Redefining the library with Christie MicroTiles
For millennia, libraries have provided the intellectual foundation upon which some of society’s greatest achievements and discoveries have been built. Nurturing research, collaboration and innovation through access to immense volumes of information, libraries became a gathering place for scholars, philosophers, scientists, artists and students from a myriad of disciplines. With this model in mind, administration at the North Carolina State University set out to design and build a new high-tech building that would re-imagine the contemporary role of the library by offering faculty, students and researchers open access to several purpose-built, versatile and collaborative spaces. This was accomplished through the integration of several cuttingedge technologies, including a fleet of Christie® MicroTiles® DLP®-based LED rear-projection display cubes.
“How can we completely redefine the library with the focus on being relevant to high technology and research innovation?” was the question Maurice York, NCSU Libraries’ head of information technology, and his team posed during the early stages of development for what would become NC State’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library. “We had to rethink the way the library behaves as a physical space,” remarks York. “It had to be a place that would be relevant to students to draw them inside. That meant a focus on collaboration spaces that create an environment that not only welcomes, but also invites everyone to come in and use these tools.“