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  • Posted: May 15, 2019
    An image of an ear with text reading: "The Escucha project aims to give voice to all"

    A project by Nathaniel Ober, visiting artist at UNCW for the Spring 2019 semester, Escucha is a traveling time capsule of sound. It wishes to move through many hands-to hear of many stories while traversing the world, and to encourage less speaking and more listening. To share or listen, there is a capsule available in Randall Library’s Sherman Hayes Gallery.  

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  • Posted: May 09, 2019
    Yellow Background, black text reads We Are Getting A New Roof, please visit a library service desk for assistance

    Beginning Monday, May 13th, construction will begin on a brand new roof for Randall Library. This project is expected to last 6 weeks and the library will be operational throughout the project. Our hours of operation can be found here https://library.uncw.edu/hours







    What to Expect

    • This project is being managed by UNCW Project Management and Northstar Recovery Services. Northstar has been on campus for months providing disaster response after Hurricane Florence
    • Roofers have been directed by Northstar not to enter Randall Library for any reason
    • The roofers are scheduled to work 7 days a week from 6 AM to 8 PM but they cannot work in the rain
    • Roofers are working east to west, beginning with the area above our main entrance. The roof will be replaced in portions
    • Northstar and other campus employees will need to access to Randall’s interior for a small portion of the project 
      • This interior access will most likely be focused on the second-floor northeast quadrant of the building (Government Information; Isaac Bear; Library Faculty Offices) where the roof is vulnerable to leaks. When this portion of the roof is being installed, crews will be covering certain areas of our collections with plastic and will watch for leaks. Please note that this is a precaution and Northstar and the roofers do not expect there to be leaks
    • Access to the roof will be provided by an external stair tower on the northwest side of the library which will be installed Monday, May 13th
    • Staging for this project is on the northwest side of the library, in portions of Parking Lot D, and will be contained by a temporary fence 
    • Part of the portico will be blocked off during the project but the outside seating areas will not be affected


    • Since the roof will be replaced in portions, we understand that the noise will be constant in the areas the crews are working; we will do our best to communicate about which part of the roof is being repaired on a daily basis and may block off certain areas of the second floor
    • The sealant that is used during this process is harmless but odorous and Northstar is going to attempt to work with campus HVAC to disconnect certain airways to minimize any odor
    • The main entrance of Randall Library will not be closed during this project but when crews are working over these areas, there may be alternative routes provided
    • Access to the collection may be limited at times but our understanding is that this will be minimal. Changes to access will be communicated


    • We will provide both physical and digital signage which will be updated periodically to update our users about the roofing project
    • A spotlight news story has been added to our website 
    • An alert message has been added our main webpage
    • Social Media will be updated
    • Please be patient. We will do our best to keep people informed about the project, but things happen and your flexibility and understanding is appreciated

    Other Considerations

    • Additional construction will be going on during the roofing process as the first-floor rear restrooms are renovated (near TAC)
    • Additional ductwork will be installed in Special Collections in order to better cool the new spaces
    • Please remember that Randall Library is completely closed on Friday, May 17th, and there will be no access through our front doors
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  • Posted: April 26, 2019
    Recharge at Randall on May 6, 2019

    Recharge @ Randall - Monday, May 6, beginning at 4 pm

    Image may contain: 3 people, people eating, people sitting, table, food and indoor

    Randall Library knows that final exams can be stressful, so we invite you to take a study break and recharge!

    All UNCW students are welcome to join us Monday afternoon on May 6th for events designed to relieve stress and provide much-needed rejuvenation at this busy time of year.

    Let us treat you to bagels, mini pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit, juice and coffee to help you power through your final exams. Refreshments available while supplies last

    Activities: Button-making, Therapy Dogs, Adult Coloring, Bubble Wrap, Virtual Reality, Hot food bar, and much more.


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  • Posted: April 18, 2019
    New and Improved Charging Station

    A new and improved charging station is now available on the first floor of the library near the main restrooms. The charging station features eight lockers with micro USB, USB-C, and lightning cables for charging a variety of phones and small tablets. Power up Seahawks! 

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  • Posted: April 05, 2019
    Wentworth Fellows Poster Session Spring 2019
    Wentworth Fellowship Poster Session

    Randall Library is proud to host the Spring 2019 UNCW Wentworth Fellows Poster Session, Wednesday, April 10 through April 12.

    Please stop by Wednesday, April 10 between 3-5 PM to meet the fellows in person and to find out how Randall Library can help you with your travel and research projects.

    About the Wentworth Fellowship

    The Wentworth Fellowship, a gift of Mr. Charles F. Green III, was established in 2001 to enable a select number of students to travel to sites in America and abroad that are associated with literary authors and texts.  Each year, students work with faculty sponsors to submit applications detailing journeys inspired by and connected with a specific text, author, or movement in an effort to explore the relationship of artistic production to geographic space. In the past, Wentworth Fellows have travelled to places as diverse as Beijing, Moscow, Oxford, Berlin, Prince Edward Island, and Providence, Rhode Island. 

    This Year's Wentworth Fellows

    (Photo above) Zijun Bu stands next to her poster at the 2018 Wentworth Fellows Spring presentation in Randall Library. She showcased her journey to New York City where she visited  the sites important to horror writer and poet Edgar Allen Poe. - Photo by Hanna Wickes

    Zijun Bu 2018 Wentworth Fellows Spring presentation in Randall Library. Photo by Hanna Wickes

    A list of the Spring 2019 Fellows, the authors they researched, and the places they traveled: 

    Brent Canle--Santiago, Chile

    Kayli Cashwell--Bridgetown, Barbados

    Mary Childers--London, UK

    Nicole Draina--Miami, FL

    Tracey Robertson--Amherst, MA

    Samantha Sawyer--London, UK

    Trae Toler--Los Angeles, CA

    Be a Wentworth Fellow

    If you’re an English major or minor and would like more information on the Wentworth Travel Fellowship, please see https://uncw.edu/english/eia/awards.html

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  • Posted: April 04, 2019
    Human Library Project logo showing various illustrated faces on the spines of books

    The Randall Library Diversity Committee is hosting a Human Library on April 9th from 1-4 pm. The event will be held in the library on the first floor adjacent to PCJ.

    What is a human library?: The Human Library Project was started in Copenhagen in 2000 in an effort to “build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.” It is, in fact, exactly what it sounds like—a library of people with diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences, all of whom have volunteered to have a frank and open conversation with anyone who comes to “check out” their book. Libraries throughout the world have had great success hosting their own Human Libraries since then, including Wake Forest University and ECU, which has been running a very popular Human Library event for the last five years.

    How will this work?: Volunteer “Books” will be asked to come up with a “title” that names the identity they feel willing to talk about during the event, and will also participate in a training and orientation session prior to the day itself. During the event, readers will sign up to “check out” individual “Books” for set periods of time. Books can refuse to answer any question they do not feel comfortable with or end the conversation. (And, of course, there will be refreshments!)

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  • Posted: March 25, 2019
    International Students Library Workshop: April 5th, 3-4pm, RL 1022

    Come attend the International Students Library Workshop on April 5th and learn what the library has to offer you.

    International Students Library Workshop
    April 5, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
    Randall Library, Room 1022

    Register for the workshop using this survey and help us plan a session that meets your needs. 

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  • Posted: March 25, 2019
    Teal lettering on white background: Check out the quiet longe, room  number 2016

    Need to concentrate? Check out the Quiet Study Lounge on the second floor, RM 2016 (PDF).

    Access via UNCWOneCard


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  • Posted: March 01, 2019
    Research Data Management Survey

    Randall Library is conducting a survey to better understand the data management practices and needs of UNCW researchers. The purpose of this survey is to learn more about how research data are managed, stored, shared, and reused, and perceptions of researchers about data creation, sharing, and preservation.

    This research study was approved by the UNCW Institutional Review Board #18-0128.

    Please click here to access the survey: https://uncw.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bfPDlId5H4USD6B

    Questions about this survey? Please contact Peter Fritzler at fritzlerp [at] uncw.edu

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  • Posted: February 27, 2019
    Two huddle rooms in the faculty commons at Randall Library

    The Faculty Commons (RL2014) , a partnership between the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE/CFL) and Randall Library, is located on the second floor of the library (PDF) and is accessible by all UNCW faculty with a valid UNCW OneCard.

    The Faculty Commons was created as a gathering place and collaborative space for UNCW faculty. The Faculty Commons also provides space for both the CTE/CFL and Randall Library to deliver programming that supports UNCW faculty.   To these ends, the space will occasionally host pre-planned, pre-determined programming and, when not already reserved, provide a drop-in space for faculty use. The Commons has work surfaces as well as soft seating and all the furniture can be easily reconfigured for a variety of scenarios. Additionally, the Faculty Commons includes 2 semi-private huddle rooms which can be reserved via the UNCW Event Management System.  The Commons is not accessible to students although there may be programming or meetings in which students are included.

    All three spaces (the huddle rooms and the main space) are equipped with large screen displays, webcams, speakers and microphones. The huddle rooms require a laptop or tablet, which you can connect via HDMI, USB or wirelessly with the VIA app (PDF). The main room display comes equipped with a PC, or you can connect your own device with HDMI, VGA or wirelessly with the VIA app (PDF).

    To reserve the entire Faculty Commons for a UNCW faculty-related event, please contact the Randall Library Office of Facilities at RLfacility [at] uncw.edu. Because the Faculty Commons is intended as a drop-in space, reservations will be limited.

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