Library News

  • Posted: January 20, 2022
    Closed for Winter Weather

    Due to inclement weather, Randall Library is closing tonight, January 20th, at 12:00am. We will remain closed Friday, January 21st. Please check our website at for Saturday hours. We will be available virtually on Friday from 9am – 4:30pm via chat and email at

    Students, faculty and staff should continue to monitor their campus email inboxes for updates; messages with a reference to the weather in the subject line merit careful review. Updates will be posted as conditions warrant to the UNCW homepage, Facebook and Twitter accounts. These channels contain the latest information available to university officials. The Emergency Information Hotline can be reached by calling 910.962.3991 or 888.657.5751. The hotline is a backup for information posted to

  • Posted: January 19, 2022
    Open Access Publishing Deal for UNCW Authors in Wiley Journals

    Randall Library is excited to share that thanks to a deal brokered by the Carolina Consortium, authors affiliated with UNCW may now publish open access in any of Wiley's 1,400 hybrid journals (subscription-based journals which offer an open access option) at no cost through a new “read-and-publish" agreement. 

    Open access publishing allows for increased engagement with your work. Benefits associated with publishing open access include higher citations and usage, immediate access to the latest research, and compliance with open access mandates from funders, among others. 41 institutions across North and South Carolina have opted into this agreement with Wiley, which also offers subscribers access to the entire Wiley journals database.  For more information on the Wiley agreement, visit this page.

    Randall Library also offers agreements with SAGE (10% discount on open access publishing costs) and Karger (no-cost open access publishing). To learn more about these discounts, visit Randall Library’s open access guide.

    Please contact Allison Kittinger, Scholarly Communications Librarian (kittingera [at] or Sarah Mueth, Coordinator of Serials & Electronic Resources (mueths [at] uncw.eduwith any questions. 

  • Posted: January 14, 2022
    FlashLIT Theme is HOME

    Randall Library’s annual writing contest, FlashLIT, starts NOW!  

    This year’s theme is “HOME. 

    This theme was inspired by the selection of Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street as the Big Read book for this academic year. Cisneros explores ideas of home, memory, place, and identity through her childhood home, the neighborhood she grew up in, and vignettes of life in those places. Wilmington is home to many, but like many houses also contains its share of hidden and buried histories. We encourage you to reimagine the theme creatively, from memories of your childhood home to haunted or historical houses to what it means to belong (or not)—and beyond 

    FlashLIT is a hallmark of applied learning at UNCW where the entire student body is invited to participate.  This is a writing competition where contestants have one week to write 500 words (or less) in any genre of writing.   

    The top three winners are awarded monetary prizes (applied to student accounts through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid)First prize - $200.00; Second prize - $150.00; Third prize - $100.00.  The three winners, along with selected honorable mentions, will be published in an anthology.  Students from the Creative Writing Department Publishing Lab will be producing the anthology, and students in ART 273: Digital Illustration will be illustrating all entries, so it is truly a cross-campus applied learning production.

    FlashLIT Contest Rules 
    If any of these rules or formatting guidelines are not followed, your submission will be automatically disqualified. 

    • Must be a UNCW student, currently enrolled. 

    • 500 words or less. 

    • Must include theme HOME Must mention Randall Library. 

    • Submissions due by Wednesday, February 2nd at 5:00 p.m. EST. 

    • One entry per student.

    Formatting Guidelines 

    • Double spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman, 1-inch margins on all sides. 

    • Use one tab to indicate every paragraph indent. 

    • Section breaks should be notated by (***). 

    • Turn off all auto-formatting features (such as automatic paragraph indenting, outlining, bullet points). 

    • Enter only one space after terminal punctuation. If you used two spaces, search/replace to update your file. 

    • For dashes, use em-dash character with no space on either side, or use two hyphens, and we’ll search and replace the em-dash during typesetting. 

    • For any special characters or glyphs, such as trademark symbols, accents, or irregular punctuation, please note them by highlighting them in yellow with MS Word's "text highlight color" feature.  

    • If you'd like to include a special character or a glyph but you don't know how to set it, please submit a hardcopy of your story with specific instructions for the placement and type of special character to be inserted. 

    • Files should be saved and submitted as follows: lastname_firstname.docx 

    • Submit a .docx version of your submission via the form

    NOTE: Edits and revisions will NOT be allowed after submissions, nor will the publisher have time to check your work.  Take care that your piece is fully edited and perfected before submitting.

  • Posted: January 13, 2022
    Scholary Research Services -- Upcoming Workshops -- SPRING 2022

    SRS Spring 2022 Workshops

    Our Spring 2022 Scholarly Research Services workshop series is available below! Find out more about Scholarly Research Services here.


    Open Educational Resources
    January 18th 1:00-2:00pm 
    An introduction to open education and to Randall Library’s Open Educational Resource mini-grant program.

    Introduction to Podcasting using Audacity
    February 10th 12:00-1:00pm
    Zoom Meeting ID:  836 4132 2562
    Password:  audacity
    Learn the basics and best practices for creating your own original podcast and navigating the audio editing software Audacity.

    Introduction to Video Editing
    February 17th 12:00-1:00pm 
    Zoom Meeting ID:  815 2124 6283
    Password:  video
    Explore the basics of video editing using Adobe Premiere and get the best practices for creating your video projects.

    Data Management Using DMP Tool
    February 25th 1:00-2:00pm
    DMPTool helps researchers create data management sharing plans in preparation for funding applications or to help organize a new research project. This workshop will walk through the DMPTool resource, as well as provide actionable tips for improving research data management.

    Introduction to Data Visualization in Tableau
    March 30th 1:00-2:00pm   
    Tableau is a tool that creates interactive data visualizations using your data. In this workshop, guest speaker Dan Sanchez will walk through importing a sample data set, creating worksheets with different chart types, and making a dashboard of visualizations. Please install Tableau Public prior to attending the workshop: or through UNCW Software Center. If you are unable to download Tableau Public, you can create a Tableau Public profile here. You will be able to use Tableau Public through the browser.

    Introduction to Omeka
    April 6th 1:00-2:00pm
    This workshop is an introduction to Omeka, a web publishing platform for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.

    Introduction to Video Editing
    April 7th 12:00-1:00pm 
    Zoom Meeting ID:  858 4238 0688
    Password:  video
    Explore the basics of video editing using Adobe Premiere and get the best practices for creating your video projects.

    Introduction to Podcasting using Audacity
    April 14th 12:00-1:00pm
    Zoom Meeting ID:  835 2200 9339
    Password:  audacity
    Learn the basics and best practices for creating your own original podcast and navigating the audio editing software Audacity.

    Introduction to Scalar
    April 22nd 1:00-2:15pm
    This workshop will introduce participants to Scalar, a free, open source platform that supports online, multimedia digital projects of all kinds including digital exhibits and archives, scholarly monographs, critical editions, theses and dissertations, and more.  

    Introduction to StoryMaps
    April 29th 1:00-2:00pm
    This workshop will introduce participants to StoryMaps, a platform that supports online, multimedia digital projects of all kinds including mapping projects, digital exhibits, and more.

  • Posted: January 13, 2022
    Information Literacy Faculty Fellows (ILFF) Program -- Call for Applications


    We are pleased to announce that applications are open for Randall Library’s 5th annual Information Literacy Faculty Fellows (ILFF) program in Spring 2022.  

    Accepted applicants will explore the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and related information literacy concepts, generate concrete products that integrate one or more information literacy concepts, and gain a cohort of faculty across UNCW departments who are interested in information literacy concepts. Fellows will receive a certificate and $1,000 stipend upon completion of the program.   

    Spring 2022 Fellows will work with asynchronous content in a Canvas course and attend synchronous sessions to apply and discuss their learning. Fellows are expected to: 

    • attend synchronous sessions (Zoom or in-person TBD) on February 24, March 3, March 17, and March 24 
    • actively engage during each week of the 5-week Fellowship by consuming the learning material and participating in application sessions with Faculty Fellow peers and librarians; 
    • create a learning object (such as an assignment, syllabus, rubric, teaching plan, etc.) related to one or more of the six Information Literacy Frames that will be explored during the Fellowship;
    • share about their experience at a Randall Library event showcasing faculty professional development activities.

    If you are interested in being part of the 2022 cohort of Information Literacy Faculty Fellows, please apply by Friday, January 28, 2022. All faculty who teach classes are eligible to apply.

    Fellows will be selected based on their demonstrated interest in and engagement with information literacy, as well as their ability to share program content with colleagues. We hope for representation from schools and departments across UNCW, and new faculty are encouraged to apply.

    For more information, please visit the ILFF program site.  Submit your applications today.

    This program is co-sponsored by Randall Library, Undergraduate Studies, and the Center for Teaching Excellence. 

  • Posted: December 20, 2021
    Sammy the Seahawk mascot next to text that reads "Welcome Back Seahawks Spring 2022"

    Randall Library is excited to welcome our Seahawks back to campus for the Spring 2022 semester! 


    We have expanded our regular hours to include overnight access. Randall Library will be open beginning on January 10th with the following hours: 

    • Monday-Thursday: Open 24 hours 
    • Friday: Close at 9pm 
    • Saturday 12-6pm 
    • Sunday: Open at 10am 

    These hours are subject to change and vary for holidays and breaks, please check our online calendar for up to date information. 

    During the semester, access between 10pm and 7am Sunday through Thursday and 6pm through 9pm on Fridays is restricted to UNCW students, faculty, and staff. 

    Health & Safety Policies 

    • Face coverings continue to be required in all shared indoor settings on the UNCW campus regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings will be required for the length of your visit and should not be removed except when alone in a private study room with the door closed. See Best for the Nest for more information. 
    • Hand sanitizer and table wipes will be provided throughout the building. We encourage you to disinfect shared surfaces and practice good hand hygiene. 


    • Our service desks are open and ready to assist you! Find hours for the Circulation Desk and Research Help Desk.  
    • Port City Java may re-open in early spring 2022. Check back for updates on PCJ hours.  
    • Food and beverages are now allowed in most areas of the library. 
    • Remote books drops are open and available in the parking lot adjacent to the library on Randall Drive, to the left of the library entrance, and in the library vestibule (blue bin). 
    • Self-check is available at the station adjacent to the Circulation Desk. 
    • Dry erase markers are available at the supply stations throughout the building. 
    • Study rooms are open and bookable via the library website. Masks must be worn at all times when using rooms with groups of 2 or more people. If you are using the room alone with the door closed, you are allowed to remove your mask. Table wipes are available throughout the library for disinfection of shared surfaces. By making a reservation, you agree to follow these updated policies. Use of these rooms is at your own risk. 
    • Please note our policies and service hours are subject to change. 
  • Posted: December 06, 2021
    red ribbon with text that says we remember and celebrate the lives of those lost to the AIDS pandemic

    The LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast, along with SEEDS of Healing, both non-profit groups based in Wilmington, and UNCW, Novant/NHRMC, and other community partners are working together to bring panels from the AIDS Memorial quilt to the area as part of a month-long event to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1. 

    “World AIDS Day brings together survivors, families, artists, religious organizations, medical professionals, scholars, politicians, and activists to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic, reduce stigma, and mourn those who have died of the disease,” said Michaela Howells, PhD. UNCW Department of Anthropology. 

    The largest piece of folk art worldwide, the quilt began in 1987 in San Francisco at the height of the AIDS crisis, once displayed in a storefront on Market Street in the Castro District. The same year on Washington’s National Mall, during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the quilt went on display for the world to see.

    Panels will be featured at venues throughout Wilmington, including:

    •     Cameron Art Museum
    •     UNCW Randall Library
    •     UNCW Cultural Arts Building
    •     UNCW Kenan Auditorium
    •     UNCW Veterans Hall
    •     Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center
    •     St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church
    •     St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
    •     St. Stephen A.M.E. Church

    Events planned for March 2022 for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10). The quilts will be on display on the UNCW campus until the end of March as part of the Artivism for Change program. (Source)

  • Posted: December 02, 2021
    Recharge @ Randall Starts December 5th

    Welcome to the Recharge @ Randall

    It's the end of the semester and Randall Library wants to help you RECHARGE! We hope Recharge @ Randall will help you power through the end of this difficult semester. We are offering activities to help you de-stress, take a mental or physical break, and simply have a little fun. There are scheduled activities (see times below) as well as activities you can do any time!

    Coffee & Snacks  (Dec. 5th, 6th, & 7th)

    Coffee and an assortment of snacks will be available nightly starting at 7 PM on the dates listed above. 

    Zen Zone (All Day)

    This virtual space is a stress-free zone, where you’ll find various activities related to relaxation, de-stressing, self-care, and more. Inside the Zone, you will be able to play games, watch cute animal videos, study with a beautiful study escape, post and share inspirational comments to classmates, or pop virtual bubble wrap, open a virtual fortune cookie, and much more! See a full list of activities below.   

    Activities: Affirmations & Gratitude | Brain Games | Bubble Wrap | Coloring | Cartoons & Anime | Crafting | Cute Animals | Focused Breathing | Fortune Cookie | De-Stress Tips | Games | Life Hacks | Meditation | Movies | Painting | Stretching | Study Escapes | Study Music | Wall of Inspiration | Whiteboard | 

    >>> Zone Access <<<

    The Wall of Inspiration (All Day)

    Share the love by posting an inspirational and motivational post to the Wall of Inspiration to encourage and uplift your fellow Seahawks during finals. Faculty and staff are encouraged to post too!

    >>> Share & Inspire <<<

  • Posted: December 02, 2021
    Retreat at Randall interior space with the words Now Open

    We welcome the UNCW community to unwind and destress in our new wellness space, Retreat at Randall.

    Retreat at Randall (RL 2016) is intended for quiet contemplation, reflection, meditation, mindfulness, prayer, stress relief, silent games, stretching, and yoga. It is open to students, faculty, or staff with a valid UNCW OneCard. 
    Please see the Space Use Guidelines for more information.

    Portrait of Anne PembertonRetreat at Randall is dedicated to our colleague Anne Pemberton (1975-2021) for her commitment to student success and well-being. May her example continue to inspire us.





  • Posted: November 30, 2021
    #GivingTuesday logo for November 30, 2021

    Support Randall Library on Giving Tuesday


    For the last several years, Randall Library has been growing into a library that is equipped to meeting the needs of a research university.  We are offering new services, hiring faculty and staff with new expertise to support research and innovation across the University.

    While we pride ourselves on our strong and diverse collections and technology-rich spaces for students, faculty and staff, Randall Library is more than the building and the collections it houses. We are building new library services that will move teaching, research, and scholarship forward so that we can truly be the intellectual heart of the campus.

    As part of Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW, your annual gift will contribute to these new services, spaces, and resources, allowing the library to respond quickly to the changing needs of our students and faculty. We hope that you will consider a gift for #Giving Tuesday or any other day -  it will make a difference for Randall Library!

    Thank you for your support.