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  • Posted: August 16, 2016
    UNCW Wentworth Fellows 2016 Poster Showcase

     Randall Library is proud to host the Fall 2016 UNCW Wentworth Fellows Poster Session, Wednesday October 19 through Friday October 21.

    The Wentworth Fellowship, a gift of Mr. Charles F. Green III, was established in 2001 to enable a select number of students to travel to sites in America and abroad that are associated with literary authors and texts. 

    Please stop by Wednesday October 19  between 3-5 PM to meet the fellows in person and to find out how Randall Library can help you with your travel and research projects.

    A complete list of the Fall 2016 Fellows, the authors they researched, and the places they traveled:

    • Nick Welch -Robert Service and Jack London (Dawson City, Yukon)
    • Taylor F. - Oscar Wilde (Dublin, London, and Paris)
    • Jeff Bruinsma - Neil Gaiman (Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; and Lebanon, KS)
    • Ashley Starnes - Victor Hugo (Paris)
    • Erin Armendariz - Dylan Thomas (Wales)
    • Kyle Stanley - Jack Kerouac (San Francisco and Yosemite National Park)
    • Kayla Schilke - Dr. Seuss (Springfield, Massachusetts) 
    • Melissa Stone - James Joyce (Dublin)

    More information about the UNCW Wentworth Student Travel Fellowship.


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  • Posted: August 12, 2016
    Display on a white wall. Poster-sized book covers. Text: "UNCW Common Read Synergy 10 Years"

    Visit the Second Floor Gallery at Randall Library for a look back at 10 years of Synergy: UNCW's Common Reading Experience

    To help celebrate, we are displaying previous Synergy Read book covers, a collection of all the titles, and materials on the themes from this year's pick: Little Bee by Chis Cleave.

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  • Posted: August 05, 2016

    Family & Alumni Weekend Synergy Book Discussion, UNCW's Common Reading Experience

    Little Bee by Chris Cleave

    Refreshments will be served

    About the book:

    Little Bee, a young Nigerian refugee, has just been released from the British immigration detention center where she has been held under horrific conditions for the past two years, after narrowly escaping a traumatic fate in her homeland of Nigeria. Alone in a foreign country, without a family member, friend, or pound to call her own, she seeks out the only English person she knows. Sarah is a posh young mother and magazine editor with whom Little Bee shares a dark and tumultuous past.

    They first met on a beach in Nigeria, where Sarah was vacationing with her husband in an effort to save their marriage after an affair, and their brief encounter has haunted each woman for two years. Now together, they face a disturbing past and an uncertain future with the help of Sarah’s four-year-old son, who refuses to take off his Batman costume. A sense of humor and an unflinching moral compass allow each woman, and the reader, to believe that even in the face of unspeakable odds, humanity can prevail.

    Join us Saturday, September 24, 2016, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on Randall Library's first floor.

    For a full listing of Synergy events, open this attachment


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  • Posted: August 04, 2016

    Join Thirsty Tome guest authors May-lee Chai (Hapa Girl) and Garrard Conley (Boy Erased) as they are led in conversation by UNCW Creative Writing Faculty Member, Beth Staples. 

    Open to the public. Please park in campus lot M or Rigel Rd.

    All are welcome.*

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

    Join us Friday, August 26, 2016, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Fisher University Union, Azalea Coast RM B.

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  • Posted: August 04, 2016

    Join Thirsty Tome guest authors Dana Sachs (The House on Dream Street) and Peter Selgin (The Inventors) as they are led in conversation by UNCW Creative Writing Faculty Member, Virginia Holman. 

    Open to the public. Please park in campus lot M or Rigel Rd.

    All are welcome.*

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

    Join us Friday, August 26, 2016, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Fisher University Union, Azalea Coast RM A.

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  • Posted: July 19, 2016

    Come join the UNCW and Wilmington communities as we celebrate the freedom to read what we want to read!

    In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 25-Oct.1), Randall Library will host a Read-In where we invite you to read aloud from your favorite banned or challenged books. Bring your own book or grab one here and connect with diverse voices from across campus.

    Thursday, Sept. 29, from 11am-12:30pm in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on Randall Library's first floor

    The Banned Book Read-In is sponsored by The UNCW English Department and Randall Library. 

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  • Posted: July 19, 2016
    Out of Print Screening and Discussion

    In anticipation of the campus visit from The Onion founding editor Scott Dikkers, Randall Library invites you to a screening and panel discussion of the documentary "Out of Print." 

    Online satirical news website The Onion took the Internet by storm in 1996 after eight years as a print newspaper. Scott Dikkers, a comedy writer and filmmaker, is a founding editor of the publication. Dikkers will bring humor to this dramatic election year and shed light on the value of information literacy in the modern world as well as the role of satire in today's society when he appears at UNCW on Monday, September 26th. (for more information go to Leadership Lecture Series main page)

    Randall Library hopes to start the conversation early with this provocative event. "Out of Print," narrated by Meryl Streep, draws us into the topsy-turvy world of words by illuminating the turbulent and exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution. Jeff Bezos, Ray Bradbury, Scott Turow, Jeffrey Toobin, parents, students, educators, and scientists all highlight how this revolution is changing everything about the printed word – and changing us.

    Following the screening, please stay for a panel discussion with UNCW's own Bill DiNome, Student Media Coordinator; David Pernell, Communication Studies; Anna Patton, MFA Candidate Department of Creative Writing; Lisa Coats, Randall Library. The panel will be moderated by Anne Pemberton, Randall Library.

    Mr. Dikkers' visit and all derivative programming is co-sponsored by Student Media and the Mimi Cunningham Speaker Series Endowment of the Department of Communication StudiesRandall Library and the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE).

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

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  • Posted: July 05, 2016
    OCLC WorldCat

    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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  • Posted: May 04, 2016
    Renovations at Randall Library

    We are making improvements to Randall Library this summer and demolition, construction, and furniture installations may cause inconveniences in the building and noise in spaces that are usually designated for quiet study. 

    Update, May 20th:
    -Demolition of second floor hallway slated to be complete by 6/1/2016
    -Juvenile collection will be relocated starting 5/23/2016
    -New second floor furniture delivered and installed 6/1/2016 through 6/7/2016

    Looking toward the fall 2016 semester, you can expect to see more study space and an uplift to furntiure on our second floor! Check back here and on our Facebook page for updates, photos, and more.

    We welcome your questions and concerns. Please email our Facility Coordinator at rhodesc [at] uncw.edu (subject: Randall%20Library%20Renovations) , and someone will respond within 24 hours.

    As always, thank you for understanding as we make Randall Library the best it can be.

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  • Posted: April 26, 2016
    Recharge @ Randall

    Recharge @ Randall – Monday, May 2, 2016

    Randall Library knows final exams can really drain your energy—so take a study break and recharge with us!

    All UNCW students are welcome to join us this Monday afternoon for three rejuvenating events at Randall library.

    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in front of Randall Library – Visit and relax with therapy dogs from paws4love.

    6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in RL 1039- Miller Motte College massage therapists will offer free 15-minute chair massages to students. Sign up in person beginning at 6:00 p.m. to secure a slot!

    9:00 p.m. First Floor Randall Library – Let us treat you to bagels, muffins, granola bars, cheese, fresh fruit, juice and coffee to help you power through your study sessions. While supplies last!

    Recharge @ Randall is made possible by Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, Student Affairs, Port City Java, Miller Motte College, paws4love and Randall Library.

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