Library News

  • Posted: December 06, 2021
    red ribbon with text that says we remember and celebrate the lives of those lost to the AIDS pandemic

    The LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear Coast, along with SEEDS of Healing, both non-profit groups based in Wilmington, and UNCW, Novant/NHRMC, and other community partners are working together to bring panels from the AIDS Memorial quilt to the area as part of a month-long event to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1. 

    “World AIDS Day brings together survivors, families, artists, religious organizations, medical professionals, scholars, politicians, and activists to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic, reduce stigma, and mourn those who have died of the disease,” said Michaela Howells, PhD. UNCW Department of Anthropology. 

    The largest piece of folk art worldwide, the quilt began in 1987 in San Francisco at the height of the AIDS crisis, once displayed in a storefront on Market Street in the Castro District. The same year on Washington’s National Mall, during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the quilt went on display for the world to see.

    Panels will be featured at venues throughout Wilmington, including:

    •     Cameron Art Museum
    •     UNCW Randall Library
    •     UNCW Cultural Arts Building
    •     UNCW Kenan Auditorium
    •     UNCW Veterans Hall
    •     Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center
    •     St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church
    •     St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
    •     St. Stephen A.M.E. Church

    Events planned for March 2022 for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10). The quilts will be on display on the UNCW campus until the end of March as part of the Artivism for Change program. (Source)

  • Posted: December 02, 2021
    Recharge @ Randall Starts December 5th

    Welcome to the Recharge @ Randall

    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!

    Coffee & Snacks  (Dec. 5th, 6th, & 7th)

    Coffee and an assortment of snacks will be available nightly starting at 7 PM on the dates listed above. 

    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 <<<

    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 <<<

  • Posted: December 02, 2021
    Retreat at Randall interior space with the words Now Open

    We welcome the UNCW community to unwind and destress in our new wellness space, Retreat at Randall.

    Retreat at Randall (RL 2016) is intended for quiet contemplation, reflection, meditation, mindfulness, prayer, stress relief, silent games, stretching, and yoga. It is open to students, faculty, or staff with a valid UNCW OneCard. 
    Please see the Space Use Guidelines for more information.

    Portrait of Anne PembertonRetreat at Randall is dedicated to our colleague Anne Pemberton (1975-2021) for her commitment to student success and well-being. May her example continue to inspire us.





  • Posted: November 30, 2021
    #GivingTuesday logo for November 30, 2021

    Support Randall Library on Giving Tuesday


    For the last several years, Randall Library has been growing into a library that is equipped to meeting the needs of a research university.  We are offering new services, hiring faculty and staff with new expertise to support research and innovation across the University.

    While we pride ourselves on our strong and diverse collections and technology-rich spaces for students, faculty and staff, Randall Library is more than the building and the collections it houses. We are building new library services that will move teaching, research, and scholarship forward so that we can truly be the intellectual heart of the campus.

    As part of Like No Other: The Campaign for UNCW, your annual gift will contribute to these new services, spaces, and resources, allowing the library to respond quickly to the changing needs of our students and faculty. We hope that you will consider a gift for #Giving Tuesday or any other day -  it will make a difference for Randall Library!

    Thank you for your support.

  • Posted: November 03, 2021
    Thirsty Tome: Where We Come From: Place, Memory, and Hidden History
    Inspired by the NEA Big Read selection of Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street, and by the invitation of Cisneros and Nikole Hannah-Jones as speakers for UNCW’s Writer’s Week, this year’s Thirsty Tome theme is “Where We Come From: Place, Memory, and Hidden History.” We will be hosting two events, a walking tour on November 11, 2021, and a Zoom panelist discussion on November 12, 2021.

    “Where We Come From” Panelist Discussion, 5:00-6:30 pm, November 12, 2021

    Places have power—to shape us, to create identity, to give shelter—but they also carry with them their own histories and stories, often untold. Please join National Book Award longlisted author and UNCW alum Jason Mott, Creative Writing Professor KaToya Fleming, and Public History Professor Kenneth Shefsiek as we touch on themes of what makes a home, what narratives are hidden within seemingly familiar places, and what we carry with us from “where we come from.”

    Zoom Link: | Passcode: 080546 | This program will be recorded

    YouTube video of event:

    Portrait of Jason Mott Jason Mott

    Portrait of KaToya Fleming KaToya Fleming

    Portrait of Kenneth Shefsiek Kenneth Shefsiek

    Randall Library is pleased to partner with local bookstore Ghost Hill Press to make copies of the speakers’ books available for purchase. You can preorder Hell of a Book by Jason Mott for delivery or in store pickup. You can also find Jason’s books in our catalog: Hell of a Book  | The Returned

    You can order a print copy of the issue of Oxford American that KaToya’s book excerpt appears in here, as well as find it in the library’s Current Magazines section.

    "Wilmington Beneath the Surface” Walking Tour, 7:00-8:30 pm, November 11, 2021

    Kimberly Sherman of Ghost Hill press will be leading a free, custom walking tour of downtown Wilmington, focusing on the people and stories that are often left out of traditional narratives of the city. Registration is limited to the first 15 participants, so please RSVP using this form to secure your spot.


  • Posted: November 01, 2021
    Introduction to the Census Data Explorer, Nov 4th from 4 - 5pm

    Introduction to the Census Data Explorer

    The Census Bureau is a government source for free public data about the United States people and economy. This workshop will provide an introduction to the Census's updated online interface ( and the newly released 2020 Census data. It will also contribute to conversations around data ethics by discussing considerations when using and collecting human data.

    Register for this Workshop  

    Find out more about Scholarly Research Services.

  • Posted: November 01, 2021
    Introduction to Omeka, November 3rd from 1-2pm

    Introduction to Omeka

    This workshop is an introduction to Omeka Classic, a web publishing platform for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.

    Register for this workshop.

    Find out more about Scholarly Research Services.

  • Posted: October 29, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021: Author Spotlight #6

    OA Fund Recipient Spotlight: Soo Kim-Godwin and Meen Hye Lee, School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services 

    Dr Kim-Godwin and Dr Lee's article, Factors Influencing Sleep Quality among Female Staff Nurses during the Early COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States, was published in the open access journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Read it here:

    Research summary from the authors:
    "...My colleagues (Meen Hye Lee,  etc.) and I  (Soo Kim-Godwin) surveyed female staff nurses to assess the overall level of sleep quality during the COVID-19  pandemic. As expected we found that nurses reported poor sleep quality. We collected the survey data using an online survey from April to May 2020 from a sample of 215 female staff nurses enrolled in post-licensure online nursing programs in the school of Nursing at UNCW. Our study evaluated seven subcomponents of overall sleep quality: subjective sleep quality, sleep latency ( how long it takes to fall asleep), sleep duration, habitual sleep efficiency, sleep disturbances, the use of sleeping medications, and daytime dysfunction. We found full-time work, poor physical health, lower self-care and self-regulation, and higher work stress negatively impact sleep quality. We strongly suggest that hospital administrators should consider developing intervention programs for improving the work environment, which would impact sleep quality, health status, and job performance among nurses."

    Why did you decide to publish open access? 
    "More and more people are moving towards open access (OA) journals. One of the biggest benefits is that  OA allows access for researchers, as well as the general public without a subscription. It has been reported that many studies demonstrate that OA literature receives more citations than subscription publications because it reduces permission requirements and eliminates price barriers for readers. One downside of OA is the payment (We are so grateful that we were able to publish our  article with support from the library's APC fund.)"

    What advice do you have for others who want to publish open access? 
    "While Open Access (OA) increases visibility, we should be aware that there is considerable pushback to use open access. In my opinion, predatory publishers are a significant threat to open access publishing The first advice is that you need to evaluate the quality of the journal. When selecting a journal for your publication, review publications in the journal you are considering to assess the scientific rigor and editorial quality of the publications.  I usually check the impact factor to evaluate the journals credentials. Another option for authors is to consult with librarians affiliated with your institution or a local public library. Librarians are well-suited to provide guidance in helping authors with selecting quality journals to consider for publication. "
    Randall Library will be spotlighting authors who've received our funding to publish in open access journals all week long! Find more information about our full slate of OA Week 2021 events here:
  • Posted: October 29, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021: Author Spotlight #5

    OA Fund Recipient Spotlight: William Opoku-Agyeman, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, College of Health and Human Services

    Dr Opoku-Agyeman's article, Factors that Determine Comprehensive Categorical Classification of EHR Implementation Levels, was published in the open access journal Health Services Insights. Read it here:

    Research summary from the authors:
    "The study explores what hospital organizations' characteristics are associated with adopting and implementing different types of comprehensive EHR. Using multiple years of hospital data, we explored this relationship. We found that hospitals with a greater amount of human resources and financial assets were more likely to have implemented higher levels of EHR."

    Why did you decide to publish open access?
    "To allow the knowledge generated to be widely and readily available for the audience to review and learn in a convenient form."

    What advice do you have for others who want to publish open access?
    "I would say go for it. If you have the funds to publish in open access, that will be great, and it allows the audience to have ready access to your work."
    Randall Library will be spotlighting authors who've received our funding to publish in open access journals all week long! Find more information about our full slate of OA Week 2021 events here:
  • Posted: October 28, 2021
    Open Access Week 2021: ICPSR Talk with Mike Maume and Jake Day

    Join Drs. Mike Maume and Jake Day for a conversation about open data resources in the social sciences! This talk about ICPSR and open data will take place on Friday, October 29, from 11AM-12PM to cap off Open Access Week. Register at

    In addition, ORCID registration is ongoing on Friday! Grab your spot at