Honors and Awards

The Hunt Library

NC State's Competitive Edge

The North Carolina State University Libraries has been recognized for its achievements with many national and international awards. This is the “library of the future,” known for its innovative use of technology, its inspiring learning and research spaces, the strengths of its collections, and its catalytic role in developing the next generations of librarians, scholars, and innovators. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine.

Key Awards Include:

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

  • 2021 American Libraries “Library Design Showcase,” the D. H. Hill Jr. Library renovation featuring the Academic Success Center and new, technology-rich visualization and study spaces
  • 2019 “LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science” for the Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians
  • 2018 ALA “Information Today Library of the Future Award,” for innovative development of patron training programs about information technology
  • 2017 Library Journal’s “New Landmark Libraries,” the James B. Hunt Jr. Library
  • 2016 “National Medal for Museum and Library Service,” NC State University Libraries
  • 2015 “AIA North Carolina Design Award,” the Hunt Library
  • 2014 “John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award,” the Hunt Library
  • 2014 AIA “Education Facility Design Award,” the Hunt Library
  • 2014 ALA “Library Interior Design Award,” the Hunt Library
  • 2014 ALA “Cutting-Edge Library Service Award,” My #HuntLibrary
  • 2014 “Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries,” the Hunt Library
  • 2014 “CASE Circle of Excellence Award” for NC State Social Media, the Hunt Library
  • 2013 InfoComm “People’s Choice Award” for outstanding use of video and audio technologies, the Hunt Library
  • 2013 “City of Raleigh Non-Residential Green Design Award” for sustainable design and technology, the Hunt Library
  • 2013 AIA/ALA “Library Buildings Award,” the Hunt Library
  • 2013 “CASE Circle of Excellence Award” for best communications practices, the Hunt Library opening
  • 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries College Libraries Section “ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award,” the Mobile Scavenger Hunt
  • 2012 American Libraries “Library Design Showcase 2012,” the D. H. Hill Library west wing renovation
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    • 2011 ALA “Cutting-Edge Library Service Award,” the Web Design Project Team
    • 2010 ALA “Cutting-Edge Library Service Award,” the Course Views [Library Tools] service
    • 2010 Preservation North Carolina “Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit;” American Association for State and Local History “Award of Merit;” Vernacular Architecture Forum “Paul E. Buchanan Award” for the digital publication North Carolina Architects and Builders: A Biographical Dictionary
    • 2008 American Libraries “Library Design Showcase 2008,” the Learning Commons at the D. H. Hill Library
    • 2008 ALA “Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Catalogue Award,” the B. W. Wells online exhibit
    • 2006 “Endeca Navigator Award,” the NC State University Libraries’ advanced online catalog
    • 2005 Southeastern Library Association “Outstanding Library Program Award,” The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment exhibition
    • 2004 Gale Group “Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services,” the NC State University Libraries
    • 2000 ACRL “Excellence in Academic Libraries Award,” first university library to win

Staff Honors Include:

  • Fourteen Library Journal “Movers and Shakers” awards for visionaries who “are shaping the future of libraries”
  • NC State’s “Equity for Women Award,” Jennifer Garrett, 2023
  • Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Fellowship, Will Cross, 2022-23
  • NC State University “Award for Excellence,” Neal Hairston, 2022
  • NC State’s “Equity for Women Award,” Jill Sexton, 2021
  • American Society for Engineering Education “Best Publication Award,” Bertha Chang, Colin Nickels, and Alex Carroll, 2020
  • NC Library Association “Marilyn L. Miller Award for Professional Commitment,” Marian Fragola, 2020
  • ProQuest “Award for Innovation,” Alex Valencia, Lynn Whittenberger, and Meredith Wynn, 2020
  • North Carolina Library Association “Distinguished Library Service Award,” Susan K. Nutter, 2018
  • USAIN “Service to the Profession Award,” Debbie Currie, 2018
  • Special Libraries Association “Rising Star Award,” Heidi Tebbe, 2018
  • EDUCAUSE “Rising Star Award,” Emily Lynema, 2017
  • NC State “Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology,” Adam Rogers and Lauren Di Monte, 2017
  • ALA “Harrassowitz Award for Leadership in Acquisitions,” Kristen Wilson, 2017
  • ACRL “Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award,” Susan K. Nutter, 2016
  • ALA “Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award,” Maria Collins, 2015
  • AIA Triangle “Isosceles Award,” Preservation North Carolina’s “Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit,” and the Southeastern Society of Architectural Historians “Publication Award,” Catherine Bishir, 2014
  • Society of North American Archivists “Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award,” Linda Sellars, 2013
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    • Library Journal’s “Library Paraprofessional of the Year,” Tina Adams, 2009
    • Society of Architectural Historians “Antoinette Forrester Downing Award,” Catherine Bishir, 2009
    • ALA “Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management,” Selden Lamoureux, 2009
    • Library Journal’s “Librarian of the Year,” Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Susan K. Nutter, 2005