Library News

  • Posted: October 14, 2022
    Thursday Evenings with the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History

    Every year since its inception in 1948, the Azalea Festival has drawn thousands of visitors to the Port City in early April to enjoy Wilmington’s natural beauty and amenities. As historian Margaret Mulrooney has chronicled in her book Race, Place, and Memory, the Azalea Festival reveals many assumptions about race and class as well as contested conceptions of history with which Wilmingtonians wrestle even today. Join Prof. Mulrooney, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Equity at James Madison University, and the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History at 6:30 PM on October 27 as she shares her research on the history of the festival. Zoom link:

  • Posted: October 05, 2022
    48 Hour Film Competition Begins Oct 26th

    Student filmmakers and horror fans it's your time to shine!

    Randall Library is hosting a 48 Hour Film Competition running October 26th through 28th!

    Here's what you need to know:

    • Teams of up to five students (or just one, if you work better solo) will have exactly 48 hours to create a short horror film between 5 and 8 minutes long. 
    • Rules and specific guidelines will be sent to students who have filled out the entry form prior to the deadline.
    • The prompt for the contest will be revealed on the Digital Makerspace website at 6 pm on October 26th. 
    • All films will be screened at a showing in Randall Library at 6 pm on October 28th. A panel of Film Studies professors and librarians will select three teams to receive prizes—and lifelong g(l)ory! Prizes for first, second, and third place will be $100, $50, and $25 per team, respectively, along with a unique trophy made in our own Digital Makerspace.
    • POPCORN will be served! And yes it's FREE! :)

    click to enter contest

    Brush up on your video editing skillsget help with editing software, and check out cameras beforehand at the Digital Makerspace.

  • Posted: October 04, 2022
    UNCW Randall Library Presents Hall-O-A: Open Access Week 2022

    Open Access Week is an international celebration of making research available and accessible to all - and since it's the last week of October, why not celebrate Halloween as well? Randall Library will host workshops and demonstrations, consultation hours, panels, and film screenings throughout the week on topics related to open access and academic publishing for the whole campus community. Discussions, learning opportunities, and plenty of candy will be provided. List of events: Hall-O-A Open Access Week 2022.

    For the latest information on events, please refer to this page. 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 Allison Kittinger at kittingera [at]


  • Posted: October 03, 2022
    Cookie and Cookies with Huili Hao | UNCW Environmental Sciences

    Join Environmental Sciences professor Huili Hao in the Randall Library Special Collections Reading Room on October 11th at 11:30 AM as she shares how these archival sources inform her study of how humans interact with their environment.  The Kindred Spirits Notebooks – one of the more fascinating and unique collections in the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History – provide poignant accounts of the emotions and thoughts that come to those visiting our beautiful coastal areas.

  • Posted: October 03, 2022
    Coffee and Cookies with Jan Davidson | Cape Fear Museum

    Join Cape Fear Museum historian Jan Davidson on October 25th at 1:00 PM in the Special Collections Reading Room as she shares how she has used collections from the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History to illuminate the fascinating history of school desegregation in New Hanover County.

  • Posted: October 03, 2022
    TLLS Virtual Coffee Hour - New Spins on Old Stories (Oral History) & Students as Content Creators

    Join TLLS for our third virtual coffee hour New Spins on Old Stories (Oral History) & Students as Content Creators on October 19th at 9:00 am. This panel discussion explores how we can work collaboratively to assist and encourage faculty to experiment with scaffolded instruction leading to active learning and authentic projects, whereby students emerge as content creators and a new generation of storytellers. Registration is required. This discussion is open to faculty, staff, and students. Event Registration:

    Panelists: Nathan Saunders, Associate Director, Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History; Allison Kittinger, Scholarly Communications Librarian; John Knox, Digital Scholarship Librarian; and Jennifer Sias, Instructional Designer

    Facilitators: Karen Thompson, Instructional Designer and Chris Robinson, Outreach and Engagement Librarian

    New Spins on Old Stories (Oral History) & Students as Content Creators

    “People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another.” ~ Studs Terkel

    Stories and storytelling are as old as humankind.  As author, interviewer and storyteller extraordinaire Studs Terkel notes, stories are a precious commodity and serve as oral history.  While Terkel did not invent the genre, he did transform it and establish oral history as a highly regarded and engaging medium.

    Terkel’s oral history work provides us with an invaluable snapshot of Americana and inspiration for new content creation (new spins on old stories).  His numerous interviews, captured in books as well as many in audio, are a treasure-trove, not only for oral historians, but also for instructors who want to engage students in bridging theory with practice.  

    By sharing Terkel’s and others’ oral history work, faculty can begin scaffolding instruction that is enriched by the soil of carefully curated stories and designed to inspire students to conduct oral histories on their own.  

  • Posted: September 30, 2022
    Randall Library is closing at 5pm today


    Due to inclement weather caused by Hurricane Ian, Randall Library will close at 5:00pm today, September 30th.

  • Posted: September 29, 2022
    Personal Vehicle Policy

    For more information about what personal vehicles are allowed in the library, please see our BICYCLES, SCOOTERS, SKATEBOARDS, AND HOVERBOARDS policy, found here:

  • Posted: September 28, 2022
    Open Access Week/Media Literacy Week Film Screening

    Join Randall Library for a screening of the film The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz for Open Access Week and Media Literacy Week. The Internet's Own Boy depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up to his eventual suicide after a legal battle, and explores the questions of access to information and civil liberties that drove his work.

    Content warning: discussions of suicide

    International Open Access Week is organized by SPARC in partnership with the Open Access Week Advisory Committee. It was founded in 2008 by SPARC and partners in the student community. Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

    U.S. Media Literacy Week is hosted by the National Association for Media Literacy Education. The mission is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education all across the country. U.S. Media Literacy Week calls attention to media literacy education by bringing together hundreds of partners for events and activities around the country

    Learn about all the events Randall Library has planned for Open Access Week 2022 here.

  • Posted: September 20, 2022
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