Library News

  • Posted: June 16, 2020
    Our New Homepage logo

    Randall Library is proud to present out new homepage design to the UNCW community. This new design will become the library’s homepage starting in August 2020.

    The new homepage design elevates and features our search experience ensuring access to all of our online and print content. It makes prominent some of the most used and important information on our site, including our hours of operation, library news stories, and links to finding your librarian and making a group study room reservation. With this design, we were able to improve the mobile experience of the homepage. It also calls attention to key content including popular book and ebook titles and our digital collections. We did extensive usability testing with students, staff and faculty to learn what was important to our users.

    Take a look at the new design and let us know what you think! We’d appreciate your feedback

  • Posted: May 19, 2020
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    As we continue our strange spring apart, we hope this new Faces of Randall feature helps you feel connected to our Randall Library staff! Also, this month's feature includes intergalactic puffins.

    Name: Tammy Ivins

    Title: Coordinator of Instructional Services and Distance Education Librarian

    What that means: She helps students learn to work smarter, not harder, when doing library research. By making video tutorials and teaching classes, we are working smarter (not harder) by reaching many students at once.

    Favorite book and current read: Tammy’s favorite book is Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik; it’s the only book she thinks she’s read over 5 times. A loose retelling of Rumpelstilskin set in a fantastical version of Lithuania, for Tammy “there’s something challenging yet comforting about it. Challenging because there are so many perspectives and voices, but comforting because in the end it’s about strong women making strong choices and living with them.”

    Favorite place in the library: The Research Help Desk, because she gets to smile at people when they come in and see if she can help them right off the bat, before they get lost in whatever they’re doing. It’s a nice way to get their day off to the right start.

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?:
    She would like to learn to ride a bicycle, so that the little kids on her street would stop making fun of her when she rides her adult tricycle down the road. (“SHUT UP KIDS. IT HAS A COOLER IN THE BACK.”) When she’s riding her tricycle she can have her dog pull her, but she hasn’t done it for a while because last time she (the dog) saw a cat, and she (Tammy) wound up in an azalea.

    About Tammy:
    Tammy has been here at Randall for almost 5 years! She started out as the Transfer Student Services Librarian, then became Online and Distance Education Librarian in 2018. In the same year, she “upgraded into her final Pokemon form,” Coordinator of Instructional Services and Distance Education Librarian.
    It’s a pipe dream for now, but when the world reopens, Tammy believes everyone should study abroad! The first time she ever got on a plane was when she went to Cypress, and studying abroad there changed her life. When she was in college, she spent three weeks in an archeological dig in the green zone between Turkish territory and Cypriot territory. Not only did she find a glass bead from thousands of years ago, she got a firsthand look at what it’s like for people to be living under UN jurisdiction in their own homes. “There was literally a Turkish military base on the other side of the border that would literally watch them with binoculars. It’s amazing how three weeks can make the world so complicated when you used to see the world in black and white.”

    Tammy is a huge Star Wars fan. Her favorite Jedi is Qui-Gon Jinn, and she hopes to continue his legacy (of picking up "pathetic lifeforms") by training the first Porg Jedi padawan in galactic history. See her with her trainee here:

  • Posted: May 07, 2020
    RL Zoom Backgrounds

    Are you missing your favorite Randall Library spaces? If so, fret no more! RL Zoom Backgrounds are here for your zooming pleasure! This bundle includes images of library spaces, beach photography, and various designs created by RL's Digital and Visual Coordinator. Jazz up your next Zoom meeting with these one-of-a-kind backgrounds!  


    Zoom Backgrounds from other websites:

    Need help changing your Zoom backgrounds? Click here for written or video instructions.

  • Posted: April 25, 2020
    Open Educational Resources Mini-Grants 2020-2021 - WINNERS









    Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Randall Library Open Education Mini-Grant award recipients!



    Vance Durrington; Dennis Kubasko; Angie Reid-Griffin

    Instructional Technology, Foundations, & Secondary Education

    Joanne Halls

    Earth and Ocean Sciences

    Michaela Howells


    Yeoun-Soo Kim-Godwin

    School of Nursing

    Richard Pond, Jr.


    A panel of faculty and librarians recently selected five UNCW faculty to receive mini-grants to support moving their required course materials from commercial textbooks to high-quality resources that are free for students. Recipients will update their syllabi by incorporating open-source textbooks, library resources, and other free material for their classes. Congratulations!

    Learn more about this program and other textbook affordability options here:




  • Posted: April 15, 2020
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    Hi all; we took a break for a month there to deal with more urgent issues, but Faces of Randall is back! This one contains dolphins!

    Name: Laura Wiegand McBrayer

    Title: Associate Director, Library Information Technology and Digital Strategies

    What that means: Laura manages the area of the library that provides behind the scenes technology support for student computing, the Digital Makerspace, our online resources, digitization, and library systems. She also recently took on a new role in library administration in the areas of budget and HR responsibilities.

    Favorite book: Though she read it 30 years ago and is concerned it’s probably out of fashion, the book that’s most stuck with her is The Stand by Stephen King. She doesn’t know why she likes it so much, but it has informed her love of “apocalyptic-type things.” (This interview was conducted several months ago and originally planned for March, so we’re very aware of the eerie coincidence of this title!) Currently, she’s reading a book called Where the Forest Meets the Stars; it’s about a woman who’s working on her PhD and had breast cancer, both things that are meaningful to her.

    Favorite place in the library: She actually likes to walk right down the middle of the library through the atrium and take in all of the sights and sounds of students accomplishing all sorts of different things while they’re here. She finds it to be very energizing and inspiring to walk through the middle of it all and marvel at what a great place this is.

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?: 
    To learn to repair her own car. She never feels confident that she’s paying for anything real at the mechanic. She likes to fix things and technology, so she doesn’t see why she couldn’t fix her car if she just knew something about cars.

    About Laura: 
    Laura has been working at Randall since June of 2008—that’ll be 12 years this June! At the time she was the Information Technology Librarian. She did a little bit of everything in the department she now manages. Before that she was at the University of Minnesota, where she ran a little library on the Life Sciences campus that doesn’t even exist anymore.
    Back before her library career, she describes herself as having been “very much a hippie” when she was in college, and was briefly going to be a yoga teacher after taking a yoga class for fun. Though she doesn’t do anything remotely close to yoga anymore, it appealed to the side of her that leans towards peace and harmony.
    Instead of yoga, she now seeks out that harmony by taking their small fishing boat 40 miles out into the middle of nowhere on a regular basis and “attempting” to fish. “It’s the most amazing place on earth to not see another human being or land, and there’s just nature all around you,” she says. “That’s probably something people don’t know that I crave on a regular basis—just getting in a boat and driving away.”

    BONUS: Laura shared a photo from their boat, as well as a great video of dolphins that swam alongside them:

  • Posted: April 06, 2020
    NYTimes Online Access for UNCW

    Randall Library now offers online access to The New York Times for all UNCW faculty, staff, and students through an academic site license.

    Find more information at

  • Posted: March 12, 2020
    Remote library services

    Please visit our “Remote Library Services” webpage for information about remote library support for teaching, learning and research to help faculty, students, and staff transition from in-person instruction.

  • Posted: March 12, 2020
    Library response to Coronavirus

    For up-to-date information about Randall Library, please see Spring 2021 Information page. For more information about returning to campus, please see Best for the Nest: A Guide to Returning to Campus.

    Please visit our Remote Library Services page for more information about remote library support for teaching, learning and research, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about services such as returning books, accessing the physical collection, and using our online collections.

    Building Access

    • Randall Library is closed to faculty, staff, students and the community. Remote support will remain available and you can reach us by email, chat, or text
    • The Faculty Commons, Distance Education Classroom, Honors Classroom, Library Instruction Classrooms, and the Auditorium are not available to be used or reserved while the library is closed. Any current reservations are canceled until the Library reopens. 


    • Due dates have been extended to August 21 and fines will not be assessed during the library's closure. 
    • You may return materials to the book return slot to the left of the library's main entrance or the book drop located in Parking Lot D.
    • If you have left the Wilmington area, you may request a prepaid return label by filling out this form. 
    • Please note that returned materials will not be removed from accounts immediately as staff are working limited hours in the building.


    • Request items for the library's physical collection through the contactless pick-up service. 
    • ILL staff can scan a specific chapter or section of a book in the library's physical collection and deliver it electronically. Please complete the Article/Book Chapter request form.
    • Fines will not be assessed during the library's closure. Specific questions about library fines and fees can be directed to rlcirculation [at]
    • Please visit our Remote Library Services webpage for more information about remote library support for teaching, learning and research. This page includes answers to frequently asked questions about services such as returning books, accessing the physical collection, and using our online collections.
    • As is the case for the rest of UNCW, the library faculty and staff are following the guidelines that the campus has set for teleworking. We hope that students, faculty, and staff prioritize requests for assistance and collections with that in mind. Our highest priority at the moment is supporting the teaching and learning goals of the university. 

    Using the Library Remotely

    • Please visit our Remote Library Services webpage for more information about remote library support for teaching, learning and research. This page includes answers to frequently asked questions about services such as returning books, accessing the physical collection, and using our online collections.

    University Information

  • Posted: March 06, 2020

    This event has been canceled.

    UNCW Digital Humanities Initiative presents:

    The Boundaries of Digital Humanities

    This talk considers the boundary trouble of digital humanities, variously described as a field, a metadiscipline, a community of practice, an academic fad, or—according to Matthew Kirschenbaum—a “tactical term.” While DH can be useful in some contexts, in others it creates problems. I draw upon my own experiences implementing DH at research universities and within my own scholarly work and teaching to reframe DH in terms of field conversations, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity.

    Monday, April 6, 2020, 3:30 p.m., Bear Hall 106

    Light refreshments will be served.

    Paul Fyfe is an associate professor of English at North Carolina State University. His research and teaching compass British Victorian literature, comparative media studies, and digital humanities. He is the author of By Accident or Design: Writing the Victorian Metropolis (Oxford UP 2015, paperback 2020) and is working on a new book called Digital Victorians: Technology, Literature, and Transmission which has been generously supported by the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Humanities Center. He participates in a number of DH projects including: Oceanic Exchanges which tracks information flow across international nineteenth-century newspaper networks; Illustrated Image Analytics which experiments with how computer vision can search and sort Victorian periodical illustrations; and Victoria's Lost Pavilion which virtually reconstructs Queen Victoria's garden pavilion as a three-dimensional model.

    This event is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and Randall Library.

  • Posted: February 21, 2020
    Apply Now Open Educational Resources Mini-Grants

    Calling all faculty and instructors! Randall Library will be awarding another round of $1,000 mini-grants this spring to support faculty adoption of open educational resources (OER). All UNCW faculty members teaching undergraduate or graduate classes during the 2020-2021 academic year are eligible to apply.

    Applications are available now and due by March 31. Submissions will be reviewed by faculty and librarian judges with extra weight being given to courses with 50 students or more, applications that provide a greater cost savings to students, and/or creation of new materials. Submit your application today!

    Want to learn more about OER? Interested in exploring the mini-grant program? Register here for our informational workshop on Wednesday, March 4, 1:00-2:00 pm in Randall Library 1039.

    Learn more about this project and explore other resources here: