Library News for January 2022

  • Posted: January 31, 2022
    On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance February 24 3:00-4:00 pm

    On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance (OTB) is a collections as data project that has made North Carolina legal history accessible to researchers by creating a corpus that contains over one hundred years of North Carolina public, private, and local session laws and resolutions. The project has also used text analysis to identify discoverable North Carolina segregation statutes during the Jim Crow era by training an algorithm to identify Jim Crow laws, based on the input of scholars. The team has created an open educational resource, in addition to technical documentation, that introduces humanities scholars and students to the processes involved in gathering and analyzing such a corpus. Recent funding from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation will allow for the expansion of this work in two ways. First, research and teaching fellows will be supported as they use existing OTB products in research and teaching. Second, legal corpora will be created, and Jim Crow language will be identified for two additional states. Research and teaching fellows and partner teams from other states will be identified through calls for proposals. Sub-awards will fund the partners from other states as they use existing OTB workflows to create legal corpora and use machine learning to identify Jim Crow language. This presentation will provide a project overview, outcomes, and lessons learned. Opportunities to get involved with the new phase of the project will also be discussed.

    This event is open to the public and is co-sponsored by Randall Library and the Digital Humanities Collaborative of NC.

    Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022 | Time: 3:00-4:00 pm | Zoom link: |

    Meeting ID: 844 5269 6028 | Passcode: 102212 | Project website:  

    Presenter bios:

    • Lorin Bruckner (Data Visualization Services Librarian, UNC Libraries) assists scholars with creating data visualizations to explore and communicate research. She has expertise in data analysis and 10 years of experience in web design and creative direction. Lorin is a member of the OTB project team.
    • Amanda Henley is Head of Digital Research Services at UNC Libraries. She leads a team of data and technology experts in supporting researchers with digital scholarship methods. Amanda is principal investigator of OTB.
    • Hannah Jacobs is a graduate student in the Master’s in Information Science program at UNC Chapel Hill and Digital Humanities Specialist for Duke University’s Digital Art History & Visual Culture Research Lab. Hannah worked as a graduate assistant with the OTB team from November 2020-August 2021 to develop open educational resource modules and drafted language to describe the team’s conception of “algorithms of oppression.”
    • Matt Jansen (Data Analyst, UNC Libraries) has a background in social sciences and statistics. He provides support for researchers and students on data preparation and analysis across a variety of data formats and research goals, including analyses of text corpora. Matt is co-PI of OTB.
    • Brianna Nuñez is the Project Manager for OTB. She provides support for the project team and functions as liaison for grant partners and stakeholders.
  • Posted: January 31, 2022
    UNCW presents Love Date Week  February 14-18

    UNCW Randall Library and Research & Innovation are hosting Love Data Week (February 14-18, 2022), an international celebration of data. Join us for a series of online workshops, panels, and spotlights about research data that will be spread out throughout the week to build campus community and highlight various aspects of data. For a list of the events, visit: 

    About the Events

    This year’s theme is “Data is for everyone.” Data does not have to be overwhelming and scary. We ask you to spend some time considering the people behind the data. What does a researcher do in order to collect data, deidentify data, or write a data management plan? How can data be taught to students? What data tools are available to utilize? These sessions are targeted at helping to introduce you to new ideas and shake off some mysteries in your research data and teaching workflow.

    Notably, this year’s theme regarding the people behind the data can also mean those participating in your study. How might data collection become biased or require specific security? The Data Management Plan session includes panelists from different disciplines, who will point out how their different data needs require different data management. The Deidentifying Data session will go over how you can shield disclosure of your study participants, which can be particularly relevant for future research, as populations may increasingly feel uncomfortable participating or providing true responses. These sessions will help think about protecting private information about people.

    This year’s events include:

    •     Data Spotlights at the UNCW Digital Makerspace
    •     Randall Library and DEel Virtual Coffee Hour – Introduction to Data Literacy
    •     Citizen Science: Engaging Community Participation in Data Collection
    •     Research Computing Updates at UNCW
    •     Deidentifying Data: A Primer on Disclosure Risk
    •     Who “Knows” Me?: Data Privacy and Online Behavior
    •     Tips for Writing an Effective Data Management Plan

    To register for these events at:  

    Join the Global Conversation

    Various institutions besides UNCW are celebrating Love Data Week. You can find out more about Love Data Week, and see—and attend!—other institutions’ events, at

    Throughout the week, feel free to tweet or post about interesting things you’ve learned about data! Use the hashtag #LoveData22.  


    If you require a reasonable accommodation to enjoy and participate in these events, or if you have questions or feedback, please direct your inquiries to Lynnee Argabright, Research Data Librarian at UNCW (ArgabrightL [at]

  • Posted: January 26, 2022
    Port City Java is NOW OPEN

    Randall Library is happy to announce the reopening of Port City Java (PCJ). Operating hours are Monday - Friday from 7am - 5pm.

  • Posted: January 20, 2022
    Closed for Winter Weather

    Due to inclement weather, Randall Library is closing at midnight, January 20th. We will remain closed Friday, January 21st and Saturday, January 22nd. We will reopen Sunday at 10am. 

    We will be available virtually on Friday from 9am – 4:30pm via chat and email at

    Students, faculty and staff should continue to monitor their campus email inboxes for updates; messages with a reference to the weather in the subject line merit careful review. Updates will be posted as conditions warrant to the UNCW homepage, Facebook and Twitter accounts. These channels contain the latest information available to university officials. The Emergency Information Hotline can be reached by calling 910.962.3991 or 888.657.5751. The hotline is a backup for information posted to

  • Posted: January 19, 2022
    Open Access Publishing Deal for UNCW Authors in Wiley 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 Wiley's 1,400 hybrid journals (subscription-based journals which offer an open access option) 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. 41 institutions across North and South Carolina have opted into this agreement with Wiley, which also offers subscribers access to the entire Wiley journals database.  For more information on the Wiley agreement, visit this page.

    Randall Library also offers agreements with SAGE (10% discount on open access publishing costs) and Karger (no-cost open access publishing). To learn more about these discounts, visit Randall Library’s open access guide.

    Please contact Allison Kittinger, Scholarly Communications Librarian (kittingera [at] or Sarah Mueth, Coordinator of Serials & Electronic Resources (mueths [at] with any questions. 

  • Posted: January 14, 2022
    FlashLIT Theme is HOME

    ​Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 FlashLit Contest!

    The theme this year was "Home," and our judges were impressed by the creativity with which entrants were able to reimagine the prompt in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry!

    • First Place: Savannah Schulze, “Wilmington College Library”
    • Second Place: Alexandra Bachmann, “Home is a Person”
    • Third Place: Fedoua Larhouasli, “6617, A love letter to M”

    The judges also selected 11 pieces to be included alongside the top three entries in this year's anthology, which will be designed and published by the Creative Writing Publishing Lab students and illustrated by ART 273 digital illustration students.

    Honorable mentions (alphabetical by last name):

    • Ryan Bloom, “The Way Home”
    • Audrey Hargrove, “Home and Sea Foam”
    • Kayla Kornelson, “Home.”
    • Makenna Judy, “Let Me Go Home”
    • Olha Novikova, “Clay House”
    • Paris Rogers, “Where the Heart Is”
    • Madison Summerville, “Home”
    • Kai Vining, “Considering Cassidy”
    • Isaac Walsh, “The Garden, the Fish, and the Mango Seeds”
    • Sascha Wren, “People Disappear Here”
    • Daniel Wright, “Reminders”

    Stay tuned for details on our Reading Reception and Celebration on Thursday, April 28th, and congrats again to all!

    Randall Library’s annual writing contest, FlashLIT, starts NOW!  

    This year’s theme is “HOME.” 

    This theme was inspired by the selection of Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street as the Big Read book for this academic year. Cisneros explores ideas of home, memory, place, and identity through her childhood home, the neighborhood she grew up in, and vignettes of life in those places. Wilmington is home to many, but like many houses also contains its share of hidden and buried histories. We encourage you to reimagine the theme creatively, from memories of your childhood home to haunted or historical houses to what it means to belong (or not)—and beyond.  

    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 one week 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 from the Creative Writing Department Publishing Lab will be producing the anthology, and 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 include theme HOME.  Must mention Randall Library. 

    • Submissions due by Wednesday, February 2nd 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 with MS Word's "text highlight color" feature.  

    • If you'd like to include a special character or a glyph but you don't know how to set it, please submit a hardcopy 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

    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.

  • Posted: January 13, 2022
    Scholary Research Services -- Upcoming Workshops -- SPRING 2022

    SRS Spring 2022 Workshops

    Our Spring 2022 Scholarly Research Services workshop series is available below! Find out more about Scholarly Research Services here.


    Open Educational Resources
    January 18th 1:00-2:00pm 
    An introduction to open education and to Randall Library’s Open Educational Resource mini-grant program.

    Introduction to Podcasting using Audacity
    February 10th 12:00-1:00pm
    Zoom Meeting ID:  836 4132 2562
    Password:  audacity
    Learn the basics and best practices for creating your own original podcast and navigating the audio editing software Audacity.

    Introduction to Video Editing
    February 17th 12:00-1:00pm 
    Zoom Meeting ID:  815 2124 6283
    Password:  video
    Explore the basics of video editing using Adobe Premiere and get the best practices for creating your video projects.

    Data Management Using DMP Tool
    February 25th 1:00-2:00pm 
    DMPTool helps researchers create data management sharing plans in preparation for funding applications or to help organize a new research project. This workshop will walk through the DMPTool resource, as well as provide actionable tips for improving research data management.

    Introduction to Data Visualization in Tableau
    March 30th 1:00-2:00pm   
    Tableau is a tool that creates interactive data visualizations using your data. In this workshop, guest speaker Dan Sanchez will walk through importing a sample data set, creating worksheets with different chart types, and making a dashboard of visualizations. Please install Tableau Public prior to attending the workshop: or through UNCW Software Center. If you are unable to download Tableau Public, you can create a Tableau Public profile here. You will be able to use Tableau Public through the browser.

    Introduction to Omeka
    April 6th 1:00-2:00pm
    This workshop is an introduction to Omeka, a web publishing platform for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.

    Introduction to Video Editing
    April 7th 12:00-1:00pm 
    Zoom Meeting ID:  858 4238 0688
    Password:  video
    Explore the basics of video editing using Adobe Premiere and get the best practices for creating your video projects.

    Introduction to Podcasting using Audacity
    April 14th 12:00-1:00pm
    Zoom Meeting ID:  835 2200 9339
    Password:  audacity
    Learn the basics and best practices for creating your own original podcast and navigating the audio editing software Audacity.

    Introduction to Scalar
    April 22nd 1:00-2:15pm
    This workshop will introduce participants to Scalar, a free, open source platform that supports online, multimedia digital projects of all kinds including digital exhibits and archives, scholarly monographs, critical editions, theses and dissertations, and more.  

    Introduction to StoryMaps
    April 29th 1:00-2:00pm
    This workshop will introduce participants to StoryMaps, a platform that supports online, multimedia digital projects of all kinds including mapping projects, digital exhibits, and more.

  • Posted: January 13, 2022
    Information Literacy Faculty Fellows (ILFF) Program -- Call for Applications

    We are pleased to announce that applications are open for Randall Library’s 5th annual Information Literacy Faculty Fellows (ILFF) program in Spring 2022.  

    Accepted applicants will explore the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and related information literacy concepts, generate concrete products that integrate one or more information literacy concepts, and gain a cohort of faculty across UNCW departments who are interested in information literacy concepts. Fellows will receive a certificate and $1,000 stipend upon completion of the program.   

    Spring 2022 Fellows will work with asynchronous content in a Canvas course and attend synchronous sessions to apply and discuss their learning. Fellows are expected to: 

    • attend synchronous sessions (Zoom or in-person TBD) on February 24, March 3, March 17, and March 24 
    • actively engage during each week of the 5-week Fellowship by consuming the learning material and participating in application sessions with Faculty Fellow peers and librarians; 
    • create a learning object (such as an assignment, syllabus, rubric, teaching plan, etc.) related to one or more of the six Information Literacy Frames that will be explored during the Fellowship;
    • share about their experience at a Randall Library event showcasing faculty professional development activities.

    If you are interested in being part of the 2022 cohort of Information Literacy Faculty Fellows, please apply by Friday, January 28, 2022. All faculty who teach classes are eligible to apply.

    Fellows will be selected based on their demonstrated interest in and engagement with information literacy, as well as their ability to share program content with colleagues. We hope for representation from schools and departments across UNCW, and new faculty are encouraged to apply.

    For more information, please visit the ILFF program site.  Submit your applications today.

    This program is co-sponsored by Randall Library, Undergraduate Studies, and the Center for Teaching Excellence.