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Feb 12 2013

My #HuntLibrary iPad Mini contest ends February 22

The My #HuntLibrary photo contest has been a huge success! The NC State community has contributed over 1200 Instagram images to the project, simply by adding the hashtag #HuntLibrary to their Instagram photos. This crowdsourced photo project has really captured the spirit of the Hunt Library and has been a great way to introduce it to the world. While the My #HuntLibrary website will live on, the contest will end at 11:59PM February 22, 2013.

The winner will be selected by a jury of librarians from among the most popular photographs in My #HuntLibrary. The popularity score is determined by a combination of battle wins and “likes” on the photograph. Please note – likes on Instagram do not count towards the popularity score! “Likes” have to be submitted on the My #HuntLibrary app. Also, only public images taken with Instagram are eligible to win the iPad Mini. We currently don’t have the ability to include pictures from other social media sites or private photos on Instagram.

iPad Mini

The winner will be awarded and recognized at an upcoming NCSU Libraries Student Advisory Board meeting.

The iPad Mini isn’t the only reason to participate! NCSU Libraries will preserve the best #HuntLibrary photos forever in the University’s official digital archives so they become a permanent part of NC State history. If your photo is selected, watch for a comment from us on your #HuntLibrary photo!

iphone taking photo of the Hunt Library

To browse #HuntLibrary photos, vote on your favorites, and see complete contest rules and terms of use, head to My #HuntLibrary at!

Any questions? Email

Mar 04 2011

And the Winners Are. . .

If you weren’t in Witherspoon last Sunday night, you not only missed the red carpet, the drama of the competition, and a considerable amount of profiling by the emerging NC State film elite—you missed seeing the winning films for this year’s Campus Moviefest.

Here’s your chance to catch up on the best of the best five-minute productions from this year’s offerings:

Best Picture: The Revolutionary

Best Comedy: Panda Bear Affair

Best Drama: Walkman

Most Popular: So We’ve Got a Guy . . .

Best Actor: Charlie Allen (The Revolutionary)

Best Actress: Rhonda Bennetone (Damn the Clock)

The Campus MovieFest—the world’s largest student film festival—loans all-comers all the equipment they need to make a short film in one week. This year NC State fielded almost 120 teams to take on the challenge. If you didn’t, you should have. And you’ll have another chance next year when MovieFest returns. The competition on campus is sponsored by the Union Activities Board, University Housing, IRC, DELTA, WolfTV, and the NCSU Libraries.

You can watch all Wolfpack entries on the MovieFest NC State pages.

Jan 06 2011

NCSU Libraries Website Wins Award from American Library Association

Media Contact:
David Hiscoe
, NCSU Libraries,  (919) 513-3425

A little more than four months after it officially went public, the newly redesigned website for the North Carolina State University Libraries has been honored by the library world’s premier professional organization as a cutting edge service that can and should be replicated by libraries across the nation. The Office of Information Technology Policy of the American Library Association presents its Cutting Edge Technology Service Award annually to libraries that are serving their communities with novel and innovative methods.  The NCSU Libraries was the only academic library in the country to be honored with a 2011 award.

In 2010, the NCSU Libraries thoroughly rethought its website always keeping in mind two key principles:  1) we would militantly craft the new site based on the user-centered design practices that have long been a rigorous practice of the best commercial sites; and 2) we would take very seriously the fact that today’s students and faculty live comfortably in a blended world where the distinction between physical space and virtual space is fluid.

The result has been a substantial increase in the use of an already busy site, the unleashing of the potential of the site’s distinctive search engine, enabling discovery and use of our strong research collections, and a solid increase in use of the portfolio of digital library services at the university. Since launch at the beginning of the fall 2010 semester, average searches per day are up 56% and average clicks have climbed 79% (compared to fall 2009).

“The NCSU Libraries long ago committed to being a technology incubator both for NC State and for our profession in general,” says Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of the NCSU Libraries.  “The website is our digital front door to all we have to offer, a critical part of how we serve today’s mobile, dispersed, and very engaged students and researchers. I’m so pleased that our web team has received an honor for work that was so expertly conceived and so well implemented.”

Last year the NCSU Libraries won a 2010 ALA Cutting Edge Service Award for its Library Course Tools project. This service automates the creation of an individual web guide on how to approach research tasks for every one of the over 6000 courses taught at NC State University.

Apr 13 2010

Lead Designer for James B. Hunt Jr. Library Wins Architecture Prize for Best European Public Space

Media Contact:
David Hiscoe
, NCSU Libraries,  (919) 513-3425

Snøhetta, the lead designer for North Carolina State University’s planned James B. Hunt Jr. Library, has been honored as co-recipient of the 2010 European Prize for Urban Public Space. The prize is a biennial competition organized by six European institutions with the aim to recognize and encourage recovery projects and the defense of public space in European cities.

The honor was awarded for the design of the National Opera House in Oslo, Norway, the largest cultural center built in the country in 700 years. Rapidly becoming an iconic building for Norway in the way that the Sydney Opera House is for Australia, the National Opera House is known for its dramatic integration with the surrounding landscape.  Its sloping roof rises out of the adjacent fjord so that the building itself is not clearly distinguishable from the water that fronts it.  As the committee that awarded the prize remarked, the design of the Opera House is especially noted for its ability to create a welcoming environment: “through its capacity to merge with topography and as topography, it generously offers itself to the public . . . . It draws people to the space.”

Snøhetta is working with Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, the North Carolina-based executive architect for the new Hunt Library, to deliver a signature building and a similarly iconic heart for NC State’s Centennial Campus. Located on the Centennial Campus academic oval, the new library will embody the spirit of NC State’s competitive advantage in science, engineering, textiles and technology, providing a research library that will be a major factor in attracting and retaining the best faculty, students and corporate partners. Hunt Library is also expected to become an international destination for those watching how research and learning can be a strong catalyst in a modern economy.

Rendering of James B. Hunt jr. LibraryThe new library will also help close a serious seating gap for the NCSU Libraries, which can currently seat less than five percent of NC State’s students. Hunt Library will double the amount of seats, moving NC State closer to the UNC system mandate to provide library study seating for twenty percent of the student body. Hunt Library will also reinforce the strong emphasis the NCSU Libraries places on acting as a technology incubator for the university. From its bold design, to its robotic automatic retrieval system, to the latest in computing and collaboration technologies, Hunt Library will continue to prepare the NC State community to lead in a technology-driven economy.

NC State broke ground on the Hunt Library in October 2009; construction is expected to be completed in 2012.

Dec 16 2009

NCSU Libraries Honored for Preserving the History of NC Architects and Builders

Contact: David Hiscoe, NCSU Libraries, (919) 513-3425

Catherine Bishir(Raleigh, NC)—The Digital Scholarship and Publishing Center and the Digital Library Initiatives group at the North Carolina State University Libraries have been honored with the Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit by Preservation North Carolina for publication of Architects and Builders of North Carolina, an online biographical dictionary of the men and women who shaped the state’s architectural culture and heritage. According to the award, the site “has quickly become a go-to resource for preservationists throughout the state” in the six months since it has been available on the web.

Preservation North Carolina, North Carolina’s only private nonprofit statewide historic preservation organization, was founded in 1939 to protect and promote buildings, landscapes and sites key to the heritage of North Carolina. Each year since 1975, Preservation North Carolina has presented the Gertrude S. Carraway Awards to people and groups that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to promoting historic preservation. The awards are named to honor the late Dr. Gertrude Carraway of New Bern, a leader in reconstructing the state’s colonial capitol, Tryon Palace, in New Bern.

The standard scholarly work on North Carolina architects and builders has long been Architects and Builders in North Carolina: a History of the Practice of Building (University of North Carolina Press, 1990), by Catherine W. Bishir, Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury, and Ernest H. Wood III. The authors originally intended to complement it with an authoritative biographical dictionary on the architects, builders, and artisans of the state. When Catherine Bishir turned renewed attention to the project in the last decade, she explains that “the project underwent a serendipitous paradigm shift,” as she began to imagine the transformational way that scholarly, collaborative publishing could be done on the Internet.

Combining the expertise of over forty authors with the NCSU Libraries’ leadership in digital publishing and with collections from numerous state and national cultural institutions, the web site provides extensive biographical accounts, building lists, and bibliographical information about architects, builders, and other artisans who planned and built North Carolina’s architecture.

Unlike traditionally published scholarly works of the past, the web site will continue to grow on a regular basis as scholars extend and expand their work. At launch, the site covers approximately 170 North Carolina professionals and 1500 buildings. But because it is an online resource, it can continuously be updated as the scholars working on it add new entries–future-proofing the resource and demonstrating one of the powerful advantages of online publishing of reference and research materials.

“I am completely delighted at the recognition that North Carolina Architects and Builders has garnered,” says Susan Nutter, vice provost and director of the NCSU Libraries. “This signature project highlights the great work of our faculty, and we are happy to see the NCSU Libraries’ technical prowess and the strengths of our Special Collections in architecture and design go to such good use. It is a pleasure to build something so useful to those—both scholars and the general public—who love the architecture and the culture of North Carolina.”