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Jun 08 2014

Don’t Just Read . . .

Looking for an opportunity to discuss the latest popular books with some of the smartest people around (your friends and North Carolina State University’s most engaged scholars)?

NCSU Libraries and Wake County Public Libraries teamed up to make that easy with READ SMART, a series of informal discussions moderated by members of NC State’s faculty.

READ SMART is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Friends of the Library of North Carolina State University. All discussions are held at the Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27605. For more information, please call 919-513-3481.

Read Smart will be taking a summer vacation in June and July but join us in August for our next program.

Upcoming programs:

Thursday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a book discussion of the bestseller Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis. Moderated by Dr. Eileen Taylor, CPA, CFE, associate professor of accounting at NC State. About the book: Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets.

Flash Boys cover
Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a book discussion of Cooked, the newest bestseller by Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Moderated by Dr. Keith Harris, assistant professor of Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences at NC State. About the book: The more we watch food on television, the less food we actually prepare and cook. Michael Pollan’s new book is a clarion-call for the virtues and values of proper cooking – an essential, defining human activity which sits at the heart of our cultures, shapes family life and is in itself hugely enjoyable.

Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a book discussion of The Maid’s Version, a short novel by Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone. Moderated by Dr.Marc K. Dudley, associate professor of English at NC State.

About the book:

In 1929, an explosion at a dance hall in a Missouri town killed 42 people. Who was to blame? Alma Dunahew, whose scandalous younger sister was among the dead, believes she knows the answer – and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. But no one will listen to a woman from the wrong side of the tracks.  It is only decades later that her grandson listens to her account and unearths the sorry truth. “Exquisite . . . a pleasure to read.” The New York Times

Dec 07 2011

The Urge to Draw, the Cause to Reflect Opens at NCSU Libraries

Media Contact: David Hiscoe, NCSU Libraries,  (919) 513-3425

The NCSU Libraries is pleased to present The Urge to Draw, the Cause to Reflect: Drawings, Sketchbooks, Provocations, an exhibit that features over a decade of work by Marvin J. Malecha, dean of the College of Design at North Carolina State University and former president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Athena's Nest for Pegasus

Athena's Nest for Pegasus

The exhibit explores and embodies Malecha’s fundamental premise that the act of drawing—no matter the task at hand­—can release the innate powers of our own creativity, often bringing us to a state “when clarity is vividly present and understanding seems painfully obvious. It is a moment when all of the noise of extraneous considerations falls away and purpose is immediately before you.”  The exhibit taps deep roots at NC State, an institution where mechanical crafts have always been taught, valued, and practiced as catalysts for growth and creation.

Dean Malecha has had a multi-faceted career encompassing administration, education, research, professional service, and practice as an architect. After earning a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, he was dean of the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, for twelve years before coming to NC State University in 1994.

In addition to his teaching and administrative work, Malecha has written several books on design and has maintained an active involvement with architectural practice through his work on a wide variety of projects—including the new chancellor’s residence under construction on NC State’s Centennial Campus. He is an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Distinguished Professor, was awarded the prestigious AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education in 2003, and served as President of the AIA from 2008-2009.

Ticino, near Lugano, 1998

Ticino, near Lugano, 1998

The exhibit reflects the strategies that produced Malecha’s recent book, The Urge to Draw, the Cause to Reflect: 100 Drawings and Reflections from Many Places, Times, and Spaces (NCSU Libraries Publications in collaboration with the NC State College of Design, 2011), in which a combination of sketches, evocative quotations, and short, impromptu notes or essays intermingle to capture the creative process at work. Always working with a drawing pad close by, Malecha shows how the notepad at hand in travels ranging from Hong Kong to Minnesota is integral to his practice as an architect and educator.  Both his book and the NCSU Libraries’ exhibit ask each of us to “Draw what you see. Draw to understand.  Draw to enhance your skill of seeing.  Draw to remember. . . . It will bring you an acute understanding of who you are.”

Visitors to the exhibit will quite literally be able to follow Malecha’s advice at two kiosks that invite them to draw what they see.  Facing D. H. Hill’s Conservatory and the landscape beyond, viewers at the kiosks are encouraged to add their own creative observations and experiments to the experience of the exhibit. Both traditional sketchbook and pencil and an iPad loaded with the Brushes app so brilliantly used by fellow artists such as David Hockney or Jorge Columbo will allow visitors to draw from life or from their own imaginations—either just for fun or perhaps to reach one of those moments “when clarity is vividly present and understanding seems painfully obvious.”

“I am so proud that the NCSU Libraries has been able to display Dean Malecha’s thought- and eye-provoking project,” says Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of the NCSU Libraries. “NC State excels in teaching our students to engage practical problems with a practical and inspired imagination.  Malecha shows us how to do it.   And the exhibit is not only a great entry point to scholars and the general public who aren’t yet aware of the tremendous cache of valuable architectural and design materials that the we hold in our Special Collections Research Center—its multimedia and immersive kiosks are a nice foretaste of the technology that will make our new James B. Hunt Jr. Library such a great place to showcase faculty and student work when we open it in early 2013.”  

The Urge to Draw, the Cause to Reflect will be open and free to the public in the D. H. Hill Library Exhibit Gallery during regular hours through December 31.  The exhibit was produced with generous support from the Goodnight Educational Foundation Library Endowment for Special Collections.

Sep 08 2011

The NCSU Libraries Virtual Learning Commons

We’ll give you a five-minute mind tickle. Daily.

We’ve been told that at least one reason the D. H. Hill Learning Commons is so crowded is because of the conversations that take place here every day. Sometimes about classes and work, sometimes about your tech toys, sometimes about politics or the job market, or just some stimulating gossip—most always something interesting. The conversations that happen when a group of bright people get together and talk.

So let’s share a bit of that conversation with the rest of the world—our virtual Learning Commons. The Libraries Facebook page pulls the most intellectually stimulating, quirky, interesting, Wolfpackish things we find out on the Web and puts them together for your stimulation (most picked by NC State students, btw).  Like us; join the conversation; get five minutes of brain candy a day.

Sep 07 2011

Head of the Special Collections Research Center Appointed

M.J. Eleanor BrownThe NCSU Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of M.J. Eleanor Brown as Head of the Special Collections Research Center, effective November 1, 2011. Brown will assume leadership of a special collections program that supports research, teaching, and learning with rich primary resources, comprising the archives of NC State, significant manuscript collections, and rare and unique books, photographs, architectural drawings, and digital resources.

Brown brings an outstanding and diverse background in special collections, along with a strong commitment to expanding access to primary resources in the curriculum. She is currently the Assistant Director for Programs and Services in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, as well as Curator of Digital and Media Collections at Cornell University Library. In these roles, she oversees archival processing, access to and preservation of electronic and born digital records, public services, and permission services. She manages and coordinates grant proposals, and has served as coordinator/curator for exhibitions, including “Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity: A Centennial Celebration,” and “Get Out the Vote: Presidential Elections.” She has been working extensively to facilitate access to the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, a groundbreaking collection emphasizing digital interfaces and artistic experimentation. She served as a member of the Data Executive Committee and co-authored the report, Digital Research Data Curation: Overview of Issues, Current Activities and Opportunities for Cornell University Library.

At Cornell, Brown previously served as Head of Program and Project Management, and as Technical and Digital Services Archivist. Earlier, she held a series of positions at the National Archives of Canada including Photo Archivist, Project Officer, and Project Coordinator for the Canadian Memory Digital Access Projects.  Her professional activities include service on three Research Library Group (RLG) working groups and presentations at various conferences including “The Life Cycle of Archival Information,” at the Digital Library Federation Fall Forum, and “Web Design for Digital Collections,” at the Mid-Atlantic Region Archives Conference. She has published several articles in The Archivist – Magazine of the National Archives of Canada, including “The World’s First Daguerreotype Images- Canadian Travel Photographer, Pierre Gustave Gaspard Joly de Lotbinère,” and “Roloff Beny: The Pleasure of Photography.” Brown is the recipient of the Government of Canada Individual Merit Award (1999). She holds the Master of Arts from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sep 01 2011

D. H. Hill Lights Up to Honor Dr. Fred Gould

Between Knowledge and Light by Joy WulkeThrough Monday of next week the D. H. Hill Library will be lit in Wolfpack red to honor NC State’s latest member of the National Academy of Sciences.

The library’s Conservatory and light sculpture will shine out over the Brickyard and surrounding green areas and light up the Libraries’ most beautiful spot to celebrate Dr. Fred Gould’s recent election to one of the world’s most important and prestigious scientific societies. Dr. Gould, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology at NC State, is now the ninth current NC State faculty member to be elected Academy, an honor that brings distinction to the University.

“The NCSU Libraries is a great center of learning and scholarship on campus, both for our students and our faculty,” says Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of libraries. “We thought that lighting up D. H. Hill’s most beautiful spot would show just how much we admire the great light that Dr. Gould’s work has shone on NC State. It’s our way of celebrating his success and thanking him and all those who have worked with him for the distinguished recognition they have brought to the University, a recognition that reflects well on us all.”

The National Academy of Sciences is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Academy membership is composed of approximately 2,100 members and 420 foreign associates.

Aug 22 2011

DELTA Fall Workshops and Seminars

Registration is now open for the DELTA fall 2011 workshop series and the schedule of classes begins on Tuesday, September 6. By attending DELTA workshops and seminars, you can explore best practices for teaching online, gain techniques for effective teaching with technology strategies, and advance your knowledge of Learning Management Sytem (LMS) tools.

For a full description of our classes and to register online, please visit and click the “Register now!” link. You will be prompted to login with your Unity ID and password. If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact us at or call 513-7094.

Workshops and seminars are offered at no charge, and are available to all NC State faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Jul 27 2011

Put Your Older Computer Equipment to Great Use (and Keep It Out of the Landfill)

If you’re thinking of buying a new computer for the new semester, here’s a great chance to donate your old one to a good cause. And keep those heavy metals from polluting the local municipal dump.

Until September 19, the NCSU Libraries will be teaming up with the Kramden Institute to ensure that older computer gear finds a new home with a student who might otherwise not be able to afford what most of us take for granted—a good machine to get the school work done on.

Kramden Institute Inc. is a not-for-profit charitable institution based in Durham that is dedicated to empowering hardworking, economically-disadvantaged students to bridge the digital divide and advance their academic and personal achievements by awarding them home computers. This is achieved by collecting donated computers to refurbish and reuse. Remember, as of July 1 it’s illegal to put computers in the trash in North Carolina.

Just drop your donations at the main Circulation Desk at D. H. Hill Library and we’ll take care of the rest.

Items that can be recycled

Used computer equipment that we will donate to the students Kramden serves

  • PCs less than 5 years old (800 MHz or higher processor)
  • PC Hard Drives- 20GB and larger
  • Laptops-800 MHz or higher
  • PCMCIA wireless cards for laptops
  • LCD Monitors
  • USB flash (thumb) drives- 64 MB or higher
  • PC Memory- 256 MB and higher
  • CDRW or DVD drives

Computer equipment and supplies we will resale to help fund our efforts

  • Routers, switches, or hubs (particularly gigabit switches)
  • Apple computers in working order, less than 3 years old
  • NO printers–however, we will accept;
    • New printer cartridges
    • New laser printer toner in original boxes

If you have older equipment you don’t know how to dispose of properly

To provide NC residents with a location to recycle computer equipment, Kramden will also accept the following, when accompanied by a donation of at least $10 per item to cover Kramden’s expenses and to help support its programs.

The following equipment is not used for Kramden’s programs but will be responsibly recycled:

  • PCs over 5 years old
  • printers
  • scanners
  • CRT monitors

Jul 15 2011

Learn the Latest about the Greatest

sign up for Hunt updatesChancellor Woodson has said that the new Hunt Library “is without a doubt one of the most exciting projects that NC State has taken on in the last 20 years.” If you think D. H. Hill is great, just wait until Hunt opens on Centennial Campus in late 2012.

With its outside walls almost complete and the interior well on its way, the new library is shaping up to be as dramatic a statement about the greatness of NC State as we hoped it would be.

Want to hear the latest? Want to see what a huge microtile wall can do?  Or see what some of Hunt’s news-making learning spaces will be like? If you’ll sign up for the Hunt Updates blog, we’ll automatically keep you in the loop as we roar towards the opening of this great addition to NC State.

Just subscribe here (it’s one easy step) and we’ll do the rest.

Jun 29 2011

Great New Spaces Now Open in D. H. Hill

New technology-enabled study rooms

It may be a little less crowded with less of us on campus during the summer, but group study spaces have always been a rare prize at the D. H. Hill Library, no matter the time of year. Now six more group study rooms are making your chances much better when you’re looking for a quiet place to hammer out the work with friends.

Remember the large study rooms just as you exit the elevators in the south tower book stacks?  On floors 3 through 8, they’ve now been divided in half, outfitted with new plug-and-play furniture that makes it easy to share and display your group work, and geared up with electronic sound dampening that wraps your group in a cocoon of quiet. One entire writeable wall in each of the twelve rooms is also available to work out problems, outline your project—or just to doodle on to relieve a little stress. The Herman Miller SAYL chairs around the tables seem just right for NC State: bold design, environmentally smart engineering, and a preference for some comfort while we work hard—that’s us.

The large group study room just off the elevator on the second floor of the south tower has also been redone with the same great new furniture and technology.

All these rooms can be reserved at

D. H. Hill’s new “living room”

Speaking of comfort, you also need to check out the library’s new living room. On the second floor of the West Wing (up the large steps just past the Creamery), you’ll find sofas, eye (and foot)-pleasing rugs, the most comfortable loungers on campus, a great view of Hillsborough Street—and a quiet place to retreat when the hours with the books and laptop get long. This may be the most pleasing space in the library (well, except for maybe that great view from the Conservatory Astral Bench). Eight new tables and chair sets in this quiet area add some more much-needed quiet study space in D. H. Hill.

What do you think?

As we’re sprucing up D. H. Hill this summer, we’re experimenting with the new spaces to try out new types of furniture and technology that we may be using in the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library when it opens in the fall of 2012.  We’d love it if you’d leave us any comments you have about the furniture and technology on our Facebook page.

Bonus points

Kudos to the first of you who goes to our Facebook page and tells us what famous bridge inspired the design of the SAYL chairs.

Jun 16 2011

NCSU Libraries Brings Photographic History of NC State to the iPad

WolfWalk for iPadMedia Contact:
David Hiscoe
, NCSU Libraries,  (919) 513-3425

Drawing on a strong legacy of using mobile devices to open up the treasures of the university’s Special Collections Research Center to the widest possible audience, the NCSU Libraries has expanded its popular WolfWalk tool and made it available as an iPad app.

Initially launched in 2010 for mobile devices, WolfWalk: A Photographic History of NC State now turns the iPad into a virtual time and space portal. The iPad version of WolfWalk makes it easy for students, alumni, and other friends of North Carolina State University to steep themselves in the school’s heritage, regardless of where they happen to be at the moment.

Earlier versions of WolfWalk capitalized on the location awareness of today’s mobile devices to allow users to give themselves a self-guided historical walk through NC State’s campus. As users stroll around the grounds, their mobile devices detect their current locations and then draw on the mountains of material in the University Archives to deliver a tour of nearby buildings and other historically interesting locations.  The new iPad version provides a deeper, more immersive experience by taking advantage of the more expansive electronic canvas provided by the iPad.

WolfWalk for iPadThe iPad’s large, backlit screen quite literally widens (and heightens) the visual possibilities for mobile users. So WolfWalk has added two new sections—“Decades” and “Themes”—to explore over a thousand luminous photographic moments held by the University Archives in the NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center.

Decades organizes classic Wolfpack scenes by time periods, making it possible, for instance, to track the return of the thousands of veterans who entered NC State in the late 1940s or the glorious basketball eras of the 50s and 60s. Themes allows users to browse through historical photographs of student life, campus events, and Wolfpack athletics over the past 125 years.

“The University Archives and our Special Collections Research Center are two of the great treasures of NC State University,” explains Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of the NCSU Libraries.  “I love the idea that now it’s even easier for NC State’s friends to use them and to enjoy these riches. And the technological adroitness we have gained by pushing our own expertise forward will be invaluable in the near future as we leverage mobile services to make the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library one of the most technologically advanced learning spaces in the country.”

The iPad version of WolfWalk is available as a free download from the App Store.