• Posted: April 15, 2020
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    Hi all; we took a break for a month there to deal with more urgent issues, but Faces of Randall is back! This one contains dolphins!

    Name: Laura Wiegand McBrayer

    Title: Associate Director, Library Information Technology and Digital Strategies

    What that means: Laura manages the area of the library that provides behind the scenes technology support for student computing, the Digital Makerspace, our online resources, digitization, and library systems. She also recently took on a new role in library administration in the areas of budget and HR responsibilities.

    Favorite book: Though she read it 30 years ago and is concerned it’s probably out of fashion, the book that’s most stuck with her is The Stand by Stephen King. She doesn’t know why she likes it so much, but it has informed her love of “apocalyptic-type things.” (This interview was conducted several months ago and originally planned for March, so we’re very aware of the eerie coincidence of this title!) Currently, she’s reading a book called Where the Forest Meets the Stars; it’s about a woman who’s working on her PhD and had breast cancer, both things that are meaningful to her.

    Favorite place in the library: She actually likes to walk right down the middle of the library through the atrium and take in all of the sights and sounds of students accomplishing all sorts of different things while they’re here. She finds it to be very energizing and inspiring to walk through the middle of it all and marvel at what a great place this is.

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?: 
    To learn to repair her own car. She never feels confident that she’s paying for anything real at the mechanic. She likes to fix things and technology, so she doesn’t see why she couldn’t fix her car if she just knew something about cars.

    About Laura: 
    Laura has been working at Randall since June of 2008—that’ll be 12 years this June! At the time she was the Information Technology Librarian. She did a little bit of everything in the department she now manages. Before that she was at the University of Minnesota, where she ran a little library on the Life Sciences campus that doesn’t even exist anymore.
    Back before her library career, she describes herself as having been “very much a hippie” when she was in college, and was briefly going to be a yoga teacher after taking a yoga class for fun. Though she doesn’t do anything remotely close to yoga anymore, it appealed to the side of her that leans towards peace and harmony.
    Instead of yoga, she now seeks out that harmony by taking their small fishing boat 40 miles out into the middle of nowhere on a regular basis and “attempting” to fish. “It’s the most amazing place on earth to not see another human being or land, and there’s just nature all around you,” she says. “That’s probably something people don’t know that I crave on a regular basis—just getting in a boat and driving away.”

    BONUS: Laura shared a photo from their boat, as well as a great video of dolphins that swam alongside them: https://www.flickr.com/gp/187945447@N05/tr41r1

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  • Posted: April 06, 2020
    NYTimes Online Access for UNCW

    Randall Library now offers online access to The New York Times for all UNCW faculty, staff, and students through an academic site license.

    Follow the link http://www.nytimes.com.liblink.uncw.edu/GroupPass to create an account that will allow you to log in and access all NYTimes.com content from any computer and any mobile device using the NYTimes mobile app. Access includes the International, Spanish, and Mandarin editions of the Times as well.

    Faculty, staff, and students are also entitled to access to supplemental resources found within the New York Times in Education site. Please register separately for these resources at http://nytimesineducation.com/register. They include content created by faculty consultants/experts in the field, articles with activities to use in course, and learning outcome keywords linked to others using the same tag.

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  • Posted: March 12, 2020
    Remote library services

    Please visit our “Remote Library Services” webpage for information about remote library support for teaching, learning and research to help faculty, students, and staff transition from in-person instruction.

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  • 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] uncw.edu.
    • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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: https://lib.uncw.edu/oer.


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  • 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: https://ccsearch.creativecommons.org/photos/870bfe12-e1d6-445b-9226-21d970ccfcd3


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  • 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 https://lib.uncw.edu/aa-read-in-2020

    If you are interested in learning more about African American Read-Ins visit https://ncte.org/get-involved/african-american-read-in/

    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.

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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