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By: David Hiscoe

From the colonial period onward, black artisans in southern cities played vital roles in their communities. Yet only a very few black craftspeople have gained popular and scholarly attention. In Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900, Catherine W. Bishir—curator in architectural special collections at the NCSU Libraries—remedies this oversight by offering an in-depth portrayal of urban African American artisans in the small but important port city of New Bern. In so doing, she highlights the community’s often unrecognized importance in the history of nineteenth-century black life.

Bishir will discuss her book on Feb. 5 at 5:30 in Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall, UNC—Chapel Hill.

By: Mike Nutt

Did you know that NC State research happens all over the world? From Peru and Ecuador to Kenya and Jordan, NC State faculty are making a difference. The NC State Research Around the World virtual tour showcases the work of over 25 faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Natural Resources, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Still from "NC State Research Around the World"

Petra, Jordan is one of the many places our faculty work

The Google Earth tour is a new addition to the Libraries’ permanent media portfolio for the James B. Hunt Jr. Library’s video walls. We curate a program of content for the video walls that is focused on demonstrating NC State’s impact. NC State Research Around the World shows the incredible variety of problems that NC State researchers are tackling.

NC State Research Around the World debuts today in the iPearl Immersion Theater on the second floor of Hunt Library and will run continuously through February 6. Come join us as we explore faculty research on 5 continents!

By: Marian Fragola

Student Short Film Showcase

Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. (D. H. Hill Library, Auditorium, West Wing)


Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. (James B. Hunt Library, Auditorium, 1st floor)

Back by popular demand! For the fourth consecutive year, you can experience the talent of NC State students as they screen their best short films. Ranging from computer animation to experimental pieces, all films are under five minutes long. Different content will be featured at each screening, so come for both! During the program, students will talk about the process of creating their work. Professors Sarah Stein and Jim Alchediak from the Department of Communication and Professor Marc Russo from the College of Design will be on hand to facilitate discussion about the student work.
Free and open to the public. This program is supported in part by the Tom Russell Charitable Foundation, Inc.

By: David Hiscoe

The “Best Value Schools” website has honored the Hunt Library by ranking it as 14th in its listing of the world’s 50 most beautiful libraries:

Oslo-based architectural firm Snohetta made its mark in Raleigh in early 2013 with the opening of North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The designers teamed up with local architects Pearce Brinkley Cease & Lee (now merged with Clark Nexsen) to develop the glimmering wonder, which is arguably as eco-minded as it is attractive. Thirty-one percent of the materials used in the library’s construction are recycled in origin, lighting is natural or solar energy based, and the majority of the timber was taken from sustainable forests. Both the facility’s green features and design have wowed industry insiders, and the striking structure was honored with an American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Library Building Award in 2013.

By: David Hiscoe

Citing its role as “architectural destination” for the Research Triangle community, the INDYweek has published a photo essay on the Hunt Library.

Also featured in the same edition—the Hunt Library’s green roof in an article about “Raleigh’s Green Acres.”

By: David Hiscoe

Graduate students now have a room of their own in the D. H. Hill Library. 

As of January 6, a large space just off the Learning Commons on the 1st floor of the East Wing is equipped for quiet individual research and study, as well as collaborative work with colleagues.

Moving a considerable number of library staff and books to the Hunt Library has opened up much-needed space in our original main library, and we’re using it—as resources become available—to create more study and technology spaces in the D. H. Hill Library.

Last semester, we were able to transform areas that were once used for bookshelves on the 2nd floor into 100 new seats for students.

As this semester opens, the Graduate Student Commons adds 74 new seats, including a Seminar room, three Group Study rooms, and 16 workstations.

Access is available to all graduate students with a valid Wolfpack One Card.

By: David Hiscoe

The NCSU Libraries, in collaboration with the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University and with support from the National Science Foundation, is pleased to present a new video oral history archive of noted computer simulation pioneers. The video oral histories are the latest addition to the Libraries’ Computer Simulation Archive, established in 2003, and feature leaders in the field of computer simulation such as Nobel Prize winner Harry M. Markowitz, Stanford University Emeritus Professor Donald E. Knuth, Syracuse University Professor Emeritus Robert G. Sargent, NC State Distinguished Alumni Richard E. Nance, and NC State Professor James R. Wilson.

The Computer Simulation Archive and new video oral histories are available for viewing at and will be featured during a panel session at this year’s Winter Simulation Conference in Washington, D.C., which is held from December 8 -11. The Winter Simulation Conference is the premier international forum for simulation practitioners and researchers in the field of dynamic systems modeling and simulation.

The Computer Simulation Archive is supported by an endowment to facilitate the addition of more collections, expedite processing of materials in the archive, and enable the digitization of selected materials documenting the history of computer simulation. With the assistance of simulation scholars, the NCSU Friends of the Library, and individual donors, the Archive continues to develop, providing researchers with valuable insights into the history of the field. Supporters of the Archive include the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Informs Simulation Society.

The purpose of this NSF grant initiative is to capture and preserve accounts of seminal projects, related pivotal events, and distinguished project contributors from the perspectives of individuals who witnessed the history of computer simulation firsthand. These video oral histories build on the archival collections and audio oral histories already included in the Archive.

Computer simulation was established as a separate discipline of research and practice during the mid-1950s, with many seminal works in the field published from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. Reflecting the diverse backgrounds of the field’s pioneers, simulation encompasses theory, methodology, and practice arising at the interface of applied probability, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, management, manufacturing engineering, operations research, and statistics.

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at the NCSU Libraries continues to seek the oral histories of computer simulation pioneers in addition to the papers and records of prominent scholars in the history of computing and simulation as well as computer science.

The video oral histories and more information about the project can be accessed at the Computer Simulation Archive homepage at

By: David Hiscoe

Our thanks to:Starting at 1 a.m. during final exams
(Monday, December 9, through Thursday, December 12
and Monday, December 16)

D. H. Hill Library and the Hunt Library

Long after the cafes have closed for the night, the Friends of the Library will be providing free coffee, donuts, and more in the lobbies of the D. H. Hill Library and the Hunt Library throughout final examinations (except for Saturday and Sunday mornings).

So put down the books for a few moments, take a deep breath or two, and meet us after midnight to throw off the stress and boost up the energy.

Our thanks go to University Dining and the Friends of the Library.

By: David Hiscoe

It is all too easy to find dire complaints about the decline of reading in the popular press.

But recent research shows that, in fact, participation in literary activities is on the upswing throughout the United States as more readers engage stories through traditional printed books, on their Kindles and iPads, and through new genres ranging from narrative-driven video games to simulation environments.

On April 3-6, thousands of readers will come together at the 2014 North Carolina Literary Festival on NC State University’s Centennial Campus to explore and celebrate the enduring love of authors and their work.  The festival will feature readings, panels, demonstrations, and lectures from approximately 100 writers and artists with local, national, and international reputations.

The NC Literary Festival is hosted on a rotating basis by the academic libraries at NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina.  The event is free and open to the public.

Explore our best authors—and the future of reading

As it has since 2002, the NC Literary Festival will provide the area’s premier event at which audiences can hear, see, and interact with their favorite writers and artists.  This year, however, the Festival will also expand its popular traditional format by also spotlighting emerging non-traditional genres and new ways to engage stories through this year’s theme: The Future of Reading.

In addition to programs on fiction, non-fiction, young adult literature, poetry, and drama, the Festival will allow readers to experience and learn more about how transformative art forms such as graphic novels, comic books, and video games are shaping our literary experiences—and how new technologies such as e-readers and online publishing are changing how we encounter new ways to enjoy storytelling.

The young readers of the future and their parents will be especially interested in a series of parent workshops and technology and reading activities for children presented by NC State’s College of Education.

Enjoy storytelling in the “library of the future”

© Jeff Goldberg/Esto

The majority of the NC Literary Festival will be held in NC State’s new James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

As the “face of NC State in the 21st century,” this new space has generated international attention for its iconic architecture, its transformative technologies, and its simulation and large-scale visualization spaces that encourage and enable new forms of storytelling.

The Hunt Library will serve as the festival’s thematic centerpiece, inspiring conversations about the future of reading and reading-based technologies.

For more information

The NC Literary Festival’s lineup of authors and programs will be released in January 2014.  More information can be found on the Festival’s official website.

Initial laureate sponsors for the 2014 NC Literary Festival include PNC and the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources that has administered grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

By: Library Staff

Supporting the NC State digital games research program and other projects on campus that put students and faculty on the cutting edge of video game and simulation development, the Game Lab in the Hunt Library is constantly evolving to keep up with the industry.

The latest platforms now available include the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (both released in November) and the Wii U.

The Game Lab is also a great place to drop in, take a break, and play for fun during hours when it is not reserved by faculty and graduate students for research or teaching.