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By: David Hiscoe

On the evening of April 2, the day of April 3, and the evening of April 4, the university will officially dedicate the Hunt Library, drawing crowds both inside and outside the building as we thank the many people who made the project possible.

During the ceremonies, most of the Hunt Library will remain open. But the building may be even more lively than usual with hundreds of visitors exploring the spaces and the dedication ceremony itself being shown on screens in the library.

In addition, on the evenings of April 2 and April 4, the fifth floor of the Hunt Library will be hosting parts of the ceremonies and will have to be closed.  We assure you that such closings will be very rare in the future and apologize for any inconvenience.

During this period, quiet spaces are available at the D. H. Hill Library and other branch libraries on campus.

By: Library Staff

The North Carolina State University Libraries has acquired an important collection of nearly 400 rare pamphlets and other works relating to animal advocacy, animal rights, and animal welfare. These materials enhance the Libraries’ collecting efforts in an interdisciplinary field that engages scholars across the humanities, human and veterinary medicine, and the sciences.

Of significant scholarly and historical importance, the collection spans a period of over eighty years from the 1870s to the 1950s, and includes a wealth of promotional, advocacy, and educational materials that throw light upon the moral, social, medical, and political dimensions of this complex movement.

Days in the Life of an Inspector of the RSPCAConcern for animal welfare grew in the decades after the first animal anti-cruelty law was passed in 1822.   With the backing of renowned abolitionist William Wilberforce, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was established in 1824, becoming the first animal welfare organization in the world and the first law enforcement agency in the United Kingdom. The pamphlets and other materials conserved in the NCSU Libraries collection continued this momentum, engaging some of the leading activists of the time including the noted feminist and social reformer Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904) and Henry Salt (1851-1939), author, social campaigner, biographer of Henry David Thoreau, founder of the influential Humanitarian League, and friend of Mahatma Gandhi. Also included are published works and correspondence from notable novelists H. E. Bates, H. G. Wells, and George Bernard Shaw.

These materials stand as testament to the work of the tireless campaigners who sought to spread their message through the creation and distribution of mass publications. Because the material was often published in the heat of argument with little thought for long-term preservation, this collection provides a valuable and unique multi-disciplinary research tool, as well as potential source for future exhibitions and associated opportunities for outreach and educational projects.

The acquisition of these pamphlets builds on the NCSU Libraries’ leadership in this collecting area and augments existing archival processing initiatives, including Acting for Animals: Revealing the Records of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare Movements, a 2011 grant that documents the animal welfare and the animal rights movements of the second half of the 20th century. The Acting for Animals grant was supported with funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Dr. Tom Regan, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at NC State University, notes that “before the recent acquisition, the library’s holdings were the most comprehensive in the world. With the addition of these new materials, especially the ones from the nineteenth century, the library has strengthened its claim to preeminence.”  The depth and breadth of the NCSU Libraries’ collections now provide a rich trove of primary resources to support research in animal advocacy, rights and welfare from the 1870s to the present.

By: David Hiscoe

Complex magazine’s Art&Design website has ranked the new Hunt Library as one of the “25 coolest college libraries” in the world in a list that includes a range of buildings from beautifully traditional spaces such Trinity College Library in Dublin to the stunningly ultra-modern University of Indonesia Central Library in Jakarta.

By: Marian Fragola

NCSU Libraries Women’s History Month program: A/V Geeks present “The Trouble with Women”
Tuesday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m.
Auditorium, West Wing, D. H. Hill Library

In celebration of Women’s History Month, NC State alum Skip Elsheimer of the digital film project A/V Geeks, will screen and discuss “The Trouble with Women” – short films from the 1950s and 60s that present the pros and cons of women in the workplace and other cultural issues. Heidi Grappendorf, scholar-in-residence at the Women’s Center, will also be on hand to provide insight. If you have not experienced an A/V Geeks presentation, it is definitely worth your while. A fascinating glimpse into the past through educational and historical archived films.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 919-513-3481 or email marian_fragola@ncsu.edu.

By: Mike Nutt

Miami may have won the ACC basketball tournament, but a different kind of championship was awarded in the Hunt Library auditorium last week. Kimberly Dufresne was awarded the first place prize in the NCSU Libraries’ My #HuntLibrary Instagram photo competition after a fierce competition that lasted two months and had 1,400 entries. The quantity and quality of the photographs made the final selection difficult, but in the end, Kimberly’s photograph was the clear winner. It features the unique visualization technology in the building and symbolically illustrates how the James B. Hunt Jr. Library allows our students to reach new heights. Kimberly, a junior graphic design major, received an iPad Mini at an awards ceremony during halftime of NC State’s first-round game during the ACC tournament.

Kimberly Dufresne receives iPad Mini

Libraries Communications Director David Hiscoe presents iPad Mini to Kimberly Dufresne

My #HuntLibrary Finalists

Left to Right: Mike Nutt, Kimberly Dufresne, David Hiscoe, Megan Wood, Emily Reeves, Torey Kiss, Tammy Wingo

Although the contest is over, we are now beginning the process of ingesting the stunning photographs from the My #HuntLibrary contest into the permanent University archives. Our goal is to add all of the Instagram photos that were tagged #HuntLibrary into our digital collections so that they become a permanent part of the story of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The My #HuntLibrary website will also continue to live on, so don’t forget to keep tagging your beautiful shots of #HuntLibrary!

Here are Kimberly’s winning photo and the five runners-up category winners.

Student chasing birds on MicroTiles video wall

First Place: Kimberly Dufresne

Students lounging on Monumental Stair

Most Creative Photograph: Emily Reeves

Skyline Terrace

Best Architectural Photo: Torey Kiss

Person reading in Rain Garden Reading Lounge

Best Community Photographer: Joshua Rucker

Student studying in Skyline Reading Room

Wolfpack at Work: Mark Malek

Student studying in ball chair

Best Sense of Space: Tammy Wingo

These photographs were also selected as contest Finalists:

Eastern exterior

Chao Wan

Skyline Reading Room

Lauren Lu

Western exterior

Megan Wood

Skyline Reading Room

Tammy Wingo

Detail of glass table

Chris Ragone

Eastern window with birds visible outside

Leonora Shell

Rain Garden Reading Lounge

Tammy Wingo

Hunt Library exterior with clouds

James Gries

By: Library Staff

It’s not quite as good as being in Greensboro in person, but it’s definitely the second best choice, especially if you need to stay close to your studies but don’t want to miss the Wolfpack in action.

We’ll be streaming the ACC Tournament live in the new auditorium on the first floor of the Hunt Library, starting with the NC State/Virginia Tech game on Thursday, March 14 at 2 p. m. and on each afternoon on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  It’s free, and a great chance to enjoy the games with the best screen and sound system on campus.

As an added bonus, during halftime of the NC State/VA Tech game, we’ll announce the winners of the My #HuntLibrary contest and present their awards. My #HuntLibrary is an Instagram photo project that lets the NC State community show what they love about the transformative new James B. Hunt Jr. Library. For more details, visit http://go.ncsu.edu/myhunt.

By: David Hiscoe

WUNC’s The State of Things asks, “what does the Hunt Library suggest that libraries can be” and explores the future of libraries in the age of Google.

In addition to an interview with Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of the NCSU Libraries, the program includes Clymer Cease with Hunt Library executive architects Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee; Ken Hillis, professor of media and technology studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-author of Google and the Culture of Search; and Barbara Moran, professor at UNC’s School of Information and Library Science.

You can listen at:  http://wunc.org/post/what-library-today-s-high-tech-age.

By: Library Staff

The Hunt Library Game Lab

The Hunt Library Game Lab

For all you gamers, developers, and GLaDOS loving-addicts, we have a belated Valentine’s gift for you. The Hunt Library Game Lab is now open. It features a 21′ wide by 5′ high mouth-watering, bragging-rights-included Christie MicroTiles display that supports all major systems (including legacy support for older technology). The display also has the ability to play many systems simultaneously.

The Game Lab opened on Feb. 28th and is open Friday, March 1, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m and Monday (3/4) and Wednesday (3/6) from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Then through the middle of March, as we put the final touches on the technology, it will be available Sundays through Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.–with more expansive hours to come after that.

For more information, please contact Brian Bouterse, the NCSU Libraries’ new Academic Technology Librarian at bmbouter@ncsu.edu.

By: David Hiscoe

The new Hunt Library on Centennial Campus is big, it’s different, and it’s filled with technologies and spaces that bear some serious exploring and experimentation.

Designed to support new ways to learn, create content, and collaborate for NC State University’s students, faculty, and partners, this library is both technology-rich and visually interesting.

You can, of course, jump in and find your own way around.  Or you can take one of the regularly scheduled tours.

Now though, you can also download the new NCSU Libraries Mobile Tours app and guide yourself around this iconic heart of learning and research.

The  D.H. Hill Library tour on the way!

The app is planned  to expand this summer to provide a self-guided tour of the D. H. Hill Library on the main campus.

Features

The mobile tour is free to download, easy to use, and features:

  • Photos, text descriptions, and audio narrations of key library features, technologies, and spaces
  • Images and maps of tour stops
  • Multiple tour options that let you explore the building by floor or by themes such as “learning spaces” or architectural highlights
  • Controls that make it easy to pause, play, fast forward, and rewind through the audio tour
  • Additional information such as library events and easy access to the Libraries’ mobile site

Added bonus–the app lets you snap a photo (or use one we’ve already loaded) and send a virtual postcard letting friends know you have seen the face of NC State in this century.

How to download

You can download the NCSU Libraries Mobile Tours app for free at iTunes, Google Play or the Apple App Store.

By: David Hiscoe

If you work at NC State and haven’t yet had a chance to fully explore the inspiring spaces and new technologies at the recently opened James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus, you’re invited to an open house just for you.

On March 7, during spring break while things are a bit less hectic, the NCSU Libraries is hosting tours and providing light refreshments for those of you who can make it over and see why everyone is talking about this new competitive edge for the university.

See the bookBot in operation; watch the 3-D printers turn ideas into tangible, usable objects; see large-scale visualizations that are changing how researchers are displaying and exploring data; try out some of the 75 different chairs in 115 colors; and check out the best view of Lake Raleigh on campus.

When and where

Thursday, March 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

First floor lobby by the bookBot.