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  • 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.  


    Please share your ideas for the Future of Randall on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uncwlibrary) and our Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/uncw_library#futureofrandall 


  • August 20, 2013

    The Power of Print and Pixels: 65 Years of UNCW Student News is an exhibit from University Archives that invites visitors to examine UNCW’s unique story as told by its longest-running student publication, the Seahawk. Since 1948, the Seahawk has covered UNCW news while reporting on a broad range of issues that affect higher education. Topics include war and peace, civil rights, and academic freedom. On its 65th birthday, we celebrate this news organization and its legacy as a historical primary source

    Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, 3 p.m. Special Collections (Randall Library 2nd floor)


  • August 12, 2013

    Albert SchweitzerFor the 12th consecutive year, Randall Library partners with Honors College to continue the spirit of the Albert Schweitzer International Prizes.

    UNCW seeks nominees who inspire and excel in medicine, music or humanitarian efforts for the 2013 award.

    For the complete story and an opportunity to nominate a Cape Fear resident for the award, click here.





  • August 02, 2013

    Future of Randall, The Library is FOR you.

    Randall Library welcomes Dr. Mary Reichel, Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and Carol Grotne Belk Distinguished Professor for Library and Information Studies.

    Dr. Reichel, who was instrumental in the planning and execution of the Belk Library and Information Commons at App state, will give a presentation titled “Building with a Team: A Team Facilitated Approach to New Building Planning and Execution” and facilitate a conversation about the future landscape of Academic Libraries.

    Join us Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m in the Sherman Hayes Gallery (first floor). Refreshments will be served.


    Please share your ideas for the Future of Randall on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uncwlibrary) and our Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/uncw_library#futureofrandall

    This event is part of UNCW Welcome Week




  • August 01, 2013

    Randall Library is thrilled to announce Xhenet Aliu as our featured writer for this year’s event. 

    Xhenet graduated from the UNCW Creative Writing MFA Program in 2007 and she is the winner of the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for her collection of short stories, Domesticated Wild Things, which will be published by the University of Nebraska Press this fall.

    Xhenet will read a selection of her work, and then author and Creative Writing faculty member Bekki Lee (Bobcat and Other Stories, Algonquin Books 2013) will conduct an interview with the writer. Additionally, current MFA students will read selections of their poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Refreshments will be served.

    Join us Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Sherman Hayes Gallery.

    This event is part of UNCW Welcome Week






  • July 31, 2013

    In the coming weeks, Randall Library’s Circulation area will undergo a significant transformation.  Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, August 5 on a redesign project that will increase the footprint of the Circulation area and allow for an improved user experience.  New features include easier access to the library’s public elevator, a larger service desk (which incorporates an ADA-compliant lower tier for accessibility to wheelchair users), and quick lookup stations.  The redesign also includes a number of aesthetic enhancements to the area including paint and carpet, and wood finishes which contribute to a cohesive look throughout the first floor of the library.

    This project includes a workspace redesign for Circulation staff.  Staff members will be co-located in shared office space behind and adjacent to the new Circulation desk, resulting in improved workflow and communication among the staff and users. Construction of the area, which includes removing the existing Circulation desk, necessitates a temporary relocation of Circulation services.  Beginning Friday, August 2, Circulation services will be offered at Randall Library’s Learning Commons Help Desk.




    Select Circulation services will be enhanced during the construction period:

    • Introduction of concierge services including personalized assistance locating materials in the stacks and personalized way finding for elevator access during the construction
    • Improved retrieval service for course reserve materials, interlibrary loan items, and holds

    Some Circulation services will be limited during the construction period:

    • Financial transactions will be limited to accepting checks or exact change for fines, fees and patron cards.  No change will be made.
    • The book drop at the library entrance will be closed beginning Friday, August 2 for the duration of the construction.  Items may be returned to the Learning Commons Help Desk or to the drop box located in Lot D (the Randall Library parking lot).
    • The coin copier and departmental copier by the Circulation area will be relocated and unavailable.  The iPrint Business Center, located near TAC in Randall Library, will be available to assist with copying services for users accustomed to using the coin copier.

    During the construction period we will be actively requesting customer feedback so please share your concerns with Circulation staff members. Questions or comments can also be submitted to Madeleine Bombeld, Associate Director— Library Access and Customer Support Services, bombeldm [at] uncw [dot] edu (subject: Circulation%20Redesign)

    Funding for this project was provided in large part by a generous posthumous donation from Ms. Martha Clayton (Miss Martha), who volunteered her time at Randall Library’s Circulation desk for over 16 years.  A graduate of UNCW herself, Miss Clayton’s spirit and affection for Randall Library are evident in the gift that she has left us.

    Please share your ideas for the Future of Randall on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uncwlibrary) and our Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/uncw_library#futureofrandall

  • July 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

    For further information about Synergy, see UNCW's Common Reading Experience.

  • July 08, 2013

    We are saddened by the death of former Wilmington, NC resident Mr. John Alan Gunn.

    In 2011 Mr. Gunn donated his collection of sports memorabilia which primarily focuses on college and professional football and basketball. The collection also includes publications related to professional baseball and military sports programs. 

    From September to December of 2011, Randall Library hosted a comprehensive exhibit of the Gunn collection which can now be viewed by appointment in our Special Collections on the second floor. http://library.uncw.edu/archives_special/special.

    At the time of the exhibit, Gunn expressed that he was "so proud to know that others can now share his love of sports."

    An Illinois native, Gunn and his wife lived in Wilmington and their first child was born in the Port City. Gunn was a reporter for the Wilmington Star-News for two years in the 1950s; he maintained connections to Wilmington throughout his life and was a frequent visitor to our area.

    Click here to view Mr. Gunn's obituary.

  • July 02, 2013

    This fall, a Port City Java will open in the space formerly occupied by Java City and include many enhancements to the location and improvements in service.  Construction in the area is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 8th and extend until approximately August 1st.   To ensure the safety of our patrons, access to the area will be restricted to construction crew members and other authorized persons during this time.

    Inevitably, the construction of Port City Java will result in increased ambient noise in the library.  In an effort to reduce disruption for our users, Randall Library has worked with crew members to ensure that cutting and sawing will occur outside the building whenever possible.   Additionally, no noise-causing construction will take place during the Summer II final exam period (July 29th and 30th).

    Port City Java is one of several projects underway in the library this summer. Check back for updates and information.

    Thank you for your patience during this transition. We hope you are as excited as we are about Port City Java’s newest location!

    We welcome your feedback! Please leave comments to this post or email us libref [at] uncw [dot] edu (subject: Future%20of%20Randall) (here).

    Please share your ideas for the Future Of Randall on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uncwlibrary) and our Twitter feed (@uncw_library)


    The library is F.O.R. you!