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    For its third year, UNCW Randall Library and Research & Innovation will be co-presenting Love Data Week (February 12-16, 2024), an international celebration of data. A series of online workshops, panels, and spotlights about research data will be hosted throughout the week to build campus community and highlight various aspects of data. Recordings and recommended resources are available to access for UNCW’s Love Data Week 2023 and Love Data Week 2022.

    This year’s theme, "My Kind of Data," highlights the various representations of “my data,” such as showcasing the work that goes into making data, recognizing data equity and inclusion factors for the people participating in or affected by data, and documenting the data standards from (inter)disciplinary communities. Data is personal. It can be created about anything, it can mean anything depending on the person, and it can be used for countless purposes depending on the individual need. Click here to view and register for this year's Love Data Week.

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    Photo: Sajorden Miller/ UNCW


    Dr. Antony Percy and his family have made a gift of his collection of books and papers, which totals several thousand individual pieces, to Randall Library’s Special Collections. The gift will also create The Percy Family Support Fund for Special Collections in the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History (CSENCAH).

    The family’s contribution will augment the CSENCAH Director position and provide much-needed funding for preservation, accessibility and storage of the Special Collections area’s materials. The gift will count towards the university’s current comprehensive campaign, Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW.

    “I needed to find a home for my collection, which focuses on 20th-century history and literature in the United Kingdom and America,” Dr. Percy said. “It was my belief a lot of people would enjoy browsing and not just going to find a book they want. That’s the serendipity of a second-hand bookstore. You go for something, see all the other and follow the trail. That’s the vision I had for how the collection would work.”

    Randall Library and the CSENCAH will now house the Percy collection as a single discrete collection. Staff will catalog the books and materials, create an ArchivesSpace finding aid for archival materials and create a dedicated topical online guide to the collection. The library will also have a dedicated landing page on its website to introduce and explain the nature and contents of Dr. Percy’s collection, pointing to individual book records in the library catalog and to the ArchivesSpace finding aid.

    “Dr. Percy’s collection of books and archival material on 20th century intelligence and espionage is like no other and will make Randall Library a destination for researchers worldwide,” Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning & Library Services and Dean of the Library Lucy Holman said. “His gift is a game-changer for the Center of Southeast North Carolina Archives and History. The funds will allow us to greatly expand the work of the Center to collect and process new collection and provide greater access to a wealth of primary resources vital to the study of this region.”

    Dr. Percy had a long and significant career in technology. In his retirement, he has applied his analytical skills to gain a doctorate in Security and Intelligence Studies, which led to the publication of his book Misdefending the Realm. He was born in the United Kingdom and moved to the United States in 1980. He retired in 2000 and moved to Southport, N.C., a year later.

    “The quality of people I have met here at UNCW has been splendid,” Dr. Percy said. “I have had many happy hours in Randall Library doing my research here. With the opening of the new library wing, the timing just seems beautiful to me. I thought what a great opportunity it would be to be in partnership together.”

    The Percy collection will become the most substantial sub-collection for the CSENCAH, representing nearly 40 percent of its sub-collection.

    Learn more about Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW by visiting

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    The DMS and Honors College are co-hosting an open house event on February 8th from 4 PM to 6 PM. Drop by to enjoy refreshments, engage in board games, and discover the opportunities within the DMS. All students are welcome.

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    This Spring 2024, get help with ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, StoryMaps, and other GIS-related issues and questions.

    Where: RL 1023H (next to the New & Popular books on the first floor)


    • Mondays, 1pm to 3pm
    • Tuesdays, 12pm to 3pm and 3:30pm to 5:30pm
    • Wednesdays, 5pm to 7pm
    • Thursdays, 1pm to 6pm
    • Fridays, 11am to 4pm

    For questions, email

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    Finishing touches on the library expansion are underway! Every day the building looks more complete with the installation of windows, glass, doors, and hardscaping.  Inside the expansion, lighting, doors, ceilings and even carpet are all currently being installed, and the expanded library is on track to open in fall 2024. We can’t wait for you to see it and experience what the building has to offer to support your teaching, learning, research, and discovery.

    For more information about modified services and plans during Summer 2024, please visit our Library Expansion site.

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    Join us at Recharge at Randall, Randall Library's de-stress event for finals! This semester, enjoy a variety of activities designed to help you unwind, take a breather (mentally or physically), and simply have some fun amidst the final exam hustle. See you there!

    SPONSORS: Randall Library, Student Government Association (SGA), Academic Affairs, Aramark, Paws4people


    DEC 10-12  | Recharge Hot Beverages & Snacks Station

    Join us nightly starting at 7 PM from Dec 10-12 for a boost during your final exams! Enjoy hot beverages, snacks, and recharge to power through. Grab yours before supplies run out!


    DEC 11 | De-Stress from Finals Event

    Don't miss this opportunity to unwind, recharge, and have a blast! Your well-being matters, and we've got the perfect mix to make your stress vanish. Join us from 1-4 PM for games, win prizes, try your luck at winning the Ultimate Study Break basket, partake in de-stress activities, and get snacks!

    1-2:30 PM | Petting Pups with Paws4People (1st Floor) 

    Unleash your stress as our furry friends from Paws4People are here to lend a paw! Take a break from the books, enjoy some canine companionship, and let the soothing presence of these therapy dogs melt away your anxiety.

    1:30-1:50 PM | Tense and Release Meditation Session (RL 2016, 2nd Floor)

    Relax and unwind from your final exams with our Tense and Release meditation session. This session provides you with simple techniques to release muscle tension and alleviate stress. No experience needed. Please arrive 5 mins before sessions. Session will begin promptly at 1:30 pm.

    2-2:20 PM | Guided Imagery Meditation for Relaxation (RL 2016, 2nd Floor)

    Escape information overload and chaos with our Guided Imagery Meditation session. This session aims to reduce stress, enhance mindfulness, and promote overall relaxation. No experience needed. Please arrive 5 mins before sessions. Session will begin promptly at 2 pm.

    1:30 & 3:30 PM | Sweet Trolley

    Indulge in sweetness with our Sweet Trolley! Join us at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM for a delightful pit-stop to grab snacks, pencils, funny and motivational stickers, index cards, and more!


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    Randall Library’s 80,000-SF expansion is nearing completion!  The new building, just west of the existing Randall, will be finished in late spring and renovations to the existing building will be completed in summer.  Both buildings will be ready for students arriving in Fall 2024!

    While we pride ourselves on a wide variety of technology-rich spaces and a growing collection tailored to the needs of students, faculty and staff, Randall Library is more than the building and the collections it houses. Randall faculty and staff continue to develop new services and expertise that will move teaching, research, and scholarship forward so that Randall will truly be the intellectual heart of the campus.

    As part of Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW, your annual gift will contribute to these new services, spaces, and resources, allowing the library to respond quickly to the changing needs of our students and faculty. We hope that you will consider a gift for #Giving Tuesday or any other day - it will truly make a Randall a library like no other!

    To give a gift, visit:

    Thank you for your support.

    Lucy Holman
    Associate Provost and Dean of the Library