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  • Posted: August 20, 2018

    Thirteen UNC System Libraries, including UNCW’s Randall Library, have been awarded a $100,000 grant for creating an infrastructure for long-term preservation of books as part of a shared collection. 

    This funding is part of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant program – federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that are awarded by the State Library to eligible North Carolina libraries as investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities.

    “The LSTA grant will sustain the cultural legacy of the print record by helping us identify at-risk collections and formalize a method for retaining them,” said UNC-Asheville’s University Librarian Leah Dunn, who is leading the project. Through analysis of overlap and uniqueness of titles, a framework for identifying, marking, and sharing titles tagged for long-term retention will be developed. This “collective collection” concept that will be developed as a result of this project will lead to cost-effective, collaborative preservation strategies and collection development strategies.

    Partner libraries in this effort are UNC Asheville, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, NC A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, UNC Asheville, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, Western Carolina University and Winston-Salem State University.

    This project is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-18-0034-18).

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. This year’s federal allotment to North Carolina was $2.6 million and the grant awarded here was one of the 53 for fiscal year 2018-2019 awarded to North Carolina libraries.

    For more information about UNCW’s Randall Library, visit https://library.uncw.edu  or contact Jeanne Cross via email at crossj [at] uncw.edu

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  • Posted: August 14, 2018
    What's New at Randall - Fall 2018

    Welcome back, Seahawks! We've been working hard this summer and will continue to work hard throughout the semester. In addition to new restrooms and a new fire alarm system, we've made improvements to spaces you love and have designed new spaces to help you through the academic year. Please read below for some exciting updates and feel free to let us know what you think by emailing libref [at] uncw.edu (subject: Randall%20Improvements) . #randallimprovements








    Brand new restrooms on the first and second floor are now open. New restrooms at Randall Library were a long time coming and their opening is a major step forward for our facility. The new restrooms exceed our capacity requirements, are ADA compliant, are centrally located, include a family-friendly option, and are a clean and modern alternative to the existing bathrooms. Finishing touches on all the restrooms will be made throughout the semester. Besides the installation of obvious finishing touches like mirrors and permanent soap dispensers, some more aggressive improvements have to be completed. The intention of Library and UNCW leadership is that the necessary work will be phased throughout the fall semester and a schedule of that work will be shared upon its completion.  Until that time, all restrooms on the first floor (new and existing) will remain open.


    Fire Alarm

    To improve your safety, Randall Library is now equipped with a brand new fire alarm system

    Digital Makerspace

    Located on the first floor of Randall Library, the Digital Makerspace is designed to bring access to emerging technologies, such as virtual reality and 3D printing, to all UNCW students, staff and faculty in support of digital creation and literacy. Brought to you by Randall Library and the Technology Assistance Center (TAC), we currently offer HTC VIVE virtual reality equipment and content, 3D printing services, a 3D scanner, 360 camera and high-end development computers with special software including Adobe Creative Cloud. To learn more or make a reservation to use the space, please visit http://digitalmakerspace.uncw.edu. Or stop by our Open House on Tuesday September 11 from 3-6pm.

    Pelican Gallery

    In an effort to create multiple types of study areas, we installed whiteboard walls in the Pelican Gallery on the first floor. The new walls create the perfect spot for group study and allowed us to reorganize the pelican art work.




    Quiet Study Lounge

    RL2016 on the second floor, formerly a graduate study space, is now open to all students as a quiet study lounge. Your UNCW OneCard will gain you access to this space. 

    Fresh Paint

    Approximately half the first floor received a fresh coat of paint this summer and we plan to phase the additional painting of both the first and second floors throughout the academic year.



    Continued construction on the first floor will make way for a second food option at Randall Library- indoor vending machines for drinks and snacks. 

    Group Study Rooms

    In the coming weeks, 2 semi-private group study rooms will be constructed behind the new first floor restrooms. These group study rooms will be available on our reservation system. Additionally, various staff office moves over the next several weeks will open up 3 additional study rooms on the second floor. 


    Faculty Commons

    The need to hire and retain the best faculty to teach UNCW students increases alongside the growth of the student body. In order for faculty to be able to work together to build the best curriculum and most effective teaching techniques, Randall Library has partnered with the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) to provide a space for this important work. Creating a space for faculty across disciplines to work together in order to give students the best possible academic experience has long been a goal for the Library and CTE. The Faculty Commons will be located on the second floor and is expected to open during the fall semester.


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  • Posted: July 03, 2018
    Randall Library subscribes to Westlaw Campus Research

    After trials conducted and feedback received Randall Library is switching from Nexis Uni to Westlaw Campus.

    Westlaw Campus Research provides provides access to news, business, and law-related information through an easy-to-use interface. It is a comprehensive database of legal materials including federal and state statutes, codes, regulations, and case law materials. You can also search or browse for articles from legal journals, detailed company and financial data, as well as state, national, and international journals and newspapers.

    Access Westlaw Campus Research

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  • Posted: May 30, 2018
    Check out Randall Library's very own weather station

    Installed on the roof of Randall Library, the UNCW WeatherSTEM weather station is now live! The unit is an integration of weather sensors, the data gathered and stored by the sensors, and a dynamic display of the data in a website showcasing the current weather, weather forecasts, data mining tools, lessons and activities, weather notifications, and more.

    For more information, go to https://newhanover.weatherstem.com/uncw

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  • Posted: April 20, 2018
    Give more in 24: 1000 donors in a day unlocks $55K

    UNCW’s Give More in 24 challenge starts now! Help us reach the goal of 1,000 donors in a day to unlock a $55,000 challenge gift for UNCW and designate your gift to Randall Library.

    Give to Randall Library, and we will use your gift to add new technology, add study amenities for students, and purchase library resources for all students at UNCW.

    Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at #uncw24

    Give today at http://uncw.edu/24.

    Students using a group study room in Randall Library

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  • Posted: April 20, 2018


    Over the course of this semester, Dr. Ned Ivine’s Intermediate Graphic Design (ART 360) students collaborated with library faculty and staff to create coloring book pages that showcase renderings of their favorite spots in Randall Library. 

    On April 30, 2018 starting at 5 p.m. on the first floor of Randall Library, you can pick up printed copies of these pages to color! Researchers have indicated that "coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness," (cnn.com).

    You can also “color” electronic versions of these pages on the first floor of Randall Library near the soon-to-be-opened Digital Makerspace. So come see what your fellow Seahawks have created, add your creativity to the pages, and relieve some end of semester stress!



    Download one of the coloring book PDFs:

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  • Posted: April 09, 2018
    Randall Library Closed May 4-13 for Construction

    Due to noise and safety concerns, Randall Library will close Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 13 (after spring semester exams end and before summer session I begins) to provide construction crews with an opportunity to focus on completing the most disruptive aspects of the fire alarm and restroom construction projects. The library closure will include only six business/working days during intersession, and every effort will be made to support library patrons’ needs during that time. All online resources, virtual library services and ITS/TAC services will remain fully operational. Please check with the other units located in Randall Library (Center for Teaching Excellence, Honors College, iPrint, UNCW Early College Coordinator & Liaison) for their location and availability during this time.

    During the closure:

    • Library items can be returned at our external book drop, located adjacent to parking lot D.
    • You can contact us via email, phone or chat: http://library.uncw.edu/ask. We will monitor and respond to inquires during normal business hours.
    • Course Reserve processing will be suspended during the closure. 
    • Items on hold will not be available to pick up during the closure.
    • Please plan on renewing, returning items, picking up holds and placing course reserve requests before Thursday, May 3.
    • Interlibrary Loan will process requests for electronic documents during the closure.  Borrowing of physical items will be suspended Monday, April 30 through Friday, May 4. ILL staff will attempt to fill requests for scans from books and journals in the library collection by borrowing electronic documents, when possible.
    • Special Collections and University Archives reference assistance will be suspended during the closure.

    Questions/concerns? Please email libref [at] uncw.edu.

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  • Posted: March 22, 2018
    2018 UNCW Student Art Invitational
    2018 UNCW Student Art Invitational

    Please visit the Randall Library Sherman Hayes Gallery on the first floor for the 2018 UNCW Student Art Invitational.


    The exhibit features the creative work of current UNCW students, carefully chosen for the show by faculty from the Department of Art & Art History. The exhibit also includes select examples of book art chosen by the Department of Creative Writing.

    The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run through April 27th. Special thanks to Topher Alexander, exhibits manager for UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building Art Gallery, for installing the 2018 UNCW Student Art Invitational. 

    Randall Library will recruit judges to rate the art – which include paintings, drawings, and other visual works – and select a “best in show.” The winning student’s work will be added to Randall Library’s permanent art collection and the top three finalists will receive prizes.


    Join us on Wednesday, April 18th at 6 PM for a celebration of the art invitational and our annual Flash Fiction contest.

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  • Posted: March 19, 2018
    Browzine trial through Spring 2018

    Through the end of June 2018, Randall Library has a trial subscription to Browzine. Browzine puts all of the library’s scholarly journal content into a newsstand-style display, allowing users to browse by subject or search by title, subject, or ISSN. Content is accessible via web browser or mobile app; creating an account will allow users to sync saved content between devices. Supported publishers include Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, Taylor & Francis, SAGE, Cambridge, Oxford, American Chemical Society, ACM, Project Muse, and more are continually being added.

    You can find more information about Browzine here: https://library.uncw.edu/eresources/browzine

    Please complete an evaluation of Browzine at https://library.uncw.edu/forms/database_trial_evaluation. Your input, along with usage and available funding, will help us decide whether or not to pursue a subscription.

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  • Posted: March 12, 2018
    Quiet Lounge on Second Floor

    RL 2016 on the second floor is now a space for all students! This quiet study lounge is accessible whenever the building is open using your UNCW OneCard. Enjoy!

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