Assistant Professor of Philosophy Charlene Elsby was awarded $5,000 to travel to the Husserl Archives at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium) to continue her research about the roots of phenomenology. Purdue University Libraries Assistant Professor Kendall Roark was awarded $5,000 to conduct archival research within organizational and community collections housed in the Arizona Queer Archives (University of Arizona).

Established in 1985 by the 50th anniversary gift of members of the Class of 1935, the Library Scholars Grant Program is available for non-tenured and recently tenured Purdue faculty in all disciplines from the West Lafayette, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, and Northwest campuses, as well as those in the Statewide Technology Program.

The archival research that both Elsby and Roark will undertake will be used for an individual book, a monograph, and/or a project based on their research.

According to Elsby, whose research project is titled, “Time-Consciousness and Transcendental Idealism,” the 2017-18 grant award will enable her to access the Husserl Archives, where she has previously conducted research supported by the Library Scholars Grant Program.

“When I left the archives in 2016, I was halfway through translating Husserl’s essay on Berkeleyan idealism, ‘Esse und Percipi,’ a work which I hope to continue, with the ultimate goal of producing an examination of the relevant differences between Husserlian and Berkeleyan idealism,” noted Elsby, who is also the interim director of the philosophy program in the IPFW Department of English and Linguistics.

Kendall Roark, 2017-18 Library Scholars Grant Program Recipient (Purdue University Libraries)

Purdue University Libraries Assistant Professor Kendall Roark

Roark noted that materials from the Arizona Queer Archives, “which engages the local community in the development of its collections and prioritizes the everyday lives of LGBTQ Arizonans,” will be used to complete a final chapter of a book manuscript, tentatively titled “Oasis: Imaginative Geographies and the Marginal Locations of Queer,” as well as an online exhibit related to the history of LGBTQ activism and civic engagements along the U.S. and Mexico border.

“‘Oasis’ draws on my past ethnographic multi-modal fieldwork and archival research on hate crime memorials and anti-gay ballot initiative campaigns in Southern Arizona,” Roark explained. “The book will complement recent ethnographic work and intersectional and transnational borderlands research such as, ‘Queer Migration Politics’ by Karma Chavez (2013) and contributions to the history of sexuality such as ‘Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence’ by Christina Hanhardt (2013). Through this work, I seek to contribute to discussions around participatory/collaborative research, as well as material and political implications of movement, ethnographic, and archival memory practices.”

The grant program, which the Class of 1935 has supported continuously over the last 33 years, covers the recipients’ expenses associated with the cost of transportation, lodging, meals, and fees charged by the library or other collection owner.

For more information about the program, and to see the past recipients of the Library Scholars Grant Program, visit www.lib.purdue.edu/scholars/past_recipients.

On Tuesday (Nov. 14), Purdue University Libraries recognized the research contributions of Libraries faculty members during its annual “Celebrating Research” event. During the celebration, one of the presenters, Associate Professor and Information Literacy Specialist Clarence Maybee, talked about his new book, “IMPACT Learning: Librarians at the Forefront of Change in Higher Education,” which will be available in March 2018.

The book covers how librarians in academic libraries can help enable the success of college students “by creating or partnering with teaching and learning initiatives that support meaningful learning through engagement with information,” states the book’s description on the publisher’s website.

“Since the 1970s, the academic library community has been advocating and developing programming for information literacy. This book discusses existing models, extracting lessons from Purdue University Libraries’ partnership with other units to create a campus-wide course development program, Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT), which provides academic libraries with tools and strategies for working with faculty and departments to integrate information literacy into disciplinary courses,” the description continues.

At Purdue, Dr. Maybee is among the group of faculty members in the libraries and in other academic areas demonstrating the importance of information literacy not only for college students, but also for new graduates and mid-career and long-time professionals–indeed, for everyone.

To create awareness about this importance Maybee, Libraries Information Literacy Instructional Designer Rachel Fundator, with the help of Julia Smith, graduate assistant, and Teresa Koltzenburg, strategic communication director, implemented “Inform Purdue,” a social media campaign to “celebrate information literacy at Purdue. The campaign features interviews with Purdue students, alumni, and faculty in a series of videos and social media posts.

“Purdue Libraries’ approach to information literacy is to teach students to use information in the context of learning about something—much as they will do on the job, or to make personal decisions after graduation,” Maybee explained. “In the ‘Inform Purdue’ campaign, Purdue students, faculty, former faculty, and staff share their own ‘stories’ of teaching and learning about information literacy, and how it helps them to accomplish their educational and professional goals.”

The campaign concludes today with a final video featuring Dr. Maybee (see above).

You can catch more of the videos online at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfiLH31ZZsO3vwygf_oblFiyZfqZzWV1k or via the Libraries’ news and announcements website at http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/category/inform-purdue/.

 The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $1.4M to date to support a unique approach to global grand challenges research, scholarly publishing and communication at Purdue.

To date, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $1.4M to support a unique approach to global grand challenges research, scholarly publishing and communication at Purdue.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $1.4M to date to support a unique approach to global grand challenges research, scholarly publishing and communication at Purdue.Purdue Scholarly Publishing, a division of Purdue Libraries, and the Purdue Policy Research Institute have announced the final proposals selected for funding under the grant “Breaking Through: Developing Multidisciplinary Solutions to Global Grand Challenges.”

Four proposals have been selected for funding, which was made possible through a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The four projects are as follows:

  • Big Data Ethics Detecting Bias in Data Collection, Algorithmic Discrimination and “Informed Refusal”: Led by Chris Clifton, professor of computer science, this research team is addressing grand challenges through a multidisciplinary study of the ethical issues involved in the use of big data and predictive algorithms to make decisions affecting individuals.
  • From Global to Local to Global: Attaining Long Run Sustainability in U.S. Agriculture: Led by Thomas Hertel, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics, this research team is leveraging existing knowledge, models and data to understand and communicate the interplay between global change and local sustainability of U.S. agriculture in the context of alternative national, state and local policies affecting agricultural productivity and environmental quality.
  • Global Temperature Goals to Avoid Climate Tipping Points: A Serious Game to Support Serious Decisions: Led by Manjana Milkoreit, assistant professor of political science, this research team is engaging in a first-of-its-kind project that merges a creative knowledge co-production process between scientists and decision makers on urgent questions in global climate change governance and a scientific assessment of the effectiveness of this science-policy interaction.
  • Decision Support for Flood Risk Mitigation: Automated Data Collection and Visualization Tools: Led by David R. Johnson, assistant professor of industrial engineering and political science, this research team is developing automated data collection tools and interactive decision support systems to tackle the grand challenge of increasing coastal flood risks and address the need for better risk communication.

This three-year program enables multidisciplinary teams to tackle grand challenges in new ways. It also embeds policy experts, publishing professionals, and libraries faculty in the scholarly research and communication process, in order to provide researchers with expert assistance in communicating results directly to the public and key stakeholders.

The Scholarly Publishing Division of the Purdue University Libraries, the Purdue Policy Research Institute in Discovery Park, the College of Liberal Arts and the Purdue Systems Collaboratory are partners on the grant.

Peter Froehlich, director of Purdue Scholarly Publishing, and Laurel Weldon, director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute, are principal investigators.

Both lead PIs are pleased with the outcome of the competition, which was intense.

“So many excellent proposals were submitted in response to our call for proposals, it ended up being a difficult choice. The four proposals selected are outstanding, and we are excited to be able to launch these innovative, interdisciplinary projects,” Weldon says.

Froehlich also highlighted the unique aspects of the program, including the integration of communication planning — how key stakeholders will receive results — from the onset of each project.

“Getting actionable new information to stakeholders sooner, in the most well-targeted, intelligible, digestible and sharable manner possible, will allow us to better impact the challenges we face,” he says. “We’re thrilled to be working with top researchers on this innovative approach to scholarly communications.”

For more information, visit grandchallenges.lib.purdue.edu/index.php.

Researchers and media can direct questions to Froehlich and Weldon at humstem@purdue.edu.

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

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

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

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $750,000 to Purdue University to support a unique approach to research, scholarly publishing and communications on global grand challenges.

The approach at Purdue is unique in two ways. First, it catalyzes the involvement of humanists and social scientists in grand challenges research, innovation and policy formation. Next, it embeds publishing professionals, libraries faculty and policy experts in the scholarly communications process.

Mellon’s support of the program enables broadly interdisciplinary teams to tackle grand challenges in new ways, with expert assistance in communicating results directly to the public and key stakeholders (policymakers, not-for-profit organizations, and others), so that new research gets more swiftly and effectively out of the academy into the hands of people who need it.

The approach is designed to drive innovation in grand challenges research while facilitating change in scholarly publishing in order to achieve greater public value.

The Scholarly Publishing Division of the Purdue University Libraries, the Purdue Policy Research Institute in Discovery Park, the College of Liberal Arts and the Purdue Systems Collaboratory are all partners on the grant. Peter Froehlich, director of the Libraries’ Scholarly Publishing Division, and Laurel Weldon, director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute, will serve as principal investigators. This award follows on an earlier award of $539,000 from the Mellon Foundation in 2014.

“We’re excited to be receiving this new award from Mellon,” Froehlich said. “It’s vital for publishers and policy centers to have support like this to work with researchers to explore ways to short-circuit traditional approaches to scholarly communications. The new award is a strong endorsement of our collaborative approach to research and scholarly publishing at Purdue.”

Weldon agreed.

“Thanks to the previous support we received from Mellon and to our work with our partners on the grant across campus, PPRI has been able to develop a model for high-impact, interdisciplinary research. We look forward to sparking greater innovation in interdisciplinary research and scholarly communications through this project,” she said.

The majority of the grant funds will support competitively selected research projects.

Applicant teams can recruit members from any institution, but lead principal investigators must be faculty in the Purdue College of Liberal Arts.  At least one research faculty from a STEM field as well as one member of the Libraries’ faculty must be included on each team. Projects will be funded from January 1, 2017 through July 31, 2019.  The title of the project is “Breaking Through: Multidisciplinary Solutions to Global Grand Challenges.”

Details about applying, informational events and deadlines will be released soon.  Researchers can direct questions to Froehlich and Weldon at humstem@purdue.edu.


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

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

Laurel Weldon, 765-494-4185, weldons@purdue.edu

Purdue University Libraries has developed a new information literacy mission statement to guide students, faculty and staff in fostering successful learning at Purdue.

The new statement is:

“Purdue University Libraries’ research-based information literacy programming empowers Purdue’s diverse communities of learners to use information critically to learn and to create new knowledge, fostering academic, personal and professional success.”

The Libraries revisited the mission statement to align it more closely with campus goals for learning. Beginning in fall 2015, the mission statement was developed through an inclusive process that gathered input from stakeholders in the Libraries and focus groups with faculty across the University.

Libraries faculty and staff partner across the University community to integrate information literacy into the curriculum and beyond.

During the last fiscal year, the Libraries collectively worked with 19,481 students on many information literacy-related efforts to foster effective learning and decision-making skills. Libraries faculty also work directly in the planning stages of unique Purdue projects, such as developing innovative learning environments for students in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and creating digital learning tools to teach Honors College students who are preparing to conduct original research.

Fundamental Libraries information literacy efforts include:

* Creation of the first endowed chair for information literacy, held by Sharon Weiner, professor of library science and the W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy.

* Libraries faculty teaming with other campus units and Purdue instructors to revamp courses through the IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) program, and serving in key roles on the committees developing and implementing Purdue’s core curriculum.

* Libraries faculty working closely in planning and design of new Purdue projects in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and Honors College.

* Libraries faculty and staff creating and implementing engaging activities to connect new Purdue students with the libraries during Boiler Gold Rush.

* University Libraries leading the academic research library profession in the development of data literacy education.

* The creation of a new Graduate Resource Information Portal (G.R.I.P.) to connect graduate students with the services and resources available through the Libraries.

The mission is grounded in research. The continued contributions to information literacy research by faculty have been highlighted in a bibliographic study conducted by researchers at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

The extended version of the new mission statement is available on Purdue Libraries’ website.

For more information, contact Shannon Walker, director of strategic communication for Purdue Libraries, at walker81@purdue.edu or Clarence Maybee, assistant professor and information literacy specialist for Purdue Libraries, at cmaybee@purdue.edu.

One of the research teams for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and the 21st Century Grand Challenges project has just released their initial findings that coincides with the 4-year anniversary of the Southern Indiana tornadoes (March 2-3). Their ongoing research focuses on these communities and how they handled the after-effects of the tornado devastation.

The title of the research project is “Resilient Communities: Strengthening Post-Disaster Recovery by Understanding Interdependent Social and Physical Networks.”

The team conducted its study as part of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and the 21st Century Grand Challenges project, an initiative created by President Barack Obama in 2013 to harness science, technology and innovation to solve important national or global problems. The $538,000 grant was issued to Purdue University in March 2014 for a project titled “Catalyzing the Involvement of Humanists and Social Scientists in Grand Challenge Initiatives,” led by Principal Investigator Jim Mullins, dean of libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor.

Megan Sapp Nelson, associate professor, Purdue University Libraries is quoted in the article as part of this research team.  A link to the article can be found here: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2016/Q1/purdue-research-team-investigates-disaster-recovery.html.

For more about the Mellon Grand Challenge Exploratory Initiative led by Principal Investigator Jim Mullins, dean of libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor, go to: https://www.purdue.edu/research/ppri/research/grants.html.

Get A G.R.I.P. (Graduate.Research.Information.Portal): An information portal for graduate students about the services and resources available at Purdue University Libraries. GRIP and Research Data Services has partnered with the Graduate School to offer data services related sessions for graduate students.  These are denoted below by “GSDS” before the session title.  For more information on G.R.I.P. go to: http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/grip.


Upcoming G.R.I.P. Workshops:


EndNote Desktop

Feb. 11, 2016

10 – 11 am

Purdue Graduate Student Center 105b

Presenter:  Nastasha Johnson


EndNote Desktop

Feb. 11, 2016

3-4 pm

CSC (HSSE 142)

Presenter:  Nastasha Johnson


GSDS: Data Management Planning and Funder Requirements

March 01, 2016

11:30 AM – 1:30 AM

Purdue Graduate Student Center

Presenter: Dr. Line Pouchard



March 2, 2016

3-4 pm

CSC (HSSE 142)

Presenters:  Dave Zwicky & Catherine Fraser Riehle


GSDS: Managing Professional Identity

March 08, 2016

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Purdue Graduate Student Center

Presenter: Associate Professor Megan Sapp Nelson


Excel for Data Management

March 31, 2016

10-11 am

CSC (HSSE 142)

Presenter:  Pete Pascuzzi


GSDS: Publishing with PURR     

April 12, 2016

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

HSSE 142/145

Presenter: Professor D. Scott Brandt /Associate Professor Michael Witt


EndNote Basic

April 13, 2016

10-11 am

PGCS 105b

Presenter:  Dave Zwicky


EndNote Basic

April 13, 2016

3-4 pm

CSC (HSSE 142)

Presenter:  Amy Van Epps


GSDS: Data Management and Sharing Human Subject/ Participant Research

April 19, 2016

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Purdue Graduate Student Center

Presenter: Dr. Kendall Roark


GSDS: Excel Workshop 

April 20, 2016

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Learning Lab: KRAN 250/ Corporate Study Rm KRAN 258/260

Presenter: Dr. Pete Pascuzzi