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Purdue authors at the West Lafayette campus who were published in 2013 will be recognized Tuesday (April 1) at an event presented by the Honors College and Purdue University Libraries.

The 2013 Purdue Published Authors Symposium, which will include a reception and presentations by selected authors, is set for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Purdue Memorial Union’s South Ballroom. It is open to all at the University.


University Records Project to discover undocumented history

The Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center is attempting to track down undocumented Purdue history through the University Records Project.

Started in March 2013, the University Records Project, a university-wide initiative supported by the provost’s office, seeks to identify records from all academic units on the West Lafayette campus that have lasting historical value to the departments and units of the University.

“The end goal is to incorporate management of historical documents into management of the rest of the university records,” says Lauren White, project archivist for university records. “It would be part of the normal routine and easy for everyone to send documents to records management and the shredder, or send them to us to be saved.”

The project hopes to reach four specific goals:

* Discovery of Purdue-created documents and records.

* Documentation of all departmental records and holdings.

* Education of and outreach to departments concerning care and preservation of their materials.

* Planning the feasibility of launching an archival university records program based upon survey findings.

The project will not transfer campus records to Archives, but instead will locate information that is important to campus history so that it can be preserved and accessed more conveniently.

Materials that are being surveyed through the project include academic papers, correspondence, letters and memos, digital and electronic files and reports. For a full list of materials, visit https://www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol/transfer.

White has met with departments in the College of Science, the College of Agriculture and the College of Engineering and will be moving on to the remaining colleges soon.

In her search, White has already discovered some unique historical documents including correspondence from faculty in the 1870s as they established departments and courses. She also has found early video and audio footage from the 1940s and 1950s.

“I think that’s a cool look at how the University was adopting these new technologies as they came out and looks at what campus life was like,” White says.

The project will be completed in January 2015, when a proposal will be made to create an ongoing records program.

“If the proposal goes through, we would work with departments to transfer things to us so you could look at the paper records or pictures here [the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections],” White says.

Although some digital collections are available at http://e-archives.lib.purdue.edu/, there is not a way to view all digital records that would be collected from departments at this time. Archivists are working on ways to make this information publicly available in the future.

For more information on the University Records Program, visit https://www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol/university-records-project or contact Lauren White at white323@purdue.edu.

Writer: Hannah Harper, harper4@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:  Plunkett Research Online, from Plunkett Research.

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

Description/focus: Plunkett Research Onlineoffers company, industry, and job market information.

Start with this hint:  Although Plunkett Research Online is a good resource for current information about companies and industries, what sets it apart from other market research databases is the section called Job Seeker Resources & Tools. This makes Plunkett Research Online one of the key resources for students on the CareerWiki.  The Job Seeker section has an occupational outlook, statistics on the job market, and more. Back on the home page, industries range from Investment & Securities to Biotechnology, Drugs & Genetics. For a company, search within its industry or use the Advanced Search.

Click here to see the basics of searching Plunkett Research Online, or try our new tool Guide on the Side with this link.

Why you should know this database:  Plunkett Research Online company reports include international, middle market, and private sectors.  They have the expected elements such as financials and a list of competitors, and offer a section called “Other Thoughts” on the number of women officers and its rating as a “Hot spot for advancement for women and minorities.”  Industry reports have separate sections on trends, statistics, and associations.

How this will help students:  Plunkett Research Online searching is simple, and the industry and company reports are concise and up-to-date.  Job-seeking students can compile a list of contacts in the industry of choice.

Cost: $7,600.00 paid annually by Purdue University Libraries.


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.

Databib (http://databib.org) is a tool for helping researchers identify and locate online repositories of research data that has been online since April 2012. It was initially developed by Purdue University under the leadership of Professor Michael Witt, Libraries, Head of the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), in collaboration with Penn State University and with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the United States. Its international, multidisciplinary editorial board identifies, catalogs, and curates a searchable index of research data repositories.

The aim of this merger is to reduce duplication of effort and to better serve the research community with a single, sustainable registry of research data repositories that incorporates the best features of both projects.


re3data.org and Databib have agreed to the following five principles for successful cooperation:

1.    Openness: the metadata and the interfaces of the joint registry will be openly accessible. Metadata records will be made accessible under terms of the Creative Commons CC0 protocol;

2.    Optimal quality assurance: a two-stage workflow, with a first review of submissions by an international editorial board plus a second one for consistency, will guarantee the quality and currency of records;

3.    Development of innovative functionalities: cooperative development of new functionality for the joint registry and further integration with a global ecosystem of infrastructures that meet the needs of data-driven research and open science;

4.    Shared leadership: the joint registry will be lead by two representatives (one from each project) as equal partners;

5.    Sustainability: both projects will work together on a sustainable governance structure and a permanent infrastructure for the joint registry.


The joint registry will be operated under the name “re3data.org – Registry of Research Data Repositories” with its editorial board retaining the name of Databib. Both registries have posted a Memorandum of Understanding on their respective websites and have exchanged metadata records in advance of fully merging their platforms and processes. By the end of 2015, the merged registry will become an imprint of DataCite and be included in its suite of services.


March 25, 2014

Dublin, Ireland; Karlsruhe, Germany; and West Lafayette, Indiana, USA


More Information:

Databib (http://databib.org) is a tool for helping researchers identify and locate online repositories of research data that has been online since April 2012. It was initially developed by Purdue University in collaboration with Penn State University and with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the United States. Its international, multidisciplinary editorial board identifies, catalogs, and curates a searchable index of research data repositories.


Since early 2012, “re3data.org – Registry of Research Data Repositories” (http://re3data.org) has been indexing research data repositories. Project partners in re3data.org are the Library and Information Services department (LIS) of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the Computer and Media Service at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the KIT Library at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). re3data.org is funded from 2012 to 2015 by the German Research Foundation DFG.

DataCite (http://datacite.org) is a not-for-profit organization formed in London on December 1, 2009, with an aim to establish easier access to research data on the Internet, increase acceptance of research data as legitimate, citable contributions to the scholarly record, and support data archiving that will permit results to be verified and re-purposed for future study. To date, it has registered over 3 million datasets with Digital Object Identifiers (DOI).





WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University Libraries’ Division of Archives and Special Collections will celebrate Women’s History Month with an archival display, online exhibit and book launch recognizing Purdue women who helped pave the way for future women leaders.

 The “Quest for Equality” exhibit is on display from March 19 to July 31 in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center.  As part of the celebration, alumna and former educator Marylu McEwen, who has made several contributions to Archives and Special Collections and many other areas throughout the university, will be honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Archives Award. McEwen will be honored during an invitation-only ceremony on Wednesday (March 19) in the Karnes Research Center, which is on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library in Stewart Center. The event also will include the launch of “The Dean’s Bible,” a book by Lafayette author Angie Klink highlighting the contributions of Purdue women deans.

 The Web exhibit will be available on an ongoing basis at http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/womens-archives/quest-for-equality/.

 ”We are so grateful for Dr. McEwen’s unwavering commitment to the Women’s Archives and her support in fostering this important collection honoring the history and legacy of Purdue women,” said Sammie Morris, associate professor and university archivist, Purdue Libraries.

 The exhibit will showcase the legacies of five Purdue women and the impact they had on women students and on each other from the 1930s until the 1990s. It will chronicle the lives and work of Dorothy Stratton, who became Purdue’s first full-time dean of women in 1933; her successor, Helen Schleman, 1947-1968; Beverley Stone, Purdue’s first dean of students after the consolidation of the Office of the Dean of Men and the Office of the Dean of Women in 1974; Barbara Cook, dean of students from 1980-1987; and Betty Nelson, dean of students from 1987-1996.  The exhibit will feature the Deans’ Bible, which was passed down by Purdue’s first part-time dean of women, Carolyn Shoemaker, to each succeeding dean. It will also include photographs of Stratton and Schleman during their time as founding leaders in the Women’s Coast Guard Reserve; documentation of campus unrest during the 1960s; correspondence revealing how the deans carried out their work and fostered an environment of inclusion on the Purdue campus; and many other mementos and artifacts that capture their trials and triumphs throughout their quest for equality.

About ‘The Deans’ Bible’ (book)

 While it is focused on changing attitudes on one college campus, “The Deans’ Bible,” written by Purdue alumna Angie Klink, sheds light on cultural change in America as a whole, exploring how each of the women deans participated nationally in the quest for equality. The story rolls through the “picture-perfect,” suppressive 1950s; explores the awakening 1960s of women’s liberation; describes the challenging 1980s, with AIDS and alcohol epidemics; and sails into the 21st century as a United States Coast Guard cutter is named after Dorothy Stratton and commissioned by first lady Michelle Obama.

 As each woman succeeded the other, forming a five-dean friendship, they knitted their bond with a secret symbol – a Bible. Originally possessed by Purdue’s first part-time Dean of Women Carolyn Shoemaker, the Bible was handed down from dean to dean with favorite passages marked. The lowercase word “bible” is often used in connection with reference works or “guidebooks.” “The Deans’ Bible” is just that, brimming with stories of courageous women who led by example and lived their convictions. “The Deans’ Bible” was produced by and is now on sale through Purdue University Press.


From March 17, 2014 edition of Purdue Today

Six ways to improve your safety

This is part of a series of articles discussing safety and security for the Purdue West Lafayette campus.

1. Get to know your building deputy. Most of us get to know the building deputy when we lose money in the vending machine, lock ourselves out of our office or hunt for the lost and found. While building deputies can help with all these needs, their most important job is safety. They usually are responsible for writing each building’s emergency plan.

2. Read your Building Emergency Plan. Purdue requires a plan for every building of 10 or more people. Where should you go when a tornado threatens (a shelter-in-place location on the lowest level away from glass and doors)? Where should I shelter (a safe room or area that can be locked or barricaded) for a civil disturbance such as a shooting incident?  Where should you reassemble after you evacuate the building for a fire alarm (emergency assembly area)? Where is the list of your building’s critical operations, such as potentially hazardous operations that require preplanning for evacuation? It’s all in the Building Emergency Plan. Ask your building deputy for a copy.

3. Check out your Building Safety Committee and/or Department Safety Committee. These volunteers coordinate safety and consider what unique challenges your building and the people in it present. They also provide a forum for employees to identify and discuss safety or environmental concerns. Many buildings and departments have these committees. If yours doesn’t, think about forming one.

4. Ask your safety committee for a drill. Try starting with the Purdue tornado drill at 10:15 a.m. March 20. Don’t just listen to the sirens. Practice. Get everyone into the building’s designated safe location. Is it large enough? Is there Internet access? Is the WiFi signal strong? Does someone have a weather radio?

5. Do your homework. Check out the Campus Emergency Preparedness and Procedures Planning website at http://www.purdue.edu/emergency_preparedness

6. Sign up for an All Hazards Awareness Training Session. The training will provide reminders on what constitutes an all-hazards emergency event and how faculty, staff and students in the classroom or elsewhere on campus should react in such a situation. Emergency preparedness officials will explain how the campus community receives emergency notifications through the multilayered Purdue Alert system, what “shelter in place” means and how to respond when they see the phrase in alerts sent out; evacuation procedures; what they can do to prepare; and available tools and resources. Sign up at https://www.itap.purdue.edu/apps/training/physicalfacilities/training.

The 2014 annual catalog of books and journals through Purdue University Press is now online, check out what will be happening this year with Purdue University Press and Scholarly Publishing Services!




Welcome to Database of the Week.  This week features EconLit which is an index, but you may want instead to try EconLit FullText…  we currently have a trial to the full text database at:

This Week’s Featured Database:  EconLit, from the American Economic Association. 

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

Description/focus: EconLit is an index of more than 30 years of economics literature from around the world. 

Start with this hint: Note that EconLit is an index, not a full text database.  This is not a barrier to the full text of any hits resulting from a search, however, because of the Find it at Purdue feature available in our article databases.  The interface for EconLit  is simple to use, whether you use the basic or advanced search.  When you find a title that applies to your topic, click on Find it at Purdue and the tool will do a search in other Purdue databases.  Click here to see the basics of searching EconLit.

Why you should know this database:  Because of its specialized subject coverage, any program that includes aspects of economics can include a list of resources developed with the use of EconLit . 

How this will help students:  Students will find EconLit  easy to navigate and will appreciate the options for refining results by year and source type.

Cost: No cost. EconLit  is an Inspire database provided by the state of Indiana.  For more information contact mdugan@purdue.edu.


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.





 From Purdue Today – March 12

The Center for Instructional Excellence will host a conference March 26-27 that focuses on faculty members’ methods and experiences in transforming their teaching methods to meet 21st-century students’ needs.

 ”The Changing Classroom Symposium” will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26 and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. March 27. Events, including a keynote address, poster sessions, faculty presentations and a library/technology expo, are scheduled to take place in Stewart Center. Attendance is free but registration is encouraged.

 Edward Deci, professor of psychology and the Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Rochester in New York, will give the keynote address. Deci’s talk, titled “Prompting Optimal Motivation in Education,” will take place at 9-10:30 a.m. March 26 in Stewart Center, Fowler Hall.

 The conference’s poster sessions, scheduled for both days, will involve faculty members who have redesigned courses through IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation). Launched in 2011, IMPACT seeks to engage students more fully in their learning through the redesign of large-capacity, foundational courses.

 IMPACT faculty fellows and Purdue Polytechnic Institute fellows also will discuss their novel approaches to teaching during separate presentations scheduled for March 26-27.

 Giving presentations are:

 * Emily Allen, associate dean for academic affairs in the Honors College.
* Ilana Barnes, assistant professor of library science.
* Gary Bertoline, Distinguished Professor of Computer Graphics Technology and dean of the College of Technology.
* Larry DeBoer, professor of agricultural economics.
* George Hollich, associate professor of psychological sciences.
* Daphene Koch, associate professor of building construction management.
* Dawn Laux, clinical assistant professor of computer and information technology.
* Craig Locker, graduate teaching assistant, College of Technology.
* Jim McClure, professor of mathematics.
* Nathan Mentzer, assistant professor of technology leadership and innovation.
* Fatma Mili, professor of computer information technology.
* Melanie Morgan, associate professor of communication.
* Edie Schmidt, professor of industrial technology.
* Regena Scott, assistant professor of technology leadership and innovation.
* Ben Wiles, assistant to the head of the Department of Mathematics.

 The conference also will include a performance on March 26 from enCORE Interactive Theatre, an acting troupe that is made up of Purdue students and is part of the Center for Instructional Excellence. The performance, which will take place at 2-3:15 p.m. in Lawson Computer Science building, is titled “Helping Students of Diverse Backgrounds.” More information about enCORE is available in a video and on its website.

 Registration options for all conference events can be found at www.conf.purdue.edu/marchcelebration.

 The conference is part of the Center for Instructional Excellence’s weeklong March Celebration for Teaching and Learning. A full list of related events, including an additional enCORE performance, can be found at www.purdue.edu/cie/workshops/events.html.

More information about IMPACT is at www.purdue.edu/IMPACT.


A campus-wide open forum to discuss the new Active Learning Center will be held 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 13 in Stewart Center, Room 310.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the session, which will include a project overview, discussing both the project goals and initial space plan, and an open, informal time for questions and answers. The authors of the academic program statement, building stakeholders and project designers (BSA LifeStructures) will be in attendance to gather feedback before the design process begins.

The facility will include classroom space to support the IMPACT program, as well as active learning in general, and it will bring together six campus libraries: life sciences; chemistry; physics; earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences; pharmacy, nursing and health sciences; and engineering.

“The goal of the Active Learning Center is to seamlessly integrate the best attributes of the classroom and library into one facility, creating a new environment that is richer, more efficient and more effective than either can be on its own,” says James L. Mullins, dean of libraries and the Esther Ellis Norton professor.

The Active Learning Center will be located on the current site of the Engineering Administration Building and the Heat and Power North Plant. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2015, with the building fully operational for fall 2017.

Purdue is committed to making all programs accessible to participants with disabilities. If you require an accommodation or special assistance due to a disability, contact Rustin Meister in the days leading up to the forum at 49-69477 or rrmeister@purdue.edu