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May 05 2014

The Hunt Library honored for public relations and interior design

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University has been recognized with two of the library profession’s most prestigious honors: a 2014 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award and a 2014 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award.

Hunt Library Atrium

Sponsored by EBSCO, the H.W. Wilson Foundation, and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award has been given annually since 1946 to celebrate excellence in library public relations. The communications to open the Hunt Library were recognized for creating “a bold, new campaign that helped the community imagine ‘The Library of the Future.’”  “The true star of this campaign,” the award concluded, “was the way the community told the story. Students were asked to imagine themselves in the space, and they took to the challenge wholeheartedly.”

Sponsored by the International Interior Design Association and the ALA, the Library Interior Design Award honors “excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, function, and satisfaction of the client’s objectives.”  The Hunt Library was recognized as winner of the “Academic Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.” category.  The Hunt Library’s lead designer was Snøhetta; its executive architects were Clark Nexsen; and Another Inside Job consulted on interior design.  Gwendolyn Emery—the NCSU Libraries’ Director of Library Environments—as well as other library staff, also played a significant role in envisioning and creating the interior of the building.

“Our intent with the interior design of the Hunt Library was to create inspiring spaces that would encourage inspiring work,” says Susan K. Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of the NCSU Libraries. “We, in turn, have been inspired by just how much our students and faculty appreciate this building, and we are grateful that the IIDA and ALA have honored us for the interior design that is so much a part of this building’s appeal.”

“We are also proud and delighted,” she concludes, “that the communications about the Hunt Library have been able to further ongoing and fruitful discussions about the future of academic libraries, the centers of the learning and research that make universities so productive for our communities.”

Among other awards and prizes, the Hunt Library has also been recently honored with the 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL).