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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.

Open Access Week is a global celebration to raise awareness of open access in scholarship and research. OA Week is an invaluable chance to connect the global momentum toward open sharingopen_access_logo_plos_white-svg with the advancement of policy changes on the local level. Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

In celebration of Open Access Week, Purdue University Libraries Scholarly Publishing Division, incorporating Purdue University Press and Scholarly Publishing Services, will share throughout the week on social media ways in which we support research and engage with the scholarly community through open access. Our open access resources are made available on Purdue e-Pubs, the open access text repository and publishing platform supported by the Purdue University Libraries. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or globally via #OAWeek.

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.

Purdue University Libraries Resource Spotlight: Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection                       (Henry Stewart talks)

Title: Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection (Henry Stewart talks)
PURL: http://purl.lib.purdue.edu/db/hstalks

Covering the fundamentals and the latest research and development, the Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection is a brilliant resource that brings additional depth and breadth to subjects covered in the classroom.

Explore over 2,000 lectures by leading world experts in many fields ranging from Agriculture to Pharmaceutical Sciences.











Purdue University Libraries Resource Spotlight: AccessUN

Title: AccessUN
PURL: http://purl.lib.purdue.edu/db/accessun


Access UN benefits researchers concerned with  international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian  issues.

The Readex United Nations Index provides access to current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications. Peace and security, world hunger, human rights, economic development, the environment and atomic energy are among the many topics addressed in depth by the United Nations.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Libraries’ Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center recently accepted the donation of an original 16 mm film showing Amelia Earhart and her Lockheed Electra as they were being photographed by Albert Bresnik, Earhart’s official photographer.

Earhart, who was a Purdue career counselor and adviser to the Department of Aeronautics from 1935 to 1937, was recruited by then-President Edward Elliott, who was impressed by her spirit of adventure and her message to women. In April 1936 an Amelia Earhart Fund for Aeronautical Research was created with the Purdue Research Foundation. The fund purchased the $80,000 Lockheed Electra that became known as Earhart’s flying laboratory. With navigator Fred Noonan, Earhart disappeared July 2, 1937, near the tiny Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean while attempting an around-the-world voyage.

The film was donated to Purdue by Douglas Westfall, owner and publisher at The Paragon Agency, which last month released a book, “Amelia Earhart’s Last Photo Shoot,” by Nicole Swinford.

According to Westfall, who acquired the film from John Bresnik Jr., the family believes the film footage was taken by Albert’s brother, John Bresnik. The film is unique in that it captures Earhart posing for publicity photos and interacting with her photographer and others at the Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California (today known as the Bob Hope Airport). The film shows clear and close-up shots of Earhart’s plane before her departure on her world flight attempt.

Purdue University Libraries Archives and Special Collections faculty and staff will take steps to preserve the film and make it accessible to students and researchers interested in scholarship on the many facets of the legacy of Amelia Earhart. The film will join the Amelia Earhart Papers in the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives within the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Purdue University Libraries.

To learn more about the collection visit http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/flight-and-space/.

Contact: Tracy Grimm, Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration, Purdue University Libraries, 765-496-2941, grimm3@purdue.edu

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Harvard Library and Purdue University Libraries collaborated in hosting a two-day data management symposium at Harvard on June 16-17. The focus of the symposium centered on new roles for libraries as part of data management strategies during all parts of the research cycle. Attendees came from across the country.

The Symposium incorporated visionary ideas, new concepts and inspirational speakers. The purpose was to promote data awareness and integration of library services into the research cycle, and to demonstrate that data management is not simply about compliance but also about building relationships and engaging stakeholders at all levels.

Well-managed data can allow researchers to develop new lines of inquiry that would not have been possible previously and to communicate their work in innovative ways; librarians can contribute to this effort.

“The agreement by Sarah Thomas, my counterpart at Harvard, to have Harvard Library collaborate with Purdue University Libraries on this symposium recognizes the high regard in which Purdue University Libraries is held for its leadership role in data management. I was very proud of the presentations and participation of my Purdue colleagues at the symposium,” said James L. (Jim) Mullins, dean of libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor at Purdue.

The symposium was planned by a joint committee made up of Harvard and Purdue individuals; from Purdue Libraries it included: Paul Bracke, associate dean for research and assessment; Scott Brandt, professor of library science and data specialist; and, Michael Witt, associate professor of library science and head, Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2).

Other faculty from Purdue who presented and participated were: Jeffrey T. Bolin, associate vice president for research centers, cores, and research development services and professor of biological sciences, Department of Biological Science; and Sylvie Brouder, professor of agronomy, College of Agriculture.

On June 18, a workshop was held that brought together groups from only Harvard and Purdue to explore in more detail specific challenges facing data management at the two universities. Purdue Libraries faculty and staff who presented at the workshop included: Amy Barton, assistant professor of library science and metadata specialist; Scott Brandt, professor of library science and data specialist; Marianne Stowell Bracke, associate professor of library science and agricultural sciences information specialist; Paul Bracke, associate dean for research and assessment; Nastasha Johnson, assistant professor of library science and physical and mathematical sciences information specialist; Line Pouchard, assistant professor of library science and data specialist and Michael Witt, associate professor of library science and head, Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2).

Contributors to the workshop from Purdue Libraries included: Carly Dearborn, digital preservation and electronic records archivist; Nicole Kong, assistant professor of library science and GIS specialist; Megan Sapp Nelson, associate professor of library science and data information literacy specialist; and Pete Pascuzzi, assistant professor of library science and molecular biosciences information specialist.

Full details on the symposium can be found at: http://library.harvard.edu/harvard-purdue-data

Contact: Shannon Walker, 765-496-9610, walker81@purdue.edu


Dr. Stacy Rebich Hespanha will present her research on Data Stories, how they highlightthe need for adopting new practices in organizing, managing, and preserving data and serve in an educational context for information literacy.

Join Purdue Libraries Seminar Committee in learning more about how data stories can be used for effective data management techniques and education through a seminar and workshop presented by:

Dr. Stacy Rebich Hespanha, Research Associate at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UC  Santa Barbara on April 20.

Seminar: Data Stories: Researcher Stories Highlight Conflicts And Barriers To Effective Data Management And Sharing

Monday April 20, 10:00 AM, HSSE STEW 353

In this presentation, Dr. Hespanha will emphasize in particular those difficulties for which no adequate technical solutions currently exist, or for which technical solutions do not seem to be appropriate, in the hope that our analysis of these stories will stimulate dialogue about the kinds of technical, social, and cultural solutions most needed to accelerate growth in better data management and sharing.

Technically-inclined disciplinary scientists, informaticians, and advocates of open science have already begun working together to develop tools and best practices that help to pave the way for a new era in data management and sharing. In spite of these innovative (and mostly technical) advances, researchers who wish to effectively manage and re-use data, or who are obligated by funding requirements to do so, still face many challenges.

The DataONE Data Stories project (http://notebooks.dataone.org/data-stories/) is focused on collecting researchers’ stories about conflicts and successes that they encounter when managing data and making efforts to share or re-use data.

Research finds better known obstacles such as the technological and design limits of information management systems intersect with a range socio-cultural norms and dynamics to present researchers with a complex set of challenges. From these stories, we can collect useful insights into the kinds of tools and skills that researchers will need as they venture into projects that involve data management and sharing.


Workshop: Using Data Stories to Support Professional Development in Data Management and Sharing

Monday April 20, 2-4PM, HICKS Library G959

In this workshop, Dr. Hespanha will provide examples of how she and her colleagues have prepared some of the researchers’ data stories for use with the topical lessons in the DataONE data management curriculum. Use of stories can support higher levels of engagement with the material and foster discussion among researchers about the complexities of the challenges they will likely encounter as they explore the world of data stewardship and reuse. After reviewing story-based instructional materials already created, participants will collaboratively design a new story-based set of discussion questions and/or learning activities based on a data management topic and Data Story that participants find relevant to their needs.


Dr. Stacy Rebich Hespanha is a Research Associate at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UC Santa Barbara. Her work is interdisciplinary and integrates approaches such as computational analysis of text, data visualization, and content analysis to investigate questions in the domains of environmental communication and education, data management, and sociology of science. She earned a PhD in Geography with an emphasis in Cognitive Science at UC Santa Barbara, and recently completed a postdoctoral appointment with DataONE’s Community Engagement and Education working group.