Angela Vanden Elzen

Author: Angela Vanden Elzen

Welcome Week 2022

Students from an open house waaaay back in 2014. A love of donut holes never changes.

We’re so excited to welcome new students to Lawrence University and the Mudd Library! Take a look at our schedule open hours and fun events for the week:

Monday, September 5

  • The library will be open from 10 am to 3 pm (Labor Day hours)
  • Visit us at the Services Fair in the Warch Campus Center between 11 am and 1 pm
  • Families and guests, need a place to relax? Stop by the Mudd for our Parent Drop-In between 1 pm and 3 pm

Tuesday, September 6-Friday, September 9: Library Hours are 8 am to 5 pm

Wednesday, September 7

  • Welcome for Waseda students from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (updated from 11 am)

Thursday, September 8

  • Library Open House 1 pm to 3 pm: All new students should be sure to stop by for all kinds of fun giveaways, treats, games, crafts- and library tours happening on demand. Get to know your library and classmates on the most fun day of the year!

Saturday, September 10: Library Hours are 10 am to 4 pm

Sunday, September 11: Library Hours are 11 am to midnight (school year hours resume)

Want to get a head start in getting to know your Mudd Library? Take a look at the Learning About the Library guide! Still have questions? Ask us!

(post updated on 9/7/22 to include library hours)

Welcome, Claire!

Claire Cannell joined us at the end of July as our new University Archivist. You’ll see Claire at the library reference desk as well as up in the Archives (level B). We’re so happy that Claire has joined us! Read below to get a know a bit about her!

Where did you grow up?

I grew up near Portland, Oregon.

What did you study in school?

I received my bachelor’s in English from Portland State University, where I also minored in Medieval Studies. I recently completed my Master of Library and Information Science at University of Washington.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to read, play video games, spend time with friends and family, and explore new places. I also love learning to make/craft new things and especially enjoy cross stitch.

What is your favorite thing about working in a library?

I love meeting new people and getting to learn about their research interests and help them locate relevant materials. It’s allowed me to learn about so many new things.

Welcome, Katie!

Katie DeRuyter joined us in mid-July as the new library administrative assistant and we’re delighted that she’s here! To help everyone get to know her a bit, we asked her some questions.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up mostly in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, though I did learn what warmer weather in winter was like living a few years in Columbia, Missouri as a kid.

What did you study in school?

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from St. Norbert college in 2016. I am currently working on my Masters in Library Science online through University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

What do you like to do in your free time?

No matter how busy I am I can usually find time to read, though with classes it can be a little difficult. I am also fairly involved in community theater as a Stage Manager and Sound Designer. When I don’t have a show I’m working on, I like to crochet, cross stitch, stream a video game, or go hiking with my husband.

What is your favorite thing about working in a library?

I recently came from a public library and I loved being able to help kids find something to read, especially when it was in a format other than a typical book. There is something that is so comforting being surrounded by so many different stories, even as it’s a little overwhelming knowing I’ll never get to read them all. It just means there are more options for every kind of reader!

Favorite Genre?

Sci-fi and Fantasy, both YA and adult

Welcome, Makayla!

We’re so happy to welcome Makayla Raley to the Mudd Library! Makayla is the newest member of the library staff, in the newest position! She’s our full time Circulation Services Assistant and Night Supervisor. To help everyone get to know her, we asked her a few questions:

Where did you grow up?

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

What did you study in school?

I got my Bachelors in English at the University of South Dakota in 2019 and I’m currently working on my Masters in Library and Information Science online at Emporia State University.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I don’t have that much free time at the moment since I have a full time job and I’m taking 2 online classes. But when I do have time, I like to read, browse social media, watch movies, hang out with friends, and play Animal Crossing on my Switch.

What is your favorite thing about working in a library?

I love being surrounded by books. When I’m in a library I’m happy and content. I also love being able to help people with book related questions and seeing the smile on their faces when I’ve been able to help them find the book that they were looking for.

Favorite Genre:

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Favorite author:

Neil Gaiman

Please join us in welcoming Makayla to Lawrence when you see her in the library!

Summer Coffeehouse Series 2022

It’s time once again for the library’s summer coffeehouse series! We’re meeting in person, with masks optional outside and required for our indoor sessions. We’ll provide a cool beverage and a snack. If you’re unfamiliar with the coffeehouses, they provide an opportunity to socialize just a bit and to learn about resources and services available to help you with work or leisure interests. We start promptly at 10:00 and end at 10:45. All members of the Lawrence community are welcome to attend.

July 13: Summer Reads (outdoor, weather permitting)
The ever-popular Summer Reading coffeehouse returns! Planning your beach reading? Got your own summer reading underway? Come and hear about favorite reads from library staff and whoever else shows up. It could – and should – be you!

July 27: Welcome to the Makerspace (indoor)
Have you been hoping to use the Makerspace with your coursework or academic work but not sure how? Come to this coffeehouse session to learn about the ways your colleagues have been using 3D printers, sewing machines, the laser cutter, and more to incorporate hands-on learning and help their students reach their curricular goals in subjects all over campus.

August 10: Let’s Talk Cookbooks (outdoor, weather permitting)
If you like to cook, you probably have more than one favorite cookbook. Maybe baking and cooking helped you make it through the worst of the pandemic. In any case, we’re taking time to talk about our favorite cookbooks–and our favorite food writing–and discover more.

See previous summer coffeehouse book, cookbook, and podcast recommendations (and more!) on the Summer Coffeehouse Series research guide.

End of School Year & Summer Hours

We made it through the 2021-2022 school year! It’s been a challenging year for many of us, but here we are on the cusp of summer. As usual, the library’s hours will be a little difference as final exams finish up and summer begins.

Finals week:

  • Monday-Tuesday, June 6-7: 8 am to 12 am
  • Wednesday, June 8: 8 am to 8 pm
  • Thursday-Friday, June 9-10: 8 am to 4 pm

Summer:

  • Beginning June 11th, we’ll be closed on weekends through the summer
    • With the exception of June 18th, when we’ll be open 10 am to 5 pm for reunion.
  • Beginning June 13th, Monday-Friday summer hours will be, 8 am to 4 pm
    • With the exception of the month of July, when we, along with other campus offices, will be closed on Fridays

As usual, we’ll be planning some fun coffeehouse sessions throughout the summer. Check the Summer Coffeehouse Series guide to see previous session topics and book recommendations. Be sure to check the guide later for this year’s dates and topics.

Your friends in the Mudd Library will also be here to help all summer.

  • Even if you’re off campus, current students, faculty, and staff can request interlibrary loan articles. Books and scores can be requested if you’re on campus or in the Appleton area. Learn more on the interlibrary loan page.
  • Reference librarians are here! Have a question, ask us!
  • The makerspace is open! Reach out to makerspace@lawrence.edu if you’d like to be trained, or if you’d like to have your access extended through the summer. (For current students, faculty, and staff).

Honoring Earth Day with the Mudd Library

We asked your friends in the Mudd Library, “What do you do to honor Earth Day?” Here’s what we had to share!

  • “Composing, recycling, using/buying less plastic whenever I can, and learning about planting more native plants”
  • “Say a mental ‘thank you’ to Gaylord Nelson, the Wisconsin Senator and Governor who founded Earth Day
  • “I look for more ways I can incorporate the spirit and practices the movement supports into my own life. Learning about the new and creative ways students here are supporting Earth Day inspires me!”
  • “Walk to work!”
  • “Earth Day helps me to renew my efforts in using less plastic, becoming better at composting, making my yard more pollinator-friendly, and helps me remember why I don’t eat meat.”

When you’re in the Mudd Library, don’t forget to recycle your clean plastic film and plastic bags and your batteries in library entryway- and be sure to use the single stream recycling receptacles around the building to properly recycle your trash.

Whatever you do, we hope you all have the opportunity to reconnect with nature this Earth Day and Earth Day weekend!

“A Stone of Hope” Exhibit is Back in the Mudd Library

A Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities returns to the second floor of the library through February.

We’re so honored to welcome back the exhibit, A Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities, for the remainder of Black History Month (February). This exhibit explores Black history in the area, dating from the 1700s to present times.

Learn more about this exhibit, or see the complete digital version at the History Museum’s Stone of Hope webpage.

Community members are encouraged to look at the digital exhibit on the History Museum page, as the library is still only open to current LU students, faculty, and staff, due to Covid-19.

We hope everyone takes the opportunity to view this important exhibit, and learn about the contributions of and challenges faced by Black residents and visitors to the Fox Cities.

Winter Term Weeks 1 & 2

Happy winter term, everyone!

The Mudd Library building will remain closed through January 17th. But don’t worry- your friends in the Mudd are still available to help you!

  • Need books, scores, videos, or other physical materials from the library? Log in to your library account when searching the library catalog to request them. They will be sent to you in campus mail (to your SPC or office). See the Requesting Items from the Collection box on the remote resources guide for detailed instructions: https://guides.lib.lawrence.edu/remoteteaching
  • Remote reference services are available! Send us an email, chat, or request form- or set up a Zoom meeting with a reference librarian! Get in touch at https://www.lawrence.edu/library/departments/reference/ask
  • Check out this awesome guide if you need help accessing our resources from off-campus
  • When we open on January 18, we’ll be continuing to require card access to the building and permitting entrance to only current students, faculty, and staff.

We can’t wait to see you all soon!

Winter Break in the Mudd

We’ve made it through fall term, and now it’s time for winter break! Your friends in the Mudd will be here to help out over the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, November 24, 8 am to 5 pm
  • Closed November 25 through November 28
  • Monday November 29, winter break hours begin: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • We’ll be closed from December 18 through January 2
  • The building will remain closed from January 3-9, but we’ll be available through email and chat.
  • For more details, see the library calendar.

To have course reserves ready in time for winter term, please bring them to the library before December 14.

You may have noticed that the winter break campus closure leaves only a few weeks to prepare for winter term. Be sure to stop in an drop off your course reserves, or work on whatever you might need in the Mudd between November 29 and December 17.

Keep in mind that for the first week of winter term, beginning January 3, the library building will be closed (due to campus-wide week 1 COVID precautions)., Your friends in the Mudd will be available to help virtually.

We hope everyone has a joyful, restful, and rejuvenating winter break!