Library News

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    For more information about what personal vehicles are allowed in the library, please see our BICYCLES, SCOOTERS, SKATEBOARDS, AND HOVERBOARDS policy, found here:

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    Mamava Pod | NOW AVAILABLE

    Mamava Pods are private, clean places to pump breast milk or nurse a baby. To access the space to download the Mamava App (available on Google Play or App Store) or ask at the Research Help or Circulation Desk for a code.  The Mamava app is a free locator app that helps breastfeeding and pumping parents find thousands of approved lactation space, in addition to controlling the door lock, lights, and fan of the pod.


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    On May 19th, UNCW and Randall Library broke ground on the much-awaited Expansion and Renovation project, officially marking the transition from design to construction. Expected completion of the $56M project is late 2024. 

    The groundbreaking ceremony included remarks by UNCW officials including Chancellor Sartarelli, Provost Winebrake, and Board of Trustees chairperson Bridget Kidd, as well as by NC state senator Michael Lee. Of special note were the remarks delivered by Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning & Library Services and Dean of the Library, Dr. Lucy Holman describing our vision for the library expansion and renovation (PDF). 

    The outdoor ceremony took place on the west side of the current Randall Library building, the site of the new 80,000 sq. ft. expansion and was followed by a reception in Randall’s Sherman Hayes Gallery. Food and spirits were served while guests received tours of the library’s Digital Makerspace, were shown renderings and floor plans for the expansion, interacted with a visualization of library data, and browsed a special exhibit highlighting 70 years of Randall Library history created by the Randall Library Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History.  

    Dr Lucy Holman speaking at the Randall Library groundbreaking ceremony

    Faculty and staff of Randall Library holding golden shovels at the groundbreaking ceremony

    Faculty and staff of Randall Library at the groundbreaking ceremony

    Photo credit Jeff Janowski, UNCW staff photographer.

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    Two great resources for streaming movies and videos are:

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    May 19, 4:00 PM | Back of Randall Library

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    ORCID (Open Research and Contributor ID) is a nonprofit, scholar-led organization that issues unique ORCID iDs for individual researchers. The ORCID iD is a 16-digit string of numbers connecting to a profile that allows scholars to control their academic record, distinguishes them from others with similar names, and provides a persistent record regardless of name, affiliation, or translation changes. It can be thought of as a scholarly fingerprint.

    ORCID is a powerhouse in the research ecosystem. Its innovative “enter once, reuse often” approach to citation has gained the attention of institutions, publishers, and funders that now require ORCID iDs to provide authorship, affiliation, and award information and populate a variety of interoperable platforms.

    To learn more about how to claim your ORCID iD, visit Randall Library’s ORCID guide.

    By becoming a member of ORCID, UNCW is continuing its commitment to the visibility and celebration of Seahawk scholarship and building open and sustainable research infrastructure. ORCID records can now be used to populate Watermark Faculty Success profiles through a linked import feature, and other UNCW systems are being investigated for connection. Bringing ORCID into existing campus systems promises to reduce time spent entering biographic and bibliographic information in different places.

    Randall Library is excited to support ORCID at UNCW. Look out for future library ORCID events. Those interested can also attend ORCID’s ORCID Workshop for Researchers on Monday, February 21, 2022 at 2:00 PM (registration required). A recording of the workshop will be sent to all registrants.

    For more information about ORCID, or if you have any questions about setting up your profile, please contact Allison Kittinger, Scholarly Communications Librarian.

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    Randall Library is excited to share that thanks to a deal brokered by the Carolina Consortium, authors affiliated with UNCW may now publish open access in any of Wiley's 1,400 hybrid journals (subscription-based journals which offer an open access option) at no cost through a new “read-and-publish" agreement. 

    Open access publishing allows for increased engagement with your work. Benefits associated with publishing open access include higher citations and usage, immediate access to the latest research, and compliance with open access mandates from funders, among others. 41 institutions across North and South Carolina have opted into this agreement with Wiley, which also offers subscribers access to the entire Wiley journals database.  For more information on the Wiley agreement, visit this page.

    Randall Library also offers agreements with SAGE (10% discount on open access publishing costs) and Karger (no-cost open access publishing). To learn more about these discounts, visit Randall Library’s open access guide.

    Please contact Allison Kittinger, Scholarly Communications Librarian ( or Sarah Mueth, Coordinator of Serials & Electronic Resources ( with any questions. 

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    We are very excited to share that in November 2021, the state of North Carolina passed a budget that included the $56 million in funding needed to begin construction on the renovation and expansion of Randall Library. The project includes a 118,000 3-story expansion at the west side of Randall Library (renderings below) along with a partial renovation of the existing interior. Groundbreaking is expected later in 2022. In the meantime, work on final versions of construction documents is underway.

    Visit the Randall Library Expansion webpage for more information.











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    We welcome the UNCW community to unwind and destress in our new wellness space, Retreat at Randall.

    Retreat at Randall (RL 2016) is intended for quiet contemplation, reflection, meditation, mindfulness, prayer, stress relief, silent games, stretching, and yoga. It is open to students, faculty, or staff with a valid UNCW OneCard. 
    Please see the Space Use Guidelines for more information.

    Portrait of Anne PembertonRetreat at Randall is dedicated to our colleague Anne Pemberton (1975-2021) for her commitment to student success and well-being. May her example continue to inspire us.





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    UNCW continues to work with LS3P and Shepley Bulfinch on planning for the Randall Library Renovation and Expansion project. It includes a 118,000 3-story expansion at the west side of Randall Library along with a partial renovation of the existing interior. The project has moved from the design and pre-planning stage to drafting construction documents. Final funding for the construction is pending North Carolina state budget resolution.  More information about current status can be found on the UNCW Office of Facilities website.

    Visit the Randall Library Expansion webpage for more information.