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New Materials March 17

VetMed News - Mon, 2014-03-17 15:44

Agricultural Engineering Drawings (1920s-1990s) Now Available

SCRC News - Mon, 2014-03-17 10:39

This silo is representative of the Drawings and Plans Series, with plans, elevations, and cross-sections

Researchers can now access a great collection of drawings of agricultural and rural structures. Rural electrification, architecture, agricultural innovation, and even animal welfare are just a few of the themes that could be explored through these documents. Other possible topics for study include the history of women and children, as well as leisure studies. These drawings were created by the Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering and disseminated through the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. They have recently been inventoried by Special Collections and added to the department’s records.

More than 1100 drawings range in date from the 1920s to the 1990s. They include plans, elevations, details, and depictions, mostly of agricultural structures for cows, pigs, and chickens, but also for rabbits, sheep, and turkeys. They were used for feeding, breeding, and shelter. Some are structures built specifically for North Carolina county fairs. There are also plans for privately-owned farms and plants throughout North Carolina, usually for particular structures or landscaping elements. Farm equipment is also represented, such as feeders, spreaders, harvesters, and hay driers. Interestingly, designs for non-agricultural buildings and objects are also found in the collection. These include local community houses, 4-H camps, playgrounds, athletic fields, roadside stands and markets, cabins, vacation houses, and recreational equipment. They provide a rich historical archive of agricultural and recreational structures of North Carolina during this time period.

Some drawings reflect transitions in agriculture during the twentieth century. Those of a 1940 mule barn reflect old practices still in effect at the end of the Great Depression. From the 1940s, electric brooders and dehydrators show the impact of rural electrification. From 1976, a bulk curing barn for tobacco reveals the spread of new production techniques that resulted from research at colleges and universities (in this case, procedures developed at NC State). Also of note are drawings for curbside markets, used by rural women in home demonstration clubs to sell produce and earn their own money, and plans for a Swansboro, North Carolina, 4-H camp, originally a segregated facility for African American youth.

Many drawings were created through the Cooperative Farm Building Plan Exchange. Through this program, each land-grant university submitted plans to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which then disseminated them to other land-grant institutions across the country. Farmers obtained plans from their local Cooperative Extension agents, free of charge, for construction on their farms. Therefore, this collection may document structures not just in North Carolina but throughout the entire United States. Some plans may have also been modified for the specific needs of individual North Carolina farms.

The drawings in this collection can be viewed at the Special Collections Reading Room of the D. H. Hill Library. Interested persons can select drawings from the inventory and then request them through our webform. The records of the Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department have not yet been fully digitized, but some texts and video are available on Special Collections’ Rare and Unique Digital Collections website. The Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering has existed since 1940, although courses in agricultural engineering date back to the founding of the university. A history of it exists on the department’s website.

Wolfprint Update – Check SysNews

VetMed News - Thu, 2014-03-13 09:22

For the latest status reports on the Wolfprint conversion problem, visit SysNews. Wolfprint apologizes for the delay and inconvenience for those not on spring break this week.

Men’s Basketball Emerges

SCRC News - Mon, 2014-03-10 13:09

On February 8, 1911, the A&M College (later known as NCSU) basketball team played its first game against Wake Forest. Known as the Red Terrors until 1947, when all athletics teams at NCSU adopted the name “Wolfpack,” the men’s basketball team has been a member of multiple conferences and the winner of numerous championships, including the 1974 and 1983  NCAA men’s basketball championships. Since the early 1950s, much of the history of this team has been captured on film.

Two years ago the Special Collections Research Center realized that this rich history, located within a University Archives audiovisual collection that had swelled to over 300 cartons of audiovisual materials, should be made more accessible for the university community and other fans. While half of this collection was processed, the other half remained unprocessed. Identifying and locating the men’s basketball audiovisual materials would be difficult without a detailed inventory. Step 1 was to get a handle on the extent of the collection. Each carton (both processed and unprocessed) was ordered from an off-site shelving facility and inventoried for title, year, and format. We discovered 35mm still image film, 8mm, 16mm, VHS, Betacam, Betamax, U-matic, reel to reel audio tapes, cassette tapes, LPs, CDs, and DVDs, just to name the most popular formats. The content of these materials varied as well – recruitment films, educational films, sound recordings, coaches’ films, speeches, Chancellor inductions, and the list goes on.

1961-1962

Step 2 involved removing men’s basketball materials from the detailed inventory to create its own separate subseries. The Men’s Basketball Audiovisual Materials collection, dated from 1953 – 1994, consists primarily of coaches’ films taken from the bleachers/sidelines. These films were primarily used by coaches for training purposes. There are a smattering of other types films in this collection as well, including copies of some broadcast videos. Some of the coaches’ films have been digitized and can be found online on our Rare and Unique Digital Collections website. Having the men’s basketball materials available for researchers to locate is an exciting step in our audiovisual collections processing plan!

Stay tuned as we process other unique audiovisual collections – next is women’s basketball!

For questions about this or any of our collections, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

VML hours during CVM Spring Break (March 17-22)

VetMed News - Mon, 2014-03-10 10:00

The Veterinary Medicine Library has the following hours for CVM Spring Break:

March 17 – 21 (Monday – Friday) : 7:30am  – 6:00pm

March 22 (Saturday): 1:00pm – 5:00pm

(Regular hours resume Sunday, March 23)

The D. H. Hill Library and James B. Hunt Library are open 24 hours.  See All NCSU Libraries Hours.

The Martha Scotford Research and Study Collection on Graphic Design

SCRC News - Tue, 2014-03-04 16:30

For anyone with an interest in design — type and lettering, branding and commercial art, printing, or graphic design — there is a wonderful new resource for you. The improved finding aid to the Martha Scotford Research and Study Collection on Graphic Design was released earlier this year. It can be found online here.

Cover of a promotional magazine “Inspirations for Printers” published and printed by Westvaco Pulp and Paper Company.

This collection serves as a record of the history of graphic design through its sample design works carefully collected by Martha Scotford, Professor Emeritus of Graphic Design, and its vast reference resources and books. You’ll find a rich variety of designed works including record covers, notable magazine covers, posters, exquisite print samples produced by paper and print companies including Westvaco (click here to learn about the company’s history), book jackets and works produced by notable designers and design companies.

The collection contains many type specimen books like the one seen here.

The collection also contains a strong collection of Italian design reference books. While some of these books are written in Italian, others are bilingual and all contain plenty of images to give a visual sense of the nuances of Italian design.

Visual translation of El Lissitzky's "For the Voice".

Another international component to the collection is Martha Scotford’s work on a book design project to publish and English version of a poem constructed by El Lissitzky, praised as one of the finest achievements of Russian avant-garde bookmaking. The collection documents Martha Scotford’s entire process of conceptualizing the project, working with publishers, and fine tuning the design.

The collection is open to researchers and can be requested by making an appointment with the Special Collections Research Center.

VML open regular hours during NCSU Spring Break (Mar 8-15)

VetMed News - Mon, 2014-03-03 10:16

The Veterinary Medicine Library (VML) will be open regular hours during the NCSU spring break.  VML regular hours are:

  • Mar 8: Saturday, 11:00am – 7:00pm
  • Mar 9: Sunday, 11:00am – 10:00pm
  • Mar 10-13: Monday – Thursday, 6:30am – 11:00pm
  • Mar 14: Friday, 6:30am – 7:00pm
  • Mar 15: Saturday, 11:00am – 7:00pm
  • Mar 16: Sunday, 11:00am – 10:00pm

On Monday, March 17, VML will begin its reduced hours during the CVM Spring Break from March 17-22. See http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/hours/vetmed/general for VML hours.

The D. H. Hill Library, James B. Hunt Library, Natural Resources Library and Design Library will have shortened hours during the NCSU Campus Spring Break (March 8-15).  See http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/hours for all NCSU Libraries Hours.

February 2014 Publications from CVM Authors

VetMed News - Mon, 2014-03-03 07:44

February 2014 Publications from CVM Authors

Take a look at the CVM author publications for February 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.

“Just do something awesome”—Hunt Library in “Our State” magazine

“N.C. State asked for a library that, at its core, in its every facet, reached out to serve its students. That’s what it got,” concludes Our State magazine in a feature article about the Hunt Library.

Counting Your Use of VML Spaces (2/27-3/5)

VetMed News - Tue, 2014-02-25 15:29

The Libraries want to make sure our spaces and technology meet your needs. Twice a semester library staff walk around each hour to count where people are sitting and whether desktop or laptop computers are being used. We use an iPad application developed here at NCSU (see below). The data helps us work with the Vet Med Library & Educational Resources Committee and CVM to decide on placement of desktop machines and furniture.

For one week, starting Thursday, Feb. 27 and ending Wednesday, Mar. 5, we will take these hourly counts to capture regular usage. We try very hard not to disturb you when taking these counts, but we understand that you notice when we are looking at you and entering the counts. Please be assured that it is just a headcount and no other identifying information is recorded.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us (919-513-6218 ; libraryvetmed@ncsu.edu) or stop by the desk and let us know. Thank you for your patience.

Kris Alpi, Director, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine

Please provide feedback on Design Library journals!

Design Library News - Tue, 2014-02-25 15:05

The Libraries needs your help in preparing for Fiscal Year 2014/2015 cuts to the collections budget of approximately $750,000. The list of potential journal cancellations is available for review at https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/collections/collectionsreview2014.

The site provides instructions on how to rank journals and submit your feedback by the deadline of March 21, 2014. There is also an FAQ available that addresses a number of potential questions about the review, including the Libraries’ commitment to document delivery for canceled titles and the timeline for the overall process.

Under the guidance of the University Library Committee (ULC), and in consultation with the NC State community, the NCSU Libraries is preparing for reductions to the FY 2014/2015 collections budget.  Cuts to the Library budget this year and continued price increases for journals and databases above standard inflation rates require a review of current collecting to identify up to $750,000 in potential cuts.  This review will include reductions to the book budget and a comprehensive review of all journal and database subscriptions.

Your participation is critical in making the best possible decisions during this difficult period. As evidenced by the over 11 million uses of the collection over the past year, the collection is essential to research and teaching. We appreciate your guidance and collaboration.

Temporary entrance to CVM Main Building Fri 2/28 – Sun 3/2

VetMed News - Tue, 2014-02-25 13:18

The CVM Main Building lobby will be closed for carpeting beginning this Friday morning (Feb 28) with work continuing through Sunday, Mar 2.

Access to the Veterinary Medicine Library from Friday – Sunday will be through the glass double doors to the left of the main CVM entrance. Once inside the building, go straight ahead to the elevator/stairs and down one level to the Library. Signs will be provided to show the route to the library. Please call 919-513-6218 if you have any problems or questions about accessing the Library this weekend.

Providing feedback for Libraries’ collections and journals review

NRL News - Tue, 2014-02-25 13:07

The Libraries needs your help in preparing for Fiscal Year 2014/2015 cuts to the collections budget of approximately $750,000. The list of potential journal cancellations is available for review at https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/collections/collectionsreview2014.

The site provides instructions on how to rank journals and submit your feedback by the deadline of March 21, 2014. There is also an FAQ available that addresses a number of potential questions about the review, including the Libraries’ commitment to document delivery for canceled titles and the timeline for the overall process.

Under the guidance of the University Library Committee (ULC), and in consultation with the NC State community, the NCSU Libraries is preparing for reductions to the FY 2014/2015 collections budget. Cuts to the Library budget this year and continued price increases for journals and databases above standard inflation rates require a review of current collecting to identify up to $750,000 in potential cuts. This review will include reductions to the book budget and a comprehensive review of all journal and database subscriptions.

Your participation is critical in making the best possible decisions during this difficult period. As evidenced by the over 11 million uses of the collection over the past year, the collection is essential to research and teaching. We appreciate your guidance and collaboration.

Please provide feedback for Libraries’ Collections and Journal Review by March 21

VetMed News - Mon, 2014-02-24 17:38

Dear CVM Community,

Many of you have already participated in discussions around the Libraries’ budget challenges and the need to reduce journal spending for 2015. If you have not heard about this yet, please see the background information that follows my short message.

The list of approximately 900 potential journal cancellations for your review and ranking is available as an online web form or as a downloadable spreadsheet (csv format). In addition to titles, publishers and cost, the data considered also includes journal impact factor, electronic usage downloads, and the numbers of NCSU citations to and publications in each title over the past 5 years. For guidelines and instructions for ranking and submitting your feedback, consult the Review Process web page or the “How to Use this Tool” link within the online web form.

Please provide your feedback and ranking of titles important to your work by Friday, March 21, 2014. If you have any questions, please email us or call me at 919-513-6219. Thank you for participating in this process.

Kris Alpi

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Background information disseminated February 24:

The Libraries needs your help in preparing for FY 2014/2015 cuts to the collections budget of approximately $750,000 – about 7.5% of the 2013/2014 allocation. Projected budget reductions from the university, combined with expected inflation for journals and databases of $550,000 (at a 7% annual inflation rate), necessitate preparations for steep reductions to the collection. Reductions at this level will require a review of current library collections, including a comprehensive review of all journal and database subscriptions, to prepare for cancellations of approximately 625 journal titles for early 2015.

Staff from the Libraries met with the University Library Committee in October 2013 and the Departmental Library Representatives in November 2013 to discuss the strategy for reviewing titles and a communication plan for soliciting feedback from faculty, staff, and students. Library Representatives suggested and strongly endorsed a data informed process where subject specialists from the Libraries review usage data, citation and publication activity at the university, disciplinary trends, price, and impact factor to compile and present a potential cancellation list for review and ranking by the NC State community. Per the request of the Departmental Library Representatives, the list of approximately 900 potential journal cancellations is presented for review and ranking as an online web form or as a downloadable spreadsheet (csv format).

For guidelines and instructions for ranking and submitting your feedback, please consult the Review Process web page or the “How to Use this Tool” link within the online web form.

Your participation – by communicating with your colleagues, assessing potential approaches to these cuts, and reviewing proposed cancellations – is critical in making the best possible decisions during this difficult period. As evidenced by the over 11 million uses of the collection over the past year, the collection is essential to research and teaching. We appreciate your guidance in managing this crisis.

An FAQ is available that addresses a number of potential questions about the collections review including the Libraries’ commitment to document delivery for canceled titles, moving journal titles to electronic only to realize savings on subscriptions, and the timeline for the overall process.

Please share your comments, concerns and feedback with:

Hilary Davis
Interim Head, Collection Management
hilary_davis@ncsu.edu
919-515-3833

Greg Raschke
Associate Director for Collections and Scholarly Communication
greg_raschke@ncsu.edu
919-515-7188

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