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NCSU Libraries to Offer Second Round of Alt-Textbook Grants

NRL News - Wed, 2015-09-16 09:20
All NC State faculty teaching courses this Spring or in Fall 2016 are eligible to apply

(Raleigh, N.C.) – In Fall 2014, the NCSU Libraries, with support from the NC State University Foundation, awarded a first round of Alt-Textbook grants to faculty to adopt, adapt, or create free or low-cost alternatives to expensive textbooks. The first round is in progress and is expected to save NC State students more than $200,000 in the first year.

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.

The NCSU Libraries is committed to fostering change in the current textbook publishing environment. The Alt-Textbook Project will empower faculty to innovate pedagogically; enhance access for NC State students to high-quality, tailored educational materials; and reduce the financial burden of expensive textbooks.

Led by Will Cross, Director of the NCSU Libraries Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, a committee made up of librarians will be available to partner with faculty members on licensing resources, using digital repositories, and creating and publishing their own open educational resources.

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.

Grants are available to develop textbook alternatives for the Spring 2015 and Fall 2016 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 and staff are available to collaborate and share expertise in copyright, licensing, open access, course management software and tools, electronic reserves, subject-matter content, and multimedia resources.

The NCSU Libraries will hold several information sessions about the project. 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.

National Medal of Technology and Innovation Recipient Donates Papers to NCSU Libraries

NRL News - Tue, 2015-09-08 11:59

Dr. Jayant Baliga, an internationally recognized leader in electrical and computer engineering, has donated his papers to the North Carolina State University Libraries. Lauded by Scientific American as one of the heroes of the semiconductor revolution, Baliga received this year’s Global Energy Prize.

In addition to being a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering, Dr. Baliga is the director of NC State’s Power Semiconductor Research Center. Among his many accomplishments, he is perhaps best known for his invention of a power semiconductor device, the insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT), often used as an electronic switch in modern appliances, from electric cars to air conditioners to portable defibrillators. The IGBT, as he describes it, has had “a major impact on creating a sustainable world-wide society with improved living standards while mitigating the environmental impact.”

According to Dr. Louis A. Martin-Vega, Dean of Engineering at NC State, Dr. Baliga’s “groundbreaking scholarship and leadership have been instrumental in addressing major global societal challenges and helping the College of Engineering and NC State become a research powerhouse. Throughout his career, Jay has generously shared his expertise with our students and faculty so I am not surprised and very pleased that he has chosen to share his life’s work with future students and faculty through the NCSU Libraries.”

Baliga has received numerous awards during his distinguished career, some of which include the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor, the 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama, the 2012 North Carolina Award for Science, the 1999 IEEE Lamme Medal, the 1998 IEEE Ebers Award, the 1998 O. Max Gardner Award, the 1993 IEEE Liebman Award, the 1992 Pride of India Award (First Recipient), and the 2011 Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence.

He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Electronic Design Engineering Hall of Fame, the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame, the European Academy of Sciences, and he is an IEEE Life Fellow. Baliga has authored or edited 19 books and over 500 scientific articles and has been granted 120 U.S. Patents.

Baliga received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (1974) and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering (1971) from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He spent fifteen years at the General Electric Research and Development Center, leading their power device studies. There, he received the highest scientific rank of Coolidge Fellow. Baliga joined NCSU in 1988 as a Full Professor and was promoted in 1997 as Distinguished University Professor.

His papers will be housed in the Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries and include records from the Power Semiconductor Research Center—meeting documents, vendor information, software agreements, technical working group meeting reports, and related administrative files. Also included in his Papers are Electric Power Research Institute patent applications and other like materials.

The SCRC holds research and primary resources in areas that reflect and support the teaching and research needs of the students, faculty, and researchers at the university. By emphasizing established and emerging areas of excellence at NC State University and corresponding strengths within the Libraries’ overall collection, the SCRC develops collections strategically in order to support NC State’s growth as a world-class academic institution.

August 2015 Publications from CVM Authors

VetMed News - Tue, 2015-09-01 07:59

August 2015 Publications from CVM Authors
Take a look at the CVM author publications for August 2015 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.

Vet Med Library Reduced Hours Sept. 6 – Sept. 7 (Sun/Mon) for the Labor Day Holiday

VetMed News - Fri, 2015-08-28 09:00

The Veterinary Medicine Library has the following Labor Day Holiday Hours:

  • September 5 (Saturday): 11am – 7pm – Regular Hours
  • September 6 (Sunday): 1pm – 5pm
  • September 7 (Monday): 1pm – 8pm
  • September 8 (Tuesday): 7am – 11pm  - Regular Hours Resume

See https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/hours/hill/general for all NCSU Libraries Hours.

Graduate Student Research Symposium Exhibit Coming to Hunt Library

NRL News - Wed, 2015-08-26 16:00

The Tenth Annual NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium was held on March 25, 2015 at the McKimmon Center. The Symposium showcases the exceptional and diverse graduate-level research going on at NC State. Graduate Program directors nominated standout master’s and doctoral graduate student researchers for an opportunity to showcase their research and practice and enhance their communication skills. Student posters were judged by faculty in the represented academic areas.

In collaboration with the University Graduate Student Association, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place posters in eight categories (Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences and Management) will be exhibited in the Hunt Library iPearl Immersion Theater, starting September 7. The exhibit will run through September 13.

For more information about the NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium or the University Graduate Student Association, please visit their websites:

● http://www.ncsu.edu/grad/research/symposium.html
● http://ugsa.ncsu.edu/

A/V Geeks at the Hunt Library – Pets! with Dr. Bernie Hansen, 10/23 at 6 pm

VetMed News - Fri, 2015-08-21 16:27

When: Friday, October 23, 2015, 6:00pm – 7:00pm Where:Hunt Library, 3rd floor, Commons Wall, 1070 Partners Way (Centennial Campus) We love our pets, but our understanding of what constitutes appropriate care for them – from diet, to exercise, to understanding behavior – has changed over time. NC State alumnus and A/V Geeks Founder Skip Elsheimer and Dr. Bernard Hansen, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will screen a variety of educational and archival films that were created to help people learn how to care for their pets.


NC State Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students: This event serves as a Cultural Awareness module. Please bring your competency books and Kristine Alpi, Director of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine can sign them for you.

Admission Information

Free and open to the public. Parking in the lots and deck is free after 5pm.

Contact Information Marian Fragola 919-513-3481 mgfragol@ncsu.edu

Public Talk: Using Technology to Measure Pain in Animals 10/28 7pm

VetMed News - Tue, 2015-08-18 08:06

When:  October 28, 2015, 7:00pm – 8:00pm Where: College of Veterinary Medicine; 1060 William Moore Drive, Main Administration Entrance, South Theatre

Evaluating pain in animals is no easy task, as they cannot tell us where or how much they are hurting. In this informative session, Dr. Duncan Lascelles, professor of small animal surgery and pain management at the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State, will discuss his pioneering research using accelerometers (similar to the wearable fitness trackers used by humans) to access information about movement patterns of domestic cats in their home environments. Lascelles will explain how he uses this data to inform his treatment decisions–from diet to medication–to help manage cats’ pain.

This session is geared toward anyone interested in how veterinarians are using leading-edge technologies, as well as pet owners who want to learn more about what researchers are discovering about chronic pain.

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.  Parking in the lots and deck is free after 5pm.

Other Information

This program is part of the NCSU Libraries Creativity and Technology Symposium (C.A.T.S.).

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