• Posted: January 22, 2020
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    Welcome back, Seahawks! We're continuing our Faces of Randall series with a feature on another of our newer hires:

    Name: Nicole Yatsonsky

    Title: Library Specialist in Special Collections

    What that means: Nicole handles the archives collections as librarians do with books and patrons. She organizes and catalogs documents that are important to the SENC/Wilmington area so that researchers can find and use them. This includes things like letters, photos, articles, and more.

    Favorite book: Her favorite all-time book is The Great Gatsby. More recently, she read American Predator, which is the true story of the attempt to catch serial killer Israel Keyes, who evaded law enforcement for over a decade.

    Favorite place in the library: Port City Java, because the seats still feel like the old library furniture from when she was here for undergrad.

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?:
    Nicole would choose to learn Portuguese; she’s half Brazilian, and it would be nice to be able to talk to her family members in Brazil who don’t speak English. She hasn’t been to Brazil yet because she wants to learn the language before she goes; she actually speaks some Spanish, which has interfered with her Portuguese.

    About Nicole:
    Nicole just started working here at Randall a year ago (happy anniversary!), but she attended UNCW as a student from 2006-2009. Wilmington is her absolute favorite place, and she’s very excited to be back here and to have found this job. However, before Wilmington she lived in LA for six years, and while there was an extra in an episode of Glee. She’d been working part-time then and was a big Glee fan and looking for free entertainment, so when the opportunity arose she took it, appearing in the background of a regional competition as an audience member.

    Documented evidence of Nicole existing in the same place as JEFF GOLDBLUM:

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  • Posted: January 21, 2020
    FlashLIT An Expansion of Flash Fiction Contest Announcement January 29

    Calling all campus writers! Randall Library’s annual writing contest, FlashLIT, is back!

    Perhaps you are a journalism student?  Let’s hear your news report!  Do you write for blogs, or enjoy crafting pithy responses on current issues?  Let’s see your essay skills!  Or, perhaps you enjoy research or writing on scientific topics?  Let us learn something new from your short paper!  Is poetry your passion?  Send us your verse!  All genres are welcomed.

    One week from today on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 there will be an announcement of our theme for this year’s FlashLIT Contest.  This contest is a hallmark of applied learning at UNCW and the entire student body is invited to participate.  Students will have one week to write 500 words or less on a given theme while incorporating Randall Library into the writing in some way.  The top 3 winners are awarded monetary prizes (to their One Cards) and all winners and honorable mentions are included in a published anthology.  Students from the Creative Writing Department Publishing Lab will be producing the anthology, and students in ART 260: Introduction to Graphic Design will be illustrating all entries, so it is truly a campus-wide applied learning production. 

    Detailed rules and regulations will be included in next week’s announcement.  Get ready – the countdown to FlashLIT begins now!!!

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  • Posted: January 07, 2020
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    Red Tape at Randall

    We are committed to making Randall Library spaces safe and accessible for everyone, so we've created "no-furniture" zones to allow for better navigation throughout our building, easier access for wheelchairs, and a safer evacuation process in the event of an emergency.

    The concept is simple! Please do not move furniture inside an area that is blocked-off with red tape. If you are using furniture that is inside the red tape, a Randall Library staff member will help you move it to a new location. 

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  • Posted: December 16, 2019
    A battery charger available at the TAC helpdesk at Randall Library

    Can’t find a plug in Randall Library? Stop by TAC and check out a portable battery. The batteries can be checked out for up to 6 hours and are powerful enough to recharge a laptop or up to 6 phone charges. They are equipped with 2 rapid charging USB ports, a standard 3-prong AC outlet, as well as wireless charging capability. Brought to you by Randall Library!

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  • Posted: December 05, 2019
    Recharge at Randall, December 9th from 4-8pm

    Recharge @ Randall | Monday, Dec 9th | 4-8 PM

    Randall Library knows that final exams can be stressful, so we invite you to take a study break and recharge! All UNCW students are welcome to join us Monday afternoon on Dec 9th for events designed to relieve stress and provide much-needed rejuvenation at this busy time of year. Let us treat you to bagels, mini pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit, juice and coffee to help you power through your final exams. Refreshments are available while supplies last. Activities: Therapy Dogs, Adult Coloring, Bubble Wrap, Virtual Reality, Food, Board Games and much more. Breakfast food will be served at 7:30 PM.

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  • Posted: November 19, 2019
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    Elisabeth was intended to be our September Faces of Randall feature, but we're happy to be shining a spotlight on her now!

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    Name: Elisabeth Garner

    Title: Government Information Specialist

    What that means: The government has many agencies and departments—like Agriculture, Labor, etc.—and they all publish reports and documents. We receive these at Randall Library, in addition to historical documents and census information, and Elisabeth works to create catalog records for them, fix errors and broken links, and generally ease access for patrons. Most of these records are digital, but she also works with our print collection of Government Documents.

    Recent read: Elisabeth tends to prefer reading biographies and history, maybe because of her History major background. Most recently, she’s been reading and enjoying Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert by Stanley Weintraub. This book explores the hidden histories of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort.

    Favorite place in the library: The DA section in the stacks in the general collection; she loves exploring Russian and British history!

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?: She’d love to become more of an expert with computer and technical knowledge. Elisabeth often feels that she’s only using her computer for 1% of what it’s really capable of doing, and though she doesn’t really need the extra abilities for her work, she’d love to know more about what’s possible.

    About Elisabeth:
    Elisabeth has been working at Randall Library for six years. She worked in Circulation during her first year, and then applied for and was offered the Library Specialist position in Government Documents. She’s known throughout Randall Library for her love of the mountains, especially the Appalachian mountains, though she’s from Wilmington herself.
    One fact that most people at UNCW don’t know about Elisabeth is that she donated platelets to her father four times when she was 14. Her entire family had to move to Seattle for his bone marrow transplant, which was a four month process. Though the circumstances were painful, she found other parts of the experience fascinating, as she attended school in the hospital and was able to meet people from all over the world.

    Bonus: Take a look at Elisabeth in her preferred mountain habitat here: https://500px.com/randalllib/galleries/elisabeth

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  • Posted: November 08, 2019
    Thirsty Tome November 20 6:30 to 8:00pm

    Thirsty Tome is an annual event in the fall semester that celebrates writing and writers at UNCW. This year’s theme is ‘Food for Thought.’ The main reading event will be held on Wednesday, November 20th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on the first floor of the library and we will be having Jason Frye and Sayantani Dasgupta as the main readers, and several MFA students from Creative Writing will also participate. Pomegranate Books will have a book signing and the authors’ books for sale. Food will be donated by UNCW BFA alum Cody Leutgens of Surf City’s Shaka Taco.

    In addition, there is a FREE Food Writing Workshop the next day with Sayantani Dasgupta and Jason Frye. Registration is limited so sign up now! Thursday, November 21 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Pomegranate Books located at 4418 Park Avenue. Register online here

    Check out the display on the theme 'Food for Thought' including sustainability and environmental issues, food writing, unique cookbooks, and more! Visit the New & Popular section on the first floor of the library and feel free to check out any of the materials.

    In conjunction with Thirsty Tome, Randall Library will be hosting a food drive called, NO HAWK LEFT UNFED! Support our Hawks by dropping off non-perishable food items to Randall Library through the month of November. All donations will be given to Hawk’s Harvest to help our students who are in need. We are accepting all donations, but protein bars, cereal, ready to eat soup, corn/flour tortillas, 1lb. coffee, and jelly are encouraged. Donation box located to the right upon entering PCJ.

    This is event is sponsored by Randall Library, Department of Creative Writing, UNCW Hawk’s Harvest, UNCW Sustainability, Shaka Taco and Pomegranate Books.

    Need accommodations? Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by contacting Christopher Rhodes, 910-962-7474 or rhodesc [at] uncw.edu at least 5 days prior to the event. UNCW is an EEO/AA institution.

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  • Posted: November 05, 2019
    Graduate Student Digital Makerspace Open House

    Curious about 3D printing? Ever wanted to escape reality? Well here's your chance! Randall Library invites all graduate students for an open house in our Digital Makerspace (DMS) and to explore ways to use 3D printing and virtual reality for teaching, research, and fun. Learn how to use virtual reality apps to explore the human body, the solar system, and ancient Rome, as well as practice guided meditation,  public speaking, and more. While here, create your own mix at our Trail Mix Station and grab a cool 3D printed giveaway! This is event is open to all graduate students.

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  • Posted: October 22, 2019

    Cramming for anatomy this Halloween? Is physiology being a pain in your neck? It’s going tibia ok – the library has got your back(bone)!

    Join us on Monday, October 28 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm to try our new library tools that will help you learn all those body systems, structures, and functions. You’ll be able to quiz yourself, view models, and even take a selfie with a skeleton, all from your phone! Prefer to have some skele-fun in between studying? Play a virtual reality game, explore a horror scene, or color your cares away. No bones about it, you’ll have an unBOOlieveable time! There will be CANDY!!!

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  • Posted: October 22, 2019
    Digital Humanities presentation and workshops Oct 31 and Nov 1

    Presentation, workshop, and grants Q&A session with Victoria Szabo, Research Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, and Director of the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative 

    October 31st – November 1st  


    10/31 “Visualizing Cities: Representing the Past with Augmented Reality” 

    Augmented Reality (AR) offers scholars working on the histories and cultures of urban environments new ways to share their research on site and in the context of exhibitions and publications. This talk will discuss the critical affordances and challenges of this emerging medium, highlighting project examples from Visualizing Cities team projects focused on Durham, NC and Venice, Italy. 

    All are welcome to this event! Light refreshments to follow. 

    5:00 p.m. at the RL Auditorium (2047) 


    11/1 Workshop: Create Your Own Augmented Reality with Zappar 

    This workshop is a free, hands-on introduction to augmented reality using the smartphone application called Zappar. For the hands-on portion, please bring your smartphone. Please RSVP to this event, knoxa [at] uncw.edu. Free educational use accounts will be created ahead of time. 

    This event is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. 

    10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at RL 1039 


    Grants Q&A Session 

    Learn tips and tricks for brainstorming, preparing, and submitting grants. Szabo has experience with NEH, Getty, and Mellon grants. She has also been a reviewer for NEH Digital Humanities grants. This event is open to faculty and staff. 

    1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at RL 1045 


    Sponsored by: 

    College of Arts and Sciences 

    Randall Library 

    Office of Research Administration 

    The Dean's Lecture Series in the Humanities 

    Department of Philosophy and Religion 

    Center for Teaching Excellence 

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