Library News

  • Posted: February 28, 2022
    Celebrating Women's History Month 2022

     

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  • Posted: February 24, 2022
    African American Read-in 2022

    The 2022 African American Read-In will be held virtually on Thurs., Feb. 24th at 5:30 pm. Feel free to sign up to read a passage from your favorite work, or come and listen.

    Event details: https://library.uncw.edu/african_american_read_in  

  • Posted: February 23, 2022
    Graphic for Controlling Birth exhibit in the Sundial Gallery Feb 22 to Mar 21, 2022

    This exhibit originally debuted as part of an event celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage in the United States. “She Rocks the Vote” was enabled by a grant from the State Library of North Carolina’s Institute of Museum and Library Services Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grants program. Original plans for a live, in-person March 2020 event were derailed by COVID-19. We are now happy to announce the installation of the physical The "Controlling Birth" exhibit, highlighting numerous artifacts which are currently on display from February 22nd - March 31st.

    Dr. Jennifer Le Zotte, Assistant Professor of History and Material Culture, and graduate History students, Kyra McCormick, Rebecca Mullins, and Heather Byrum offer a curated exhibit about birth control in twentieth-century North Carolina. This display is far from comprehensive. Its objects are intended to illustrate an important story of gender and race inequity in medical and reproductive health history. Today, and for the past half dozen decades or so, the oral pill has revolutionized women's reproductive choices, though the story of its testing and approval also underscores gender and racial inequalities in the United States (a story told by historian Elaine Tyler May). Intentionally, this exhibit concentrates on the equally revealing narratives of contraceptives other than birth control pills, while recognizing the Pill's importance. The history of birth control in America reflects the importance of a healthy, democratic polity, including full-throated participation at every level by women of every background.

  • Posted: February 18, 2022
    Congratulations to the 2022 Information Literacy Faculty Fellows!

    Congratulations to the 2022 Information Literacy Faculty Fellows!

    Eleven UNCW faculty have been selected for the fifth cohort of Randall Library’s Information Literacy Faculty Fellows program. As part of this immersive five-week experience, Fellows will explore the ACRL Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education; gain practical ideas for infusing information literacy in their teaching; work closely with their liaison librarian on information literacy concepts; generate concrete products that integrate one or more information literacy concepts (ILFF Project Repository); and collaborate on ways to share these concepts with their departmental colleagues. Upon completion of the program, Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend.

    The 2022 cohort of the IL Faculty Fellows includes:

    •     Gabriel Edzordzi Agbozo, English
    •     Amy Daniels, Mathematics & Statistics
    •     Seth Emmanuel Gaiters, Philosophy & Religion
    •     Jean Gordon, Healthcare Administration
    •     Emmanuel Harris II, World Languages & Cultures
    •     Kathleen Holland, Environmental Science
    •     Hyunjung "Kelly" Lee, Chemistry & Biochemistry
    •     Olga Lenczewska, Philosophy & Religion
    •     Isaac Loh, Economics and Finance
    •     Michele Pedicone, Respiratory Therapy
    •     Sophia Stid, Creative Writing

     

    Congratulations!

    This program is co-sponsored by Randall Library, Undergraduate Studies, and the Center for Teaching Excellence. Learn more about this program and information literacy at Randall Library here:  https://library.uncw.edu/instruction

  • Posted: February 11, 2022
    UNCW is now an ORCID US Community member!

    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.

  • Posted: February 09, 2022
    Black History Month Exhibit First Floor Display Case

    African Americans shaping student life since 1962

    From the first graduating class of Williston College until the present, Black students have been at the forefront of UNCW’s academic expansion. Whether forming the gospel choir or building a vibrant student club culture, Black students have for decades forged their own unforgettable Seahawk experiences.

    For Black History Month, displays in Randall Library and Fisher Student Center feature archival documents and images on these themes:

        • Black Student Life at UNCW: Through fraternities, sororities, student government, the Alumni Association, and the Black Student Union.

        • Williston College: Due to segregation, African American students attended Williston College, which became an administrative unit of Wilmington College in 1956.

        • UNCW Gospel Choir: Fashions changed, but one tradition held fast from the 1970s through the 2000s--an award-winning Gospel Choir.

    University Archives is part of the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History in Randall Library.  University Archives collects and provides access to the official records of the University of North Carolina Wilmington as well as other items of significance to the history of Wilmington College and the University. 

  • Posted: February 03, 2022
    Data Analysis Help

    Randall Library is now providing drop-in consultation hours for research data analysis in SPSS, R, and Excel. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to stop in, unannounced, for help with a coding problem, determining how to incorporate the tool into a new research project, or for basic navigation of the tools.

    Spring 2022 Drop-in Hours:  

    •     Mondays from 2pm-5pm
    •     Wednesdays from 2pm-5pm
    •     Thursdays from 3-5pm
    •     Fridays from 2-4pm

    It is available in-person (in library room 1023H, which is in front of the Makerspace) and over Zoom (https://tinyurl.com/2p88tcye)

    If you have questions or feedback, please direct your inquiries to Lynnee Argabright, Research Data Librarian at UNCW (ArgabrightL [at] uncw.edu).

  • Posted: February 01, 2022

    In research data, disclosure occurs when an individual study participant is directly or indirectly identified. Data providers and researchers have the legal and ethical responsibility to protect the identity of their study participants. Legal regulations such as HIPAA, FERPA and CIPSEA govern the restriction of some types of information. Federal agencies, grant funders and universities set data governance compliance standards to minimize disclosure risk. This workshop will explain how to assess and remediate disclosure risk. The workshop will also describe types of private information and how to provide access to data in an appropriate manner.


    Date: Wednesday, February 16 at 1:00pm
    Speaker: John Marcotte
    Register link: https://uncw.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArcuuvrD0tGN2HAL-j1HJDnwj-JLiIemOR


    About the Speaker

    John E Marcotte, PhD is a demographer, statistician and data security expert with more than 25 years of experience performing quantitative analysis, assessing disclosure risk and implementing secure access to research-data. During his career, Marcotte has served as a quantitative researcher, biostatistician, data archivist, data security officer and computing director. He has collaborated with social and natural scientists as well as medical researchers. These experiences enable him to communicate effectively with researchers from different disciplines. Marcotte is both a data-user and a data-provider. This dual role enables him to understand the needs of researchers who collect and analyze primary data as well as researchers who analyze secondary data. He regularly presents at professional conferences and contributes to invited panels on data security and disclosure. In addition to his primary appointment at the Institute for Social Research (ISR), Marcotte is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and is affiliated with the Michigan Institute for Data Science the Health Analytics Collaboratory, the Michigan Population Studies Center and the Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics Program. These appointments demonstrate how he bridges demography, data science, social science, and health science.

  • Posted: February 01, 2022
    Randall Library & DEeL Virtual Coffee Hour - Introduction to Data Literacy

    Join panelists Lynnee Argabright (Randall Library), Jennifer Sias (DEeL), Sam Zelick (Randall Library), and Sasha Canan (CHHS) for this interactive coffee hour where we focus on an introduction to data literacy. Data literacy is “the component of information literacy that enables individuals to access, interpret, critically assess, manage, handle and ethically use data” (Prado and Marzal 2013). Gaining data literacy helps navigate steps involved in incorporating data into research, work, as well as everyday situations. It can help inform how to make data-driven decisions. During this Virtual Coffee Hour session, panelists will discuss how to develop data competencies, how data literacy can be incorporated into instruction, and how a data literate society impacts the future of research and the public good. Attendees are welcome to ask questions throughout!

    Register: https://uncw.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcocO2hpzorEtwmZvJD-EnGLa7rdx4RHVOY

     

  • Posted: January 31, 2022
    On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance February 24 3:00-4:00 pm

    On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance (OTB) is a collections as data project that has made North Carolina legal history accessible to researchers by creating a corpus that contains over one hundred years of North Carolina public, private, and local session laws and resolutions. The project has also used text analysis to identify discoverable North Carolina segregation statutes during the Jim Crow era by training an algorithm to identify Jim Crow laws, based on the input of scholars. The team has created an open educational resource, in addition to technical documentation, that introduces humanities scholars and students to the processes involved in gathering and analyzing such a corpus. Recent funding from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation will allow for the expansion of this work in two ways. First, research and teaching fellows will be supported as they use existing OTB products in research and teaching. Second, legal corpora will be created, and Jim Crow language will be identified for two additional states. Research and teaching fellows and partner teams from other states will be identified through calls for proposals. Sub-awards will fund the partners from other states as they use existing OTB workflows to create legal corpora and use machine learning to identify Jim Crow language. This presentation will provide a project overview, outcomes, and lessons learned. Opportunities to get involved with the new phase of the project will also be discussed.

    This event is open to the public and is co-sponsored by Randall Library and the Digital Humanities Collaborative of NC.


    Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022 | Time: 3:00-4:00 pm | Zoom link: https://uncw.zoom.us/j/84452696028 |

    Meeting ID: 844 5269 6028 | Passcode: 102212 | Project website: https://onthebooks.lib.unc.edu/  


    Presenter bios:

    • Lorin Bruckner (Data Visualization Services Librarian, UNC Libraries) assists scholars with creating data visualizations to explore and communicate research. She has expertise in data analysis and 10 years of experience in web design and creative direction. Lorin is a member of the OTB project team.
    • Amanda Henley is Head of Digital Research Services at UNC Libraries. She leads a team of data and technology experts in supporting researchers with digital scholarship methods. Amanda is principal investigator of OTB.
    • Hannah Jacobs is a graduate student in the Master’s in Information Science program at UNC Chapel Hill and Digital Humanities Specialist for Duke University’s Digital Art History & Visual Culture Research Lab. Hannah worked as a graduate assistant with the OTB team from November 2020-August 2021 to develop open educational resource modules and drafted language to describe the team’s conception of “algorithms of oppression.”
    • Matt Jansen (Data Analyst, UNC Libraries) has a background in social sciences and statistics. He provides support for researchers and students on data preparation and analysis across a variety of data formats and research goals, including analyses of text corpora. Matt is co-PI of OTB.
    • Brianna Nuñez is the Project Manager for OTB. She provides support for the project team and functions as liaison for grant partners and stakeholders.

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