Building a more inclusive library: GLBT initiatives and partnerships at the NC State University Libraries11/16/2018
Through intentional and collaborative efforts including collections, facilities, staff training, and programming, the NC State University Libraries has consistently served the GLBT community over the 2017-2018 academic year. By starting new initiatives and extending existing ones, the Libraries is helping make NC State a more welcoming and inclusive campus.
Don’t throw away that assignment! Students improve Wikipedia through WikiEdu2/22/2018
What happens to your term papers after you turn them in? Often, students’ hard work is only read by the instructor and (sometimes) a handful of peers. An open educational movement, known as Open Pedagogy, aims to give those “disposable assignments” some real-world impact.
The coyote who said “cheese” and the Wolfpack Citizen Science Challenge10/30/2017
Librarians and NC State’s Leadership in Public Science cluster turned students and community members into scientists for the Wolfpack Citizen Science Challenge. Citizens placed infrared camera traps around campus to catch animals passing by, leading to a greater understanding of campus biodiversity.
Anthropology in 360°: Cultural immersion in the Visualization Studio4/6/2017
An anthropologist essentially lives his or her research. But that engagement rarely comes across in PowerPoint slides.
Simulating migration crises, rogue vessels, and ebola outbreaks at the Libraries4/4/2017
Radiation alarms are going off pell mell. As the head of a reaction team, it’s your job to know what to do almost instantly. Do we need to evacuate because a terrorist detonated a dirty bomb, or do we need to replace a leaky microwave oven in the breakroom? How do you tell the difference?
When the textbook you need hasn’t been written yet1/19/2017
Professors have trouble finding just the right textbook. And even when they do, students have trouble affording it. The NCSU Libraries Alt-Textbook program addresses both of these disappointingly common problems—and improves instruction in the process.
Threading the Needle: Fostering Student Success Through Making10/27/2016
Fashionistas are always looking for a dress that makes their hearts beat faster. But what about a dress that shows everyone else your racing pulse? The NCSU Libraries Makerspace program helped graduating senior Jazsalyn McNeil fuse art and design within the emerging fields of wearable technologies and interactive electronic textiles with her "Pulse Dress," creating new opportunities for textiles research, education, and outreach.
Happenings at Hunt Library: The Black Mountain College Story7/26/2016
Combining “happenings” with lectures, NCSU Libraries Visiting Scholar David Silver has used the visualization spaces in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library over the past two years to tell one of the most fascinating stories in the history of higher education. Through the lens of its working farm, Silver has chronicled the rise and fall of Black Mountain College in western North Carolina by using Hunt’s diverse spaces as a scholarly communication platform that perfectly fits his subject.
Remaking Teaching: Prototyping New Technologies for the Classroom3/16/2016
Does the presence of technology change the way teachers teach and students learn? Ph.D students attended a critical making workshop at the D.H. Hill Library Makerspace to gain new understandings of when and how to integrate emerging technologies and digital tools into their classrooms.
Alt-Textbook: Saving Students Money and Supporting Innovative Teaching1/13/2016
In response to the unsustainable burden placed on students by the high cost of textbooks, the Libraries launched the Alt-Textbook project that offers small grant-funding to instructors who create low-cost, open alternatives to traditional commercial textbooks.