Category: Library News

Mudd Library Tips for New and Returning Students

The start of a new school year is always an exciting time- and a great time to learn about all that your friends in the Mudd Library can do to help you succeed here at Lawrence University. To help you out, we’ve compiled some links and information to help you get started. As always, if you have any questions- ask us!

Quick Tips

  • The first floor is usually the noisiest and the fourth is the quietest. There are a variety of study spaces on all floors.
  • Your Lawrence ID is your library card.
  • Again- it’s our job to help you- don’t be afraid to ask!
  • Summer hours are Monday-Friday 8 am to 4 pm.
  • When the school year begins, the library is open Monday-Thursday 8 am to 1 am, Friday 8 am to 11 pm, Saturday 10 am to 11 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 1 am.

Helpful Links

  • Search OneSearch to find things like books and academic articles.
  • Your Lawrence I.D. serves as your library card to check stuff out from the library–be sure to bring it with you. Checkout periods are 28 days for books and scores for students, 14 days for CDs, 7 days for videos and DVDs. The library also circulates a variety of equipment.
  • Take a look at the group and individual study spaces in the library.
  • Find your way around with our mobile-friendly virtual tour!
  • You can print, copy, and scan in the library.
  • Learn about the types of materials, and types of equipment you can check out.
  • Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to learn about the library, events, new items, and more!
  • See who we are– chances are you’ll be seeing a lot of us during your time at Lawrence.
  • Looking for a job? See available jobs in Lawrence Link.

Getting stuff from the library

  • Books, DVDs, musical scores, and other materials are sometimes placed on course reserve by professors and are available behind the Circulation Desk. Electronic reserves can be accessed by logging in to your library account.
  • The Makerspace provides all students with access to equipment and tools to enhance the creativity of their academic work. Located on the first floor of the library. See the makerspace guide to learn all about it.
  • A Reference Librarian is available at the reference desk many hours a day during the school year and over breaks. Ask us questions! That’s why we’re here! Reference Librarians are also happy to arrange research appointments with students.
  • Need something from another library? You can place a request electronically by logging in to your interlibrary loan account or by clicking the Find It button when searching our databases.
  • Explore our collections by coming to the library and wandering around or take a look at our collections pages. We have a ton of great stuff to help you with your coursework.

Spring Term Events and News

Building:

As the plants outside the Mudd are slowly opening up, so is the library!

  • The first floor has now been reopened for browsing! This means you can select musical scores, DVDs, CDs, and more from first floor collections and bring them right up to the circulation desk to check out! No holds required for first floor collections!
  • Update: Level A (between floors 1 & 2) is now open! This floor has lot of great study spaces and periodicals.
  • Stay tuned to our social media for news on the 3rd and 4th floor collections. These spaces are still closed for safety.
  • We’ve added more chairs to first floor tables, expanding seating to two individuals per table.
  • The building still requires LU ID card access and is limited to current students, faculty, and staff
  • The newly-renovated second floor, home to the Center for Academic Success and Information Technology Services, is open for access to those departments as well as socially-distanced quiet study!

Events:

We’ll be continuing two of our favorite weekly events through Spring term!

LU Reads: Join us on Wednesday evenings from 7-7:30 Central on Zoom. For spring term, we’ll be doing a read-aloud of the Fox Cities Reads title, George by Alex Gino. Learn more on the LU Reads Guide.

Fiber Arts & Chat: **Updated to change date and time** Each Friday, starting at 4:00 PM Central, join your friends from the Mudd and fiber arts enthusiasts from all around campus, for some knitting/crocheting/etc. and fun conversation! This event also takes place over Zoom.

Table inside the library with a sign that reads, "Please limit to 2 persons per table." The window near the table shows many yellow daffodil flowers blooming and the Wriston art galleries building in the background.
It’s springtime in the Mudd!

Zoom Extras for Winter Term from your Seeley G. Mudd Librarians

Your librarians and library staff want to stay connected with you, whether you’re able to come into our spaces or not. To that end, we’re offering multiple opportunities to hang out via Zoom, either to work together academically or to casually chat and see one another.

Please join us at any or all of these weekly events!

Sundays from 4 pm to 8 pm
Virtual Mudd: Open Study Hall

Meet your friends in the Mudd to study, virtually! The motivation you need to get to work and a reference librarian ready to assist. You’ll have the option to break-out into group study spaces, perfect for collaborating with your group or connecting with your friends.

Join our virtual study hall here.

Wednesdays from 7 to 7:30 pm
LU Reads with Spiritual and Religious Life and EDST 270: Why Read Children’s Books?

Brew some tea, grab a blanket, and cozy up to enjoy being read to by some of your favorite folks on campus. We love to read and we’d love to read to you! All ages are welcome. Learn more about the books and readers on the LU Reads guide.

We’ll read to you here.

Fridays at 4 pm
Fiber Arts and Chat

Grab a craft project, an art project, a puzzle, your knitting, or, just come to hang out and chat.

Get crafty and chatty with us here.

We miss having so many of you in our building, and we look forward to seeing you on Zoom! Reach out if you have any questions.

Winter Term Services at the Seeley G. Mudd Library

Happy winter term, everyone!

We are open and providing all of our usual Reference and Circulation Services.

We have safe, clean, and distanced study spaces available throughout the first and second floors anytime our building is open.

Log into your library account to request physical materials. We’re happy to locate and retrieve books and other resources for you to pick-up at the Circulation Desk, or to be sent to your campus SPC.

Check out this awesome guide if you need help accessing our resources from off-campus.

Reference Librarians are available to help you with research assistance and reference instruction. We’re also on hand to offer assistance of any kind!

We’re offering some cool Zoom gatherings this term as well, including weekly read-alouds, virtual study hall, and fiber arts hang-outs. Be on the look-out for announcements about these events through our social media accounts.

Whether through our computer screens, or from six feet away, we’ll see you soon!

It’s the End of the Term- Let us Help!

Get help from a reference librarian to figure out those tricky academic citations or last-minute research questions! 

Need help with polishing your writing?  You can request a meeting with a tutor from the Center for Academic Success (24 hours in advance, please!).

Introducing: Mudd Flix- Movies to Your Mailbox!

Text reads: "Introducing: Mudd Flix, Search & Request DVDs!"on top of a green box with green film reel images in the background.

Did you know that the Mudd Library has an excellent and varied collection of DVDs? We have loads of popular movies, documentaries, musicals, stage productions, and even TV shows! To make it even better, we now have an easy way to search all of this great stuff! Introducing, Mudd Flix!

Mudd Flix is a special search tab in Library OneSearch that allows you to search just DVDs! Search all kinds of keywords to find your favorites: performer name, director name, genre, language, and many more!

Once you’ve discovered the title you’d like, all you have to do is request it! Here’s a helpful video that shows you how to do it: Requesting Materials in the Library Catalog. Or, if you’d prefer, the directions are written out in the Remote Library Services Guide (scroll down to the Requesting Items from the Collection section).

Request to have the video delivered to your campus mailbox, or to have it held for you so you can pick it up from the library circulation desk!

Need a DVD player for your laptop? We have those available to check out! Just fill out this form: Borrowing Equipment

Remember- if you’re on campus or in the Appleton area- try out our amazing new Mudd Flix search, find what you’d like, and submit a request! We’ll pull the movie, and have it delivered right to your mailbox or hold it for you at the circulation desk.

Meet Your Reference Librarians: Lina Rosenberg Foley Edition

By now, many of you have reached out to our reference librarians by email, phone, chat, our web form, and now, our reference kiosk.

We provide solid research assistance, as well as help with navigating our wide array of electronic resources.

Have you met Lina? If so, you’ll know she is enthusiastic about helping you and supporting your academic success.

She is also our University Archivist, so she loves providing our community with access to the wealth of primary sources and interesting historical ephemera that she carefully curates.

Read on to learn more about this multi-passionate Reference Librarian-slash-University Archivist-slash-all around wonderful person (and alumna)!

Lovely Librarian Lina

Undergrad Major: Environmental Studies (from this fine institution!)

Favorite Book: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite Hobby: Anything outside- camping, hiking, mountain biking

Favorite Database: Artstor, because not only can you find a bunch of things from the Archives and the Wriston Art Galleries, but also art and architecture from around the world. 

Pets: Only the squirrels in my backyard

Best part of being a Reference Librarian: Learning something new because of a question someone’s asked

Anything else: Vote! Register to vote, and get your friends and family to do it too- it’s easy and quick, and your civic duty.

Meet Your Reference Librarians: Andrew McSorley Edition

Considering that you may not have had the opportunity to meet all of our fantastic library faculty and staff during Welcome Week this year, given the need for social distancing, we thought it might be nice for you to get to know the librarians who are here to support you.

Reference librarians, among many other things, help you learn to engage in high-quality research and use our extensive collections in the most advantageous way. We support student scholars! We also support faculty and staff.

First up we have Andrew McSorley, our Reference and Digital Liberal Arts Librarian. Andrew is a published poet and also a published dad! If you’ve worked with him before, you know he is very intelligent, well-rounded, and has the ability to take complex ideas and information and express it all in a clear and concise way. He’s also very, very funny.

Here are a few more fun facts about Andrew, answered in his own words.

Undergrad Major: Creative Writing

Favorite Book: Sometimes it’s Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. Right now, probably either Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino or Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (plays count, right?)

Favorite Hobby: Poetry, Ice Hockey, Magic: The Gathering

Favorite Database: This is such a fun idea, to have a favorite database. They’re all so useful. The one I use the most is probably Credo Reference, but AVON (Academic Video Online) and Oxford English Dictionary are pretty fun. 

Pets: One cat, Nikki.

Best part of being a Reference Librarian: Meeting new students!

Anything else: Stay curious, and never stop learning!

Thanks so much for all you do for Lawrence and our students, Andrew.

Our Reference Librarians can be reached in a variety of ways highlighted here.

Summer 2020 and the Mudd

While the Mudd Library building will remain closed for the summer, your friends from the Mudd are still here to help and bring you the resources you need!

  • Interlibrary loan of electronic articles and chapter scans are still available to all current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Reference services are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Central Daylight Time). Reach us through chat, email, and more. We’re also available for Zoom research appointments!
  • Are you a student who is on campus for the summer, or faculty and staff? We’ll be continuing to send you books through campus mail. Just find the item you want in OneSearch and submit a request!
  • Off campus and need a scan of a chapter from one of our books? We can help you with that through OneSearch as a document delivery request!
  • Looking forward to our summer coffeehouses? Don’t worry- they’re still happening remotely! We’re planning some excellent coffeehouses throughout the summer! More details to come.

We hope everyone is able to relax and rejuvenate as well as educate and enrich yourselves this summer. Be sure to let us know how we can help you!

Returning Library Materials

Have materials that need to be returned to the Mudd Library? If you’re on campus, be sure to drop them in the return slot to the left of the front doors of the building. We’re regularly (and safely) checking in returned materials.

Off campus? If you’re able, please mail your items to the following address:
Lawrence University Library: Circulation
113 S. Lawe St.
Appleton, WI 54911

Questions or concerns? Email Cindy Patterson at cynthia.m.patterson@lawrence.edu

Questions about interlibrary loan materials? Email lucialib@lawrence.edu

Your friends from the Mudd Library are looking forward to when we can safely be together in the library again!