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We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact the Interlibrary Loan office at 494-2800 or at ill@purdue.edu with any questions or concerns.


July 22nd, 2016


Happy Summer! We hope you are taking time to enjoy the sunshine and catch up on some reading.

It is an exciting time for the Press. We have released many new titles in the past several months and want to provide you a quick review. From Languages and Literature to Regional books on Purdue and Indiana we have great new reads.

Regional: Purdue & Indiana

Languages and Literature // Jewish Studies

Veterinary Sciences & Animal Studies

Business // Library Sciences

Regional: Purdue & Indiana

Our regional titles showcase the history and beauty of Indiana. Enjoy stunning photos of Indiana’s striking landscapes and scenery. Adventure into outer space with the memoirs of one of Indiana and Purdue’s first astronauts. Dig deeper into our agricultural history and learn about extension farming.

Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom


“George Leopold’s Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom rescues its subject’s reputation by presenting his life and career in full. The book is fascinating and haunting, and its impressive research exonerates Grissom from the charge of being a hapless astronaut who, in his peers’ parlance, ‘screwed the pooch’ . . . thrillingly told, taking readers into the cosmos with Grissom, conveying the sense of wonder and danger that accompanied these early voyages.”

The Wall Street Journal

Calculated Risk is an Official Endorsed Legacy Project for Indiana’s Bicentennial.



Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family:  A Photo History of Indiana’s Early County Extension Agents


Indiana’s rich agricultural history is brought to life in this new regional book. Follow the story of early extension agents on their journey through rural Indiana in never before seen photos.  These agents worked hand in hand with local farmers to improve agricultural practices across the state with research from Purdue and other institutions. This book is an officially endorsed legacy project for Indiana’s Bicentennial.



SlowBall Cartoonist: The Extraordinary Life of Indiana Native and Pulitzer Prize Winner John T. McCutcheon of the Chicago Tribune


“Tony Garel-Frantzen sketches a vivid portrait of iconic cartoonist and correspondent John T. McCutcheon during a time when newsprint left an indelible mark on the public consciousness.”

–Tom Wolfermann, Chicago Essayist and Humanist







Forthcoming September 2016!  A Place Called Turkey Run: A Celebration of Indiana’s Second State Park in Photographs and Words


“Daniel Shepardson has created a masterpiece of stunning photography coupled with a narrative which explains the natural history of one of Indiana’s most beloved parks.”

–Daniel W. Bortner, Director, Indiana State Parks

A Place Called Turkey Run is an Official Endorsed Legacy Project for Indiana’s Bicentennial.




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Languages and Literature // Jewish Studies

We have published a wide range of books in Languages and Literature. Discover the humanistic perspectives of terrorism or the secularization of modern French Literature.

Learn more of life within the Jewish Labor Bund during interwar Poland in our newest book in Jewish Studies.

Re-Visioning Terrorism: A Humanistic Perspective


This collection of interdisciplinary essays offers a broad range of perspectives on terrorism. It provides philosophical interpretations, historical analysis, and narrative representations of terror in a modern light.

“This work is significant to both scholarship and public enlightenment insofar as it touches upon a topic that, in the current period of world instability, has never been more timely, and analyzes it with an innovative approach.”

Nicoletta Pireddu, Associate Professor, Department of Italian and Comparative Literature Program Georgetown University



Reconsidering the Emergence of the Gay Novel in English and German

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“In Reconsidering the Emergence of the Gay Novel in English and German, James P. Wilper presents a freshly nuanced view of gay literature at what was, arguably, the most crucial time in its development. By the simple expedient of comparing four distinctive novels, two in English and two in German, Wilper gets to the heart of a debate that resonates even today. Wilper’s subtle and economical book casts light not only on their fiction, but on the social history it represents.”

–Gregory Woods, Nottingham Trent University




Confronting Evil: The Psychology of Secularization in Modern French Literature

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“This book is a fascinating study of how four influential modern French authors have wrestled with spirituality and secularization in coming to grips with the problem of evil.”

–Johnathan Krell, University of Georgia







Forthcoming August 2016! Cultural Exchanges between Brazil and France

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Explore the historic relationship between France and Brazil through original interdisciplinary essays. This is the first and only collection of studies between the two nations that addresses their interactions in various disciplines and discourses. It broadens the global perspectives in the field of international relations.







Twenty Years with the Jewish Labor Bund: A Memoir of Interwar Poland

“Marvin S. Zuckerman’s translation will do enormous good for historians in Poland. Many of them will be able to read Goldstein’s book, informing themselves not only about the Bund, but about prewar Warsaw, including Prague, Targowek, and Powazki. For most people, it is easier to read English than Yiddish, and because it is originally in Yiddish, this important book is very little known.”


–Dr. Martyna Rusiniak-Karwat, Polish Academy of Sciences







Veterinary Science and Animal Studies

Understand the human-animal bond and the politics surrounding our four-legged companions in our new books a part within the category of Veterinary Studies. Be prepared for veterinary school and the requirements necessary for admission.

 Free Market Dogs opens our minds to the dramatic changes in Polish people’s relationships with dogs following the fall of communist control of Eastern Europe, when Western ideas poured into Poland after years of restriction. Readers will be surprised by the ways that culture, nationality, and legislation can dramatically change how we think about and experience our so often intimate relationships with dogs, and moved by the deep feelings that are present in our centuries-old friendship with them. While maintaining a focus on Poland, Free Market Dogs delivers a story of universal appeal to those who love dogs.”

–Robert W. Mitchell, Foundation Professor of Psychology and Animal Studies, Eastern Kentucky University


Pet Politics: The Political and Legal Lives of Cats, Dogs, and Horses in Canada and the United States


“By concentrating specifically on companion animals, Professors Hunter and Brisbin provide a unique and insightful contribution to the burgeoning field of human-animal studies. In addition to its scholarly impact, this book is ideal for graduate or upper-level undergraduate courses in political science, sociology, and human-animal studies.”

–Steven Tauber, Chair, Department of Government & International Affairs, University of South Florida, and author of Navigating the Jungle: Law, Politics, and the Animal Advocacy Movement




Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements: 2016 Edition for 2017 Matriculation

“We understand that getting started and making sense of all the choices and requirements can be challenging, but you’ve come to the right place by accessing this publication, which provides the essential information you need to begin your journey.”

–Dr. Andrew McCabe, Executive Director of AAVMC





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Business // Library Sciences

The newest books on Business and Library Sciences provide an understanding of research, teaching, and management.

Project & Program Management: A Competency Based Approach, Third Edition

In its 3rd Edition, Project and Program Management sheds light on new insights gained from teaching and research. This edition focuses more on the qualitative nature of program management to broaden the readers understanding of key concepts. It also uses learning scenarios to show different approaches to instruction.






Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries 

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Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries is the approachable collection of digital humanities writings we’ve been waiting for. All types of librarians interacting with the humanities will find this book a practical reference and a step toward the future. Laying the Foundation further introduces digital humanities as a function of all libraries-for the good of our collective future. The experiences and case studies contributed to this book will no doubt become the building blocks of programs in public and academic libraries.”

–Emma Molls Scholarly Communication and Social Sciences & Humanities Librarian Iowa State University Library





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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will partner with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to supply 12 artifacts related to Purdue astronauts for the “Beyond Spaceship Earth” exhibition opening June 25.

The ongoing exhibit will feature the story of space exploration from NASA’s Project Mercury, which sent the first astronauts into space, to the International Space Station. Purdue will provide the 12 items as part of the “Indiana Astronaut Wall of Fame” portion of the exhibit.

The items on loan include Janice Voss’ report card; Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom’s 1960 appointment calendar; Eugene Cernan’s selection letter for astronaut training; slide rules used by Richard Covey and Guy Gardner; Mark Brown’s “Jet Propulsion for Aerospace Applications” textbook; a photograph from the Apollo 11 mission that Brown kept on his dorm wall as a student; a U.S. flag flown aboard Gemini 8 mission crewed by Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott; Jerry Ross’ STS-135 (final Space Shuttle Program mission) Astronaut Support Personnel Checklist; Roy Bridges Jr.’s Space Lab 2 (STS-51-F) cloth mission patch; Donald E. Williams’s NASA medical certification for spaceflight laminated identification card; and a model of a lunar landing module with a mounted plaque inscribed “Neil A. Armstrong.”

The artifacts are on loan courtesy of the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center and Purdue University Libraries. For more information on the items, visit the Flight and Space Archives website.

The “Beyond Spaceship Earth” exhibition also will include a re-creation of portions of the International Space Station and a one-of-a-kind, immersive space object experience called the “Schaefer Planetarium & Space Object Theater.” The theater will be an area where real space vehicles and equipment, a dynamic light-and-sound experience and key artifacts will help tell stories of missions, astronauts and events throughout the history of space exploration. It will open with the NASA Mercury capsule, the Liberty Bell 7, on display. Grissom, a Purdue graduate, piloted this spacecraft in 1961 on America’s second manned space flight.

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

Sources: Tracy B. Grimm, Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration, 765-496-2941,grimm3@purdue.edu

Sammy Morris, head of Archives and Special Collections, 765-494-2905, morris18@purdue.edu

Museum contact:

Kimberly Harms, director of media public relations at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis,kimh@childrensmuseum.org

Purdue University’s Libraries, Center for Instructional Excellence, International Programs, and Office of Diversity and Inclusion are proud to present:


2016 Purdue Information Literacy Research Symposium

Faces and Spaces of Information Literacy:  With International Students in Mind


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

8:30 am – 1:30 pm


Dr. Hilary Hughes

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Brisbane, Australia


International students bring richly varied knowledge and capabilities to study at their host universities. However, settling into an unfamiliar learning environment can be challenging for anyone. Librarians and educators play a vital role in the transition and ongoing academic success of international students through culturally-aware information literacy education. This support enables international students to thrive by developing their familiarity with the faces and spaces of the new university and its particular academic approaches and information-using conventions.


Culturally-aware information literacy education, like any vibrant learning process, can raise dilemmas for librarians and educators. So in this workshop we shall share puzzles, ideas, and strategies for enhancing the experience of information literacy learning in culturally diverse higher education contexts. The inclusive informed learning principles that underpin the workshop ensure that the outcomes will support international and domestic students alike.


Registration Fee:   $45 (waived for Purdue Faculty and Staff but registration is required)

Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, July 26, 2016


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Press will launch “Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family: A Photo History of Indiana’s Early County Extension Agents” in June. The book has been endorsed as a Legacy Project by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

The book, written by Fred Whitford, Neal Harmeyer and David M. Hovde, captures the story of the state’s first Extension agents in archival photos and words during a time when Extension was just an idea and county agents traveled muddy back roads to visit farmers.

“I had the privilege of seeing Extension in its infancy serving people in rural communities through the photos in the book and realized the goal of Purdue Extension today is still helping people of all ages to better themselves through education,” said Whitford, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and clinical engagement professor in the College of Agriculture.

The book is compiled from original county agent records discovered in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center in the Purdue University Libraries. “Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family” includes hundreds of rare and anecdotal information about how county agents overcame their constituents’ reluctance to change.

Through patient outreach and dedicated engagement, they built trust in communities and were able to share new information that introduced farmers and their families to new frontiers of productivity.

Purdue Extension programs today are a result of the hard work shown in this book. They include agriculture and natural resources, health and human sciences, economic and community development, and 4-H youth development.

For more information or to purchase the book, click here.

Writer: Bryan Shaffer, 765-494-8428, bshaffer@purdue.edu

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

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
Agriculture News Page


Clarence Maybee, PhD, assistant professor of library science and information literacy specialist, Purdue University Libraries, has been selected as the recipient of a Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for 2015 for his dissertation titled, “Informed learning in the undergraduate classroom: The role of information experiences in shaping outcomes.”

The decision-making process, undertaken by the University’s Research Degrees Committee, places Dr. Maybee in the top 5% of successful candidates for 2015.  This award was presented to Dr. Maybee in recognition of the outstanding contribution he has made to his chosen discipline and the standard of excellence demonstrated in higher degree research practice.  Dr. Maybee was presented with a certificate of citation, $1,000 honorarium and a trophy award.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Press will launch “Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom”  with several events this week (May 9) leading up to its June 15 publication date.

The book, written by George Leopold, chronicles the life of Grissom, Purdue’s first astronaut and one of the three astronauts killed in the January 27, 1967, launch pad fire.

“Calculated Risk” draws from interviews with fellow astronauts, NASA engineers, family members and friends of Grissom to place his career in the context of the Cold War and the history of human spaceflight.

Events taking place this week in Chicago, Lafayette and Indianapolis are detailed here. For more information on the book or to place a pre-order click here.

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

Source: Bryan Shaffer, 765-494-8428, bshaffer@purdue.edu

As part of the Libraries annual review of databases, NTIS via ProQuest has been recommended for cancellation by subject specialist librarians. Access will cease May 31, 2016.  It has been replaced with NTIS via NTRL.  Please contact Anna Seiffert, Electronic Resources Manager, with comments.

Purdue’s first astronaut alumnus, Hoosier native, and National hero Gus Grissom died nearly 50 years ago in the pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 Adobe Photoshop PDFmission along with astronauts Ed White and fellow Purdue alumnus Roger Chaffee. Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom draws on extensive interviews with fellow astronauts, NASA engineers, family members, and friends of Gus Grissom. Veteran technology journalist and science writer, George Leopold, delivers a comprehensive survey of Grissom’s life that places his career in the context of the Cold War and the history of human spaceflight. Calculated Risk will be published and available in early June, however the book will be launched this week at several events in Chicago, Lafayette, and Indianapolis.

May 11-13, Purdue University Press will feature Calculated Risk at the BookExpo America in Chicago via the Bookmasters/AtlasBooks exhibit (booth #900).  On Friday, May 13 the author will be signing books at 1pm CST in the BEA autographing section. Afterward Leopold will participate in a 2:15pm livestream interview with Authors’ Voice where listeners can ask questions (before or during the interview) and purchase autographed copies of the book.

On Saturday, May 14, George Leopold will be signing Calculated Risk at Main Street Books in downtown Lafayette from 10:30-11:30am; on the same day he will sign books in downtown Indianapolis at Indy Reads Books from 3:00-4:00pm.