Author: Erin Dix

500th post! Social Media Now and Then

In honor of our 500th blog post, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share some of the fun stuff we’ve been doing with social media here at the Mudd Library.  Want to be the first to know about what’s happening at the Mudd?  Follow us on Facebook to learn about our events, view photos, and read comments from other library users.  We love to use this space to interact with our patrons and learn about what they want to see in the library.  Most recently, we were able to make many patrons happy by fulfilling a Facebook request for a subscription to The Onion.  If it’s Twitter you follow, we’re there too!  We think the short posts make it a great place to share interesting library acquisitions, pertinent local and library-related news, event announcements, and of course, our newest blog posts.

Students studying in the library, 2009. Image from the Mudd Library's Flickr account.

More interested in seeing what’s happening at the Mudd rather than reading about it?  Our photostream on Flickr is where we post the bulk of our library event photos.  Here, you can see pictures from our annual Welcome Week Open House, Cindy Appreciation Day, Canine Therapy, and more!  You can also find images of some of the library’s advertisements, such as our National Library Week posters and ways we use QR codes.

Next time you come to the library, make sure to check in with Foursquare.  Check in three times and claim a mini Mudd Library notebook and pen!  Keep checking in, as more specials are in the works.

For your convenience, we’ve compiled our social media activities in an easy-to-follow webpage.

Students reading in the Ormsby reading room.
Students reading in the Ormsby reading room, ca. 1920. Image from the LU Archives Digital Collection.

Even before Facebook and Twitter, cell phones and computers, even 100 years ago, Lawrentians took photographs to capture and share information about the campus and community. So what did that look like? Well, the short answer is: it looked a lot different. You can visit our new digital collection of glass slides from the Archives to check it out!

A new look for the Archives!

We’ve shifted around the furniture in the Archives to maximize the size and enhance the aesthetics of the research space. The new look includes a mini reading room area with two large and well-lit research tables. Another exciting addition to the Archives storage space is a large flat file cabinet. Blueprints, posters, panoramic photographs, and other oversized ephemera now have a preservation-friendly home! A big thanks to Facilities Services and ITS staff for their help with this move.

Stop by the Archives (level B of the library, between floors 2 and 3) anytime Monday through Friday, 1-5pm to see the changes!

Winter shenanigans

Winter term got you down? Perhaps a tricycle race is in order. This photograph from the University Archives shows LU students and Appleton children facing off in a tricycle race during Winter Carnival, circa 1977. The Winter Carnival was a tradition that began at Lawrence in the 1930s and continued off and on for decades. Visit the Archives for more information (and check out our exhibit on curling at LU on the first floor of the library).