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Changes to library access to limit disruptions around final exams

Wed, 2015-04-22 09:00

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, April 25 – May 7.
  • 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, April 25 – May 7.
  • The Wolfpack One Card will continue to be required for access after 10 pm.

Results for the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award announced April 14

Wed, 2015-04-22 08:48

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library received the 2015 Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award for educational libraries in the typology category. Designed in collaboration by the NCSU Libraries, Snøhetta, and Clark Nexsen, the Hunt Library was the only U.S. library named as a finalist.

Finalists were candidates for the Architizer A+ Jury Award, which was selected by a distinguished jury, but public voting determined the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award. The popular choice award polls were open online at the Architizer A+ Awards website from March 17 to April 3.

The Architizer A+ Awards winners were announced on April 14, 2015 and will be recognized at a gala in New York City in May, where they will receive a complimentary copy of the annual book of all A+ Award winners, published by Phaidon. Now in its third year, the global architectural awards program recognizes excellence and identifies industry leaders for architecture and design worldwide. While entries were received from more than 100 countries, only five entries in each category were named finalists.

To learn more about the Architizer A+ Awards, please visit http://awards.architizer.com/about/awards/.

D. H. Hill Library light sculpture will be lit in red in honor of Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi

Tue, 2015-04-21 14:58

The NCSU Libraries D. H. Hill Library light sculpture will be lit in red in honor of Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi winning the 2015 O. Max Gardner Award for his contributions to health and human safety. The event will begin in the evening of Thursday, April 23rd and end Sunday, April 26th. For more information, please visit the following link. https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/04/highest-honor/

Libraries announces winners for CODE+ART Student visualization contest

Tue, 2015-04-21 14:16

Anthony Smith was the first prize winner.

The NCSU Libraries announced the winners of its inaugural Code+Art Student Visualization Contest, sponsored by Christie® Digital Systems. The contest enabled students to develop large-scale, data-driven “generative art” for the twenty-foot wide Art Wall and curved iPearl Immersion Theater at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

Anthony Smith, a senior in Computer Science with a concentration in Game Development, won first prize for his Fractal Forest visualization. Fractal Forest features an interactive planet that develops different types of trees as guests enter the Hunt Library. Anthony Smith hopes “that people will have a different experience every time they see my work.  Just like nature, it is always changing, so every viewing will be unique.”

The team from WKNC 88.1 FM, NC State’s student-run radio station, won second place with their music visualizer of the WKNC internet radio stream. This team consists of Cameren Dolecheck, Harrison Wideman, Neal Grantham, Dylan Stein, and Colin Keesee.

The WKNC team (Cameren Dolecheck, Harrison Wideman, Neal Grantham, Dylan Stein, and Colin Keesee) were the second prize winners.

Of their visualizer, the team said, “In the wake of many other college radio stations being shut down, we hope to show that [WKNC] brings people together, enough to even make a work of this magnitude. …We hope this piece shows how much more goes on with a radio station other than DJing.”

This contest marks the first open call for students to create and showcase data-driven art for the video walls at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. Mike Nutt, Director of Visualization Services and creator of the Code+Art program says, “The video walls were installed to create a dialog with library patrons about the world around them. Code+Art re-envisions the role that data plays in a university setting, turning data into part of our library’s aesthetic fabric.”

The winning pieces are on display at the Hunt Library until April 29, 2015. For more information about the exhibit, visit http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/event/christie-codeart-exhibit.

April Fools!

Wed, 2015-04-01 14:14

While the bookBot can carry loads of up to 500 lbs. it is certainly not intended to carry people. You can safely watch the bookBot in action from the windows in Robot Alley on the 1st floor of Hunt Library. Have a safe and fun April Fools Day!

Code+Art Student Visualization Contest Finalists Announced

Mon, 2015-03-23 16:03

The NCSU Libraries is pleased to announce the finalist teams for its inaugural Code+Art Student Visualization Contest. Through a competitive proposal process, students are creating large-scale, data-driven “generative art” for the twenty-foot wide Art Wall and iPearl Immersion Theater at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The selected finalists are Anthony Smith and a team from WKNC 88.1 FM, who are working closely with Libraries staff to realize their project visions. The finalists are competing for the grand prize of $600 which will be awarded at the Code+Art reception at the Hunt Library on April 15, 2015.

Anthony Smith, a Senior in Computer Science with a concentration in Game Development, is creating Fractal Forest, a fully interactive planet that grows different plant types as guests enter the Hunt Library. The visualization will also include a sun and moon, and will depict elements including the current time and weather. As people view and participate in the work, the visualization will develop and change.

The team from WKNC 88.1 FM, NC State’s student run radio station, is creating a music visualizer of their Internet radio stream. This visualization will have an outline of the Raleigh and NC State skyline along the bottom, and various objects flying through the sky above. Each flying object will represent a current online listener. This team consists of Cameren Dolecheck, Harrison Wideman, Neal Grantham, Dylan Stein, and Colin Keesee.

This contest marks the first open call for students to create and showcase data-driven art for the video walls at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. Mike Nutt, digital media librarian and creator of the Code+Art program says, “The video walls were installed to create a dialog with library patrons about the world around them. Code+Art re-envisions the role that data plays in a university setting, turning data into part of our library’s aesthetic fabric.”

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mike Nutt at 919-513-0651 or mrnutt@ncsu.edu.

Fabien Cousteau to Speak at NC State on April 6

Fri, 2015-03-06 09:15

Ocean explorer and environmentalist Fabien Cousteau is coming to NC State! The grandson of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau and star of the acclaimed PBS Series, Ocean Adventures, will be delivering the 2015 Harrelson Lecture on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the Talley Student Union ballroom. Among Cousteau’s most recent exploits is Mission31, a 31-day underwater stay to research how climate change and pollution are affecting the oceans, which he described in a TEDGlobal talk in October 2014.
Many thanks to the university community for enthusiastically weighing in on Cousteau’s lecture topic via online voting that ended on Friday, February 27.  And the winner is… Oasis In Space: The Great Ocean Adventure

In order to understand future marine discoveries, we must first look back to the origins of modern ocean exploration. Environmental advocate Fabien Cousteau takes audiences on a three-generation journey of contemporary ocean exploration, starting with his grandfather’s first fin steps diving into the “Silent World”, underwater camera housings, and subaquatic habitats. Fabien also shares awe-inspiring stories from his family’s legendary adventures.

The Harrelson Lecture was established in 1961 with a bequest by the late Col. John Harrelson, NC State’s first chancellor and seventh chief executive.  Two-time presidential nominee and U.N. ambassador Adlai Stevenson gave the first Harrelson Lecture on March 7, 1962.  Other prominent lecturers include former President Bill Clinton (2009), civil rights activist Julian Bond (1999) and composer Aaron Copland (1976). The Harrelson Lecture is free and open to the public.

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Libraries offers Audio and Video Workshops

Fri, 2015-02-20 16:32

Basics of Audio Recording
Learn how to record audio and become familiar with production equipment through hands-on practice in these interactive workshops. Use GarageBand to learn the basics of voice recording, MIDI controller interfaces, audio editing, multitrack recording, and powerful production and vintage audio format digitization opportunities available in the library. Appropriate for beginners but also for those at any skill level who wish to learn more about library spaces.

Sign up for a workshop at the Hunt Library (Media Production Studio 4215): 2/26, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30 Sign up for a workshop at the D. H. Hill Library (Digital Media Lab): 3/2, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20

Video Production and Editing Basics
Learn how to plan, produce, and edit a video using library equipment and iMovie in this hands-on workshop. You’ll be taught the basics of script-writing and storyboarding. By shooting video and editing, you will complete a short video with cuts, transitions, text, and a soundtrack. Appropriate for beginners or for those at any skill level who wish to better familiarize themselves with iMovie, technology lending devices, and gain essential skills for both school and personal projects. All workshops begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates and locations.

Sign up for a workshop at the Hunt Library (Fishbowl Seminar Room): 3/5, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23 Sign up for a workshop at the D. H. Hill Library (Digital Media Lab): 2/23, 3/16, 3/30, 4/134/27

NCSU Libraries Evening Events Cancelled

Mon, 2015-02-16 10:45

Due to impending inclement weather, the NCSU Libraries has cancelled the following evening events for Monday, February 16, 2015.

  • Virtual MLK event, 7PM, Teaching and Visualization Lab, The Hunt Library.  This event will take place next Monday, February 23rd at 7PM.
  • D-I-WISE workshop, 5:30PM – 7:30PM, Assembly Room, Multimedia Seminar Center, D. H. Hill Library.

Please visit the NCSU Libraries website for further updates and information on when these events will be rescheduled. The university’s inclement weather statement can be found at this link.

Photography Workshops

Thu, 2015-02-12 17:36
Back by popular demand, NCSU Libraries is offering a series of Photography workshops this Spring Semester 2015. Join us for one or several of these sessions and have fun while learning to take better pictures!

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOSHOP FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
You have your pictures. Now what?! In this workshop, you will learn to “fix” or enhance the already captured image. We will provide you with some basic tools to make okay photos good and good photos great! This class is for beginners as well as those completely new to digital photo editing. Space is limited.

6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 31 / Creativity Studio, (4th Floor) Hunt Library

Register at: http://go.ncsu.edu/photoshopworkshop

CENTENNIAL STROLL: PHOTOWALK
Not going anywhere for Spring Holiday this year? Looking for something fun and exciting to do on Friday? Join us in exploring Centennial Campus with DSLR cameras in hand! We will take photos as we walk capturing the beauty and interesting natural features of this campus. The last hour will be spent sharing images. This event is for all skill levels, from beginner to serious hobbyist. Space is limited.

2 – 5 p.m., Friday, April 3 / Centennial Campus

Register at: http://go.ncsu.edu/spring2015_photowalk1

PLAYDATE AT PULLEN: PHOTOWALK
Remember when you were a kid how much fun fieldtrips used to be? Bring back that excitement! Sign your own permission slip and join us for a Saturday afternoon at Pullen Amusement Park. Pullen Park is the 5th oldest amusement park in the U.S. We will use DSLR’s to capture the wonders and beautiful design features of this historic site, which include a carousel, pedal boats and even a mini-train ride. The last hour will be spent sharing images. This event is for all skill levels, from beginner to serious hobbyist. Space is limited.

1 – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 11 / Pullen Park (Raleigh, NC)

Register at: http://go.ncsu.edu/spring2015_photowalk2

Global Open Knowledgebase receives additional Mellon funding to pioneer community-sourced management of digital content for education and research

Thu, 2015-01-22 09:22

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $333,000 to North Carolina State University to support the second phase of the development of the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb), an open source project that promises to significantly enhance how libraries manage their electronic journals and books.

Designed and implemented by the Kuali OLE founding partners and Jisc Collections of the United Kingdom with initial funding from the Mellon Foundation, GOKb is a pioneering knowledge base of metadata that describes e-books and e-journals, the models that publishers use to sell them, and the ways that libraries and their users can access them.

GOKb’s data will be made publicly available under a Creative Commons CC0 license so that the tool can be used by anyone and integrated into any system or service, whether commercial or open source. As a service to learning communities globally, it will be freely available to libraries, academic publishers, library service providers, and the public through a web-based interface and application program interfaces (APIs).

GOKb is designed to be a part of the Kuali Open Library Environment (Kuali OLE), the first library management system designed by and for academic and research libraries. NC State and the NCSU Libraries serve as lead institution for GOKb development. GOKb will also be adopted by Knowledge Base+, an electronic resources management service provided by Jisc Collections.

Phase 2 work funded by the Mellon grant will run through December 2015 and will enable further development of the knowledge base, recruitment of library and vendor partnerships, and expansion into key areas such as e-book management, description of open-access resources, and linked data.

Libraries and publishers are now invited to explore GOKb—and become a partner

Phase 1 of the GOKb project is now available for public preview through the GOKb web application.  The preview showcases the latest version of the GOKb software and contains representative seed data that describes organizations, packages, titles, holdings, and templates for licensing.  Libraries and publishers are invited to use the GOKb preview to search and browse metadata, export package information, and experiment with the system’s API and co-referencing service. The GOKb team is very interested in receiving comments and suggestions from users as they explore the tool.

At this stage of development, the GOKb development group is also especially interested in working with new partners in both the library and the vendor communities.  New library partners will be critical to making this community-managed resource increasingly valuable for academic libraries around the globe.  Academic publishers who contribute data at this stage of GOKb development will benefit from a tool that is driven by an engaged, knowledgeable community of librarians who will be continually contributing valuable enhancements to data about publishers’ products.

Hunt Library ranks high in most amazing college libraries

Wed, 2015-01-21 16:54

College Raptor, a web site dedicated to helping prospective students find their perfect college, has ranked the Hunt Library as number two in “10 of the Most Amazing College Libraries in the US.

Open House in the D. H. Hill Library’s Visualization Studio Explore how to see your work in powerful new ways

Wed, 2015-01-21 10:58

The D. H. Hill Library’s new Visualization Studio provides an easy-to-use space where you can transform how you see your presentations, present your research, and explore your data. Using the room’s 12 projectors to create an immersive 360-degree view across four walls, the studio allows:

  • Students to work together on group projects, to boost their presentations to new levels, and to study complex ideas and phenomena at a large scale, seeing them spread out around the room.
  • Professors to conduct interactive classes and engaging seminars that surround their students in images, documents, movie clips, and data visualizations.
  • Researchers to work together to explore new ways to describe and communicate their findings visually, compare complex, detailed images, and analyze large maps and graphics.
Drop by and see the room in action

On January 30, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Visualization Studio will be open for you to explore its possibilities. NCSU Libraries staff and experts from the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) will be available to give an overview of the room’s features, demonstrate examples of applications from a range of disciplines, and answer questions you might have about how to make the room work for you. RENCI is a collaborative effort involving UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and NC State and was instrumental in developing and deploying the Visualization Studio.

The Visualization Studio is located on the second floor of the East Wing, D. H. HillLibrary, just across from the Unity Lab.

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