Natalie Hampton: Hi, this is Natalie Hampton with “GradPack Talks,” a podcast that focuses on resources available to graduate students at NC State University. Today, I’m talking with David Woodbury of NCSU Libraries about the many resources and opportunities that the libraries offer for graduate students.
Natalie: So, David, as a new graduate student at NC State, how can NCSU Libraries help me be successful?
David Woodbury: Thanks for asking, Natalie. We like to think of NCSU Libraries as providing space, services and “stuff.” Our two flagship libraries are DH Hill Library on Main Campus and Hunt Library on Centennial Campus. We also have smaller libraries at the College of Design, College of Natural Resources and the College of Veterinary Medicine. NC State students have full access to all these libraries.
In addition, the main libraries offer spaces open only to graduate students – look for the Graduate Student Commons at both Hill and Hunt – including group study rooms that can be reserved only by graduate students.
Natalie: What about services? What services should graduate students know about?
David: We have discipline-specific librarians on call. So when students are doing research, they can turn to a reference librarian in their own discipline to help find resources. We also offer workshops on a variety of topics, including coding, data visualization and citation management. We also have experts in our Makerspace who can help with creative projects with everything from 3D printers to sewing machines. Other library experts can guide student on data visualization or digital media.
In addition to workshops, the libraries host a number of events that bring in nationally known authors and scholars to discuss their work. You can find events through the Events page on the libraries website, or by following our social media.
Natalie: What about stuff? What type of stuff does the libraries offer?
David: Our technology lending program is especially popular with graduate students. Through this program, students can check out all types of technology – cameras, laptop computers, tablets, video cameras and more. Since most of these items are expensive, the program gives students the opportunity to use them on a short-term basis, or to take them on a “test drive” before they decide to purchase one.
And, we also offer books and journals – not just from our libraries, but also from a network of partner libraries. So you can almost always get the volume or article you are looking for through our Tripsaver program.
Natalie: Well, thanks for this information, David. I have one final question – describe your favorite chair at NCSU Libraries.
David: Ha! I am fond of the “Brody chairs” that overlook Hillsborough Street on the 2nd floor of Hill Library. They feel like you are taking off on an airplane in First Class.
Note: GradPack Talks is a periodic podcast series designed to introduce graduate students to campus resources.
Learn More: www.lib.ncsu.edu
NCSU Libraries Peer Scholars
In fall 2017, the NCSU Libraries launches the Peer Scholars Program, which gives graduate students or postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to teach specific research skills to their peers. The program will feature workshops, seminars and other programming focused on intro-, intermediate-, and advanced-level research and technical skillsets. Learn more about Peer Scholars