WUNC’s The State of Things asks, “what does the Hunt Library suggest that libraries can be” and explores the future of libraries in the age of Google.
In addition to an interview with Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of the NCSU Libraries, the program includes Clymer Cease with Hunt Library executive architects Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee; Ken Hillis, professor of media and technology studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-author of Google and the Culture of Search; and Barbara Moran, professor at UNC’s School of Information and Library Science.
You can listen at: http://wunc.org/post/what-library-today-s-high-tech-age.
The new Hunt Library on Centennial Campus is big, it’s different, and it’s filled with technologies and spaces that bear some serious exploring and experimentation.
Designed to support new ways to learn, create content, and collaborate for NC State University’s students, faculty, and partners, this library is both technology-rich and visually interesting.
You can, of course, jump in and find your own way around. Or you can take one of the regularly scheduled tours.
Now though, you can also download the new NCSU Libraries Mobile Tours app and guide yourself around this iconic heart of learning and research.
The D.H. Hill Library tour on the way!
The app is planned to expand this summer to provide a self-guided tour of the D. H. Hill Library on the main campus.
The mobile tour is free to download, easy to use, and features:
- Photos, text descriptions, and audio narrations of key library features, technologies, and spaces
- Images and maps of tour stops
- Multiple tour options that let you explore the building by floor or by themes such as “learning spaces” or architectural highlights
- Controls that make it easy to pause, play, fast forward, and rewind through the audio tour
- Additional information such as library events and easy access to the Libraries’ mobile site
Added bonus–the app lets you snap a photo (or use one we’ve already loaded) and send a virtual postcard letting friends know you have seen the face of NC State in this century.
How to download
You can download the NCSU Libraries Mobile Tours app for free at iTunes, Google Play or the Apple App Store.
In its annual review of the state of innovation in our economy, Fast Company has ranked Snøhetta as number two in its “top 10 innovative companies in architecture.”
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.
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!
Any questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a “first look” piece, Architectural Record, the monthly magazine dedicated to architecture and interior design and known for exploring cutting-edge designs, has published a photo gallery on the new Hunt Library.
For twenty years, the Triangle Business Journal–the local area’s most influential commentator on events and trends shaping the economy in central North Carolina–has annually awarded “The Space” honors to real estate leaders and projects that have contributed significantly to economic development in the region.
In a January 31 ceremony, the Hunt Library was chosen as the “Top University Development” for the year. Noting that the new library was sure to become a destination for visitors to the area as well as a model for academic libraries around the world, the award continued in part:
“The new James B. Hunt Jr. Library at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus is not just a building where books can be stored and retrieved. This structure anchoring Centennial Campus’ academic oval opened to university students and researchers in January 2013 equipped with the latest technology in interactive computing, multimedia creation and large-scale visualization.
The Hunt Library, named in honor of former North Carolina governor Jim Hunt, has about 100 rooms for students in individual study or group projects, storage space for nearly 2 million texts, and is also the new home for the Institute for Emerging Issues that has been championed by Hunt.
Consultants and contractors who worked with N.C. State University Libraries on the project include the Oslo, Norway-based Snohetta design firm and Raleigh design firm Pearce Brinkley Cease & Lee, Skanska USA, DEGW, Cole Jenest & Stone, Susan Hatchell Landscape Architecture, Stewart Engineering, ARUP, Affiliated Engineers Inc., The Sextant Group, Dematic, Pivotal and Davis Langdon.”
The Oslo Opera House
In one week alone, Snøhetta, the Hunt Library’s lead designer, has garnered high-profile articles in two of the most influential magazines in the US.
Snøhetta has been chosen to, in effect, redesign New York City’s Times Square, and The New Yorker has published a feature on the architects’ goal of “using architecture to alter a city’s relationship to itself.”
In turn, The New York Review of Books–in response to a new book about Snøhetta’s Oslo Opera House–has produced a review of Snohetta’s impact on modern architecture to date. The Oslo Opera House, the article concludes, “has given the Norwegian capital one of Europe’s most enjoyable and instantly beloved public spaces of the past half-century.”
The Hunt Library comes with quite a pedigree!
The Hunt Library at night
ABC11 continues its exploration of the new Hunt Library by interviewing students on how this “new focal point for learning” is changing their experience on campus.
“I just want to say ‘thank you’ to the UNC system,” concludes one.
“The Hunt Library, in my view, is the academic library with the widest array of technologies in the country”–that’s the conclusion of an Associated Press article that went on the wire this weekend and has been picked up by newspapers, TV stations, and websites across the country.
Now readers of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express, AOL.com, and the Washington Observer–among many others–are seeing the face of NC State University in the 21st century.
The print piece nails the story, but the companion AP video story also gives a great book’s-eye view of what it’s like to zoom away in the bookBot.
Curbed.com, the design and real estate online site, declares that the Hunt Library “may even be enough to reseat MVRDV’s Book Mountain as world’s most awesome library.”