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Creativity and Technology Symposium Event Series

Tue, 2015-10-13 11:21

Join us this fall for the Creativity and Technology Symposium, or C.A.T.S. for short. Using our feline friends as a theme, we will explore a variety of topics that relate to the ever-expanding and complex work of libraries and academic institutions including: GIS-data enabled location tracking and the implications for privacy rights; the use of social media in research; how new technologies are expanding the possibilities for data gathering; and digital archiving as it relates to common computer usage and pop culture. Plus, we have a few special guests who will be paying a not-to-be-missed visit to the Libraries. All C.A.T.S. events are free and open to the public.

Track Your Cat
Sunday, October 25, 3-4 pm
Cameron Village Regional Library

Cats are mysterious, dangerous and far more unpredictable than one might expect from an animal that is, theoretically, domesticated. Some of the mysteries of cats relate to where they go and what they do; this is especially true of cats that go outdoors. In this program, researchers from NC State and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will share some of the fascinating findings from their Cat Tracker research program that uses GPS technology to collect data on where cats go, what they eat, and what microbes they bring back to our homes. You will also learn how you and your feline pets can participate in the Cat Tracker program, which gives researchers valuable information about outdoor cats’ movement, diet and health.

Image Macros, Memes, and Viral Content
with Tumblr’s Amanda Brennan
Monday, October 26, 3-4 pm
Auditorium (Hill), D. H. Hill Library

What can memes and other viral phenomena tell us about current events, cultural trends, and the Internet as a historical storytelling platform? Amanda Brennan of Tumblr’s Content and Community team will discuss how beloved and instantly-recognizable memes like LOLCats relate to our online interactions and what they say about us as a society. Brennan is the former librarian-in-residence for Know Your Meme, organizing and cataloging the memes in their collection.

A Life-Changing Cat: Mike Bridavsky and Lil BUB
Monday, October 26, 7-8 pm
Auditorium (Hunt), James B. Hunt Jr. Library

Lil BUB is one of the most famous cats in the world. A true phenomenon, Lil BUB has a documentary and internet and cable specials about her, a book published by Penguin Publishers, and millions upon millions of YouTube, Instagram, and Tumblr views. Lil BUB’s owner Mike Bridavsky is a sound engineer who owns Russian Recording in Bloomington, IN, and formerly worked as a sound archivist for the Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music’s Sound Directions project. Mike leveraged his knowledge of digital archives, his skills gained from years of independent marketing of his own bands and his recording studios, his sense of humor, and his love for cats to unintentionally create a business that is based on and requires a very detailed understanding of social media, archiving, and technology. Hear from Mike and see Lil BUB in person in this special program. Ticket reservations to this program are required. Please reserve your seats here.

As part of this program, the NCSU Libraries will be hosting a pet food drive for Safe Haven Cat Shelter & Clinic. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., volunteers from Safe Haven will be available at the Hunt Library to take your donations of pet food or other supplies on their wish list. Earlier this year, Safe Haven was a recipient of a grant from Lil BUB’s BIG Fund for the ASPCA.

I Know Where Your Cat Lives: How Computers Know Everything
About You (With Information You Provide)

Tuesday, October 27, 3-4 pm
Auditorium (Hill), D. H. Hill Library

I Know Where Your Cat Lives is a data experiment that visualizes a sample of 1 million public pictures of cats on a world map, locating them by the latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in their metadata. The cats were accessed via publicly available APIs provided by popular photo sharing websites. The photos were then run through various clustering algorithms using a supercomputer at Florida State University, and the project was covered by The New York Times, USA Today, MSNBC, and others. Owen Mundy, creator of I Know Where Your Cat Lives, will describe the project and explain some of the implications of decreased online privacy and increased access to your data by startups and international megacorps.

Animals, Technology, and Us:
How the Internet is Affecting Participatory Science
Tuesday, October 27, 7-8pm
Auditorium (Hunt), James B. Hunt Jr. Library

A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that citizens and scientists often see science-related issues through different sets of eyes. However, by involving our pets as research subjects, and by harnessing the Internet’s amazing power of connectivity, scientists have an unprecedented opportunity to involve everyday people in “citizen science.” Join us for a panel discussion with Dr. Rob Dunn, associate professor of biological sciences at NC State, Amanda Brennan of Tumblr, and Professor Owen Mundy of Florida State about what they are finding in their work.

Using Technology to Measure Pain in Animals
Wednesday, October 28, 7-8pm
South Theater (College of VM), Veterinary Medicine Library
College of Veterinary Medicine

Evaluating pain in animals is no easy task, as they cannot tell us where or how much they are hurting. In this informative session, Dr. Duncan Lascelles, professor of small animal surgery and pain management at the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State, will discuss his pioneering research using accelerometers (similar to the wearable fitness trackers used by humans) to access information about movement patterns of domestic cats in their home environments. Lascelles will explain how he uses this data to inform his treatment decisions–from diet to medication–to help manage cats’ pain.

This session is geared toward anyone interested in how veterinarians are using leading-edge technologies, as well as pet owners who want to learn more about what researchers are discovering about chronic pain.

NCSU Libraries Makerspace Offers CRDM Graduate Research Assistantship

Tue, 2015-10-13 08:38

CHASS PhD students to get experience with emerging maker technologies

This new NCSU Libraries CRDM Graduate Research Assistantship offers graduate students the opportunity to collaborate with skilled information professionals to gain experience providing technology services in an academic setting. The access to spaces and service programs, with an emphasis on emerging technologies, is designed to enhance graduate student education through practical assignments that introduce participants to key issues and practices in educational technology.

Jessica Handloff, the first recipient of the assistantship, is a U.S. Army Captain and comes to NC State most recently from East Carolina University, where she received a Masters in Anthropology.

According to Adam Rogers, Emerging Technology Services Librarian, “Jessica has already established herself as a crucial member of the D.H. Hill Makerspace team. She has enriched the Makerspace with excellently designed learning resources, supported students and faculty in learning the processes and tools of making in innovative ways, and identified great opportunities for collaboration with her CRDM cohort and its faculty. I look forward to her contributions in the coming year and know they will do a lot to establish the Hill Makerspace as a premiere space for critical and creative thinking and making on campus.”

The Libraries opened its first Makerspace in January 2013 with the opening of Hunt Library, making new tools accessible to users at NC State University and taking a leadership role in the growing movement for makerspaces in libraries. The Makerspace program includes 3D printing and laser cutting services, a variety of methods of 3D scanning, electronics prototyping kits to borrow, and a series of workshops and course collaborations that has grown each semester. These efforts have brought the Maker movement into the Libraries and grown its profile on campus by providing access to exciting high-end tools as well as entry-level learning and making experiences to all students, faculty, and staff.

This past June, the D. H. Hill Library opened its Makerspace. A major addition to the Makerspace program, and to the Libraries as a whole, this high-profile location provides ample space for collaborative work and teaching and is well situated to empower more of the NC State community with the creative tools and processes of making. In this space, the Libraries continues to focus on 3D printing and scanning, laser cutting, and electronics prototyping, while adding new tools such as sewing and soldering and emphasizing hands-on access. The NCSU Libraries has a full slate of programming, workshops, presentations, and opportunities for serendipitous making already in the works.

NCSU Libraries Announces 2nd Annual Code+Art Student Visualization Contest

Fri, 2015-10-09 16:02

The NCSU Libraries is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Code+Art Student Visualization Contest. Graduate and undergraduate students, individually or in groups, who are interested in creative coding, generative art, animation, or data visualization are invited to create visualizations for any of the four large video walls at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, including the 20-foot wide Art Wall. Students graduating in December 2015 can submit entries and participate as members of competing teams, but are not eligible to win the cash prize.

Participants will compete for cash prizes of $1000, $500, and $250 to be awarded at the Code+Art reception held in April at the Hunt Library. All entries that are technologically viable and appropriate will be displayed on one of four video walls in Hunt Library and viewed by thousands of visitors every month.

Libraries have long been places where people have explored new ways of interacting with information. The video walls at the James B. Jr. Hunt Library were installed to create a dialogue with library visitors and show the work of students and faculty at the university. The NCSU Libraries developed this contest as a way for students to showcase visualizations created for this digital space. These visualizations will greet library visitors and give them a preview of the possibilities that await them inside the Hunt Library.

Judges are looking for attractive visualizations that are created with a computer. Submissions in these categories are strongly encouraged: data visualization / data art, generative art, procedurally generated environments (e.g. game environments), and animated GIFs. Submissions in these categories will also be considered: digital art, new media art, and animation/motion graphics.

Submit here:

Read about the 2015 winners here:

NCSU Libraries to Offer Second Round of Alt-Textbook Grants

Wed, 2015-09-16 09:20
All NC State faculty teaching courses this Spring or in Fall 2016 are eligible to apply

(Raleigh, N.C.) – In Fall 2014, the NCSU Libraries, with support from the NC State University Foundation, awarded a first round of Alt-Textbook grants to faculty to adopt, adapt, or create free or low-cost alternatives to expensive textbooks. The first round is in progress and is expected to save NC State students more than $200,000 in the first year.

Textbook costs have outpaced inflation by 300% over the last 30 years. These runaway prices have become a major strain on students, with textbooks averaging $1,200 a year and 7 out of 10 students admitting on a recent Public Interest Research Group survey that they have not purchased a required text because of its cost.

The NCSU Libraries is committed to fostering change in the current textbook publishing environment. The Alt-Textbook Project will empower faculty to innovate pedagogically; enhance access for NC State students to high-quality, tailored educational materials; and reduce the financial burden of expensive textbooks.

Led by Will Cross, Director of the NCSU Libraries Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, a committee made up of librarians will be available to partner with faculty members on licensing resources, using digital repositories, and creating and publishing their own open educational resources.

Ranging between $500 and $2,000, the competitive Alt-Textbook grants will be awarded to help faculty pursue innovative uses of technology and information resources that can replace pricey traditional textbooks. Larger grants may be available for larger-scale or especially high-impact projects.

Grants are available to develop textbook alternatives for the Spring 2015 and Fall 2016 semesters. Possible approaches include:

  • creating a new open textbook or collection of materials
  • adopting an existing open textbook
  • assembling a collection of open resources into new course materials
  • licensing an e-textbook, video, or other media content for classroom use or e-reserves
  • using subscribed library resources

As faculty work on their proposals, NCSU librarians and staff are available to collaborate and share expertise in copyright, licensing, open access, course management software and tools, electronic reserves, subject-matter content, and multimedia resources.

The NCSU Libraries will hold several information sessions about the project. Faculty can learn more about the project, review the call for proposals, sign up for information sessions, and download grant applications at the Alt-Textbook Project website.

National Medal of Technology and Innovation Recipient Donates Papers to NCSU Libraries

Tue, 2015-09-08 11:59

Dr. Jayant Baliga, an internationally recognized leader in electrical and computer engineering, has donated his papers to the North Carolina State University Libraries. Lauded by Scientific American as one of the heroes of the semiconductor revolution, Baliga received this year’s Global Energy Prize.

In addition to being a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering, Dr. Baliga is the director of NC State’s Power Semiconductor Research Center. Among his many accomplishments, he is perhaps best known for his invention of a power semiconductor device, the insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT), often used as an electronic switch in modern appliances, from electric cars to air conditioners to portable defibrillators. The IGBT, as he describes it, has had “a major impact on creating a sustainable world-wide society with improved living standards while mitigating the environmental impact.”

According to Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega, Dean of Engineering at NC State, Dr. Baliga’s “groundbreaking scholarship and leadership have been instrumental in addressing major global societal challenges and helping the College of Engineering and NC State become a research powerhouse. Throughout his career, Jay has generously shared his expertise with our students and faculty so I am not surprised and very pleased that he has chosen to share his life’s work with future students and faculty through the NCSU Libraries.”

Baliga has received numerous awards during his distinguished career, some of which include the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor, the 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama, the 2012 North Carolina Award for Science, the 1999 IEEE Lamme Medal, the 1998 IEEE Ebers Award, the 1998 O. Max Gardner Award, the 1993 IEEE Liebman Award, the 1992 Pride of India Award (First Recipient), and the 2011 Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence.

He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Electronic Design Engineering Hall of Fame, the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame, the European Academy of Sciences, and he is an IEEE Life Fellow. Baliga has authored or edited 19 books and over 500 scientific articles and has been granted 120 U.S. Patents.

Baliga received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (1974) and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering (1971) from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He spent fifteen years at the General Electric Research and Development Center, leading their power device studies. There, he received the highest scientific rank of Coolidge Fellow. Baliga joined NCSU in 1988 as a Full Professor and was promoted in 1997 as Distinguished University Professor.

His papers will be housed in the Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries and include records from the Power Semiconductor Research Center—meeting documents, vendor information, software agreements, technical working group meeting reports, and related administrative files. Also included in his Papers are Electric Power Research Institute patent applications and other like materials.

The SCRC holds research and primary resources 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 in order to support NC State’s growth as a world-class academic institution.

Graduate Student Research Symposium Exhibit Coming to Hunt Library

Wed, 2015-08-26 16:00

The Tenth Annual NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium was held on March 25, 2015 at the McKimmon Center. The Symposium showcases the exceptional and diverse graduate-level research going on at NC State. Graduate Program directors nominated standout master’s and doctoral graduate student researchers for an opportunity to showcase their research and practice and enhance their communication skills. Student posters were judged by faculty in the represented academic areas.

In collaboration with the University Graduate Student Association, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place posters in eight categories (Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences and Management) will be exhibited in the Hunt Library iPearl Immersion Theater, starting September 7. The exhibit will run through September 13.

For more information about the NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium or the University Graduate Student Association, please visit their websites:


NCSU Libraries & Adam Matthew Digital Strike Groundbreaking Content Mining Agreement

Fri, 2015-08-14 13:48

Deal gives NC State researchers ability to mine robust collections of digital primary source archives

(Raleigh, N.C.) -  By signing another pioneering content mining agreement—this time with Adam Matthew, a SAGE company—the NCSU Libraries has established itself as a leader in the research library world when it comes to licensing blanket access to commercially-vended historical collections.

This comes not long after their unprecedented data mining deals with Gale and Unlimited Priorities.

By agreeing to provide NC State researchers electronic access to ‘Mass Observation Online,’ sourced from the University of Sussex, England, and the ability to mine archival data on university servers, Adam Matthew Digital joins Gale as a leading-edge example for commercial vendors.

Darby Orcutt, Assistant Head of Collection Management for the NCSU Libraries, developed this library-vendor content mining model and considers it mutually beneficial: “Adam Matthew has added another facet of value and attractiveness to their products for researchers, while researchers have gained a valuable corpus that was previously unavailable for robust computational exploration.”

Join us for MAKER DAYS, August 24-27

Fri, 2015-08-14 13:39

3D Design Workshops with Autodesk Fusion 360
Monday, August 24, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hunt Library Teaching & Visualization Lab

Tuesday, August 25, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
D. H. Hill Library Makerspace

Amazing Alumni – Chris Padgett ‘11

Wednesday, August 26 at 3:00 p.m.
D. H. Hill Library, East Wing, Multimedia Seminar Center

In celebration of the new D. H. Hill Library Makerspace, join us for this special guest during Maker Days. Chris Padgett is the founder and CEO of Fusion3, a company that manufactures high-performance 3D printers. After graduating from NC State with a BS in MechanicalEngineering in 2011, Padgett resigned from his paying job in early 2013 to found Fusion3, using his prior experience with product design, management and support and supply chain development. Padgett will discuss his experiences with founding and running a company, working with family, and what he sees as the future of 3D printing. After the program, join us in the new Makerspace for an open house with giveaways and demos.

D. H. Hill Makerspace Open House

Wednesday, August 26 & Thursday, August 27, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wondering what happens in our makerspace? Curious about the tools we have? Want to try your hand at making something? Come to our Maker Days Open House! Join us for some hand-on activities and learn more about electronics, 3D priting and scanning, and much more!

Making Sense of Sensor Data: An Introduction to the Internet of Things

Thursday, August 27 at 9:00 a.m. D. H. Hill Library Makerspace

In this introductory workshop you’ll learn how build and manage a “thing” in the “Internet of Things.” Eliot Inman, a Manager of Software Development at SAS, will teach you how build an analog sensor using an Arduino, gather data from that sensor, and analyze thosedata using SAS. Participation in this hands-on workshop requires absolutely zero experience in electronics, software development or statistics. We will start at the start.

The Impact of Maker Culture on the Economy and the Classroom

Thursday, August 27 at 3:00 p.m.
D. H. Hill Library, West Wing Auditorium

In celebration of the new D. H. Hill Library Makerspace, join us to learn how the concept and practice of “making” is creating a new paradigm for entrepreneurs, educators, and students. Aly Khalifa, NC State alumnus and co-founder of Designbox, Dr. David Rieder, associate professor at NC State and co-founder of CIRCUIT Studio, and Victoria Rind, an NC State student in textile engineering, will share their experiences and discuss how the maker movement is impacting business, culture, and academia. After the program, join us in the new Makerspace for an open house with giveaways and demos.


Fri, 2015-08-07 12:56