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Apr 01 2015

April Fools!

By: Chuck Samuels

While the bookBot can carry loads of up to 500 lbs. it is certainly not intended to carry people. You can safely watch the bookBot in action from the windows in Robot Alley on the 1st floor of Hunt Library. Have a safe and fun April Fools Day!

Mar 27 2015

Photography Workshops

By: Library Staff

Back by popular demand, NCSU Libraries is offering a series of Photography workshops this Spring Semester 2015. Join us for one or several of these sessions and have fun while learning to take better pictures!

PLAYDATE AT PULLEN: PHOTOWALK
Remember when you were a kid how much fun fieldtrips used to be? Bring back that excitement! Sign your own permission slip and join us for a Saturday afternoon at Pullen Amusement Park. Pullen Park is the 5th oldest amusement park in the U.S. We will use DSLR’s to capture the wonders and beautiful design features of this historic site, which include a carousel, pedal boats and even a mini-train ride. The last hour will be spent sharing images. This event is for all skill levels, from beginner to serious hobbyist. Space is limited.

1 – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 11 / Pullen Park (Raleigh, NC)
Register at: go.ncsu.edu/spring2015_photowalk2

By: Chuck Samuels

The NCSU Libraries is pleased to announce the finalist teams for its inaugural Code+Art Student Visualization Contest, sponsored by Christie® Digital Systems. Through a competitive proposal process, students are creating large-scale, data-driven “generative art” for the twenty-foot wide Art Wall and iPearl Immersion Theater at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The selected finalists are Anthony Smith and a team from WKNC 88.1 FM, who are working closely with Libraries staff to realize their project visions. The finalists are competing for the grand prize of $600 which will be awarded at the Code+Art reception at the Hunt Library on April 15, 2015.

logo for Code+Art

Anthony Smith, a Senior in Computer Science with a concentration in Game Development, is creating Fractal Forest, a fully interactive planet that grows different plant types as guests enter the Hunt Library. The visualization will also include a sun and moon, and will depict elements including the current time and weather. As people view and participate in the work, the visualization will develop and change.

The team from WKNC 88.1 FM, NC State’s student run radio station, is creating a music visualizer of their Internet radio stream. This visualization will have an outline of the Raleigh and NC State skyline along the bottom, and various objects flying through the sky above. Each flying object will represent a current online listener. This team consists of Cameren Dolecheck, Harrison Wideman, Neal Grantham, Dylan Stein, and Colin Keesee.

This contest marks the first open call for students to create and showcase data-driven art for the video walls at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. Mike Nutt, digital media librarian and creator of the Code+Art program says, “The video walls were installed to create a dialog with library patrons about the world around them. Code+Art re-envisions the role that data plays in a university setting, turning data into part of our library’s aesthetic fabric.”

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mike Nutt at 919-513-0651 or mrnutt@ncsu.edu.

By: Library Staff

Basics of Audio Recording
Learn how to record audio and become familiar with production equipment through hands-on practice in these interactive workshops. Use GarageBand to learn the basics of voice recording, MIDI controller interfaces, audio editing, multitrack recording, and powerful production and vintage audio format digitization opportunities available in the library. Appropriate for beginners but also for those at any skill level who wish to learn more about library spaces.

Sign up for a workshop at the Hunt Library (Media Production Studio 4215): 2/26, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30
Sign up for a workshop at the D. H. Hill Library (Digital Media Lab): 3/2, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20

Video Production and Editing Basics
Learn how to plan, produce, and edit a video using library equipment and iMovie in this hands-on workshop. You’ll be taught the basics of script-writing and storyboarding. By shooting video and editing, you will complete a short video with cuts, transitions, text, and a soundtrack. Appropriate for beginners or for those at any skill level who wish to better familiarize themselves with iMovie, technology lending devices, and gain essential skills for both school and personal projects. All workshops begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates and locations.

Sign up for a workshop at the Hunt Library (Fishbowl Seminar Room): 3/5, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23
Sign up for a workshop at the D. H. Hill Library (Digital Media Lab): 2/23, 3/16, 3/30, 4/134/27

By: Library Staff

Due to impending inclement weather, the NCSU Libraries has cancelled the following evening events for Monday, February 16, 2015.

  • Virtual MLK event, 7PM, Teaching and Visualization Lab, The Hunt Library.  This event will take place next Monday, February 23rd at 7PM.
  • D-I-WISE workshop, 5:30PM – 7:30PM, Assembly Room, Multimedia Seminar Center, D. H. Hill Library.

Please visit the NCSU Libraries website for further updates and information on when these events will be rescheduled. The university’s inclement weather statement can be found at this link.

By: David Hiscoe

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $333,000 to North Carolina State University to support the second phase of the development of the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb), an open source project that promises to significantly enhance how libraries manage their electronic journals and books.

Designed and implemented by the Kuali OLE founding partners and Jisc Collections of the United Kingdom with initial funding from the Mellon Foundation, GOKb is a pioneering knowledge base of metadata that describes e-books and e-journals, the models that publishers use to sell them, and the ways that libraries and their users can access them.

GOKb’s data will be made publicly available under a Creative Commons CC0 license so that the tool can be used by anyone and integrated into any system or service, whether commercial or open source. As a service to learning communities globally, it will be freely available to libraries, academic publishers, library service providers, and the public through a web-based interface and application program interfaces (APIs).

GOKb is designed to be a part of the Kuali Open Library Environment (Kuali OLE), the first library management system designed by and for academic and research libraries. NC State and the NCSU Libraries serve as lead institution for GOKb development. GOKb will also be adopted by Knowledge Base+, an electronic resources management service provided by Jisc Collections.

Phase 2 work funded by the Mellon grant will run through December 2015 and will enable further development of the knowledge base, recruitment of library and vendor partnerships, and expansion into key areas such as e-book management, description of open-access resources, and linked data.

Libraries and publishers are now invited to explore GOKb—and become a partner

Phase 1 of the GOKb project is now available for public preview through the GOKb web application.  The preview showcases the latest version of the GOKb software and contains representative seed data that describes organizations, packages, titles, holdings, and templates for licensing.  Libraries and publishers are invited to use the GOKb preview to search and browse metadata, export package information, and experiment with the system’s API and co-referencing service. The GOKb team is very interested in receiving comments and suggestions from users as they explore the tool.

At this stage of development, the GOKb development group is also especially interested in working with new partners in both the library and the vendor communities.  New library partners will be critical to making this community-managed resource increasingly valuable for academic libraries around the globe.  Academic publishers who contribute data at this stage of GOKb development will benefit from a tool that is driven by an engaged, knowledgeable community of librarians who will be continually contributing valuable enhancements to data about publishers’ products.

By: David Hiscoe

College Raptor, a web site dedicated to helping prospective students find their perfect college, has ranked the Hunt Library as number two in “10 of the Most Amazing College Libraries in the US.

By: Library Staff

The D. H. Hill Library’s new Visualization Studio provides an easy-to-use space where you can transform how you see your presentations, present your research, and explore your data. Using the room’s 12 projectors to create an immersive 360-degree view across four walls, the studio allows:

  • Students to work together on group projects, to boost their presentations to new levels, and to study complex ideas and phenomena at a large scale, seeing them spread out around the room.
  • Professors to conduct interactive classes and engaging seminars that surround their students in images, documents, movie clips, and data visualizations.
  • Researchers to work together to explore new ways to describe and communicate their findings visually, compare complex, detailed images, and analyze large maps and graphics.
Drop by and see the room in action

On January 30, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Visualization Studio will be open for you to explore its possibilities.
NCSU Libraries staff and experts from the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will be available to give an overview of the room’s features, demonstrate examples of applications from a range of disciplines, and answer questions you might have about how to make the room work for you. RENCI is a collaborative effort involving UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and NC State and was instrumental in developing and deploying the Visualization Studio.

The Visualization Studio is located on the second floor of the East Wing, D. H. HillLibrary, just across from the Unity Lab.

By: Library Staff

Upgrades to the D. H. Hill Library over the past several years have made it a great place to study and do research, an award-winning library, and the most used facility on campus.  But features of the basic infrastructure of older parts of the building now require updating for safety and to enable future enhancements to its learning and research spaces.

From February 9 until the end of the 2015 spring semester, the D. H. Hill West Wing will be closed to allow construction crews to upgrade the fire sprinkler system and address other issues that will allow us to keep it state of the art.

Changes of interest to library users during this period include:

  • Current periodicals can be requested at the Ask Us center.
  • Newspapers will be available at the east end of the Ground Floor Reading Room.
  • The Mini-Theater will not be available for booking, nor will the West Wing Auditorium.
  • The Silent Reading Room, Tech Sandbox, Terrace, Creamery, and Cone Zone on the first floor will be unavailable.
  • The accessible entrance will be the first-floor door on the east side of the building.
  • The Faculty Senate will move to the ground floor of the South Tower in the Administrative Conference Room (Room #B404).

If the construction work goes well, it is possible that selected parts of the West Wing may be able to reopen before the end of the semester.

By: David Hiscoe

Rev. King speaking at Durham’s White Rock Baptist Church. Harold Moore, AP.

The Raleigh News and Observer explores how the Virtual MLK Project will use the Hunt Library for an immersive recreation of the 1960 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Fill up the jails” speech in Durham, North Carolina.  The project is using the Library’s technology to allow “historical speeches and sermons [to] be better understood if -re-experienced as closely as possible to the original, rather than simply being read.”