Library News

  • Posted: January 25, 2021
    WORKSHOP: Building and Refining Strong Research Assignments on Tuesday, Feb 2nd 2:00-3:00 pm

    Do you feel like you’re seeing the same issues in your students’ research projects and papers over and over again?  This Groundhog Day, break out of the cycle by exploring some ways to take your research assignments to the next level.  On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, from 2:00-3:30 pm, join a team of librarians and professors as we work together to explore best practices and grounding principles for creating highly effective research-based assignments.  Featuring tried and tested example assignments and collaborative activities, this workshop should be helpful to both new instructors creating their first assignments and experienced veterans looking for ways to tune up their material.


    Meeting ID: 885 9055 1243|Passcode: 865957



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  • Posted: January 19, 2021
    Spring 2021 Hours and Services

    Randall Library will be open to current UNCW students, staff and faculty beginning on January 19 with modified building and service hours. 

    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.

    Welcome Back, Seahawks!

    Transcripts of this video can be found at

    Building Access

    • Card access (UNCW OneCard) will be required for entry. 
    • Approximately 50% of our seating capacity (700 seats) available to students to comply with social distancing guidelines.
    • Study and computing furniture with be spaced 6 feet apart when possible
    • Group study rooms and lounges will be closed during the pandemic. Pods in the Pelican Gallery and area adjacent to the Digital Makerspace are open for small groups. 
    • The building will be open with limited hours:
      • Monday – Thursday, 8:00AM – 9:00PM
      • Friday, 8:00AM – 6:00PM
      • Saturday, Closed
      • Sunday, 12:00PM – 9:00PM
    •  Find hours information for our Research Help Desk and Circulation Desk


    • The Circulation Desk and Research Help Desk will be open with limited hours.
    • Self-checkout of library materials is encouraged. There will be a self-checkout machine on the first floor, near the Circulation desk. 
    • Whiteboard markers will not be available for checkout. Instead, there will be a limited supply of markers placed in common areas for use.
    • A remote bookdrop will be available to return items adjacent to the Circulation Desk. Exterior bookdrops in the parking lot and to the left of the library's main entrance are open. 
    • The Digital Makerspace will have reduced hours and capacity. Please visit
    • Archives and Special Collections services are by appointment only, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Please visit 
    • There will be no in-building library programming or events; however Randall will be hosting a number of virtual programs.

    Cleaning & Other Requirements

    • Library users are required to wear face masks inside the building. A limited supply of masks will be available at the Circulation Desk and Research Help Desk.   
    • Starting 2/15, food is only allowed in the Port City Java area and outside on the library portico. Drinks are allowed througout the library. 
    • Security staff will monitor the building periodically to ensure that patrons are wearing face coverings. Those who do not adhere to the University policy will be asked to leave the building and reported to the Dean of Students. 
    • Housekeeping staff will regularly clean the building, with a focus on high-touch surfaces. 
    • Library staff will be disinfecting computer stations periodically.
    • Library users are encouraged to:
      • Wash hands often, for 20 seconds, with soap and water.
      • Use hand sanitizer as needed.
      • Wipe down surfaces before use. Disinfectant wipes will be located throughout the building on top of the recycling sorts and in despensers affixed to columns on the 1st and 2nd floor.
      • Follow social distancing protocols, remaining 6 feet apart. 
      • Follow one-way traffic patterns on stairwells, and throughout the library. 


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  • Posted: November 17, 2020
    Recharge @ Randall Fall 2020 (Virtual Edition)

    Welcome to the Recharge @ Randall (Virtual Edition) - November 23, 2020

    It's the end of the semester and Randall Library wants to help you RECHARGE! We hope Recharge @ Randall will help you power through the end of this difficult semester. We are offering activities to help you de-stress, take a mental or physical break, and simply have a little fun. There are scheduled activities (see times below) as well as activities you can do any time!

    Zen Zone (All Day)

    This virtual space is a stress-free zone, where you’ll find various activities related to relaxation, de-stressing, self-care, and more. Inside the Zone, you will be able to play games, watch cute animal videos, study with a beautiful study escape, post and share inspirational comments to classmates, or pop virtual bubble wrap, open a virtual fortune cookie, and much more! See a full list of activities below.   

    Activities: Affirmations & Gratitude | Brain Games | Bubble Wrap | Coloring | Cartoons & Anime | Crafting | Cute Animals | Focused Breathing | Fortune Cookie | De-Stress Tips | Games | Life Hacks | Meditation | Movies | Painting | Stretching | Study Escapes | Study Music | Wall of Inspiration | Whiteboard | 

    >>> Zone Access <<<

    Escape 2020  (Starts at Noon)

    You’re studying for finals in the library when you notice your friends disappearing one by one. It seems like someone’s messing with the timeline in a doomed attempt to fix 2020—and you have to track them down to stop them before it’s too late! Test your skills in this virtual escape room; the first person to finish the game successfully wins a $25 Amazon gift card!  

    >>> PLAY <<< 

    The Wall of Inspiration (All Day)

    Share the love by posting an inspirational and motivational post to the Wall of Inspiration to encourage and uplift your fellow Seahawks during finals. Faculty and staff are encouraged to post too!

    >>> Share & Inspire <<<

    Pep Talks via Zoom (2:00 to 4:00 p.m.)

    Do exams have you stressed?!  In need of a pick-me-up?  If so, let us cheer you on! Any time between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., we welcome you to drop in for a pep talk or chat with a library staff member.  We would love to hear from you!  Click the link to join the session. 

    Hi! Let's Chat. 

    |Meeting ID: 830 8019 3693 | Password: 361315|

    Meditation Sessions via Zoom (10:00 a.m., Noon, & 7:00 p.m.)

    If ever there were a time to take a pause in your day, it’s now. Each session is led by a different UNCW faculty/staff member, so feel free to join all three for a short break in your day. A brief introduction to the concept and practices of mindfulness, along with campus resources to support your practice, will be shared followed by a short (~10 minute) guided mindfulness exercise. For those who are interested and would like to stay, a question and answer period will follow. You got this, Seahawks. We are here to help. 

    10:00 a.m.: Michele Deinish, Staff Counselor, In Harmony Programs Coordinator, UNCW Counseling Center

    MICHELE is a licensed clinician and staff counselor at the UNCW Counseling Center. She also coordinates the Counseling Center’s mind, body, spirit, In Harmony, programs and teaches Honor’s 120: The Art of Mindful Living. Michele is passionate about teaching others the benefits of mindfulness and meditation and guiding them in their own mindfulness practice. With mindfulness we practice having a Beginner’s Mind; always staying curious to what we are experiencing in the present moment. Letting go of judgment, even for a short time, can be freeing! 

    Join Session | Meeting ID: 823 0380 1702 | Password: mindful

    Noon: Beverly McGuire, Professor of East Asian Religions, UNCW

    BEVERLEY is a Professor of East Asian Religions at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She has a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from Stanford University. She is a certified mindfulness teacher (through the Mindfulness Training Institute) and a certified yoga teacher (through Wilmington Yoga Center). Regularly scheduled Midday Mindfulness (

    Join Session | Meeting ID: 876 5401 4259 | Password: mindful

    7:00 p.m.: Jacquelyn Lee, Ph.D., LCSW Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, UNCW

    JACQUELYN is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and joined UNCW in 2012. At UNCW, Dr. Lee has developed a course on mindfulness and regularly incorporates mindfulness, self-compassion, self-care, and resilience into her teaching; she is also a lead developer of the Mindful UNCW and Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series on Mindfulness initiatives. Dr. Lee is trained in a variety of clinical and non-clinical mindfulness-based interventions, having learned from leaders in the field including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, and Steven Hayes, and trainers at the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre in Oxford, England. Dr. Lee earned her doctorate in social work in 2012 from the University of Georgia and holds graduate certificates in university teaching; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD); and gerontology.
    Join Session Meeting ID: 822 5358 4916 | Password: mindful


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  • Posted: November 04, 2020
    3D Modelling for 3D Printing - Guest Workshop

    The Digital Makerspace will be hosting an introductory level 3D Modeling for 3D Printing workshop on Monday, November 9th, from 5:00-6:00 PM.  Led by guest speaker Wade Norris. All are welcome to attend.

    | Zoom link: | Password:  3d |

    WADE NORRIS has a passion for artificial intelligence, computer vision, and robotics. He has spent 7 years working at Google before starting his own company, PerceptionLabs.  At Google, Norris co-lead the Mobile Vision Team within Google AI.  He co-founded Google Cloud Vision API and Google Lens, and did a brief rotation at Google [X] to help their computation agriculture team, Mineral, with machine perception.  Norris enjoys teaching and discussing applications of AI, robotics, and 3D printing.


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  • Posted: November 04, 2020
    Finals and Intersession Services and Hours

    Randall Library is closed from November 26, 2020 to January 18th, 2021. Modified services remain available to UNCW faculty, students, and staff during this time.  

    Return Library Materials

    • Library materials can be returned to the drop in Parking Lot D or the return slot to the left of the library's entrance.
    • Interlibrary Loan materials may also be returned at either location.

    Contactless Pickup 

    • After the Thanksgiving break, Randall Library will move to offering contactless pick-up of items in the library’s physical collection for UNCW students, faculty, and staff. This service is not available for affiliated users at this time. 
    • To make a request, search the Library Catalog. Look for the Request icon in the upper right corner of the item information page. Log into your library account. Once you log in, the request is placed. You can continue to search for other items and use the request button to place holds. 
    • Once your item is ready, you will receive an email in your UNCW account with pick-up instructions and time frames. All items will be picked up outside Randall Library’s main entrance. We apologize but we cannot mail items at this time.  
    • Dates/Times of Service
      • November 30 to December 4, 8 am to 5 pm 
      • December 7 to 18, Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 12 pm, 1 to 4 pm  
      • January 4 to 19, Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 12 pm, 1 to 4 pm 






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  • Posted: October 29, 2020
    Podcasting in Audacity: an Introductory Workshop to Podcasting

    Thinking about starting a podcast? Well, you are in luck! Randall Library's Digital Makerspace will be hosting an introductory workshop on podcasting on Thursday, November 5th at 5 pm via Zoom. All attendees are welcome!

    Zoom: | Password: Audacity

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  • Posted: October 29, 2020
    Thirsty Tome 2020

    Thirsty Tome will be held virtually on Thursday, November 12, 2020, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  This year’s theme is “Healing Forward: Artistic Expression for Human Connection. Join guest speakers Melody Moezzi, Visiting Associate Professor, Creative Writing, Dr. Zelda Lockhart, Visiting Associate Professor, Creative Writing, and Dr. Josalin Hunter Jones, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, as they explore and discuss various ways to heal and move forward with readings and research from their recent publications.  There will also be a special virtual performance by the UNCW Chamber Choir, led by Dr. Aaron Peisner, Assistant Professor, Music.

    Zoom Link: | Password: healing | This program will be recorded.

    Randall Library is proud to partner with local bookstore Pomegranate Books to make copies of the writers' books available for purchase.  Please visit the e-commerce site at  Books may be shipped anywhere in the U.S.  There are also copies in the store at 4418 Park Avenue, Wilmington, NC.  Melody Moezzi's book is available upon request as a signed copy.

    Zelda's book: The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript: Turning Life's Wounds Into the Gift of Literary Fiction, Memoir, or Poetry, check our catalog, here.

    Melody's book: The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life, check our catalog, here.

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  • Posted: October 28, 2020
    Writers' Week 2020

    Randall Library is happy to celebrate the Creative Writing's department Writers' Week which starts Monday, Nov 2nd and runs throughFriday, Nov. 6th.  The event will be virtual.  For more information and to register, click here. To view the line-up of writers, see list  Check out these great writers within our collection.


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  • Posted: October 19, 2020
    IG Halloween Contest 2020 (Student)

    IG Halloween Costume Contest 2020 (Student)

    Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story!  So, what's your costume sayin'? 

    Participate in our 3rd IG Halloween Costume Contest and tell us about your costume and enter for a chance to WIN an Amazon gift card!

    Top 3 students with the most ‘likes’ will win:

    First Place$35.00 

    Second Place$30.00 

    Third Place$25.00


    • Take a photo of your costume*
    • Share costume photo starting at 10:00 AM on October 31st using @uncwlibrary
    • Must 'tell us about your costume' and use the hashtag #RLhalloween2020**
    • Share the post with family and friends to get "likes"
    • The top 3 posts with the most "likes" will win an Amazon gift card
    • Voting closes on Nov. 1st @11:59 PM EST
    • Winners will be notified on Nov. 2nd via DM (direct message) with instructions on how to redeem
    • Must be a UNCW student to participate

    *any photo submitted can be used in marketing and promotion of future Halloween costume contests

    *if not included post will be disqualified


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  • Posted: October 19, 2020
    Can't Make It To The Library?

    Looking for a virtual place to study with classmates or friends?  Well, we've got you covered!

    The library will host a series of Virtual Study Halls from October 26-28 and November 2-4 from 7-9 pm each night via Zoom. Join these sessions to stay accountable and make progress on upcoming papers, projects, or just study for your next exam. The library’s student team, the Peer Navigators, will host the sessions and be on hand to offer encouragement and support. Join here:

    How Does It Work? Upon logging into Virtual Study Hall, a Peer Navigator will welcome students via chat, ask them about their study goals, and connect them with resources if needed. The Peer Navigators are not tutoring or offering research help, their purpose is to keep the room open, provide guidance, and monitoring the virtual space for disruptions.

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