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  • March 12, 2014

    NOTE: The system update is complete; please begin to update your library links as described below.

    If you have links to the library catalog, library books, ejournals, databases or articles that you are using in Blackboard Learn, your webpages, on syllabi or that you have bookmarked, you may be affected by the library system update scheduled for Thursday, March 6, 2014. Randall Library will be updating links in the library catalog and on library websites, and therefore if you have been linking directly to library resources you will have to update the links you have been using.

    To help ease the transition, we have created a Link Translator Tool available at: http://library.uncw.edu/link_translator. You can simply paste in your current links to books, articles, ejournals, databases – anything library related – and if your link needs updating the tool will create the new link for you. 

    How do I know if my links need updating?

    If you have copied and pasted links from the library catalog or from a library database and the link has “uncclc.coast.uncwil.edu” somewhere in it, it will need to be updated. Links that contain “library.uncw.edu” will NOT have to be updated. If you are unsure, use the Link Translator Tool:  http://library.uncw.edu/link_translator

    How do I get the new link?

    Visit the Link Translator Tool available at: http://library.uncw.edu/link_translator. Paste in your current links to books, articles, ejournals, databases – anything library related – and if your link needs updating, the tool will create the new link for you.  If it doesn’t need updating, it will tell you that too.

    When will I need the new links?

    The new links will go into effect after the system update is completed on Thursday, March 6th.

    When will the current links stop working?

    The old links will continue to work for several weeks after the update, but will not reflect updated information. To make sure you are able to accurately access library resources you will want to update your links as soon as possible after Thursday, March 6th.

    If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us via email, phone, chat or text at http://library.uncw.edu/ask.

  • March 12, 2014

    Randall Library has a new image resource, ARTstor, with over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. Learn how it can help you!

  • March 10, 2014

    NOTE: As of 3/10/2014 this update has been completed! Please update your library links as described below.

    On Tuesday, March 4th and Thursday, March 6th Randall Library will be updating the library system. On these dates, some online library services will experience downtime. These include:

    • The library catalog (which includes the searching options “Books & More” and “Videos”)
    • Online access to “My Library Account” including renewals of books and videos
    • Any “proxied”* links to ejournals, databases and articles
    • Fine & fee payments, placing holds and purchasing borrower cards at the Circulation Desk

    During this downtime, you will still be able to check out and return items at the Circulation Desk.

    There are some workarounds that you can employ to continue to access ejournals, databases and articles.

    1. Access library resources from an on-campus computer.

    Once the upgrade is complete on March 6th, this change will have major impacts on links to the library catalog, books, ejournals, databases and articles that you may have been using in Blackboard Learn, in your webpages or on syllabi. To learn more about those changes and how to prepare, please visit: http://library.uncw.edu/news/update_links_march2014.

    *”Proxied” links contain “libcat.uncw.edu”  somewhere in the url.

  • March 06, 2014

    Randall Library welcomes Chair and Professor of the UNCG Department of Library & Information Studies, Dr. Clara Chu.

    Dr. Chu will share trends and efforts in adapting library and information education, and preparing the next generation of librarians. She will also describe the online or face to face MLIS program at UNCG, which is preparing new librarians with the mindset and skills to provide information services to their diverse communities in 21st century libraries. 

    Light Refreshments will be served.

    Tuesday, March 11, Noon - 1 pm, Randall Library RM 1045

  • March 06, 2014

    March is Women's History Month and the Women’s Studies and Resource Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is proud to host the 2014 SEWSA (Southeastern Women's Studies Association) conference on the UNCW campus March 27-29.

    In keeping with this year's conference theme, The Ebb and Flow: Navigating the Changing Landscapes of Feminism, a new display at Randall Library, Women Writers and Appalachia, celebrates the diverse writing that comes out of or is inspired by the Appalachian region of North America, and especially honors this year's conference Keynote Speaker, Nikky Finney.

    Finney is the John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina, and, along with numerous collections of poetry, has authored Heartwood (1997), edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.

    Alongside Finney's work in the display you will find books of fiction and poetry from other women writers of Appalachia that should be read. The exhibit also includes library materials like maps, narratives, videos and more, that tie to the Appalachian Community of the Carolinas and beyond.

    Women Writers and Appalachia will be on display in our Government Documents Area on the 2nd fl. through April.

    For more information on SEWSA, including a list of conference events, click here.

  • March 03, 2014

    Learning Commons 3

    Beginning Tuesday, March 4 and lasting throughout the spring semester, expect to see changes on Randall Library's 1st floor as we expand our Learning Commons to the area adjacent to our Circulation Desk and to Port City Java. Powered in part by Academic Affairs, Learning Commons 3 (LC3) is the next phase of improvements to the library. Enhancements include brand new workstations; increased wifi connections; the addition of electrical outlets; installation of collaborative study pods; and more comfortable seating. This expansion provides the opportunity to rethink the layout of the physical collections currently housed on our 1st floor. As a result, collections’ analysis is taking place, and periodicals, audio books, DVDs and VHS, and music CDs will be relocated.

    What Can You Expect?

    Over the next few weeks, collections currently housed in the LC3 area will be relocated within the library. These moves will be announced at least 24 hours in advance and information about these moves can be accessed online at library.uncw.edu/news and on our Facebook page.

    In addition to web updates, physical signs will help orient library users. Immediate assistance in locating materials is always available at our Learning Commons Help Desk.

    Starting in early April, current furniture in the LC3 area will either be relocated within Randall Library or, if the furniture is damaged or not needed, sent to the University's Surplus Warehouse. The expansion of LC3, plus the relocation of current furniture, will slightly increase the library's seat count.  These moves will be announced at least 24 hours in advance and information about these moves can be accessed at library.uncw.edu/news and on our Facebook page.

    Towards the middle and end of April (tentatively), new workstations and chairs will be delivered to the LC3 area and finishing touches to wifi and electrical work will be performed. This may cause minor disruptions to library users. Notice of deliveries and work will be announced at least 24 hours in advance and information about these moves can be accessed at library.uncw.edu/news and on our Facebook page.

    Finally, as the semester winds down, and following final exams, two collaborative study pods will be delivered and installed.

    We look forward to your joining us for a small opening celebration for LC3. Details will be announced online and on social media.


  • February 27, 2014

    Learn about selecting and searching the right databases for your research topics, advanced Web searching techniques and how to get assistance at Randall Library with your individual research. Also learn about graduate level writing techniques and services to assist you with your writing.

  • February 24, 2014

    Randall Library at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is proud to host the traveling exhibit entitled, “Most Threatened Historic Places” via the Historic Wilmington Foundation.  Among the listings displayed in this exhibit is the Dubois Boatwright House, located at 14 S. 3rd Street, and is one of Wilmington’s five oldest buildings, constructed in 1769. Not just historic homes are threatened, but the original windows used to construct these homes are improperly removed when historic homes are scheduled to be repaired, thus threatening an integral part of the historic homes themselves.

    Educational buildings from the early 20th century in the Pender county area are also included in this list.  These buildings, specifically known as the Rosenwald Schools, were schools built to educate African American students during this time.  Interestingly enough, it is not just a lack of care and years of deterioration that have contributed to the current state of these schools, but new development along the Highway 17 corridor that also poses a threat to the schools. 

    For more information about threatened structures in and around Wilmington and how you can help, please visitHistoric Wilmington Foundation

    The exhibit will be on display in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on Randall Library's first floor from February 24th-March 14, 2014.

  • February 24, 2014

    At this workshop, we will provide an overview of the resources and services available to faculty and instructors at Randall Library. We will discuss the support we offer for your research and teaching and provide plenty of time for questions and discussion. The workshop is particularly geared towards new faculty, although anyone who wants to learn more about library services and resources is welcome to attend! Light refreshments will be served.

  • February 20, 2014

    A new display in Special Collections explores Africa through the eyes of renowned anthropologist Stuart Marks.

    Observing Africa: The Life & Career of Stuart Marks consists of letters, photographs, newspaper articles, journals, maps, publications, and artifacts spanning Stuart Marks' life from papers written during his high school education at Central School in the Belgian Congo in the 1950s to professional publications through the 2000s. The collection also contains weapons, and textiles from Marks' time in Africa. 

    View the Stuart Marks Digital Collection here.

    Pleae help us welcome Stuart Marks and other guests at the Observing Africa opening reception, Friday, Mar. 14, at 5 pm, Special Collections.