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By: Library Staff

The Tenth Annual NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium was held on March 25, 2015 at the McKimmon Center. The Symposium showcases the exceptional and diverse graduate-level research going on at NC State. Graduate Program directors nominated standout master’s and doctoral graduate student researchers for an opportunity to showcase their research and practice and enhance their communication skills. Student posters were judged by faculty in the represented academic areas.

In collaboration with the University Graduate Student Association, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place posters in eight categories (Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences and Management) will be exhibited in the Hunt Library iPearl Immersion Theater, starting September 7. The exhibit will run through September 13.

For more information about the NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium or the University Graduate Student Association, please visit their websites:

● http://www.ncsu.edu/grad/research/symposium.html
● http://ugsa.ncsu.edu/

By: Library Staff

Deal gives NC State researchers ability to mine robust collections of digital primary source archives

(Raleigh, N.C.) -  By signing another pioneering content mining agreement—this time with Adam Matthew, a SAGE company—the NCSU Libraries has established itself as a leader in the research library world when it comes to licensing blanket access to commercially-vended historical collections.

This comes not long after their unprecedented data mining deals with Gale and Unlimited Priorities.

By agreeing to provide NC State researchers electronic access to ‘Mass Observation Online,’ sourced from the University of Sussex, England, and the ability to mine archival data on university servers, Adam Matthew Digital joins Gale as a leading-edge example for commercial vendors.

Darby Orcutt, Assistant Head of Collection Management for the NCSU Libraries, developed this library-vendor content mining model and considers it mutually beneficial: “Adam Matthew has added another facet of value and attractiveness to their products for researchers, while researchers have gained a valuable corpus that was previously unavailable for robust computational exploration.”

By: Chris Tonelli

3D Design Workshops with Autodesk Fusion 360
Monday, August 24, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hunt Library Teaching & Visualization Lab

Tuesday, August 25, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
D. H. Hill Library Makerspace


Amazing Alumni – Chris Padgett ‘11

Wednesday, August 26 at 3:00 p.m.
D. H. Hill Library, East Wing, Multimedia Seminar Center

In celebration of the new D. H. Hill Library Makerspace, join us for this special guest during Maker Days. Chris Padgett is the founder and CEO of Fusion3, a company that manufactures high-performance 3D printers. After graduating from NC State with a BS in MechanicalEngineering in 2011, Padgett resigned from his paying job in early 2013 to found Fusion3, using his prior experience with product design, management and support and supply chain development. Padgett will discuss his experiences with founding and running a company, working with family, and what he sees as the future of 3D printing. After the program, join us in the new Makerspace for an open house with giveaways and demos.


D. H. Hill Makerspace Open House

Wednesday, August 26 & Thursday, August 27, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wondering what happens in our makerspace? Curious about the tools we have? Want to try your hand at making something? Come to our Maker Days Open House! Join us for some hand-on activities and learn more about electronics, 3D priting and scanning, and much more!


Making Sense of Sensor Data: An Introduction to the Internet of Things

Thursday, August 27 at 9:00 a.m. D. H. Hill Library Makerspace

In this introductory workshop you’ll learn how build and manage a “thing” in the “Internet of Things.” Eliot Inman, a Manager of Software Development at SAS, will teach you how build an analog sensor using an Arduino, gather data from that sensor, and analyze thosedata using SAS. Participation in this hands-on workshop requires absolutely zero experience in electronics, software development or statistics. We will start at the start.


The Impact of Maker Culture on the Economy and the Classroom

Thursday, August 27 at 3:00 p.m.
D. H. Hill Library, West Wing Auditorium

In celebration of the new D. H. Hill Library Makerspace, join us to learn how the concept and practice of “making” is creating a new paradigm for entrepreneurs, educators, and students. Aly Khalifa, NC State alumnus and co-founder of Designbox, Dr. David Rieder, associate professor at NC State and co-founder of CIRCUIT Studio, and Victoria Rind, an NC State student in textile engineering, will share their experiences and discuss how the maker movement is impacting business, culture, and academia. After the program, join us in the new Makerspace for an open house with giveaways and demos.

Aug 07 2015

24 HOURS IS BACK!!!

By: Chris Tonelli

Aug 05 2015

Coffee & Viz

By: Marian Fragola

Held in one of the NCSU Libraries high-tech spaces, Coffee & Viz is a forum in which NC State researchers share their visualization work and discuss topics of interest. All Coffee & Viz programs are free and open to the public and are presented by the NCSU Libraries. Coffee and light refreshments will be served at 9:15 a.m., program begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Karen Ciccone at 919-515-3513 or kacollin@ncsu.edu.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Dr. Julie Mell (History) and Dr. Helen Burgess (English)

Friday, August 21 at 9:30 a.m.

D.H. Hill Library, Visualization Studio

Dr. Julie Mell and Dr. Helen Burgess will discuss how they have integrated visualization and the Libraries’ high-tech spaces into their teaching practice and how using visualization can help students learn in new ways. This session will be presented twice: at 9:30 a.m. and again at 10:00 a.m. Limited space available, please register at: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/coffee-and-viz/signup.

Dr. Ben Watson (Computer Science)

Friday, September 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Hunt Library, Duke Energy Hall

Thanks to technology, visual communication is easier than ever to create and disseminate. Unfortunately, technology hasn’t yet been able to help people communicate effectively — thus the catchphrase “Death by Powerpoint.” Dr. Ben Watson, associate professor of computer science at NC State, will discuss “visualization as persuasion,” using visualization as a tool for communication rather than discovery.

Dr. Jennifer Landin (Biological Sciences)

Friday, October 23 at 9:30 a.m.

Hunt Library, Teaching and Visualization Lab

Dr. Jennifer Landin, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at NC State, is a biologist, illustrator and science educator. She will discuss biological illustration as a form of visualization and the challenges in teaching students to observe, investigate, create and share.

Dr. Matthew Booker (History)

Friday, November 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Hunt Library, Creativity Studio

Dr. Matthew Booker, associate professor of history at NC State, will address the question, “What use is spatial visualization to historians?” With Dr. Michael Young in Computer Science, Dr. Booker coordinates the Visual Narrative cluster in the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program.

Interactive graphic depicting Establishment of South San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds and Refuges, 1857 to 2004

PAST PROGRAMS

Dr. Helena Mitasova, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Friday, January 23 at 9:15 a.m.

Hunt Library, Teaching & Visualization Lab

Dr. Helena Mitasova is a professor in Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a faculty fellow at the Center for Geospatial Analytics. She is a charter member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and a member of Open Source GRASS GIS project steering committee. She will talk about visualizing large geospatial data sets and modeling of dynamic landscape processes.

The presentation will also include examples of open source GRASS GIS visualizations developed by students for their course projects using the Teaching and Visualization Lab and Tangeoms: Tangible geospatial modeling system.

Dr. Christopher Healey, Computer Science: Understanding Color for Data Visualization

Friday, February 20 at 9:15 a.m.

Hunt Library, Teaching & Visualization Lab

Dr. Chris Healey’s work harnesses visual perception to create visualization techniques supporting the rapid and effective exploration and analysis of large, complex datasets.

“Colour is a familiar concept that we all recognize and use in our day-to-day lives. Understanding how colour ‘works’ is a much more fascinating problem, however, involving the physics of light, visual perception, language and culture, and context. This talk will touch on these issues by discussing them and demonstrating how they affect presenting data with colour. As a practical example, I will show how we used colour to visualize results from the recent 2014 U.S. elections.”

Dr. Gary Lackmann, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Friday, March 20 at 9:15 a.m.

Hunt Library, Teaching & Visualization Lab

Dr. Gary Lackmann is an atmospheric scientist at NC State who studies high-impact weather, climate change, and numerical atmospheric modeling. He will present visualizations that clarify the structure and workings of hurricanes, using Hurricane Katrina as an example.

Professor David Hill, Architecture

Friday, April 17 at 9:15 a.m.

Hunt Library, Teaching & Visualization Lab

The Great Fire of London destroyed St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1666. Nearly four centuries later, Professors John N. Wall (English) and David Hill (Architecture) have rebuilt it—in virtual space. Wall, a John Donne scholar, wanted to hear the famed poet and dean of the cathedral deliver one of his most famous sermons in order to experience the event “unfolding in real time in the context of an interactive and collaborative occasion.”

The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project (VPCP) uses architectural modeling software and digital acoustic simulations to recreate the visual, spatial, and auditory experience of Donne’s Gunpowder Day sermon delivered on November 5th, 1622. At this Coffee & Viz lecture, Prof. Hill will present the research and modeling process that created the virtual environment of London’s pre-fire St. Paul’s Cathedral.  He will discuss how digital tools can simulate momentous events in spaces that have not existed for hundreds of years.

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 continuing changes put in place this summer to reduce disruptions during the critical times around finals.

At the Hunt Library

  • Access during reading days and finals 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, July 30 & July 31.
  • No tours, sightseeing, or events will be allowed between the last day of classes and the completion of final exams.

By: Chris Tonelli

Stock images of HuntThe NCSU Libraries is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Fourth Annual Designing Libraries for the 21st Century conference, which will be held at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library in Raleigh, NC on September 20-22, 2015. The University of Calgary and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) are co-sponsors of this event.

Librarians, architects, planners, designers, information technologists, and others will gather to discuss the challenges and achievements of designing libraries and learning centers for the 21st century. Sessions will feature an array of topics including creating and communicating a vision; developing innovative, technology-rich learning and research spaces; creating Makerspaces; planning staff workspaces; and addressing organizational and service models, including transforming the collaborative roles of librarians in these new research and discovery environments. We will include examples from renovated libraries as well as new buildings. In-depth tours of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library and the D. H. Hill Library will be offered.

An optional preconference will be held on September 20, 2015. The theme of the preconference is “21st Century Libraries: Why Do They Matter?” and it will include sessions on infrastructure, spaces, partnerships, and re-education of librarians to support the life cycle of research and teaching.

For more information, please visit the conference website at go.ncsu.edu/designinglibraries.

Logos

By: Chris Tonelli

Because the College of Design played such a critical role in his early development as an architect, Phil Freelon has chosen the NCSU Libraries as the home for his architectural archive: “I am proud to be a member of the NC State family,” Freelon noted, “and it is an honor to be recognized in this way.” Freelon has donated  his architectural records from his earliest years as a practitioner and plans to add to his archive in the future.

In addition to being a student in the College of Design in the 70’s, Freelon has taught at the College, served on its Design Guild/Design Life Board, the Board of Visitors, and the Board of Trustees. He has designed several buildings on campus, including the Partners III Lab Building on Centennial Campus and the new Gregg Museum addition, currently under construction.

Freelon is the founder and President of The Freelon Group, Inc.  His work has been published in national professional journals including Architecture, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and Contract Magazine, where he was named Designer of the Year for 2008.

Metropolis and Metropolitan Home magazines and the New York Times have also featured Freelon and his firm.  His furniture design has been recognized nationally,  including first prize in the PPG Furniture Design Competition and design contract work with Herman Miller.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Freelon earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University and his Master of Architecture degree from MIT.  He then received a Loeb Fellowship and spent a year of independent study at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  Freelon went on to serve as an adjunct faculty member at North Carolina State University’s College of Design and has been a visiting critic/lecturer at Harvard, MIT, the University of Maryland, Syracuse University, Auburn University, the University of Utah, the California College of the Arts, Kent State University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, among others.  He is currently on the faculty at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning.

Freelon is a Peer Professional for the GSA’s Design Excellence Program and has served on numerous design award juries, including the National AIA Institute Honor Awards jury and the National Endowment for the Arts Design Stewardship Panel. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Accredited Professional, and the 2009 recipient of the AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.

Appointed in 2011 by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, Freelon is part of the team leading the design for the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture and is a preeminent architectural designer of museums featuring African-American history, including the Center for Civil & Human Rights in Atlanta and the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.

By: Mike Nutt

Students working on the Black Mountain College farm

Students working on the Black Mountain College farm

The farm at Black Mountain College was a remarkable achievement. Student-initiated and largely student-led, the farm was conceived in fall 1933, debated throughout winter, and launched in spring 1934. Building on his well-received program at the Hunt Library last summer, David Silver, visiting scholar at the NCSU Libraries, is back to discuss the origins of the farm at Black Mountain College and share his recent research that dispels some often-held misconceptions about both the farm and the College itself.

Using the Hunt Library’s high resolution visualization spaces as well as materials from the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center, Silver will bring never-before-seen photographs and his electric presentation style to this interactive discussion of the genesis of the most significant art college in America’s history. Silver is an associate professor of media studies, environmental studies, and urban agriculture at the University of San Francisco.

There will be two presentations on Tuesday June 30, 2015: one at 10:30am and one at 7pm. Both presentations begin on the Commons Wall stairs between levels 3 and 4. Following the program, attendees are invited to join Professor Silver for refreshments and discussion in the Hunt Library’s Collaboration Hub (Level 5).

Free and open to the public. Presented by the NCSU Libraries. For more information contact Mike Nutt at mrnutt@ncsu.edu. For information about directions and parking, visit lib.ncsu.edu/parking.

By: Chris Tonelli

Makerspace Photo One

As part of President Obama’s National Week of Making, the NCSU Libraries is opening their Makerspace in D. H. Hill Library on Tuesday, June 16.

The Makerspace will offer a hands-on, do-it-yourself space where users are encouraged to experiment and learn new hardware and software skills. It will be equipped with 3D printers, a laser cutter, electronics prototyping tools, sewing machines, and general tools for making, and will be accessible to all NC State students, faculty, and staff.

While typically available for open use, faculty integrating maker tools into their curriculum will be able to reserve the Makerspace for classes, and the Libraries will use the space to hold workshops featuring particular tools and techniques.

The Libraries hopes the D. H. Hill Makerspace will serve as a hub for making on campus—a place to expose the NC State community to making and its corresponding emerging literacies. To compliment their expertise with maker tools and techniques, the NCSU Libraries staff has expertise in disciplinary research, industry and market research, patent searching and filing, digital product development, data management, all of which can enrich a maker’s approach. The Libraries is committed to bringing critical thinking to the maker experience and technology literacy.

With the D. H. Hill Makerspace, the Libraries have added yet another innovative learning space and equipped it with an extensive set of maker technologies: MakerBot and LulzBot 3D printers; Arduino, Galileo, and Raspberry Pi electronics prototyping platforms; Bernina sewing machines; an Epilog laser cutter, and an electronics workstation with Hakko soldering iron. The space also offers a “tinkering table” for drop-in users, featuring hands-on making tools like LittleBits, 3Doodlers, LEGOS, and MaKey MaKeys. These interactive experiences will help stir users’ creative thinking and get them making on their first visit.