• Posted: August 19, 2019
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    Welcome back to Faces of Randall, where we interview a different Randall Library staff member each month! Kicking us off with August's feature is Jason Fleming, who has probably been to more national parks than you.


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    Name: Jason Fleming

    Title: Information Technology Librarian

    What that means: Jason manages the technology that keeps the catalog functioning and helps catalogers with tech issues. He also troubleshoots the Interlibrary Loan system, which allows patrons to borrow books from other libraries, as well as working with EZ Proxy, which makes it possible to access online library resources from off campus. Finally, he works to support the digital displays throughout the library, and has helped to get the Digital Makerspace going.

    Favorite book: He keeps trying to read books and failing these days, and his favorite changes over time. One of the books he’s read more recently, though, was The Girl With All The Gifts, in which a fungal infection causes a zombie-like plague; his son also read it, and he enjoyed talking with him about the science behind it.

    Favorite place in the library: The Digital Makerspace!

    If you suddenly inherited a factory capable of producing anything, what would you make and why?: Jason didn’t have specific ideas, but would ideally want to create something that could make energy out of carbon dioxide.
    As a bonus, he also addressed the “fictional worlds” question, sharing that if he was able to travel to any fictional world, he would opt not to, as all fictional worlds have their own curses and are too dangerous. He specifically wouldn’t go to Wonderland, Narnia, or Oz.

    About Jason:
    Jason has been working at Randall Library for six years, always in the Information Technology department. Though he’s stayed in one place here at Randall, outside of work he’s traveled a great deal—specifically, he has traveled to over 40 national parks in just the last three years! He went to 5 in one week in May alone: Tuzigoot National Monument, Montezuma’s Castle National Monument, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and Saguaro National Park. Of the parks he’s been to before, he especially enjoyed Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Other favorites include the Craters of the Moon National Monument and the Hall of Mosses in the Hoh National Rainforest.

    Bonus: His favorite quote is “Wherever you go, there you are.”


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  • Posted: August 06, 2019
    Make it at Randall 2019

    What will you make of this semester and of your time at UNCW? Show us by making something unique to take with you into the start of the fall semester. Randall Library will have all the tools and supplies you need to relax, flex your creative muscles and make some one-of-a-kind souvenirs from UNCWelcome. While at the library, stop by the Digital MakerSpace for giveaways and a short introduction to the space and the things you’ll be able to make in it throughout the year. Activities: Screen printing, Button making, Twine game jam competition, Custom trail mix station, and more!

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  • Posted: August 05, 2019
    Digital Makerspace Student Fellows -- Apply Today!

    Randall Library seeks to hire students for its new, grant-funded Digital Makerspace Student Fellows program. We are currently seeking to fill two semester-long openings for the fall 2019 semester. Undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to disciplines such as digital arts, chemistry, geosciences, and computer science. DMS Student Fellows will be expected to assist the Digital Makerspace Coordinator with creating and developing programing, events, and instructional material. The stipend for this position is $1,500 per semester per student fellow, or approximately 9hrs/week at $10/hr. Both positions are open until filled. The interviewing process is expected to commence in early August. Ideally, both student fellows will be ready and available to start working when classes begin in the fall.  

    To learn more about Randall Library’s Digital Makerspace (DMS), please visit our website at https://digitalmakerspace.uncw.edu/

    To apply/view the job posting on Handshake, please visit: https://uncw.joinhandshake.com/jobs/2882503

    Please submit a brief letter of intent (1-2 pages) that addresses the points listed below. In addition to a letter of intent, applicants must also submit a resume/CV that includes 1-2 references. Please include name, title, and contact information for each reference. One reference must be a faculty member or instructor at UNCW or at a college/university in which the applicant was enrolled.  

    • Describe your experience with any of the following technologies: 3D printing, 3D modeling, virtual reality, GIS, 360 video, Adobe Creative Cloud software, laser cutters, CNC machines.  
    • Describe any personal projects that relate to or that utilize technologies similar to those offered in the Digital Makerspace.  
    • Discuss your interest in the Digital Makerspace Student Fellows program as it relates to your professional goals, interests, aspirations, etc. 
    • Discuss how your involvement in the DMS Student Fellows program would build on your previous or upcoming university coursework.   
    • Discuss any past or ongoing experience you may have working with a UNCW faculty member on a project related to any of the technologies in the Digital Makerspace. 
    • Discuss any interest you may have in working with a UNCW faculty member in the future on a project related to any of the technologies in the Digital Makerspace. 
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  • Posted: May 31, 2019
    White background, teal letters. Text: LSTA GRANTS, ANNOUNCEMENT ON THURSDAY 6/6

    The 2019/2020 North Carolina LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) Grants will be announced from Randall Library!

    You're invited to join us on Thursday, June 6th at 10 AM in our Digital Makerspace on the first floor as we welcome NC Secretary of Cultural Resources.

    LSTA Grants are federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that are awarded by the State Library to eligible North Carolina libraries. For more information about LSTA Grants, please visit their website: https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/

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  • Posted: May 15, 2019
    An image of an ear with text reading: "The Escucha project aims to give voice to all"

    A project by Nathaniel Ober, visiting artist at UNCW for the Spring 2019 semester, Escucha is a traveling time capsule of sound. It wishes to move through many hands-to hear of many stories while traversing the world, and to encourage less speaking and more listening. To share or listen, there is a capsule available in Randall Library’s Sherman Hayes Gallery.  

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  • Posted: May 09, 2019
    Yellow Background, black text reads We Are Getting A New Roof, please visit a library service desk for assistance

    Beginning Monday, May 13th, construction will begin on a brand new roof for Randall Library. This project is expected to last 6 weeks and the library will be operational throughout the project. Our hours of operation can be found here https://library.uncw.edu/hours







    What to Expect

    • This project is being managed by UNCW Project Management and Northstar Recovery Services. Northstar has been on campus for months providing disaster response after Hurricane Florence
    • Roofers have been directed by Northstar not to enter Randall Library for any reason
    • The roofers are scheduled to work 7 days a week from 6 AM to 8 PM but they cannot work in the rain
    • Roofers are working east to west, beginning with the area above our main entrance. The roof will be replaced in portions
    • Northstar and other campus employees will need to access to Randall’s interior for a small portion of the project 
      • This interior access will most likely be focused on the second-floor northeast quadrant of the building (Government Information; Isaac Bear; Library Faculty Offices) where the roof is vulnerable to leaks. When this portion of the roof is being installed, crews will be covering certain areas of our collections with plastic and will watch for leaks. Please note that this is a precaution and Northstar and the roofers do not expect there to be leaks
    • Access to the roof will be provided by an external stair tower on the northwest side of the library which will be installed Monday, May 13th
    • Staging for this project is on the northwest side of the library, in portions of Parking Lot D, and will be contained by a temporary fence 
    • Part of the portico will be blocked off during the project but the outside seating areas will not be affected


    • Since the roof will be replaced in portions, we understand that the noise will be constant in the areas the crews are working; we will do our best to communicate about which part of the roof is being repaired on a daily basis and may block off certain areas of the second floor
    • The sealant that is used during this process is harmless but odorous and Northstar is going to attempt to work with campus HVAC to disconnect certain airways to minimize any odor
    • The main entrance of Randall Library will not be closed during this project but when crews are working over these areas, there may be alternative routes provided
    • Access to the collection may be limited at times but our understanding is that this will be minimal. Changes to access will be communicated


    • We will provide both physical and digital signage which will be updated periodically to update our users about the roofing project
    • A spotlight news story has been added to our website 
    • An alert message has been added our main webpage
    • Social Media will be updated
    • Please be patient. We will do our best to keep people informed about the project, but things happen and your flexibility and understanding is appreciated

    Other Considerations

    • Additional construction will be going on during the roofing process as the first-floor rear restrooms are renovated (near TAC)
    • Additional ductwork will be installed in Special Collections in order to better cool the new spaces
    • Please remember that Randall Library is completely closed on Friday, May 17th, and there will be no access through our front doors
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  • Posted: April 26, 2019
    Recharge at Randall on May 6, 2019

    Recharge @ Randall - Monday, May 6, beginning at 4 pm

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    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 May 6th 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 available while supplies last

    Activities: Button-making, Therapy Dogs, Adult Coloring, Bubble Wrap, Virtual Reality, Hot food bar, and much more.


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  • Posted: April 18, 2019
    New and Improved Charging Station

    A new and improved charging station is now available on the first floor of the library near the main restrooms. The charging station features eight lockers with micro USB, USB-C, and lightning cables for charging a variety of phones and small tablets. Power up Seahawks! 

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  • Posted: April 05, 2019
    Wentworth Fellows Poster Session Spring 2019
    Wentworth Fellowship Poster Session

    Randall Library is proud to host the Spring 2019 UNCW Wentworth Fellows Poster Session, Wednesday, April 10 through April 12.

    Please stop by Wednesday, April 10 between 3-5 PM to meet the fellows in person and to find out how Randall Library can help you with your travel and research projects.

    About the Wentworth Fellowship

    The Wentworth Fellowship, a gift of Mr. Charles F. Green III, was established in 2001 to enable a select number of students to travel to sites in America and abroad that are associated with literary authors and texts.  Each year, students work with faculty sponsors to submit applications detailing journeys inspired by and connected with a specific text, author, or movement in an effort to explore the relationship of artistic production to geographic space. In the past, Wentworth Fellows have travelled to places as diverse as Beijing, Moscow, Oxford, Berlin, Prince Edward Island, and Providence, Rhode Island. 

    This Year's Wentworth Fellows

    (Photo above) Zijun Bu stands next to her poster at the 2018 Wentworth Fellows Spring presentation in Randall Library. She showcased her journey to New York City where she visited  the sites important to horror writer and poet Edgar Allen Poe. - Photo by Hanna Wickes

    Zijun Bu 2018 Wentworth Fellows Spring presentation in Randall Library. Photo by Hanna Wickes

    A list of the Spring 2019 Fellows, the authors they researched, and the places they traveled: 

    Brent Canle--Santiago, Chile

    Kayli Cashwell--Bridgetown, Barbados

    Mary Childers--London, UK

    Nicole Draina--Miami, FL

    Tracey Robertson--Amherst, MA

    Samantha Sawyer--London, UK

    Trae Toler--Los Angeles, CA

    Be a Wentworth Fellow

    If you’re an English major or minor and would like more information on the Wentworth Travel Fellowship, please see https://uncw.edu/english/eia/awards.html

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  • Posted: April 04, 2019
    Human Library Project logo showing various illustrated faces on the spines of books

    The Randall Library Diversity Committee is hosting a Human Library on April 9th from 1-4 pm. The event will be held in the library on the first floor adjacent to PCJ.

    What is a human library?: The Human Library Project was started in Copenhagen in 2000 in an effort to “build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.” It is, in fact, exactly what it sounds like—a library of people with diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences, all of whom have volunteered to have a frank and open conversation with anyone who comes to “check out” their book. Libraries throughout the world have had great success hosting their own Human Libraries since then, including Wake Forest University and ECU, which has been running a very popular Human Library event for the last five years.

    How will this work?: Volunteer “Books” will be asked to come up with a “title” that names the identity they feel willing to talk about during the event, and will also participate in a training and orientation session prior to the day itself. During the event, readers will sign up to “check out” individual “Books” for set periods of time. Books can refuse to answer any question they do not feel comfortable with or end the conversation. (And, of course, there will be refreshments!)

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