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George Matsumoto Architectural Drawings Digitized

Design Library News - Thu, 2016-09-29 08:44

The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce that additional Matsumoto architectural drawings are now available online. The George Matsumoto Papers were acquired in the late 1990s and contain important materials documenting Matsumoto’s work, including correspondence, photographs, architectural drawings and sketches, and other materials. George Matsumoto’s work was documented in a publication from 1997 called “Simplicity, Order, and Discipline: The work of  George Matsumoto from the NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections. In this book, a number of scholars weighed in on the importance of his work. Former College (then School) of Design architecture faculty member Robert Burns wrote, “George Matsumoto’s North Carolina legacy is distinctive, and, in many ways, heroic. He created a body of exceptional buildings….he also offered an example of integrity and dedication to principle that will long endure.”

Matsumoto was born in 1922 in San Francisco, California, and earned his B. A. in Architecture from Washington University. He studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and later worked with various architectural firms. Soon thereafter he joined NC State’s new School of Design in 1948 until he left for Berkeley in 1961. Matsumoto was brought to NC State by Henry L. Kamphoefner, the first Dean of the School of Design. Matsumoto is considered to be one of the key early faculty members at Design, and especially important as a practitioner and teacher who promoted modernist architecture. Matsumoto was influenced by leading architects such as Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer; Burns wrote that “The ideas that mattered most to George Matsumoto as a designer and as a teacher were those that served as the focal themes of the modern movement: strict adherence to functional demands, clarity of plan, structural logic and expression, economy of means, perfection of detail, and the rationalization of construction processes tending toward industrialization.”

To learn more about Special Collections, or to access Special Collections materials, please contact us here.

August 2016 Publications from CVM Authors

VetMed News - Thu, 2016-09-15 07:30

Take a look at the CVM author publications for August 2016 courtesy of the NCSU Scholarly Publications Repository.
CVM and other NC State 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 NC State publications, please email libraryvetmed@ncsu.edu or call us at 919-513-6218.

Coffee & Viz – Virtual Reality: What It Is and What It Can/Can’t Do For You

Design Library News - Wed, 2016-09-14 12:14

September 16, 2016
9:30am – 10:30am

Where Event Description

After years of Virtual Reality technology and experiences not being able to match user expectations, recent public launches of Head-Mounted Displays like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and increasing industry engagement finally seem to validate Virtual Reality as a tool for entertainment, education and research. As an introduction to the topic, Mike Cuales will provide an overview of current Virtual Reality technologies, applications for 360 video in education and a look at future trends. In the second part of this Coffee & Viz event, Gary Kapral will talk about his practical experience with using various approaches to Virtual Reality in his research and the classroom and identify some of the potential gains and drawbacks of the technology.

Mike Cuales is the Creative Director at NC State’s Distance Education & Learning Technology Applications. Gary Kapral is a postdoctoral associate in biochemistry at Duke University.

Note: There will be a Virtual Reality “petting zoo” before and after the presentation where you can try some of the latest devices and applications.

Contact Information Markus Wust (919) 513-0743 mgwust@ncsu.edu Admission Information

Free and open to the public.

Other Information

Coffee & Viz is a program of the NCSU Libraries. Coffee and light refreshments will be available in an adjacent space begining at 9:15 a.m.; program begins at 9:30 a.m.


design & wine series: Discover the Design Library

Design Library News - Wed, 2016-08-31 12:33


October 7, 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where College of Design – Design Library, 50 Pullen Road, Raleigh, NC 27695 Event Description

Join Friends of the Library for the inaugural design & wine series event: Discover the Design Library! The evening will include a Design Library tour, a show-and-tell of unique Design Library collections and resources, and virtual reality fun with Oculus Rift. Attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and receive a logo wine glass.

Contact Information Friends of the Library 919.515.2841 friends_of_the_library@ncsu.edu Admission Information

Pre-registration is required.

All design & wine series events are free to current Friends of the Library members and Life Members. You can join Friends of the Library at www.lib.ncsu.edu/giving/friends. Non-members can attend each event with a $20 cash door charge and required pre-registration.




Veterinary Student Artwork on Display – Fall 2016

VetMed News - Fri, 2016-08-26 16:02

Visit the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine to see the new artwork installed August 2016. The Library entrance portholes feature reproductions of veterinary student artwork from the Spring 2016 Veterinary Illustration Selective VMC 991-29 taught by Dr. Michael K. Stoskopf, Professor of Aquatics, Wildlife, and Zoologic Medicine and of Molecular and Environmental Toxicology.

Veterinary Illustration is a one-week studio course taught at the CVM in April 2016. It offers veterinary students the opportunity to hone their observation as well as their drawing and illustration skills with live observations at the Teaching Animal Unit and other locations. Students became familiar with basic drawing and pen and ink techniques with an emphasis on rendering from three dimensional objects, living animals, and photographs from books and journals in the Libraries’ collections. To learn more about the course, and other art and design efforts at the CVM, read the article “Creativity and a Critical Eye” (pg. 7-8) in the NCSU Libraries Focus magazine

Fourteen works highlighting a variety of drawing techniques were selected by a jury of faculty, staff and librarian judges. The seven listed below will be on display until January 4, 2017.

Top Row (Left to Right) [click below for detailed images]

Bottom Row (Left to Right)

These works and photos of additional drawings by all students in the course will soon appear on the digital display screen in the Library. In January 2017, the second set of porthole images will be placed. Thank you to all of the artists Class of 2017: Kristina Baltutis, Candace Matthews Stroud; Class of 2018: Paige Harrelson, Jessica Loyd, Jessica Palmer, Elizabeth Smith; Class of 2019: Christine Crawford, Kris Kellermeyer, Kassie Martinez, Will Patterson, Catherine Si, David Tamas.

The drawings were photographed and prepared for porthole display by Nathan Latil, Media & Design, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Virtual Friday

Design Library News - Wed, 2016-08-24 15:24

August 26, 2016
12:00pm – 5:00pm

Where Event Description

Have you tried VR? As virtual reality (VR) becomes increasingly affordable, more and more immersive experiences are available. The fields of medicine, education, gaming, filmmaking, and art are all moving forward with VR content. NCSU Libraries wants you to experience VR and to help shape its future—on our campus and in our world. Please join us this Friday in the Technology Sandbox at D.H. Hill Library, to try out the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets, and the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality (AR) device. You can also see Ricoh Theta S 360° cameras in action, and try out different sorts of Google Cardboard viewers with your phone. Much of this equipment is already available from NCSU Libraries Technology Lending, and all of it will be soon!  Library staff will assist you with the gear so you’ll have a great experience.

Contact Information Pete Schreiner (919) 515-4154 pete_schreiner@ncsu.edu Admission Information

Free and open to the public.


Coffee & Viz – DIY Cartography: Mapping as a Research Tool

Design Library News - Thu, 2016-08-18 16:04

August 26, 2016
9:30am – 10:30am


Teaching and Visualization Lab at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library

Tania Allen and Sara Queen, assistant professors in the College of Design, will discuss the cross-disciplinary graduate level research and mapping seminar they developed: DIY (Do It Yourself) Cartography. In this course, students used techniques of mapping as a comparative analytic tool to uncover hidden meanings between data and reality. The course curated diverse historical perspectives through the lenses of natural history, the social city, the physical city, economics, politics, arts and culture. Allen and Queen will show student work from the class, explain the research and data collection methods used, and discuss how the mapping and visualization process was used as a technique to raise fundamental questions about the trajectory of urban development in Raleigh.

Contact Information Walt Gurley (919) 515-8822 jwgurley@ncsu.ed Admission Information

Free and open to the public.

Other Information

Coffee & Viz is a program of the NCSU Libraries. Coffee and light refreshments will be available in an adjacent space begining at 9:15 a.m.; program begins at 9:30 a.m.


Harrelson Hall at the Beginning

Design Library News - Mon, 2016-08-15 16:27

Harrelson Hall floorplan, 1959

With demolition completed recently, the landmark Harrelson Hall is at an end.  We wanted to continuing looking back at its earliest days, and we developed the timeline below to show how the building came to be created:


The North Carolina General Assembly authorized construction of a new classroom building on the NC State campus.

Plans were developed for the new classroom building to be circular.

August 1957

The Building and Grounds Committee approved the space between Polk and Williams Halls as the location of the new classroom building. 

February 1959

The Board of Trustees approved the official naming of the new classroom building as Harrelson Hall in honor of Chancellor John W. Harrelson.

Architecture professor Terry Waugh was responsible for Harrelson Hall's circular design.

March 1959

Architectural plans for Harrelson Hall were released to the public.  The architects were Holloway-Reeves and Associates, aided by architecture faculty member E. W. “Terry” Waugh.  Waugh was responsible for the circular design concept, believed to enclose the largest amount of space with the least amount of materials, a necessary requirement during a time of teacher shortages and increasing enrollment.  The pie-slice shapes of interior spaces was thought to make perfect classrooms, some of which could hold 200 students.


Plans for the “round classroom building” were finalized; construction began.  T. A. Loving and Company was the general contractor.  Concrete was a major material used in construction; some parts of the building were precast and others poured in place.

Containing the bathrooms and spiral ramp, the core of the building was constructed first.

The core of the building (including the bathrooms, utilities, and ramp) was constructed first.


Construction was completed.  The university stated the final cost was $2,250,000 (later that was revised down to $1,990,000).  At first the university claimed the building’s 77 classrooms could hold 4,500 students.  This may have been overly optimistic; a few years later, the campus facilities office stated that Harrelson Hall could seat only 3,254 students.  Nevertheless, both numbers are impressive because a total of 7,117 students were enrolled at NC State during the Fall 1961 semester.

November 1961

The public first glimpsed the inside of the building.  Only one floor was completely furnished for an open house on November 4.  At another open house on November 18 as part of Homecoming festivities, 1,200 people filed through the building.  While most comments were favorable, some criticism was noted:  people complained of noisy steam pipes, a lack of bathrooms for women (there was only one), and potential dangers with the ramp.  Some noted that it took significantly longer to walk the ramp than climb the stairs.

Harrelson Hall nearing completion in 1961

The Department of Mathematics was the first unit to move into the building.

February-March 1962

Students had already begun calling the building “The Pie” and having fun with it:  the February 8 Technician reported on a student roller skating down the ramp.  Landscaping was still incomplete, and students and faculty complained of mud and weeds surrounding the building (it would be five more years before the Brickyard was constructed).  Over time, complaints about the building mounted, including noisy air conditioning, curved chalkboards, and disorienting corridors and ramps.

7 March 1962

The building was officially dedicated as part of NC State’s 75th anniversary ceremonies and the 100th anniversary of the Morrill Act creating land-grant colleges and universities.

April 1962

The Building and Grounds Committee recommended funds for landscaping around Harrelson Hall and development of detailed landscaping plans for the open space nearby.

July 2016 Publications from CVM Authors

VetMed News - Wed, 2016-08-03 08:21

Take a look at the CVM author publications for July 2016 courtesy of the NCSU Scholarly Publications Repository.
CVM and other NC State 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 NC State publications, please email libraryvetmed@ncsu.edu or call us at 919-513-6218.