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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.

Free Workshops for Makers and Creators at the Libraries

NCSU Libraries News - Fri, 2014-08-15 15:03

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

The new Ask Us center at the D. H. Hill Library

NCSU Libraries News - Thu, 2014-08-14 13:28

D. H. Hill Library has some changes! You’ll now find the Ask Us center at the top of the main staircase on the First Floor. Just look for the big red-and-white Ask Us sign!

Need to find data or information for your research project? Need help using iMovie? Need to check out a charger? Need to print a poster? Everything you need is in the main lobby on the First Floor. You’ll find friendly staff ready to help.

Library staff are also happy to help you online. Just look for the Ask Us link on the library’s website. You can chat, call, text, or request an in-depth research consultation with a librarian. No matter where you are—in the library, on campus, in your dorm, in your office—we’re ready to help!

WolfCopy cards no longer available for purchase

VetMed News - Mon, 2014-08-11 11:23

WolfCopy has removed the value adder machine for copy cards. WolfCopy cards are no longer available for purchase at the NCSU Libraries.

A WolfCopy card reader will remain for copying through the end of Fall 2014. If you have value on your WolfCopy cards, please use it by December 15, 2014. If you are not able use all your card value by December 15, please contact WolfCopy to find out about your options.

NCSU students, faculty, and staff can use the money in their AllCampus accounts for copying on the Follow Me printer in the Current Journals/VETS aisle. Starting January 2015, guests must use cash for copying.

Questions? Need Help? Ask us at the service desk.

Welcome DVM Class of 2018!

VetMed News - Mon, 2014-08-11 10:23

The Veterinary Medicine Library Staff welcomes you. We look forward to helping you become familiar with our resources and services. Visit us between Monday, August 11 and Friday, August 15 for the team case investigations. We are eager to get to know you and assist with your information needs.

Access the Veterinary Medicine Library orientation presentation PDF.

Let us know what questions or concerns you have. Phone: 919-513-6218 or chat online or email libraryvetmed@ncsu.edu. Good luck!

July 2014 Publications from CVM Authors

VetMed News - Mon, 2014-08-04 10:49

July 2014 Publications from CVM Authors

Take a look at the CVM author publications for July 2014 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.

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