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Head of the Special Collections Research Center Appointed

NCSU Libraries News - Wed, 2011-09-07 13:12

The NCSU Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of M.J. Eleanor Brown as Head of the Special Collections Research Center, effective November 1, 2011. Brown will assume leadership of a special collections program that supports research, teaching, and learning with rich primary resources, comprising the archives of NC State, significant manuscript collections, and rare and unique books, photographs, architectural drawings, and digital resources.

Brown brings an outstanding and diverse background in special collections, along with a strong commitment to expanding access to primary resources in the curriculum. She is currently the Assistant Director for Programs and Services in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, as well as Curator of Digital and Media Collections at Cornell University Library. In these roles, she oversees archival processing, access to and preservation of electronic and born digital records, public services, and permission services. She manages and coordinates grant proposals, and has served as coordinator/curator for exhibitions, including “Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity: A Centennial Celebration,” and “Get Out the Vote: Presidential Elections.” She has been working extensively to facilitate access to the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, a groundbreaking collection emphasizing digital interfaces and artistic experimentation. She served as a member of the Data Executive Committee and co-authored the report, Digital Research Data Curation: Overview of Issues, Current Activities and Opportunities for Cornell University Library.

At Cornell, Brown previously served as Head of Program and Project Management, and as Technical and Digital Services Archivist. Earlier, she held a series of positions at the National Archives of Canada including Photo Archivist, Project Officer, and Project Coordinator for the Canadian Memory Digital Access Projects.  Her professional activities include service on three Research Library Group (RLG) working groups and presentations at various conferences including “The Life Cycle of Archival Information,” at the Digital Library Federation Fall Forum, and “Web Design for Digital Collections,” at the Mid-Atlantic Region Archives Conference. She has published several articles in The Archivist – Magazine of the National Archives of Canada, including “The World’s First Daguerreotype Images- Canadian Travel Photographer, Pierre Gustave Gaspard Joly de Lotbinère,” and “Roloff Beny: The Pleasure of Photography.” Brown is the recipient of the Government of Canada Individual Merit Award (1999). She holds the Master of Arts from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

D. H. Hill Lights Up to Honor Dr. Fred Gould

NCSU Libraries News - Thu, 2011-09-01 12:25

Through Monday of next week the D. H. Hill Library will be lit in Wolfpack red to honor NC State’s latest member of the National Academy of Sciences.

The library’s Conservatory and light sculpture will shine out over the Brickyard and surrounding green areas and light up the Libraries’ most beautiful spot to celebrate Dr. Fred Gould’s recent election to one of the world’s most important and prestigious scientific societies. Dr. Gould, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology at NC State, is now the ninth current NC State faculty member to be elected Academy, an honor that brings distinction to the University.

“The NCSU Libraries is a great center of learning and scholarship on campus, both for our students and our faculty,” says Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of libraries. “We thought that lighting up D. H. Hill’s most beautiful spot would show just how much we admire the great light that Dr. Gould’s work has shone on NC State. It’s our way of celebrating his success and thanking him and all those who have worked with him for the distinguished recognition they have brought to the University, a recognition that reflects well on us all.”

The National Academy of Sciences is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Academy membership is composed of approximately 2,100 members and 420 foreign associates.

Library Course Tools

NRL News - Thu, 2011-08-04 12:55

Library Course Tools web pages are sets of library recommendations built around courses and curricula. There’s a Library Course Tools page for every course at NC State.

Library Course Tools pages include:

  • E-Reserves for your course
  • Article databases
  • Recommend resources
  • IM a Librarian for help
  • Citation Tools, including the Citation Builder
  • and more…

Library Course Tools pages can be customized. Please contact us if you’d like to tailor a Library Course Tools page to a specific assignment or other course needs.

You can incorporate Library Course Tools into your online course materials in two ways:

  • Moodle – a Library Course Tools “block” is available in Moodle.
  • Course Websites – you can insert a link to the Library Course Tools page for your course right into your course website.

Visit the our website for more information or to access Library Course Tools.

Please contact us if you’d like to customize your pages or have questions about this service.

Creating Article Alerts Using Library Databases

NRL News - Wed, 2011-06-29 15:34

Many library databases will alert you when new records matching your search criteria (e.g., journal title or keywords) are added to the database.

  • Click on the “alert” or “RSS” links on the database results pages. You may need to save your search or view your search history in order to access these features.
  • You will be asked to create a free account with the database provider.

These short video tutorials show you how to set up alerts in specific databases:

Creating Search and Journal Alerts in EBSCOhost Databases (3:52)
Saving Search Histories and Creating Alerts Using Web of Science (5:45)
Create a Keep Me Posted Profile in SciFinder Scholar (4:00)

Contact us for assistance setting up alerts.

Library Workshop: Using Zotero to Store, Manage and Output Your References

NRL News - Tue, 2011-06-14 12:11

Zotero is a browser-based citation management tool that enables users to store, manage, and output (in a variety of styles) bibliographic references from various sources. After completing this course, participants will understand how to use Zotero to effectively organize and manage citations while conducting research, incorporate references into word processing documents, create independent bibliographies in a variety of styles, and collect references from a variety of sources, including databases and websites.

Thursday afternoon, 6/16, 1:30-3pm
D.H. Hill Library, ITTC Lab 1A
Instructor: Josh Wilson

Registration:
http://delta.ncsu.edu/apps/fdms/workshopRegistration/workshopOffering.php?id=3231

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