By: Library Staff
(Raleigh, N.C.)—In the latest of several initiatives designed to help students reduce the expense of textbooks as part of their university educations and make it easier for faculty to explore and create new resources for their teaching, the NCSU Libraries is inviting North Carolina State University faculty to apply for grants to adopt, adapt, or create free or low-cost open alternatives to today’s expensive textbooks.
Ranging between $500 and $2,000, the competitive Alt-Textbook grants will be awarded to help faculty pursue innovative uses of technology and information resources that can replace pricey traditional textbooks. Larger grants may be available for larger-scale or especially high-impact projects.
Textbook costs have outpaced inflation by 300% over the last 30 years. These runaway prices have become a major strain on students, with textbooks averaging $1,200 a year and 7 out of 10 students admitting on a recent Public Interest Research Group survey that they have not purchased a required text because of its cost.
Grants are available to develop textbook alternatives for the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters. Possible approaches include:
- creating a new open textbook or collection of materials
- adopting an existing open textbook
- assembling a collection of open resources into new course materials
- licensing an e-textbook, video, or other media content for classroom use or e-reserves
- using subscribed library resources
As faculty work on their proposals, NCSU librarians are available to collaborate and to share expertise in copyright, licensing, open access, course management software and tools, electronic reserves, subject-matter content, and multimedia resources.
“Academic libraries have always been a powerful way to reduce the financial burden of a university education by pooling key resources for everyone to use,” reminds Susan K. Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of the NCSU Libraries. “The Alt-Textbook grants offer an innovative way to leverage that advantage in the digital age while at the same time giving our faculty a powerful tool to tailor their course materials to the exact needs of their students.”
The NCSU Libraries will hold several information sessions about the project in September. Faculty can learn more about the project, review the call for proposals, sign up for information sessions, and download grant applications at the Alt-Textbook Project website.
The Alt-Textbook initiative builds on a successful partnership with the university’s Physics Department that resulted in a free physics e-textbook that is now used by 1,300 NC State students each year.
Other NCSU Libraries initiatives to reduce costs for students include providing at least one copy of every required course book on reserve each semester, supplying online reserves to electronically disseminate materials within the bounds of copyright law, and Library Course Tools, an innovative use of the Libraries’ website to present custom, course-related library content for every course at the university.
Alt-Textbook is supported by a grant from the NC State University Foundation.
By: David Hiscoe
WRAL explores how the extensive press coverage about the Hunt Library has raised the profile of N.C. State, North Carolina, and the Raleigh community in global discussions about innovative research and education.
By: Library Staff
Do you want to build a robot that interacts with Twitter, a banana piano, or your own wearable electronics project? Are you interested in learning about 3D Printing but aren’t sure where to start? The Libraries are offering several exciting Makerspace workshops this semester that will provide an awesome introduction to a variety of innovative technologies. All workshops are free for all NCSU students, faculty, and staff, and no prior experience is required to participate!
By: Library Staff
D. H. Hill Library has some changes! You’ll now find the Ask Us center at the top of the main staircase on the First Floor. Just look for the big red-and-white Ask Us sign!
Need to find data or information for your research project? Need help using iMovie? Need to check out a charger? Need to print a poster? Everything you need is in the main lobby on the First Floor. You’ll find friendly staff ready to help.
Library staff are also happy to help you online. Just look for the Ask Us link on the library’s website. You can chat, call, text, or request an in-depth research consultation with a librarian. No matter where you are—in the library, on campus, in your dorm, in your office—we’re ready to help!
By: Library Staff
Join David Silver, Visiting Scholar at the NCSU Libraries, for a multimedia happening that chronicles the rise and fall of Black Mountain College, founded in 1933 near Asheville, North Carolina. There will be two performances on Monday, August 4. The morning performance will start at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at noon. The evening performance will start at 7 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. Both performances will start at the Hunt Library iPearl Immersion Theater.
Education practitioners can still learn from what worked and what didn’t work at Black Mountain College, especially here at NC State where several of the College’s principles are still at work. Focusing on the Black Mountain College farm and work program, Silver will lead an exploration of the College’s lesser-known but vitally important participants. David Silver is associate professor of media studies, environmental studies, and urban agriculture at University of San Francisco.
Using the entire Hunt Library as a storytelling building and featuring never-before-seen photographs, this dynamic event will examine the most experimental college in American history. Silver will employ an unconventional storytelling approach that unfolds as participants walk through the building.
Free and open to the public. Presented by the NCSU Libraries. For more information contact Mike Nutt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Library Staff
NC State students rely on the Libraries for quiet study space, particularly during final exams. To help ensure that we can meet this need, the NCSU Libraries is implementing new practices to reduce disruptions during the critical times around finals.
At the Hunt Library
• No tours, sightseeing, or events will be allowed between the last day of classes and the completion of final exams (July 31-August 1, 2014).
• Access will be limited to NC State students, faculty, and staff, who will need to use their Wolfpack One Cards to enter the Hunt Library security gates during final exams.
At the D. H. Hill Library
• Tours and events will be limited during final exams, beginning with Second Summer Session (July 31 – August 1, 2014).
• The Wolfpack One Card will continue to be required for access after 10:00pm.
By: Library Staff
(Raleigh, N.C.)—The Board of Directors of the NCSU Friends of the Library (FOL) has announced the creation of the Friends of the Library Staff Award for Advancement to be given annually to foster a culture of philanthropy, celebrate a spirit of innovation, and promote an environment of collaboration.The Board will award the honor each year to an NCSU Libraries staff member who demonstrates a commitment to the missions of both the NCSU Libraries and the NCSU Friends of the Library, and who goes above and beyond to help build relationships and partnerships that help to further the Libraries’ advancement goals.
Awardees will receive a prize of $1,000 to be used for professional development or to support a project of their choosing.
On June 19, 2014, Brian Boothe—NC State graduate, founder of Corsair EDA, Inc., design engineer at Pentair Water Pool and Spa, and vice president-elect of the FOL Board of Directors—presented the first annual award to Adam Rogers, Emerging Technology Services Librarian for the NCSU Libraries. Rogers has taken a leadership role in managing the Makerspace at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library and creating the vision for a new makerspace in progress at the D. H. Hill Library.
In the process of helping to place the NCSU Libraries at the fore of the maker movement, Rogers has secured major funding from alumni, established technology partnerships with industry-leading corporations, developed close partnerships with units across the NC State community, and supported his colleagues as they sought donations of equipment for key library projects.
Rogers will also serve as the NC State representative for a new Institute for Museum and Library Services initiative with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to build the capacity of libraries and museums to develop effective makerspaces and programs. He is, noted Boothe, “an outstanding example of how Libraries staff can succeed in furthering the Libraries’ advancement goals.”
The FOL Board of Directors will solicit nominations each spring for staff members who meet the criteria for the Friends of the Library Staff Award for Advancement and will honor winners in conjunction with the NCSU Libraries’ annual staff awards ceremony.
By: Library Staff
The NCSU Libraries has acquired the William Roy Wallace Architectural Papers, an important collection of architectural drawings and project files that document the work of a major North Carolina architect and his associates.
During much of the 20th century, Wallace (1889-1983) was the architect of choice for many Winston-Salem business leaders and their families as well as for business leaders in Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, and elsewhere. Known for his fine residential architecture, he also designed numerous religious, educational, and commercial buildings from the 1920s onward.
Dr. Margaret Supplee Smith, art historian and professor emerita at Wake Forest University, was instrumental in identifying the importance of the collection and facilitating the generous donation by the Wallace family. Smith notes, “With this significant acquisition, which includes architectural records documenting three generations of architects working in North Carolina–Charles Barton Keen, William Roy Wallace Sr., and William Roy Wallace Jr., in addition to Harold Macklin—NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center has ensured that the story of twentieth-century architectural practice in the Piedmont, with its rich textile, tobacco, and historic preservation legacies, will have a permanent place in the state’s architectural history.”
Wallace, a native of Pennsylvania, began his career in association with Philadelphia architect Charles Barton Keen (1868-1931), a designer of country houses for the Philadelphia elite. Keen created a second major body of work among the leading industrial families in the North Carolina Piedmont, including the famed Reynolda House (1912-1918) for the Reynolds family in Winston-Salem. Wallace worked with Keen as an office boy, a draftsman, and eventually as partner. In 1923 Keen and Wallace moved to Winston-Salem to manage the construction of the R. J. Reynolds High School and Auditorium. After Keen returned to Philadelphia, Wallace oversaw the Winston-Salem office and traveled back and forth from Philadelphia to supervise the firm’s many projects. Throughout the 1920s, the two architects worked on many of the great homes in Reynolda Park and Stratford Road, including the C. A. Kent House, the Robert Hanes House, and the P. Huber Hanes, Sr., House.
In 1928 Wallace settled permanently in Winston-Salem, where he established a practice with Harold Macklin and James M. Conrad. Like Keen, Wallace and his son William Roy Wallace, Jr., who joined the practice after World War II, continued in a Beaux Arts revivalist tradition that shaped the distinguished architectural heritage of Winston-Salem and other communities.
Among the buildings attributed to the Wallace firm are the Fries Memorial Moravian Church, Highland Presbyterian Church Sunday School, the Twin City Club, many of the Davidson County schools from the mid-1930s to 1950s, and much of the early restoration work at Old Salem. In addition to designing the country estate (Brookberry Farm) of Bowman Grey, Jr., many Wallace houses are extant in Winston-Salem, including the Siewers-Shaffner House, John Stephens House, James Weeks House, and Meade Willis House.
The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at the NCSU Libraries continues to assemble and archive the work of leading architects to make these unique materials available to a wide audience. The SCRC has collected the papers of key architects, including G. Milton Small Jr., George Matsumoto, and William Waldo Dodge, as well as those of past and present faculty members of NC State’s College of Design such as Henry Kamphoefner, Marvin Malecha, Matthew Nowicki, and Frank Harmon.
The NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center holds research and primary resource materials in areas that reflect and support the teaching and research needs of the students, faculty, and researchers at the university. By emphasizing established and emerging areas of excellence at NC State University and corresponding strengths within the Libraries’ overall collection, the SCRC develops collections strategically with the aim of becoming an indispensable source of information for generations of scholars.