In honor of National Library Week, libraries across the country competed in the “Your Beautiful Library Photo Contest,” a contest designed to showcase some of the most amazing libraries in the United States. Thanks to everyone who voted, we’re thrilled that the Hunt Library won the “Most Modern Architecture” category, featuring the very photogenic bookBot! To see all the winners and learn more about the contest, visit: http://solutions.cengage.com/beautifullibrary/
Business Insider has included the Hunt Library in “The 16 Coolest College Libraries in the Country,” an article on how libraries inspire students with “both traditional and modern marvels.”
“Many of these buildings are iconic structures on their campuses, and have housed generations of studying students,” the article concludes. “Others were built more recently, and show how technology can shape the future of education.”
Observing that “the future of literature was the theme of this year’s North Carolina Literary Festival,” the News and Observer concludes “that future seemed already here, with attendees using the free festival app to navigate the main venue, N.C. State University’s futuristic Hunt Library” while the program of writers allowed “future, present literary lights [to] shine.”
The James B. Hunt Jr. Library will be profiled this month in the nationally syndicated PBS series, Cool Spaces!, a new prime-time program that promises to “profile some of this century’s most exciting architecture in the U.S.”
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Bluebeam Software and hosted by Boston architect and educator Stephen Chung, the new series focuses “on presenting cutting-edge, contemporary public buildings and spaces and the daring architects who push the boundaries of design and materials.”
Cool Spaces! is scheduled to appear on over 100 public television stations across the country, with coverage in about 95% of households with televisions.
The hour-long episode that features the Hunt Library focuses on three libraries that have been dramatic additions to the cultural lives of their communities. The Hunt Library shares the stage with the Seattle Central Library—listed by the AIA as one of American’s favorite 150 buildings—and the South Mountain Community Library, celebrated for a bold design that encourages interaction between students and local residents.
Featured in almost 300 media pieces since its opening in January 2013, the Hunt Library has gained an international reputation as “the library of the future” for its immersive technologies and for inspiring learning and teaching spaces that encourage collaboration and cross-disciplinary research. The library’s lead designer, Snøhetta, is known for its work on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum pavilion, the new look for Times Square in New York City, and the Golden State Warriors complex on the San Francisco waterfront. In 2012, Architecture Magazine ranked executive architects Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (now Clark Nexsen) as the15th best firm in the United States.
UNC-TV will make the Hunt Library episode available to its viewers on Thursday, April 10, at 9 p.m. and at multiple other times on that date. A listing of schedules for PBS stations nationwide can be found on the Cool Spaces! website.
The companion book to Cool Spaces!—also featuring the Hunt Library—can be preordered online from the publisher’s website or from Barnes & Noble. The book will be available in Barnes & Noble bookstores starting in mid April.
Cited for “the creative and bold vision that went into designing an innovative model for a research library as a high-technology research platform,” the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL).
Judged by an international panel of library and academic leaders, SPIRL was established by the Stanford Libraries in 2013 “to single out for community attention and to celebrate functionally significant results of the innovative impulses in research libraries worldwide.”
“Our vision was to give NC State a signature library that would help us recruit the very best students and the very best faculty and to serve the community as an inspiring place of excellence and passion and ideas and vision,” says Susan K. Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at NC State. “We could not be more honored that our vision and hard work have been awarded the Stanford Prize.”
To make it easy for you to plan in advance to see your favorites among the over 100 authors, performers, and programs available April 3-6, the daily schedule for the 2014 North Carolina Literary Festival is now available, both online and on the Festival’s free app, which you can download to your mobile device from m.guidebook.com.
The choices could be difficult, with winners of four Pulitzers, a half dozen National Book and National Book Critics Circle awards, many of your favorite North Carolina authors, the creator of the Goosebumps series, the author of The Jane Austen Book Club, and great programs for children in the Festival lineup.
Highlights include:Thursday, April 3
- Lev Grossman, book critic for Time magazine and author of Warp, Codex (an international bestseller), The Magicians (a New York Times bestseller) and The Magician King (also a Times bestseller).
- Literary trivia at the Cameron Bar and Grill.
- Junot Díaz, recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
- Bourbon tastings, Irish lit and drink specials, the Monti storytelling contest, and The Morning After band in venues in downtown Raleigh.
- Writer, musician, and screenwriter James McBride, author of the landmark memoir The Color of Water and 2013 winner of the National Book Award.
- R. L. Stine, the Stephen King of children’s fiction, as well as Paul Muldoon, Karen Joy Fowler, and William T. Vollmann.
- North Carolina authors Jill McCorkle, Ben Fountain, and Daniel Wallace.
- Panels on the future of storytelling, poetry, forensics, African-American women’s voices, and first novels.
- A host of activities for children and parents.
- Workshops on bookmaking, pop-up books, comics, and making electronic music.
- Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land.
- North Carolina authors Lee Smith, Wiley Cash, Elizabeth Spencer, Allan Gurganus, and the NC Literary Hall of Fame and the Lee Smith Award.
- Additional events for children and young adults, including The Story Squad and Poetry Out Loud
The majority of the NC Literary Festival will be held in and around NC State’s new James B. Hunt Jr. Library. As the “face of NC State in the 21st century,” this new space has generated international attention for its iconic architecture, its transformative technologies, and its simulation and large-scale visualization spaces that encourage and enable new forms of storytelling. The Hunt Library will serve as the centerpiece for the NC Literary Festival’s theme, “The Future of Reading.”
The NC Literary Festival is hosted on a rotating basis by the academic libraries at NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina. The event is free and open to the public.
Laureate sponsors for the 2014 festival include PNC, Our State magazine, The Friends of the Library of North Carolina State University, and the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources that has administered grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act.
“N.C. State asked for a library that, at its core, in its every facet, reached out to serve its students. That’s what it got,” concludes Our State magazine in a feature article about the Hunt Library.
On Tuesday, the American Library Association—the library world’s premier professional organization—awarded its prestigious Cutting Edge Technology Service Award to the NCSU Libraries’ My #HuntLibrary social media program. The ALA’s Cutting Edge Technology Service Award is presented annually to libraries that offer innovative, inventive, and interactive technologies to their communities.
Simply by capturing a moment in the library with Instagram and tagging the photo with #HuntLibrary, a community member’s image can become part of the NCSU Libraries’ digital archive and may be displayed on the huge video walls in the library itself. By offering community members the opportunity to dynamically share their engagement and enjoyment with the library, My #HuntLibrary enables the community to participate in the library’s opening and ongoing story. Further, My #HuntLibrary provides a unique bridge between digital and physical spaces as community members may gather in front of the image exhibition in the library and discuss display and other design concepts.
Since it launched in early 2013, My #HuntLibrary has received more than 3,200 images from more than 1,300 distinct users, and recorded more than 235,000 page views. This winter the Libraries made the platform behind My #HuntLibrary available as free open source software so that any library in the world can now easily develop their own Instagram-based tools.
The ALA has honored the NCSU Libraries with the award twice before, in 2010 for the Course Tools application that automates creation of easy-to-find library resources for every class at the university and in 2011 for its redesigned website.
The new James B. Hunt Jr. Library is now hosting an exhibit entitled “A Legacy of Leadership,” exploring the career of Governor Hunt, for whom the building is named. Governor Hunt has been a key force in bringing excellence to North Carolina’s educational system and was instrumental in making Centennial Campus a reality for NC State University.
As workers changed the muddy rut in front of his rural Wilson County home into a paved road, Jim Hunt saw the future. That thirteen-year-old boy first witnessed the legacy of visionary leadership, seeing the connection between “good-roads” legislation and his community’s new ability to get their crops to market.
Raised by his parents to value education and fairness, taught to lead by the Future Farmers of America, and exposed to wider learning at NC State and UNC, that young boy became the state’s youngest lieutenant governor at thirty-five, its governor at thirty-nine, and its only governor to serve four terms.
This exhibit celebrates that legacy of leadership and the profound impact it had on developing North Carolina into a model of education, technology, and growth in the New South. His is a legacy —as Governor Hunt has said himself many times—not about fighting over pieces of the pie. It’s about how to make the pie larger and how to ensure we all have a place at the table.
The exhibit can be seen in the Level 1 lobby of the Hunt Library during regular library hours.A Legacy of Leadership Through March 1, 2014
James B. Hunt Jr. Library
Level 1 lobby
Four Pulitzers, a half dozen National Book and National Book Critics Circle awards, the creator of the Goosebumps series, great programs to help young people explore storytelling, and the latest developments in “The Future of Reading”—the 2014 North Carolina Literary Festival is proud to announce the author and program lineup for the April 3-6 gathering at NC State University and at venues throughout Raleigh.Check out the lineup video!
- Junot Díaz, recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award
- Writer, musician, and screenwriter James McBride, author of the landmark memoir The Color of Water and 2013 winner of the National Book Award for The Good Lord Bird
- Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land
- Lee Smith, North Carolina’s own winner of the O. Henry Award and the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- R. L. Stine, the “Stephen King” of children’s fiction
- A host of activities for children provided by NC State’s College of Education
- Bookmaking and comics workshops that will have you learning to bind your own book or creating your own biopic comic in less than an hour
A full listing can be found on the NC Literary Festival website.
As it has since 1998, the NC Literary Festival will provide the area’s premier event at which audiences can hear, see, and interact with their favorite writers and artists. In addition to programs on fiction, non-fiction, young adult literature, poetry, and drama, the Festival will allow readers to experience and learn more about how transformative art forms such as graphic novels, comic books, and video games are shaping our literary experiences—and how new technologies such as e-readers and online publishing are changing how we encounter new ways to enjoy storytelling.
The majority of the NC Literary Festival will be held in NC State’s new James B. Hunt Jr. Library. As the “face of NC State in the 21st century,” this new space has generated international attention for its iconic architecture, its transformative technologies, and its simulation and large-scale visualization spaces that encourage and enable new forms of storytelling. The Hunt Library will serve as the festival’s thematic centerpiece, inspiring conversations about the future of reading and reading-based technologies.
Food trucks, easy parking, tents with activities for children and their parents, and a wide choice of favorite writers will provide a stimulating and fun gathering for all of us who value the future of reading.
The NC Literary Festival is hosted on a rotating basis by the academic libraries at NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event is free and open to the public.
Laureate sponsors for the 2014 festival include PNC, Our State magazine, the Poe Endowment for Southern Americana, the Friends of the Library of North Carolina State University, and the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources that has administered grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act.
The “Best Value Schools” website has honored the Hunt Library by ranking it as 14th in its listing of the world’s 50 most beautiful libraries:
Oslo-based architectural firm Snohetta made its mark in Raleigh in early 2013 with the opening of North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The designers teamed up with local architects Pearce Brinkley Cease & Lee (now merged with Clark Nexsen) to develop the glimmering wonder, which is arguably as eco-minded as it is attractive. Thirty-one percent of the materials used in the library’s construction are recycled in origin, lighting is natural or solar energy based, and the majority of the timber was taken from sustainable forests. Both the facility’s green features and design have wowed industry insiders, and the striking structure was honored with an American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Library Building Award in 2013.
“In memory of Jonathan Worth Daniels”
“I was a terrible strain on the library—I did much more reading outside of class than inside.” So claimed Jonathan Worth Daniels (1902-1981) in an oral history recorded at the University of North Carolina in 1977.
If the statement is a true one—hardly a given to anyone acquainted with Mr. Daniels’ usual wit—it certainly would not be the first time that the treasures in a good university library set a bright person on a great path. White House press secretary to Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, long-time editor and publisher of The News & Observer, and author of twenty-one novels and books of history and cultural criticism, Jonathan Daniels left a strong legacy of tough-minded, progressive work that any library would be proud to claim.
The Josephus Daniels Charitable Foundation has made that legacy part of the Hunt Library by naming one of the four robots in the bookBot in memory of Jonathan Daniels, who served as president of the Friends of the Library in 1967-68.
Frank Daniels, Jr.—Jonathan Daniels’ nephew, 2012 North Carolinian of the Year, and himself a long-time N&O editor and force in the economic and cultural life of North Carolina—explained the thinking of the Foundation as they chose to honor his uncle:
Our principal thrust is in education, and we primarily give in eastern North Carolina and the Triangle. I knew we wanted to give to the Hunt Library; my uncle Jonathan was always involved with the libraries at NC State. And I was fascinated by the bookBot. It’s just the sort of innovative technology that should be strongly associated with our engineering school.
Citing the boon a great university is to the economy of a community, especially if the school is located in a state capital, Daniels sees the Hunt Library as an especially effective way to raise the profile of the College of Engineering: “we need to do what needs to be done to accomplish that.”
Asked what his uncle’s response to the library might have been if he had been around for the Hunt Library opening, Frank Daniels, Jr. concluded: “Well, his first reaction to this grand building would have been to make a smart aleck comment to bring folks down to earth. But then he would have had something to say about how the building uplifts Centennial Campus and provides a center for it, how it is almost like the sun with its planets and satellites surrounding it—a point of inspiration.”
Jonathan Worth Daniels was named in honor of his grandfather, Jonathan Worth, North Carolina governor from 1865-1868. His father, Josephus Daniels, was editor and publisher of the N&O, which he acquired in 1894, as well as Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of the Navy during World War I and United States Ambassador to Mexico during the Roosevelt administration.
In addition to editing the N&O, serving in a number of positions during the New Deal era, and gaining a national reputation as writer and historian, Jonathan Worth Daniels wrote for Fortune magazine, published a weekly column in The Nation, won a Guggenheim Fellowship, and served on the United Nations Subcommission for the Prevention of Discrimination and the Protection of Minorities.