Library News

  • Posted: January 07, 2020
    Red letters on red and white background. Reads "Red Tape at Randall"

    Red Tape at Randall

    We are committed to making Randall Library spaces safe and accessible for everyone, so we've created "no-furniture" zones to allow for better navigation throughout our building, easier access for wheelchairs, and a safer evacuation process in the event of an emergency.

    The concept is simple! Please do not move furniture inside an area that is blocked-off with red tape. If you are using furniture that is inside the red tape, a Randall Library staff member will help you move it to a new location. 

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  • Posted: December 16, 2019
    A battery charger available at the TAC helpdesk at Randall Library

    Can’t find a plug in Randall Library? Stop by TAC and check out a portable battery. The batteries can be checked out for up to 6 hours and are powerful enough to recharge a laptop or up to 6 phone charges. They are equipped with 2 rapid charging USB ports, a standard 3-prong AC outlet, as well as wireless charging capability. Brought to you by Randall Library!

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  • Posted: December 05, 2019
    Recharge at Randall, December 9th from 4-8pm

    Recharge @ Randall | Monday, Dec 9th | 4-8 PM

    Randall Library knows that final exams can be stressful, so we invite you to take a study break and recharge! All UNCW students are welcome to join us Monday afternoon on Dec 9th for events designed to relieve stress and provide much-needed rejuvenation at this busy time of year. Let us treat you to bagels, mini pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit, juice and coffee to help you power through your final exams. Refreshments are available while supplies last. Activities: Therapy Dogs, Adult Coloring, Bubble Wrap, Virtual Reality, Food, Board Games and much more. Breakfast food will be served at 7:30 PM.

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  • Posted: November 19, 2019
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    Elisabeth was intended to be our September Faces of Randall feature, but we're happy to be shining a spotlight on her now!

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    Name: Elisabeth Garner

    Title: Government Information Specialist

    What that means: The government has many agencies and departments—like Agriculture, Labor, etc.—and they all publish reports and documents. We receive these at Randall Library, in addition to historical documents and census information, and Elisabeth works to create catalog records for them, fix errors and broken links, and generally ease access for patrons. Most of these records are digital, but she also works with our print collection of Government Documents.

    Recent read: Elisabeth tends to prefer reading biographies and history, maybe because of her History major background. Most recently, she’s been reading and enjoying Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert by Stanley Weintraub. This book explores the hidden histories of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort.

    Favorite place in the library: The DA section in the stacks in the general collection; she loves exploring Russian and British history!

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?: She’d love to become more of an expert with computer and technical knowledge. Elisabeth often feels that she’s only using her computer for 1% of what it’s really capable of doing, and though she doesn’t really need the extra abilities for her work, she’d love to know more about what’s possible.

    About Elisabeth:
    Elisabeth has been working at Randall Library for six years. She worked in Circulation during her first year, and then applied for and was offered the Library Specialist position in Government Documents. She’s known throughout Randall Library for her love of the mountains, especially the Appalachian mountains, though she’s from Wilmington herself.
    One fact that most people at UNCW don’t know about Elisabeth is that she donated platelets to her father four times when she was 14. Her entire family had to move to Seattle for his bone marrow transplant, which was a four month process. Though the circumstances were painful, she found other parts of the experience fascinating, as she attended school in the hospital and was able to meet people from all over the world.

    Bonus: Take a look at Elisabeth in her preferred mountain habitat here:

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  • Posted: November 08, 2019
    Thirsty Tome November 20 6:30 to 8:00pm

    Thirsty Tome is an annual event in the fall semester that celebrates writing and writers at UNCW. This year’s theme is ‘Food for Thought.’ The main reading event will be held on Wednesday, November 20th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Sherman Hayes Gallery on the first floor of the library and we will be having Jason Frye and Sayantani Dasgupta as the main readers, and several MFA students from Creative Writing will also participate. Pomegranate Books will have a book signing and the authors’ books for sale. Food will be donated by UNCW BFA alum Cody Leutgens of Surf City’s Shaka Taco.

    In addition, there is a FREE Food Writing Workshop the next day with Sayantani Dasgupta and Jason Frye. Registration is limited so sign up now! Thursday, November 21 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Pomegranate Books located at 4418 Park Avenue. Register online here

    Check out the display on the theme 'Food for Thought' including sustainability and environmental issues, food writing, unique cookbooks, and more! Visit the New & Popular section on the first floor of the library and feel free to check out any of the materials.

    In conjunction with Thirsty Tome, Randall Library will be hosting a food drive called, NO HAWK LEFT UNFED! Support our Hawks by dropping off non-perishable food items to Randall Library through the month of November. All donations will be given to Hawk’s Harvest to help our students who are in need. We are accepting all donations, but protein bars, cereal, ready to eat soup, corn/flour tortillas, 1lb. coffee, and jelly are encouraged. Donation box located to the right upon entering PCJ.

    This is event is sponsored by Randall Library, Department of Creative Writing, UNCW Hawk’s Harvest, UNCW Sustainability, Shaka Taco and Pomegranate Books.

    Need accommodations? Accommodations for disabilities may be requested by contacting Christopher Rhodes, 910-962-7474 or rhodesc [at] at least 5 days prior to the event. UNCW is an EEO/AA institution.

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  • Posted: November 05, 2019
    Graduate Student Digital Makerspace Open House

    Curious about 3D printing? Ever wanted to escape reality? Well here's your chance! Randall Library invites all graduate students for an open house in our Digital Makerspace (DMS) and to explore ways to use 3D printing and virtual reality for teaching, research, and fun. Learn how to use virtual reality apps to explore the human body, the solar system, and ancient Rome, as well as practice guided meditation,  public speaking, and more. While here, create your own mix at our Trail Mix Station and grab a cool 3D printed giveaway! This is event is open to all graduate students.

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  • Posted: October 22, 2019

    Cramming for anatomy this Halloween? Is physiology being a pain in your neck? It’s going tibia ok – the library has got your back(bone)!

    Join us on Monday, October 28 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm to try our new library tools that will help you learn all those body systems, structures, and functions. You’ll be able to quiz yourself, view models, and even take a selfie with a skeleton, all from your phone! Prefer to have some skele-fun in between studying? Play a virtual reality game, explore a horror scene, or color your cares away. No bones about it, you’ll have an unBOOlieveable time! There will be CANDY!!!

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  • Posted: October 22, 2019
    Digital Humanities presentation and workshops Oct 31 and Nov 1

    Presentation, workshop, and grants Q&A session with Victoria Szabo, Research Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, and Director of the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative 

    October 31st – November 1st  


    10/31 “Visualizing Cities: Representing the Past with Augmented Reality” 

    Augmented Reality (AR) offers scholars working on the histories and cultures of urban environments new ways to share their research on site and in the context of exhibitions and publications. This talk will discuss the critical affordances and challenges of this emerging medium, highlighting project examples from Visualizing Cities team projects focused on Durham, NC and Venice, Italy. 

    All are welcome to this event! Light refreshments to follow. 

    5:00 p.m. at the RL Auditorium (2047) 


    11/1 Workshop: Create Your Own Augmented Reality with Zappar 

    This workshop is a free, hands-on introduction to augmented reality using the smartphone application called Zappar. For the hands-on portion, please bring your smartphone. Please RSVP to this event, knoxa [at] Free educational use accounts will be created ahead of time. 

    This event is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. 

    10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at RL 1039 


    Grants Q&A Session 

    Learn tips and tricks for brainstorming, preparing, and submitting grants. Szabo has experience with NEH, Getty, and Mellon grants. She has also been a reviewer for NEH Digital Humanities grants. This event is open to faculty and staff. 

    1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at RL 1045 


    Sponsored by: 

    College of Arts and Sciences 

    Randall Library 

    Office of Research Administration 

    The Dean's Lecture Series in the Humanities 

    Department of Philosophy and Religion 

    Center for Teaching Excellence 

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  • Posted: October 21, 2019
    Randall Library Instagram Halloween contest 2019

    Randall Library Instagram (IG) Halloween Costume Contest

    Oct 21st – Oct. 31st.

    The top 3 students with the most “likes” by the end of the contest will win an ULTIMATE TRICK OR TREAT BASKET full of candy and goodies!







    1.) Take a photo/selfie in costume inside the library starting Oct. 21st and ending Oct 31st
        at 11:59PM EST. (No inappropriate costumes)

    2.) Share your photo/selfie with the library via IG using @uncwlibrary and the
        hashtag #RLhalloween2019.

    3.) The top 3 posts with the most “likes” by the end of the contest will be
         declared the winners.

    4.) All votes will be tallied on Nov 1st and all winners will be notified via a Direct Message
        to their IG account.

    5.) You must be a UNCW student to participate.

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  • Posted: October 16, 2019
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    Faces of Randall: October!

    Name: Christopher Rhodes

    Title: Facility Coordinator

    What that means: Christopher is in charge of the daily facility-related operations of the library—in other words, just about everything having to do with the building itself. This includes space management, card and key access, maintenance issues and reports, furniture acquisition, and space planning.

    Favorite book: The Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. He read it in high school, and it was the first book that truly blew his mind.

    Favorite place in the library: Christopher loves the entire library, and having to choose just one part would feel like Solomon asking the two mothers to choose one half of a baby. That being said, he especially loves the library the day after final exams when he and his team can put the building back together!

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?:
    Christopher would learn to sing and play the piano perfectly, specifically so that he could perform musical theater. That said, he’s an admirer of music of all types. (Asking about his favorite musical got a similar result to asking about his favorite spot in the library.)

    About Christopher:
    Like many of those we’ve interviewed, Christopher’s path at Randall Library has been a winding one, starting eight and a half years ago with a temp position in December of 2010 focusing on facilities and event management. This position grew into a full-time facilities and cultural events coordinator position, and he has recently shifted his focus full time to facilities. Though he’s been here in Wilmington for some time now, Christopher lived in New York City for fourteen years. He considers it a second home, and goes back to visit often.

    When Christopher was 18 he wanted to impress a new friend by learning the lyrics to the Pet Shop Boy’s “West End Girls.” Here are his handwritten practice lyrics so you can sing along:





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