By: David Hiscoe
It’s incredibly satisfying to walk past the group study rooms and see them packed, their video screens filled with student work in progress. Or to pass the Idea Alcove and watch an engineering study session mapping out a project on the wall-sized whiteboards. Or to see a crowd gathering around the displays in the iPearl Immersion Theater or exploring the tools in the Apple Technology Showcase. We hope you’ve had a chance to come over, either on one of our scheduled tours or just to walk through yourself and soak in the atmosphere in the new building.
The Hunt Story, told by our students
Most of all, don’t miss the photographs that students have been posting about their new library on My #HuntLibrary. We have received over 1,200 since we opened, almost every one obviously fueled with enthusiasm for a space that has moved them. And given the opportunity to tell “the story of the library of the future, written by you,” the NC State community has showered our Hunt Library homepage with Facebook, Twitter, and other comments, captured with the social media tool Storify.
Hunt Library media coverage
More traditional media has also been active in commenting on what the Hunt Library will mean for learning and research, both locally and globally:
- The News & Observer ran a front page feature claiming that in bringing the “future to the present” the new NC State icon “may well be the most advanced library in the world.” The paper’s Dec. 24 main editorial concluded that “there would be few arguments that the library is not the most advanced of its kind anywhere.” A photo essay dominated the N&O’s local coverage on opening day.
- The word went out nationally when an Associated Press article dubbing the Hunt Library as the “library of the future” was picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express, the Stamford Advocate, the Greenwich Times, USA Today.com, AOL.com, and the Seattle Post Examiner, among many others. A companion AP video and six minutes of footage went out to TV stations across the world.
- In Internet coverage, Scientific American blogger Scott Huler explored the evolution of the role of libraries embodied in the Hunt Library, and the online design site Curbed.com agreed with all of us that it is “the world’s most awesome library.”
Hunt Library news going forward
There will, of course, continue to be great news about the new building as the rest of the world continues to learn about it. But it is now part of the larger story of the NCSU Libraries in general. So this will be our last post on Hunt Library Updates. But we don’t want to lose touch, and we invite you to sign up for email updates on all our activities on the NCSU Libraries News blog.