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Jun 08 2014

Don’t Just Read . . .

Looking for an opportunity to discuss the latest popular books with some of the smartest people around (your friends and North Carolina State University’s most engaged scholars)?

NCSU Libraries and Wake County Public Libraries teamed up to make that easy with READ SMART, a series of informal discussions moderated by members of NC State’s faculty.

READ SMART is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Friends of the Library of North Carolina State University. All discussions are held at the Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27605. For more information, please call 919-513-3481.

Read Smart will be taking a summer vacation in June and July but join us in August for our next program.

Upcoming programs:

Thursday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a book discussion of the bestseller Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis. Moderated by Dr. Eileen Taylor, CPA, CFE, associate professor of accounting at NC State. About the book: Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets.

Flash Boys cover
Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a book discussion of Cooked, the newest bestseller by Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Moderated by Dr. Keith Harris, assistant professor of Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences at NC State. About the book: The more we watch food on television, the less food we actually prepare and cook. Michael Pollan’s new book is a clarion-call for the virtues and values of proper cooking – an essential, defining human activity which sits at the heart of our cultures, shapes family life and is in itself hugely enjoyable.

Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a book discussion of The Maid’s Version, a short novel by Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone. Moderated by Dr.Marc K. Dudley, associate professor of English at NC State.

About the book:

In 1929, an explosion at a dance hall in a Missouri town killed 42 people. Who was to blame? Alma Dunahew, whose scandalous younger sister was among the dead, believes she knows the answer – and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair. But no one will listen to a woman from the wrong side of the tracks.  It is only decades later that her grandson listens to her account and unearths the sorry truth. “Exquisite . . . a pleasure to read.” The New York Times

Sep 09 2011

Amazing Alumni – Robert B. Jordan III ‘54

Robert B. Jordan III ’54, former chair of the NC State Board of Trustees and former lieutenant governor, will discuss and sign copies of the new book about his life, The Man from Mount Gilead, written by Ned Cline. Mr. Jordan will also talk about his experiences as a student at NC State (including working in the stacks at D. H. Hill Library!), where he graduated with honors in Forestry.

Amazing Alumni – Robert B. Jordan III ‘54
Friday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, East Wing, D. H. Hill Library

Jordan was a state Senator from 1976 to 1984 and was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1985. President of his family-owned business Jordan Lumber Company, Jordan has served on the State Board of Education and Community College Board, as well as the UNC Board of Governors, and was chairman of the North Carolina Economic Development Board. Jordan Hall on NC State’s campus is named in honor of his family.

This program is free and open to the public. Copies of The Man from Mount Gilead will be available for onsite purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact 513-3481 or

Aug 18 2011

Fabulous Faculty – Dr. Rob Dunn

Picture of Rob Dunn

Professor Rob Dunn

book coverJoin us for our first Fabulous Faculty talk of the semester:

Fabulous Faculty – Dr. Rob Dunn
Tuesday, August 30 at 4:00 p.m.
Assembly Room, 2nd floor, East Wing, D. H. Hill Library

Dunn, a professor of biology at NC State, will read from and discuss his new book The Wild Life of Our Bodies. The book explores the how the influence of wild species—including parasites, bacteria, and predators—underpin humanity’s ability to thrive and prosper. Booklist says the work is, ““Nothing less than an every-person’s handbook for understanding life, great and small, on planet Earth.”

Rob Dunn is an assistant professor of biology at NC State University whose writing has appeared in Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic and other magazines. His first book, Every Living Thing, was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for natural history writing.

Books will be available on-site for purchase and signing. This program is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. The NCSU Libraries Fabulous Faculty Series is made possible by a grant from the Tom Russell Charitable Foundation, Inc. For more information, contact 919-513-3481 or

May 06 2011

I. T. Littleton Seminar to Explore How Libraries Create Unique User Experiences

Steven J. BellOn May 24, 2011, Steven J. Bell will address how academic libraries can carve out their own “experiential brand” as featured speaker at the NCSU Libraries’ annual I. T. Littleton Seminar. Bell is Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. The seminar will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Assembly Room in the East Wing of D. H. Hill Library on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh.

Bell’s talk, entitled “Fish Markets, Coffee Shops, and Hotels: Finding the Right User Experience for Your Academic Library,” will explore how other providers of essential services create memorable experiences and a culture around their brand—and what libraries can learn from them.  In his talk, Steven Bell will share his insights into how academic libraries can develop a compelling user experience based on three core themes: differentiation, loyalty, and memorableness. Part of the process is to always insist that library staffs “Start With WHY”—internalizing in all they do the library’s core beliefs that drive its reason for being.

Bell is a co-founder of the Blended Librarian’s Online Learning Community on the Learning Times Network. He blogs at The Kept-Up Academic Librarian, ACRLog, and Designing Better Libraries, a site about design thinking and library user experiences. His column “From the Bell Tower” appears weekly at Library Journal Academic Newswire. Bell is co-author of the 2007 book Academic Librarianship by Design, and has recently been elected vice president/president of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

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) 515-7188.

Apr 11 2011

Learn More about the New Library on Centennial Campus

The annual Benjamin Franklin Scholars Spring Lecture will feature two of the key planners of the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library talking about the features that will soon make it an NC State icon-–and nothing less than the best learning and collaborative space in the country. Patrick Deaton, Associate Director of Learning Spaces and Capital Management Administration at the NCSU Libraries, and Maurice York, head of IT there, will give a talk entitled:  “Hunt Library: The Latest in Twenty-First-Century Architecture and Technology.”  All are invited and welcome.

Wednesday, April  13
7:00 p.m.
Assembly Room, D. H. Hill Library (room 2130)

James B. Hunt Jr. Library, West Facade

Mar 28 2011

NC State University Chancellor and William Friday to Headline Friends of the Library Spring Meeting

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

NC State University Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson will join William C. Friday at this year’s Friends of the Library of North Carolina State University Spring Meeting in a wide-ranging discussion of what the future holds for the university.

Dr. Woodson, who joined the university in April 2010, and is currently leading a substantial strategic alignment of the school, will reflect on his first year at NC State. William Friday is one of the most important American university presidents since World War II. From 1956-1986, he was president of the UNC system, earning a reputation for his dedication to fairness and to both academic achievement and academic freedom.

At his own installation last year, Chancellor Woodson singled out William Friday as “the architect of North Carolina higher education’s strong national reputation.” A 1941 NC State grad, Friday is currently the host of UNC-TV’s longest running program North Carolina People, and probably—except perhaps for Dean Smith—the most loved person ever to walk on the UNC campus.

The program will take place April 6, at 6 p.m. at the McKimmon Center on the NC State campus. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will begin at 7 p. m. Tickets are $30 for Friends members and $40 for the general public.  Please call 919-515-2841 for reservations or email

Feb 07 2011

Amazing Alumni – Emmy Award-winning Writer Greg Volk

Wednesday, February 23 at 4:00 p.m.

Auditorium, West Wing, D. H. Hill Library

NCSU Libraries’ Amazing Alumni series kicks off with a visit from Greg Volk ‘03, who in June won his second Emmy in writing for his work with the popular Discovery Channel show Cash Cab. Volk, a former Caldwell Fellow and writer for the Technician, will discuss his career (which includes a stint with the Late Show with David Letterman) and the secrets of developing those fascinating Cash Cab questions. This Amazing Alumni program was planned to coincide with Communications Week (February 21-25), a week-long series of events coordinated by the Department of Communications. Read more about Greg Volk on the NC State University website.

Free and open to the public. For more information call Marian Fragola at 513-3481 or email

The Amazing Alumni series is made possible in part with support from the Tom Russell Charitable Foundation, Inc. and the Friends of the Library.

Feb 02 2011

Fabulous Faculty – Dr. Craig Brookins

Upandaji Milima: Reflections on Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

In celebration of Black History Month, come learn about the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro as Dr. Craig Brookins, NC State associate professor of psychology in the public interest, describes his preparation for and climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2009.

Tuesday, February 15 at 4:00 p.m.

Assembly Room, 2nd Floor, East Wing, D. H. Hill Library

Upandaji Milima is the Kiswahili phrase for “climbing mountains.” In 2009 I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. I reached the Uhuru summit on the 27th. In preparation, I studied as much as I could about the mountain, the people on the mountain, and the climb. I wanted to know the mountain in as many ways as possible. What I learned was at times delightful and surprising.  The history of Africa is now being rewritten through African eyes and at least a couple of writers have provided some very intriguing accounts of their treks. Very little of the these accounts on Kilimanjaro, however, has been told by those of us from the African Diaspora. This photographic narrative provides a colorful accounting of my journey and reflects on the meaning of the mountain in the context of our modern global community. — Craig Brookins

This program is free and open to the public and is made possible with support from the Tom Russell Charitable Foundation, Inc. For more information, contact Marian Fragola at 513-3481 or

Jan 25 2011

Everything You Need to Make a Movie, For Free

Now’s your chance to show what you can do as director of your own short film.

This February, NC State is bringing back Campus MovieFest for another film competition. This event offers students the chance to make their own movies and win prizes in the world’s largest student film festival.

Each team of students that registers will be provided with a loaner Apple laptop, an HD video camera, and technical support. They’ll have one week to make a five-minute masterpiece. Submissions will be judged, and the top movies will be showcased at a Campus MovieFest Finale celebration–red carpet and all. All of the movies will be featured in highlights on the web for the campus to see. In addition to unparalleled fame in Wolfpack Land, prizes include iPads, cash, pitch meetings in Hollywood, and the opportunity to meet movie and TV industry luminaries–well as the chance to enter the regional and national competitions.

Online registration is available now, and the competition begins on February 16, when equipment will be distributed to the teams at the D. H. Hill Library. For the next week, technical help will be available in the library’s Digital Media Lab from morning to night. Teams will make films up to five minutes in length and submit them by February 22.  At the finale, hosted at the Campus Cinema in the Witherspoon Student Center on February 27,  the winners will be announced and receive their prizes. Mark your calendars!

This event is sponsored by the Union Activities Board, University Housing, the IRC, DELTA, WolfTV, and the NCSU Libraries—as well as Panasonic and AT&T.  Watch past award-winning films from other universities and find out more information at (or text “info” at 41234)

Take a look at NC State winners from 2010:

Best Picture: Wishphone

Best Drama: Bones of Iraq

Best Comedy: When Ants Strike Back

See a full selection of NC State top picks here.

Jan 24 2011

An Evening of Short Student Films

Thursday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Auditorium, West Wing, D. H. Hill Library

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. During the program, students will talk about their experience making the films, addressing how they developed the initial idea and brought it to completion, their inspirations, and the challenges and successes they had throughout the process. Professors Sarah Stein and Jim Alchediak from the Department of Communications and Professor McArthur Freeman from the College of Design will be on hand to facilitate discussion about the student pieces.

Students showing their films include: Nick Helton, Kat Saville, Lorrie Guess, Adam Osgood, David Hambridge, Pamela Nichols, Caleb Durham, Matt Woldtvedt, Kieran Moreira, Wes Latta, Matt Harris, Marc Russo, Aaron Chen, and Kirby Culbertson.

McArthur Freeman, assistant professor of Art + Design, explains how his students developed their pieces. “Wearing many hats during the development and production of the projects, each student assumed the role of animator, art director, illustrator, graphic designer, writer, and sound designer,” Freeman says.  “Given that it is the first time using the software or animating for many of the students, it can be an overwhelming experience. They must address the technical challenges; But more importantly, they aspire to create compelling stories.”

Culbertson, a graduate student in art and design with an animation concentration who is showing a piece in the showcase, sums up what is great about  the NC State film world: “There is no substitute for working in a creative environment with creative people.”

The program will be a great way to prep if you’re thinking about signing up for this year’s MovieFest.

The program is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served and  is supported by the Friends of the Library and the Tom Russell Charitable Foundation, Inc.