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  • August 27, 2014

    UNC Wilmington's Autumn Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creativity 

    Approximately 50 posters highlighting innovative student research and creative scholarly activity will be on display Monday, Oct. 27 - Monday, Nov. 3 on Randall Library's second floor.* A reception will be held Wednesday, Octover 29 from 4:30 - 6pm, with students on hand to discuss methods and results.

    Sponsored by UNC Wilmington's Center for Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CSURF) and the Honors Scholars College, the posters represent a variety of research in areas such as the sciences, humanities, and professional schools and colleges. Distinguished recipients of the CSURF Undergraduate Research Fellowships and CSURF Research Travel Awards will be in attendance, as well as university and departmental honors students. 

    *Please note that some study areas on the first floor of the library will be relocated to accommodate this showcase!

  • August 26, 2014

    Randall Library is buzzing as the new academic year begins, and on behalf of Randall Library staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to campus!  I hope you had a wonderful summer!

    One of the most important resources on campus for fostering student academic success, Randall Library promotes discovery, imagination, collaboration, literacy of all kinds, and education. 

    Randall Library is...

    There are still books, but the main focus is on access to information, critical and creative thinking, and spaces and services that support your academic success.

    We continue to enjoy the collaboration with our neighbors in the building – the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Honors College, iPrint, Port City Java, the Technology Assistance Center, and the Women’s Resource and Study Center.

    Please consult our Website to help you become familiar with Randall Library and identify key services and personal contacts you may find helpful.  Remember to check out our Website for information on Library-sponsored or hosted events.

    We also invite you to visit the Library for a firsthand look at what the Library has to offer and to make an individual research consultation appointment for a more in-depth discussion with a librarian about the wealth of information available to you.

    Again, welcome. Do not hesitate to let any of us know how we can assist you with your study and research.


    Sarah Barbara Watstein
    University Librarian

  • August 25, 2014
    Synergy Common Reading Exhibit

    Exploring Anorak's Almanac is an interactive exhibit showcasing themes found in the 2014/15 Synergy Common Reading book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. A large mural containing 1980s icons pays homage to classic video games and library users are urged to locate certain icons in the mural by using the provided clues.

    Materials from the Randall Library collection that tie to the novel's themes will be featured in the exhibit and available for circulation.

    Exhibit runs August 27th through December 15th in our Second Floor Gallery.

    For details about  UNCW’s Synergy Common Reading Experience, including a list of events, visit the University College webpage.


  • August 15, 2014
    New library homepage

    We've made a number of changes to our website over the summer and all of these changes were based on feedback from our users.

    On the homepage we've freshened up the layout, reduced the clutter and updated the search box. The search box, powered by UNCW WorldCat Local, is used to search for books, articles, journals, videos, music, and government documents held by UNCW and other libraries worldwide. Visit our Using WorldCat Local guide for more information.

    We hope you like the changes! Try it out and tell us what you think.

  • August 15, 2014

    Beginning August 17, 2014 the Circulation Desk will close at 12:00 am (Midnight) and reopen at 7:00 am Monday through Friday.

    Course Reserves, DVD checkout, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), and holding services will be unavailable during this time.

    The self-checkout kiosk next to the graduate computer lab on the 2nd floor can be used for checking out books.

    Building access from 10:00 pm until 7:00 am requires a valid UNCW OneCard.

  • August 12, 2014

    Effective with the fall semester 2014 the Library will use Blackboard Learn to host course reserve readings and to provide links to physical items housed in the Library. The change to hosting course reserves in Blackboard provides students with easy access to all their course reserve materials without requiring a separate logon process.

    Students may refer to this document for help accessing their courses in Blackboard.

    Visit our Course Reserves page for more information.

  • August 11, 2014
    Alumna's sculpture installed at Randall Library

    "Yesterday," a steel sculpture by UNCW graduate Ally Favory, has been installed in the Port City Java at Randall Library.

    Ms. Favory earned her degree in Studio Art from UNCW in 2013. An Honors College student, she minored in Anthropology Studies. While at UNCW, Ms. Favory received the Ann Flack Boseman Scholarship — earning her a solo show at the Fisher Student Center — and a Penland School of Crafts Higher Education Partnership Scholarship — allowing her to complete a workshop in Contemporary Forging from the esteemed North Carolina school. She will return to Penland in a few weeks to take another course.

    Ms. Favory is drawn to creating organic shapes and working with the natural tendencies of material. She enjoys designs that have a lot of movement to guide viewers' eyes as they "read" the artwork. Typically, Ms. Favory works in steel, found wood, and handmade paper. 

    Randall Library is dedicated to collecting art from southeast North Carolina. We are particularly interested in the work of artists who are either UNCW students (current or former) or UNCW staff/faculty (current or former).

  • August 07, 2014
    UNCW Randall Library Learning Commons 3 LC3

    We've been busy this summer...

    Welcome to the third phase of Randall Library's Learning Commons, located adjacent to our Circulation Desk and to Port City Java! 

    Powered in part by Academic Affairs, LC3 enhancements include brand new workstations; increased wifi connections; the addition of electrical outlets; 2 collaborative study pods (available on our Reservation System); and more comfortable seating.

    The creation of LC3 provided  the opportunity to rethink locations for the physical collections that were housed on the  first floor. Here are the changes:

    • Current perioidcals have been incorporated into the new design
    • Featured new books and audio books have been relocated to an area on the first floor near RL1022
    • DVDs were shifted and remain accessible near our Learning Commons, and 
    • VHS tapes and music CDs have been moved to the second floor


    Most of the furniture previously found in this area has been relocated to other parts of the building. In fact, the addition of LC3, along with other recent moves, allows us to boast 83 more workstations than we had one year ago!

    Questions, comments? Please send us an libref [at] uncw [dot] edu (email).


  • July 30, 2014

    Thirsty Tome is an annual event celebrating the culture of creative writing at UNCW and in our community.

    This year we welcome poet Malena Mörling and young adult fiction writer Nina de Gramont —  both are professors in UNCW's Department of Creative Writing.

    Mörling and de Gramont will read from and discuss their work alongside selected graduate students who will read original work from their respective genres. (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction)

    Tuesday, August 26, 6:00--8:00 pm, Sherman Hayes Gallery

    Refreshments will be served.

    To explore more about writing in North Carolina, visit the NC Writers Network!

  • July 30, 2014

    An event and opening reception for The Jewel in the Crown: The University of North Carolina Wilmington - A Journey and Legacy 

    This exhibit illustrates the university's journey from its origins as a two-year college serving World War II veterans to the present day. the exhibit showcases the first students who were enrolled in technical courses such as masonry, drafting, and air-conditioning and refrigeration.

    Please join us on Wednesday, August 27th at 5 pm in the Randall Library Auditorium (RL2047) for an opening event and panel discussion followed by a guided tour of the exhibit.


    Panelists include:

    Dorothy Powell Marshall, Wilmington College business faculty member beginning in 1949 and later serving as Director of Admissions and Registrar. She retired as registrar in 1992; Bertha Todd, Former Williston College Librarian, later serving as Hoggard High School Principal; and Ty Rowell, Former UNCW Vice Chancellor for University Advancement

    Refreshments will be served.

    Exhibit runs August 27th through December 15th in Randall Library Special Collections (RL2042) on the second floor.