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  • 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 Research 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.




  • February 18, 2014

    The judges have made decisions in our annual Flash Fiction contest!

    University Librarian Sarah Watstein and English Faculty Members Hannah Abrams and Kimi Faxon-Hemingway, poured over all the entries and decided on the following:

    First place - Christine Hennessey's Makeshift Ships

    Second place - Rachel Richardson's The Good Life

    Third place - Bethany Tap's Puppy Love

    An honorable mention goes to:

    J.T. Bryson, Blair Callahan, Liza Carrasquillo, Benjamin Dallas, Chelsea Deaner, Erin Gallagher, Anastasia Hilton, Jacob Koile, Chad Lovette, Leah Osowski, Sean Stoll, and Nora Weaver.

    Congratulations! All 15 stories will be included in this year's anthology.

    This year's theme was The Power of Ideas and our hope was to engage students in a discussion of this core UNCW value.

    Please join us on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 pm for a reading/reception/book party





  • February 14, 2014

    NOTE: This film screening was rescheduled from 1/29/14 when the University was closed for weather.

    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. March 12, 4:00-6:00 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.



  • February 14, 2014

    February is Black History Month and Randall Library is proud to welcome Dr. Donyell L. Roseboro who will give a presentation titled "BELOVED" Community - Education as Uplift in African American Communities in which participants will discuss the history of education for African Americans paying particular attention to the narratives of Black educators in the South. Connecting with this history, the presentation will also explore the current state of education for African American students in the Southeast.

    Dr. Roseboro is an associate professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, foundations, and Secondary Education at UNCW. She is the daughter of a teacher and a machine operator and the granddaughter of farmers, all of who grappled with what it means to be Black in America. She holds a BA in secondary education from UNC Chapel Hill , an MA in History from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D in cultural studies and curriculum  from UNC Greensboro. Dr. Roseboro has over 20 publication which examine the intersection of race , gender, and education in the United States. She is married to Bratis Roseboro and has twin seven year old daughters, Maya and Ciera.

    Please join Dr. Roseboro on Saturday, February 22, at 1 p.m. in the Randall Library Auditorium, for presentation, discussion, and fellowship.

    Please also stop by to view Distant Shores, a timeline illustrating the roles African American leaders and educators have played in shaping Wilmington, NC.