Joseph Coates

Reference Librarian Manager/University Archives

Joseph Coates


Joseph Coates is the Reference Librarian Manager and University Archivist at Purdue University Northwest. His focus is to ensure students, faculty, and staff have an understanding of information literacy concepts, database usage, the dangers of fake news, and the preservation of institutional knowledge.

I feel my most important job is to act as the caretaker of the history of not only Purdue Northwest, but also our legacy institutions. The Calumet Region is a unique area and although seen as a place in decline, we have a lot to offer in terms of culture and uniqueness in the state of Indiana.

Select Publications

Coates, Joseph D., Nowak, Danielle. (2021) “Creating a Bibliography in the Digital Age” MAC Newsletter, Vol 48, 4.

Coates, Joseph D. (2020) “Experiential Learning and Oral History,” MAC Newsletter: Vol.48.2

Coates, Joseph D. (2019) “Digitizing and Hosting on the Cheap: Merging two University Archives into One,” MAC Newsletter: Vol.47.2, No.185.

Coates, Joseph (2019) “”When Good Intentions Aren’t Good Enough: Signs of Successful Archives”, The Christian Librarian: Vol.62: Is. 2, Article 9.

Coates, J. D., & Pula , J. S. (Eds.).(2019). Purdue University North Central: The History of a Regional Campus. Valparaiso, In: Academic Consulting, Incorporated.

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Previous Roles

Reference Librarian and Archivist at Calumet College of St. Joseph

Joseph Coates


(219) 989-2063

Office Location:

Hammond, SULB 203F

Westville, LSF 245


MSed- Learning Design and Technology at Purdue University, In Progress

MSLS- Library Science, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

BGS- Indiana University Northwest

Areas of Expertise

  • Archive Management
  • Special Collections