Library News for November 2019

  • Posted: November 19, 2019
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    Elisabeth was intended to be our September Faces of Randall feature, but we're happy to be shining a spotlight on her now!

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    Name: Elisabeth Garner

    Title: Government Information Specialist

    What that means: The government has many agencies and departments—like Agriculture, Labor, etc.—and they all publish reports and documents. We receive these at Randall Library, in addition to historical documents and census information, and Elisabeth works to create catalog records for them, fix errors and broken links, and generally ease access for patrons. Most of these records are digital, but she also works with our print collection of Government Documents.

    Recent read: Elisabeth tends to prefer reading biographies and history, maybe because of her History major background. Most recently, she’s been reading and enjoying Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert by Stanley Weintraub. This book explores the hidden histories of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort.

    Favorite place in the library: The DA section in the stacks in the general collection; she loves exploring Russian and British history!

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?: She’d love to become more of an expert with computer and technical knowledge. Elisabeth often feels that she’s only using her computer for 1% of what it’s really capable of doing, and though she doesn’t really need the extra abilities for her work, she’d love to know more about what’s possible.

    About Elisabeth:
    Elisabeth has been working at Randall Library for six years. She worked in Circulation during her first year, and then applied for and was offered the Library Specialist position in Government Documents. She’s known throughout Randall Library for her love of the mountains, especially the Appalachian mountains, though she’s from Wilmington herself.
    One fact that most people at UNCW don’t know about Elisabeth is that she donated platelets to her father four times when she was 14. Her entire family had to move to Seattle for his bone marrow transplant, which was a four month process. Though the circumstances were painful, she found other parts of the experience fascinating, as she attended school in the hospital and was able to meet people from all over the world.

    Bonus: Take a look at Elisabeth in her preferred mountain habitat here:

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  • Posted: November 08, 2019
    Thirsty Tome November 20 6:30 to 8:00pm

    Thirsty Tome is an annual event in the fall semester that celebrates writing and writers at UNCW. This year’s theme is ‘Food for Thought.’ The main reading event will be held on Wednesday, November 20th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on the first floor of the library and we will be having Jason Frye and Sayantani Dasgupta as the main readers, and several MFA students from Creative Writing will also participate. Pomegranate Books will have a book signing and the authors’ books for sale. Food will be donated by UNCW BFA alum Cody Leutgens of Surf City’s Shaka Taco.

    In addition, there is a FREE Food Writing Workshop the next day with Sayantani Dasgupta and Jason Frye. Registration is limited so sign up now! Thursday, November 21 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Pomegranate Books located at 4418 Park Avenue. Register online here

    Check out the display on the theme 'Food for Thought' including sustainability and environmental issues, food writing, unique cookbooks, and more! Visit the New & Popular section on the first floor of the library and feel free to check out any of the materials.

    In conjunction with Thirsty Tome, Randall Library will be hosting a food drive called, NO HAWK LEFT UNFED! Support our Hawks by dropping off non-perishable food items to Randall Library through the month of November. All donations will be given to Hawk’s Harvest to help our students who are in need. We are accepting all donations, but protein bars, cereal, ready to eat soup, corn/flour tortillas, 1lb. coffee, and jelly are encouraged. Donation box located to the right upon entering PCJ.

    This is event is sponsored by Randall Library, Department of Creative Writing, UNCW Hawk’s Harvest, UNCW Sustainability, Shaka Taco and Pomegranate Books.

    Need accommodations? Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by contacting Christopher Rhodes, 910-962-7474 or rhodesc [at] at least 5 days prior to the event. UNCW is an EEO/AA institution.

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  • Posted: November 05, 2019
    Graduate Student Digital Makerspace Open House

    Curious about 3D printing? Ever wanted to escape reality? Well here's your chance! Randall Library invites all graduate students for an open house in our Digital Makerspace (DMS) and to explore ways to use 3D printing and virtual reality for teaching, research, and fun. Learn how to use virtual reality apps to explore the human body, the solar system, and ancient Rome, as well as practice guided meditation,  public speaking, and more. While here, create your own mix at our Trail Mix Station and grab a cool 3D printed giveaway! This is event is open to all graduate students.

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