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All of Purdue University Libraries are closed today, Wednesday 2/5, due to the university closure. The Libraries will open Thursday, 2/6, at the regularly scheduled hours.

On Saturday, February 15, 2014 ProQuest will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime.

An eight hour (8) maintenance window is needed to perform these enhancements, lasting from 10:00 EST through 06:00 EST. During this time, all ProQuest resources will be unavailable.

A complete list of ProQuest resources can be found here: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/titlelists/tl-menu.shtml

For more information, contact Rebecca Richardson, Electronic Resources Librarian, Purdue University Libraries at (765) 494-9250 or rarichar@purdue.edu.

Integrating Information into the Engineering Design Process book cover

The first in a new series, the book Integrating Information into the Engineering Design Process edited by Michael Fosmire and David Radcliffe is now available. Michael Fosmire is Head of the Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Technology Division of the Purdue University Libraries and Professor of Library Science while David Radcliffe is Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education and Professor of Engineering Education. Their collaboration focuses on the practical ways in which library and information science principles can be embedded into the pedagogy of another discipline to power student success. Sharon Weiner, W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy and series editor of the Purdue Information Literacy Handbooks series, notes that the book is “an outstanding example of the application of information literacy in a discipline. No other work has so thoroughly and capably integrated information literacy with the learning of engineering design. The authors and editors have succeeded in presenting a cohesive and evidence-based approach to an engineering paradigm; the design process.” More information about the book can be found on Purdue University Press’s website.

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:  BizMiner, from the Brandow Company.

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

Description/focus: BizMiner delivers industry analysis by tracking 18 million US businesses in 16,000 industry segments.

Try it:  BizMiner’s interface is easy to use.  The homepage offers 2 types of reports to start with, Industry Financial Ratios and Industry Market Statistics, but also has options to do a keyword search or to drill down through industry categories and subcategories. Once you choose the industry, you can further narrow your search to a state or metro area. See here for a short video tutorial on the basics of searching BizMiner.

Why you should know this database: BizMiner Industry Market reports include industry population by year, market volume, employment class trends, and other statistics. Industry Financial Reports include Income-Expense, balance sheet, and financial ratios.

Why students should know this database:  Each report in BizMiner includes explanations of terms, providing students a ready reference tool to help them understand the data and why the information is important.

Cost: For annual subscription information, contact Mary Dugan.

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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 (@PurdueLibraries).

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

Purdue University Libraries celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., with informative displays in various Libraries location. Purdue Libraries is proud to collaborate with a variety of entities across campus to educate and create awareness on this day of remembrance.

The list of Libraries displays is also prominently featured on the MLK celebration website at: http://www.purdue.edu/diversity-inclusion/mlk/.

Siegesmund Engineering Library (Potter) – January 13-31
Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes
Display created by Sandy Galloway

Hicks Undergraduate Library (Hicks) – January 13-31
“Triumph over Fear” – Nelson Mandela’s quest for social justice in South Africa (media display)
Display created by Ann O’Donnell

M.G. Mellon Library of Chemistry (Wetherill) – January 13-31
Julian Bond, American social activist and leader in the American civil rights movement
Display created by Becky Hunt

Physics Library (Physics) – January 13-31
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center
Display created by Becky Hunt

Humanities, Social Sciences & Education Library (Stewart Center) – January 20-31
Zora Neale Hurston, American folklorist, anthropologist and author
Display created by Patrick Whalen

Mathematical Sciences Library (Math, 3rd floor display case) – January 20-February 28
What do Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein Have in Common?
Display created by Nastasha Johnson

Black Cultural Center Library (BCC) January 15 –February 28
The Black Freedom Struggle across America
Display created by Jamillah R. Gabriel

DMP: Submitting an NSF grant?  Have questions about the Data Management Plan requirement?  Wondering what PURR is all about and how it can help you? Please plan to attend a free session on Monday, January 27th, 12:30-1:30 in STEW 218D. Topics will include: overall data management plan requirements,  identifying target data to publish or deposit, the Purdue University Research Repository, and more. Libraries faculty will be on hand for Q & A or for consultations. Cookies will be provided for refreshment.

Welcome to the spring semester and 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 basic information to get you started.  Hopefully, you will be tempted to explore this or other databases. 

This Week’s Featured Database:  Privco, from The Privco Company.

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

Description/focus: Privco  is our newest source for private company information.

Try it:  Some of the biggest companies in the world are privately owned (Cargill, Mars, Subway), and financial information about these billion-dollar companies is covered by our long-standing company information databases such as LexisNexis.  Smaller private companies, though,  are a challenge.  Privco  is our newest databases, specifically obtained to provide in-depth business intelligence about Private companies. See here for a short video on accessing the database and using the interface.

Why you should know this database: Privco will deliver when searched by name of company but the database can also be searched by Privco’s own industry classification system.  When a covered private company becomes public, Privco continues to provide its historical information about the company’s private life.

Why students should know this database:  Privco’s interface is straightforward and offers options to narrow an initial search.

Tags: executives, financials, investment research, mergers & acquisitions, news, private companies

Cost: For annual subscription information, contact Mary Dugan.

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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 (@PurdueLibraries). Feedback is always welcome. 

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

In a recent  DC Telegraph post, Digital Commons announced that there are now more than one million open access, full-text objects available across Digital Commons member repositories.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Information Literacy Instructional Designer

Purdue University Libraries seeks a highly motivated, outgoing, and innovative Information LiteracyInstructional Designer (ILID) to work with classroom faculty to embed information literacy into foundational courses that are being redesigned through the (IMPACT) Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation program.  IMPACT is a provost funded initiative comprised of partners from the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE), Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC), iTaP Teaching and Learning, Purdue Extended Campus (PEC), and the Libraries that works with faculty and instructors to improve student competency and confidence through student-centered teaching and learning.

Purdue Libraries values information literacy, and takes an informed learning approach that emphasizes engaging with information to learn in a discipline-focused context. Working under the guidance of the Libraries’ Information Literacy Specialist, the ILID will lead efforts to collaborate with and guide faculty and instructors in the development of instructional designs for teaching learners to use information in embedded ways that support the attainment of instructional outcomes.  IMPACT offers an opportunity for the Libraries to promote student-centered learning, and to enhance Purdue students’ information literacy. The ILID will participate on interdepartmental teams that collaborate with faculty and instructors on course development projects in areas such as instructional design, evaluation of instructional outcomes, and curriculum development. The ILID will develop instructional material designed to promote best practices for addressing information literacy in the undergraduate classroom.  The ILID will also collaborate with faculty or instructors in the development of classroom research projects.

Reporting to the Information Literacy Specialist who coordinates the Libraries’ involvement in IMPACT, the ILIDwill provide regular reports on the progress and status of their work with faculty and instructors. This position will be funded for a period of three years from the date of hire.

Qualifications

Required:

·         MLS or MIS from an ALA accredited institution, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

·         Knowledge or strong interest in best practices and innovations in teaching and learning related to information literacy.

·         Knowledge of best practices and innovations in teaching and learning as well as curriculum and instruction. 

·         Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate and consult with faculty and instructional staff across disciplines.

·         Evidence of ability to collaborate with a broad range of individuals including faculty, instructional staff, and professional staff.

·         Demonstrate the ability to work as a contributing member or leader of a strategic team. 

·         Demonstrate an appreciation for diversity and inclusive excellence as well as a commitment to a high level of professionalism.

·         Must be able to adapt to changing situations and demonstrate flexibility in various situations. 

·         Demonstrate the ability to foster a supportive work climate in interactions with team members as well as faculty and instructional staff.

 

Preferred:

·         Experience with course redesign and transformation processes and models.

·         Evidence of successful teaching at the college or university level.

·         Experience with research and assessment specifically with regards to using information to learning with discipline-focused classroom. 

·         Experience with assessment and research, especially knowledge and experience conducting or fostering the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

·         Skills in creating digital and online instructional resources.

·         Knowledge of and skills in using teaching and learning technologies. 

 

Application process:
To be considered for the position, applications must be made through Purdue University’s employment web site at:
www.purdue.edu/hr/careers and reference Job Number 1301501. Please include a cover letter with your application outlining your qualifications for this position. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions can be directed to: libhr@purdue.edu. Resumes or CV’s sent to this email address cannot be considered. Please put “Informed Learning Instructional Designer” in the title of all email correspondence.

 

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. A background check is required for this position.

 

 

Purdue University Libraries services will be offline from late this Friday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. to early Sunday, Dec. 22 at 9 a.m. for a power outage on our server room building in the Math building.  Service are expected to resume on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 9 a.m. 

 

In a recent article published in The Guardian, Nobel winner Randy Schekman states why  his lab will no longer send papers to the top-tier journals.