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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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  • Posted: April 26, 2016
    Thirsty Tome 2016: Craft of the Memoir

    Randall Library is thrilled to welcome four fantastic authors to help us celebrate the craft of memoir writing and to ring in the 2016 academic year with our very popular Thirsty Tome event!

    About the authors:

    May-lee Chai is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction and one book-length translation from Chinese to English of the 1934 Autobiography of Ba Jin. Her memoir Hapa Girl was a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book. Her family memoir, The Girl from Purple Mountain, co-authored with her father, Winberg Chai, was nominated for the National Book Award in nonfiction. Her most recent novel, Tiger Girl, won an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in prose. Currently, she teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNCW.

    Garrard Conley’s fiction and nonfiction can be found in The Common, The Madison Review, Spork, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for Narrative Magazine’s Winter 2013 story contest. Conley currently teaches English literature and promotes LGBTQ equality in Sofia, Bulgaria. One time MFA student at UNCW, his highly anticipated memoir Boy Erased will be published by Riverhead Books in May 2016.

    Dana Sachs is the author of two novels, If You Lived Here and The Secret of the Nightingale Palace (William Morrow), and two books of nonfiction, The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam (Beacon Press) and The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam (Algonquin Books).  Dana lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons and teaches at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

    Peter Selgin’s Drowning Lessons won the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award. He has also written a novel, two books on the writer’s craft, an essay collection, books for children, and The Inventors, a memoir. He teaches at Antioch University and is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia College & State University.

    About their memoirs:

    May-lee Chai's Hapa Girl: A Memoir was published by Temple University Press in 2008. 

    From the Temple University Press online description: 

    In the mid-1960s, Winberg Chai, a young academic and the son of Chinese immigrants, married an Irish-American artist. In Hapa Girl ("hapa" is Hawaiian for "mixed") their daughter tells the story of this loving family as they moved from Southern California to New York to a South Dakota farm by the 1980s. In their new Midwestern home, the family finds itself the object of unwelcome attention, which swiftly escalates to violence. The Chais are suddenly socially isolated and barely able to cope with the tension that arises from daily incidents of racial animosity, including random acts of cruelty. 

    May-lee Chai's memoir ends in China, where she arrives just in time to witness a riot and demonstrations. Here she realizes that the rural Americans' "fears of change, of economic uncertainty, of racial anxiety, of the unknowable future compared to the known past were the same as China's. And I realized finally that it had not been my fault."



    Garrard Conley's Boy Erased was published by Riverhead in 2016

    From the Penguin Random House online description:

    A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. 
    By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.


    Dana Sachs' The House On Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam was published by Algonquin Books in 2000.

    From the Alogonquin Books online description:

    http://algonquin.com/book/the-house-on-dream-street/Dana Sachs went to Hanoi when tourist visas began to be offered to Americans; she was young, hopeful, ready to immerse herself in Vietnamese culture. She moved in with a family and earned her keep by teaching English, and she soon found that it was impossible to blend into an Eastern culture without calling attention to her Americanness–particularly in a country where not long ago she would have been considered the enemy. But gradually, Vietnam turned out to be not only hospitable, but the home she couldn’t leave. Sachs takes us through two years of eye-opening experiences: from her terrifying bicycle accidents on the busy streets of Hanoi to how she is begged to find a buyer for the remains of American “poes and meeas” (POWs and MIAs). The House on Dream Street is also the story of a community and the people who become inextricably, lovingly, a part of Sachs’s life, whether it’s her landlady who wonders why at twenty-nine she’s not married, the children who giggle when she tries to speak the language, or Phai, the motorcycle mechanic she falls for. The House on Dream Street is both the story of a country on the cusp of change and of a woman learning to know her own heart.



    Peter Selgin's The Inventors was published by Hawthorne Books in 2016.

    From the Hawthorne Books online description:

    In the Fall of 1970, at the start of eighth grade, Peter Selgin fell in love with the young teacher who’d arrived from Oxford wearing Frye boots, with long blond hair, and a passion for his students that was as intense as it was rebellious. The son of an emotionally remote inventor, Peter was also a twin competing for the attention and affection of his parents. He had a burning need to feel special. The new teacher supplied that need. They spent hours in the teacher’s house, discussing books, playing chess, drinking tea, and wrestling. They were inseparable, until the teacher “resigned” from his job and left. Over the next ten years Peter and the teacher corresponded copiously and met occasionally, their last meeting ending in disaster. Only after the teacher died did Peter learn that he’d done all he could to evade his past, identifying himself first as an orphaned Rhodes Scholar, and later as a Native American.

    As for Peter’s father, the genius with the English accent who invented the first dollar-bill changing machine, he was the child of Italian Jews—something else Peter discovered only after his death. Paul Selgin and the teacher were both self-inventors, creatures of their own mythology, inscrutable men whose denials and deceptions betrayed the trust of the boy who looked up to them. The Inventors is the story of a man’s search for his father and a boy’s passionate relationship with his teacher, of how these two enigmas shaped that boy’s journey into manhood, filling him with a sense of his own unique destiny. It is a story of promises kept and broken as the author uncovers the truth—about both men, and about himself. For like them—like all of us—Peter Selgin, too, is his own inventor.


    About Thirsty Tome:

    Thirsty Tome is an annual event celebrating the culture of creative writing at UNCW and in our community and is a part of UNCWelcome Week activities. This year's events will include readings from our featured authors, craft discussions about writing memoir, a book signing with books provided by Pomegranate Books, and a reception.

    Join us Thursday, August 25, 2016, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on Randall Library's first floor for the reading.

    (Parking for the reading: please use campus C&D lots and print this parking pass to place on the driver's side dashboard of your vehicle)

    Join us Friday, August 26, 2016, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Fisher University Union for two concurrent craft/author discussions:

    (Parking for the craft discussions: please use campus lot M & 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.


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  • Posted: April 19, 2016
    CMC Renovation

    From now through the end of the spring semester, The Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) at the Watson College of Education will be undergoing some exciting renovations. All CMC services are available during this time. Please pardon the appearance of the CMC during this time. Thank you.







    Renderings of renovated CMC:



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  • Posted: March 02, 2016
    Graffiti Vandalism is a Crime in North Carolina

    Beginning December 1, 2015, graffiti vandalism became a crime in North Carolina. The new law, House Bill 552/S.L. 2015-72, means that unlawfully writing or scribbling on, marking, painting, defacing, or besmearing the walls of any public building or facility may result in a misdemeanor or felony charge.

    Please help us prevent this costly crime and share your concerns by contacting us at library.uncw.edu/contact; by calling 2-2222, University Police non-emergency number, or use TEXT-A-TIP by sending message to CRIMES (246370), beginning the message with TIP708.

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  • Posted: February 29, 2016

    We are pleased to announce the following winners and honorable mentions for our 2016 Flash Fiction Contest:


    1st Place: Morgan Davis, for her story "The Photographer's Son"

    2nd Place: Bridget Callahan, for her story "Pelicans"

    3rd Place: Laura Price Steele, for her story "Repose"

    Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)

    Christopher Eberhardt, Anastasia Hilton, Caleb Horowitz, Austin Jones, Nikki Kroushl, Kate A. McMullen, Sarah Miner, James Nagy, Aurora Shimshak, Diane L. Sorensen, Ellen Tutterow

    Congratulations to all our writers.


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  • Posted: February 10, 2016
    Try out our test databases

    We currently have access to a number of new databases on a temporary trial basis. The list of databases included, and links to them, are available on our Trial Databases page. Please take advantage of this access to give them a test drive. If you feel they would be useful to your teaching or studies, please let us know through the Database Trial Evaluation online form.

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  • Posted: February 02, 2016

    Critical Race Theory analyzes existing power structures in American society from a conscious awareness of the pervasive institutionalized racism embedded in American legal, social, economic and educational structures.  Challenging white privilege and white supremacy, liberalism and meritocracy, Critical Race Theory recognizes that disempowerment is not solely caused by race alone. Critical Race Theory is a multi-dimensional theoretical approach to analyzing and deconstructing the intersecting complexities of American culture.

    Please visit the exhibit on display through the month of December on Randall Library's first floor. All of the books are available for checkout.

    You can also visit the associated critical race theory virtual gallery by clicking here.



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  • Posted: January 21, 2016
    UNCW Student Art Invitational Flash Fiction Celebration

    Join Randall Library as we reveal the winners of both the UNCW Student Art Invitational and the 2016 Flash Fiction Contest during a special reception, 6-8 p.m., April 12 in the Sherman Hayes Gallery.

    This spring we've turned our focus to the importance of Public Art.

    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 features 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, has been juried by by Amy Kirschke , Chair of the Department of Art and Art History; Bob Unchester, Exhibitions Manager at the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC; and Sarah Barbara Watstein, University Librarian, Randall Library, UNCW, and the best in show will earn a place in Randall's permanent art collection.

    Our special guest speaker Rhonda Bellamy, Chair of The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC will be joined by student writers, designers, illustrators, and artists.

    Great food! Great art! Please join us!


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