• Posted: September 08, 2020
    She Rocks the Vote: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

    Celebrating women's history in the United States, and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which afforded women the right to vote.

    Come hear North Carolina House of Representatives for the 18th District Rep. Deborah Butler speak about women in politics on Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  This event will be live-streamed at this link: https://lib.uncw.edu/butler-lecture-stream

    Along with this powerful keynote speaker, there will be a variety of exhibits – physical and virtual – throughout the Library, during the event, and on the Library's website.  On the second-floor gallery wall, you will find images and biographical essays on “Women Who Changed the World”.  During the event, Dr. Jennifer Le Zotte, Assistant Professor of History and Material Culture, and graduate History students, Kyra McCormick and Rebecca Mullins, offer a curated exhibit about birth control in twentieth-century North Carolina, and an exhibit featuring recently digitized newsletters of the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear from the Randall Library Special Collections will be presented during and after the online event.

    Join us for an array of exhibits and events to celebrate women's history!  And don't forget to register to vote and then vote! 

    For a sneak peek of some of the unique exhibit items, see Encore’s article that came out in March when we originally planned to have the event!

    All of this was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) LSTA Mini-Grant, along with generous support from the Gender Studies and Research Center, and the departments of English, History, and Public & International Affairs co-sponsoring with Randall Library.

    “This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) [LS-00-19-0034-19].  The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums.  We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant making, research, and policy development.  Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.  To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.”

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  • Posted: September 08, 2020
    Barriers to the Ballot: The Voting Rights in North Carolina

    Voting is the cornerstone of democracy. In the United States, this constitutional right has been reinforced and expanded through constitutional amendments and landmark legislation, including the Fifteenth Amendment and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The ballot box is the one place where citizens, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, income, or social status are equal under the law. Yet, throughout history, there have been forces at work to deny or suppress this fundamental right. In North Carolina, voter suppression has occurred through violence and intimidation, poll taxes, literacy and identification requirements, and more. The ongoing lawsuit over North Carolina’s 2013 voter ID law shows that the question of who can vote and when remains contested in North Carolina even today. This year, 2020, marks another historic juncture in voting history as the country attempts to complete the decennial census and carry out a presidential election, both marred by the effects of an international pandemic.

    Featuring:

    • Nadine Gibson, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Wilmington 
    • James Leloudis, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Robert Korstad, Ph.D., Duke University 

    Please join us for a virtual panel discussion on these topics and more, September 22, 2020, at 5:30 pm.

    Zoom: https://lib.uncw.edu/barrierstotheballot

    This event is made possible through Randall Library Special Collections, in part from grant funding received through the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Randall Library Special Collections would also like to thank the UNCW History Department for co-sponsoring the event.

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  • Posted: August 18, 2020
    Make it @ Randall Logo

    Let Randall Library help you make this year what you want it to be with our Fall into the Dub event: Make It @ Randall!

    Register now in WaveLink to join us in a series of guided crafting sessions, where we'll walk you start to finish through projects like hand-stitching your own notebook, learning Canva and 3-D modeling, and creating origami bookmarks. Each session will be 30-60 minutes on Zoom, and we'll have multiple sessions throughout the day. You'll get a complete schedule and instructions for how to join from your own dorm (or apartment, or home) once you're signed up.

    The first 100 students to register will receive a free craft supply kit containing everything you need for these projects!

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  • Posted: July 17, 2020
    Fall 2020 Re-opening logo

    Randall Library will be open to UNCW students, staff and faculty beginning on August 10 with modified building and service hours. 

    Please visit our Remote Library Services page for more information about remote library support for teaching, learning and research, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about services such as returning books, accessing the physical collection, and using our online collections.

    Welcome Back, Seahawks!

    Transcripts of this video can be found at https://library.uncw.edu/resources/covid_19

    Building Access

    • Card access (UNCW OneCard) will be required for entry. 
    • Approximately 50% of our seating capacity (700 seats) available to students to comply with social distancing guidelines.
    • Study and computing furniture with be spaced 6 feet apart and students will be expected to study alone.  
    • Group study rooms and lounges will be closed during the pandemic.  
    • The building will be open with limited hours:
      • Monday – Thursday, 8:00AM – 9:00PM
      • Friday, 8:00AM – 6:00PM
      • Saturday, Closed
      • Sunday, 12:00PM – 9:00PM
    •  Find hours information for our Research Help Desk and Circulation Desk

    Services

    • The Circulation Desk and Research Help Desk will be open with limited hours.
    • Self-checkout of library materials is encouraged. There will be a self-checkout machine on the first floor, near the Circulation desk. 
    • Whiteboard markers will not be available for checkout. Instead, there will be a limited supply of markers placed in common areas for use.
    • A remote bookdrop will be available to return items adjacent to the Circulation Desk.
      • Due dates have been extended to August 21 and fines were not assessed during the library's closure. 
      • Please note that returned materials will not be removed from accounts immediately as staff are working limited hours in the building.
    • The Digital Makerspace will have reduced hours and capacity. Please visit https://digitalmakerspace.uncw.edu/
    • Archives and Special Collections services are by appointment only, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Please visit https://library.uncw.edu/archives_special 
    • There will be no in-building library programming or events; however Randall will be hosting a number of virtual programs throughout the fall, starting with Make It @ Randall on September 2nd.

    Cleaning & Other Requirements

    • Library users are required to wear face masks inside the building. A limited supply of masks will be available at the Circulation Desk and Research Help Desk.   
    • Housekeeping staff will regularly clean the building, with a focus on high-touch surfaces. Specialized teams will be cleaning the restrooms. 
    • Library staff will be disinfecting computer stations periodically.
    • Library users are encouraged to:
      • Wash hands often, for 20 seconds, with soap and water.
      • Use hand sanitizer as needed.
      • Wipe down surfaces before use. Disinfectant wipes will be located throughout the building.
      • Follow social distancing protocols, remaining 6 feet apart. 
      • Follow one-way traffic patterns on stairwells, and throughout the library. 


     

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  • Posted: June 16, 2020
    Our New Homepage logo

    Randall Library is proud to present out new homepage design to the UNCW community. This new design will become the library’s homepage starting in August 2020.

    The new homepage design elevates and features our search experience ensuring access to all of our online and print content. It makes prominent some of the most used and important information on our site, including our hours of operation, library news stories, and links to finding your librarian and making a group study room reservation. With this design, we were able to improve the mobile experience of the homepage. It also calls attention to key content including popular book and ebook titles and our digital collections. We did extensive usability testing with students, staff and faculty to learn what was important to our users.

    Take a look at the new design and let us know what you think! We’d appreciate your feedback

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  • Posted: May 19, 2020
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    As we continue our strange spring apart, we hope this new Faces of Randall feature helps you feel connected to our Randall Library staff! Also, this month's feature includes intergalactic puffins.

    Name: Tammy Ivins

    Title: Coordinator of Instructional Services and Distance Education Librarian

    What that means: She helps students learn to work smarter, not harder, when doing library research. By making video tutorials and teaching classes, we are working smarter (not harder) by reaching many students at once.

    Favorite book and current read: Tammy’s favorite book is Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik; it’s the only book she thinks she’s read over 5 times. A loose retelling of Rumpelstilskin set in a fantastical version of Lithuania, for Tammy “there’s something challenging yet comforting about it. Challenging because there are so many perspectives and voices, but comforting because in the end it’s about strong women making strong choices and living with them.”

    Favorite place in the library: The Research Help Desk, because she gets to smile at people when they come in and see if she can help them right off the bat, before they get lost in whatever they’re doing. It’s a nice way to get their day off to the right start.

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?:
    She would like to learn to ride a bicycle, so that the little kids on her street would stop making fun of her when she rides her adult tricycle down the road. (“SHUT UP KIDS. IT HAS A COOLER IN THE BACK.”) When she’s riding her tricycle she can have her dog pull her, but she hasn’t done it for a while because last time she (the dog) saw a cat, and she (Tammy) wound up in an azalea.

    About Tammy:
    Tammy has been here at Randall for almost 5 years! She started out as the Transfer Student Services Librarian, then became Online and Distance Education Librarian in 2018. In the same year, she “upgraded into her final Pokemon form,” Coordinator of Instructional Services and Distance Education Librarian.
    It’s a pipe dream for now, but when the world reopens, Tammy believes everyone should study abroad! The first time she ever got on a plane was when she went to Cypress, and studying abroad there changed her life. When she was in college, she spent three weeks in an archeological dig in the green zone between Turkish territory and Cypriot territory. Not only did she find a glass bead from thousands of years ago, she got a firsthand look at what it’s like for people to be living under UN jurisdiction in their own homes. “There was literally a Turkish military base on the other side of the border that would literally watch them with binoculars. It’s amazing how three weeks can make the world so complicated when you used to see the world in black and white.”

    BONUS:
    Tammy is a huge Star Wars fan. Her favorite Jedi is Qui-Gon Jinn, and she hopes to continue his legacy (of picking up "pathetic lifeforms") by training the first Porg Jedi padawan in galactic history. See her with her trainee here: https://500px.com/randalllib/galleries/tammy

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  • Posted: May 07, 2020
    RL Zoom Backgrounds

    Are you missing your favorite Randall Library spaces? If so, fret no more! RL Zoom Backgrounds are here for your zooming pleasure! This bundle includes images of library spaces, beach photography, and various designs created by RL's Digital and Visual Coordinator. Jazz up your next Zoom meeting with these one-of-a-kind backgrounds!  

     

    Zoom Backgrounds from other websites:

    Need help changing your Zoom backgrounds? Click here for written or video instructions.

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  • Posted: April 25, 2020
    Open Educational Resources Mini-Grants 2020-2021 - WINNERS

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Randall Library Open Education Mini-Grant award recipients!

    Faculty

    Dept/Area

    Vance Durrington; Dennis Kubasko; Angie Reid-Griffin

    Instructional Technology, Foundations, & Secondary Education

    Joanne Halls

    Earth and Ocean Sciences

    Michaela Howells

    Anthropology

    Yeoun-Soo Kim-Godwin

    School of Nursing

    Richard Pond, Jr.

    Psychology

    A panel of faculty and librarians recently selected five UNCW faculty to receive mini-grants to support moving their required course materials from commercial textbooks to high-quality resources that are free for students. Recipients will update their syllabi by incorporating open-source textbooks, library resources, and other free material for their classes. Congratulations!

    Learn more about this program and other textbook affordability options here: https://library.uncw.edu/guides/open_educational_resources

     

     

     

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  • Posted: April 15, 2020
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    Hi all; we took a break for a month there to deal with more urgent issues, but Faces of Randall is back! This one contains dolphins!

    Name: Laura Wiegand McBrayer

    Title: Associate Director, Library Information Technology and Digital Strategies

    What that means: Laura manages the area of the library that provides behind the scenes technology support for student computing, the Digital Makerspace, our online resources, digitization, and library systems. She also recently took on a new role in library administration in the areas of budget and HR responsibilities.

    Favorite book: Though she read it 30 years ago and is concerned it’s probably out of fashion, the book that’s most stuck with her is The Stand by Stephen King. She doesn’t know why she likes it so much, but it has informed her love of “apocalyptic-type things.” (This interview was conducted several months ago and originally planned for March, so we’re very aware of the eerie coincidence of this title!) Currently, she’s reading a book called Where the Forest Meets the Stars; it’s about a woman who’s working on her PhD and had breast cancer, both things that are meaningful to her.

    Favorite place in the library: She actually likes to walk right down the middle of the library through the atrium and take in all of the sights and sounds of students accomplishing all sorts of different things while they’re here. She finds it to be very energizing and inspiring to walk through the middle of it all and marvel at what a great place this is.

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?: 
    To learn to repair her own car. She never feels confident that she’s paying for anything real at the mechanic. She likes to fix things and technology, so she doesn’t see why she couldn’t fix her car if she just knew something about cars.

    About Laura: 
    Laura has been working at Randall since June of 2008—that’ll be 12 years this June! At the time she was the Information Technology Librarian. She did a little bit of everything in the department she now manages. Before that she was at the University of Minnesota, where she ran a little library on the Life Sciences campus that doesn’t even exist anymore.
    Back before her library career, she describes herself as having been “very much a hippie” when she was in college, and was briefly going to be a yoga teacher after taking a yoga class for fun. Though she doesn’t do anything remotely close to yoga anymore, it appealed to the side of her that leans towards peace and harmony.
    Instead of yoga, she now seeks out that harmony by taking their small fishing boat 40 miles out into the middle of nowhere on a regular basis and “attempting” to fish. “It’s the most amazing place on earth to not see another human being or land, and there’s just nature all around you,” she says. “That’s probably something people don’t know that I crave on a regular basis—just getting in a boat and driving away.”

    BONUS: Laura shared a photo from their boat, as well as a great video of dolphins that swam alongside them: https://www.flickr.com/gp/187945447@N05/tr41r1

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  • Posted: April 06, 2020
    NYTimes Online Access for UNCW

    Randall Library now offers online access to The New York Times for all UNCW faculty, staff, and students through an academic site license.

    Follow the link http://www.nytimes.com.liblink.uncw.edu/GroupPass to create an account that will allow you to log in and access all NYTimes.com content from any computer and any mobile device using the NYTimes mobile app. Access includes the International, Spanish, and Mandarin editions of the Times as well.

    Faculty, staff, and students are also entitled to access to supplemental resources found within the New York Times in Education site. Please register separately for these resources at http://nytimesineducation.com/register. They include content created by faculty consultants/experts in the field, articles with activities to use in course, and learning outcome keywords linked to others using the same tag.

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