North Carolina State University Libraries: judges' comments


  • I found the NCSU entry very powerful in its detailed exposition of its ‘library for the future’.  I think as a grand scale case study it deserved widespread dissemination and recognition, not least as a baseline for debate, disagreement, partial adoption, challenge to the complacent.  The very stimulus and detailed referencing and vision to nuts and bolts description has to be a great impetus to all who want to play a part in ensuring that the academic library has a dynamic place in education and research activities of universities in the future.  Much of the content is also applicable to service provision in national and indeed very large public library provision.  I desperately wanted to learn more about the transformational change programme and the development of people that must have run deeply alongside the physical and infrastructure developments.  I look forward to tracking progress and problems as the services bed in and need refreshing.
    – Dame Lynne Brindley, Master of Pembroke College, Oxford

  • After reading the NCSU proposal, I came away with tremendous admiration for what has been done and the conceptual framework of their re-thinking of the library. This is pervasive dilemma—how do you transform a physical space into a research and teaching platform in the digital era—but the team at NCSU have tackled this with verve and a distinctive acumen. This is a model for many libraries
    – Charles Henry, President, Council on Library and Information Resources

  • The multi-faceted planning and execution of the Hunt library space(s) as laboratory for research and research infrastructure has been brilliantly conceived and implemented. The Hunt experiment strikes me as highly relevant to every research library today -- both in terms of cyber-infrastructure and associated services, as well as in facility planning -- as libraries think deeply about and plan for the implications of the paradigm shifts we are experiencing. The sum total of deployed and supported technologies is breathtaking. In just the first year, the student and faculty creative projects resulting from the deployed infrastructure are noteworthy and, in aggregate, have taken NCSU to another level.
    – Richard E. Luce, Associate Vice-President, Professor, and Dean of Libraries, University of Oklahoma

  • The effort and time spent on working together with faculty and students, the concept of “library” beyond stacks and catalogs and the “think big” attitude makes this a model study for university libraries…it is a fine example of how libraries can make a difference for students and faculty.
    – Elisabeth Niggemann, Generaldirektorin, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

  • NCSU looks like an excellent integration of lots of elements into a working library for the future.  They're doing a good job using scarce resources to build a building that will work for years to come and will make a difference.
    – Ann Okerson, Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies, Center for Research Libraries

  • The North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library program offers an exemplar of how research libraries could contribute to an innovative infrastructure and be an essential research platform for the campus where they are located. At a time when the roles of libraries are being challenged, the Hunt Library program proves its relevance particularly to university teachers. Through high-technology facilities and services that allow for a full range of possibilities in new pedagogy and research activities, the Hunt Library program proves libraries are not just relevant, but are in fact essential to advance universities’ goals. In an innovative and visionary manner this program serves as a model for other research libraries to move forward within the digital age.

    Its experiences provide valuable and relevant examples for research libraries that have needs in managing these kinds of new spaces. The Hunt Library’s successful efforts in designing and delivering new research infrastructure – with an emphasis on data visualization, interactive computing and collaborative research – have contributed to how we define and reshape research libraries.
    – Dongfang Shao, Chief, Asian Division, Library of Congress