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  • Posted: July 19, 2016

    Come join the UNCW and Wilmington communities as we celebrate the freedom to read what we want to read!

    In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 25-Oct.1), Randall Library will host a Read-In where we invite you to read aloud from your favorite banned or challenged books. Bring your own book or grab one here and connect with diverse voices from across campus.

    Thursday, Sept. 29, from 11am-12:30pm in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on Randall Library's first floor

    The Banned Book Read-In is sponsored by The UNCW English Department and Randall Library. 

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  • Posted: July 19, 2016
    Out of Print Screening and Discussion

    In anticipation of the campus visit from The Onion founding editor Scott Dikkers, Randall Library invites you to a screening and panel discussion of the documentary "Out of Print." 

    Online satirical news website The Onion took the Internet by storm in 1996 after eight years as a print newspaper. Scott Dikkers, a comedy writer and filmmaker, is a founding editor of the publication. Dikkers will bring humor to this dramatic election year and shed light on the value of information literacy in the modern world as well as the role of satire in today's society when he appears at UNCW on Monday, September 26th. (for more information go to Leadership Lecture Series main page)

    Randall Library hopes to start the conversation early with this provocative event. "Out of Print," narrated by Meryl Streep, draws us into the topsy-turvy world of words by illuminating the turbulent and exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution. Jeff Bezos, Ray Bradbury, Scott Turow, Jeffrey Toobin, parents, students, educators, and scientists all highlight how this revolution is changing everything about the printed word – and changing us.

    Following the screening, please stay for a panel discussion with UNCW's own Bill DiNome, Student Media Coordinator; David Pernell, Communication Studies; Anna Patton, MFA Candidate Department of Creative Writing; Lisa Coats, Randall Library. The panel will be moderated by Anne Pemberton, Randall Library.

    Mr. Dikkers' visit and all derivative programming is co-sponsored by Student Media and the Mimi Cunningham Speaker Series Endowment of the Department of Communication StudiesRandall Library and the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE).

    Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by contacting Christopher Rhodes, 910-962-7474 or rhodesc [at] uncw.edu at least 5 days prior to the event. UNCW is an EEO/AA institution.

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  • Posted: July 05, 2016
    OCLC WorldCat

    Updated July 2016

    Randall Library is pleased to share the news that OCLC, the global library cooperative, has reversed its decision to discontinue the FirstSearch interface that provides power searching of the WorldCat database. As you may recall from the Library’s communications last spring, OCLC bundled the content of FirstSearch with another product, its own discovery service, thereby changing the interface and reducing the functionality of FirstSearch. At this time OCLC also announced a 2015 end of life date for FirstSearch. As a responsible steward of state funds, the Library made the difficult decision not to subscribe to this altered product. The library already subscribed to a discovery service through ProQuest, and we could not in good conscience double pay for a product we would not use, in order to retain the soon-to-be-discontinued FirstSearch interface.

    OCLC recently released the following statement: “Librarians have told us how much they value the unique capabilities of FirstSearch, and we have listened…we understand that libraries need to deliver search experiences that meet different user needs, including providing detailed searching of WorldCat to support research and a variety of library workflows.” To this end, OCLC will continue the FirstSearch interface after all, and now offers it as a stand-alone resource.

    With this news and after careful consideration, Randall Library has subscribed to FirstSearch with all of its features intact. The link is available on the Library’s A-Z list under “WorldCat [FirstSearch Interface]. Please visit https://library.uncw.edu/eresources/worldcat.

    We appreciate your patience during this period without FirstSearch, and know that it is a critical resource for many of you. We hope that the workarounds that our Library Information Technology and Systems staff created and implemented were helpful, such as the “Get it from UNCW’ bookmarklet.

     Your feedback matters. It was your voice, with other faculty and librarians, that was vigorously conveyed to OCLC at meetings and conferences across the country, and that made the difference and has resulted in the continuation of FirstSearch. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time regarding library resources.

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