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  • July 30, 2015
    Randall Library Sundial Gallery

    On the second floor of Randall Library, between Special Collections and the Auditorium, an existing exhibit space has been renamed. The Sundial Gallery, named for the newly installed sundial (made possible by the Reda family) in front of DeLoach Hall and visible from Randall's east-facing windows, has been newly painted and will receive museum-quality window treatments and exhibit cases in the coming weeks.

    The Sundial Gallery's inaugural exhibit, tentatively scheduled for Spring 2016, will feature items from the congressional collection of Mike McIntyre, donated to UNCW and Randall Library Special Collections in the fall of 2014. The collection spans McIntyre's career representing North Carolina's 7th district as member of the United States House of Representatives. The collection contains photographs, artifacts, congressional awards and recognitions and will allow students, faculty, staff and other researchers to better understand the legislative process and southeastern North Carolina's history. For more information about the McIntyre collection, please click here

    We look forward to seeing you in the Sundial Gallery, and please remember that the second floor of Randall Library is dedicated quiet space for our users.

     

     

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  • July 20, 2015

    Randall Library Synergy Conversation

    Saturday, September 26, 1-2 p.m., Randall Library

    Family & Alumni Weekend

    Join students, family, faculty, and staff for an informal discussion of this year’s common reading selection Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid by Jessica Alexander.

    Light refreshments will be served.

     

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  • July 06, 2015
    Randall Library Charleston Syllabus

    A display in our Featured New Books area, on the first floor, represents a small amount of materials from Randall Library’s general collection which can be found on the #Charlestonsyllabus, please visit library.uncw.edu or our Learning Commons Helpdesk to find more.

    The #Charlestonsyllabus is a list of readings that educators can use to broach conversations in the classroom about the horrendous events that unfolded in Charleston, South Carolina on the evening of June 17, 2015. These readings provide valuable information about the history of racial violence in this country and contextualize the history of race relations in South Carolina and the United States in general. They also offer insights on race, racial identities, global white supremacy and black resistance.

    #Charlestonsyllabus was conceived by Chad Williams, Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University. With the help of Kidada Williams, the hashtag started trending on Twitter on the evening of June 19, 2015.

     

    “#Charlestonsyllabus is more than a list. It is a community of people committed to critical thinking, truth telling and social transformation.”– Chad Williams

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  • June 24, 2015
    Dubtown Skate

    Skateboarding Culture & Applied Learning at UNCW
    Information on exhibit and event coming soon!

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  • May 27, 2015

    Our access to the WorldCat FirstSearch interface is ending June 30, 2015. However, this does not mean we will be completely without access to the information contained in WorldCat after this time. By utilizing a combination WorldCat.org and locally produced solutions, we have every intent of providing our faculty and researchers with access to the WorldCat information you need, albeit through different channels.

    We need your input

    Please help us understand how you have used WorldCat FirstSearch by filling out this survey: How do you use WorldCat FirstSearch?  This information will help us provide you with solutions to alleviate the loss of FirstSearch. 

    How this will affect you

    Starting June 30, 2015 our access to WorldCat will be through the free WorldCat.org (http://worldcat.org) interface. Over the summer we will be creating other locally produced solutions and resources, based on the needs identified in the survey above, to have in place by the fall semester. In the meantime, if you have immediate research needs not met by WorldCat.org please contact us at libref [at] uncw [dot] edu or Get Help.

    How is WorldCat.org different from WorldCat FirstSearch?

    Worldcat.org is a free product that provides the same ability to search for items held by libraries worldwide. The main difference is that the list of libraries shown to own an item will not be 100% complete, and it will not include UNCW. Whether or not a library is displayed in the list is dependent upon whether they have a paid WorldCat subscription. If knowing exactly which libraries in the world own an item is important to you, please let us know that by filling out the survey mentioned above. In addition, direct links to placing Interlibrary Loan requests will not be available.

    Why will we no longer have access to WorldCat FirstSearch?

    Our annual subscription to WorldCat FirstSearch had been provided by the statewide consortium NC LIVE. Based on lack of sufficient funding, the consortium re-evaluated its entire portfolio and one of the outcomes was to discontinue the state-wide funding of WorldCat FirstSearch. This meant each library in North Carolina had to decide whether to pick up its own subscription to WorldCat FirstSearch.

    In addition, the WorldCat FirstSearch interface is being discontinued by OCLC in favor of a new product “WorldCat Discovery.”

    Randall Library thoroughly evaluated the new product and the cost. We made the decision to not subscribe to the new version of WorldCat FirstSearch for the following reasons:

    • Other library resources would have to be cancelled or foregone in order to pay for this subscription.
    • The new product offers decreased functionality compared to WorldCat FirstSearch.
    • The new product is bundled with services we would not use, including WorldCat Local which would duplicate discovery service in Summon that we are now preparing to roll out.
    • Core bibliographic information on worldwide library resources is available through the free interface Worldcat.org.

    We understand that this is a large and perhaps confusing change. You are not alone. For librarians and library staff, many of our internal workflows and methods of discovering library information will have to change. We would be happy to meet with you in-person to discuss these changes and how we can ensure you have access to the information you need to conduct your research.

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  • May 15, 2015
    New search

    You spoke, and we listened! The primary search box on our homepage now presents your top results in categories organized by format, with links to dive deeper into your results.

    The new version of Randall’s Library primary search box searches across multiple systems, including the Library Catalog, Summon (our new aggregated search service from ProQuest) and our websites for articles, books, videos, journals, digital collections and webpages. The top results are all displayed on one page.

    This unified approach to displaying and segmenting search results is commonly referred to as the “Bento Box” method, because of its resemblance to the popular and often elaborately prepared Japanese lunch boxes. It is designed to provide a quick, easy, and more intuitive way to find the information you need:

    • Articles from journals and magazines are presented in the left column, as well as matching journal titles.
    • Print and electronic resources such as books, music, movies and more are presented in the center column, pulled from our library catalog.
    • The right column presents results from our websites, databases and other suggested searches.

    Our new search box is based on the examples and research[1] [2] [3]of other top academic libraries including NCSU[4], UNC-CH, Duke[5], Princeton, Cornell[6] and others[7] that have adopted this type of search box and display of search results.

    Updated Article Searching

    We have also switched our aggregated article searching from WorldCat Local to Summon for a better searching and linking experience. Visit our Summon Help page for more information, or watch this tutorial.

    Tell us what you think!

    Try a search and give us your feedback!

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  • May 08, 2015
    Thirsty Tome 2015 Gwendolyn Knapp

    Randall Library and the Department of Creative Writing are thrilled to welcome Gwendolyn Knapp (MFA 2006) back to campus as our featured writer for Thristy Tome 2015. Knapp will read from and discuss her debut memoir After a While You Just Get Used to It - A Tale of Family Clutter (Gotham Books 2015).

    About the book:

    A vibrant new voice ups the self-deprecating memoir ante with tragicomic tales of her dysfunctional life in swampland Florida and America’s Big Easy
     
    A dive bar palm reader who calls herself the Disco Queen Taiwan; a best friend with a deformed baklava; and Betty, the middle-aged Tales of the Cocktail volunteer who soils her pants on a party bus and is dealt with in the worst possible way. These are just a few of the unforgettable characters who populate Gwendolyn Knapp’s hilarious and heartbreaking—yet ultimately uplifting—memoir debut, After a While You Just Get Used to It.
     
    Growing up in a dying breed of eccentric Florida crackers, Knapp thought she had it rough—what with her pack rat mother, Margie; her aunt Susie, who has fewer teeth than prison stays; and Margie’s bipolar boyfriend, John. But not long after Knapp moves to New Orleans, Margie packs up her House of Hoarders and follows along. As if Knapp weren’t struggling enough to keep herself afloat, with odd jobs and trying to find love while suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, the thirty-year-old realizes that she’s never going to escape her family’s unendingly dysfunctional drama. Like bestselling authors Jenny Lawson, Laurie Notaro, and Julie Klausner before her, Knapp bares her sad and twisted life for readers everywhere to enjoy.

    About the author:
     
    Gwendolyn Knapp holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her fiction has appeared in Crazyhorse and Quarterly West, and her nonfiction has appeared in The Southeast Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 2, and Narrative.ly. She also had a notable essay mention in The Best American Essays 2013. Knapp lives in New Orleans, where her mother also relocated in 2010, along with tons of her junk. www.gwendolynknapp.com

    About Thirsty Tome:

    Thirsty Tome is an annual event celebrating the culture of creative writing at UNCW and in our community and is a part of UNCWelcome Week activities. This year's event will include an introduction of Gwendolyn Knapp by American author and UNCW Creative Writing Professor Clyde Edgerton; a conversation with Knapp conducted by novlelist and UNCW Creative Writing Profressor Robert Anthony Siegel; a book signing provided by Pomegranate Books; readings by current MFA Creative Writing students; followed by refreshements and a reception.

    Join us Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on Randall Library's first floor. All our welcome.*

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

     

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  • April 15, 2015
    New search coming

    You spoke, and we listened! Starting in mid-May after the semester ends, the primary search box on our homepage will present your top results in categories organized by format, with links to dive deeper into your results.

    Starting now you can try it out in a “beta release”: http://library.uncw.edu/search_randall and give us your feedback!

    The new version of Randall’s Library primary search box searches across multiple systems, including the Library Catalog, Summon (our new aggregated search service from ProQuest) and our websites for articles, books, videos, journals, digital collections and webpages. The top results are all displayed on one page.

    This unified approach to displaying and segmenting search results is commonly referred to as the “Bento Box” method, because of its resemblance to the popular and often elaborately prepared Japanese lunch boxes. It is designed to provide a quick, easy, and more intuitive way to find the information you need:

    • Articles from journals and magazines are presented in the left column, as well as matching journal titles.
    • Print and electronic resources such as books, music, movies and more are presented in the center column, pulled from our library catalog.
    • The right column presents results from our websites, databases and other suggested searches.

    Our new search box is based on the examples and research[1] [2] [3]of other top academic libraries including NCSU[4], UNC-CH, Duke[5], Princeton, Cornell[6] and others[7] that have adopted this type of search box and display of search results.

    Updated Article Searching

    We have also switched our aggregated article searching from WorldCat Local to Summon for a better searching and linking experience. Visit our Summon Help page for more information, or watch this tutorial (COMING SOON).

    Faculty & Instructors

    We will be holding two focus groups to get your input on Monday April 27 and Tuesday April 28th, both from 2-3pm in RL#1039. Please RSVP by Friday April 24th to Laura Wiegand (wiegandl [at] uncw [dot] edu). Refreshments will be provided.

    Students

    Stop by Randall Library #1022 on Monday April 27th anytime between 3 - 5pm to try it out and give us your feedback in exchange for snacks and vouchers for coffee!

    Try it out

    Try a search http://library.uncw.edu/search_randall and give us your feedback!

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  • April 14, 2015
    Applied Learning Gallery

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the online “Applied Learning Gallery,” viewable at http://randall3.uncw.edu/applied_learning

    Created in partnership between Undergraduate Studies (ETEAL, Honors / CSURF, OIP, CTE),Randall Library, and the Career Center,the Online Applied Learning Gallery Launchedpurpose of this gallery is to highlight exemplary applied learning projects taking place at UNCW. The site features selected examples of applied learning experiences as described by students themselves. It is intended to be a long-term effort that will grow with new additions over the coming years and will include archival capabilities for looking at the great applied learning activities of our students in a searchable database.

    The website was designed to connect the various partners who participate in and support applied learning at UNCW, to connect UNCW with community partners interested in students applied learning activities, and to serve as a selective archive and gallery of applied learning examples. It can be used to identify types of projects that have been done, or ideas for future projects. Students may wish to submit their experience to demonstrate to future employers or educators the quality of learning experiences they participated in while at UNCW. The site can be browsed by:

    • Student name
    • Major
    • Instructor/mentor
    • Type of applied learning
    • Funding source

    It is also fully searchable by keyword allowing you to dig deeper into submissions. It has been designed to be mobile-friendly. Students, in addition to providing a comprehensive description of their experience, can upload presentations, images, PDFs and other materials created as part of their applied learning experience through our online submission form. Submissions will be reviewed periodically for addition into the gallery based on completeness and quality. Submissions will be solicited through the various department chairs and directors.

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  • April 13, 2015
    New Low-Tech Group Study Rooms on Second Floor

    3 New Low-Tech Group study rooms are now available!

    Three rooms formerly used for media viewing have been turned into low-tech group study rooms. These rooms are designed for small groups who do not need technology and are looking for a quiet place to work and study alongside fellow classmates. The new group study rooms —RL2031, RL2033, and RL2035— are located behind the Graduate Study Room. Click here for a map of Randall Library's second floor.

    Group Study Rooms are first come first serve but groups of 2 or more and reservations are always given priority. View the detailed policy or follow this link to reserve a group study room.

     

    Randall Library supports the mission of the University by providing information resources and learner-centered services and by cultivating a rich physical and virtual environment dedicated to the open exchange of ideas and an information-literate community.

     

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