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By: David Hiscoe

The magazine of the American Institute of Architects explains why the Hunt Library is an iconic social monument.

Earlier this year, the AIA and the American Library Association honored the Hunt Library with a 2013 AIA / ALA Library Building Award.

By: David Hiscoe

Citing the Hunt Library as its core example, Ploughshares magazine reminds us:

“It is with good reason that we remember the Library of Alexandria today as a fulcrum of intellectual curiosity and invention.  Just as libraries modernized with the invention of printing, why can’t libraries today enjoy another, digital renaissance?”

By: Chuck Samuels

On Friday, May 17th, library staff participated in what is becoming a regular seasonal event for us: volunteering with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Field Gleaning program. Gleaning is the act of picking farm produce that is left over after harvest or that would otherwise go to waste. IFFS then distributes the food as part of its mission to end hunger in our community.

Thirteen library staff left the comfortable air-conditioning of the libraries, packing two minivans on a journey to Faison, NC where we picked collard greens. Seasonal eaters will know that May is the end of the collard season, which is why this field was donated for gleaning. We avoided plants that were beginning to flower, focusing on tall, lush plants with greens at full maturity.

Scratch Bakery of Durham generously provided “gleaner fuel” in the form of donuts, coffee cake and tarts–just the thing to power a beginner through some farm labor.

Over the course of a few hours, our crew picked 3127 pounds of collard greens, filling a refrigerated IFFS truck to capacity. That’s over 200 pounds per person! This fresh, healthy food went out for distribution the following day at IFFS mobile markets, which serve people in need throughout the Triangle.

This marks the Libraries’ third gleaning (see last year’s), in what is becoming a tradition of volunteering with the Food Shuttle, who are newly our neighbors (their offices are on Blair Drive, very near the new Hunt Library). These library staff participated in the gleaning: Brent Brafford, Erin Campbell, Karen Ciccone, Sarah Craig, David Hiscoe, Nancy Kress, Cory Lown, Jason Raitz, Adam Rogers, Charles Samuels, Sydney Thompson, and Barbara Weinberg.

Photographs by Brent Brafford and Charles Samuels.

By: David Hiscoe

Commenting that “this new library . . . was clearly designed to expand the idea of ‘library’ and introduce students and faculty to 21st century scholarship,” the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association have named the Hunt Library a 2013 recipient of the prestigious AIA/ALA Building Award.

By: Library Staff

Register now to take advantage of DELTA’s teaching and learning with technologies workshops and seminars this summer!

This summer is filled with opportunities to

  • learn about the latest in Moodle 2,

  • explore pedagogical strategies for synchronous learning,

  • find out what’s coming for Mediasite, and

  • discover the essentials for legal considerations and social media in higher education.

To see a complete list of offerings and secure your spot, visit

By: David Hiscoe

The Boston Globe’s “Travel” section chooses the Hunt Library as one of the nation’s “5 novel libraries.”

By: David Hiscoe

As North Carolina State University officially dedicated the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library on April 3, 2013, the NCSU Libraries also formally launched another iconic project, the Student Leadership Initiative. The website uses video oral histories, photographs, and other documents to chronicle the experiences and impact of individuals whose formative time at NC State shaped their subsequent careers and whose memories provide a valuable and interesting window into the period in which they helped shape the university.

William Aycock (Student Body President [SBP], 1935-36) explains what it was like at NC State at the height of the Great Depression and how his generation prepared itself for combat in Europe.  William Friday (Senior Class President, 1941, and later the president of the University of North Carolina system for thirty years) recalls the atmosphere on campus on the day Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Four-time North Carolina governor James B. Hunt, Jr. (SBP, 1957-59) pays homage to the respected faculty who shaped his political thinking and remembers realizing at this critical point in his life how the political system could play a role in improving citizens’ lives. Eric Moore (Student Senate President, 1970) describes what campus life was like for African American students in the late 1960s, while Cathy Sterling reflects on being the first woman to serve as NC State’s Student Body President (1970-71).

Returning to campus after two years of service in the Vietnam War to see the student newspaper earnestly in debate over what types of sandwiches should be served in the cafeteria, Terry Carroll (SBP, 1973-74) found an atmosphere of complacency that “put a fire in [his] gut” and inspired his own attempts to awaken fellow students to what he saw as “a world on fire.”  “I met a whole fleet of people . . . and between us all someone is going to change the world . . . and owe it to NC State,” concludes Greg Doucette (Student Senate President, 2009, and UNC Association of Student Government President, 2008-10).

After leaving NC State, the students profiled in the project went on to a wide variety of distinguished careers as governors, legislators, educators, business entrepreneurs, as well as leadership roles in the medical, banking, computing, and legal professions.

The Student Leadership Initiative currently highlights more than 130 former student leaders and provides engaging video interviews with over 30 who share memories of their experiences on campus.  Their stories encourage present-day students to connect to the past, alumni to put their own time at NC State into perspective, and scholars to access a collection of oral histories that help tell the story of North Carolina and NC State University for almost ninety years.

The project will add new profiles as research continues and is also available as a multimedia presentation on the large-scale visualization display in the iPearl Immersion Theater in the Hunt Library.

By: David Hiscoe

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library was honored with the Non-Residential Green Design Award by the City of Raleigh at its sixth annual Environmental Awards celebration Monday evening, April 22.  The library was praised “for its sustainable design and technology that reduces energy use by 31 percent.”   The ceremony was held in the Nature Research Center wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. More than 250 people attended, leaving standing-room only.

The library is expected to receive LEED Silver certification, making it the fourth LEED certified building on campus.  See the Hunt Library sustainability site for more information about how the Hunt Library represents NC State’s commitment to leading by example in advancing sustainability as a moral imperative and as an economic advantage.

By: Chuck Samuels

Matt Ratto

Matt Ratto, University of Toronto

On May 9, 2013, Matt Ratto, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, will present his talk “Why Johnny Can’t Read (an iPhone): Literacy, Maker Spaces, and the Modern Library,” as the featured speaker at the NCSU Libraries’ I.T. Littleton Seminar. The seminar will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

Ratto will explore how new technologies are dominating the educational landscape and transforming how people experience, share, and communicate about the world.  Educational institutions and libraries are grappling with how to incorporate and provide access to these technologies, while addressing their critical issues and problems. Ratto suggests that the ‘maker movement’ presents an opportunity for these institutions to engage and promote a socio-technical literacy that emphasizes not just technical skills, but individuals’ ability to make sense of the sociality of these new technologies.

Matt Ratto is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto and Director of the Semaphore research cluster on Inclusive Design, Mobile and Pervasive Computing. He also leads ThingTank Lab, a non-profit lab space and research project examining and designing the Internet of Things. Matt’s research examines how hands-on productive work – making – can supplement and extend critical reflection on the relations between digital technologies and society. This work builds upon the new possibilities offered by open source software and hardware, as well as the developing technologies of 3D printing and rapid prototyping. These technologies and the social collectives that create, use, and share them provide the context for exploring the relationship between ‘critical making’ and ‘critical thinking.’

The annual I. T. Littleton Seminar is funded by an endowment established in 1987 to explore key issues in the development of academic libraries and to honor former Library Director Littleton upon his retirement from NC State. The Libraries welcomes your continued support of the I. T. Littleton Seminar series. If you would like to make a contribution to support future seminars, please send your check, payable to the Friends of the Library, to: Friends of the Library, NCSU Libraries, Box 7111, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7111. Please note I. T. Littleton Seminar Endowment on your check. For more information, please call (919) 515-7315.

By: David Hiscoe

On Tuesday April 16th, 2013, the Hunt Library will host a series of presentations on technological innovation and engineering with representatives from leading technology companies.

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited to attend the following talks with our corporate partners in the Fishbowl, which can be found on Level 4 at the top of the yellow stairs.

We are pleased to offer these small seminar sessions for 15-20 people in order to provide a high level of interaction with the presenters. Please come early for seating at the session of your choice—we expect them to fill quickly.

We are offering many sessions to choose from, so if you miss one come back for the next! This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Computer Science.

12:15-1pm: CiscoCloud-based Communications and the Hunt Library
1:15-2pm: DellNext Generation of Higher Education Technology
2:15-3pm: SASExamining the World’s Challenges through Analytic Visualization
3:15-4pm: VMwareThe Future of Computing Infrastructure, the Cloud, and the Hunt Library
4:15-5pm: Schneider ElectricHigh Tech Data Center Infrastructure and the Hunt Library (includes tour of server room)
5:15-6pm: EMCInner Workings of Advanced Data Infrastructure Driving Advanced Research in the Hunt Library