Library News

  • Posted: February 06, 2023

    Science communication is, in essence, the practice of describing to others about the research you do. One effective method is through data storytelling-- incorporating graphs and visualizations into a narrative to convey specific insights from your results. Science communication is a vital skill that can be used to drive practical change and clarify meaning about a research topic, and especially to engage with public audiences and scholars unfamiliar with your research. Researchers at UNCW will describe their experiences about how they have effectively communicated their own research to various audiences with the use of figures, visualizations, infographics, and other data objects. This panel will thus offer several disciplinary perspectives about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to wrangling a research project into a concise, clear narrative.  The session will be geared especially (but not exclusively!) for graduate students.

    About the Panelists:

        Dr. Ian Weaver (moderator)—Assistant Professor, Department of English
        Dr. Kevin McClure—Associate Professor of Higher Education, Department of Educational Leadership
        Dr. Peter Haproff—Assistant Professor of Geology, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
        Dr. Wendy Strangman—Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
        Jared Kerr—Clinical Associate Professor & Graduate Program Coordinator, Clinical Research Program, School of Nursing

    Date: Thursday, February 16 at 3:00-4:00pm
    Speakers: Ian Weaver (moderator), Kevin McClure, Peter Haproff, Wendy Strangman, Jared Kerr

  • Posted: February 06, 2023

    In the world today, when we encounter a line graph or a pie chart, we tend to think of the role of visualization—if we think of it at all—as simply revealing the meaning of the data underneath. The reality, however, is that the act of visualizing data generates meaning in and of itself. “The Line Graph and the Slave Ship” returns to the origins of modern data visualization in order to excavate this meaning. Exploring two examples of early data visualization—the line graphs of British trade data included in William Playfair’s Commercial and Political Atlas (1786) and the Diagram of a Slave Ship (1789) created and circulated by a group of British antislavery activists—this talk will connect Enlightenment theories of visual and statistical knowledge to contemporaneous ideas about race and nation. By examining and re-visualizing the data associated with these charts, I will further show how data visualization always carries a set of implicit assumptions—and, at times, explicit arguments—about how knowledge is produced, and who is authorized to produce it. Placing this visualization work in the context of my larger project, Data By Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization, I will conclude with a consideration of the ethics of visualization in the present. Through a discussion of contemporary examples, I will show how data visualization can bear witness to instances of oppression at the same time that it can—if intentionally designed—hold space for what cannot be conveyed through data alone.

    About the Speaker

    Lauren Klein is Winship Distinguished Research Professor and Associate Professor in the departments of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods at Emory University, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab. Before moving to Emory, she taught in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. Klein works at the intersection of digital humanities, data science, and early American literature, with a focus on issues of gender and race. She has designed platforms for exploring the contents of historical newspapers, modeled the invisible labor of women abolitionists, and recreated forgotten visualization schemes with fabric and addressable LEDs. In 2017, she was named one of the “rising stars in digital humanities” by Inside Higher Ed. She is the author of An Archive of Taste: Race and Eating in the Early United States (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) and, with Catherine D’Ignazio, Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2020). With Matthew K. Gold, she edits Debates in the Digital Humanities, a hybrid print-digital publication stream that explores debates in the field as they emerge. Her current project, Data by Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization, 1786-1900, was recently funded by an NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant. 

    Date: Wednesday, February 15 at 2:00-3:15pm
    Speaker: Lauren Klein


  • Posted: February 06, 2023

    UNCW ITS (Information Technology Services) support for Research Computing is growing as faculty and students embark on research projects that demand more in the way of technology resources. In this forum, we will discuss new solutions that are available to researchers for storing large data sets in the cloud at no cost. We will also highlight new offerings through a partnership with AWS (Amazon Web Services) that changes the model of technology consumption and shortens the procurement process from months to minutes. Join Parker Moran, director of Networks, IT Operations, and Research, to learn about available infrastructure resources and ask questions specific to your research data needs.

    About the Speaker

    Parker Moran is the Director of Networks, IT Operations, and Research in Information Technology Services (Campus ITS)

    Date: Tuesday, February 14 at 2:00-3:00pm
    Speaker: Parker Moran



  • Posted: February 06, 2023

    Real-time data is information delivered immediately; depending on the need, the use of data streams can keep research up to date for immediate accuracy and depth in analysis, or continually updating earlier data for shared visualizations such as data dashboards—like COVID-19 data trackers. This panel will showcase examples of research projects at UNCW involving real-time, near real-time, or batch processing. It will highlight benefits and challenges for its use, and break down various conditions and practices involved when using real-time data, including the set-up, collection, analysis, and maintenance of the data.

    About the Panelists

        Dr. Ray Danner (moderator)—Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Marine Biology
        Dr. Lynn Leonard—Professor of Geology, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences; and Director of Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program
        Dr. Ulku Clark—Professor of Management Information Systems, Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics, and Information Systems; and Director of the Center for Cyber Defense Education
        Dr. Ryan Mieras—Assistant Professor of Coastal Engineering, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
        Dr. Joanne Halls—Professor of Geography, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
        Dr. Minoo Modaresnezhad--Assistant Professor, Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics, and Information Systems

    Date: Tuesday, February 14 at 10:00-11:00am
    Speakers: Ray Danner (moderator), Lynn Leonard, Ulku Clark, Ryan Mieras, Joanne Halls, Minoo Modaresnezhad



  • Posted: February 06, 2023

    As funders are increasingly asking for Data Management Plans as part of grant applications, drafting this document well will increase researchers’ project competitiveness, in addition to generally preparing researchers for better management of their data. As of January 2023, all NIH grants now require Data Management Plans, for example. Data Management Plans templates have specific questions that funders expect will be addressed. In this two hour in-person workshop, time will be provided for researchers to work on drafting quality answers to these template questions. Guidance for each topic question will be provided, and experts will be available for hands-on support during writing time.

    About the Facilitator
    Nina Exner, PhD, MLS, is the Research Data Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Exner consults nationally about the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy, and has been invited to speak on the DMS Policy to researchers at the AAMC's Research Technology group, the HEAL initiative data stewards, and FASEB DataWorks. She is the chair of the DMPTool's Working Group on the NIH Template and was appointed this year as the NNLM National Center for Data Services inaugural NCDS Ambassador for her work on the NIH DMS policy.

    Date: Monday, February 13 at 3:00-5:00pm
    Location: McNeill Hall, Room 1051-B --this is on the first floor and signs make easy to find
    Facilitator: Nina Exner

  • Posted: February 06, 2023

    Data can be used to bring about changes that matter. In addition to its use in research that is published, read, and added to amongst scholars, it can be used to advocate for policy changes, environmental changes, social changes, and more. It can be used for engaging with the local community, or improving state and national economy, or for moving towards global social justice.  Hear from various researchers about how they have used data to make an impact on society. They will reflect upon how they first recognized what impact their data could have, and how they then worked towards turning that data into a form to be practically used beyond academia.

    About the Panelists
    •    Dr. Chris Prentice (moderator)—Professor of Nonprofit Management, Department of Public & International Affairs; and Director of Center for Social Impact
    •    Dr. Adam Jones—Professor of Economics, Department of Economics & Finance
    •    Dr. Hayley Estrem—Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
    •    Dr. Daniel Soques—Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics & Finance; and Director of The Truist Center for Global Capitalism and Ethics
    •    Dr. Blake Wiggs—Director of Strategic Initiatives, The Innovation Project; and 2022 EdD graduate in Curriculum and Instruction from Watson College of Education

    Date: Monday, February 13 at 1:00-2:00pm
    Speakers: Chris Prentice (moderator), Adam Jones, Hayley Estrem, Daniel Soques, Blake Wiggs

  • Posted: February 06, 2023
    Open Access Publishing Deal for UNCW Authors in Cambridge University Press Journals
    Open Access Publishing Deal for UNCW Authors in Cambridge University Press 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 Cambridge University Press's full and hybrid open access journals 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. 
    16 institutions across North and South Carolina have opted into this agreement with Cambridge University Press, which also offers subscribers access to Cambridge University Press journals content.  For more information on the Cambridge University Press agreement, visit this page.
    UNCW authors are also able to take advantage of a similar agreement with Wiley full and hybrid open access journals. For more information on the Wiley agreement, visit this page.
    Please contact Allison Kittinger, Scholarly Communications Librarian (kittingera [at] or Sarah Mueth, Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian (mueths [at] with any questions.
  • Posted: January 27, 2023
    Thursday Evenings with the Center: Ashley Brown

    Join the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History on Thursday, February 16th, at 7:00 pm for a presentation by author Ashley Brown. Brown is an Assistant Professor and the Allan H. Selig Chair in the History of Sport and Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an expert on sport history, women's history, and African American history.

    Brown will discuss her new book Serving Herself: The Life and Times of Althea Gibson. From her start playing paddle tennis on the streets of Harlem as a young teenager to her eleven Grand Slam tennis wins to her professional golf career, Althea Gibson became the most famous Black sportswoman of the mid-twentieth century. In her unprecedented athletic career, she was the first African American to win titles at the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Gibson had professional roots in Wilmington, where she spent the early years of her career training with Dr. Hubert Eaton.

    This is a virtual event that will be held on Zoom. Registration is not required. Participants can use the following link to join the Zoom meeting:

  • Posted: January 27, 2023
    Coffee and Cookies with Francine DeCoursey

    Please join the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History on Tuesday, February 14, at 11:00, when our guest will be local filmmaker Francine DeCoursey. DeCoursey has been a filmmaker and activist in Wilmington for decades. Her work highlighting the racial reconciliation efforts of the 1898 Centennial Foundation, the injustices suffered by the Wilmington Ten, and the work of women filmmakers in the Lower Cape Fear provides an important chronicle of Wilmington history over the last several decades. Join us as we discuss her work highlighting the strength and resilience of those who suffered injustices in the wake of the racial violence of February 1971.

  • Posted: January 24, 2023
    NEA Big Read: Homegoing

    As part of the NEA Big Read: Cape Fear, UNCW’s Office of the Arts and Randall Library are hosting a collaborative, year-long effort to promote literacy in Wilmington and the broader Cape Fear region. Programming for the NEA Big Read: Cape Fear spans three counties and includes community book reads, discussions, family-friendly events, book clubs, teacher training, performances, story times, and art festivals that focus their efforts on Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and other companion titles.

    To see a list of NEA Big Read events happening across the Cape Fear, visit UNCW's Office of the Arts. Be sure to check out the NEA Big Read Subject Guide for other titles by Yaa Gyasi, companion titles, and supplemental resources.

    NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. UNCW is one of 70+ nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project.  The NEA Big Read: Cape Fear was made possible by our community sponsors which include the Brunswick Arts Council and the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County.

    COMMUNITY PARTNERS: UNCW Office of the Arts, UNCW Randall Library, Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County, Brunswick Arts Council, Cameron Art Museum, Cape Fear Community College, Cape Fear Literacy Council, Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, DC Virgo Preparatory Academy, The Harrelson Center, International School at Gregory, Isaac Bear Early College, NC Project Lead, Inc., New Hanover County Public Library, New Hanover County Schools, Pender County Library, UNCW Centro Hispano, UNCW Department of Creative Writing, UNCW Department of English, UNCW Department of World Languages and Cultures, UNCW Gender Studies & Research Center, UNCW Honors College, UNCW Watson College of Education, WHQR Public Media, Working Films, YWCA Lower Cape Fear

    African American Read-In 2023: "AMPLIFYING BLACK voices! It is IMPORTANT for ALL OF US TO SEE OURSELVES in books"

    Join in the celebration as we come together to bring awareness and to amplify Black voices in literature and forms of artistic expression at the 2023 African American Read-In (AARI) on Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30 pm in the Education Building, Room 162. This event is sponsored by Randall Library, Watson College of Education, and English Department. Selections from this year's NEA Big Read title, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi will be read. Learn more about the African American Read-In or sign up to read at the event, at:

    NEA Big Read Homegoing Panel Discussion and Ghanaian Cultural Celebration 

    In celebration of the 2022-23 NEA Big Read selection, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Randall Library invites you to the Homegoing Panel Discussion and Ghanaian Cultural Celebration on Tuesday, March 21, at 5 pm in the Sherman Hayes Gallery. The panel discussion will explore various themes from the text, accompanied by a cultural celebration, which will include a Ghanaian book display, exhibit, storytelling, and more. This event is brought to you in collaboration with UNCW Faculty and Randall Library

    FlashLIT Celebration Reception

    Come support our student authors and artists on Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 pm in the Sherman Hayes Gallery for the 2023 FlashLIT celebration, reading, and reception! The event will include readings from the top winners, free books, and great food! This year's FlashLIT theme is GENERATIONS. Theme was inspired by the selection of Yaa Gyasi’s book Homegoing as the NEA Big Read book for this academic year. This event is sponsored by Randall Library. Learn more about Randall Library's annual student writing contest at: