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
WHAT'S NEW AT RANDALL LIBRARY
- 8 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
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
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
- With 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