• Posted: October 04, 2018
    Fall 2018 Wentworth Fellows Poster Session
    Wentworth Fellowship Poster Session

    Randall Library is proud to host the Fall 2018 UNCW Wentworth Fellows Poster Session, Wednesday, November 7 through November 9.

    Please stop by Wednesday, November 7 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

    (Photo above) Zijun Bu stands next to her poster at the 2018 Wentworth Fellows Spring presentation in Randall Library. She showcased her journey to New York City where she visited  the sites important to horror writer and poet Edgar Allen Poe. - Photo by Hanna Wickes

    Zijun Bu 2018 Wentworth Fellows Spring presentation in Randall Library. Photo by Hanna Wickes

    A complete list of the 2017-2018 Fellows, the authors they researched, and the places they traveled: 

    Shannon Bradburn, Eastern Seaboard of U.S.

    Mary Claire Childers, New York City

    Angela Ciarletta, Geneva, Switzerland

    Spencer Conn, San Francisco, U.S.

    Becka Jackson, Prince Edward Island, Canada 

    Ashley Merkingler, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Trae Toler, Warsaw, Poland

    Be a Wentworth Fellow

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

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  • Posted: September 11, 2018

    Due to the unexpected impact of Hurricane Florence, Randall Library was unable to participate in Banned Books Week 2018, which took place on Sept. 23-29. However, we SEAHAWKS will still stand in support and celebrate our freedom to read whatever we choose!

    Join Randall Library in saying, "Lift Every Voice and READ!" and checkout our collection of challenged materials with thought-provoking themes! The exhibit highlights the importance 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 includes personal statements written by UNCW students.

    Students wrote these statements as part of Michelle Manning’s ENG 382: “Ways of Teaching Literature” In this course, students performed research on banned books and wrote short descriptions that explain how the books positively impacted their lives.The Banned Books Week exhibit is sponsored by The UNCW English Department and Randall Library every September. 

    The display is located on the First Floor of Randall Library. All items are available for check out.

    For more information about ALA's Banned Books Week click here.

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  • Posted: August 24, 2018
    Randall Library: Aura of Mystery

    Randal Library is pleased to announce a new augmented reality library experience, Randall Explorer: Aura of Mystery! This game uses augmented reality technology to guide players through the library as they seek out the visual triggers that will lead them to their next clue. Learn about some of the library’s most important locations and how to navigate our collections while collecting badges and solving a mystery!


    To begin your experience, start with the Randall Explorer tutorial: https://library.uncw.edu/web/ar/tutorial.php

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  • Posted: August 20, 2018
    50+ Database subscriptions

    Randall Library has added over 50 new database subscriptions for the 2018-19 academic year, expanding research resources for UNCW students, faculty and staff. Notable new databases include Westlaw Campus Research, Springer Nature Experiments, and AAS Historical Periodicals Collection.

    Browse the list of new databases, or find databases by subject.

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  • Posted: August 20, 2018

    Thirteen UNC System Libraries, including UNCW’s Randall Library, have been awarded a $100,000 grant for creating an infrastructure for long-term preservation of books as part of a shared collection. 

    This funding is part of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant program – federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that are awarded by the State Library to eligible North Carolina libraries as investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities.

    “The LSTA grant will sustain the cultural legacy of the print record by helping us identify at-risk collections and formalize a method for retaining them,” said UNC-Asheville’s University Librarian Leah Dunn, who is leading the project. Through analysis of overlap and uniqueness of titles, a framework for identifying, marking, and sharing titles tagged for long-term retention will be developed. This “collective collection” concept that will be developed as a result of this project will lead to cost-effective, collaborative preservation strategies and collection development strategies.

    Partner libraries in this effort are UNC Asheville, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, NC A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, UNC Asheville, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, Western Carolina University and Winston-Salem State University.

    This project is made possible by funding from 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 N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-18-0034-18).

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. This year’s federal allotment to North Carolina was $2.6 million and the grant awarded here was one of the 53 for fiscal year 2018-2019 awarded to North Carolina libraries.

    For more information about UNCW’s Randall Library, visit https://library.uncw.edu  or contact Jeanne Cross via email at crossj [at] uncw.edu

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  • Posted: August 14, 2018
    What's New at Randall - Fall 2018

    Welcome back, Seahawks! We've been working hard this summer and will continue to work hard throughout the semester. In addition to new restrooms and a new fire alarm system, we've made improvements to spaces you love and have designed new spaces to help you through the academic year. Please read below for some exciting updates and feel free to let us know what you think by emailing libref [at] uncw.edu (subject: Randall%20Improvements) . #randallimprovements








    Brand new restrooms on the first and second floor are now open. New restrooms at Randall Library were a long time coming and their opening is a major step forward for our facility. The new restrooms exceed our capacity requirements, are ADA compliant, are centrally located, include a family-friendly option, and are a clean and modern alternative to the existing bathrooms. Finishing touches on all the restrooms will be made throughout the semester. Besides the installation of obvious finishing touches like mirrors and permanent soap dispensers, some more aggressive improvements have to be completed. The intention of Library and UNCW leadership is that the necessary work will be phased throughout the fall semester and a schedule of that work will be shared upon its completion.  Until that time, all restrooms on the first floor (new and existing) will remain open.


    Fire Alarm

    To improve your safety, Randall Library is now equipped with a brand new fire alarm system

    Digital Makerspace

    Located on the first floor of Randall Library, the Digital Makerspace is designed to bring access to emerging technologies, such as virtual reality and 3D printing, to all UNCW students, staff and faculty in support of digital creation and literacy. Brought to you by Randall Library and the Technology Assistance Center (TAC), we currently offer HTC VIVE virtual reality equipment and content, 3D printing services, a 3D scanner, 360 camera and high-end development computers with special software including Adobe Creative Cloud. To learn more or make a reservation to use the space, please visit http://digitalmakerspace.uncw.edu. Or stop by our Open House on Tuesday September 11 from 3-6pm.

    Pelican Gallery

    In an effort to create multiple types of study areas, we installed whiteboard walls in the Pelican Gallery on the first floor. The new walls create the perfect spot for group study and allowed us to reorganize the pelican art work.




    Quiet Study Lounge

    RL2016 on the second floor, formerly a graduate study space, is now open to all students as a quiet study lounge. Your UNCW OneCard will gain you access to this space. 

    Fresh Paint

    Approximately half the first floor received a fresh coat of paint this summer and we plan to phase the additional painting of both the first and second floors throughout the academic year.



    Continued construction on the first floor will make way for a second food option at Randall Library- indoor vending machines for drinks and snacks. 

    Group Study Rooms

    In the coming weeks, 2 semi-private group study rooms will be constructed behind the new first floor restrooms. These group study rooms will be available on our reservation system. Additionally, various staff office moves over the next several weeks will open up 3 additional study rooms on the second floor. 


    Faculty Commons

    The need to hire and retain the best faculty to teach UNCW students increases alongside the growth of the student body. In order for faculty to be able to work together to build the best curriculum and most effective teaching techniques, Randall Library has partnered with the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) to provide a space for this important work. Creating a space for faculty across disciplines to work together in order to give students the best possible academic experience has long been a goal for the Library and CTE. The Faculty Commons will be located on the second floor and is expected to open during the fall semester.


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  • Posted: July 03, 2018
    Randall Library subscribes to Westlaw Campus Research

    After trials conducted and feedback received Randall Library is switching from Nexis Uni to Westlaw Campus.

    Westlaw Campus Research provides provides access to news, business, and law-related information through an easy-to-use interface. It is a comprehensive database of legal materials including federal and state statutes, codes, regulations, and case law materials. You can also search or browse for articles from legal journals, detailed company and financial data, as well as state, national, and international journals and newspapers.

    Access Westlaw Campus Research

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  • Posted: May 30, 2018
    Check out Randall Library's very own weather station

    Installed on the roof of Randall Library, the UNCW WeatherSTEM weather station is now live! The unit is an integration of weather sensors, the data gathered and stored by the sensors, and a dynamic display of the data in a website showcasing the current weather, weather forecasts, data mining tools, lessons and activities, weather notifications, and more.

    For more information, go to https://newhanover.weatherstem.com/uncw

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  • Posted: April 20, 2018
    Give more in 24: 1000 donors in a day unlocks $55K

    UNCW’s Give More in 24 challenge starts now! Help us reach the goal of 1,000 donors in a day to unlock a $55,000 challenge gift for UNCW and designate your gift to Randall Library.

    Give to Randall Library, and we will use your gift to add new technology, add study amenities for students, and purchase library resources for all students at UNCW.

    Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at #uncw24

    Give today at http://uncw.edu/24.

    Students using a group study room in Randall Library

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  • Posted: April 09, 2018
    Randall Library Closed May 4-13 for Construction

    Due to noise and safety concerns, Randall Library will close Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 13 (after spring semester exams end and before summer session I begins) to provide construction crews with an opportunity to focus on completing the most disruptive aspects of the fire alarm and restroom construction projects. The library closure will include only six business/working days during intersession, and every effort will be made to support library patrons’ needs during that time. All online resources, virtual library services and ITS/TAC services will remain fully operational. Please check with the other units located in Randall Library (Center for Teaching Excellence, Honors College, iPrint, UNCW Early College Coordinator & Liaison) for their location and availability during this time.

    During the closure:

    • Library items can be returned at our external book drop, located adjacent to parking lot D.
    • You can contact us via email, phone or chat: http://library.uncw.edu/ask. We will monitor and respond to inquires during normal business hours.
    • Course Reserve processing will be suspended during the closure. 
    • Items on hold will not be available to pick up during the closure.
    • Please plan on renewing, returning items, picking up holds and placing course reserve requests before Thursday, May 3.
    • Interlibrary Loan will process requests for electronic documents during the closure.  Borrowing of physical items will be suspended Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4. ILL staff will attempt to fill requests for scans from books and journals in the library collection by borrowing electronic documents, when possible.
    • Special Collections and University Archives reference assistance will be suspended during the closure.

    Questions/concerns? Please email libref [at] uncw.edu.

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