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  • Posted: February 17, 2015

    The judges have made decisions in our first ever Flash Nonfiction contest! We broke submission records this year, collecting close to 30 entries.

    University Librarian Sarah B. Watstein and Creative Writing Faculty member Virginia Holman made the following decisions:

    First place - Bridget Callahan, "Parking at the Library"

    Second place - Beth Roddy, "My Library Circulation History"

    Third place - Liz Granger, "The Oldest Mzungu in Uganda"


    Honorable Mentions go:

    Lydia Buchanan; Megan Ellis; Peter Kusnic; Martha Lundin; John McShea; Jamie Lynn Miller; James Nagy; Katie O'Reilly; Katie Prince; and Megan Young

    Congratulations! All 13 stories will be included in this year's anthology.

    This year's theme was Library. In this day and age, libraries are more important than ever; not just as a repository for collections but as a beacon of learning, research, study, collaboration, and community

    Please join us on Wednesday, April 15 at 6 pm for a reading/reception/book party





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  • Posted: January 28, 2015
    Flash NONFICTION 2015 - Theme Announcement

    The News

    The really big announcement this year is that our annual Flash Contest has switched from fiction to nonficiton! We want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth ...

    The Theme

    The theme this year is simple: Library.

    In this day and age, libraries are more important than ever; not just as a repository for collections but as a beacon of learning, research, study, collaboration, and community. 


    In 500 words or less, tell us your best "library" story. How has a library made a difference in your life? What significant event happened to you in a library? 

    Be creative and have fun.

    Top three winners receive a CASH PRIZE and the top 15 selections will be included in our annual collection, published by the UNCW Publishing Laboratory.

    First prize - $200.00; Second prize - $150.00; Third prize - $100.00

    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 (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 11th 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: December 04, 2014
    Queering the YA

    Join two award-winning Young Adult authors, a literary agent, and a UNCW professor of literature for a discussion about LGBTQ-themed books for young adults.  Topics include:

    Why are LGBTQ themes important in YA books?
    How are LGBTQ books for young adults marketed?
    How can students join the conversation?

    Panelists:  May-lee Chai (UNCW Department of Creative Writing), Nina deGramont (UNCW Department of Creative Writing), Katie Peel (UNCW Department of English/Director of the Women's Studies & Resource Center) and Christopher Rhodes (James Fitzgerald Literary Agency, NYC)


    6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015
    Randall Library, Sherman Hayes Gallery*

    Sponsored by UNCW, the LGBTQIA Resource Office, the Department of Creative Writing, Randall Library, and the Women's Studies & Resource Center.

    *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: November 19, 2014
    Mike McIntyre Donates Papers

    Congressman Mike McIntyre, North Carolina's Seventh District Representative, continues his longstanding support of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the region through a donation of his congressional papers to the William Madison Randall Library Special Collections, the University announced on November 10, 2014.

    Since his election in 1996, Rep. McIntyre's dedication and leadership have played an integral role in securing significant federal funding on behalf of UNCW. During his tenure in Congress, UNCW has received over one hundred million dollars in federal grants and contracts, supporting multiple initiatives across campus including the construction of UNCW's MARBIONC facility in CREST Research Park; the Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program; assistive technology in the Watson College of Education; distance education capabilities and community health outreach in the School of Nursing; and Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention programs.

    "It is a great honor and privilege to be able to donate my Congressional Collection to this esteemed university, located in the heart of Southeastern North Carolina, where our energy and efforts have been focused over the course of my 18 years in Congress,” said Congressman McIntyre. “This Congressional collection is a living history of the events that shaped our lives in Southeastern North Carolina over the past two decades, and it serves as a testament to the indelible partnerships we have been blessed to create with the people of the 7th district."

    The donated documents span McIntyre's nine Congressional terms. The collection will also contain photographs, oral histories, artifacts, congressional awards and recognitions and will allow students, faculty, staff and other researchers to better understand the legislative process and North Carolina's history.

    These documents will undergo archival processing and be made available to the public for research purposes. McIntyre has also made a gift to Randall Library to offset the anticipated cost of archival processing. The collection will not be available until late 2015.

    "Congressman McIntyre's generous contribution will be a great point of pride in Randall Library's Special Collections and will be a significant source of research material for UNCW's students, faculty, staff and the Wilmington community for years to come," said Sarah Watstein, UNCW librarian.

    Throughout his tenure, McIntyre has been a leader on coastal, veterans, senior citizens, and law enforcement issues, and has been an advocate for improved health care and education. He is a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, and has won multiple awards and received honors on international, national, regional, and state levels for his leadership and innovation. In 2004, UNCW bestowed Rep. McIntyre with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

    Randall Library Special Collections contains rare books, manuscripts, and other materials that have special historical significance for the Lower Cape Fear Region, including the North Carolina Coastal Federation manuscript collection and papers of Congressman Alton Lennon.

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  • Posted: November 10, 2014

    Learn how to use EndNote Basic, a free online tool for organizing and managing all of your citations. Used in conjunction with databases available from Randall Library and Microsoft Word, EndNote Basic allows you to create bibliographies, in-text citations and reference lists in most citation formats with just a few clicks. From discovery to production, EndNote Basic will help you organize, manage and format your references with ease. EndNote Basic is especially useful for honors students, DIS students, and graduate students working on research projects that require a literature review. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop if they have one.

    Location: RL 1022


    November 11 12pm - 1pm

    November 11 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    November 19 5:30pm - 6:30pm

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  • Posted: November 06, 2014
    Recharge at Randall - Massages and Food for Students During Finals

    Recharge @ Randall - Monday, December 8, beginning at 7 pm

    Randall Library knows that final exams can be stressful, so we invite you to take a study break and recharge!

    All UNCW students are welcome to join us Monday evening on December 8th for two events designed to relieve stress and provide much-needed rejuvenation at this busy time of year.

    7 pm-8:45 pm in RL 1022 – College of Wilmington massage therapists will offer free 15-minute chair massages to students.  Sign up in person beginning at 6:45 pm to secure a slot!

    9pm on the first floor of Randall Library – Let us treat you to bagels, granola bars, cheese, fresh fruit, juice and coffee to help you power through your final exams.  Refreshments available while supplies last.

    Recharge @ Randall is made possible by Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, the Counseling Center, Health Promotion, Port City Java, Randall Library, and Student Affairs.

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  • Posted: October 06, 2014
    changes to library resource

    Do you use EBSCOhost databases such as Academic Search Complete?  If so, please be aware that beginning January 1st, 2015, many of our EBSCO databases are being replaced by comparable databases provided by ProQuest.  Although you will no longer have access to some of the library resources you may be accustomed to using, the databases, content and tools available from ProQuest are comparable to or better than similar resources provided by EBSCO. 

    To learn if a database you use will be affected and to see what the comparable replacement will be, please refer to the chart on our 2015 Database Changes page.

    How to Prepare

    Why are these changes happening?

    NC LIVE (North Carolina Libraries for Virtual Education) provides many online resources to public and academic libraries statewide (including all UNC institutions and NC community colleges).  We are fortunate to have this resource supplementing the subscriptions paid for by Randall Library/UNCW.  Databases, journals, e-books, and e-videos are expensive, and libraries depend on consortiums like NC LIVE to assist them in providing user access to important information sources.  Precipitated by funding constraints, but also in response to a review of their provided content, NC LIVE has made significant changes to the subscription resources it provides to us and other NC institutions.  The NC LIVE “2015-17 Resources Announcement,” from the Executive Director of NC LIVE, contains more information about how and why these decisions were made.

    Questions? Please contact your Liaison Librarian

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  • Posted: October 01, 2014
    Wentworth Fellows Poster Session

    Wentworth Fellows Showcase

    Meet the Fellows in person Wednesday, October 8, 2-4 pm

    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. This year's recipients traveled to places as far as Japan and Argentina. For more information about Wentworth Travel Fellowships, visit this link here.

    Presenting this year are: Elizabeth Bernardo, Brittney Knotts, John Osborne, Roxy Simons, Chris Hathaway, Samantha Taylor, Henry (Hank) Blanton, Melissa Stone, and Alexandra (Alex) Doria

    Please stop by the Randall Library information table at 3 pm on October 8th to learn about how Randall Library can provide support and assistance to you when you embark on a research project, or you can also visit the library resources webpage to learn how we can support projects like this!

    Caylee Reid visits home of author Virginia Woolf, London, England I

    Meet the Fellows in our digital gallery

    Gallery includes bios of the scholars, student written profiles of the scholars, and various photographs from recent trips. The Wentworth Scholar Digital Gallery can be viewed here.

    Special thanks to English Faculty member, and Wentworth Fellowship committee chair, Dr. Alex Porco, and to Kimi Faxon Hemingway and her journalism students.

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  • Posted: September 25, 2014
    Randall Library Fall Faculty Day

    Join us Tuesday, October 21 for two events of special interest to UNCW Faculty.

    1:00 – 2:30 pm: Open Access Discussion

    - Join faculty in a discussion about Open Access (more information below)

    - This event is part of International Open Access Week (Oct. 20-26)

    3:00 – 5:00 pm: Faculty Open House and Reception

    - Learn about important library services and resources.

    - Learn how Randall Library can assist with your research needs.

    - Meet with your departmental liaison librarian.

    - Discuss subject area collection development needs.

    Both events held in RL #1022, located just past the DVDs on the first floor of Randall Library. Snacks and drinks will be served during both events and faculty are encouraged to “drop in” any time during the open house.

    What is Open-Access?
    The free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

    What is Open-Access Week?
    A global event now entering its eighth year, 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. October 20-26.

    How is Randall Library participating in Open-Access Week?
    Join us Tuesday, October 21 from 1-2:30 pm in RL1022, for a brown-bag discussion about Open Access - both opportunities and challenges. UNCW Faculty who have published via Open-Access will be on hand to discuss the process.

    Further information about Open-Access Week can be found here: http://www.openaccessweek.org/

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  • Posted: September 25, 2014
    Shooting the Curl  - Panel Discussion
    50 Years of Surf Photography in Southeastern North Carolina
    Fifty years ago, Southeastern North Carolina’s modern era of surfing began on the peripheries of local beach culture.  Since then, surfing has evolved into a complex sport and lifestyle, enticing a growing number of individuals each year to pick up a board and hit the waves.  Throughout this time, UNCW has remained an increasingly popular destination for students seeking to further their education while having access to a quality surfing environment.  This exhibit highlights the golden anniversary of surfing in our region through the photography and experiences of UNCW students and alumni.

    Please join us in the Randall Library Auditorium on October 22, 2014 at 6pm for a panel discussion and reception. Moderating the discussion is Cody Leutgens, founder of Surf City Surf School, editor at large of Local Sessions  and UNCW alum. Panelists include Chris McQuiston, publisher of Local Sessions and current UNCW students and photographers, Andy Conner, Chandler Hatch, and Jake Zlotnick. Refreshments will be provided by local restaurant Tower 7.





    For more information on the exhibit, opening reception and panel discussion, or participating in the online component of the exhibit, please visit the “Shooting the Curl” website.


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