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  • Posted: January 20, 2016

    Randall Library's Annual Flash Fiction Contest Begins Now!

    Our annual Flash Fiction Contest is a hallmark of applied learning at UNCW and the entire student body is invited to participate. Flash Fiction is a story-writing competition where contestants have one week to write 500 words (or less) on a given theme. One other important detail: your story must incorporate Randall Library. (Detailed rules and regulations below)

    Once all the entries are judged, three top winners are chosen along with a number of honorable mentions and those stories are illustrated by UNCW graphic design students and published by the UNCW Publishing Laboratory. The top three winners are also awarded cash prizes, First prize - $200.00; Second prize - $150.00; Third prize - $100.00 (applied to their student accounts). In April, we have a big party/reading/reception and we celebrate!


    This Year's Theme:


    Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization working to ensure that every American has the access to the transformative power of the arts, defines Public Art as this:

    "... exactly that, art in public spaces. The term “public art” may conjure images of historic bronze statues of a soldier on horseback in a park. Today, public art can take a wide range of forms, sizes, and scales—and can be temporary or permanent. Public art can include murals, sculpture, memorials, integrated architectural or landscape architectural work, community art, digital new media, and even performances and festivals!"

    At Randall Library we pride ourselves on our public art collection which features art and artists from southeastern North Carolina and strives to highlight artwork from UNCW faculty and staff, past and present. This year's Flash Fiction Contest and theme correspond with our spring exhibit, a UNCW Student Art Invitational in partnership with the UNCW Department of Art & Art History. Randall Library's Sherman Hayes Gallery will feature student artwork that is handpicked by the Department of Art & Art History's faculty and a few selections of book art from the Department of Creative Writing. The exhibit, on display through May 10th, will be juried by members of the UNCW and Wilmington communities and, along with prizes for the top winners, the best in show will earn a place in Randall's permanent art collection.

    Flash Fiction Contest Rules
    If any of these rules are not followed your story will be automatically disqualified.

    • Must be a UNCW student, currently enrolled.
    • 500 words or less.
    • Must include theme (PUBLIC ART). Must mention Randall Library
    • Double spaced.
    • 12 pt., Times New Roman.
    • 1 inch margins on all sides.
    • Use one tab to indicate every paragraph indent.
    • Stories due by Wednesday, February 10th at 5 pm.
    • Four (4) hard copies delivered to the Randall Library Circulation Desk.  
    • Note:  The circulation desk is ONLY a drop- off point.  No information about the contest will be available from Circulation Staff.
    • Each copy MUST have a cover sheet with name, phone, and 850 number. DO NOT include name on actual story.
    • One story per student

    If your Story is selected, the following regulations must be adhered to:

    • An emailed .doc version of your story. DO NOT save as .docx.
    • 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 (shift, option, hyphen), 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 as follows: lastname_firstname.doc.

          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.

          NOTE: If your story is selected for publication, you will be required to sign the following release: Release for Use of Student Work(http://library.uncw.edu/uploads/pdfs/FlashFictionStudentRelease2012.pdf)

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  • Posted: January 19, 2016
    UNCW Student Art Invitational

    An exhibit in Randall Library's Sherman Hayes Gallery celebrates studio art and more at UNCW.

    On Feb. 10, Randall Library will open the UNCW Student Art Invitational, an ambitious exhibit featuring current students’ creative works, carefully chosen for the show by faculty from the Department of Art & Art History. The exhibit also includes select examples of book art chosen by the Department of Creative Writing.

    The Sherman Hayes Gallery on the library’s first floor will host the exhibit, which is free and open to the public. The show, scheduled to run through May 10, was installed by artist Topher Alexander, exhibits manager for UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building Art Gallery, and student assistants.

    The library has recruited three judges to evaluate the pieces – which include paintings, sculpture and other visual works – and select a “best in show.” They are Sarah Amy Kirschke, chair of the Department of Art & Art History; Sarah Barbara Watstein, University Librarian; and Bob Unchester, exhibition manager at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, N.C. The winning student’s work will be added to Randall Library’s permanent art collection and the top three finalists will receive prizes.

    To expand the show’s outreach, Randall Library selected “public art” as the theme for the 2016 Flash Fiction creative writing contest, a popular annual event open only to UNCW students in any major. The library’s writing contest gives students 7 days from the time the theme is announced until submissions are due to prepare a fictional piece, 500 words or less, about the chosen topic. Judges will select three winners, who will receive cash prizes. Winning selections, as well as several runners-up, will be collected into an anthology
     illustrated by art students and produced by graduate students from the university’s Publishing Lab.

    Randall Library will reveal the winners of both the Art Invitational and the Flash Fiction contest during a special reception, 6-8 p.m., April 12 in the Hayes Gallery.

    “These initiatives highlight UNCW’s commitment to cross-campus collaboration,” Watstein said. “The Art Invitational showcases our students’ creativity, the Flash Fiction contest extends the applied learning experience to additional students – writers, illustrators and book publishers – and both events are supported by the expertise of the university’s faculty and staff.”

    For more information about the Randall Library Flash Fiction contest, please visit http://library.uncw.edu/news/flash_fiction_contest_2016_teaser

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  • Posted: January 05, 2016
    Library Picture

    Randall Library invites you to join us for a Winter Faculty Social, January 12, at 5:00pm (immediately following the Provost open forum).

    The social will take place in Randall 1045, our Technology Enhanced Collaboration Space (TECS).

    Explore the possibilities of TECS, meet your library liaison, enjoy some snacks, and learn about all the ways Randall Library can help you achieve your research and teaching goals.




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  • Posted: January 05, 2016
    Wentworth Fellows Posters 2016

    The Wentworth Fellows Poster showcase in Randall Library begins Tuesday, April 5th and runs through Friday, April 8th.

    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 or abroad, associated with literary authors and texts.

    Please stop by Wednesday, April 6th 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.

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  • Posted: December 18, 2015
    Season's Greetings

    Season's Greetings from Randall Library! The University, including the Library, will be closed 12/24/2015 through 1/3/2016.

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  • Posted: November 24, 2015
    Water Turned Off

    The water to Randall Library will be shut off for two hours beginning at 1 PM on Wednesday, November 25th. Restrooms and drinking fountains will unavailable during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. 







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  • Posted: November 23, 2015

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