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By: Library Staff

The new Hunt Library has rapidly gained international acclaim as one of the most technologically sophisticated learning spaces in the world.

Learn the behind-the-scene theory and practice that make the audiovisual experiences in this building so compelling and immersive.

Partnering with the NCSU Libraries, the architects of the building, and video communications provider AVL-SPI, two of Hunt Library’s key technology partners are presenting a forum that will let you experience the future of education by exploring how integrated multimedia can shape a powerful learning environment.

Biamp Systems, a leading provider of networked media systems, provided the audio processing technology that shapes the sound experience in the Hunt Library.  The Sextant Group, an award-winning technology consulting firm, was responsible for the audiovisual, IT, and acoustical design for the new library.

The April 17 forum will feature a tour of the Hunt Library, a demonstration of Hunt technology by Sextant Group President and CEO Mark Valenti, and a presentation by Graeme Harrison, Executive VP of Marketing at Biamp Systems.

Julian Treasure, renowned sound theorist and TED alumni, will provide a keynote talk on the physical, emotional, and educational benefits realized when good design encompasses both the visual and the auditory.

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library
April 17, 2013

3:00 pm   Library Tour

4:15 pm   “Pushing Boundaries: Technology in the 21st Century Library”
Mark Valenti,  President and CEO, The Sextant Group

4:45 pm   “Sound: A Force for Good, Not Just Noise”
Graeme Harrison, Executive VP of Marketing, Biamp Systems

5:00 pm   “Building with Our Ears”
Julian Treasure, Chairman, The Sound Agency

6:00 pm   Reception

The event is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend the reception, please RSVP to

For further information, contact Amanda Roe at 1.503.641.7287 or

By: Library Staff

If you are interested in how good sound design can transform the way we perceive the buildings we live and work in, here’s a chance to hear it from one of the world’s experts.

On April 17, TED alumni and Chairman of The Sound Agency, Julian Treasure, will give a lecture, ““Building with Our Ears,” on the physical, emotional, and educational benefits realized when good design encompasses both the visual and the auditory.

Julian Treasure is author of the book Sound Business, the first map of the exciting new territory of applied sound for business.  He has been widely featured in the world’s media, including TIME magazine, The Economist, The Times, national TV and radio, as well as many international trade and business magazines. His three TED talks have been viewed an estimated four million times.

The talk is the keynote for a forum on audiovisual design held at the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

The talk is free and open to the public.  If you plan to attend the reception after the talk, please RSVP to

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library
April 17, 2013
5:15 pm

By: David Hiscoe

ABC11’s Elaina Athans’ video coverage of the April 3 official dedication of the Hunt Library observes that  “jobs are the driver of this facility” and concludes with Chancellor Randy Woodson that “this is a campus you come to to do amazing things–and here you do them in an amazing space.”

By: David Hiscoe

WRAL’s Renee Chou explores the Hunt Library’s place as the new heart for NC State’s Centennial Campus, ending with Chancellor Randy Woodson’s observation that “it’s about transformation, it’s about economic development–we wanted a space that says that to the world.”

See the video at

By: David Hiscoe

The News & Observer explores the over 75 different chairs in more than 100 colors in the Hunt Library, including the new Hunt chair designed by the Thos. Moser firm.   According to reporter Renee Elder, “the halls offer unexpected nooks where groups of students gather. Flexible seating permits outside-the-box interaction, and open spaces seem to invite casual sprawling. Together, these things make the 221,000-square-foot building . . . seem almost cozy.”


By: David Hiscoe

On April 3, 2013, North Carolina State University will officially dedicate the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.  Setting a new benchmark for architecturally inspiring and technologically sophisticated learning and collaborative spaces, the Hunt Library is designed to be a decisive competitive edge for the university, an institution that has forged its reputation by teaching students to live on the fore of change and enabling its researchers to do transformative work.

A central tenet of the Hunt Library is to democratize access to the technologies that are driving our economy and culture.

Five huge Christie MicroTiles high-definition display walls give faculty and students hands-on experience with the large-scale visualization tools that are reshaping how we create and view data and digital media.  The Game Lab supports NC State’s Digital Games Research Center by providing an experimental commons to explore collaborative game design and the role of gaming in education and training.

The library’s Teaching and Visualization Lab and the Creativity Studio offer unique visualization and simulation capabilities that help define the next generation of teaching and learning spaces.  3-D printing and extensive digital media production facilities enable rapid iteration for prototyping and give students and faculty more of the tools they need to lead tomorrow’s workforce.  State-of-the-art videoconferencing and telepresence technologies enable collaboration with colleagues across the state and around the world.  And technology permeates all of the group study rooms throughout the building where students gather constantly to learn and work together.

The Hunt Library’s robotic bookBot automated retrieval system is capable of holding two million volumes in 1/9 the space of conventional shelving. Virtual Browse, which brings serendipitous discovery to the 21st century, allows users to see a virtual shelf of the materials that are classified near the resources found by their initial search.

Early projects that have already capitalized on the library’s technologies include an immersive simulator to train naval ROTC midshipmen to operate the bridge of a modern warship, a 3-D recreation of St. Paul’s Cross during John Donne’s tenure at the cathedral that demonstrates the impact of 17th- century sermons as they were actually delivered, a student-created video game based on the Hunt Library’s book circulation patterns, and prototypes of a range of engineering projects including tactile models to allow the visually impaired to navigate complex traffic intersections.

The bold architecture of the building itself reflects its bold purpose: to provide the inspiring spaces that encourage future leaders to learn, work, and create more brilliantly.  Recently named one of the ten most innovative architectural firms in the world by Fast Company, Snøhetta—the Hunt Library’s lead designer—has been honored with the Mies van der Rohe Prize for Contemporary Architecture and the European Award for Urban Public Space.  The firm has won international acclaim for such projects as the Library of Alexandria, the Oslo Opera House, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Pavilion, and the redesign of New York City’s Times Square.  Executive architects Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee are responsible for some of the most memorable buildings in North Carolina.

There is perhaps no library anywhere that has been more consciously crafted with what Snøhetta principal Craig Dykers has called “the unseen aspects of place-making”—the ability for the architecture to create spaces that encourage collaboration, reflection, creativity, and awe.  The inspirational impact of the new building is reflected in the more than 1,700 Instagram photos that the NC State community has uploaded to the My #HuntLibrary social media site since the library opened on January 2, 2013.

The Hunt Library serves both as NC State’s second main library and as the intellectual and social heart of the university’s Centennial Campus. Named the nation’s top research park in 2007, Centennial Campus is a nexus of collaboration where students and faculty work with more than sixty corporate and governmental partners to craft the innovations that will shape tomorrow.

“This building was designed from the start to be an icon, a dramatic representation of how transformational technology and a commitment to the growth of our community will thrust NC State University even further into the foreground,” explains Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson. “It embodies what NC State stands for, a beacon for technology and transformation in the 21st century.”

“Our vision was to give NC State a signature library that would help us recruit the very best students and the very best faculty and to serve the community as an inspiring place of excellence and passion and ideas and vision,” concludes Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of the NCSU Libraries.  “You cannot be in this building without realizing that something very important is happening at this university.”

By: Library Staff

Opened in 1933 and closed in 1956, Black Mountain College was a small, experimental art college located just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Despite its size, the college had a huge impact on American art.

While most scholarship on BMC focuses on its staggering lineup of faculty and students (Josef Albers, Ruth Asawa, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Jacob Lawrence, Charles Olson and MC Richards, among many others), David Silver’s interests rest on the college’s unique work program. Students, faculty and staff of BMC had a set of chores and tasks performed collectively, much of which took place on the campus farm, that helped the college thrive and, at times, survive.

In this talk, Professor Silver traces the history of the farm at Black Mountain College, discusses key contributors and introduces a number of literary and artistic representations of the farm and farm life. Along the way, he will talk about innovative examples of living-learning-working communities and connect the efforts at Black Mountain College to today’s attempts towards “green campuses” and environmental sustainability. This talk will take place in the first floor auditorium of the Hunt Library on Monday, April 8, at 6 p.m..

David Silver is an associate professor of media studies, environmental studies, and urban agriculture at the University of San Francisco. With his urban agriculture colleagues and students, Silver has been active in USF’s organic garden, the campus farm stand, and various food distribution projects within the City of San Francisco. He is currently on sabbatical researching the history of the farm at Black Mountain College.

By: Library Staff

Too often, professors think of research as books, journals, and libraries. Too often, students think of research as Google and Wikipedia. What happens when we use both? In this talk, Professor David Silver discusses student work and research from his courses in “green media.” In particular, Silver will discuss the vital role both libraries and social media play in student research in the 21st century.

This talk will take place in the second floor auditorium of D. H. Hill Library on Tuesday, April 9, at 3 p.m..

David Silver is an associate professor of media studies, environmental studies, and urban agriculture at the University of San Francisco. With his urban agriculture colleagues and students, Silver has been active in USF’s organic garden, the campus farm stand, and various food distribution projects within the City of San Francisco. He is currently on sabbatical researching the history of the farm at Black Mountain College.

By: David Hiscoe

Results magazine explains how the new Hunt Library “harnesses the tools of the digital age to spark an innovation revolution.”

By: Marian Fragola

photo of homecoming queen

Mary Evelyn Porterfield became the first African American to be named as NCSU Homecoming Queen in 1970.

Red, White & Black Walking Tour

Thursday, April 11 at 3:00 p.m.
The tour will begin on the quad side of Holladay Hall

Join us to learn about the spaces and places on NC State’s campus that have had significant impact on the lives and experiences of African American students and the larger community. Dr. Walter Jackson, NC State associate professor of history, and Ms. Toni Thorpe, program coordinator at NC State’s African American Cultural Center, will lead the tour. The walking tour will conclude with refreshments and reflection at the Witherspoon Student Center. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Free and open to the public. The Red, White & Black Walking Tour is a collaboration between NCSU Libraries and the African American Cultural Center. For more information, please call 919-513-3481 or email