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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

By: David Hiscoe

News 14 Carolina profiles the new Hunt Library, a space that Chancellor Randy Woodson explains in the piece “is about innovation. It’s about transformation and it’s about economic development.”

By: David Hiscoe

The official magazine of the American Institute of Architects says that Snøhetta and the NCSU Libraries “set a new benchmark for technologically-sophisticated collaborative learning spaces with the design of the new Hunt Library.”

By: David Hiscoe

The Navy’s newest advanced Mariner Skills Simulator was officially unveiled on April 3, with the midshipmen of the NC State University Naval ROTC at the helm.

By: Marian Fragola

Jill McCorkle and Elaine Neil Orr Dinner and Book Signing Event
Wednesday, April 24
6 p.m. Cocktails, 6:30 p.m. Dinner
NC State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27606

Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle. Credit Tom Rankin

Join the NC State Alumni Association and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to celebrate the release of Life After Life, the sixth novel by acclaimed author Jill McCorkle, and A Different Sun, the first novel by Elaine Neil Orr.  Recently, both authors have received much media attention, including a New York Times feature for McCorkle and and an interview with Orr on The State of Things.

The evening begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 6:30 p.m. During dinner, guests will enjoy readings by each author, with time allowed for questions and answers after the readings. After dinner, the authors will be available to autograph their novels.

Life Members of the Alumni Association will enjoy a private “meet and greet” with the authors from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and all other Alumni Association members will enjoy a discounted admission price.Visit to become a member.

Special thanks to Quail Ridge Books, who will be onsite with a generous supply of each novel. Please plan to purchase your novels from Quail Ridge Books at the event.

Elaine Neil Orr. Credit

COST : Alumni Association Members: $35 | Nonmembers: $40. Admission price includes dinner and the evening’s activities. Wine and cocktails will be available at a cash bar.

For more information and to reserve your space, visit

By: David Hiscoe

A chance to stock up for summer reading? A bag of treasures for $5? A chance to support the NCSU Libraries too?

It must be spring. Time for the Friends of the Library annual Frank B. Armstrong Memorial Book Sale on the Brickyard. The 2013 book sale will be held Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26.

Each year for the last twenty-three years, the Friends of the Library has held a book sale to generate funds to support the Libraries’ mission. Each event is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by volunteers from the Friends, the Libraries staff, and others. It’s a great way to recycle books through the community and to support library services and collections–giving the NCSU Libraries that extra boost needed to help us remain a world-class resource for NC State.

Monday, April 22

5:00 – 6:00 pm: open for Life members of the Friends of the Library

6:00 – 8:00 pm: open for Friends of the Library members and volunteers (Note:  if you are an NC State student, you can join the Friends of the Library for free)

Tuesday, April 23

9:00 am – 6:00 pm: public

Wednesday, April 24

9:00 am – 6:00 pm: public

Thursday, April 25

9:00 am – 6:00 pm:  public

Friday, April 26

9:00 am – 1:00 pm: public


Monday and Tuesday

Hardbound books and media – $4; paperbound – $2


Half Price Sale! Hardbound books and media – $2; paperbound – $1

Thursday and Friday

Bag Sale! Everything you can fit in a bag – $5 (bags will be provided by the Friends of the Library)

Individual items will be sold at $2 (hardbound books and media) and $1 (paperbound books).

Information on where to park: