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  • September 24, 2013

    Randall Library is proud to host a new exhibit by UNCW alumnus and founder of Element Digital Art, Sean Ruttkay.

    Ruttkay's work doesn't just inspire awe with its size but also serenity with its keen interpretation of the power that is water. The Aesthetic of Water - The Art of Sean Ruttkay brings his unique style, already a staple in retail shops and restaurants throughout Wilmington, to Randall Library and helps UNCW celebrate this year's Synergy Common Reading selection, The Wave by Susan Casey.

    The exhibit begins Wednesday, August 21 and will be up throughout the fall semester in our Second Floor Gallery.

    An official opening reception including a lecture by Sean Ruttkay is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m.

    For more information about Sean Ruttkay and Element Digital Art, please visit his website. You can also check him out on Instagram: @edasurf

    Further information about Synergy, UNCW's Common Reading Experience, can be found on the Common Reading webpage.

  • September 24, 2013

    Kids in your life aged 4-7?  Bring them to Literacy Live! Come join us as we dive into the world of storms.  We'll experience the sounds and sights associated with thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes together in our hands-on learning stations!

    This event will be on Saturday, 1:00-3:00 pm in the Education Building atrium.  The program is for ages 4-7 (must be accompanied by an adult).  Programs are free, but registration is required at http://library.uncw.edu/cmc/literacy_live

    For more information, please contact Kathryn Batten at (910) 962-7291 or battenk [at] uncw [dot] edu.  Free parking is available in Lot Q, off Randall Drive, by the Cultural Arts Building (view map).

  • September 20, 2013

    Please stop by a new exhibit on the second floor for Banned Books Week 2013, September 22-28.

    An annual event celebrating the freedom to read, Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information bringing together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

    This year's exhibit, a collaboration between Randall Library and the Dept. of English, features the work of Dr. Michelle Manning's ENG382 students, Ways of Teaching Literature. Frequently challenged or banned books from our collection are also on display and available for checkout.

    The Banned Books Week exhibit is located on the second floor of Randall Library near Government Documents. Exhibits like this are made possible by Randall Library's Programming & Exhibits Team, supporting the library's mission by organizing and executing events that support the scholarship and artistic activities of the UNCW community.

  • September 17, 2013

    Randall Library has a NEW image database, ARTstor.Artstor Spotlight Announcement Screenshot

    The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. 

    Also, some of the images can be used for student and faculty scholarship through the Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program. “The IAP makes available publication-quality images for use in scholarly publications free of charge.”

    To access ARTstor Digital Library, go to http://0-library.artstor.org.libcat.uncw.edu/library/welcome.html. You can also find the link for ARTstor on our Databases A-Z list under "A." 

    Registered users can download individual images from the ARTstor Digital Library so remember to register for a free user account.

    The library will offer training sessions in early Fall, more details to come.

    Please contact Melissa Raymer (ARTstor Campus Administrator), raymerm [at] uncw [dot] edu, if you have any questions or to request instructor privileges.

  • September 16, 2013

    Learn how to access resources available through Randall Library as well as finding credible resources on the web.  Feel free to bring research assignments to this workshop. 

  • September 13, 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 Professor and author of seven books including his most recent Down the Wild Cape Fear (2013), Philip Gerard.

    All are welcome, Wed. Jan. 22 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.


  • September 06, 2013

    UNC Wilmington’s Center for Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CSURF), the Honors College, Undergraduate Studies, The Graduate School, and Randall Library announce the next UNCW Student Research and Creativity Showcase ... the first showcase to be held during a fall semester.

    The showcase will run Wed. Oct. 30 thru Tues. Nov. 5 on the second floor of Randall Library adjacent to Honors College.

    Posters on display will represent a variety of research areas, including creative work, scientific studies, and applied research.  Each of  UNCW's Colleges and the Graduate School will be represented.

    Special badges on select posters indicate the author's involvement in special opportunities with their research such as UNCW Fellowship recipients and CSURF Travel Award recipients. A number of undergraduate students will be recognized as UNCW Undergraduate Research Scholars and Distinguished Scholars due to their extended record of involvement in undergraduate research or creative scholarship on and off campus. 

    A small ceremony to begin the showcase will be held on Wed. Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. on the first floor of Randall Library. Refreshments will be served.

  • August 30, 2013

    Need to return library books? You don't have to go all the way to Randall Library! Look for our new bookdrop located by the ATMs in Fisher Student Union. We check this bookdrop once a day, Monday through Friday. Please bring any overdue items to the library.

  • August 30, 2013

    Every year, Synergy, UNCW's Common Reading Experience, is celebrated with an exhibit at Randall Library. What happens when security enhancements at the entrance and a redesign of the Circulation Area make finding dedicated space for an exhibit difficult? Randall Library staff and faculty come together and improvise!

    This year's exhibit, tied to Susan Casey's The Wave, can be found to the left as you enter Randall Library on a wooden display designed by John Crawford, the library's Digital and Visual Media Coordinator, and built by Dan Pfohl, the library's Associate Director of Library Information Technology and Systems. Since it is mobile, we are able to put the exhibit wherever it belongs. Most likely, you'll see the Synergy display the moment you walk into the Library; or on your way to the newly opened Port City Java.  

    The satellite exhibit is two sided. One side of the exhibit is populated with images inspired by The Wave and other Synergy-themed materials that were culled from our collection by Peter Fritzer, Science Librarian, and Lisa Coats, First Year Engagement Librarian — these books and videos are available for check out!

    The other side serves as a sneak peak of a larger exhibit. The Aesthetic of Water — The Art of Sean Ruttkay is a gorgeous exhibit on view  in our second floor gallery. For more information, please see the Synergy Blog Entry.

    Both Synergy exhibits, downstairs and up, will be on display throughout the semester. Check them out!

  • August 22, 2013

    With so many changes at Randall Library lately, it is worth taking a closer look at the following updates, additions, and improvements to our student-centered Learning Commons on the first floor:

    Dual Monitors Added - There were 14 dual monitors added to computer stations in the Learning Commons.  The majority of the dual monitors are located in the computer area outside the Randall Library Admin Suite, RL1046.  Instructions on how to use dual monitors will be added to the new stations soon.

    New iPrint Wall – Five iPrint printer/copiers were relocated to a gold wall in the Learning Commons.  Usage instructions are available on each station. There is also a “quick scan” computer station located on the teal wall.  This computer is no different than any other PC in the commons except that it has a scanner attached to it.  The scanner model is the same as the other HP scanners in the Learning Commons and usage instructions will be added to the scanner.  This is a self-policed station.   

    Relocation of Assistive Technology (AT) equipment- The AT computer/equipment has been moved to the bank of computers in the reference map/atlas area.  The magnification station will also be relocated to this area soon.  The AT computer also offers access to a few cd-roms and the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) database. We are currently reviewing our inventory of AT equipment, for comments on this suite of equipment please contact williamsl [at] uncw [dot] edu (Lisa Williams), Associate Director Library Research and Service Quality. 

    Additional scanners – Four additional scanners have been added to the Learning Commons. These new scanners are located along the persimmon wall in the commons.  Usage instructions will be added to the scanners soon.

    Large screen monitors – There are now seven large screen TV monitors available in the Learning Commons for students to connect to a laptop through the VGA connection.  Instructions on how to connect a laptop will be posted near the monitors soon. Similar instructions will be posted in our newly renovated group study rooms.

    Merging reference collection – The reference collection merge is back on track.   As of today we are merging the K’s and are now working in the compact shelving section.  All of the stable shelves are completely merged.  If you are having trouble locating a book in the reference collection please visit the Learning Commons Help Desk.

    Powered furniture – We were fortunate enough to continue the tradition of purchasing furniture that includes a power source.  Soft seating options in front of the aquarium and the admin suite offer pull-up power supply options.  Each “pull-up” contains two outlets.  These same pull-up modules are available on some of the furniture behind the reference collection.  


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