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By: Marian Fragola

Monday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m.
James B. Hunt Jr. Library Auditorium

Kick off your homecoming festivities with a screening of the amazing “Survive and Advance” from ESPN Films, brought to you by the Alumni Association Student Ambassador Program and NCSU Libraries. This event is free and open to the public.

Prior to the screening, discover treasures of the past at the NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections table that will be located in the lobby of the auditorium area. From 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., Special Collections staff will be showing a variety of items from the University Archives, including a selection of athletics photos, programs, and memorabilia from throughout the history of sports at NC State, including the 1983 championship season.

About the film: In 1983, the NC State Wolfpack, coached by Jim Valvano, stayed alive in the postseason by winning nine do-or-die games in a row — seven of which they were losing in the final minute — beating the likes of Michael Jordan and three-time National Player of the Year Ralph Sampson. The unlikely squad made it to the national championship game against No. 1 Houston, aka Phi Slama Jama, a team featuring future NBA Top 50 all-time players Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. NC State was one of the biggest underdogs ever in the final game, one that went down as possibly the best college basketball game in history-ending with one of the most well-known plays of all time. Told through the eyes of senior captain Dereck Whittenburg, the film takes a poignant look at Jim Valvano and his remarkable impact. Runtime: 101 minutes

No RSVP or registration is needed; this is not a ticketed event. General seating, free and open to the pubic. Campus parking is free and open to the public after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and throughout the weekend, with a few posted exceptions. For more information and directions to Hunt Library, visit

Contact Marian Fragola at 919-513-3481 or for more information.

By: David Hiscoe

Each year American Libraries magazine honors libraries that “are shining examples of innovative architecture that addresses user needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways.”  For the second year in a row, the NCSU Libraries has been recognized, this year for helping to “build the future” with the “award-winning design of the James B. Hunt Jr Library.”

By: Marian Fragola

Monday, October 21, 2013
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
McKimmon Center

Join us for the presentation of the NCSU Libraries Faculty Award, plus our guest speaker Dr. Blair LM Kelley, associate professor, NCSU Department of History.

Dr. Kelley will discuss how she uses social media to interact with, educate, and elicit thoughtful conversation from a diverse audience about current news and historical events.

Contact us today at or 919-515-2841  to purchase your tickets!  RSVP by Wednesday, October 16.

$25 for FOL members ($45 for member and guest or spouse)
$30 for general public
$10 for students

By: Mike Nutt

logo for Places and Spaces

In collaboration with Indiana University, NCSU Libraries invites you to see some of the most inspired scientific visualizations in history. From October 14th through the 27th, the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit will be featured in the iPearl Immersion Theater at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The October event marks a fascinating symbiosis of content and medium, with the visionary maps that make up Places & Spaces providing a perfect complement to the stunning visual experience of the iPearl Immersion Theater.

Now in its ninth year, the Places & Spaces exhibit has traced the evolution of science maps, featuring the most powerful examples of knowledge domain mapping, novel location-based cartographies, data visualizations, and science-inspired art works. Created by leading figures in the natural, physical, and social sciences, scientometrics, visual arts, social and science policymaking, and the humanities, the maps in Places & Spaces allow us to better grasp the abstract contexts, relationships, and dynamism of human systems and collective intelligence. Individually and as a whole, the maps of Places & Spaces allow data to tell stories which both the scientist and the layperson can understand and appreciate.

History of Science Fiction

"History of Science Fiction" by Ward Shelley is one of the maps in the collection.

Over the course of its nine-year existence, these maps have adorned the walls of some of the most prestigious libraries, museums, and universities around the world (see for a complete listing of venues). By presenting the mapping of science in the context of a more traditional exhibit-going experience, Places & Spaces has brought together two cultural locations—the lab and the gallery—that have often been viewed as ideologically and aesthetically remote.

In keeping, however, with the exhibit’s commitment to both tracing science mapping’s past and offering glimpses of its future, Places & Spaces has partnered with North Carolina State University’s innovative Hunt Library and its state-of-the-art iPearl Immersion Theater to offer a new way to experience this important collection. With its 7×16-foot Christie® MicroTiles® digital display, the iPearl Immersion Theater surrounds viewers with larger-than-life maps of science that are visually arresting from afar and amazingly sharp up close. With media outlets like Time magazine, Ploughshares, Architect magazine, and others placing it at the forefront of a renaissance in library design and capabilities, the Hunt Library is the perfect cutting-edge venue to feature the groundbreaking work of Places & Spaces: Mapping Science.

Sep 23 2013

Image Discovery Week

By: Library Staff

Stop by the Design Library in Brooks Hall or the Special Collections Research Center at the D. H. Hill Library to learn more about the multitude of image collections available through NCSU Libraries for teaching, research and study. Save time and effort by taking advantage of these valuable resources.

Image Discovery Week

By: David Hiscoe

Library Journal features the Hunt Library as the cover story—Tomorrow, Visualized”—for its annual Library by Design supplement.  And Rebecca T. Miller’s editorial “Learning from NCSU: Where Innovation and Investment Meet” explains and celebrates “what a great library can bring to a campus.”

By: Library Staff

No tickets for tonight’s matchup between NC State and Clemson, or have to study instead of going to the game? Catch the NC State vs. Clemson football game tonight on the microtile walls at the Hunt Library. The sold-out game being broadcast by ESPN will be showing in the Immersion Theatre on level 2 (with sound), and on our new stairwell artwall between floors 3 and 4 (without sound). Settle in and enjoy the game with friends, or catch a quick study-break to check the score. And be sure to watch for a few Hunt Library cameos during the broadcast. Go Wolfpack!

Sep 13 2013

3D Design Workshops

By: Library Staff

Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown

On Friday, September 27th, NCSU Libraries will welcome designer Daniel Brown for a day of free workshops on SketchUp Pro, a powerful yet easy to learn 3D modeling software. The day will feature:

  • Tech Talk/Demo, where Dan will share how he uses SketchUp Pro for product design, architectural renderings, mapping, and animation
  • SketchUp Pro Basics Workshop, suitable for 3D modeling beginners who want a solid introduction to a powerful new tool
  • SketchUp Pro/LayOut Advanced Workshop with an architecture focus, of particular interest to students of architecture, construction management, and civil engineering
The workshops will take place on Friday, September 27th in the D.H. Hill Library Auditorium at NC State, with the schedule as follows:
  • 11am – 12:30pm - Advanced Workshop with architecture focus
  • 1 – 2pm - Tech Talk/Demo
  • 2:30 – 4pm - Basics Workshop

SketchUp ImageTrimble SketchUp Pro is available to students for a $49 yearly license fee, and is free for educators. Trimble also offers SketchUp Make completely free for non-commercial use. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop with SketchUp Pro or SketchUp Make installed.

This day of workshops is sponsored by Trimble SketchUp, NCSU Libraries, and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) NCSU chapter. The event is part of the SketchUp Visiting Professionals Program.

Daniel Brown received his Architecture degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In university, Dan also served as a National Director of the American Institute of Architecture Students. As an authorized trainer, Dan has taught hundreds of architects, designers, & planners how to use SketchUp Pro, and even wrote much of the training curriculum used by SketchUp Authorized Training Centers around the world. Dan has taught SketchUp all over the United States, including at the AIA National Convention, Design Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. Dan currently operates db-3D, a company that provides both design and training services for SketchUp.

By: David Hiscoe and SAP focus on the Hunt Library in a piece on “reinventing libraries for the future.”

By: Chuck Samuels

The Game Lab

The Game Lab

The Game Lab at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library provides world-class support for the scholarly study of digital games, but it also offers a place to take a break and play for fun.

And  now it is open for drop-in play during all regular library hours (except when reserved by graduate students or faculty). During open hours, the 21.3 foot wide X 5 foot tall display wall offers xBox, PS3, and Wii for free play. Faculty and graduate students can reserve the lab for research or curricular activities for up to  4 hours; see