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  • 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.

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  • Posted: November 12, 2021
    Retreat at Randall interior space with the words Coming Soon

    Starting on Reading Day (Thursday, Dec. 2), 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.

     

     

     

     

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  • Posted: November 03, 2021
    Thirsty Tome: Where We Come From: Place, Memory, and Hidden History
     
    Inspired by the NEA Big Read selection of Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street, and by the invitation of Cisneros and Nikole Hannah-Jones as speakers for UNCW’s Writer’s Week, this year’s Thirsty Tome theme is “Where We Come From: Place, Memory, and Hidden History.” We will be hosting two events, a walking tour on November 11, 2021, and a Zoom panelist discussion on November 12, 2021.

    “Where We Come From” Panelist Discussion, 5:00-6:30 pm, November 12, 2021

    Places have power—to shape us, to create identity, to give shelter—but they also carry with them their own histories and stories, often untold. Please join National Book Award longlisted author and UNCW alum Jason Mott, Creative Writing Professor KaToya Fleming, and Public History Professor Kenneth Shefsiek as we touch on themes of what makes a home, what narratives are hidden within seemingly familiar places, and what we carry with us from “where we come from.”

    Zoom Link: https://lib.uncw.edu/thirstytome-2021 | Passcode: 080546 | This program will be recorded

    YouTube video of event: https://youtu.be/seRM2cRUHuI

    Portrait of Jason Mott Jason Mott

    Portrait of KaToya Fleming KaToya Fleming

    Portrait of Kenneth Shefsiek Kenneth Shefsiek


    Randall Library is pleased to partner with local bookstore Ghost Hill Press to make copies of the speakers’ books available for purchase. You can preorder Hell of a Book by Jason Mott for delivery or in store pickup. You can also find Jason’s books in our catalog: Hell of a Book  | The Returned

    You can order a print copy of the issue of Oxford American that KaToya’s book excerpt appears in here, as well as find it in the library’s Current Magazines section.


    "Wilmington Beneath the Surface” Walking Tour, 7:00-8:30 pm, November 11, 2021

    Kimberly Sherman of Ghost Hill press will be leading a free, custom walking tour of downtown Wilmington, focusing on the people and stories that are often left out of traditional narratives of the city. Registration is limited to the first 15 participants, so please RSVP using this form to secure your spot.


     

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  • Posted: November 01, 2021
    Introduction to the Census Data Explorer, Nov 4th from 4 - 5pm

    Introduction to the Census Data Explorer

    The Census Bureau is a government source for free public data about the United States people and economy. This workshop will provide an introduction to the Census's updated online interface (data.census.gov) and the newly released 2020 Census data. It will also contribute to conversations around data ethics by discussing considerations when using and collecting human data.

    Register for this Workshop  

    Find out more about Scholarly Research Services.

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  • Posted: November 01, 2021
    Introduction to Omeka, November 3rd from 1-2pm

    Introduction to Omeka

    This workshop is an introduction to Omeka Classic, a web publishing platform for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.

    Register for this workshop.

    Find out more about Scholarly Research Services.

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  • Posted: October 29, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021: Author Spotlight #6

    OA Fund Recipient Spotlight: Soo Kim-Godwin and Meen Hye Lee, School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services 

    Dr Kim-Godwin and Dr Lee's article, Factors Influencing Sleep Quality among Female Staff Nurses during the Early COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States, was published in the open access journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Read it here: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094827

    Research summary from the authors:
    "...My colleagues (Meen Hye Lee,  etc.) and I  (Soo Kim-Godwin) surveyed female staff nurses to assess the overall level of sleep quality during the COVID-19  pandemic. As expected we found that nurses reported poor sleep quality. We collected the survey data using an online survey from April to May 2020 from a sample of 215 female staff nurses enrolled in post-licensure online nursing programs in the school of Nursing at UNCW. Our study evaluated seven subcomponents of overall sleep quality: subjective sleep quality, sleep latency ( how long it takes to fall asleep), sleep duration, habitual sleep efficiency, sleep disturbances, the use of sleeping medications, and daytime dysfunction. We found full-time work, poor physical health, lower self-care and self-regulation, and higher work stress negatively impact sleep quality. We strongly suggest that hospital administrators should consider developing intervention programs for improving the work environment, which would impact sleep quality, health status, and job performance among nurses."

    Why did you decide to publish open access? 
    "More and more people are moving towards open access (OA) journals. One of the biggest benefits is that  OA allows access for researchers, as well as the general public without a subscription. It has been reported that many studies demonstrate that OA literature receives more citations than subscription publications because it reduces permission requirements and eliminates price barriers for readers. One downside of OA is the payment (We are so grateful that we were able to publish our  article with support from the library's APC fund.)"

    What advice do you have for others who want to publish open access? 
    "While Open Access (OA) increases visibility, we should be aware that there is considerable pushback to use open access. In my opinion, predatory publishers are a significant threat to open access publishing The first advice is that you need to evaluate the quality of the journal. When selecting a journal for your publication, review publications in the journal you are considering to assess the scientific rigor and editorial quality of the publications.  I usually check the impact factor to evaluate the journals credentials. Another option for authors is to consult with librarians affiliated with your institution or a local public library. Librarians are well-suited to provide guidance in helping authors with selecting quality journals to consider for publication. "
    Randall Library will be spotlighting authors who've received our funding to publish in open access journals all week long! Find more information about our full slate of OA Week 2021 events here: https://lib.uncw.edu/OAWeek2021
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  • Posted: October 29, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021: Author Spotlight #5

    OA Fund Recipient Spotlight: William Opoku-Agyeman, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, College of Health and Human Services

    Dr Opoku-Agyeman's article, Factors that Determine Comprehensive Categorical Classification of EHR Implementation Levels, was published in the open access journal Health Services Insights. Read it here: https://doi.org/10.1177/11786329211024788

    Research summary from the authors:
    "The study explores what hospital organizations' characteristics are associated with adopting and implementing different types of comprehensive EHR. Using multiple years of hospital data, we explored this relationship. We found that hospitals with a greater amount of human resources and financial assets were more likely to have implemented higher levels of EHR."

    Why did you decide to publish open access?
    "To allow the knowledge generated to be widely and readily available for the audience to review and learn in a convenient form."

    What advice do you have for others who want to publish open access?
    "I would say go for it. If you have the funds to publish in open access, that will be great, and it allows the audience to have ready access to your work."
    Randall Library will be spotlighting authors who've received our funding to publish in open access journals all week long! Find more information about our full slate of OA Week 2021 events here: https://lib.uncw.edu/OAWeek2021
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  • Posted: October 28, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021: ICPSR Talk with Mike Maume and Jake Day

    Join Drs. Mike Maume and Jake Day for a conversation about open data resources in the social sciences! This talk about ICPSR and open data will take place on Friday, October 29, from 11AM-12PM to cap off Open Access Week. Register at https://lib.uncw.edu/canon-of-worms-OA2021

    In addition, ORCID registration is ongoing on Friday! Grab your spot at https://lib.uncw.edu/ORCID.

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  • Posted: October 27, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021: Author Spotlight #4

    OA Fund Recipient Spotlight: Seoyoon Woo, School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services

    Dr Woo's article, Stigma Experiences in People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: An Integrative Review, was published in the open access International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Read it here: https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S306874 

    Research summary from the authors:

    "People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are stigmatized by their smoking history. It can adversely affect their self-management, including improving physical activity levels, medication adherence, and quality of life. Thus, this study aimed to review relevant, scientific literature to learn about stigma experiences and their impacts on people with COPD. We found fifteen studies that described COPD-related stigma processes. There were moderating factors of the COPD-related stigma process; that included visibility (use of inhaler/oxygen), origin (smoking history), and illness perception (people’s perception of COPD). Regarding responses to stigma, COPD-related stigma was related to emotional distress, limited social interactions, and negative effects on medication adherence and help-seeking. In addition, COPD-related stigma was affected by healthcare providers’ and employers’ behaviors. We found that smoking was interwoven throughout all domains of stigma processes and responses to stigma.."

    Why did you decide to publish open access?

    "When I searched for journals that fit my manuscript, I started from the JANE journal finder. Relevant journals from the JANE were open access. Also, I talked with co-authors because they have been published papers related to my topic. Their suggested journals were open access ones as well."

    What advice do you have for others who want to publish open access?

    "I was very satisfied with the publication process of the journal that I selected and published my manuscript. One thing that I had to take most time was to check copyright permission to use a figure in a book and evaluation tools. The publisher that I selected and published my manuscript said that they are a commercial company, so there should be very clear agreement on the use of third-party material. Thus, if you plan to publish open access and have third-party material in your manuscript or are not sure about anything, I would like to recommend checking with the publisher in advance."

    Randall Library will be spotlighting authors who've received our funding to publish in open access journals all week long! Find more information about our full slate of OA Week 2021 events here: https://lib.uncw.edu/OAWeek2021
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  • Posted: October 27, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021: Author Spotlight #3
    OA Fund Recipient Spotlight: Kate Nooner, Dept of Psychology

    Dr Nooner's article, Retaining Adolescent and Young Adult Participants in Research During a Pandemic: Best Practices From Two Large-Scale Developmental Neuroimaging Studies (NCANDA and ABCD), was published in the open access journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Read it here: https://doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2020.597902

    Research summary from the authors:

    "The APC fund-supported work focused on keeping adolescents and young adults involved in longitudinal research projects during the pandemic. Unfortunately, alcohol and substance use problems that start in adolescence can continue throughout a lifetime and have serious negative consequences. This paper gave suggestions to researchers working with adolescents and young adults in alcohol and substance use-related research on keeping participants from dropping out of studies during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Sadly, during the pandemic, rates of alcohol intoxication and overdose increased. Because of this increase in alcohol and substance use during the pandemic, researchers need to continue to follow participants to understand what is going on and find the best solutions. The paper published with APC funded-support gave specific suggestions for researchers to successfully keep up with adolescent and young adult participants during the pandemic, especially in alcohol and substance use studies. Doing so is our best chance of reducing problematic alcohol and substance use during and after the pandemic. "

    Why did you decide to publish open access?

    "Because this topic was related to the COVID-19 pandemic and could have global implications, it was critical to publish in open access. This open format of publishing allows researchers worldwide to read our paper and benefit from the suggestions, which in turn can help save lives from problematic substance use. Also, a component of the article involves increasing diversity, access, and inclusion. Researchers from less affluent countries often cannot gain access to papers, which was another reason that open access was vital for us. With open access, any researcher could access our article and apply the recommendations."

    What advice do you have for others who want to publish open access?
     
    "If others want to publish in open access journals, they should seek peer-review journals with an impact factor and reputable publishing practices."

    Randall Library will be spotlighting authors who've received our funding to publish in open access journals all week long! Find more information about our full slate of OA Week 2021 events here: https://lib.uncw.edu/OAWeek2021
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