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  • February 18, 2013

    The judges have made decisions in our annual Flash Fiction contest and for the first time ever there is a tie for first place!  

    Congratulations to Nicola DeRobertis-Theye and Rachel Richardson whose stories Alphabets and The Architect (respectively) both earn the distinction of coming out on top!

    This year's second place prize is awarded to Anastasia Hilton for her story The Zoo and third place to L.B. Lane's Bloomers.

    In addition to a cash prize, all winners will be published in our annual Flash Fiction anthology produced by UNCW's Publishing Lab with illustrations provided by one section of ART260.  Also featured in the anthology will be the stories of 11 Honorable Mentions, listed here in alphabetical order:

    Derek Backer, Blair Callahan, Garrard Conley, Jennifer A. Dotsey, Heather Hammerbeck, Sarah V. Howard, Lucy Huber, Rachel Jackson, Louis Lalire, Ryan Geoffrey Smith, and Isabel Zermani. 

    This year's theme was Laboratory and our hope was to engage students in a discussion about the changing landscape of academic libraries.  Submissions ranged from the creative and touching to the wacky and humorous.  

    Please join us on Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m., for a reading/reception/book party.

  • February 11, 2013

    Windows to the World

    A new exhibit by the circulation desk highlights the exceptional photos from the 2012 Study Abroad student photo contest sponsored by the UNCW Office of International Programs.

    UNCW's 20th Annual Intercultural Week is February 11 -16

    Celebrate the rich diversity found in Wilmington and the UNCW community.  Films, performances, workshops, panel discussions and lectures are scheduled throughout the week.  Click here for more details.

  • February 11, 2013

    February is Black History Month and for the first time Randall Library's Government Documents department has created a display to honor African Americans.

    Located on the second floor, the display African American History & Culture: Selected Government Resources will be on display through the end of February.  

    Can't make it to the exhibit?  Make sure you explore our virtual gallery.

    For more information about our collection of Government Documents and our status as a U.S. Government Document Depository or North Carolina Government Document Depository, email Jaime Huaman, Government Information Specialist at huamanj [at] uncw [dot] edu

  • February 04, 2013

    For updates on the library’s most recently added titles, check out our new materials lists, which include links to the catalog record for each item. We also have subject based RSS feeds of new titles that are updated each month.

    bullet See our new expanded virtual bookshelf  bullet

  • February 04, 2013


    Flash Fiction Announcement!  This year's theme is Laboratory!

    Why Laboratory?

    Today, transformations in technology, media and culture are driving fundamental changes in the production and consumption of information and the practice of scholarship. Nowhere is this more evident than on college and university campuses. As a result, at UNCW as on other campuses, Library staff are rethinking their strategies, services and spaces - - both physical and virtual, to meet the challenges of the digital world and the demands of the “born digital” generation.  

    Randall Library is more than a laboratory in the traditional sense of the word - - a building, part of a building, or other place equipped to conduct scientific experiments, tests, investigations, etc., or to manufacture chemicals, medicines, or the like.  Randall Library is a laboratory where you can connect, collaborate, iterate, discuss, discover, and take your studies and work to the next level.

    We invite you, UNCW students, to experiment with us and explore the changing ideas and attitudes about libraries through your Flash Fiction entries,

    Have at it, and above all, have fun!

    Top three winners receive a cash prize and the top 15 selections will be included in our annual collection, published by the UNCW Publishing Laboratory.

    Contest Rules:

    *If any of these rules are not followed your story will be automatically disqualified.

    • Must be a UNCW student, currently enrolled
    • 500 words or less
    • Must include theme (Laboratory)
    • Must mention Randall Library
    • Double spaced
    • 12 pt., Times New Roman
    • 1 inch margins on all sides
    • Use one tab to indicate every paragraph indent
    • Stories due by Monday 5 PM February 11th
    • Three (3) hard copies delivered to the Randall Library Circulation Desk  Note:  The circulation desk is ONLY a drop- off point.  No information about the contest will be available from Circulation Staff
    • Each copy MUST have a cover sheet with Name, phone, and 850 number. DO NOT include name on actual story
    If your Story is selected, the following regulations must be adhered to:
    • An emailed .doc version of your story. DO NOT save as .docx
    • Section breaks should be notated by (***)
    • Turn off all auto-formatting features (such as automatic paragraph indenting, outlining, bullet points)
    • Enter only one space after terminal punctuation. If you used two spaces, search/replace to update your file.
    • For dashes, use em-dash character (shift, option, hyphen), with no space on either side, or use two hyphens, and we’ll search and replace the em dash during typesetting.
    • For any special characters or glyphs, such as trademark symbols, accents, or irregular punctuation, please note them by highlighting them in yellow with MS Word's "text highlight color" feature
    • If you'd like to include a special character or a glyph but you don't know how to set it, please submit a hardcopy of your story with specific instructions for the placement and type of special character to be inserted
    • Files should be saved as follows: lastname_firstname.doc

    NOTE: Edits and revisions will NOT be allowed after submissions, nor will the publisher have time to check your work. Take care that your piece is fully edited and perfected before submitting.

    NOTE: If your story is selected for publication, you will be required to sign the following release: Release for Use of Student Work

  • February 01, 2013

    From left to right – Sarah Watstein, University Librarian, Randall Library, John Osinski, E-Learning Services Librarian, Professor Yoko Kano, Director of the Foreign Language Resource Center, UNCW.We are pleased to announce the donation of 79 books through a recent grant from the Nippon Foundation!

    "Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan 2012," is part of the Nippon Foundation Book Project.  

    Randall Library is grateful to the Nippon Foundation and to Professor Yoko Kano, Director of the  UNCW Foreign Language Resource Center (FLRC) for her participation in the grant request.

    For more information about the FLRC, click here

    For more information about the Nippon Foundation, click here



    {From left to right – Sarah Watstein, University Librarian, Randall Library, John Osinski, E-Learning Services Librarian,

    Professor Yoko Kano, Director of the Foreign Language Resource Center, UNCW.}

  • January 30, 2013

    The Big Read has come to Wilmington!

    This year's book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and a new exhibit at our entrance takes a closer look at The Jazz Age as it features in our general collection.

    In addition to the exhibit, Randall Library is also co-sponsoring several events. Please visit the links below for more information, including times, location and descriptions.

    The exhibit and these programs are part of The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  For more information, and a calendar of other events, please visit The Big Read Greater Wilmington.

  • January 28, 2013

    You asked and we listened!

    Thanks to the support of the Student Government Association and special funding from Academic Affairs, Randall Library is pleased to announce the installation of more outlets on the first and second floors!

    Randall Library was last expanded 26 years ago, in 1986, before the rise of personal electronic devices and enrollment has tripled since that time. UNCW students consistently remark that there are not enough electrical outlets in Randall Library. Our students are device dependent; e-readers, laptops, mobile phones, etc.  These devices are a core part of our students' learning experience.  

    In an effort to improve our facility and bring more power to students, the following work will be performed by December 6, in time for final exams:

    » 4 power poles installed on the first floor near Featured Books / Periodicals / Audio Books will provide power to 20 private or collaborative workstations.

    » 3 floor outlets installed in the Main Gallery will provide power to three collaborative workstations.

    » Upwards of 200 single-plug outlets installed on the second floor to provide power to all private study workstations around both atriums.

    Tell us what you think by leaving comments below.




  • January 22, 2013

    Coming Soon!

    We want to start talking about the "Library of the Future" and a new exhibit in our Sherman Hayes Gallery will kick-off the conversation with a look at innovative trends that are happening right now in libraries around the world.  Inspirational Spaces: 21st Century Academic Libraries will illustrate the latest in library architecture, furniture, technology, and more.  

    A section of the exhibit will be interactive: a spot where students, staff, and faculty can draw or suggest their ideas of what an academic library should be.  Here is your chance to imagine that a space in the library could be exactly as you want it; a place that meets your needs and encourages you to maximize your academic opportunities.  

    A twitter stream will also be be displayed so we can keep the conversation current: #futureofrandall @uncw_library

    Lectures, panel discussions, focus groups, and other events throughout the semester will facilitate dialogue about the Library of the Future.  Check back here for details.

    Look for the display in the beginning of February and join the conversation.  It's your library!



  • January 17, 2013

    Michael A. Papadeas of Kure Beach donated more than 100 Hellenic books to Randall Library. The books are a gift to Randall Library Special Collections. "These books are in such good condition," University Librarian Sarah Barabara Watstein said. "This donation shows that Mr. Papadeas recognizes the care and attention that the books will continue to receive from the Special Collections staff at Randall Library."

    A retired engineer and businessman, Mr. Papadeas collected the books over a 50-year period. The collection covers Greek history, culture and literature beginning in antiquity. Most are written in classical Greek; in Katharevousa, the conservative or "High" form of modern Greek; or in the demotic Greek spoken by most Greeks today. About 30 percent of the volumes are in English.

    Mr. Papadeas said he was inspired to make the gift after attending a 2011 lecture at Randall Library by Nicholas Gage, the Greek-American author of the best-selling "Eleni." Gage's appearance was sponsored by the Cape Fear chapter of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a Greek-American group.

    Mr. Papadeas holds a U.S. patent related to the testing of telephone channel filters, and he is the author of several technical papers and a business program management guide. He is also a published poet. His memoir  "Coming to America: A Memoir, 1938-1958” will be printed for distribution in early 2013.

    Sources:  The Seahawk, UNCW's student newspaper, Wilmington Star-News, 1/13/2013 and UNCW news release, 1/9/2013