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A new exhibit, “The Sixties: A Decade of Triumph, Struggle, and Change” from Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, a division of Purdue Libraries, features a rich variety of artifacts, photographs, and documents, all from the Archives’ collections. According to Archivist for University History Adriana Harmeyer, the artifacts and displays spotlight the student experience at Purdue throughout the eventful decade.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in the Archives and Special Collections, located on the fourth floor of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education (HSSE) Library, Stewart Center. An exhibit open house is set from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 in the Archives and Special Collections, and the event will include light refreshments, activities for children, and a chance to meet the exhibit curators.

“Student scrapbooks, senior cords, and underground student newspapers appear alongside aeronautics textbooks, Rose Bowl tickets, and Grand Prix programs,” noted Harmeyer and Digital Preservation and Electronic Records Archivist Carly Dearborn, who both curated the exhibit. “Topics range from Purdue’s astronaut alumni to the 1969 centennial celebrations to student protests that marked the final years of the decade.”

“The Sixties: A Decade of Triumph, Struggle, and Change” is on display through Friday, Aug. 10 in Purdue University Archives and Special Collections.

For more information, contact Harmeyer at aharmey@purdue.edu or Dearborn at cdearbor@purdue.edu.

Ilana Stonebraker, Purdue Libraries

Ilana Stonebraker, Purdue Libraries

Purdue Libraries Assistant Professor Ilana Stonebraker was elected vice chair/chair elect of the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the American Library Association RUSA (Reference and User Services) Division in mid-April.

Stonebraker, who works in the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics and teaches courses in the Purdue Krannert School of Management, will begin her vice chair post July 1 (2018). As vice chair, she will coordinate appointments to BRASS’s 16 committees.

On July 1, 2019, Stonebraker will move into the BRASS chair position, in which she will coordinate division reviews, serve as the head executive for the section, and help create new initiatives. (For more information, visit www.rusaupdate.org/2018/04/rusas-2018-election-results-are-in/.)

In early April, Stonebraker was promoted to associate professor with tenure (beginning July 1, 2018). In 2017, she was recognized by the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) for her article “Toward informed leadership: Teaching students to make better decisions using information.” The piece, published in November in the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, is recognized as one of the “Top Twenty Articles of 2016” by LIRT in its June 2017 newsletter. Also in 2017, Stonebraker was also recognized as a Library Journal 2017 “Mover and Shaker.”

For our final From the Archives photo this semester, we look way, way back to the Archives’ oldest photo of campus.  Where is this?  Can you identify any of the buildings?  When would this have been taken? Share your ideas in the comments and check back on Friday to learn the details about this photo.



This early view of Purdue was captured in 1876, only two years after Purdue first offered classes.

The buildings are, from left to right:

  • Ladies Hall, which served as a residence for faculty members and their families before becoming the home of art classes and residence for female students
  • Building Number 2, later known as the Pharmacy Building, which was the first classroom building on campus
  • The Gas and Boiler House, which kept campus running
  • A barn
  • Men’s Dormitory, which was later turned into a classroom building known as Purdue Hall
  • Military Hall and Gymnasium

Just visible in the middle of the picture is the construction site that would become University Hall, which opened the following year.  University Hall became the oldest building still standing on campus when Purdue Hall was demolished in 1960.

Many photos of campus were taken from this exact angle over the years, but this is the only one that does not yet have University Hall in the center.

Purdue in 1891

Purdue in 1891

Purdue in 2005

Purdue in 2005

Thank you to everyone who has joined us for this series of mystery photos.  We will have many more exciting highlights from the Archives to share during Purdue’s sesquicentennial celebrations beginning this fall!

Electronic Resources Alert

April 19th, 2018

ProQuest Ebook Central will be unavailable this Saturday, April 21st, 10:00pm through Sunday, April 22nd, 3:00am (EDT) due to scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Purdue University students enjoying a Hicks Undergraduate Library Study Break Event (Fall 2017).

Purdue University students enjoying a Hicks Undergraduate Library Study Break Event (Fall 2017).

Beginning Monday, April 23, Purdue Libraries will once again host Hicks Study Break events during prep and finals weeks. Purdue University students are encouraged take a break from the stress of final examination preparation and come to Hicks Undergraduate Library and hang out with some therapy pets or attend a Mobile Making activity courtesy of the Data-Visualization Experience Lab of Purdue (D-VELoP). A full list of the events, with times and dates, is below.

All events are free and open to all Purdue students and will be held in the Hicks Undergraduate Library’s main common area.

Prep Week

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23: Therapy Dogs International
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24: Sidewalk Chalk and Bubbles (and seed planting, if it rains!)
  • 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25: Magnet Making and Popcorn
  • 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 26: Mobile Making Activity

Finals Week

  • 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 30: Magnet Making and Popcorn
  • 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1: Pet Partners
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2: Sidewalk Chalk and Bubbles (and seed planting, if it rains!)
  • 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 3: Mobile Making Activity

In addition to these events, coloring stations, a lego station, and puzzle stations will be available 24/7.

Electronic Resources Alert

April 18th, 2018

We are currently experiencing an outage that is affecting access to databases and other electronic resources. We are actively working on a solution. Thank you for your patience.

Lawrence Mykytiuk, Purdue Univeristy Libraries

Lawrence Mykytiuk, Purdue Univeristy Libraries

Purdue University Libraries Associate Professor Lawrence “Larry” Mykytiuk will present “Is the Bible a Work of Fiction? The Historical Reality of Characters in the Bible” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Stewart Center, room 313, as part of the Purdue University Jewish Studies Noon Lecture and Discussion Series. The talk is free and open to the public.

Through his research, Mykytiuk (pronounced MICK-ee-took) has verified the existence of 53 people mentioned in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), and his April 18 talk will cover the 53 persons in the Tanakh and will mention three recent books on some major events in it.

Mykytiuk is associate professor of library science and the European and world history librarian at Purdue University. He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Semitic Studies, reads 12 languages, and is the author of the book, “Identifying Biblical Persons in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions of 1200–539 B.C.E.”

Learn more about Mykytiuk’s research at www.biblicalarchaeology.org/50 and wgntv.com/2017/07/10/purdue-professors-quest-brings-names-from-the-bible-to-life/.

Welcome to Database of the Month, a feature from the Parrish Library. Each of these monthly snapshots will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This month’s database is MarketResearch.com Academic brought to you MarketResearch.com.

Link: http://guides.lib.purdue.edu/businessdatabases is the alphabetical list of the databases specially selected for those in a business program of study. Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue login and password.

Focus: MarketResearch.com Academic contains comprehensive full-text market research reports with broad range of coverage on markets, industries, and companies worldwide. Please note that full text reports embargoed for 12 months; MarketLook reports are current.

Tutorial: Click here see the basics of searching MarketResearch.com Academic.

Start with this hint: Try browsing by industry or do a “quick search” by keyword. Before downloading a report, skim the table of contents to make sure the report contains the information you’re searching for.

Why you should know this database: MartketResearch.com Academic reports provide more than just “raw data”, they also provide primary research and expert analysis including industry interviews, competitive analysis, market trends, product innovations, buyer behavior, and market share.

Interested in Consumer Research?  

Some other databases you might want to check out, are:

  • Mintel, includes market research reports for Europe, the UK, and the US. Reports cover a variety of sectors including consumer goods, travel and tourism, financial industry, and more.
  • Mediamark Internet Reporter, provides information on demographics, lifestyles, product and brand usage, and advertising media preferences reported by a sample of over 25,000 United States consumers.
  • SimplyAnalytics, enables non-technical users to quickly create professional quality thematic maps and reports using extensive demographic, business and marketing data.

Database of the Month comes to you from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics. If you would like more information about this database, or if you would like a demonstration of it for a class, contact parrlib@purdue.edu. Also let us know if you know of a colleague who would benefit from this monthly feature.

Since usage statistics are an important barometer when databases are up for renewal, tell us your favorite database, and we will gladly promote it. Send an email to parrlib@purdue.edu.

Purdue University LibrariesPurdue Libraries will extend hours to help students prepare for final exams.

The John W. Hicks Undergraduate Library will remain open 24 hours a day from 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22 through 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

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

  • 1 p.m.–midnight Sunday, April 22
  • 8 a.m.–midnight Monday-Friday, April 23-27
  • 1 p.m.–midnight Saturday, April 28
  • 1 p.m.–2 a.m. Sunday, April 29
  • 8 a.m –2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, April 30–May 3
  • 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday, May 4
  • 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, May 5

The Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics will be open the following times/dates during prep and finals weeks:

  • Open at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22
  • Open 24 hours Monday-Thursday, April 23-26
  • Close at midnight, Friday, April 27
  • 1 p.m.–midnight, Saturday, April 28
  • Open at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29
  • Open 24 hours Monday-Thursday, April 30-May 3
  • Close at midnight, Friday, May 4
  • Closed Saturday, May 5

All other libraries will operate their normal hours during prep and finals weeks. Purdue Libraries will be closed May 6, with the exception of Hicks Undergraduate Library and the Library of Engineering and Science, which will both be accessible to those with a valid PUID.

Interim hours for Purdue Libraries begin Monday, May 7. Hours are posted on the Libraries’ website at www.lib.purdue.edu/hoursList.

In this photograph, we see an important part of campus that has moved many times during its existence, housed in a building that is still standing today.  Can you identify this space and where it was located?  When was this image captured?  What details stand out to you?  Share your ideas in the comments and we will reveal the story behind the image on Friday.


University Hall was built in the center of campus in 1877, and in the center of University Hall stood the library. In this image, captured on October 21, 1899, we see the library with its grand central staircase, busts and artwork on the walls, banners celebrating class victories during Field Day each year, the librarian’s desk in the middle of the room, display cabinets for artifacts, and bookshelves on the second floor.  The library eventually outgrew this space and moved in 1913 to its own building, which is now part of Stewart Center.

The image below shows an art exhibit in the University Hall Library in 1896.

Art exhibit, 1896

Please join us again on Monday, April 23, for our next From the Archives mystery photo.