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Posts tagged: west wing

Apr 23 2012

Seminar to Explore Student Use of Library Spaces

Annotated map from student interview

Annotated map from student interview

With over 10,000 visits a day, D. H. Hill Library is undoubtedly a popular campus destination, but have you ever wondered exactly what our students do while they are here? Ph.D. student Dana Gierdowski and librarian Kim Duckett turned that question into a research project. Next Monday, April 30, at 11 a.m., they will present their findings in a talk entitled “Assessing Student Perceptions and Uses of Library Spaces” in the Assembly Room of D.H. Hill Library.

Over the past couple of years library staff have used a variety of strategies to understand how students do their work as well as their perceptions and uses of existing library spaces and other non-classroom spaces. This presentation highlights one project which focused on students’ perceptions and use patterns in the variety of new learning spaces in D. H. Hill Library’s West Wing. In this seminar, Gierdowski and Duckett will share an overview of the project and key findings.

Dana Gierdowski is a Doctoral Candidate in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program at North Carolina State University, where she studies formal and informal learning spaces in higher education.
Kim Duckett is the Principal Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning at the North Carolina State University Libraries.

This seminar is presented by the NCSU Librarians’ Association (NCSULA). NCSULA’s mission is to provide members with professional enrichment opportunities. This event is free and open to the public.

Apr 12 2011

New D. H. Hill Seating to Be a Ball

Ball ChairNeed a super quiet, super cuddly, super comfortable place to study? Check out the new “ball” chairs in the area just behind the Creamery in the west wing of D. H. Hill.

As you know, D. H. Hill is crowded, very crowded around the end of semesters. What you may not know is that the UNC system requires that its libraries provide study seating for 20% of students. At this point we can only seat less than 5% of NC State students (the new Hunt Library will double our seating when it opens on Centennial Campus in late 2012).

The new ball seating is part of the continual plans to squeeze more useful, comfortable seating into current spaces. Look for more quiet seating next month in the space that used to be the Media and Microform area on the second floor of the west wing.

Parabel TableThe ball chairs were originally designed in 1963 and quickly earned a reputation for being incredibly tough and innovative, especially for furniture that set a new standard for industrial design while also being inexpensive and interesting. The ball chair was designed to be a room within a room, providing a private space for the user.

We’ll have seven chairs in red and two in black.

The ball chairs will be outfitted with equally striking Parabel tables, also initially made famous by designer Eero Aarnio.

Kudos to the first person who posts on the Libraries’ Facebook page the name of the Will Smith movie that features the ball chair.