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By: Kris Alpi

Spending your break learning a language? Need a refresher before traveling? Through Feb 2015, you can sign up for Rosetta Stone here. Due to budget cuts to the NCSU Libraries, the Rosetta Stone subscription has been cancelled effective March 2015.

Pronunciator language learning platform is available now via NC LIVE. Pronunciator provides interactive, self-paced language learning for 80 languages and ESL for 50 non-English languages. This resource includes audio lessons, interactive textbooks, quizzes, intelligent flashcards, phrasebooks and pronunciation analysis. Users create their own login to access the resource and track their progress. To register with your NCSU email address, you must use an NCSU computer or be logged into the Virtual Computing Lab or Virtual Private Network. Once you are registered, you should be able to use any computer with a web browser with JavaScript enabled and Flash version 10.0 or higher. Users can also access the resource with an iOS or Android tablet or phone. User manuals are available within the resource, and print copies can be ordered from Pronunciator. We also have a print copy in the Vet Med Library travel collection.

To browse what’s available through our Books and Media collection, do a SUBJECT search for language self-instruction in the library catalog.

If you have questions, please contact us at

By: Betsy Whitman

Handbook of bioequivalence testing
Niazi, Sarfaraz, 1949- author.
Human scent evidence
Prada, Paola, author.
Human diseases from wildlife
Conover, Michael R.
Anatomy & physiology
Marieb, Elaine Nicpon, 1936- author.
The language of dogs
Silver, Justin, author.
Animal feeding & nutrition
Jurgens, Marshall H.

By: Library Staff

The contracting firm D. J. Rose and Son Inc., based in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, has donated a major collection of historic architectural drawings and other documents to the North Carolina State University Libraries. Established in 1890 by builder David Jeptha Rose, D. J. Rose and Son is the oldest continuously operating general contracting firm in North Carolina.

D. J. Rose and Son 1940 addition to Rocky Mount Mills as plant gears up to become a major supplier of cotton to the US Army during World War II.

D. J. Rose and Son 1940 addition to Rocky Mount Mills as plant gears up to become a major supplier of cotton to the US Army during World War II.

Towering tobacco and textile mills, tall and elegant banks, classical courthouses in county seats, railroad stations large and small, electric power plants and fertilizer factories, hospitals and churches, and commercial buildings and residences in every style—for more than a century the Rose family firm constructed essential buildings of every kind throughout Eastern North Carolina and as far away as Florida and Maryland. Year by year, each generation of the firm filed away the records of their projects in nearly every town in the region.

The donors of the collection, Dillon Rose, Sr., and Dillon Rose, Jr., discovered the significance of the records after exploring NCSU Libraries’ website, North Carolina Architects and Builders at Dillon Rose Jr. saw the biography for architect William P. Rose (David Jeptha Rose’s brother) and contacted the library to ask if the D. J. Rose firm was to be included in the website. Catherine W. Bishir, Curator of Architecture at the Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries, learned from him about the family collection. Rose recalls, “I didn’t realize the importance of what we had until I talked with Catherine.”

To ensure the collection’s long-term preservation and access to researchers, the Roses agreed to donate the collection to the Libraries. The NCSU Libraries secured a matching grant from the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation of Greensboro, North Carolina, to enable the records—many of them more than 100 years old—to be cleaned by a conservation contractor.

The hundreds of rolls of drawings include works by some of the region’s leading architects for whom most records have been lost—Benton and Benton of Wilson, John C. Stout of Rocky Mount, Joseph Leitner of Wilmington, to name a few. Rows of boxes hold thousands of documents that tell the story of changing times and the work of many people, from local workmen asking for jobs to bills from distant suppliers of hardware and machinery. “It is a rich and amazing collection,” says Bishir. “We’ve seen just part of it, and can’t wait to see the rest of its treasures.”

Much of the collection involves railroad facilities—depots, turntables, platforms—especially those for the present Atlantic Coast Line (ACL), the lifeline of the region’s economic development. The company’s location by the railroad linked it to projects near and far, including the rail-oriented warehouses and factories where hundreds of workers sold or processed the region’s principal crops of cotton and tobacco.

As Gwyneth Thayer, Associate Head and Curator of Special Collections, who orchestrated the cleaning project, states, “Thanks to the Rose family and the Covington Foundation, historians and the interested public for years to come can learn about transportation and industrial history as well as architecture in ways that would never have been possible otherwise.”

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at the NCSU Libraries continues to assemble and archive the work of leading architects and builders to make these unique materials available to a wide audience. The SCRC has collected the papers of key architects, including G. Milton Small, Jr., George Matsumoto, and William Waldo Dodge, as well as those of past and present faculty members of NC State’s College of Design such as Henry Kamphoefner, Marvin Malecha, Matthew Nowicki, and Frank Harmon.

The SCRC holds research and primary resource materials in areas that reflect and support the teaching and research needs of the students, faculty, and researchers at the university. By emphasizing established and emerging areas of excellence at NC State University and corresponding strengths within the Libraries’ overall collection, the SCRC develops collections strategically with the aim of becoming an indispensable source of information for generations of scholars.

By: Betsy Whitman

Marketing health services
Thomas, Richard K., 1944-

By: Betsy Whitman

The Veterinary Medicine Library has the following Holiday / Intersession Hours:

  • December 17-19 (Wednesday-Friday): 7:30am – 6pm
  • December 20-21 (Saturday-Sunday): 1pm – 5pm
  • December 22-23 (Monday-Tuesday): 7:30am -6pm (Last day to check out materials until January 3!!)
  • December 24 (Wednesday) – January 2 (Friday): CLOSEDHappy Holidays!!
  • January 3-4 (Saturday-Sunday): 1pm – 5pm
  • January 5-6 (Monday-Tuesday): 7:30am – 6pm
  • January 7 (Wednesday): 7am – 11pm – Regular Hours Resume

The D. H. Hill Library and James B. Hunt Library are closed on December 24-25 (Wednesday – Thursday) for Christmas and January 1 (Thursday) for New Year, but are open during the holiday. See all NCSU Libraries hours.

Happy Holidays from the Vet Med Library Staff!

By: Miranda Forman

Coffee and DonutsCoffee and donuts during final exams
(Starting the night of December 7th)
D. H. Hill Library and the Hunt Library

Long after the cafes have closed for the night, University Dining will be providing free coffee and the Friends of the Library will be supplying donuts in the lobbies of the D. H. Hill Library and the Hunt Library throughout final examinations (except for Saturday and Sunday mornings).

So put down the books for a few moments, take a deep breath or two, and meet us after midnight to throw off the stress and boost up the energy.

Our thanks go to University Dining and the Friends of the Library.

By: Betsy Whitman

November 2014 Publications from CVM Authors

Take a look at the CVM author publications for November 2014 courtesy of the NCSU Scholarly Publications Repository.

CVM and other NCSU authors are specifically highlighted with their department affiliation and links to their other publications in the repository. To access the full text of any of these articles, click on “Find Text (NCSU Only)” link.

If you have questions or would like information about the repository or NCSU publications, please email or call us at 919-513-6218.

By: Betsy Whitman

By: David Hiscoe

NC State students rely on the Libraries for quiet study space, particularly during final exams. To help ensure that we can meet this need, the NCSU Libraries is continuing changes put in place this summer to reduce disruptions during the critical times around finals.

At the Hunt Library

  • Access during reading days and finals will be limited to NC State students, faculty, and staff, who will need to use their Wolfpack One Cards to enter the Hunt Library security gates, December 4-16.
  • No tours, sightseeing, or events will be allowed between the last day of classes and the completion of final exams.

At the D. H. Hill Library

  • Tours and events will be limited around final exams, December 4-16
  • The Wolfpack One Card will continue to be required for access after 10:00 pm.

By: Betsy Whitman

Veterinary neuroanatomy and clinical neurology
DeLahunta, Alexander, 1932- author.
Top dog : the story of Marine hero Lucca
Goodavage, Maria, 1962- author.