• Posted: February 02, 2018
    Zine Artist Madeleine Veitch

    Randall Library is proud to welcome artist Madeline Veitch for an event that is all about Zines!

    Please join us at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 14th, in the Sherman Hayes Gallery for a conversation about zines: their origin, zine culture, and how Randall Library and the department of Art & Art History are creating a UNCW zine culture of their own. 

    Zines create powerful spaces for low-budget, offline, author/artist-directed knowledge sharing. Tracing some of the roots of underground and author-driven publications through19th and 20th century subcultures, this talk will address how zines and their forerunners have played a vital role in building community and visual resonances around identity and lived experience. In examining contemporary zine cultures, we’ll explore how zines facilitate important forms of speech and knowledge circulation in the present social and political climate. 

    Madeline Veitch is a Research, Metadata, and Zine Librarian at SUNY New Paltz. In 2014, she collaborated with a group of students to start a zine library at the Sojourner Truth Library. The collection has since grown to over 600 zines and spawned an array of library programming around zines and zinemaking. She believes that communities should have access to the knowledge they produce and sees the circulation of art and ideas through zines as a powerful way to upend the traditional publishing model. She lives in the Hudson Valley where she spends her spare time rambling around the Shawangunk mountains and making zines. 

    A zine-making workshop will be held from 1 - 3 PM at CAB 2041. Seats available on a first come, first served basis. 

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  • Posted: January 31, 2018
    NC Live logo

    For the 2018 – 2022 Resource Cycle, NC Live has added 15 new resources! These resources are available to all UNCW students, faculty and staff through the Randall Library website. You can read more about the 2018 – 2022 Resource Updates on the NC Live website.






    Newly added resources:

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  • Posted: January 09, 2018
    Extended Hours on Fridays

    You asked for it ...

    Your SGA and Randall Library have been working together and starting Friday, January 12th the library building will close at 9 PM instead of 6 PM on Fridays throughout the semester.

    The extended hours will work similarly to our operating hours Sunday through Thursday which begin at 10 PM —

    -The circulation desk will be closed
    -The building will be staffed with security guards
    -UNCW OneCard access will be required between 6 PM and 9 PM

    For a full list of Randall Library hours, please follow this link: https://library.uncw.edu/hours



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  • Posted: January 04, 2018
    Weather Alert

    Due to inclement weather, and in keeping with the most recent UNCW Weather Alert, Randall Library will close at 2 PM today, Wednesday, January 3rd. We will remain closed through Thursday, January 4th and Friday, January 5th.

    The library will re-open at 12noon on Saturday January 6th.

    For updated information, please check back here or visit www.uncw.edu



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  • 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. 

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  • 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. 

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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  • 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. 

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