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  • 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.

  • February 10, 2014

    Please visit the Second Floor Gallery and follow an illustrated timeline that brings to light the roles African American educators and leaders have had in shaping Wilmington, NC.

    Distant Shores begins in 1883 and extends through the present day to showcase biographical information and historical items, creating an immersive snapshot of unique individuals and their important contributions to our great city and state.

    The exhibit will be on display through March 2014

  • February 03, 2014

    We have access to several licensed databases on a trial basis though the end of February. Trials allow us to test out new Databases to determine if they would be useful to UNCW students or faculty. Your feedback is an important piece of our evaluation. Current trials include:

    • Nursing Assessment in Video (Alexander Street Press)
    • Mango Languages
    • Credo Reference
    • Pronunciator Language Lab
    • iPoll (part of Roper Center for Public Opinion Research)

    Please visit our Databases by Type: Trials page for the full list and links. After you try out a trial, make sure to give us your feedback.

  • February 03, 2014

    This year's theme is The Power of Ideas!

    Why the Power of Ideas?

    From the beginning of his tenure, Chancellor Gary L. Miller promised that his vision for UNCW would be built on the university’s deepest values. According to his vision, UNCW’s strength lies in three enduring values:

    • A commitment to the journey of learning

    • A love of place and

    • An unshakable conviction in the power of ideas and innovation

    It has been said that we live in a knowledge economy, or an economy based on creating, evaluating, and trading knowledge but what about the Power of Ideas in YOUR life? We suggest that harnessing the power of ideas can drive academic success, ramp up the value of applied learning projects, boost careers, as well as change organizations. Ideas can also drive personal and professional success later on.

    So, how do you make it happen? How do you come up with ideas?

    Challenge yourself to think beyond your traditional sphere of operation or stimulation. Be ready to unlearn. Recognize how the world around you connects with your plans and projects.  Be curious and take an active interest in the world. Constantly observe and organize ideas; bounce them off other people. Be agile in handling ideas. Ideas are constantly in motion, evolving and emerging.

    Top three winners receive a cash prize and the top 15 selections will be included in our annual collection, published by the UNCW Publishing Laboratory.

    Contest Rules:
    *If any of these rules are not followed your story will be automatically disqualified.

    • Must be a UNCW student, currently enrolled.
    • 500 words or less.
    • Must include theme (Power of Ideas).
    • Must mention Randall Library.
    • Double spaced.
    • 12 pt., Times New Roman.
    • 1 inch margins on all sides.
    • Use one tab to indicate every paragraph indent.
    • Stories due by Monday February 10th at 5 pm.
    • Four (4) hard copies delivered to the Randall Library Circulation Desk.  Note:  The circulation desk is ONLY a drop- off point.  No information about the contest will be available from Circulation Staff.
    • Each copy MUST have a cover sheet with name, phone, and 850 number. DO NOT include name on actual story.
    • One story per student

    If your Story is selected, the following regulations must be adhered to:

    • An emailed .doc version of your story. DO NOT save as .docx.
    • Section breaks should be notated by (***).
    • Turn off all auto-formatting features (such as automatic paragraph indenting, outlining, bullet points).
    • Enter only one space after terminal punctuation. If you used two spaces, search/replace to update your file.
    • For dashes, use em-dash character (shift, option, hyphen), with no space on either side, or use two hyphens, and we’ll search and replace the em dash during typesetting.
    • For any special characters or glyphs, such as trademark symbols, accents, or irregular punctuation, please note them by highlighting them in yellow with MS Word's "text highlight color" feature.
    • If you'd like to include a special character or a glyph but you don't know how to set it, please submit a hardcopy of your story with specific instructions for the placement and type of special character to be inserted.
    • Files should be saved as follows: lastname_firstname.doc.

    NOTE: Edits and revisions will NOT be allowed after submissions, nor will the publisher have time to check your work. Take care that your piece is fully edited and perfected before submitting.

    NOTE: If your story is selected for publication, you will be required to sign the following release: Release for Use of Student Work (http://library.uncw.edu/uploads/pdfs/FlashFictionStudentRelease2012.pdf)


  • January 22, 2014

    University College Advisors will be at Randall Library on Sunday, February 23 from 3-5 p.m to kick-off the annual Pre-Professional Student Week.

    Pre-health and Pre-law students are invited to stop by to ask questions and gather information about  UNCW educational programs that will take place during the week.

    For more information about the conference, click here.

  • January 13, 2014

    Web of Science had updated their interface, promising a more intuitive search experience. Get a quick tour of the new features in this video:

  • January 08, 2014

    We have now have access to Gale's InfoTrac Newsstand through NC Live (consortium of North Carolina libraries). InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to more than 1,800 major U.S. regional, national and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world, such as Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Times (London), and USA Today. It includes The New York Times from 1985 – present, selective historic full text from 18 North Carolina based newspapers, and selective current full text to another 15 North Carolina newspapers, including the Daily News (Jacksonville), the Sun Journal (New Bern), the Star (Shelby), the Times-News (Burlington), the Mountaineer (Waynesville). It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts. You can search articles by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields.

    Find it on our Databases A-Z list under "I" or under "Newspaper Resources."


  • January 06, 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.

    Observing Africa runs from January 15 through May 15