March 2016 Volume 8 Issue 7
Helmke Refresh News: 3 months down, 9 months to go!
The renovation of Helmke Library is on schedule to date and March marks 25% completion. Following weeks of demolition, some big changes are evident: the 2nd floor Learning Commons study rooms and library offices on 1st floor are being framed and the attractive bulkhead highlighting the Learning Commons desk is in place. If you are walking by the library next week, you may catch a glimpse of a huge crane lifting very large air handling units to the roof.

Library and Learning Commons staff are working with the architects to select the furniture and equipment that will fill the newly renovated library.  This includes general lounge furniture, statement/fun pieces, collaborative study furniture, privacy booths, contemplative/alone chairs, study tables and chairs, carrels, group study room equipment and furniture, computer workstations and office furniture.

The library is working with Student Affairs to sponsor a 24/7 study space in the Walb Classic ballroom for spring finals week 2016. More details will be available in April's newsletter.  



Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium: March 30, 2016
We hope to see you with your students at the Wednesday, March 30,
annual Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium:

Walb Classic Ballroom
Wednesday, March 30
Refreshments and announcement of the winners
Walb 222 - 226

Almost 100 posters will be on display this year in the biggest symposium to date. Student audience members can provide peer review comments for each poster via a QR code.

It's a great opportunity to see student research highlighted and to celebrate the work of students and faculty mentors.
Dr. Charlene Elsby Awarded Purdue Library Scholars Grant
Charlene Elsby, Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, has been awarded a $5,000 grant to conduct research at the Husserl Archives, part of the Institute of Philosophy (Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte) at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Elsby is among five 2016 Purdue Library Scholars Grant recipients; each recipient will travel to unique library collections in the United States or internationally.  The Purdue Library Scholars Grant is awarded annually to tenure track or recently tenured Purdue-affiliated faculty. 

For her research, The Origins of Time in Consciousness and Consciousness in Time, Dr. Elsby will have access to the original manuscripts of Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology and an influential figure in the study of human consciousness.  The manuscripts will also allow Elsby to investigate the connections between Husserl and his students, in particular Edith Stein and Martin Heidegger.   
New Student Worker of the Month program for Library and Learning Commons Student Employees  
To recognize the ongoing and significant contributions of our student employees, the library is happy to announce the Student Worker of the Month award.  This award will be given out each month to a student worker employed by one of the Learning Commons partners (Library, CASA, Honors Program, or ITS) who works in the library and/or Learning Commons areas and has demonstrated outstanding teamwork and job performance.  Nominations may come from any LC partner employee, student or staff.  Awardees will receive a free "A" parking pass good for one month. 

Our first Student Worker of the Month is Zach Harants.  Zach has been an amazing team player, taking on extra shifts whenever needed including overnight hours and early mornings.  He thinks outside the box and has come up with creative solutions to address challenges faced at the Learning Commons Desk.  Zach will be graduating in May with a degree in business.  He just returned from a senior business class field trip to Cuba.
Library People and Accomplishments 
Beth Boatright, information services and instruction librarian, was selected as the 2016 winner of the Emerging Technologies Section (ETS) Achievement Recognition Award from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a Division of the American Library Association.

She is an active participant in the ETS executive committee and always has creative ideas for programming and developing membership." Boatright was also RUSA's Emerging Leader in 2015.

"The awards committee members have been impressed with Beth's enthusiasm and dedication and feel she is a model for active ALA involvement. It is the section's great pleasure to present her with this deserved award," said Amy Fry, chair of the award's selection committee.

David C. Dunham, information services and instruction librarian, presented Using an Open Access Platform to Showcase and Promote Works of Student Scholarship, Creative Endeavor, and Student/Faculty Collaboration at the March 2016 SPARC Meeting on Openness in Research & Education in San Antonio, TX. 

Welcome student workers Ashley and Kusuma!
Ashley Crill and Kusuma Sri Panchakarla have been hired to work in the Library Services Center.  Ashley is a freshman majoring in Psychology.  Kusama is a graduate student studying Computer Science.

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