More importantly, the Virtual Paul’s Cross installation in the Teaching and Visualization Lab at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library is a prime example of how innovative scholarship can use simulation, display, and audio technologies to invigorate teaching and research as the digital humanities come of age.
Launched on November 5, the Virtual Paul’s Cross project allows us to step into a virtual recreation of the church yard of St Paul’s Cathedral in 1622 as John Donne delivered his famous Gunpowder Plot sermon.
The project is the work of Professor John Wall from the English Department, Professor David Hill of the College of Design, John Schofield, the cathedral archeologist at St. Paul’s, and more than fifty other researchers, artists, and technicians, many of them here at NC State. Combining the talents of experts in literature, history, design, simulation engines, acoustics, linguistics, and architecture, Virtual Paul’s Cross not only allows us to step back into the past— it presents a great model of the cross-disciplinary work that is becoming a hallmark of research at NC State University.
To ensure that the university community has a chance to enjoy, learn from, and be inspired by the project, Professor Wall will provide demonstrations in the Hunt Library Teaching and Visualization Lab at the following times:
- Monday November 25, 9-10 a.m.
- Tuesday November 26, 4-5 p.m.
- Wednesday December 4, 9-10 a.m.
- Wednesday December 11, 9-10 a.m.
During the last few weeks, students enrolled in GD 203, History of Graphic Design, have been visiting the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) to study items from the rare book collections. The SCRC continues to work with more and more faculty members who seek to make use of the collections for their classes.
For Professor Deborah Littlejohn’s Graphic Design course, students have been asked to select an item from a pre-selected list and reflect on some questions which are subjective in nature:
- What is my first visual impression of the artifact?
- What is the physical nature of the artifact? Size, weight, binding, paper, etc.
- How do I sense the artifact?
- What about the physical nature of the artifact interests me?
- What is interesting about the design of this artifact? Typography, images, cover, layout, etc.
The students are then considering more objective questions:
- Why is this artifact in the collection? Why is it important enough to collect?
- What is this artifact valued for? (may be more than one thing) subject matter, author, design, age, writing, illustrations, printing, previous owners, where produced
- Is this artifact mentioned in books about the history of books and printing?
- How does this artifact fit in with history? Printing history, art/design history, history of a discipline, etc.
- Is this artifact an example of something special? A beginning, an end, etc.?
- Is this artifact part of the development of something?
- If there are important individuals involved in the making of this artifact – who are they?
- Is this artifact connected with any other artifact in the collection? In a series, by the same author? by the same designer? about the same subject? etc. Does this add to its importance?
The end result will be a paper that incorporates their findings. Some of the items that the students are examining that have proven to be especially popular include:
The Art of Illumination and Missal Painting by Henry Noel Humphreys. The author created this book as a manual for students to learn the technique of illumination. It contains splendid examples of high-quality chromolithographs, some of which were printed in fourteen different colors. It is an excellent example of Victorian binding using white leather and gold lining. http://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/record/NCSU1086276
Peter Piper’s Practical Principles of Plain & Perfect Pronunciation by Paul A. Bennett. This book includes the work of forty-one designers, foremost among whom is Bruce Rogers, one of the most influential book designers of the early-twentieth century. The artists, designers, and printers were each given the task to produce one page in the volume independent of seeing the work of the other designers. The results of the project reveal great diversity of design. Rogers designed the title page and the ampersand page, which he printed on sandpaper. The binding, designed by W. A. Dwiggins, uses typography to illustrate the figure of Peter Piper. http://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/record/NCSU347837
The birth, life and acts of King Arthur, of his noble Knights of the Round Table by Sir Thomas Malory (with designs by Aubrey Beardsley). This book, from 1909, includes illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley. Beardsley (1872-1898) was a leading English illustrator of the 1890s associated with the artistic movement known as Aestheticism. He was commissioned to design the book in 1893. Beardsley died several years later of tuberculosis; he was only 26. http://catalog.lib.ncsu.edu/record/NCSU399938
To learn more about Special Collections, go to: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/specialcollections/
Mazzaferro, Elisa M., author. Cat sense : how the new feline science can make you a better friend to your pet
Bradshaw, John, 1950- What the dog knows : the science and wonder of working dogs
Warren, Cat. Nosework [videorecording] : search games New treatments in noninfectious uveitis Contacts [videorecording] : bridging the gap between training and competition
Sanders, Rachel. Immunology for medical students
Did you miss the Ruminant Health Resources Workshop at the NC Veterinary Conference?
The combined handout for the two sessions is available online as a PDF file. If you have questions or would like a customized library workshop for your subject area, please contact us online or call us at 919-513-6218.
Printing of this handout for the North Carolina Veterinary Conference was funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.
For more publications by NC State authors, visit the NCSU Libraries Digital Repository.
The Veterinary Medicine Library has the following Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:
- November 28 (Thursday): CLOSED Enjoy the holiday!
- November 29-30 (Friday – Saturday): 1:00pm – 5:00pm
- December 1 (Sunday): 11:00am – 10:00pm (Regular Hours Resume)
See all NCSU Libraries Hours.
These are the Vet Med Library Pre-finals, Reading Day and Examination Hours. Good luck with your exams!
- November 17 (Sunday) : 11:00am –midnight (Pre-finals start)
- November 18 – 19 (Monday-Tuesday) : 6:00am – midnight
- November 20 (Wednesday) : 6:00am – midnight (Reading Day)
- November 21 – 22 (Thursday-Friday) 6:00am – midnight (Finals start)
- November 23 (Saturday) : 6:00am – 7:00pm
- November 24 (Sunday): 8:00am- midnight
- November 25-26 (Monday – Tuesday) : 6:00am – midnight
- November 27 (Wednesday) : 6:00am – 6:00pm
During the period November 20-24, we will be doing the walk-through each hour counting the use of library spaces to see if the seating is adequate for high-demand study times. Come to the VML for studying comforts–-earplugs, snacks, and tissues; you can borrow headphones, blankets, or Snuggies. Have suggestions for how we can improve your library study environment? Please let us know!
Longer hours are available at the D.H. Hill Library and James B. Hunt Library. See all NCSU Libraries Hours.
The Libraries want to make sure our spaces and technology meet your needs. Twice a semester library staff walk around each hour to count where people are sitting and whether desktop or laptop computers are being used. We use an iPad application developed here at NCSU (see below). The data helps us work with the Vet Med Library Committee and CVM to decide on placement of desktop machines and furniture.
DVM finals week is our heaviest usage time. During this week, we will take these hourly counts from November 20 – November 24 to compare this use with our regular usage which is being taken from November 6-10. We try very hard not to disturb you when taking these counts, but we understand that you notice when we are looking at you and entering the counts. Please be assured that it is just a headcount and no other identifying information is recorded.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us (919-513-6218 ; email@example.com) or stop by the desk and let us know. Thank you for your patience.
Kris Alpi, Director, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine
Almost everyone who enters the Hunt Library immediately loves the chairs. Now NC State Institute for Advanced Analytics grad students Peter Baumgartner and Jake Frost, as well as Erica Shirts Frost, have created the Chairs of Hunt Library blog to explore their stories.
Where else are you going to learn that the Lyra stool appears in The Big Lebowski or that the Sayl chair takes its name “from the resemblance of a ship’s mainsail when you look at the chair from the side”?
Updates every Wednesday!
According to The News and Observer, the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project in the Hunt Library’s Teaching and Visualization Lab has “created a new approach to scholarly research that employs a host of disciplines and technologies.”
The project provides students, scholars, and the public with a 270-degree virtual experience of this central place in the religious, literary, political, and social life of 17th century London.
“We wanted to create new research tools – new tools for considering events of the past, new tools for, in effect, bringing words off the page – and for reintroducing ideas like performance and hearing instead of reading,” concluded Professor John Wall.
Two recently inventoried collections with newly published finding aids are the records for North Carolina State University: A Narrative History and North Carolina State University: A Pictorial History.
Both books were commissioned by the Alumni Association to correspond with the University’s centennial anniversary in 1987 and reflect the transitions it had made from the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts to the modern North Carolina State University. Both books give a unique perspective into the history of the University. A Narrative History is written by historian Alice Elizabeth Reagan, and A Pictorial History is written by NCSU Department of History professors Murray Scott Down and Burton F. Beers.
For more information on this collection or to view the materials, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.
Canfield, Paul, author. Atlas of canine arthrology
Laborda González, María Jesús, author. Susan Garrett’s crate games for self-control and motivation [videorecording]
Take a look at the CVM author publications for October 2013 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 919-513-6218.
The Veterinary Medicine Library has began processing Fall Selectives reserve reading requests. CVM Faculty needing to put materials on reserve may submit a reading list (or email it as an attachment to email@example.com) by Friday, November 15th. In addition to your name and course name/number, provide complete citations (title, author, and full call number) for titles desired.
Faculty or their designees may also manage course reading lists through the Libraries’ reserve management system. Visit the reserves management system at https://reserves.lib.ncsu.edu/ where you can make your requests.
For additional information on VML Reserves services and quick access to the system, go to http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/vetmed/services/reserves. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Jackie Gadison at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 513-6218.
American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Conference (2012 : Oakland, Calif.)
Drawing comparisons to the work of Thomas Jefferson and Stanford White at UVA, Inform: Architecture + Design in the Mid-Atlantic cites the Hunt Library “as a symbol of how long-held plans can be turned into lasting inspiration.”