• Posted: September 16, 2020
    Digital Soundings: Exanding Digital Networks and Scholarship at UNCW

    Digital Soundings: Expanding Digital Networks and Scholarship at UNCW is a seminar series designed to foster and build on interdisciplinary research success at UNCW by providing faculty with opportunities to participate in hands-on workshops, collaborative working groups, and lectures with leading practitioners in the fields of computational text analysis and data visualization.

    Digital Soundings is supported by funding from the Office of the Associate Provost for Research and Innovation's Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) grant program and is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and Randall Library. The project team includes co-PIs Kemille Moore, Ashley Knox, Jennifer Lozano, and John Knox and faculty partners Gene Felice, Mark Lammers, Brittany Morago, and Jeremy Tirrell. You can read the full IRSS proposal narrative here. Registration is required.

    For more information about this seminar and registration by visiting the Digital Soundings official page, click here.

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  • Posted: September 14, 2020
    Tabula Rasa - Randall Library Virtual Escape Room

    We’re pleased to introduce Randall Library's new virtual escape room Tabula Rasa! This virtual version of our in person escape room is a game through which students can learn more about the library while solving puzzles to “escape” a virtual room. Instructors can assign this to their students as a fun way to encounter library skills and tools—but anyone with a UNCW login can give it a go just for fun!

    To play Tabula Rasa, click here.

    For more information about how this game works, what students will students learn, and best practices for assigning it, please see the Randall Library Virtual Escape Room Educator's Guide.

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  • Posted: September 08, 2020
    She Rocks the Vote: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

    Celebrating women's history in the United States, and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which afforded women the right to vote.

    Come hear North Carolina House of Representatives for the 18th District Rep. Deborah Butler speak about women in politics on Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  This event will be live-streamed at this link: https://lib.uncw.edu/butler-lecture-stream

    Along with this powerful keynote speaker, there will be a variety of exhibits – physical and virtual – throughout the Library, during the event, and on the Library's website.  On the second-floor gallery wall, you will find images and biographical essays on “Women Who Changed the World”.  During the event, Dr. Jennifer Le Zotte, Assistant Professor of History and Material Culture, and graduate History students, Kyra McCormick and Rebecca Mullins, offer a curated exhibit about birth control in twentieth-century North Carolina, and an exhibit featuring recently digitized newsletters of the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear from the Randall Library Special Collections will be presented during and after the online event.

    Join us for an array of exhibits and events to celebrate women's history!  And don't forget to register to vote and then vote! 

    For a sneak peek of some of the unique exhibit items, see Encore’s article that came out in March when we originally planned to have the event!

    All of this was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) LSTA Mini-Grant, along with generous support from the Gender Studies and Research Center, and the departments of English, History, and Public & International Affairs co-sponsoring with Randall Library.

    “This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) [LS-00-19-0034-19].  The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums.  We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant making, research, and policy development.  Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.  To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.”

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  • Posted: September 08, 2020
    Barriers to the Ballot: The Voting Rights in North Carolina

    Voting is the cornerstone of democracy. In the United States, this constitutional right has been reinforced and expanded through constitutional amendments and landmark legislation, including the Fifteenth Amendment and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The ballot box is the one place where citizens, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, income, or social status are equal under the law. Yet, throughout history, there have been forces at work to deny or suppress this fundamental right. In North Carolina, voter suppression has occurred through violence and intimidation, poll taxes, literacy and identification requirements, and more. The ongoing lawsuit over North Carolina’s 2013 voter ID law shows that the question of who can vote and when remains contested in North Carolina even today. This year, 2020, marks another historic juncture in voting history as the country attempts to complete the decennial census and carry out a presidential election, both marred by the effects of an international pandemic.

    Featuring:

    • Nadine Gibson, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Wilmington 
    • James Leloudis, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Robert Korstad, Ph.D., Duke University 

    Please join us for a virtual panel discussion on these topics and more, September 22, 2020, at 5:30 pm.

    Zoom: https://lib.uncw.edu/barrierstotheballot

    This event is made possible through Randall Library Special Collections, in part from grant funding received through the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Randall Library Special Collections would also like to thank the UNCW History Department for co-sponsoring the event.

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  • Posted: August 18, 2020
    Make it @ Randall Logo

    Let Randall Library help you make this year what you want it to be with our Fall into the Dub event: Make It @ Randall!

    Register now in WaveLink to join us in a series of guided crafting sessions, where we'll walk you start to finish through projects like hand-stitching your own notebook, learning Canva and 3-D modeling, and creating origami bookmarks. Each session will be 30-60 minutes on Zoom, and we'll have multiple sessions throughout the day. You'll get a complete schedule and instructions for how to join from your own dorm (or apartment, or home) once you're signed up.

    The first 100 students to register will receive a free craft supply kit containing everything you need for these projects!

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  • Posted: July 17, 2020
    Fall 2020 Re-opening logo

    Randall Library will be open to UNCW students, staff and faculty beginning on August 10 with modified building and service hours. 

    Please visit our Remote Library Services page for more information about remote library support for teaching, learning and research, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about services such as returning books, accessing the physical collection, and using our online collections.

    Welcome Back, Seahawks!

    Transcripts of this video can be found at https://library.uncw.edu/resources/covid_19

    Building Access

    • Card access (UNCW OneCard) will be required for entry. 
    • Approximately 50% of our seating capacity (700 seats) available to students to comply with social distancing guidelines.
    • Study and computing furniture with be spaced 6 feet apart and students will be expected to study alone.  
    • Group study rooms and lounges will be closed during the pandemic.  
    • The building will be open with limited hours:
      • Monday – Thursday, 8:00AM – 9:00PM
      • Friday, 8:00AM – 6:00PM
      • Saturday, Closed
      • Sunday, 12:00PM – 9:00PM
    •  Find hours information for our Research Help Desk and Circulation Desk

    Services

    • The Circulation Desk and Research Help Desk will be open with limited hours.
    • Self-checkout of library materials is encouraged. There will be a self-checkout machine on the first floor, near the Circulation desk. 
    • Whiteboard markers will not be available for checkout. Instead, there will be a limited supply of markers placed in common areas for use.
    • A remote bookdrop will be available to return items adjacent to the Circulation Desk.
      • Due dates have been extended to August 21 and fines were not assessed during the library's closure. 
      • Please note that returned materials will not be removed from accounts immediately as staff are working limited hours in the building.
    • The Digital Makerspace will have reduced hours and capacity. Please visit https://digitalmakerspace.uncw.edu/
    • Archives and Special Collections services are by appointment only, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Please visit https://library.uncw.edu/archives_special 
    • There will be no in-building library programming or events; however Randall will be hosting a number of virtual programs throughout the fall, starting with Make It @ Randall on September 2nd.

    Cleaning & Other Requirements

    • Library users are required to wear face masks inside the building. A limited supply of masks will be available at the Circulation Desk and Research Help Desk.   
    • Housekeeping staff will regularly clean the building, with a focus on high-touch surfaces. Specialized teams will be cleaning the restrooms. 
    • Library staff will be disinfecting computer stations periodically.
    • Library users are encouraged to:
      • Wash hands often, for 20 seconds, with soap and water.
      • Use hand sanitizer as needed.
      • Wipe down surfaces before use. Disinfectant wipes will be located throughout the building.
      • Follow social distancing protocols, remaining 6 feet apart. 
      • Follow one-way traffic patterns on stairwells, and throughout the library. 


     

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  • Posted: June 16, 2020
    Our New Homepage logo

    Randall Library is proud to present out 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.

    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: 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.”

    BONUS:
    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 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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