Randall Library Home
  • Posted: January 02, 2018
    Big Changes at Randall Library

     ​Spring 2018 Facility Updates

    Three major facilities projects are scheduled to begin or reach completion at Randall Library during the spring semester. Although these efforts may cause temporary disruptions in the library, the improvements will upgrade Randall facilities and enhance service spaces. The projects are:

    - Replacement of Fire Alarm system
    - Completion of a Digital Makerspace
    - Preparation to Install New Restrooms

    For project information and updates, please see related signage in the library and follow the Randall Library Facebook page and Twitter feed#randallimprovements 



    Starting in late January, contractors will begin replacing the Randall Library fire alarm system. The scope of this project is large and will take several months to complete. How will this affect you?

    • Crews will be working throughout the library, section by section, to run conduit necessary for the fire alarm installation.
    • Certain areas of the library may be cordoned off or noisy at times.
    • When possible, the work will be conducted during non-peak hours to reduce disruption.

    The construction of a Digital Makerspace is nearing completion, and furniture and equipment will be installed in the coming weeks. A grand opening is planned for later in the spring semester. How will this project affect you?

    • Crews may be working in the area outside TAC and the iPrint Business area; some noise and disruption is expected.
    • When complete, students will have access to new technologies such as 3D printing, virtual reality, and more.

    Construction of new restrooms on both the first and second floor will begin in the summer of 2018, which will help minimize disruptions for library users and operations. In the meantime, how will this affect you?

    • To prepare for the future location of the restrooms on the first floor, several offices have been relocated, which resulted in the loss of 2 second floor group study rooms (RL2073, RL2080).
    • For the spring semester, we have added a new group study room on the first floor (RL1046D).
    • We have also created additional study space on the first floor (RL1046).
    • By fall 2018, when the restrooms are complete, we will add three new group study rooms on the first floor.

    Your questions and concerns are welcome! Please email us at libref [at] uncw.edu (subject: Randall%20Improvements)  and we will respond as soon as possible. 

    Comments: (0)
  • Posted: November 08, 2017
    Debby Irving Waking Up White

    We are thrilled to welcome Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White.

    Ms. White joins us as part of our Engaging Conversations series. Engaging Conversations: Talking Identity is a new, diversity-focused program hosted by Randall Library, the Center for Teaching Excellence and Center for Faculty Leadership, and Human Resources Inclusion and Diversity, and co-sponsored by Undergraduate Studies, the Department of EnglishSchool of Social Work, the Watson College of EducationStudent Affairs, and Bo Dean, in honor of Harold K. Hodges Jr. on his 80th Birthday.

    Please join us in Morton Hall, RM100, at 6 PM for a talk by Debby Irving followed by a reception and book signing. 

    Comments: (0)
  • Posted: October 02, 2017
    Exhibit for MIFLC 2017

    Randall welcomes the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference with an exhibit!

    About the Conference

    The Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC) is an annual forum of university, college, and high school scholars and teachers for exchanging ideas and advancing the cause of scholarship in foreign language studies.

    This year, MIFLC will take place October 5 - 7, 2017 and is hosted by UNCW and the UNCW Department of World Languages and Cultures.

    Learn more here by visiting this year's conference website.

    About the Exhibit

    Randall Library celebrates MIFLC with an exhibit in the New & Popular Book Area on Randall's first floor. The exhibit highlights a wide range of foreign language materials, many of which connect to the Conference’s panel discussions and events.

    For instance, for the panel "'And What of the Fool?': Exploring Folly Across Time and Space," the exhibit displays Escomium Moriae (The Praise of Folly) by Desiderius Erasmus, a rare volume from Randall Library Special Collections. Desiderius Erasmus was the foremost humanist and scholar of the northern Renaissance, known for his editions of Classical authors, Church Fathers, and the New Testament. He was a friend to John Colet and Sir Thomas More, and an opponent and rival of Martin Luther. Erasmus was a voice of moderation in the Reformation and earned the criticism of both Protestants and Catholics.

    The Praise of Folly was Erasmus’ most popular work. The title Encomium Moriae is a multilingual pun, implying in Greek a speech of praise by Folly (Moria) and in Latin a speech in praise of Thomas More. Erasmus began composing the work while visiting More at his Chelsea home in 1509. The work was published in 1511 and 42 Latin editions appeared during Erasmus’ lifetime. It was also translated into French (1520), German (1520), and English (1549).

    The French edition from Randall Library’s Special Collections was published in 1735 and includes well-known pen and ink illustrations created for the work by Hans Holbein the Younger in 1515.  A number of other versions of The Praise of Folly can be found in the exhibit and are available for checkout, along with all the exhibit materials, from our Circulation Desk.

    The exhibit will be on display through October. 

    Comments: (0)
  • Posted: September 21, 2017
    Wentworth Fellows Showcase
    Wentworth Fellowship Poster Session

    Randall Library is proud to host the Fall 2017 UNCW Wentworth Fellows Poster Session, Wednesday October 25 through October 27.

    Please stop by Wednesday October 25 between 3-5 PM to meet the fellows in person and to find out how Randall Library can help you with your travel and research projects.





    About the Wentworth Fellowship

    The Wentworth Fellowship, a gift of Mr. Charles F. Green III, was established in 2001 to enable a select number of students to travel to sites in America and abroad that are associated with literary authors and texts.  Each year, students work with faculty sponsors to submit applications detailing journeys inspired by and connected with a specific text, author, or movement in an effort to explore the relationship of artistic production to geographic space. In the past, Wentworth Fellows have travelled to places as diverse as Beijing, Moscow, Oxford, Berlin, Prince Edward Island, and Providence, Rhode Island. 

    This Year's Wentworth Fellows

    A complete list of the Fall 2017 Fellows, the authors they researched, and the places they traveled: 

    • Caroline Orth: Visual and Concrete Poetry, Buffalo, NY and St. Bonaventure
    • Nicholas Welch: The Grunge Scene, Literary and Artistic community, Seattle, WA
    • Maegan McUmber: James Baldwin in France
    • Jen Bircher: Modernist Poetry, Paris
    • James McCrea: Stoker's Dracula, Romania
    • Bridgette Wagner: Dorothy Parker, New York City
    • Dixon Wingrove: John Kennedy Toole, New Orleans
    • Robyn Smith: Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðson, Iceland
    • Haley Strong: Beatrix Potter, England
    • Morgan Emery: Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire, New Orleans
    • Stephanie McMillan: J. R. R. Tolkien, Oxford, England



     Student Kyle Stanley's poster: 2016 Wentworth Showcase

    Be a Wentworth Fellow

    If you’re an English major or minor and would like more information on the Wentworth Travel Fellowship, please see http://uncw.edu/english/travel/wentworth.html.

    Comments: (0)
  • Posted: August 15, 2017
    Escape Room - Dewey Decimated

    Randall Library is hosting an escape room for UNCW students September 12th through the 28th. A live-action puzzle-solving game, groups work together to solve the puzzles and escape the room before time runs out. "Dewey Decimated!: Escape Randall Library," participants will take on the role of would-be members of the Academy of Extraordinary Research, being tested by the League of Extraordinary Researchers using library tools and research skills. 

    Registration is now open at the Escape Room website.


    Comments: (0)
  • Posted: August 15, 2017
    banned books randall library 2017

    Come join the UNCW and Wilmington communities as we celebrate the freedom to read what we want to read!

    In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-Sept. 30), Randall Library will host a Read-In where we invite you to read aloud from your favorite banned or challenged books. Bring your own book or grab one here and connect with diverse voices from across campus.




    Thursday, Sept. 28, from 2:30-3:30 PM in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on Randall Library's first floor


    Don't forget to visit our Banned Books Week exhibit on the first floor of Randall.


    From the American Library Association: 

    Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

    The Banned Books Read-In is sponsored by The UNCW English Department and Randall Library. 

    Comments: (0)
  • Posted: August 15, 2017
    banned books randall library 2017
    About the Exhibit

    Randall Library celebrates banned and challenged books with an exhibit in our New & Popular Book section on the first floor. The exhibit highlights the value of open access to information and summarizes each book’s value. Accompanying each book is a description and reasoning behind the work’s censorship and include personal statements written by UNCW students.

    Students wrote these blurbs as part of Michelle Manning’s “Ways of Teaching Literature” and Victor Malo-Juvera’s “Writing for Teachers" courses. In these  courses, students performed research on banned books and wrote short blurbs that explain how the books positively impacted their lives. (examples below)

    The Banned Books Week exhibit is sponsored by The UNCW English Department and Randall Library. 

    Also join us for a Banned Books Week Read-In on Thursday, September 28th.

    About Banned Books Week

    From the American Library Association: 

    Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

    National Banned Books Week is September 24th through 30th. Find out more by visiting the American Library Association's Banned Books Week website.

    A Sneak Peek

    Harry Potter

    “The Harry Potter series is known globally by children of all ages. It continues to set records in the box office and on the book shelf. The last of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was the fastest selling book in history. J.K. Rowling is the first and only author to reach billionaire status, which she lost due to the amount of money she donated to charity. Despite its merit, it has been challenged many times. There are dark scenes, including murders and wars. Some claim the books glorify witchcraft, and others say Harry’s disregard for authority is enough to get it banned. However, when I look back at my childhood hatred for reading, the book that turned me into a bibliophile was Harry Potter. Not only was Harry a wizard, but his best friend was a nerdy girl with a bossy side. I could definitely relate to that! I learned so many lessons from those books. Harry Potter taught me to enjoy reading, and now I want to be an English teacher! A book so influential in many children’s lives should not be banned, but encouraged.” (UNCW Student: Emilee Curtis)



    To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee, is one of my favorite novels of all time. As a middle schooler, I connected with Scout’s coming of age story set in the South. It resonated with me as a story that taught about bravery, judgement, and innocence. So when I discovered it on the banned book list, I was dumbfounded. It is apparently challenged due to the racism, profanity, as well as the trial about the rape of a young woman. I understand wanting to protect our youth, but aren’t those things found in real life every day? How can we expect to learn from terrible things if we can’t teach, talk, or read about the terrible things?” (UNCW Student: McCall Reeder)




    Comments: (0)
  • Posted: August 10, 2017
    Why is the Reformation Important Today?

    Why is the Reformation Important today? Come find out at a panel discussion organized by Professor Michael Seidman of the UNCW History Department and hosted by Randall Library. It's been 500 years since the Protestant Reformation - the first global media revolution - and its effects are still felt today. From the printing press to propaganda, from bibles to the Protestant diaspora, there will be lots to discuss.


    • Joseph Gouverneur, History Department
    • Scott Juall, World Languages and Cultures
    • Michael Seidman, History Department

    This panel coincides with the Randall Library exhibit Beyond the Fold: The Art of Rhetoric Through Pamphlets as Mass Media, curated by UNCW Public History graduate students Devin Kelly and Dana Otto. Please join us following the discussion for an opening celebration.

    Comments: (0)
  • Posted: August 01, 2017
    What's New at Randall Fall 2017

    It is with great pleasure that I welcome the class of 2021 and all returning students, staff, and faculty to Randall Library.  

    Student success, supporting faculty, and advancing research are the primary goals of Randall Library and in my over 9 years of working here, I've never been more confident in our abilities to meet these goals. This year, you are sure to notice exciting changes to the Library as we build a state-of-the-art Digital Makerspace on the first floor and add modern restrooms for our users. But we are also working hard to enhance our services, collection, and cultural programming both outwardly and behind the scenes. Below is a snapshot of the ways Randall Library is continuously creating an updated, forward-thinking, efficiently organized space that engages with and dynamically meets the needs of students, faculty, and staff.


    -Laura K. Wiegand
     Interim University Librarian and Associate Director, Library Information Technology and Digital Strategies 

    • Randall Library Group Study Rooms8 new group study rooms on Randall's first floor. Rooms are available on our online reservation system
    • Due to a major shift of our Bound Periodicals collection, more student space on the first floor
    • New computers on both the first and second floor, new iMacs near TAC and new Dell desktops near Honors College
    • Brand new electronic front entrance doors that allow easier access to our building
    • The entire collection was deep cleaned this summer improving the air quality in the Library and the general look of all shelves on the first and second floors
    Coming Soon

    As we head into the fall semester we look forward to some major changes at Randall Library. Stay tuned for more information about the following:

    • State-of-the-art Digital Makerspace (to open early 2018)
    • Brand new restrooms on the first and second floor 
    • Replacement of current fire alarm system



    We recently acquired many exciting eResources:

    • Academic Search Elite - This resource provies multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed and full-text academic journals supporitng scholarly research with comprehensive coverage in key areas of academic study
    • Data-Planet - Through a single platform, users can search and browse 35 billion data points in over 4.9 billion datasets sourced from over 70 authoritative government and private sources, covering 16 subject areas. The platform’s powerful functionality allows users to manipulate datasets, compare multiple indicators, chart trends over time and spatially represent data without requiring additional software programs.
    • LOEB Classical Library - More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease. An interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.
    • PrivCo - The source for business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family owned, private equity owned, venture backed, and international unlisted companies.
    • Springer Protocols - The largest electronic database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences. Springer Protocols are accessed through the same SpringerLink as Springer journals and eBooks.
    • Vanderbilt Television News Archive - The world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. They have been recording, preserving and providing access to television news broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968.

    For a complete listing of eResources added in the past year go to: http://library.uncw.edu/eresources/new

    • Randall Library is hosting an escape room for UNCW students September 12th through the 28th. A live-action puzzle-solving game, groups work together to solve the puzzles and escape the room before time runs out. "Dewey Decimated!: Escape Randall Library," participants will take on the role of would-be members of the Academy of Extraordinary Research, being tested by the League of Extraordinary Researchers using library tools and research skills. Check library.uncw.edu/news for updates

    New Hires

    Among a handful of new employees, Randall is very excited to have filled 2 newly created Associate Director positions:

    • Nicole Tekulve joins us as Associate Director Library User Experience for Access and Spaces
    • Nathan Saunders joins us as Associate Director Library Special Collections

    • Thirsty Tome 2017With Thirsty Tome 2017: New Literary Voices of the South, Randall Library welcomes 4 literary powerhouses, Stephanie Powell Watts; Taylor Brown; Wiley Cash; and Matthew Griffin for 2 days of readings, panels, and discussions.  
    • Randall Library is part of the second UNCW Campus Art Walk on Thursday, August 24. Modeled after Wilmington’s successful “Fourth Friday” gallery walks, the Campus Art Walk is a showcase celebration of the ongoing diverse cultural activities at UNCW. The event is free and open to the general public. Randall Library's exhibit is Beyond the Fold: Revealing the Art of Rhetoric Through Pamphlets as Mass Media

    For a complete list of events, including our celebration of Banned Books, visit http://library.uncw.edu/events_exhibits




    Comments: (0)
  • Posted: June 09, 2017
    8 New Group Study Rooms

    Looking for a place to study? We just added 8 Group Study Rooms to the first floor of Randall Library

    - Whiteboard walls
    - Sliding doors
    - Reserve online

    Let the collaborating begin! Check the map below for exact locations.















    Comments: (0)