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By: David Hiscoe

While the Hunt Library isn’t really “short on books,” (more than 30,000 are on open shelving and 1.5M are in the bookBot!), Time magazine’s “Tech” site opens a “welcome to the library of the future” piece with a discussion of NC State’s new library.

By: David Hiscoe

Partnering with Time Warner Cable, C-SPAN’s Book TV and American History TV periodically visit a U.S. city and present a weekend of programming that features interesting people, places, and events in the local community.

On June 15-16 it was Raleigh’s turn in the spotlight–and the NCSU Libraries’ Special Collection Research Center (SCRC) was highlighted in a segment on the Frederich Tippmann Entomology collection of books and drawings.

A Viennese engineer and prolific amateur entomologist, Tippmann created a vast collection of specimens that include, among other things, more than 100,000 Longhorn beetles of nearly 3000 genera and 1500 species from across the globe.  After his death, his specimens were purchased by the Smithsonian and his books—including some of the rarest entomological texts in existence—came to NC State.

Scroll down a bit in the “Book TV” section on C-SPAN’s Raleigh page to see the program featuring Eli Brown, Head of the SCRC, and filmed in D. H. Hill’s Special Collection Reading Room.

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 delta.ncsu.edu/workshops.

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.