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  • Posted: May 19, 2020

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As we continue our strange spring apart, we hope this new Faces of Randall feature helps you feel connected to our Randall Library staff! Also, this month's feature includes intergalactic puffins.

    Name: Tammy Ivins

    Title: Coordinator of Instructional Services and Distance Education Librarian

    What that means: She helps students learn to work smarter, not harder, when doing library research. By making video tutorials and teaching classes, we are working smarter (not harder) by reaching many students at once.

    Favorite book and current read: Tammy’s favorite book is Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik; it’s the only book she thinks she’s read over 5 times. A loose retelling of Rumpelstilskin set in a fantastical version of Lithuania, for Tammy “there’s something challenging yet comforting about it. Challenging because there are so many perspectives and voices, but comforting because in the end it’s about strong women making strong choices and living with them.”

    Favorite place in the library: The Research Help Desk, because she gets to smile at people when they come in and see if she can help them right off the bat, before they get lost in whatever they’re doing. It’s a nice way to get their day off to the right start.

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?:
    She would like to learn to ride a bicycle, so that the little kids on her street would stop making fun of her when she rides her adult tricycle down the road. (“SHUT UP KIDS. IT HAS A COOLER IN THE BACK.”) When she’s riding her tricycle she can have her dog pull her, but she hasn’t done it for a while because last time she (the dog) saw a cat, and she (Tammy) wound up in an azalea.

    About Tammy:
    Tammy has been here at Randall for almost 5 years! She started out as the Transfer Student Services Librarian, then became Online and Distance Education Librarian in 2018. In the same year, she “upgraded into her final Pokemon form,” Coordinator of Instructional Services and Distance Education Librarian.
    It’s a pipe dream for now, but when the world reopens, Tammy believes everyone should study abroad! The first time she ever got on a plane was when she went to Cypress, and studying abroad there changed her life. When she was in college, she spent three weeks in an archeological dig in the green zone between Turkish territory and Cypriot territory. Not only did she find a glass bead from thousands of years ago, she got a firsthand look at what it’s like for people to be living under UN jurisdiction in their own homes. “There was literally a Turkish military base on the other side of the border that would literally watch them with binoculars. It’s amazing how three weeks can make the world so complicated when you used to see the world in black and white.”

    BONUS:
    Tammy is a huge Star Wars fan. Her favorite Jedi is Qui-Gon Jinn, and she hopes to continue his legacy (of picking up "pathetic lifeforms") by training the first Porg Jedi padawan in galactic history. See her with her trainee here: https://500px.com/randalllib/galleries/tammy

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  • Posted: February 14, 2018

    Randall Library is excited to announce the addition of five historical newspapers to its collection: The Atlanta Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. These newspapers provide invaluable insights and information on leading issues and events, like the U.S. Civil War, immigration, westward expansion, industrial developments, race relations, and World War I and II; to local and regional politics, society, arts, culture, business, and sports.

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  • Posted: January 31, 2018

    For the 2018 – 2022 Resource Cycle, NC Live has added 15 new resources! These resources are available to all UNCW students, faculty and staff through the Randall Library website. You can read more about the 2018 – 2022 Resource Updates on the NC Live website.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Posted: January 13, 2017

    Available on Google Play and the App Store, the Ask A Librarian mobile app connects you to all of your library's reference services, including chat, texting, email, and frequently asked questions. Download it and select Randall Library as a favorite! Visit http://askalibrarian.ninja/ for download links and more information.

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  • Posted: July 05, 2016

    Updated July 2016

    Randall Library is pleased to share the news that OCLC, the global library cooperative, has reversed its decision to discontinue the FirstSearch interface that provides power searching of the WorldCat database. As you may recall from the Library’s communications last spring, OCLC bundled the content of FirstSearch with another product, its own discovery service, thereby changing the interface and reducing the functionality of FirstSearch. At this time OCLC also announced a 2015 end of life date for FirstSearch. As a responsible steward of state funds, the Library made the difficult decision not to subscribe to this altered product. The library already subscribed to a discovery service through ProQuest, and we could not in good conscience double pay for a product we would not use, in order to retain the soon-to-be-discontinued FirstSearch interface.

    OCLC recently released the following statement: “Librarians have told us how much they value the unique capabilities of FirstSearch, and we have listened…we understand that libraries need to deliver search experiences that meet different user needs, including providing detailed searching of WorldCat to support research and a variety of library workflows.” To this end, OCLC will continue the FirstSearch interface after all, and now offers it as a stand-alone resource.

    With this news and after careful consideration, Randall Library has subscribed to FirstSearch with all of its features intact. The link is available on the Library’s A-Z list under “WorldCat [FirstSearch Interface]. Please visit https://library.uncw.edu/eresources/worldcat.

    We appreciate your patience during this period without FirstSearch, and know that it is a critical resource for many of you. We hope that the workarounds that our Library Information Technology and Systems staff created and implemented were helpful, such as the “Get it from UNCW’ bookmarklet.

     Your feedback matters. It was your voice, with other faculty and librarians, that was vigorously conveyed to OCLC at meetings and conferences across the country, and that made the difference and has resulted in the continuation of FirstSearch. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time regarding library resources.

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