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  • December 09, 2013

    When the time came to choose artwork for our redesigned Circulation Area, we kept things local.

    Made possible though a posthumous donation by local artist and former director of the Cape Fear Museum (1966-78) Gary Eyster, we purchased four pieces by Topher Alexander and a large installation by Sean Ruttkay. Both artists, in addition to calling Wilmington home, are UNCW alumni.

    Topher Alexander's "Two Bridges at Smith Creek"

    Anchoring the new Circulation Desk are three of Alexander's original woodblock prints. His large oil painting, depicting the two bridges at Wilmington's Smith Creek (left), is located near the public elevator and has become one of the first pieces of art a visitor will see upon entering the library.
    Topher Alexander, UNCW class of 2013, was the recipient of the Ann Flack Boseman Scholarship and recently one of his large woodblock prints was purchased and installed in the Fisher Student Union. Visit Topher's website to learn more about his art.



    Sean Ruttkay's "Nature in Academia"Right past the Circulation Desk, and just before Port City Java, you'll find "Nature in Academia," (left) an installation by Sean Ruttkay.The installation, made from 18 individual pieces of Ruttkay's unique design, tells a story of Wilmington's rich coastal heritage.

    Sean Ruttkay, UNCW class of 2005, is the founder of Element Digital Art, and his work has been purchased and displayed in businesses throughout New Hanover County.


    Through these selections, Randall Library upholds two of UNCW's main values: a commitment to the journey of learning and a love of place. The work also exemplifies the Library's mission of collecting and preserving art from Southeast North Carolina.


  • December 06, 2013

    If you use Google Scholar to search for articles you'll notice a new feature: links to articles provided by UNCW Randall Library.

    Often Google Scholar links to commercial publisher websites that may ask you to buy a subscription or pay to access an article… Do not pay for articles! Look for the Find article @ UNCW link. Randall Library already provides access to many  journal articles indexed in Google Scholar.

    If you are off-campus, and do not see the Find article @ UNCW link, you can configure your Google settings so that you will see the link.

    1. Go to Google Scholar
    2. Sign in to your Google Account (or create an account)
    3. Click on Settings (top center of screen)
    4. Click on Library Links in the left hand menu
    5. Search for "University of North Carolina Wilmington"
    6. Click in the check box for UNCW
    7. Click Save
  • December 02, 2013

    Randall Library with support from Academic Affairs, Business Affairs/Auxiliary Services, and Student Affairs, presents Moonlight Munchies ...

    ... a late-night study break for students during final exams.

    We'll provide bagels, muffins, and fruit and Port City Java will serve coffee.

    Monday, December 9, 2013. Starting at 9 p.m.  Randall Library, First Floor

    Food will be refreshed every 30 minutes until 11 p.m.

    First come first serve ...

  • December 02, 2013

    During the week of December 16, 2013 article searching on the library's website will get a facelift! We will be replacing "EBSCOhost Integrated Search" with "WorldCat Local" for improved searching.

    Check out our demo page where you can try out the new search box: New Article Search: WorldCat Local. Try it today!

    Want to learn more about how it works? Visit Using WorldCat Local for search tips.

    How to search for articles in WorldCat Local

    What Will Change?

    • Article searching on our homepage will go to WorldCat Local instead of EBSCO's Integrated Search.

    What will NOT change?

    • The articles, journals and databases you have access to.
    • The way you search for books, DVDs and specific journal titles*.
    • The ability to search specific eResources/Databases. Visit our Find eResources/Databases page for access.

    Why Are We Making This Change?

    We are committed to improving the library search process for our students, staff and faculty. WorldCat Local is a search tool that offers:

    • Quicker response time
    • Quicker access to the full-text of articles
    • Central point of discovery for millions of articles
    • Access to articles from current library resources, including JSTOR, EBSCO's databases such as Academic Search Complete, ProQuest, Project Muse, ScienceDirect and many more

    Will There Be More Changes?

    *Yes! WorldCat Local will become the primary interface for search and discovery for all library resources including books, DVD's, articles, journals, government documents, and more.  Look for announcements coming spring and summer 2014!

    Questions or Concerns?

    Please submit your comments or questions through our feedback form.

  • December 02, 2013

    ALERT: Due to the snow/ice storm on its way, we have canceled this film screening of "Vietnam Nurses" on Wednesday 1/29.

    We do apologize for the inconvenience and wish everyone a safe week ahead!

    RESCHEDULED for March 12, 4:00-6:00 p.m.


    As part of The Big Read Greater Wilmington*, please join us for the Emmy Award winning documentary,Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delaney (2006). This film reveals the emotional story of the women whose lives were changed by the casualties of war. What they saw, what they did, and what it cost them is a true tale of American heroism. For the first time, Vietnam nurses describe the horrors they witnessed, the care they provided, and the emotional scars they earned. These are the unheard voices of the mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and friends who lost their innocence to war but never lost their heart.

    Panelists: Roger Lowery, Susan Marshall, April Matthias

    This is a free event and is co-sponsored by UNCW's Women's Studies and Resource Center and Randall Library

    Wed. Jan. 29, 4 p.m. in the auditorium at Randall Library RL2047

    More information about The Big Read, including a comprehensive list of community events.



    *The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.



  • December 02, 2013

    The Vietnam War still has the power to divide Americans between those for it and those against. Today it also divides us, just as surely, between those who remember its era firsthand and those not yet born when the troops came home. There may be no better bridge across these twin divides than Tim O’Brien’s novel in stories The Things They Carried. The details of warfare may have changed since Vietnam, but O’Brien’s semi-autobiographical account of a young platoon on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings, continues to win legions of dedicated readers, both in uniform and out.

    O’Brien makes a special appearance in Wilmington, NC to discuss The Things They Carried and about the process of transforming actual experience and events into fiction. He will read excerpts from the book and share personal anecdotes.
    Book signing to follow.  

    Contact the Kenan Auditorium Box Office for tickets (910-962-3500). Limit of 4 per person.

    Free Event

    Wed. January 15, 7-9 p.m, Kenan Auditorium

    More information about The Big Read, including a comprehensive list of community events.


    *The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.



  • December 02, 2013

    As part of The Big Read Greater Wilmington*, please join us for a book discussion on The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. The discussion will be moderated by Creative Writing faculty member, and recipient of a 2013 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Rebecca Lee.

    All are welcome, Wed. Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. in Randall Library's Special Collections RL2042C.

    More information about The Big Read, including a comprehensive list of community events.



    *The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.



  • November 15, 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.

     virtual shelf bullet See our new expanded virtual bookshelf

  • November 11, 2013

    Please join us in recognizing Dr. R. T Sinclair as the 2013 Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in the Morton Hall Auditorium, Room 100, at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

    This award is given annually by the UNCW Honors Scholars College and Randall Library to a person from the Cape Fear area who exemplifies the attributes or interests of Albert Schweitzer. Each scholar delivers a lecture to the freshman honors seminar and is recognized for his or her contributions at the annual program and reception.

    Sinclair was a founder of Cape Fear Memorial Hospital, and later Cape Fear Memorial Foundation.  He was also instrumental in developing the Cornelia Nixon Davis Healthcare Center.  His life is a testament to service and helping others.  He has also inspired students to excel and pursue their dreams.

    As a physician, radiologist, visionary, and philanthropist, Sinclair has served the people of the Cape Fear region for decades, making a significant difference to them in the areas of medicine and humanitarian efforts while exemplifying the ideals of Schweitzer’s belief in the “reverence for life.”

    The Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholars Award is the legacy of the Albert Schweitzer International Prizes. On the UNCW campus, from 1973 to 1993, the prizes were awarded to recognize individuals who had contributed significantly in the areas on music, medicine, or humanitarian efforts—areas that exemplify the interests and contributions of Albert Schweitzer. Based on his or her contributions in one or more of these areas, the Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar is chosen annually by members of the Honors College and staff of Randall Library.

  • November 01, 2013

    Please join us Thurs. Nov. 7 starting at 1:30 p.m. as we welcome an Apple Senior Systems Engineer for two Information Sessions!

    B1NAR1ES Technology Store, ITS, and Randall Library are pleased to co-sponsor the presentations which will take place on the first floor of Randall Library near TAC.


    1:30 p.m. - iOS 7, Overview of New Features for iPad and iPhone: Control Center, Airdrop and smarter multitasking are just a few of the great new features in iOS 7. Come for an overview and see how iOS has been enhanced.

    3:30 p.m. - Mac OS X Mavericks — New Tricks and Tips: Find out how to get Mavericks for free and learn some new tricks and tips on using the newest operating system on your mac.