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The Hunt Library featured in new “Cool Spaces!” PBS series

The Rain Garden Reading Room. © Jeff Goldbery/Esto

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library will be profiled this month in the nationally syndicated PBS series, Cool Spaces!, a new prime-time program that promises to “profile some of this century’s most exciting architecture in the U.S.”

Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Bluebeam Software and hosted by Boston architect and educator Stephen Chung, the new series focuses “on presenting cutting-edge, contemporary public buildings and spaces and the daring architects who push the boundaries of design and materials.”

Cool Spaces! is scheduled to appear on over 100 public television stations across the country, with coverage in about 95% of households with televisions.

The hour-long episode that features the Hunt Library focuses on three libraries that have been dramatic additions to the cultural lives of their communities.  The Hunt Library shares the stage with the Seattle Central Library—listed by the AIA as one of American’s favorite 150 buildings—and the South Mountain Community Library, celebrated for a bold design that encourages interaction between students and local residents.

Featured in almost 300 media pieces since its opening in January 2013, the Hunt Library has gained an international reputation as “the library of the future” for its immersive technologies and for inspiring learning and teaching spaces that encourage collaboration and cross-disciplinary research. The library’s lead designer, Snøhetta, is known for its work on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum pavilion, the new look for Times Square in New York City, and the Golden State Warriors complex on the San Francisco waterfront.  In 2012, Architecture Magazine ranked executive architects Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (now Clark Nexsen) as the15th best firm in the United States.

UNC-TV will make the Hunt Library episode available to its viewers on Thursday, April 10, at 9 p.m. and at multiple other times on that date.  A listing of schedules for PBS stations nationwide can be found on the Cool Spaces! website.

The companion book to Cool Spaces!—also featuring the Hunt Library—can be preordered online from the publisher’s website or from Barnes & Noble.  The book will be available in Barnes & Noble bookstores starting in mid April.

The Hunt Library wins prestigious Stanford Prize

Hunt Library Teaching and Visualization Lab. ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Cited for “the creative and bold vision that went into designing an innovative model for a research library as a high-technology research platform,” the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL).

Judged by an international panel of library and academic leaders, SPIRL was established by the Stanford Libraries in 2013 “to single out for community attention and to celebrate functionally significant results of the innovative impulses in research libraries worldwide.”

“Our vision was to give NC State a signature library that would help us recruit the very best students and the very best faculty and to serve the community as an inspiring place of excellence and passion and ideas and vision,” says Susan K. Nutter, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at NC State. “We could not be more honored that our vision and hard work have been awarded the Stanford Prize.”

Schedule and mobile app now available for the 2014 NC Literary Festival

To make it easy for you to plan in advance to see your favorites among the over 100 authors, performers, and programs available April 3-6, the daily schedule for the 2014 North Carolina Literary Festival is now available, both online and on the Festival’s free app, which you can download to your mobile device from m.guidebook.com.

The choices could be difficult, with winners of four Pulitzers, a half dozen National Book and National Book Critics Circle awards, many of your favorite North Carolina authors, the creator of the Goosebumps series, the author of The Jane Austen Book Club, and great programs for children in the Festival lineup.

Highlights include:

Thursday, April 3
  • Lev Grossman, book critic for Time magazine and author of Warp, Codex (an international bestseller), The Magicians (a New York Times bestseller) and The Magician King (also a Times bestseller).
  • Literary trivia at the Cameron Bar and Grill.
Friday, April 4
  • Junot Díaz, recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
  • Bourbon tastings, Irish lit and drink specials, the Monti storytelling contest, and The Morning After band in venues in downtown Raleigh.
Saturday, April 5
  • Writer, musician, and screenwriter James McBride, author of the landmark memoir The Color of Water and 2013 winner of the National Book Award.
  • R. L. Stine, the Stephen King of children’s fiction, as well as Paul Muldoon, Karen Joy Fowler, and William T. Vollmann.
  • North Carolina authors Jill McCorkle, Ben Fountain, and Daniel Wallace.
  • Panels on the future of storytelling, poetry, forensics, African-American women’s voices, and first novels.
  • A host of activities for children and parents.
  • Workshops on bookmaking, pop-up books, comics, and making electronic music.
Sunday, April 6
  • Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land.
  • North Carolina authors Lee Smith, Wiley Cash, Elizabeth Spencer, Allan Gurganus, and the NC Literary Hall of Fame and the Lee Smith Award.
  • Additional events for children and young adults, including The Story Squad and Poetry Out Loud

The majority of the NC Literary Festival will be held in and around NC State’s new James B. Hunt Jr. Library.  As the “face of NC State in the 21st century,” this new space has generated international attention for its iconic architecture, its transformative technologies, and its simulation and large-scale visualization spaces that encourage and enable new forms of storytelling. The Hunt Library will serve as the centerpiece for the NC Literary Festival’s theme, “The Future of Reading.”

The NC Literary Festival is hosted on a rotating basis by the academic libraries at NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Laureate sponsors for the 2014 festival include PNC, Our State magazine, The Friends of the Library of North Carolina State University, and the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources that has administered grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

“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.

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.

NCSU Libraries wins its third ALA award for cutting edge technology

On Tuesday, the American Library Association—the library world’s premier professional organization—awarded its prestigious Cutting Edge Technology Service Award to the NCSU Libraries’ My #HuntLibrary social media program. The ALA’s Cutting Edge Technology Service Award is presented annually to libraries that offer innovative, inventive, and interactive technologies to their communities.

Simply by capturing a moment in the library with Instagram and tagging the photo with #HuntLibrary, a community member’s image can become part of the NCSU Libraries’ digital archive and may be displayed on the huge video walls in the library itself. By offering community members the opportunity to dynamically share their engagement and enjoyment with the library, My #HuntLibrary enables the community to participate in the library’s opening and ongoing story. Further, My #HuntLibrary provides a unique bridge between digital and physical spaces as community members may gather in front of the image exhibition in the library and discuss display and other design concepts.

Since it launched in early 2013, My #HuntLibrary has received more than 3,200 images from more than 1,300 distinct users, and recorded more than 235,000 page views. This winter the Libraries made the platform behind My #HuntLibrary available as free open source software so that any library in the world can now easily develop their own Instagram-based tools.

The ALA has honored the NCSU Libraries with the award twice before, in 2010 for the Course Tools application that automates creation of easy-to-find library resources for every class at the university and in 2011 for its redesigned website.

Visit “A Legacy of Leadership” in the Hunt Library

The new James B. Hunt Jr. Library is now hosting an exhibit entitled “A Legacy of Leadership,” exploring the career of Governor Hunt, for whom the building is named.  Governor Hunt has been a key force in bringing excellence to North Carolina’s educational system and was instrumental in making Centennial Campus a reality for NC State University.

As workers changed the muddy rut in front of his rural Wilson County home into a paved road, Jim Hunt saw the future. That thirteen-year-old boy first witnessed the legacy of visionary leadership, seeing the connection between “good-roads” legislation and his community’s new ability to get their crops to market.

Raised by his parents to value education and fairness, taught to lead by the Future Farmers of America, and exposed to wider learning at NC State and UNC, that young boy became the state’s youngest lieutenant governor at thirty-five, its governor at thirty-nine, and its only governor to serve four terms.

This exhibit celebrates that legacy of leadership and the profound impact it had on developing North Carolina into a model of education, technology, and growth in the New South. His is a legacy —as Governor Hunt has said himself many times—not about fighting over pieces of the pie. It’s about how to make the pie larger and how to ensure we all have a place at the table.

The exhibit can be seen in the Level 1 lobby of the Hunt Library during regular library hours.

A Legacy of Leadership Through March 1, 2014

James B. Hunt Jr. Library

Level 1 lobby

Author and Program Lineup for the 2014 NC Literary Festival

Four Pulitzers, a half dozen National Book and National Book Critics Circle awards, the creator of the Goosebumps series, great programs to help young people explore storytelling, and the latest developments in “The Future of Reading”—the 2014 North Carolina Literary Festival is proud to announce the author and program lineup for the April 3-6 gathering at NC State University and at venues throughout Raleigh.

Check out the lineup video!

Over 100 writers and events at the Festival will include:

  • Junot Díaz, recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • Writer, musician, and screenwriter James McBride, author of the landmark memoir The Color of Water and 2013 winner of the National Book Award for The Good Lord Bird
  • Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land
  • Lee Smith, North Carolina’s own winner of the O. Henry Award and the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • R. L. Stine, the “Stephen King” of children’s fiction
  • A host of activities for children provided by NC State’s College of Education
  • Bookmaking and comics workshops that will have you learning to bind your own book or creating your own biopic comic in less than an hour

A full listing can be found on the NC Literary Festival website.

As it has since 1998, the NC Literary Festival will provide the area’s premier event at which audiences can hear, see, and interact with their favorite writers and artists. In addition to programs on fiction, non-fiction, young adult literature, poetry, and drama, the Festival will allow readers to experience and learn more about how transformative art forms such as graphic novels, comic books, and video games are shaping our literary experiences—and how new technologies such as e-readers and online publishing are changing how we encounter new ways to enjoy storytelling.

The majority of the NC Literary Festival will be held in NC State’s new James B. Hunt Jr. Library.  As the “face of NC State in the 21st century,” this new space has generated international attention for its iconic architecture, its transformative technologies, and its simulation and large-scale visualization spaces that encourage and enable new forms of storytelling. The Hunt Library will serve as the festival’s thematic centerpiece, inspiring conversations about the future of reading and reading-based technologies.

Food trucks, easy parking, tents with activities for children and their parents, and a wide choice of favorite writers will provide a stimulating and fun gathering for all of us who value the future of reading.

The NC Literary Festival is hosted on a rotating basis by the academic libraries at NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The event is free and open to the public.

Laureate sponsors for the 2014 festival include PNC, Our State magazine, the Poe Endowment for Southern Americana, the Friends of the Library of North Carolina State University, and the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources that has administered grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

The 14th most beautiful library in the world

The “Best Value Schools” website has honored the Hunt Library by ranking it as 14th in its listing of the world’s 50 most beautiful libraries:

Oslo-based architectural firm Snohetta made its mark in Raleigh in early 2013 with the opening of North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The designers teamed up with local architects Pearce Brinkley Cease & Lee (now merged with Clark Nexsen) to develop the glimmering wonder, which is arguably as eco-minded as it is attractive. Thirty-one percent of the materials used in the library’s construction are recycled in origin, lighting is natural or solar energy based, and the majority of the timber was taken from sustainable forests. Both the facility’s green features and design have wowed industry insiders, and the striking structure was honored with an American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Library Building Award in 2013.

Hunt “Photo Journal” in The Independent

Citing its role as “architectural destination” for the Research Triangle community, the INDYweek has published a photo essay on the Hunt Library.

Also featured in the same edition—the Hunt Library’s green roof in an article about “Raleigh’s Green Acres.”

Special Collections Receives MeadWestvaco Research Reports

NRL News - Mon, 2013-12-16 09:24

Loading packaged pulpwood on a crawler arch-loader, West Virginia Experimental Forest, 1948.

The Special Collections Research Center has received a collection of research reports from the MeadWestvaco company, now called MWV Corporation.  These reports  document forestry research at the research centers, laboratories, and experimental forests of MeadWestvaco and its predecessors:  the Mead Paper Company and the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company (Westvaco).  The collection is comprised of 13 bankers boxes (19.5 linear feet) of reports dating from 1945 to 2007.

Throughout their history, these companies produced paper and packaging products, and they maintained research forests for the development of pulpwood in several eastern and southern states.  The reports in this collection originated from research conducted in Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,  South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Of particular note to the NC State community are reports of research conducted by some of the university’s forestry faculty.

More information about the MeadWestvaco Research Reports can be found in the online collection guide.  A more detailed listing of reports exists in most of the boxes in this collection.  To access materials in this collection, please contact the research services staff using the online Special Collections request form.

Preparing pulpwood, NC Farm Forestry Extension, 1930s.

The MeadWestvaco Research Reports join the Center’s growing collection of primary resources on the history of American forestry and foresters.  The Center is the repository of the papers of Carl Schenck, the founder of the first American school of forestry; Bruce Zobel, prominent tree geneticist; Ellis Cowling, forestry and plant pathologist; and others.  Also, historical records from the forestry programs at NC State University and the NC Cooperative Extension Service exist within the University Archives.  Descriptions of the forestry collections exist on the NCSU Libraries’ website.  Researchers may also access some digitized photographs and other documents online at the NCSU Libraries’ History of Forestry and Rare & Unique Digital Collections sites.

[Note on images:  The top image is from Westvaco Experimental Forest Report WR 12, titled "Packaged Pulpwood" that is contained in Carton 12 of the new collection titled MeadWestvaco Research Reports (MC 00496).  The bottom image is from Box 34 of the existing collection titled Agricultural Extension and Research Services Photographs (UA 023.007).]

Critical Issues Program Releases Preliminary Results of “Defining Critical Issues” Survey

NRL News - Wed, 2013-12-04 10:13

The Critical Issues program, part of the American Geosciences
Institute’s (AGI’s) Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding,
has just released the preliminary results of the “Defining Critical Issues”
survey which can be accessed from the Critical Issues program website.

The majority of responses to the web-based survey were from geoscientists in the
post-secondary academic sector. The most frequently
mentioned critical issues were climate change, water, energy, environment,
natural hazards, economics, and issues associated with agriculture, food, and
soils. When asked to select the highest priority issues, all cohorts chose
climate change. Those who described themselves as geoscientists, public, or
“other” chose water as the second priority issue, while decision makers
considered human population growth to be the second highest priority.

The aim of the web-based survey is to understand how the decision-making
community, geoscience community, and the public define the term “critical
issue,” as well as which critical issues are of top concern to each community.
The survey is deliberately short, broad, and unstructured in order to capture a
wide range of responses. The survey, which was launched on November 5, 2013,
will officially close on December 31, 2013, and a final report will be published
in January 2014. The Critical Issues program especially seeks additional input
from members of the public and decision-making community. The survey can be
accessed here.

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