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The Founding of the Farm at Black Mountain College

NRL News - Thu, 2015-06-18 09:33

Students working on the Black Mountain College farm

The farm at Black Mountain College was a remarkable achievement. Student-initiated and largely student-led, the farm was conceived in fall 1933, debated throughout winter, and launched in spring 1934. Building on his well-received program at the Hunt Library last summer, David Silver, visiting scholar at the NCSU Libraries, is back to discuss the origins of the farm at Black Mountain College and share his recent research that dispels some often-held misconceptions about both the farm and the College itself.

Using the Hunt Library’s high resolution visualization spaces as well as materials from the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center, Silver will bring never-before-seen photographs and his electric presentation style to this interactive discussion of the genesis of the most significant art college in America’s history. Silver is an associate professor of media studies, environmental studies, and urban agriculture at the University of San Francisco.

There will be two presentations on Tuesday June 30, 2015: one at 10:30am and one at 7pm. Both presentations begin on the Commons Wall stairs between levels 3 and 4. Following the program, attendees are invited to join Professor Silver for refreshments and discussion in the Hunt Library’s Collaboration Hub (Level 5).

Free and open to the public. Presented by the NCSU Libraries. For more information contact Mike Nutt at mrnutt@ncsu.edu. For information about directions and parking, visit lib.ncsu.edu/parking.

The Founding of the Farm at Black Mountain College

Students working on the Black Mountain College farm

The farm at Black Mountain College was a remarkable achievement. Student-initiated and largely student-led, the farm was conceived in fall 1933, debated throughout winter, and launched in spring 1934. Building on his well-received program at the Hunt Library last summer, David Silver, visiting scholar at the NCSU Libraries, is back to discuss the origins of the farm at Black Mountain College and share his recent research that dispels some often-held misconceptions about both the farm and the College itself.

Using the Hunt Library’s high resolution visualization spaces as well as materials from the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center, Silver will bring never-before-seen photographs and his electric presentation style to this interactive discussion of the genesis of the most significant art college in America’s history. Silver is an associate professor of media studies, environmental studies, and urban agriculture at the University of San Francisco.

There will be two presentations on Tuesday June 30, 2015: one at 10:30am and one at 7pm. Both presentations begin in the Teaching and Visualization Lab on Level 4. Following the program, attendees are invited to join Professor Silver for refreshments and discussion in the Hunt Library’s Collaboration Hub (Level 5).

Free and open to the public. Presented by the NCSU Libraries. For more information contact Mike Nutt at mrnutt@ncsu.edu. For information about directions and parking, visit lib.ncsu.edu/parking.

NCSU Libraries Launches New Makerspace

NRL News - Tue, 2015-06-16 10:47

As part of President Obama’s National Week of Making, the NCSU Libraries is opening their
Makerspace in D. H. Hill Library on Tuesday,
June 16.

The Makerspace will offer a hands-on, do-it-yourself space where users are encouraged to experiment and learn new hardware and software skills. It will be equipped with 3D printers, a laser cutter, electronics prototyping tools, sewing machines, and general tools for making, and will be accessible to all NC State students, faculty, and staff.

While typically available for open use, faculty integrating maker tools into their curriculum will
be able to reserve the Makerspace for classes, and the Libraries will use the space to hold
workshops featuring particular tools and techniques.

The Libraries hopes the D. H. Hill Makerspace will serve as a hub for making on campus—a place to expose the NC State community to making and its corresponding emerging literacies. To compliment their expertise with maker tools and techniques, the NCSU Libraries staff has expertise in disciplinary research, industry and market research, patent searching and filing, digital product development, data management, all of which can enrich a maker’s approach. The Libraries is committed to bringing critical thinking to the maker experience and technology literacy.

With the D. H. Hill Makerspace, the Libraries
have added yet another innovative learning space and equipped it with an extensive set of maker
technologies: MakerBot and LulzBot 3D
printers; Arduino, Galileo, and Raspberry Pi
electronics prototyping platforms; Bernina
sewing machines; an Epilog laser cutter, and
an electronics workstation with Hakko
soldering iron. The space also offers a
“tinkering table” for drop-in users, featuring
hands-on making tools like LittleBits,
3Doodlers, LEGOS, and MaKey MaKeys.
These interactive experiences will help stir
users’ creative thinking and get them making
on their first visit.

NCSU Libraries Launches New Makerspace

Design Library News - Tue, 2015-06-16 10:47

As part of President Obama’s National Week of Making, the NCSU Libraries is opening their Makerspace in D. H. Hill Library on Tuesday, June 16.

The Makerspace will offer a hands-on, do-it-yourself space where users are encouraged to experiment and learn new hardware and software skills. It will be equipped with 3D printers, a laser cutter, electronics prototyping tools, sewing machines, and general tools for making, and will be accessible to all NC State students, faculty, and staff.

While typically available for open use, faculty integrating maker tools into their curriculum will be able to reserve the Makerspace for classes, and the Libraries will use the space to hold workshops featuring particular tools and techniques.

The Libraries hopes the D. H. Hill Makerspace will serve as a hub for making on campus—a place to expose the NC State community to making and its corresponding emerging literacies. To compliment their expertise with maker tools and techniques, the NCSU Libraries staff has expertise in disciplinary research, industry and market research, patent searching and filing, digital product development, data management, all of which can enrich a maker’s approach. The Libraries is committed to bringing critical thinking to the maker experience and technology literacy.

With the D. H. Hill Makerspace, the Libraries have added yet another innovative learning space and equipped it with an extensive set of maker technologies: MakerBot and LulzBot 3D printers; Arduino, Galileo, and Raspberry Pi electronics prototyping platforms; Bernina sewing machines; an Epilog laser cutter, and an electronics workstation with Hakko soldering iron. The space also offers a “tinkering table” for drop-in users, featuring hands-on making tools like LittleBits, 3Doodlers, LEGOS, and MaKey MaKeys. These interactive experiences will help stir users’ creative thinking and get them making on their first visit.

New Materials June 15

VetMed News - Mon, 2015-06-15 15:20

NCSU Libraries Goes to Washington for First Capitol Maker Faire

NRL News - Thu, 2015-06-11 10:59

NCSU Libraries’ own Adam Rogers and Dan Hawkins are traveling to Washington, D.C. today to participate in the first Capitol Hill Maker Faire, which is being held at the Rayburn House Office Building. The Faire is open to the public, members of Congress, and congressional staff. Rogers and Hawkins are scheduled to meet with Congressman David Price of North Carolina later today.

The Capitol Hill Maker Faire kicks off a nationwide celebration of making, and is being held in conjunction with the much larger National Maker Faire at the University of DC, on June 12–13. It will be followed by the White House National Week of Making, June 12–18. As part of the National Week of Making, NCSU Libraries will be opening their own Makerspace in D.H. Hill Library on Tuesday, June 16.

Hosted by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in collaboration with the Congressional Maker Caucus, Maker Media, and Nation of Makers, the faire will explore the new movement driven by hobbyists, tinkerers, crafters, and innovators that is breathing new life and innovation into American manufacturing. The movement is also changing the face of informal learning at community institutions with learning that is inherently experimental, inventive, creative, and project-based.

The Capitol Hill Maker Faire is free and open to the public. It runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will feature approximately 30 exhibitors with hands-on displays, such as robots, crafts, 3D printers, and other new manufacturing tools. The faire will be preceded by a series of panel discussions, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with leaders of the Maker movement discussing its impact on the economy, education, and community development.

For details, go to www.imls.gov/maker.

Life’s Little Dramas: Puppets, Proxies, and Spirits

NRL News - Tue, 2015-06-09 11:01

Life’s Little Dramas presents objects that were purpose-built to be used as puppets and only hints at a phenomenon that is as vast and varied as humanity itself. Puppetry has emerged in every inhabited part of the globe as one in the repertoire of activities that have made us human since the dawn of time. —Roger Manley, Director & Chief Curator of the Gregg Museum of Art & Design

The NCSU Libraries is pleased to host Life’s Little Dramas: Puppets, Proxies, and Spirits, an exhibit conceived and curated by NC State’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design. Culled from a recent gift from John C. Henry, along with key works on loan, the exhibit hosts a complete Edwardian-era ”Punch and Judy” troupe, Indonesian wayang kulit shadow puppets, and marionettes from India, Shri Lanka, the Czech Republic, and the earliest days of broadcast television, including America’s first TV “star”—any guesses?

For more information visit the Gregg Museum’s web site http://www.ncsu.edu/gregg/exhibitions.html.

The gallery is open during normal library hours: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/hours/hill/general.

NCSU Libraries Receives LSTA Grant to Digitize Transformative Agricultural Extension Documents

NRL News - Fri, 2015-06-05 10:18

The NCSU Libraries has been awarded a $98,997 grant to support the digitization project “Better Living in North Carolina: Bringing Science and Technology to the People,” a collaboration with North Carolina A&T State University’s F. D. Bluford Library. The project serves students, faculty, researchers, and the general public by digitizing and making easily available online an important body of primary agricultural extension documents that reveal the scientific and technological transformation of North Carolina’s agricultural economy during the twentieth century and the ways this transformation improved the lives of its citizens.

The funds to support this work were awarded by the State Library of North Carolina and 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. These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities.

The materials digitized through “Better Living in North Carolina” document the advances of modern agricultural practices and their economic impact across the state. During the time period covered by the project, farming in North Carolina moved from subsistence levels to the production of global commodities–a shift driven in part by research and development done at NC State University. Throughout the twentieth century, as this shift occurred, Cooperative Extension programs–based at NC State and NCA&TSU–helped North Carolina farmers and agricultural businesses learn and apply new research in the agricultural and life sciences. Specific programs run by Cooperative Extension during this time have included 4-H, Family and Consumer Sciences (originally called Home Demonstration and Home Economics), various farm animal programs (such as poultry extension, swine extension, etc.), boll weevil eradication, soil conservation, rural electrification, plant disease clinics, rural development, and food and nutrition education. During the world wars, there was an emphasis on food production and preservation.

During the first year of the project, the NCSU Libraries will digitize up to 252,000 pages of Cooperative Extension annual reports from 1909 to 1983. North Carolina A&T State University F. D. Bluford Library will scan up to 5,000 pages of correspondence, pamphlets, andscrapbooks, as well as photographs, from collections of two prominent African American extension agents.

“Better Living in North Carolina” builds upon the success of other digital projects developed by the NCSU Libraries with the support of LSTA funds.  Most recently, the Libraries completed “Cultivating a Revolution: Science, Technology, and Change in North Carolina Agriculture, 1950-1979” http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/specialcollections/projects/cultivating-a-revolution.html). The project digitized 41,299 pages of archival documents, 2,741 photographs, and 161 videos and films. Previous agricultural digitization projects include the NCSU Libraries’ Green ‘N’ Growing (http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/specialcollections/greenngrowing/), which documents the history of 4-H and home demonstration in North Carolina from the 1900s to the 1970s.

The LSTA grant program administered by the State Library of North Carolina funds projects that help libraries deliver learning opportunities for a lifetime, support libraries in their mission to provide cost-effective access to the Internet and to information expertise, and make library resources more accessible to all users.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

The North Carolina State Library has posted a list of all LSTA grant awards for 2015-2016. For additional information about “Better Living in North Carolina,” contact Brian Dietz, Digital Program Librarian for Special Collections, at brian_dietz@ncsu.edu.

May 2015 Publications from CVM Authors

VetMed News - Mon, 2015-06-01 11:01

May 2015 Publications from CVM Authors
Take a look at the CVM author publications for May 2015 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 libraryvetmed@ncsu.edu or call us at 919-513-6218.

New Materials June 1

VetMed News - Mon, 2015-06-01 10:16
Dentistry in rabbits and rodents
Böhmer, Estella, author.

Apple Watch Wrap-up

NRL News - Fri, 2015-05-22 16:01

So, in the last few days with the watch, I discovered that the Passbook actually keeps your tickets! I found old basketball tickets from last season with the QR code on the watch. This would be super useful if you forgot your phone, because you don’t need wifi to open Passbook. Also, since you can screenshot the watch, you could just save a photo of the code.

Overall, having the watch for the last two weeks has been a really cool experience, and I would definitely recommend that you try it out. It’s super useful if you don’t usually keep your phone on your person but have it nearby, or even if you have your phone on you, especially since phones keep getting bigger and bigger. Oh! And the handoff feature is really cool too! That’s when you ask Siri something, and she can’t answer on the watch, you can just switch it to the phone. You do this by enabling the feature in the Apple Watch app on the phone. And OMG, you can save music to the watch! This is a little complicated, and I recommend watching the video online on the Apple Watch website to figure it out, and you need Bluetooth headphones. But basically, link the music through the app, and then switch the source of the music from the phone to the watch. You can switch the source through the settings app.

I had a lot of fun with the phone, and I suggest y’all try it out!! Bye guys!

The Apple Watch Saga Continues

NRL News - Tue, 2015-05-19 16:35


It was an absolutely crazy weekend. As soon as I got out of class on Friday, my watch dinged informing me I had a text–my older sister was here to pick me up, and we were going to my dad’s job’s picnic. When we arrived to what was a food truck rodeo with perks, I immediately got a cupcake, waffle, and had a henna tattoo done. We spent most of the time walking around and eating. We left the picnic after we watching the trapeze show, which was amazing!

The next morning we hopped in the car and went to Wilmington! It was my cousin’s birthday celebration/family get together, and we went to Historic Wilmington and the beach. There was a car show going on in Historic Wilmington, and there was this beautiful old Porsche there. I also got pictures of an owl and hawk–they just looked cool. When we finally got to the beach, we relaxed and used the watch to take pictures! My favorite part was driving home (parents in the other car) and banging out to the music the watch and iPhone 6 were playing.

Sunday was the last day of Sunday School, and I said good bye to my first graders:( and then went to a 2 year old’s birthday where there was this gorgeous arrangement of fruit.

After what was a exhausting weekend, I stayed up doing homework. The watch and phone keeping me company and playing music to keep me going until I finished and dropped into bed. I woke up the next morning with the watch buzzing, informing me I had overslep,t and if I didn’t get up right now, I was going to be late to class and miss my quiz. I rushed to get ready, woke my sister, stole my brother’s keys, got dropped off, and was one minute late to class, but she hadn’t passed the quiz out yet. MADE IT! Shout out to the watch for waking me up just in time. I spent the rest of today in class, doing tomorrow’s homework, and playing catch up after the weekend. I did take a small break after class and sat in front of the lib by the wolf ears and took pics of the sky. It was a beautiful day.

I discovered that you can take screenshots with the apple watch! You just have to press the digital crown and the messages button at the same time. I took a screenshot of the face, which is customizable by the way. I have mine set to a traditional clock face with shortcuts to apps in the corners.  I have the date in the top left, moon phase in the top right, timer in the bottom left, and temperature in the bottom right. I really like this feature, because if (and when) I get bored of the face, I can change it. I originally had a butterfly face that would become a different butterfly every time the watch woke up, but that face didn’t have as many shortcuts. I changed the face by firmly pressing on the screen of the watch and then waiting about 3 seconds until the other options showed up, and I scrolled through them.

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