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    In recognition of Black History Month, the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History cordially invites you to attend a special evening event on Tuesday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m., "The African American Student Experience at UNCW:  Desegregation, the First Decade."  The program will feature a panel of some of Wilmington College/UNCW's first African American alumni, including Veronica McLaurin-Brown, Samuel Grady, Patricia Waddell, and Liz Harvin Johnson.  Our panelists will discuss both the challenges and opportunities presented by the racial integration of UNCW, while focusing on their own personal experiences and viewpoints, which remain as relevant and meaningful today as they were during their student years.  The program will be held in the Randall Library auditorium (room 2047) and light refreshments will be served. We hope that you will join us for this important event.

    UNCW encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Samantha Crisp (910-962-7810, in advance of this event.

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    Every year, hundreds of celebrations of the African American Read-In take place across the country and around the world.  These events feature the texts, talks, and discussions by and about Black / African American authors and serve as a way to recognize and amplify their work (source). If you are interested in learning more about African American Read-Ins visit this page from the National Council of Teachers of English

    Join us in celebrating the 5th Annual African American Read-In! This year's event will take place off-campus at DC Virgo Preparatory Academy, 813 Nixon Street in Wilmington, NC, on February 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Come listen to students, UNCW staff, and community members reading passages from books by African American or Black authors. They'll share why these words have positively impacted their lives. Don't miss this celebration of diverse voices in literature! Everyone is welcome. Enjoy food, raffles, and giveaways while supplies last. 

    Interested in being a Reader at the event?  To be a reader, signup using this Google Form. See form for guidelines and further instruction.

    For past recordings of this event visit,

    This event is a partnership with the English Department, Randall Library, Watson College of Education, Upperman Center, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and UNCW Black Student Organizations.

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    Get a NHC Public Library Card @ Randall Library!

    Join the New Hanover County Public Library at Randall Library on Wednesday, March 20th from 11 am to 2 pm to register UNCW students, faculty, and staff for public library cards. Find us outside, adjacent to Randall Library's main entrance. In case of inclement weather, they will be set up inside Randall Library near the atrium, first floor.

    To get a public library card:

        Must be 18 years or older
        Must bring proof of NHC mailing address (rental agreement, utility bill, bank statement, or phone bill)
        Valid Photo ID (ID card, driver's license, UNCW One Card)

    Library cards are FREE to New Hanover County residents and property owners, students and teachers in any school in New Hanover County, and active military personnel stationed in New Hanover County.

    • Minors (under age 18) require application by a parent or other adult taking financial responsibility.
    • Students over the age of 18 enrolled in an institution of higher learning in New Hanover County are eligible for a Resident Adult Card.
    • Non-residents may get a library card for $30/year or $15/6 months, to sign up for a non-resident card, please visit any NHCPL location.

    See the Registration Policy and Loans Policy for more details.

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    Join us in mid-March for an exciting opportunity with Mike Caulfield, a research scientist specializing in digital literacy and misinformation! This event is co-sponsored by SAIL (Seahawks Advancing Interdisciplinary Learning); the Center for Teaching Excellence; the Department of English; Randall Library; and the Honors College.


    Faculty development workshop (Thursday, March 14 from 2:00-4:00 in EB 162): Teaching With SIFT

    Using examples showing the current challenges of navigating our current information environment, digital literacy expert Mike Caulfield will show how and why traditional approaches to critical thinking instruction often fail to prepare our students for the world they encounter online. Participants will then be walked through his SIFT methodology for student and citizen fact-checking. In an interactive session, participants will learn the basics of the quick source and claim-checking method, while discussing some of the challenges (and unexpected benefits) of bringing these skills and understandings into the university classroom.

    Please register here (encouraged but not required!):


    Campus keynote (Friday, March 15 from 10:00-12:00 in Morton 100): It’s not misleading content, it’s misrepresented evidence. 

    Open to all students, staff, and faculty!

    When it comes to misinformation, there are a slew of related terms – is something deceptive? Misleading? Superficially true? And what does it mean, exactly, to be misleading in the first place? Using a variety of examples, misinformation expert Mike Caulfield will show how the core of deception is not in the fact itself, but how it is used to advance an often unstated argument. By understanding the assertions made online and elsewhere not simply as facts, but as evidence in a larger argument, we can better understand the ways in which propagandists, conspiracy theorists, and other violate norms of evidence to support positions in ways that deceive the public. Open to students, faculty, and staff. 

    Please register here (encouraged but not required!):



    Mike Caulfield is a research scientist at the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, where he studies the spread of online rumors and misinformation. Creator of the SIFT methodology, he has taught thousands of teachers and students how to verify claims and sources through his workshops. His new book with Sam Wineburg, Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions about What to Believe Online, was published by the University of Chicago Press in November 2023.

    Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by contacting Stephanie Crowe, 910-962-7858 | at least 5 days prior to the event. UNCW is an EEO/AA institution.

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    For its third year, UNCW Randall Library and Research & Innovation will be co-presenting Love Data Week (February 12-16, 2024), an international celebration of data. A series of online workshops, panels, and spotlights about research data will be hosted throughout the week to build campus community and highlight various aspects of data. Recordings and recommended resources are available to access for UNCW’s Love Data Week 2023 and Love Data Week 2022.

    This year’s theme, "My Kind of Data," highlights the various representations of “my data,” such as showcasing the work that goes into making data, recognizing data equity and inclusion factors for the people participating in or affected by data, and documenting the data standards from (inter)disciplinary communities. Data is personal. It can be created about anything, it can mean anything depending on the person, and it can be used for countless purposes depending on the individual need. Click here to view and register for this year's Love Data Week.

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    Photo: Sajorden Miller/ UNCW


    Dr. Antony Percy and his family have made a gift of his collection of books and papers, which totals several thousand individual pieces, to Randall Library’s Special Collections. The gift will also create The Percy Family Support Fund for Special Collections in the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History (CSENCAH).

    The family’s contribution will augment the CSENCAH Director position and provide much-needed funding for preservation, accessibility and storage of the Special Collections area’s materials. The gift will count towards the university’s current comprehensive campaign, Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW.

    “I needed to find a home for my collection, which focuses on 20th-century history and literature in the United Kingdom and America,” Dr. Percy said. “It was my belief a lot of people would enjoy browsing and not just going to find a book they want. That’s the serendipity of a second-hand bookstore. You go for something, see all the other and follow the trail. That’s the vision I had for how the collection would work.”

    Randall Library and the CSENCAH will now house the Percy collection as a single discrete collection. Staff will catalog the books and materials, create an ArchivesSpace finding aid for archival materials and create a dedicated topical online guide to the collection. The library will also have a dedicated landing page on its website to introduce and explain the nature and contents of Dr. Percy’s collection, pointing to individual book records in the library catalog and to the ArchivesSpace finding aid.

    “Dr. Percy’s collection of books and archival material on 20th century intelligence and espionage is like no other and will make Randall Library a destination for researchers worldwide,” Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning & Library Services and Dean of the Library Lucy Holman said. “His gift is a game-changer for the Center of Southeast North Carolina Archives and History. The funds will allow us to greatly expand the work of the Center to collect and process new collection and provide greater access to a wealth of primary resources vital to the study of this region.”

    Dr. Percy had a long and significant career in technology. In his retirement, he has applied his analytical skills to gain a doctorate in Security and Intelligence Studies, which led to the publication of his book Misdefending the Realm. He was born in the United Kingdom and moved to the United States in 1980. He retired in 2000 and moved to Southport, N.C., a year later.

    “The quality of people I have met here at UNCW has been splendid,” Dr. Percy said. “I have had many happy hours in Randall Library doing my research here. With the opening of the new library wing, the timing just seems beautiful to me. I thought what a great opportunity it would be to be in partnership together.”

    The Percy collection will become the most substantial sub-collection for the CSENCAH, representing nearly 40 percent of its sub-collection.

    Learn more about Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW by visiting

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    The DMS and Honors College are co-hosting an open house event on February 8th from 4 PM to 6 PM. Drop by to enjoy refreshments, engage in board games, and discover the opportunities within the DMS. All students are welcome.

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    This Spring 2024, get help with ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, StoryMaps, and other GIS-related issues and questions.

    Where: RL 1023H (next to the New & Popular books on the first floor)


    • Mondays, 1pm to 3pm
    • Tuesdays, 12pm to 3pm and 3:30pm to 5:30pm
    • Wednesdays, 5pm to 7pm
    • Thursdays, 1pm to 6pm
    • Fridays, 11am to 4pm

    For questions, email

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