Library News

  • Posted: April 12, 2021
    A search box with a magnifying glass over it. It reads "Now search is even better"

    We’ve added two new features to our search results page.

    More Search Options goes to Advanced Search!

    In the Scholarly Articles box and in the News, Magazines & Trade Publications box we’ve added a “more search options” link that will take you to advanced search in the Summon database. Your search terms will carry over to the advanced search screen. 

    The Scholarly Articles box with the More Search Options link highlighted.


    Trade Publications now searchable!

    We’ve added a filter to search trade publications in the News & Magazines box, now called the News, Magazines, & Trade Publications box. 

     The News, Magazines, & Trade Publications box with the title highlighted

  • Posted: April 07, 2021
    Become a Google Ninja workshop on April 13 from 10 to 11 am

    Learn to bend the world's largest internet index to your will and find exactly what you are looking for through advanced Google tips & tricks. Attendees will also learn about limits to Google's index, how Google results can encourage systematic prejudice, and why everyone's Google results are a little bit different. 

    April 13, 10-11am 


  • Posted: April 06, 2021
    Seahawks Give April 6-7, noon to noon

    UNCW's annual 24-hour giving challenge is taking on a new name and timeline!  Join us on April 6-7, noon to noon for #SeahawksGive. During the #SeahawksGive challenge, your gift to Randall Library can make an even bigger impact through matches and challenge funds. With your help, it will be an inspiring 24 hours like no other! When you support the area you care about during #SeahawkGive, you will also be counted as part of Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW, fueling opportunities for future Seahawks. NOTE: University Librarian, Lucy Holman has offered a dollar-for-dollar match donation to Randall Library up to $1,000.00! Let's make an impact! To give to Randall Library, visit

  • Posted: April 05, 2021
    National Library Week (April 4 - 10, 2021)

    National Library Week (April 4 - 10, 2021) is a time to celebrate our nation's libraries, library workers' contributions and promote library use and support.  

    The theme for National Library Week 2021 is "Welcome to Your Library." 

    During the pandemic, library workers continue to exceed their communities' demands and adapt resources and services to meet their users' needs during these challenging times. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer endless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning. 

    First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

    Natalie Portman, Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, author, and activist is the honorary chair of National Library Week 2021.  A lifelong fan of books, Portman is an avid reader and often shares what she is reading on her Instagram feed, as part of Natalie Portman's Book Club, using the hashtag #whatnatreads. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, she is a graduate of Harvard University and just recently released her debut picture book - “Natalie Portman’s Fables.”  





    National Library Week Word Search Activity Page (PDF)

    National Library Week Coloring Page (PDF)

    National Library Week Coloring Page in Spanish (PDF)

    Celebrations during National Library Week

    Monday, April 5: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2020.

    Tuesday, April 6: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

    Wednesday, April 7: National Library Outreach Day, a day to celebrate library outreach and the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.

    Thursday, April 8: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.


    Library Facts and Figures 

    Quotable Facts about Libraries 

    National Library Week Audio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) 

    Nation to celebrate library workers’ contributions, April 6, 2021

    First-ever National Library Outreach Day to take place during National Library Week

    Actress, author, and activist Natalie Portman to serve as 2021 National Library Week honorary chair


    "National Library Week Press Kit", American Library Association, February 14, 2013. (Accessed April 5, 2021)

    Document ID: 52afedef-7d7e-c4b4-e9cc-14df3412b0a6

  • Posted: March 30, 2021
    Using Images from the Web workshop on April 6 from 2 to 3 pm

    Ever see a really cool photo on Google Images that you wanted to use in your PowerPoint? Hold on... that photo is probably copyrighted! This workshop will explore the basics of copyright & fair use when it comes to finding and reusing multimedia content, particularly images. Learn how to stay on the right side of the law and respect creators' intellectual and creative rights.

    April 6, 2-3pm   


  • Posted: March 23, 2021
    An image of a laptop opening and text reading the new OpenUNC website

    The University of North Carolina System’s new OpenUNC website helps make UNC research available to the world. Read more about OpenUNC.

  • Posted: March 23, 2021
    Get those Library eBooks workshop on March 30th from 10 to 11 am

    Learn to find and read ebooks available for free through UNCW's library. This will include instruction in setting up and using Adobe Digital Editions to authenticate the download and offline viewing of many ebooks.  This workshop will focus on ebooks from Randall Library, but we will also briefly discuss options available through the New Hanover Public Library. 

    March 30, 10-11am 


  • Posted: March 19, 2021
    Transgender Day of Visibility Read-In on March 31st at 1pm

    International Day of Trans Visibility, falling on March 31st, is an annual event celebrating and highlighting the lives and experiences of trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people throughout the world.

    This March 31st at 1:00 PM, Randall Library, the LGBTQIA+ Office, and the Gender Studies Research Center are hosting a read-in, where trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming folks can read passages from works that have been meaningful to them, including from their own writing. As the day's focus is on prioritizing and highlighting the voices of trans people, we invite cisgender allies to attend and listen.

    If you would like to participate as a reader, please fill out the following form: 

    We'll reach out to you closer to the event with a confirmation, to get you a specific time slot for reading during the event, and to answer any questions--but please don't hesitate to reach out to Eva Sclippa at sclippae [at] with event questions in the meantime!

    The Zoom link and attendance information can be found on WaveLink:




  • Posted: March 18, 2021
    Win Big, Help the Library logo

    You could win one of two $25 gift certificates to Target by helping the library!

    We are launching a usability study of Randall Library’s online catalog (IRB 21-0235). Through this study, we hope to find out how usable the catalog is in searching for and retrieving resources such as books, journals, videos and more. By participating in this study, you will be entered into a raffle to win one of two $25 gift certificates to Target! Sign up here!

    What is a usability study? A usability study is a series of tasks performed by real people as they use a product or software, such as the library catalog. We observe as you complete the various tasks and we learn how useful and usable the product is by your actions. The test should take about an hour and will be done over Zoom.

    We aren’t testing you; we’re asking you to help us test the catalog. There are no wrong answers and all feedback is welcome. You could be a catalog power user, or a total beginner. We’re looking for a variety of experiences. All you need is an internet-connected laptop with a web camera and microphone!

    Interested? Please sign up at

  • Posted: March 11, 2021
    Intro to Video Editing on March 19 2021 at 11 AM

    Introduction to Video Editing

    March 19 11AM

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    Meeting ID: 850 5385 8649

    Passcode: premiere