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  • Posted: January 14, 2019
    blue and white lettering, text: Our new library starts now

    UNCW has received a $5.5 million commitment from the N.C. General Assembly to begin the planning process for the renovation and expansion of Randall Library. The project will meet the growing needs of the campus and the community for an adaptable space equipped with the latest technology and services.

    As the university’s student body has grown, the Randall Library team has seen an uptick in the demand for space and assistance at the library. The total enrollment for fall 2018 was 16,747, with a substantial 16 percent increase in graduate student enrollment. Built in 1969, Randall Library has not seen major renovation since its expansion in 1986, when the full-time enrollment at UNCW was approximately 5,000 students.

    “For 50 years, Randall Library has played an essential role in supporting teaching, research and community engagement at UNCW,” Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli said. “Thanks to generous support from the General Assembly, we have the opportunity to design the Randall Library of the future, creating a space where people, ideas, information and technology will connect in innovative ways.”

    University Librarian Lucy Holman said the design will focus on flexibility and service. Proposed renovations include swathes of open floor plans for current students to configure spaces and areas to meet their individual and collective needs. Future staff will have the ability to re-conceive spaces as learning needs evolve. There are plans to continue to build upon new spaces and services like the digital makerspace and faculty commons.

    “As student learning and working styles continually evolve, our libraries must adapt quickly to student needs,” said Holman. “The new Randall Library will be a model of ‘learning on display.’ We know the libraries of 2030 and 2050 will be vastly different from the library we build in 2020, and we believe we are designing a building that will serve students well when it opens and will adapt to each new generation of students for the foreseeable future.”

    The appropriated $5.5 million will fund the design process. The eventual capital improvement project will require a separate appropriation and/or philanthropic support from the Seahawk community. The proposed renovations support strong academic programs and maximize opportunities for institutional efficiencies, both outlined as priorities in the university’s Strategic Plan.

    As part of the design process, the library will engage library users in various ways, including two feedback fairs for students.  Information about the feedback fairs will be posted throughout the library and on the library’s new renovation and expansion webpage. Check the page often for updated information about the renovation and expansion project, including communication from our University Librarian, a timeline of milestones and the latest news.

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  • Posted: January 14, 2019
    Yellow background, blue megaphone. Text: Make Your Voice Heard Jan. 23 and 24

    All UNCW students are invited to provide their thoughts and ideas for a renovated and expanded library at two feedback fairs in January.

    Architects from Clark Nexsen have partnered with consultants from Brightspot Strategy to engage students at the following times and locations:

    - Wednesday, January 23, 4:30 to 6 PM at Fisher Student Union, Town Square
    - Thursday, January 24, 4 to 5:30 PM, Randall Library, First Floor

    Student input is vital to the design process and engagement is fast, easy and fun. Stop by anytime. 

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  • Posted: November 30, 2018
    Recharge at Randall 12/10/2018

    Recharge @ Randall - Monday, December 10, beginning at 4 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 December 10th for events designed to relieve stress and provide much-needed rejuvenation at this busy time of year.

    Activities: Button-making, Adult Coloring, Cartoons with Pop Tarts and Cereal Bars, Virtual Reality, Hot food bar, and much more.

    Let us treat you to bagels, granola bars, mini pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit, juice and coffee to help you power through your final exams. Refreshments available while supplies last.

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  • Posted: November 29, 2018
    Open Education Mini-Grants Workshop

    Attend the Randall Library Open Education Mini-grants Workshop— a one-hour session where you can discover resources available in your field and learn how to apply for a mini-grant.

    What: Open Education Mini-grants Workshop
    Where: Randall Library (1039)
    When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
    Who: The workshop will be led by Ashley Knox, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Beth Thompson, Digital Formats and Metadata Librarian.

    Register here at our library OER page by January 11th​https://library.uncw.edu/guides/open_educational_resources
    Randall Library will be accepting applications for a mini-grant to change your required course textbook to a no-cost option for your students for the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 semester.  You can use an open textbook, other open access scholarly resources, or library-owned content that students can download. Funds go toward helping faculty with updating their syllabus by adoption, adaption or creation of open source textbooks and materials.
    Applications will be due March 15 and awarded in April.

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  • Posted: November 06, 2018

    The Spring/Summer Undergraduate Research and Creativity Awards (SURCA) are offered each year through a partnership between ETEAL and CSURF and provide funding to support undergraduate students engaged in research, creative scholarship, or other independent academic work outside of their courses. These are a wonderful example of UNCW’s commitment to support applied learning and faculty-student collaborations.

    When and Where

    On November 12 and 13, we will share a display of the SURCA projects from Summer 2018. These 19 projects are from 12 different departments, including, Anthropology, Biology & Marine Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Economics & Finance, English, Film Studies, History, Music, Nursing, Philosophy & Religion, and Psychology. Students conducted projects that took them into the laboratory, the marsh, and the film studio. They interviewed tattoo artists and music educators. Clearly these projects celebrate the diversity of research and creative scholarship fields studied at UNCW.

    We will hold a reception on Monday, November 12 in Randall Library, second floor from 4:00 to 5:30 PM where you can meet the student and faculty teams.

    Please pardon noise and other minor disruptions on these two days.

    More info

    For more information on SURCA, including a complete list of the Summer 2018 SURCA projects, please visit: https://uncw.edu/eteal/Initiatives/SURCA.html

    Applications for Spring and Summer 2019 projects may be submitted November 15.

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  • Posted: November 05, 2018
    The Fledgling from 1950-1989: UNCW yearbook

    Check out the full run of UNCW's yearbooks! Browse any volume from 1950 to 1989 or keyword search across the whole collection!

    The University of North Carolina Wilmington yearbook—The Fledgling—offers a historical lens into Seahawk life. The Fledgling appeared annually from 1950 until 1989, except for 1956 or 1988. Issued and produced by students originally under the name of Wilmington College, the yearbook provides glimpses into athletics, clubs, fashions, and more while documenting the changing attitudes and culture of UNCW students.

    Access the collection: http://digitalcollections.uncw.edu/digital/collection/p17190coll6

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  • Posted: October 25, 2018
    UNCW Writers' Week 2018

    Each year, Writers' Week brings together visiting writers of local and national interest, UNCW students and members of the general public with an interest in literature and writing. Activities throughout the week include workshops, panels, and readings.

    Learn more about Writer's Week: https://uncw.edu/writersweek/index.html

    Randall Library is proud to support the UNCW Department of Creative Writing's 2018 Writers' Week! In support, we have created a digital gallery to find books from this year's featured writers in the library catalog.

    Visit our gallery: https://library.uncw.edu/gallery/writers_week_2018


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  • Posted: October 22, 2018
    Randall Library Halloween Costume Contest 2018

    Randall Library is hosting an Instagram Halloween Costume Contest from Oct 22nd – Oct. 31st. The first 3 students with the most “likes” by the end of the contest will win one of our three ULTIMATE TRICK OR TREAT BASKETS full of candy and goodies!






    How to enter:

    1.) Take a photo/selfie in costume inside the library starting (today) Oct. 22nd and ending Oct 31st at midnight. (Please, no inappropriate costumes.)

    2.) Share your photo/selfie with the library via Instagram using @uncwlibrary and the hashtag #RLhalloween2018.

    3.) The top 3 posts with the most “likes” by the end of the contest will be declared the winners.

    4.) All votes will be tallied on Nov 1st and all winners will be notified via a Direct Message to their IG account.

    5.) You must be a UNCW student to participate.

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  • Posted: October 15, 2018
    Graduate student workshops promotion image

    For Graduate Students

    Randall Library is offering a workshop series for graduate students that starts this fall and ends in the spring semester. The series is intended to help graduate students along the road to research success! Workshops will cover an introduction to Randall Library; an overview of literature reviews; how to search for literature by your discipline; citation managers; data and statistics; and intellectual property, fair use, and copyright. There are six workshops included in the series and students can attend any number of workshops either in person or virtually. Registration is required. For more information about each workshop and to register: https://library.uncw.edu/graduate_student_workshops.

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  • Posted: October 08, 2018
    A portrait of Jaki Shelton Green









    Meet NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green

    A portrait of Jaki Shelton Green

    In honor of NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green's UNCW visit, Randall Library will be displaying books authored by Green from our collection along with past works of previous NC Poet Laureates. The display is located on the first floor of Randall Library.

    Green will be giving a presentation at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 in the Cultural Arts Building Mainstage Theatre, Room 1069 as part of the Dean’s Lecture Series in the Humanities. She will discuss “The Poet as Documentarian, Historian and Agitator.” Free and open to all. 

    Green's work includes Dead on Arrival, Dead on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song, Blue Opal, a play. Feeding the Light and i want to undie you (both published by Jacar Press). She is the co-editor of two anthologies: Poets for Peace, Immigration Emigration and Diversity published by Chapel Hill Press, Inc. and currently serves as editor for the Jacar Press New Voices Series. 

    To learn more about our current NC Poet Laureate and past NC Poet Laureates stop by Randall Library and check out our display!

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