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    Plan Ahead for Summer 2024!

    Randall Library is gearing up for significant renovations slated for summer 2024. The library will close from May to August to facilitate upgrades aimed at enhancing functionality and aesthetics. While the physical space will be inaccessible during this period, alternative study spaces will be available to minimize disruption to academic activities. Mediated access to library materials and resources will be provided. The renovation project signifies a milestone for Randall Library, promising enhanced facilities and services.

    Library users are encouraged to stay updated on developments and announcements regarding the library's reopening. For more information and updates on the Randall Library renovation project and summer closure, visit:

    Watch this video to learn more about modified service plans and locker pickups:

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    This semester we invite you to enjoy a variety of de-stress activities designed to help you unwind, take a breather, and simply have some fun amidst the final exam hustle. Join us for Recharge at Randall, May 1-3. Check out the list of event activities below! Don't miss this opportunity to unwind, recharge, and have a blast! Your well-being matters, and we've got the perfect mix to make your stress vanish.

    MAY 1-3 | Recharge Coffee & Snacks Station 7 PM nightly

    Enjoy hot beverages, snacks, and recharge to power through. Grab yours before supplies run out!

    MAY 2 | De-stress Games & Activities 1-4 PM

    Petting Pups with Paws4People 1-3 PM 

    Unleash your stress as our furry friends from Paws4People are here to lend a paw! Take a break from the books, enjoy some canine companionship, and let the soothing presence of these therapy dogs melt away your anxiety.

    Sweet Trolley 1:30 & 3:30 PM

    Be on the lookout for the Sweet Trolley! Grab snacks, pencils, funny and motivational stickers, index cards, and more!

    MAY 2 | Bonus Activities

    Guided Visual Meditation w/ Light Stretching 12-12:30 PM (Retreat at Randall, 2016)

    Escape information overload and chaos and take a tranquil journey with a guided visual meditation paired with gentle stretching for relaxation and rejuvenation. Space is limited. Don't miss out! Register now!

    Beat Saber Tournament 4-6 PM (Digital Markerspace, 1st Floor)

    Immerse yourself in a thrilling virtual reality experience, swinging through energetic beats in competition. Open to all skill levels, join us for a chance to destress and have a blast with friends. Mark your calendars and get ready to slice your way to victory!

    SPONSORS | Randall Library, Student Government Association, Academic Affairs, Aramark, Paws4people

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    Escape information overload and chaos and take a tranquil journey with a guided visual meditation paired with gentle stretching for relaxation and rejuvenation. Space is limited. Registration is required.

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    On Tuesday, April 9, our final presenter in the 2023-2024 Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History "Coffee and Cookies" series at UNCW's Randall Library will be Dr. Rob Hart.  Dr. Hart will discuss "Culture, Wildlife, and the Stuart Marks Collection,” a valuable source for understanding hunting, conservation, and the human relationship with wildlife in North America and Africa.  Stuart Marks, whose collection is housed in the Center's Special Collections, is an anthropologist who has focused much of his career on African wildlife management and conservation.  Marks earned degrees at North Carolina State University and Michigan State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Ecology/Anthropology.  He served as a professor, lecturer, or visiting scholar at Oklahoma State University, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University.  Dr. Mark's distinguished career includes numerous major honors and awards, including research grants from the H. F. Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Ford Foundation/Foreign Area Fellowship, and he is the author of five books, 13 book chapters, and 82 professional journal articles. 

    T. Robert Hart, Ph.D. is a senior lecturer in the Department of History. His teaching and research focus on the intersection of culture, politics, and the environment. The program will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Room 1045 on the first floor of Randall Library.  All members of both the UNCW campus community and the public are invited to attend. 

    UNCW encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Center's public services archivist, Samantha Crisp (910-962-7810, in advance of this event.

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    We’ve come a long way in 55 years

    On March 30, 1969, Wilmington College dedicated its original Randall Library building, just under 57,000 square feet, serving approximately 1300 students. Now, 55 years later, we will be opening doors to a new 80,000 square foot addition to our existing building, creating a state-of-the-art academic library for today’s 18,000+ Seahawks!  Seahawks Give, UNCW’s day of giving, begins at noon on April 2 and will run for 24 hours. A gift to Randall Library can have an impact on every student that will last their lifetimes and make their experience at UNCW like no other!  Please give to Randall Library on April 2-3 and continue to make the library and UNCW like no other

    3 Ways to GIVE!

    UNCW Randall Library: Our new expansion will open Fall 2024. Help us complete our mission to provide cutting-edge, interactive learning spaces and facilitate the use of new technology and equipment by supporting us with a gift. Many items are still unfunded, including enhanced technology in our Digital Makerspace, Visualization and Analysis Lab, and Digitization Lab. Your gift will have a significant impact on new services and spaces for our students, faculty, and community.

    Anne Pemberton Student Research and Creativity Award: Developed in memory of our beloved colleague, Anne Pemberton, a fierce advocate for student success, this award is intended to promote undergraduate scholarship and creativity in areas in which she was passionate. This year’s recipient, Melissa Story, is a senior Honors student, majoring in History and Art History. Her honors thesis examined the relationship between UNCW and the legacy of the 1898 Wilmington Massacre and Coup. Melissa will be presenting her work at Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society) Regional Conference, in conjunction with the North Carolina Association of Historians at UNCW Pembroke. She plans to continue her academic career at UNCW, enrolling in the Master of Public History program in the fall. Your gift will sustain this award for future Seahawks engaged in research!

    Dr. Ralph Brauer Library and Special Collections Endowment: Our Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives & History is a regional hub for archival materials critical to understanding the historical, political, economic, and environmental development of our eight-county region. The Center recently acquired the Star-News photograph collection, which chronicles Wilmington’s history during the second half of the 20th century. Your gift will help allow us to process this and other collections to make them accessible to researchers and the Wilmington community.

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    Join us for the Wentworth Student Travel Fellowships Poster Session hosted in Randall Library in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on April 17th from 3 to 5 pm. The Wentworth Travel 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 or abroad, 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. For more information about the fellowship, click here.

    2024 Wentworth Student Travel Fellowships

    • Bowling, Joseph - Los Angeles; Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James Houston
    • Bromhal, Megdalia -  San Juan, Puerto Rico; Rosario Ferre’s The House on the Lagoon
    • Dellinger, Holly - New York City; Taylor Swift and Zelda + F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Edwards, Laila - Barbados; Paule Marshall
    • Gaydeski, Hannah - London and Kirriemuir; J.M Barrie and Peter Pan
    • Jones, Savannah - Bath and Steventon, England; Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
    • Kepley, Autumn - New Haven; Mina Loy
    • Lindsey, Amelia - New Orleans; Voodoo literature
    • Mangum, Avi - Dublin; James Joyce
    • Merritt, Rachel - Natchez, MS; food literature
    • Odom, Madison - Alton, Winchester and Bath, England; Jane Austen.
    • Piner, Abbey  - Grand Canyon, Rebecca Lawton and London, Oxford and Liverpool; Lewis Carroll and John Cannon
    • Piner, McCartney - New York City; Edwidge Danticat
    • Seretti, Jonah - Florence, Italy; Mina Loy.
    • Styons, Lily, Naples, Italy; Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet.
    • Tripp, Heather - London and the Lake District; Beatrix Potter
    • Williams, Anlie - New York and Cambridge, Mass., Louisa May Alcott.
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    You're invited! Support our student writers and artists (while enjoying free food)!

    Join us on Thursday, April 18th, at 6:00 pm in the Randall Library Sherman Hayes Gallery for a reading and reception in honor of the contest's winners, honorable mentions, and contributing artists. Copies of this year’s anthology will be available for free as well! This program is an NEA Big Read event, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

    CONGRATULATIONS to this year's FlashLit competition winners!

    We had a record number of entries this year, so it was an EXTREMELY tight competition! Many wonderful pieces simply could not be included due to space limitations, but we are excited to announce our top three winners and honorable mentions:

    • First place "Among the Stories" by Megan Eesley
    • Second place: "William Madison Randall Library: Databases by Subject: Biology: Gray Bat Collection (Myotis grisescens): 2052" by Emalee Gross
    • Third place: "Drowning in Stars" by Alexandra Bonin

    Honorable mentions (alphabetical by last name):

    • "Us Girls" - Kyle Alderdice
    • "Just Embrace It" - Camille Bliss
    • "Something About the End" - Nathan Bogart
    • "He Suddenly Stopped for Me--" Nitya Venkata Bundamagunta
    • "The Young Heartbreaker Sees Raptors" - Marah Hoffman
    • "Girlhood" - Autumn Kepley
    • "The Waiting" - Charlie Kingree
    • "The End Draws Near" - Samantha Perrien
    • "Eastward of Eden" - Aileena Rush
    • "An Ending" - Robert Selden
    • "Down the Mountain" - Yaakov Smith
    • "With Love, The End" - Kate Stray
    • "Old World" - Issy Thompson
    • "Flowers Are Growing in Antarctica" - Kit Vale
    • "A Daily Dichotomy" - Katelyn Walbourne

    Mark your calendars for the reading and reception (with refreshments) at 6 pm on Thursday, April 18th!

    Calling all student writers!  Randall Library’s annual writing contest, FlashLIT, starts NOW!

    This year’s theme is “THE END.”

    This theme was inspired by the selection of Andrew Krivak’s book The Bear as the Big Read book for this academic year. The Bear takes place in an unspecified future when one girl and her father are the only surviving remnants of humanity and follows the girl’s journey to survive in nature, and her relationship with a large bear that becomes her companion. The Bear explores themes of Edenic post-apocalypse, survival skills, human relationships with the natural world, isolation, and of course, endings. We encourage you to reimagine the theme creatively, and entries will benefit from engaging with it in unique or unexpected ways. All genres—in both fiction and non-fiction—are welcome. Works must address this year's prompt and also somehow incorporate Randall Library, whether as a setting, a character, a reference, or something else entirely!

    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 two weeks 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 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 relate to the theme THE END.  Must mention Randall Library.
    • Submissions due by Friday, February 9th 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. If you'd like to include a special character or a glyph but you don't know how to set it, please submit a hard copy 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 here.

    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.

    NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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    Congratulations to the 2024-2025 Critical Information Literacy Immersion Program Cohort!

    6 UNCW faculty have been selected for the first cohort of the Critical Information Literacy Immersion Program. As part of this year-long immersive experience, faculty will explore critical information literacy and the ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education; gain practical ideas for infusing critical information literacy in their teaching; work closely with their liaison librarian on information literacy concepts; and generate curriculum-based projects that integrate these concepts. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a plaque and recognition as a Critical Information Literacy Scholar.
    The 2024-2025 cohort of CILIP includes:
    •    Regina Felix, World Languages & Cultures
    •    Lucas Layman, Computer Science
    •    Chris Stuart, Communication Studies
    •    Liz Timbs, History
    •    Stephanie Turrise, Nursing
    •    Yiyi Yang, Communication Studies

    This program is co-sponsored by Randall Library and the Center for Teaching Excellence. Learn more about this program and information literacy at Randall Library here: