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  • Posted: August 15, 2017
    Escape Room - Dewey Decimated

    Randall Library is hosting an escape room for UNCW students September 12th through the 28th. A live-action puzzle-solving game, groups work together to solve the puzzles and escape the room before time runs out. "Dewey Decimated!: Escape Randall Library," participants will take on the role of would-be members of the Academy of Extraordinary Research, being tested by the League of Extraordinary Researchers using library tools and research skills. 

    Registration is now open at the Escape Room website.


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  • Posted: August 15, 2017
    banned books randall library 2017

    Come join the UNCW and Wilmington communities as we celebrate the freedom to read what we want to read!

    In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-Sept. 30), Randall Library will host a Read-In where we invite you to read aloud from your favorite banned or challenged books. Bring your own book or grab one here and connect with diverse voices from across campus.




    Thursday, Sept. 28, from 2:30-3:30 PM in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on Randall Library's first floor


    Don't forget to visit our Banned Books Week exhibit on the first floor of Randall.


    From the American Library Association: 

    Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

    The Banned Books Read-In is sponsored by The UNCW English Department and Randall Library. 

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  • Posted: August 15, 2017
    banned books randall library 2017
    About the Exhibit

    Randall Library celebrates banned and challenged books with an exhibit in our New & Popular Book section on the first floor. The exhibit highlights the value of open access to information and summarizes each book’s value. Accompanying each book is a description and reasoning behind the work’s censorship and include personal statements written by UNCW students.

    Students wrote these blurbs as part of Michelle Manning’s “Ways of Teaching Literature” and Victor Malo-Juvera’s “Writing for Teachers" courses. In these  courses, students performed research on banned books and wrote short blurbs that explain how the books positively impacted their lives. (examples below)

    The Banned Books Week exhibit is sponsored by The UNCW English Department and Randall Library. 

    Also join us for a Banned Books Week Read-In on Thursday, September 28th.

    About Banned Books Week

    From the American Library Association: 

    Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

    National Banned Books Week is September 24th through 30th. Find out more by visiting the American Library Association's Banned Books Week website.

    A Sneak Peek

    Harry Potter

    “The Harry Potter series is known globally by children of all ages. It continues to set records in the box office and on the book shelf. The last of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was the fastest selling book in history. J.K. Rowling is the first and only author to reach billionaire status, which she lost due to the amount of money she donated to charity. Despite its merit, it has been challenged many times. There are dark scenes, including murders and wars. Some claim the books glorify witchcraft, and others say Harry’s disregard for authority is enough to get it banned. However, when I look back at my childhood hatred for reading, the book that turned me into a bibliophile was Harry Potter. Not only was Harry a wizard, but his best friend was a nerdy girl with a bossy side. I could definitely relate to that! I learned so many lessons from those books. Harry Potter taught me to enjoy reading, and now I want to be an English teacher! A book so influential in many children’s lives should not be banned, but encouraged.” (UNCW Student: Emilee Curtis)



    To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee, is one of my favorite novels of all time. As a middle schooler, I connected with Scout’s coming of age story set in the South. It resonated with me as a story that taught about bravery, judgement, and innocence. So when I discovered it on the banned book list, I was dumbfounded. It is apparently challenged due to the racism, profanity, as well as the trial about the rape of a young woman. I understand wanting to protect our youth, but aren’t those things found in real life every day? How can we expect to learn from terrible things if we can’t teach, talk, or read about the terrible things?” (UNCW Student: McCall Reeder)




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  • Posted: August 10, 2017
    Why is the Reformation Important Today?

    Why is the Reformation Important today? Come find out at a panel discussion organized by Professor Michael Seidman of the UNCW History Department and hosted by Randall Library. It's been 500 years since the Protestant Reformation - the first global media revolution - and its effects are still felt today. From the printing press to propaganda, from bibles to the Protestant diaspora, there will be lots to discuss.


    • Joseph Gouverneur, History Department
    • Scott Juall, World Languages and Cultures
    • Michael Seidman, History Department

    This panel coincides with the Randall Library exhibit Beyond the Fold: The Art of Rhetoric Through Pamphlets as Mass Media, curated by UNCW Public History graduate students Devin Kelly and Dana Otto. Please join us following the discussion for an opening celebration.

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  • Posted: August 01, 2017
    What's New at Randall Fall 2017

    It is with great pleasure that I welcome the class of 2021 and all returning students, staff, and faculty to Randall Library.  

    Student success, supporting faculty, and advancing research are the primary goals of Randall Library and in my over 9 years of working here, I've never been more confident in our abilities to meet these goals. This year, you are sure to notice exciting changes to the Library as we build a state-of-the-art Digital Makerspace on the first floor and add modern restrooms for our users. But we are also working hard to enhance our services, collection, and cultural programming both outwardly and behind the scenes. Below is a snapshot of the ways Randall Library is continuously creating an updated, forward-thinking, efficiently organized space that engages with and dynamically meets the needs of students, faculty, and staff.


    -Laura K. Wiegand
     Interim University Librarian and Associate Director, Library Information Technology and Digital Strategies 

    • Randall Library Group Study Rooms8 new group study rooms on Randall's first floor. Rooms are available on our online reservation system
    • Due to a major shift of our Bound Periodicals collection, more student space on the first floor
    • New computers on both the first and second floor, new iMacs near TAC and new Dell desktops near Honors College
    • Brand new electronic front entrance doors that allow easier access to our building
    • The entire collection was deep cleaned this summer improving the air quality in the Library and the general look of all shelves on the first and second floors
    Coming Soon

    As we head into the fall semester we look forward to some major changes at Randall Library. Stay tuned for more information about the following:

    • State-of-the-art Digital Makerspace (to open early 2018)
    • Brand new restrooms on the first and second floor 
    • Replacement of current fire alarm system



    We recently acquired many exciting eResources:

    • Academic Search Elite - This resource provies multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed and full-text academic journals supporitng scholarly research with comprehensive coverage in key areas of academic study
    • Data-Planet - Through a single platform, users can search and browse 35 billion data points in over 4.9 billion datasets sourced from over 70 authoritative government and private sources, covering 16 subject areas. The platform’s powerful functionality allows users to manipulate datasets, compare multiple indicators, chart trends over time and spatially represent data without requiring additional software programs.
    • LOEB Classical Library - More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease. An interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.
    • PrivCo - The source for business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family owned, private equity owned, venture backed, and international unlisted companies.
    • Springer Protocols - The largest electronic database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences. Springer Protocols are accessed through the same SpringerLink as Springer journals and eBooks.
    • Vanderbilt Television News Archive - The world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. They have been recording, preserving and providing access to television news broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968.

    For a complete listing of eResources added in the past year go to: http://library.uncw.edu/eresources/new

    • Randall Library is hosting an escape room for UNCW students September 12th through the 28th. A live-action puzzle-solving game, groups work together to solve the puzzles and escape the room before time runs out. "Dewey Decimated!: Escape Randall Library," participants will take on the role of would-be members of the Academy of Extraordinary Research, being tested by the League of Extraordinary Researchers using library tools and research skills. Check library.uncw.edu/news for updates

    New Hires

    Among a handful of new employees, Randall is very excited to have filled 2 newly created Associate Director positions:

    • Nicole Tekulve joins us as Associate Director Library User Experience for Access and Spaces
    • Nathan Saunders joins us as Associate Director Library Special Collections

    • Thirsty Tome 2017With Thirsty Tome 2017: New Literary Voices of the South, Randall Library welcomes 4 literary powerhouses, Stephanie Powell Watts; Taylor Brown; Wiley Cash; and Matthew Griffin for 2 days of readings, panels, and discussions.  
    • Randall Library is part of the second UNCW Campus Art Walk on Thursday, August 24. Modeled after Wilmington’s successful “Fourth Friday” gallery walks, the Campus Art Walk is a showcase celebration of the ongoing diverse cultural activities at UNCW. The event is free and open to the general public. Randall Library's exhibit is Beyond the Fold: Revealing the Art of Rhetoric Through Pamphlets as Mass Media

    For a complete list of events, including our celebration of Banned Books, visit http://library.uncw.edu/events_exhibits




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  • Posted: June 09, 2017
    8 New Group Study Rooms

    Looking for a place to study? We just added 8 Group Study Rooms to the first floor of Randall Library

    - Whiteboard walls
    - Sliding doors
    - Reserve online

    Let the collaborating begin! Check the map below for exact locations.















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  • Posted: June 08, 2017
    treadmill desks

    In response to student requests for more diverse study spaces, Randall Library is pleased to announce a new alternative study option for UNCW students.  The library will feature two treadmill desks and two cycling desks, offering a fresh alternative to sitting all day at a traditional desk.

    The treadmill desks feature a height-adjustable work area for notebooks, laptops, books, and more. The treadmill allows for a walking pace and has readouts for steps, walking time, distance, calories, and speed. 

    The cycling desks likewise are height-adjustable and include integrated bag hooks to keep your personal items safety stowed. The cycling desks were made possible by a Friends of UNCW Grant.

    Randall Library is committed to supporting student success and excellence at UNCW, including the continued development of versatile and energizing study spaces. We invite our Seahawks to come and stretch their legs while stretching their minds, on the new exercise study desks. 

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  • Posted: May 25, 2017

    Please join Randall Library staff in wishing Sarah Watstein, University Librarian, best wishes on Tuesday June 20th at 3pm in the “Pelican Gallery” on the first floor of Randall Library. Light refreshments will be served.

    From the Provost:

    Please join me in congratulating University Librarian Sarah Watstein on her new position as dean of Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons at Seattle University. Sarah has served UNCW admirably since 2010 as director of the Randall Library, working with all campus constituencies to provide excellent library services for faculty, staff, students and the public.

    In addition to her duties as librarian, Sarah has been our liaison with our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In both roles, she has been a valuable member of the UNCW family, and we will miss her.

    Sarah will complete her work at UNCW by June 30, 2017. A search for an interim replacement will commence as soon as possible. We wish Sarah well in her new position, but we will always consider her a Seahawk.


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  • Posted: May 03, 2017
    Beyond the Fold

    Beyond the Fold: Revealing the Art of Rhetoric Through Pamphlets as Mass Media 

    Public History graduate students Devin Kelly and Dana Otto have curated this exhibit coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Using rare and unique materials from Randall Library's Special Collections and University Archives, this exhibit highlights the historical role of pamphlets in mass information dissemination and propaganda.

    The following themes are covered in Beyond the Fold:

    • American Politics
    • Tourism
    • Home and Community
    • Community Response to Unrest

    Please join us on Tuesday, September 12th for an opening celebration. The opening will directly follow Why is the Reformation Important Today? a panel discussion in Randall Library's auditorium.


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  • Posted: April 27, 2017
    Thirsty Tome 2017 New Literary Voices of the South

    Thirsty Tome 2017 - New Literary Voices of the South 

    Randall Library welcomes four acclaimed novelists to campus for two days of readings, signings, craft talks, panel discussions and more! 

    The body of work from our featured writers focuses either on the subversion of the southern gothic tradition or explores the changing landscape of the South and its inhabitants. 

    Thirsty Tome is an annual event celebrating the culture of creative writing at UNCW and in our community and is a part of UNCWelcome Week activities. This year, Thirsty Tome is sponsored by Randall Library, The Department of Creative Writing, The Upperman African American Cultural Center, The English Department, and The Women's Studies and Resource Center.



    THE Schedule

    Monday, August 21st

    Stephanie Powell Watts
    7-9 PM, McNeill Hall RM 1005


    Tuesday, August 22nd
    PANEL DISCUSSION – Navigating the Publishing Industry

    Panelists: Taylor Brown, Wiley Cash, Matthew Griffin, Stephanie Powell Watts. Moderated by Christopher Rhodes
    9:30-11:30 AM, Teaching Laboratory, RM 1053


    Taylor Brown, Wiley Cash, Matthew Griffin
    12:30-2 PM, check individual listing (below) for locations

    Taylor Brown - The Writing Life: Juggling the Day to Day and the Realities of Being an Artist
    Randall Library RM 1045

    Wiley Cash- I Like Sports and Beer, and I Write Novels for a Living: Questioning the Stereotypes of Those Literary Types
    Randall Library RM 1022

    Matthew Griffin- Fostering Productive Writing Workshops With Sensitivity and Honesty
    Morton Hall RM 104


    "Reading Black Narratives from the Mountains to the Sea" – Stephanie Powell Watts
    2-3 PM, Fisher Student Union, Azalea Coast Room


    Taylor Brown, Wiley Cash, Matthew Griffin
    7-9 PM, Morton Hall RM 100

    *Bring your own lunch. 

    **Community guests are asked to park in the visitors section of the parking deck with overflow to FF lot. See map

    ***Community guests are asked to park in the G lot. See map


    The Authors

     photo credit Christa NeuStephanie Powell Watts (Keynote) is an associate professor of English at Lehigh University, and has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and the Southern Women’s Writers Award for Emerging Writer of the Year. She was also a PEN/Hemingway finalist for her short-story collection We Are Taking Only What We Need.Watts was born in the foothills of North Carolina. She received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and her son. 



    Stephanie's new novel, No One Is Coming to Save Us, was named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, Nylon, Elle, RedbookW Magazine, and The Chicago Review of Books. No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice; with echoes of The Great Gatsby it is an arresting and powerful novel about an extended African American family in North Carolina and their colliding visions of the American Dream. In evocative prose, Stephanie Powell Watts has crafted a full and stunning portrait that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.

    Featured Authors' Reading: Tuesday, August 22nd, 7-9 P.M. Morton Hall Auditorium, RM 100

    Taylor Brown grew up on the Georgia coast.  His work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the North Carolina Literary Review, The Southwest Review, The Baltimore Review, Chautauqua, Garden & Gun, The Rumpus, and many others. He is the recipient of a Montana Prize in Fiction, and he's been a finalist in a wide array of literary contests, including the Press 53 Open Awards, Machigonne Fiction Contest, Wabash Prize in Fiction, Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest, Dahany Fiction Prize, and Doris Betts Fiction Prize.  He is the author of a short story collection, In the Season of Blood and Gold (Press 53, 2014), which was a finalist for the International Book Award, and two novels, Fallen Land (St. Martin's Press, 2016) and The River of Kings (St. Martin's Press, 2017) -- both of which were SIBA bestsellers.  Taylor has lived in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Asheville, and now lives in Wilmington, NC, where he is the editor-in-chief of BikeBound.com, a custom motorcycle blog.


    In Taylor's latest novel, The River of Kings, brothers Hunter and Lawton Loggins set off to kayak the Altamaha river, Georgia’s “Little Amazon,” bearing their father’s ashes toward the sea. Hunter is a college student, Lawton a Navy SEAL on leave; they were raised by an angry, enigmatic shrimper who loved the river, and whose death remains a mystery that his sons are determined to solve. As the brothers proceed downriver, their story alternates with that of Jacques le Moyne, the first European artist in North America, who accompanied a 1564 French expedition that began as a search for riches and ended in a bloody confrontation with Spanish conquistadors and native tribes.

    Twining past and present in one compelling narrative, and illustrated with drawings that survived the 1564 expedition, The River of Kings is Taylor Brown’s second novel: a dramatic and rewarding adventure through history, myth, and the shadows of family secrets.


    Wiley Cash is The New York Times best-selling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road To Mercy. He holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has received grants and fellowships from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Thomas Wolfe Society, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly, and his essays on Southern literature have appeared in American Literary Realism, The South Carolina Review, and other publications. Wiley is writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife and their two young daughters.



    This Dark Road To Mercy: After their mother's unexpected death, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are adjusting to life in foster care when their errant father, Wade, suddenly appears. Since Wade signed away his legal rights, the only way he can get his daughters back is to steal them away in the night. Brady Weller, the girls' court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and he quickly turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist, one with a whopping $14.5 million missing. But Brady Weller isn't the only one hunting the desperate father. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due.

    Narrated by a trio of alternating voices, This Dark Road to Mercy is a story about the indelible power of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.


    Matthew Griffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught writing at the University of Iowa and University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and he worked for several years as Assistant to the Director of Highlander Research and Education Center, a renowned hub of grassroots organizing for social justice throughout the South and Appalachia. His first novel Hide was the winner of the 2017 Crook's Corner Book Prize, an ALA Stonewall Honor Book, and longlisted for the PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Granta, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He was born and raised in North Carolina and now lives with his husband and too many pets in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he teaches at Tulane University. 




    In Hide, Wendell and Frank meet at the end of World War II, when Frank returns home to their North Carolina town. Soon he’s loitering around Wendell’s taxidermy shop, and the two come to understand their connection as love―a love that, in this time and place, can hold real danger. Cutting nearly all ties with the rest of the world, they make a home for themselves on the outskirts of town, a string of beloved dogs for company. Wendell cooks, Frank cares for the yard, and together they enjoy the vicarious drama of courtroom TV. But when Wendell finds Frank lying outside among their tomatoes at the age of eighty-three, he feels a new threat to their careful self-reliance. As Frank’s physical strength and his memory deteriorate, the two of them must fully confront the sacrifices they’ve made for each other―and the impending loss of the life they’ve built.

    Tender, gently funny, and gorgeously rendered, Hide is a love story of rare power.



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