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  • January 22, 2015
    Flash NONFICTION 2015 - Contest Announcement Coming Soon

    Our annual Flash contest has done a complete 180. This year we want to know the truth, and nothing but the truth.

    The Flash NONFICTION Contest theme and details will be announced Wednesday, February 4th at 8 am. 

    Check back for details ...

  • December 04, 2014
    Queering the YA

    Join two award-winning Young Adult authors, a literary agent, and a UNCW professor of literature for a discussion about LGBTQ-themed books for young adults.  Topics include:

    Why are LGBTQ themes important in YA books?
    How are LGBTQ books for young adults marketed?
    How can students join the conversation?

    Panelists:  May-lee Chai (UNCW Department of Creative Writing), Nina deGramont (UNCW Department of Creative Writing), Katie Peel (UNCW Department of English/Director of the Women's Studies & Resource Center) and Christopher Rhodes (James Fitzgerald Literary Agency, NYC)


    6-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2015
    Randall Library, Sherman Hayes Gallery*

    Sponsored by UNCW, the LGBTQIA Resource Office, the Department of Creative Writing, Randall Library, and the Women's Studies & Resource Center.

    *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.

  • November 19, 2014
    Mike McIntyre Donates Papers

    Congressman Mike McIntyre, North Carolina's Seventh District Representative, continues his longstanding support of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the region through a donation of his congressional papers to the William Madison Randall Library Special Collections, the University announced on November 10, 2014.

    Since his election in 1996, Rep. McIntyre's dedication and leadership have played an integral role in securing significant federal funding on behalf of UNCW. During his tenure in Congress, UNCW has received over one hundred million dollars in federal grants and contracts, supporting multiple initiatives across campus including the construction of UNCW's MARBIONC facility in CREST Research Park; the Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program; assistive technology in the Watson College of Education; distance education capabilities and community health outreach in the School of Nursing; and Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention programs.

    "It is a great honor and privilege to be able to donate my Congressional Collection to this esteemed university, located in the heart of Southeastern North Carolina, where our energy and efforts have been focused over the course of my 18 years in Congress,” said Congressman McIntyre. “This Congressional collection is a living history of the events that shaped our lives in Southeastern North Carolina over the past two decades, and it serves as a testament to the indelible partnerships we have been blessed to create with the people of the 7th district."

    The donated documents span McIntyre's nine Congressional terms. The collection will also contain photographs, oral histories, artifacts, congressional awards and recognitions and will allow students, faculty, staff and other researchers to better understand the legislative process and North Carolina's history.

    These documents will undergo archival processing and be made available to the public for research purposes. McIntyre has also made a gift to Randall Library to offset the anticipated cost of archival processing. The collection will not be available until late 2015.

    "Congressman McIntyre's generous contribution will be a great point of pride in Randall Library's Special Collections and will be a significant source of research material for UNCW's students, faculty, staff and the Wilmington community for years to come," said Sarah Watstein, UNCW librarian.

    Throughout his tenure, McIntyre has been a leader on coastal, veterans, senior citizens, and law enforcement issues, and has been an advocate for improved health care and education. He is a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, and has won multiple awards and received honors on international, national, regional, and state levels for his leadership and innovation. In 2004, UNCW bestowed Rep. McIntyre with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

    Randall Library Special Collections contains rare books, manuscripts, and other materials that have special historical significance for the Lower Cape Fear Region, including the North Carolina Coastal Federation manuscript collection and papers of Congressman Alton Lennon.

  • November 10, 2014

    Learn how to use EndNote Basic, a free online tool for organizing and managing all of your citations. Used in conjunction with databases available from Randall Library and Microsoft Word, EndNote Basic allows you to create bibliographies, in-text citations and reference lists in most citation formats with just a few clicks. From discovery to production, EndNote Basic will help you organize, manage and format your references with ease. EndNote Basic is especially useful for honors students, DIS students, and graduate students working on research projects that require a literature review. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop if they have one.

    Location: RL 1022


    November 11 12pm - 1pm

    November 11 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    November 19 5:30pm - 6:30pm

  • November 06, 2014
    Recharge at Randall - Massages and Food for Students During Finals

    Recharge @ Randall - Monday, December 8, beginning at 7 pm

    Randall Library knows that final exams can be stressful, so we invite you to take a study break and recharge!

    All UNCW students are welcome to join us Monday evening on December 8th for two events designed to relieve stress and provide much-needed rejuvenation at this busy time of year.

    7 pm-8:45 pm in RL 1022 – College of Wilmington massage therapists will offer free 15-minute chair massages to students.  Sign up in person beginning at 6:45 pm to secure a slot!

    9pm on the first floor of Randall Library – Let us treat you to bagels, granola bars, cheese, fresh fruit, juice and coffee to help you power through your final exams.  Refreshments available while supplies last.

    Recharge @ Randall is made possible by Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, the Counseling Center, Health Promotion, Port City Java, Randall Library, and Student Affairs.

  • October 06, 2014
    changes to library resource

    Do you use EBSCOhost databases such as Academic Search Complete?  If so, please be aware that beginning January 1st, 2015, many of our EBSCO databases are being replaced by comparable databases provided by ProQuest.  Although you will no longer have access to some of the library resources you may be accustomed to using, the databases, content and tools available from ProQuest are comparable to or better than similar resources provided by EBSCO. 

    To learn if a database you use will be affected and to see what the comparable replacement will be, please refer to the chart on our 2015 Database Changes page.

    How to Prepare

    Why are these changes happening?

    NC LIVE (North Carolina Libraries for Virtual Education) provides many online resources to public and academic libraries statewide (including all UNC institutions and NC community colleges).  We are fortunate to have this resource supplementing the subscriptions paid for by Randall Library/UNCW.  Databases, journals, e-books, and e-videos are expensive, and libraries depend on consortiums like NC LIVE to assist them in providing user access to important information sources.  Precipitated by funding constraints, but also in response to a review of their provided content, NC LIVE has made significant changes to the subscription resources it provides to us and other NC institutions.  The NC LIVE “2015-17 Resources Announcement,” from the Executive Director of NC LIVE, contains more information about how and why these decisions were made.

    Questions? Please contact your Liaison Librarian

  • October 01, 2014
    Wentworth Fellows Poster Session

    Wentworth Fellows Showcase

    Meet the Fellows in person Wednesday, October 8, 2-4 pm

    The Wentworth Fellowship, a gift of Mr. Charles F. Green III, was established in 2001 to enable a select number of students to travel to sites, in America or abroad, associated with literary authors and texts. This year's recipients traveled to places as far as Japan and Argentina. For more information about Wentworth Travel Fellowships, visit this link here.

    Presenting this year are: Elizabeth Bernardo, Brittney Knotts, John Osborne, Roxy Simons, Chris Hathaway, Samantha Taylor, Henry (Hank) Blanton, Melissa Stone, and Alexandra (Alex) Doria

    Please stop by the Randall Library information table at 3 pm on October 8th to learn about how Randall Library can provide support and assistance to you when you embark on a research project, or you can also visit the library resources webpage to learn how we can support projects like this!

    Caylee Reid visits home of author Virginia Woolf, London, England I

    Meet the Fellows in our digital gallery

    Gallery includes bios of the scholars, student written profiles of the scholars, and various photographs from recent trips. The Wentworth Scholar Digital Gallery can be viewed here.

    Special thanks to English Faculty member, and Wentworth Fellowship committee chair, Dr. Alex Porco, and to Kimi Faxon Hemingway and her journalism students.

  • September 25, 2014
    Randall Library Fall Faculty Day

    Join us Tuesday, October 21 for two events of special interest to UNCW Faculty.

    1:00 – 2:30 pm: Open Access Discussion

    - Join faculty in a discussion about Open Access (more information below)

    - This event is part of International Open Access Week (Oct. 20-26)

    3:00 – 5:00 pm: Faculty Open House and Reception

    - Learn about important library services and resources.

    - Learn how Randall Library can assist with your research needs.

    - Meet with your departmental liaison librarian.

    - Discuss subject area collection development needs.

    Both events held in RL #1022, located just past the DVDs on the first floor of Randall Library. Snacks and drinks will be served during both events and faculty are encouraged to “drop in” any time during the open house.

    What is Open-Access?
    The free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

    What is Open-Access Week?
    A global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. October 20-26.

    How is Randall Library participating in Open-Access Week?
    Join us Tuesday, October 21 from 1-2:30 pm in RL1022, for a brown-bag discussion about Open Access - both opportunities and challenges. UNCW Faculty who have published via Open-Access will be on hand to discuss the process.

    Further information about Open-Access Week can be found here: http://www.openaccessweek.org/

  • September 25, 2014
    Shooting the Curl  - Panel Discussion
    50 Years of Surf Photography in Southeastern North Carolina
    Fifty years ago, Southeastern North Carolina’s modern era of surfing began on the peripheries of local beach culture.  Since then, surfing has evolved into a complex sport and lifestyle, enticing a growing number of individuals each year to pick up a board and hit the waves.  Throughout this time, UNCW has remained an increasingly popular destination for students seeking to further their education while having access to a quality surfing environment.  This exhibit highlights the golden anniversary of surfing in our region through the photography and experiences of UNCW students and alumni.

    Please join us in the Randall Library Auditorium on October 22, 2014 at 6pm for a panel discussion and reception. Moderating the discussion is Cody Leutgens, founder of Surf City Surf School, editor at large of Local Sessions  and UNCW alum. Panelists include Chris McQuiston, publisher of Local Sessions and current UNCW students and photographers, Andy Conner, Chandler Hatch, and Jake Zlotnick. Refreshments will be provided by local restaurant Tower 7.





    For more information on the exhibit, opening reception and panel discussion, or participating in the online component of the exhibit, please visit the “Shooting the Curl” website.


  • September 19, 2014
    Banned Books Week Randall Library Exhibit

    Banned Books Week - Celebrating the Freedom to Read
    September 21-28, 2014

    An exhibit on Randall Library's second floor features recently banned or challenged books hand chosen and discussed by Prof. Michelle Manning's ENG 382 Ways of Teaching Literature students; redacted FBI files from our Government Documents Collection; and items from our general collection that inspire the freedom to read. Visit the online exhibit.

    You can also celebrate by joining the UNCW English Department for a Read-Out in front of Randall Library (near the bench with the sitting Seahawk) on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 4 - 5:40 pm —100 minutes to honor the top 100 challenged/banned books! (Rain date is Thursday, Sept. 25, same time and location.) To participate, please grab your favorite banned book, check one out from the Randall Library Banned Books Week Exhibit, or select one from the box that will be on hand, and read a short excerpt from your text.  

    For more information about Banned Book Week http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek

    100 Most Frequently Challenged Books: 1990-1999 http://www.ala.org/bbooks/100-most-frequently-challenged-books-1990%E2%80%931999

    Frequently Challenged Books of the 21st Century http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10