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The Hicks Undergraduate Library is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a new exhibition this fall from the American Library Association titled, “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry.” Through October 10th, the exhibition and related programs will be available for all library visitors to learn about the Dust Bowl, one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in American history.

The exhibition recalls a tragic time in our history and explores its environmental and cultural consequences. Visitors will explore several thought-provoking questions: What caused fertile farms to turn to dust? How did people survive? What lessons can we learn? Audiences will explore this time period as the exhibition delves into the history and geography behind the Dust Bowl.  It also delves into the human element through the words of the survivors themselves, showing what it was like to live through such a difficult time.

The exhibition was organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Oklahoma State University Library, and the Mount Holyoke College Library. It was made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry will be accompanied by a series of free library programs, including lectures and film screenings:

September 9, 2014 – 7:00pm*

Hicks Undergraduate Library – Room G980D

The Dust Bowl: Causes and Consequences

Presenter: Dr. R. Douglas Hurt – History Department Head

 

September 16, 2014 – 7:00pm*

Prelude to the Dust Bowl: Drought and Depression in the 1890s

Presenter: Dr. Susan Curtis – Professor of History

 

September 24, 2014 – 7:00pm*

The Politics of the Dust Bowl: Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck

Presenter: Dr. Harry Targ – Professor of Political Science

 

September 25, 2014 – 7:00pm

Dust Bowl Women

Presenter: Dr. Pamela Riney-Kehrberg – Chair – Iowa State University Department of History

 

October 1, 2014 – 7:00pm*

Sanora Babb: Whose Names are Unknown

Presenter: Dr. Bill Mullen – Professor of English & American Studies

 

October 8, 2014 – 7:00pm

The Plow that Broke the Plains – The Dust Bowl Documentary

Presenter: Dr. Otto Doering – Professor of Agriculture Economics

 

Each presentation will be held in Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room G980D.  They are free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  If you have any questions about the display or presentations, please contact Ann O’Donnell (atodonne@purdue.edu, 765-496-1498) or Emily Heitman (eheitman@purdue.edu, 765-494-6732).

You can also visit our website: https://www.lib.purdue.edu/dustbowl

* Sections of the Ken Burns documentary, The Dust Bowl, will be aired during these presentations.

Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know.  This week, though, instead of a database, we want to introduce you to a crowd sharing service that could be used for any class.

This Week’s Featured Database:  CrowdAsk

Find it: crowdask.lib.purdue.edu 

Description/focus: CrowdAsk is a library site where academics, librarians, and students work together to share knowledge and answer questions. Creating an account is easy with your Purdue username and password.

Start with this hint: To see the most recent questions and answers on CrowdAsk right now, go to the CrowdAsk site. The main page will show these questions. You can also view the answer that was provided to the questions, or look at how many votes the question has received. Users will vote for questions that they believe are important. The best answer to a question can also receive votes. Some questions are tagged in categories, which you can look at the right side of the page. You can also search a topic to see what kind of questions and answers already exist.

Click here to see how to get started with CrowdAsk. There is another tutorial here which covers questions, voting, and badges.

Why you should know this database: CrowdAsk provides quick, contextual help from members of your community and teaches question-asking, answering, and technical writing skills.

How this will help students: Some classes use this database as a central place where their students can ask each other questions. For example, students can ask each other when certain assignments are due. But you are not limited to classes; any student can ask questions or answer questions on the site.

Cost: For information contact mdugan@purdue.edu.

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Database of the Week 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.  Database of the Week is archived at http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/category/MGMT/.  For more Purdue Libraries news, follow us on Twitter (@ParrishLib).

Feedback is always welcome.  If you would like us to promote your favorite database, send an email to mdugan@purdue.edu.

Bepress announced today their new Undergraduate Research Commons (http://undergraduatecommons.com/). The commons provides a central point of access to undergraduate scholarship and research from undergraduate students of institutions on the Digital Commons institutional repository and publishing platform. The commons provides free online access to many different types of materials including peer-reviewed journal articles, capstone and honors theses, fieldwork and class projects, conference proceedings, and more. One can search the commons by subject areas, types of works, and institution. At Purdue we have six series/collections/journals represented in the commons that are linked below:

Aviation Technology Undergraduate Student Research (Department of Aviation Technology)

CFS Honors Program Undergraduate Theses (CFS Honors Program)

College of Health and Human Sciences Honors Program Undergraduate Theses (College of Health and Human Sciences Honors Program)

Honors College Student Publications (Honors College)

The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (Scholarly Publishing Services Open Access Journals)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Symposium

About Bepress:

Bepress, formerly the Berkeley Electronic Press, is an academic software firm that was founded by academics in 1999. It is dedicated to producing products and services to support scholarly communication, including institutional repository and publishing software.

For more information about Purdue series/collections/journals represented in the commons, contact Dave Scherer, Manager, Purdue e-Pubs, Purdue University Libraries at dscherer@purdue.edu.

 

 

Welcome to Database of the Week.  This feature from the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management & Economics is intended to give you a brief introduction to a database that you may not know, with only basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases.

This Week’s Featured Database:  MorningStar Investment Research Center from MorningStar.

Find it: www.lib.purdue.edu/parrish, under the column headed Collections, click on List of Business Databases.

Description/focus:  The MorningStar Investment Research Center database can be used to investigate different stock and fund investments.

Start with this hint:  From the MorningStar Investment Research Center main page click on the EFTs tab. This will take you to the EFT screener. Select Fund Group: Sector Equity, Morningstar Category: Real Estate, and 3-year Return: Greater than 15% and click Update. The screener will tell you how many EFTs pass with these criteria; in this case there are nine. You can click the arrow at the bottom to view those results. This will give you a snapshot of those funds names along with other helpful information, such as Market YTD Return.

Why you should know this database: The Portfolio section contains tools to help new investors. There is information on how to create investment goals and a section that will help you calculate savings for retirement.

How this will help students: In the Markets section of this database students can find up-to-date stock prices, industry reports, and sector reports.

Cost: For information contact mdugan@purdue.edu.

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Database of the Week 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.  Database of the Week is archived at http://blogs.lib.purdue.edu/news/category/MGMT/.  For more Purdue Libraries news, follow us on Twitter (@ParrishLib).

Feedback is always welcome.  If you would like us to promote your favorite database, send an email to mdugan@purdue.edu.

Purdue University Libraries asks, “What kind of Boilermaker are you?” Take our quiz featured from this semester’s Libraries BGR presentations and find out! https://www.qzzr.co/quiz/what-type-of-boilermaker-are-you/

Several Purdue Libraries faculty will be assisting with an upcoming Thesis Formatting and Deposit Workshop. There are six different sessions offered beginning on Sept. 9. Learn about copyright, publication and thesis deposit through Purdue e-Pubs. This is an especially useful workshop for Master’s and Ph.D. candidates. Interested attendees should register here:https://ias.itap.purdue.edu/rgs/wgb_workshop.disp_online_workshop

 

Fall 2014 Workshop Flyer

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 10:00 am | Updated: 11:52 am, Fri Aug 22, 2014

From Purdue Exponent

Students looking to avoid the hassle of heavy backpacks this fall have an alternative to the traditional print textbooks: eBooks.

Electronic versions of textbooks are not only becoming popular among students, but within Purdue’s libraries as well. According to Suzanne Ward, the head of collection management of Purdue Libraries, the University has a growing collection of eBooks that students can access 24/7.

 “The libraries are starting to make a conscious effort to buy eBook versions of books that are required for classes,” Ward said. “We’re trying our best to get e-versions of those that allow access by multiple people at the same time.”

She described some of the issues the libraries face in terms of acquiring textbooks. Most publishers refuse to sell small quantities of the textbooks to the University, so as a result, Ward and her colleagues began exploring the option of eBooks. Oftentimes publishers will release the electronic versions of their textbooks a year or two after the print version comes out, so a majority of the eBooks within Purdue Libraries fall under the “supplemental reading” category.

“Unfortunately, we can’t afford to get everything in both formats, so we have to do the best we can in choosing which format to get things in,” Ward said.

Aside from the benefit of a lighter backpack throughout the day, eBooks allow students to search for keywords that may not appear in the index, copy and paste passages for papers and highlight excerpts. Formats may differ depending on the publisher or vendor, but most versions are user-friendly.

Ward believes the availability of eBooks that allow multiple users to access a document at one time will become higher in the next five to ten years. To learn more about Purdue Libraries and how to access its resources, visit lib.purdue.edu.

The MarketLine Advantage database subscription was not renewed. Access to the resource ends Sunday, August 17th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rebecca Richardson, Electronic Resources Librarian, rarichar@purdue.edu.

Description: Purdue University Libraries is conducting user evaluation for the library website (www.lib.purdue.edu). In the evaluation participants will be asked to complete a set of testing tasks with the website and provide feedback. The evaluation is expected to take up to 1 hour of time. Participants will receive $10 if they complete the evaluation.

Requirements: 1) currently enrolled students, staff or faculty at Purdue University, and 2) experience of using Purdue University Libraries website or other academic search websites.

Contact: Please contact Tao Zhang at zhan1022@purdue.edu to schedule an evaluation time.

Indiana’s first female firefighter retired on Tuesday with a crowd of friends and coworkers surrounding her as she gave her final speech.

Diana Hardy left behind 36 years of firefighting – 32 of them with Purdue – on Tuesday afternoon.  Hardy paved the way for women in a traditionally male-dominated profession as the first female firefighter in Indiana.  Her retirement also marks the loss of Purdue Fire Department’s longest-serving member.

In honor of Hardy’s service, Sen. Ron Alting and Rep. Sheila Klinker presented her with Indiana’s Sagamore of the Wabash award.

“This is the highest honor we can get in the State of Indiana,” Alting said during the presentation.  “People like Neil Armstrong, a Boilermaker, was presented this award.  Being a Boilermaker myself, (Hardy is) representing our great University and more importantly, this is history today.”

Accolades aside, Hardy said her biggest reward isn’t the praise or recognition itself, but the example she is leaving behind for girls and other women.  The Logansport, Ind. Native will be donating her uniform to Purdue Libraries to be put on display with items from other influential women, including pilot Amelia Earhart.

“It’s a women’s history project.  They’ve wanted to do that for a while now, but I’ve kind of held them off for a little bit because I felt like it was something I wanted to do after retirement,” Hardy said.  “I really wanted to wait until all was said and done, and then kind of share the whole experience.  It’s pretty cool to know that I’m going to be in a display and somewhere, sometime, some little girl is going to see that and it may change her life.”

Hardy described her retirement as bittersweet; she said the department’s camaraderie, football and basketball games and tours with local children are what she will miss the most.

“It’s a career that you really have to be devoted to because it’s a lifetime career.  You’re always a firefighter,” Hardy said.  “I feel like I’m not really leaving the department, I’m just taking the uniform off.”