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  • Posted: June 16, 2020
    Our New Homepage logo

    Randall Library is proud to present a preview of our 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.

    Please visit https://library.uncw.edu/demo for a preview version of the new homepage. This version is for demonstration purposes; some links may not function.

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

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  • Posted: June 12, 2020
    United as One

    Over the last few weeks, many of us have witnessed the tragedies surrounding Black lives, resulting in the premature and egregious deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and countless others. The civil unrest that has stemmed from these unfortunate events further illuminates and iterates the presence of systemic racism and police brutality towards BIPOC in this country. We agree these unjust acts  must be addressed and rectified to better the lives of people of color and to better us as a nation. The outcry and protest for systemic change resound on all levels, locally, nationally, and globally. We all are being called upon to address and dismantle the constructs of systemic racism and the heavy policing against people of color, specifically Black people. Throughout the country, individual citizens and communities are struggling with acknowledging their roles in the legacy of systemic racism and their responsibility in changing the culture to make a better world for ourselves and the next generation.

    We at Randall Library are no different in our struggles to see our place in the problem and the solution. While we have made efforts to address bias and inequities, we fall far short of where we need to be. We need to confront our own biases and engage in the difficult but critical discussions necessary to move forward toward justice. We are committed to actively addressing the biases we hold as an organization  that creates barriers for all people of marginalized identities.

    We are compelled and committed to taking steps within our library and within the profession. Several leaders in our library community have written powerful statements that we appreciate and hope to amplify, including The [UNC] University Libraries’ Role in Reckoning with Systemic Racism and Oppression and Trevor Dawes’ Statements and Accountability.

    We stand in solidarity with members of the Black community for positive change. We stand united with those peaceful protests in Wilmington and throughout North Carolina and those in cities across the country. Above all, Randall Library is strongly committed to being agents of change for all our students, faculty, and staff as a safe and welcoming space for all.  


    To find resources at Randall Library addressing antiracism and systemic racism, please see this guide: https://library.uncw.edu/guides/antiracism

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  • Posted: June 05, 2020
    Contactless Pick-Up Service









    Starting June 9, Randall Library will begin offering contactless pick-up of items in the library’s physical collection for UNCW students, faculty, and staff. This service is not available for affiliated users at this time such as NC Residents and Community College students.  

    To make a request, search the Library Catalog. Look for the Request icon in the upper left corner of the item information page. Log into your library account. Once you log in, the request is placed. You can continue to search for other items and use the request button to place holds. Please note that there is a limit of 10 requests.  

    Once your item is ready, you will receive an email in your UNCW account with pick-up instructions and time frames. Hours of service are currently Tuesday through Thursday 10 am-12 pm and 1-4 pm. All items will be picked up outside Randall Library’s main entrance. We apologize but we cannot mail items at this time.  





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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.”

    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 13, 2020
    Return your items to Randall Library

    Below is info on how you can safely return items to Randall Library during the library's closure. 

    • If possible, please hold any materials currently checked out until the library reopens. Fines will not be assessed during our closure and due dates have been extended to August 21. 
    • You may return materials to the book return slot to the left of the library's main entrance or the book drop located in Parking Lot D.
    • If you have left the Wilmington area, you may request a prepaid return label by filling out this form
    • Please note that returned materials will not be removed from accounts immediately as staff are working limited hours in the building.
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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!



    Vance Durrington; Dennis Kubasko; Angie Reid-Griffin

    Instructional Technology, Foundations, & Secondary Education

    Joanne Halls

    Earth and Ocean Sciences

    Michaela Howells


    Yeoun-Soo Kim-Godwin

    School of Nursing

    Richard Pond, Jr.


    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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  • Posted: March 12, 2020
    Remote library services

    Please visit our “Remote Library Services” webpage for information about remote library support for teaching, learning and research to help faculty, students, and staff transition from in-person instruction.

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