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The Design Library Image Database/ Image Discovery Week

Design Library News - Mon, 2014-09-22 12:49

For Image Discovery Week, todays featured resource is the Design Library Image Collection. It is an evolving and rapidly growing collection of images accessible through LUNA, a web-based digital library. The collection contains more than 70,000 digital images covering art, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design and graphic design, including plans, sections, and other drawings. Records for the Design Library’s 80,000 35mm slides, can also be searched via LUNA. Library staff will digitize slides from the collection and make the images accessible through LUNA upon request. With LUNA, patrons can export high-resolution images, create media groups, and even share images and media groups using persistent URLs.

The most recent additions to the Design Library Image Collection include images, plans, sections, drawing, etc. of the following:

Portable Architecture – including Jennifer Siegal, Renzo Piano, LOT-EK, Tado Ando, Shigeru Ban, and

many others.

Contemporary Landscape Architecture – including Maya Lin, Landworks Studio, Laurie Olin, and more.

Works by Michael Van Valkenburgh, SWA Group, Turenscape, Sasaki Associates, EDAW, Shigeru Ban, and Harwell Hamilton Harris. Also, images on the topics of Post-Katrina New Orleans and Ideal Cities/Utopias.

Please remember that you must login with your Unity ID to see the high resolution images.
Check our blog each day this week to learn more about exciting and value image resources!

Image Discovery Week

NCSU Libraries News - Fri, 2014-09-19 12:16

September 22nd-26th, the Design Library and the Special Collections Research Center will host Image Discovery Week to highlight all of the image collections available through the library. Follow our blog blitz each day to learn about a wide variety of image-related resources.

NCSU Libraries developing toolkit to make it easier to collect and preserve social media

NCSU Libraries News - Tue, 2014-09-09 14:33

The NCSU Libraries has been awarded a grant to tackle a significant emerging opportunity for academic libraries and the historians, social scientists, and other researchers that they support:  how best to capture and save the increasingly critical but ephemeral social media conversations that now regularly document our lives and times.

The EZ Innovation Grant from the State Library of North Carolina will enable librarians Jason Casden and Brian Dietz to lead a team to develop a freely available web toolkit to help guide institutions that preserve our cultural heritage by collecting and curating the primary documents that are the raw materials of history. Increasingly these materials are created and shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms.  But since few institutions are systematically saving these conversations, much of our current history’s raw material is quickly and irrevocably disappearing as quickly as it is produced.  And while tools to save these materials are becoming more sophisticated and less expensive, very little has been done to help libraries and others deploy them in thoughtful, effective ways.

The NCSU Libraries has previously taken a lead role in this area with its award-winning Lentil platform, an open-source tool that harvests and makes it easy to present collections of social media images from the Instagram platform.  The new grant would build on this work by exploring methods and best practices for integrating social media into existing ways that libraries collect primary materials.  The team will start by investigating social media associated with campus events, spaces, student groups, and campus units at NC State—and will develop software, procedures, and documentation to cost-effectively implement social media archiving at the NCSU Libraries.

This work will then allow the team to develop a web toolkit to help other institutions:

●      Collect official communication of various organizational groups

●      Collect unofficial, crowdsourced communication from communities of interest

●      Develop techniques for enriching collections at a minimal cost by taking advantage of harvesting interfaces provided by social media platforms

The toolkit will also include materials to help other cultural heritage institutions design and document criteria for what they collect and strategies to begin collecting social media. These materials will include a scan of work being done in the area, a risk assessment for potential legal concerns, and a discussion of the impact of social media on archival research.

The social media toolkit is planned for release in Summer 2015.

Jason Casden is the Lead Librarian for the Digital Services Development group at the NCSU Libraries, where he helps to develop and implement scalable digital library applications. Casden was named a Library Journal “Mover & Shaker” in 2011, a designation for young leaders who show promise for fundamentally changing how we gather and share information.

Brian Dietz is the Digital Program Librarian for Special Collections at NCSU Libraries. Dietz has served as principal investigator on several LSTA-funded projects. He recently moderated “Getting Things Done with Born Digital,” a session at the Society of American Archivists’ 2014 annual conference.

The EZ Innovation grants are made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Hunt Library wins AIA award as exemplary education project

NCSU Libraries News - Mon, 2014-09-08 14:46

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded the Hunt Library a 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award for furthering NC State’s “mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

Hunt Library wins AIA award as exemplary education project

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded the Hunt Library a 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award for furthering NC State’s “mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

Multimedia Research Contest

Design Library News - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:39

What is it?

Students at NC State are experimenting with new and interesting methods of conducting and presenting research through visualization and digital media.  The 1st Annual Multimedia Research Contest seeks to recognize and promote this innovation by offering prizes for student projects using animations, web sites, digital maps, 3D visualizations, video games, or other creative formats.  Here’s your chance to develop your skills, and try to win some cash in the process!

Completed projects are due February 1, 2015, and should include a bibliography, 50-100 word abstract, and a 200-300 word overview of the research process.

Who is eligible?

Any NC State undergraduate or master’s student is eligible to enter. Students may enter either individually or in groups. Groups may have both undergraduates and graduates within the same group. Students from all departments in the university are encouraged to enter.

Prizes

Select projects will be publicly showcased within the NCSU Libraries.

Through a generous grant from Gale Cengage Learning, the Libraries will offer:

  • Total prizes of $1500, including a grand prize of at least $1000.
  • A catered awards reception in Spring 2015.

For more information see: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/multimediacontest

Free Workshops for Makers and Creators at the Libraries

Design Library News - Wed, 2014-09-03 13:03

Do you want to build a robot that interacts with Twitter, a banana piano, or your own wearable electronics project? Are you interested in learning about 3D Printing but aren’t sure where to start? The Libraries are offering several exciting Makerspace workshops this semester that will provide an awesome introduction to a variety of innovative technologies. All workshops are free for all NCSU students, faculty, and staff, and no prior experience is required to participate!

Register here for workshops: Getting Started with 3D Printing – Friday Aug. 29, 2-3:30pm, Hunt Introduction to Arduino & MaKey MaKey – Thursday Sept. 4, 6-7:30pm, Hill Getting Started with 3D Design – Friday Sept. 12, 2-3:30pm, Hill Getting Started with 3D Printing – Tuesday Sept. 30, 6-7:30pm, Hill Introduction to Arduino & MaKey MaKey – Friday, Oct. 3, 2-3:30pm, Hunt Getting Started with 3D Design – Thursday Oct. 9, 6-7:30pm, Hunt Introduction to Arduino & MaKey MaKey – Tuesday Oct. 21, 6-7:30pm, Hunt Spooky Sounds with Arduino – Tuesday Oct. 28, 6-7:30pm, Hill
A full calendar of workshops is also available at go.ncsu.edu/makerworkshops

Architecture and Design Collection – Dean Marvin J. Malecha’s Papers

Design Library News - Tue, 2014-09-02 08:20

Post contributed by Sarah Breen, Library Associate.

Cal Poly Amphitheater Concept Sketch

Marvin J. Malecha, dean of North Carolina State University’s College of Design and professor of architecture, has contributed to the profession through wide-ranging endeavors as a practicing architect, educator, administrator, researcher, and member and leader of professional organizations. In 2011, Dean Malecha shared a sample of sketches with the public through an exhibition held by NCSU Libraries. Prior to joining the University as dean of the College of Design, Malecha was dean of the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he was active in teaching and research.

North Carolina State University Mace

The Special Collections Research Center in NCSU Libraries holds a collection of Malecha’s papers containing drawings, concept sketches, prototypes, correspondence, speeches, articles and papers, publications, personal notes, meeting minutes and conference notes, presentation materials and photographic materials related to his work over the last five decades. Malecha has contributed more than just leadership to the university–he has also designed images for various departments, the University Mace, and has led the design effort for the Chancellor’s Residence on NCSU’s Centennial Campus.

Angels in the Architecture

To read more about the Marvin J. Malecha Papers, take a look at the guide to the collection found here.

Vet Med Library Reduced Hours Aug. 31- Sept. 1 (Sun/Mon) for the Labor Day Holiday

VetMed News - Mon, 2014-08-25 08:30

The Veterinary Medicine Library has the following Labor Day Holiday Hours:

  • August 29 (Friday): 7am -6pm – Regular Hours
  • August 30 (Saturday): 11am – 7pm – Regular Hours
  • August 31 (Sunday): 1pm – 5pm
  • September 1 (Monday): 1pm – 8pm
  • September 2 (Tuesday): 7am – 11pm  - Regular Hours Resume

See https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/hours/hill/general for all NCSU Libraries Hours.

Hunt Library listed as one of the world’s most spectacular

NCSU Libraries News - Thu, 2014-08-21 16:28

Echoing Oliver Wendell Holmes’ declaration that the Boston Public Library is “a palace for the people,” The San Francisco Chronicle has listed the Hunt Library among “the most spectacular libraries in the world.”

Hunt Library listed as one of the world’s most spectacular

Echoing Oliver Wendell Holmes’ declaration that the Boston Public Library is “a palace for the people,” The San Francisco Chronicle has listed the Hunt Library among “the most spectacular libraries in the world.”

NCSU Libraries offering grants to help faculty develop free or low-cost open textbook alternatives

NCSU Libraries News - Thu, 2014-08-21 16:02

(Raleigh, N.C.)—In the latest of several initiatives designed to help students reduce the expense of textbooks as part of their university educations and make it easier for faculty to explore and create new resources for their teaching, the NCSU Libraries is inviting North Carolina State University faculty to apply for grants to adopt, adapt, or create free or low-cost open alternatives to today’s expensive textbooks.

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.

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.

Grants are available to develop textbook alternatives for the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 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 are available to collaborate and to share expertise in copyright, licensing, open access, course management software and tools, electronic reserves, subject-matter content, and multimedia resources.

“Academic libraries have always been a powerful way to reduce the financial burden of a university education by pooling key resources for everyone to use,” reminds Susan K. Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of the NCSU Libraries. “The Alt-Textbook grants offer an innovative way to leverage that advantage in the digital age while at the same time giving our faculty a powerful tool to tailor their course materials to the exact needs of their students.”

The NCSU Libraries will hold several information sessions about the project in September.  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.

The Alt-Textbook initiative builds on a successful partnership with the university’s Physics Department that resulted in a free physics e-textbook that is now used by 1,300 NC State students each year.

Other NCSU Libraries initiatives to reduce costs for students include providing at least one copy of every required course book on reserve each semester, supplying online reserves to electronically disseminate materials within the bounds of copyright law, and Library Course Tools, an innovative use of the Libraries’ website to present custom, course-related library content for every course at the university.

Alt-Textbook is supported by a grant from the NC State University Foundation.

WRAL: “Hunt Library hailed as a modern marvel”

NCSU Libraries News - Mon, 2014-08-18 14:20

WRAL explores how the extensive press coverage about the Hunt Library has raised the profile of N.C. State, North Carolina, and the Raleigh community in global discussions about innovative research and education.

WRAL: “Hunt Library hailed as a modern marvel”

WRAL explores how the extensive press coverage about the Hunt Library has raised the profile of N.C. State, North Carolina, and the Raleigh community in global discussions about innovative research and education.

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