Library News

  • 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:


  • Posted: February 14, 2020
    Faces of Randall

    We love our Randall Library staff, so for this month's Human Library please give some love to our Coordinator of Liaison Librarian Services, Stephanie Crowe.

    Name: Stephanie Crowe (@shcrowe on Twitter)

    Title: Coordinator of Liaison Librarian Services.

    What that means: Liaison librarians are the links between Randall Library and academic departments, helping students, staff, and faculty in those departments with research and other library-related needs. Stephanie coordinates our liaison program. She’s also the liaison librarian to five departments: Anthropology, History, International Studies, Public and International Affairs, and Sociology/Criminology.

    Favorite book and current read: Stephanie is currently reading The Rosie Project, the story of a genetics professor setting out in a very orderly, evidence-based way to determine if he is capable of love. Her favorite book of all time, though, is Pride and Prejudice.

    Favorite place in the library: Special Collections! It’s a completely different atmosphere than anywhere else in the building and has amazing collections (as does University Archives). Stephanie was a history major and feels archival research is far and away the most fun type of research. (Yes, really.)

    If you could travel to any fictional world, which one would you go to and why?: She’d go to Arendelle (the world in which the movie Frozen is set) because her four-year-old daughter would never forgive her if she had the opportunity to see Elsa in person and didn’t take it. Also because, when it’s not under constant blizzard conditions, it seems pretty idyllic.

    About Stephanie: Stephanie has just been in her current position as Coordinator of Liaison Librarian Services since July of 2019, but she’s been at Randall Library since 2013. She started as a general Research and Instructional Services Librarian, and then moved into being the Social Sciences Librarian. Her extracurricular skills are just as varied as her titles. Stephanie was also the table tennis champion at her middle school (a title she nabbed by winning a tournament in gym class), though she added that her ping pong skills probably peaked then, too. She can count to ten in six languages but isn’t fluent in any of them other than English. BONUS: Stephanie’s favorite non-fictional place is Tanglewood in the Berkshires, pictured here:


  • Posted: February 10, 2020
    African American Read-In 2020


    Every year, hundreds of celebrations of the African American Read-In take place across the country and around the world.  These events feature the texts, talks, and discussions by and about African American authors and serve as a way to recognize and amplify their work (source).

    Join us as we celebrate Black History Month by taking part in our African American Read-In event on February 26, 2020, from 5:00-7:00 pm, in the Education Building, Room 162.

    UNCW students, faculty and staff along with special guest readers will be reading passages from African American authors who have inspired or impacted their lives.  Each reader will have 5 minutes to briefly tell the audience about their selected book, how the book has inspired them, and lastly read their passage.  UNCW faculty member and spoken word artist Dr. Wilson Okello will be the opening keynote speaker, and refreshments will be served.   

    Want to be a reader at this event? It’s not too late! Sign-up at

    If you are interested in learning more about African American Read-Ins visit

    This event is co-sponsored by Randall Library, Watson College of Education, and Department of English.  

    In conjunction with the African American Read-In and Black History Month, stop in and peruse the Black History book display located in Randall Library, on the first floor.

  • Posted: February 07, 2020
    Coming Soon: More 1st floor study space

    In order to continue to expand study space for students, we are clearing space occupied by bound journals on the 1st floor. These are older journals that we previously had bound together and placed on our shelves. Now, most of these journals are more easily accessible online through our vast collection of databases. This is made possible through a significant university investment over the last several years. A small collection of journals will be kept and moved to the 2nd floor later this spring. 

    We are clearing close to 4,000 shelves of bound journals for this project. That means over 7,000 sq. feet of new study space for students!  

    Our work begins now, and the new study area will be available by Fall 2020. 

  • Posted: February 06, 2020

    Portrait of Laura Wiegand McBrayerLaura Wiegand McBrayer has been named the new Senior Associate Director of Randall Library.  McBrayer, who currently oversees Library Information Technology and Digital Strategies, will now assume additional responsibilities in general library operations, including human resources and budget oversight.  She will also share responsibility with University Librarian Lucy Holman in representing Randall library on campus-wide committees and task forces.

    Laura has served in her current role since 2015 and has held several positions of increased responsibility since her arrival at UNCW as the Information Systems Librarian in 2008.  She has a Master of Information and Library Science from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago.  Before arriving at UNCW, Laura worked at the University of Minnesota’s University Libraries, the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library and the Madison Public Library.

    In her new position Laura will oversee the budget and project timeline for an internal renovation of Randall’s bound periodicals and government documents areas this spring/summer and other future large-scale projects, including participation in schematic design for the library’s renovation and expansion.  She is also co-leading the development of a new suite of scholarly research services designed for faculty and graduate students.

    Randall looks forward to McBrayer’s new role and her continued commitment to UNCW’s students, faculty and staff.

  • Posted: January 29, 2020
    FlashLIT Student Writing Contest 2020 - WINNERS

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 FlashLIT Contest!

    The theme this year was “FEAST OR FAMINE” and our judges noted that students found a variety of unique ways to incorporate this theme into their “flash” fiction, non-fiction, and poetry entries.

    Read the anthology in this PDF file.

    NOTE: Since the FlashLIT Reception and Reading was canceled due to COVID-19 stipulations, we will be having a "mash-up" reading event with UNCW Sustainability on Thursday, April 23rd at 5:30 on Zoom.  See this website for more information:

    First Place: E.J. Schwartz: “Melon”

    Second Place: Erica A. Langston: “Unnatural Disaster”

    Third Place: Sam Pesot: “Snap”

    The judges also selected 13 pieces to be included alongside the winners in this year's FlashLIT anthology which will be designed and published by the Creative Writing Publishing Lab students, and illustrated by ART 260 graphic design students.

    (alphabetical by author's last name)

    Honorable Mentions:

    Darby Freeman: “Come Up and Get Me”

    Sarah George: “Sated by Knowledge”

    Sydney Giaquinto: “Daydreaming”

    Kayla Greene: “A Temporary Feast”

    Hannah Horn: “Breaking Fast”

    Mikaela Kesinger: “Trough of Knowledge”

    Martina Litty: “”Sweet Tooth”

    Fairley Lloyd: “My Mom’s Guide to Alternative Eating”

    Bo L. Miller: “Famine BEaten”

    Ricki Nelson: “The Green Wind”

    Christopher Sturdy: “Homecoming: A Feast of Seahawks”

    Hayley Swinson: “Tuesdays at Randall”

    Harper Vining: “The Audio Buffet”

    FlashLIT is an expansion of our annual Flash Fiction Contest, which is a hallmark of applied learning at UNCW, and the entire student body is invited to participate.  FlashLIT is a writing competition where contestants have one week to write 500 words (or less) in any genre of writing. (Detailed rules and regulations below.) 

    Once all the entries are judged, three top winners are chosen along with honorable mentions and those stories are illustrated by UNCW graphic design students and published in an anthology by the UNCW Publishing Laboratory.  The top three winners are also awarded monetary prizes.  First prize - $200.00; Second prize - $150.00; Third prize - $100.00 (applied to student UNCW accounts).  

    On Wednesday, April 22nd, students will host a reading reception to celebrate the FlashLIT anthology.  This year's FlashLIT reception and exhibits will be in partnership with Creative Writing, Art & Art History, as well as a celebration of Earth Day.  Randall Library's Sherman Hayes and Sundial galleries will feature student artwork that correspond with this year’s theme.   

    And without further ado, this year’s theme:  FEAST OR FAMINE 

    Feast or famine is an idiom that means overabundance or shortage. This expression originated as “either feast or fast”, which is how it appeared in Thomas Fuller’s Gnomologia (1732) and still survived in 1912: “Dock labour has been graphically described as ‘either a feast or a fast,’” London Daily Telegraph.  In America, famine was substituted for fast sometime during the twentieth century.  The term is still frequently applied to alternating overabundance and shortages (source).   

    Themes of feast or famine can be found in literature, in art and sculptures, in film and television, and throughout history.   

    How will you interpret FEAST OR FAMINE into your FlashLIT entry?

    FlashLIT Contest Rules
    If any of these rules are not followed your submission will be automatically disqualified.

    • Must be a UNCW student, currently enrolled.
    • 500 words or less.
    • Must include theme FEAST OR FAMINE. Must mention Randall Library.
    • Double spaced.
    • 12 pt., Times New Roman.
    • 1-inch margins on all sides.
    • Use one tab to indicate every paragraph indent.
    • Submissions due by Wednesday, February 5th at 5:00 p.m.
    • Four (4) hard copies delivered to the Randall Library Circulation Desk.  
    • Note:  The circulation desk is ONLY a drop- off point.  No information about the contest will be available from Circulation Staff.
    • Each copy MUST have a cover sheet with name, UNCW email, and 850 number. DO NOT include name or personal information on actual submission.
    • One entry per student

    If your entry is selected, the following regulations must be adhered to:

    • An emailed .docx version of your submission.
    • Section breaks should be notated by (***).
    • Turn off all auto-formatting features (such as automatic paragraph indenting, outlining, bullet points).
    • Enter only one space after terminal punctuation. If you used two spaces, search/replace to update your file.
    • For dashes, use em-dash character with no space on either side, or use two hyphens, and we’ll search and replace the em-dash during typesetting.
    • For any special characters or glyphs, such as trademark symbols, accents, or irregular punctuation, please note them by highlighting them in yellow with MS Word's "text highlight color" feature. 
    • If you'd like to include a special character or a glyph but you don't know how to set it, please submit a hardcopy of your story with specific instructions for the placement and type of special character to be inserted.
    • Files should be saved as follows: lastname_firstname.docx.

          NOTE: Edits and revisions will NOT be allowed after submissions, nor will the publisher have time to check your work. Take care that your piece is fully edited and perfected before submitting.

          NOTE: If your submission is selected for publication, you will be required to sign the following release:FlashLIT Student Release Form

  • Posted: January 22, 2020
    Faces of Randall logo

    Welcome back, Seahawks! We're continuing our Faces of Randall series with a feature on another of our newer hires:

    Name: Nicole Yatsonsky

    Title: Library Specialist in Special Collections

    What that means: Nicole handles the archives collections as librarians do with books and patrons. She organizes and catalogs documents that are important to the SENC/Wilmington area so that researchers can find and use them. This includes things like letters, photos, articles, and more.

    Favorite book: Her favorite all-time book is The Great Gatsby. More recently, she read American Predator, which is the true story of the attempt to catch serial killer Israel Keyes, who evaded law enforcement for over a decade.

    Favorite place in the library: Port City Java, because the seats still feel like the old library furniture from when she was here for undergrad.

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?:
    Nicole would choose to learn Portuguese; she’s half Brazilian, and it would be nice to be able to talk to her family members in Brazil who don’t speak English. She hasn’t been to Brazil yet because she wants to learn the language before she goes; she actually speaks some Spanish, which has interfered with her Portuguese.

    About Nicole:
    Nicole just started working here at Randall a year ago (happy anniversary!), but she attended UNCW as a student from 2006-2009. Wilmington is her absolute favorite place, and she’s very excited to be back here and to have found this job. However, before Wilmington she lived in LA for six years, and while there was an extra in an episode of Glee. She’d been working part-time then and was a big Glee fan and looking for free entertainment, so when the opportunity arose she took it, appearing in the background of a regional competition as an audience member.

    Documented evidence of Nicole existing in the same place as JEFF GOLDBLUM:

  • Posted: January 21, 2020
    FlashLIT An Expansion of Flash Fiction Contest Announcement January 29

    Calling all campus writers! Randall Library’s annual writing contest, FlashLIT, is back!

    Perhaps you are a journalism student?  Let’s hear your news report!  Do you write for blogs, or enjoy crafting pithy responses on current issues?  Let’s see your essay skills!  Or, perhaps you enjoy research or writing on scientific topics?  Let us learn something new from your short paper!  Is poetry your passion?  Send us your verse!  All genres are welcomed.

    One week from today on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 there will be an announcement of our theme for this year’s FlashLIT Contest.  This contest is a hallmark of applied learning at UNCW and the entire student body is invited to participate.  Students will have one week to write 500 words or less on a given theme while incorporating Randall Library into the writing in some way.  The top 3 winners are awarded monetary prizes (to their One Cards) and all winners and honorable mentions are included in a published anthology.  Students from the Creative Writing Department Publishing Lab will be producing the anthology, and students in ART 260: Introduction to Graphic Design will be illustrating all entries, so it is truly a campus-wide applied learning production. 

    Detailed rules and regulations will be included in next week’s announcement.  Get ready – the countdown to FlashLIT begins now!!!