New-look Library OneSearch goes live Sunday, 9/15!

We’re pleased to announce that Library OneSearch will have a new look as the school year begins! The new look will go live Sunday, September 15, 2019.

OneSearch’s current interface is four years old this fall (that’s about 100 in internet years) and, based on user research, Ex Libris (our system vendor) has made some refinements to the product that will improve your library research experience.

Functionality remains much the same: you’ll still be able to search the Library’s catalog PLUS hundreds of thousands of articles, images, etc. at the same time, link to full-text when it’s available, see what you have checked out, renew your Library materials, and much, much more. It just looks a little different.

The official debut isn’t till Sunday, but you can have a sneak peek right now by visiting the new-look link:

Link to the New-look Library OneSearch

Be sure to sign in and check out My Favorites (pushpin icon) and My Library Card (Menu > card icon). All your saved records and searches have migrated from old E-Shelf & Queries to My Favorites. All your loans, requests, etc. have migrated from old My Account to My Library Card. (You’ll note that the old folders metaphor from e-Shelf has been dropped in favor of “labels.” But no worries: labels work the same way folders did.)

As always, let us know if you have questions about OneSearch (or other library-related things): Visit our Help page to find your favorite way of reaching us! We’re here to help.

And happy researching!

Mudd Library Welcome Week 2019

Your friends in the Mudd Library are so excited to welcome new students and their families and friends to Lawrence for welcome week! We’ve already been having fun meeting with student athletes and summer institute students, but have even more exciting stuff planned for welcome week.

Monday, September 9

Visit us at the Campus Resources Fair in the Somerset Room of the Warch Campus Center: 11:30 am – 1 pm

Parent Library Lounge, Relax in the Mudd: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Welcome, parents! Stop by the Mudd Library any time between 1 and 3 pm and take a load off. Make yourselves comfortable, wander around, grab a magazine or newspaper (in front of the circulation desk), relax in the Milwaukee-Downer Room, use the wireless, sip some coffee or tea. Enjoy our library!

Thursday, September 12

Happy Lawrentians from last year’s open house.

Welcome to the Mudd! Open House: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Stop by the Mudd and meet the people who can help you succeed. Not only can you find out about the library (both online and offline), take a tour, and enjoy some food–you can build with Legos, make origami bookmarks, play games, and more! It’s both fun and educational, and you can’t beat that.

Friday, September 13

Explore the Mudd! Sessions beginning at 1:30 pm, through 4:30 pm: All of us at the Mudd Library welcome you to Lawrence! We provide services, materials, and staff that will support your academic and personal interests and we want you to get off to a good start with these short programs designed to provide quick, basic introductions to what’s up in the Mudd.

  • What’s the Mudd? (30 minutes): The library here has some major differences from other libraries, public and school, that you’ve used before, so there’s lots of new stuff to learn. More importantly, however, we want you to feel at home here. This session will introduce you to the way the library is organized, the kinds of things we provide, and the ways the library connects with you and your work. Sessions will begin at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30
  • Scores and CDs and Streaming, oh my! (30 minutes) Finding music in the Mudd can be an adventure. Learn some tips and tricks to make your life easier as you navigate through the Library’s extensive collections of scores and recordings. Sessions will begin at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00
  • Tour the Mudd (30 minutes) Take a walking tour of the building with a friendly librarian and find out what’s where: collections, study spaces, places to get help, and more! Tours will begin at 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00

During Welcome Week, the library will be open from 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday, from 10 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday, and 11 am – 4:30 pm on Sunday. School year hours begin on Monday, September 16th.

Be sure to stop by anytime over welcome week (or during the school year) to ask a question or just say hi to your new friends in the Mudd Library. Remember, we’re here to help you succeed!

2019 Honors Projects

Nabor with his honors project title page and cookie.

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 19 students were awarded honors in independent study for their honors projects! If you’re wondering what this entails, here’s the description from the honors projects web page:
       “Honors Projects are coherent programs of independent work carried out by students, usually in their senior year, on subjects or problems of more than ordinary difficulty in areas that they have studied in considerable depth, usually in their majors or closely related areas. An Honors Project may also be a work of creative, visual or performing art.”

Many students elect to have their projects uploaded into Lux, the Lawrence University institutional repository. Projects from 2019, as well as most from the past ten years, and some going back to 1960, can be accessed in Lux.

Lawrence University Honors Projects in Lux

Uploading to Lux has provided us in the library an opportunity to not only allow students to share their work with the world, but also to celebrate their achievement and share what they’ve accomplished with their classmates. After uploading, each student prints out their title page, adds it to a large tack board, and gets a cookie. It’s a small celebration, but we took photos anyway. See students adding their pages in the Honors Projects 2019 flickr album.

APOLLO 11 – NASA’s First Moon Landing

Eagle with a branch landing on the moon with the Earth in the background and the words APOLLO 11 on top.
Apollo 11 mission patch
Credits: NASA

By Jill Thomas, Director of Technical Services

On July 16, 1969, a crew of three NASA astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Commander, Buzz Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot, and Michael Collins, Columbia Command Module Pilot, set out to land on the moon. On July 19, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the lunar surface, spending over 21 hours there before returning to Earth. Their success captivated Americans and the world. The landing completed a ten-year mission to send Americans to the moon.

50 years on, scientific exploration has continued over the intervening decades. Check out the links below which highlight both the Apollo 11 mission and the Apollo Program. Don’t forget to think about sharing your story with NASA!

Online Resources for the Apollo 11 Moon Landing:

Mudd & Friends Summer 2019 Coffeehouse Series!

Come one, come all, to the library’s summer coffeehouse series. If you’re unfamiliar with the coffeehouses, they provide an opportunity to come to the library, enjoy a snack, and learn a little something. This year, guests from a variety of departments will be joining our roster of library presenters and sharing information on topics of personal interest. More details are available on our coffeehouse guide.

Coffeehouses are held on the first floor of the library. We start promptly at 10:00 am and finish at 10:45 am. All members of the Lawrence community are welcome to attend.

July 10: “Summer Reading!”
The ever-popular Summer Reading coffeehouse returns! Started to plan 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! The list of books to be discussed are available on the summer reading 2019 guide (more will be added after the event- so be sure to check back).

July 17: Bruce Hetzler: “Magic, Mentalism and the Mind”
“Magic, Mentalism, & the Mind” describes how Magicians and Mentalists use psychological principles to deceive their audiences. “Great information! They really enjoyed it.” — Catie Anderson, Curator of Education, Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI

July 24: Jason Brozek, Relena Ribbons: “Ultramarathoning for Fun and Profit”
You’ve seen the joys, the agonies, and the despair on Facebook. Now find out more about ultramarathoning: how it works, why do it, and the best ways to avoid it.

July 31: Allison Fleshman: “McFleshman’s, Lawrence, and Appleton”
McFleshman’s Brewing Co. is Lawrence’s new downtown neighbor and already has quite the relationship. Come hear about the science of beer and how Lawrence science students will help us experiment our way to a better pint. She’ll also share the numerous projects they have planned with Appleton. Cheers!

August 7: Kelvin Maestre: “Researching & Creating in the Makerspace: I Did it, So Can You!”
Kelvin spent the summer as the makerspace research assistant working with LU faculty to integrate makerspace tools and equipment (including the new laser cutter) into their coursework. Come learn about these projects as well as how your friends in the makerspace can help you!

August 14: Andrew McSorley and Jedidiah Rex: “Geeky Stuff R Us”
Andrew and Jedidiah will share tools to make teaching and learning more engaging, active, and maybe, just maybe, more fun. If attendees are interested in trying the tools they are encouraged to bring a laptop.

Digging Through the Mudd: Zoom Rooms on the 3rd & 4th Floors!

Do you know what a Zoom room is? A Zoom room is a video conferencing station that uses cloud-based technology to power its connections. Unlike Skype and other services, you can video conference with multiple users at once, making it great for larger meetings! Zoom is available for all Lawrence University faculty, staff, and students at

The Mudd library has Zoom rooms on the 3rd floor (room 310) and 4th floor (401). Room 401 has to be booked through Lawrence’s room reservation system, but its spacious layout is perfect for big groups. Room 310 has a sign-up clipboard on the door to make it convenient for study sessions. Use whichever one best meets your needs!

Room 401 on the fourth floor, equipped with microphones, speakers, and a Zoom-ready camera.

These rooms are available during library hours: just make sure to reserve room 401 first.

Living and Learning: The History of Women at Lawrence University in the Mudd Gallery!

From now until May 20th, uncover Lawrence’s past with Carolyn Ford’s senior capstone curation in the Mudd gallery!

Photos, fashion, journals, and more comprehensively document the lives of women at Milwaukee-Downer College and throughout Lawrence’s co-ed history. Read about encounters with the Ormsby ghost, witness the old Lawrence May Day traditions, and take a look inside a real Milwaukee-Downer student yearbook!

Exhibition Photo 2
A yearbook from Milwaukee-Downer college, on display at the Mudd Gallery.
Exhibition Photo 1

The Mudd gallery is located on the 3rd floor of the Mudd library, and is open during library hours.

Digging Through the Mudd: Keyboards and Finale on the 3rd & 4th Floors!

The library blog is proud to introduce a new post series: “Digging Through The Mudd!” This weekly series will uncover resources and spots in the library that often go unnoticed.

You might have seen those computer cubicles on the left side of the 3rd and 4th floors. They’re perfect for getting in some quiet essay-writing. But did you know that the left-most cubicle on both floors also has a MIDI keyboard?

A MIDI keyboard on the 3rd floor of the library, complete with computer and headphones.

The computers are loaded with the keyboard’s primary software, ARIA Player, which you can use to experiment with all sorts of different sounds. Just turn on the keyboard, log in using your LU ID, open ARIA from the desktop, and you’ll be good to go! Make sure to select the keyboard as your controller in the Preferences menu if it doesn’t automatically detect it.

These computers are also equipped with the Finale software. For those who want a silent place to notate their music, look to the 3rd and 4th floor computers.

Evidence of the Ephemeral: An Archaeological Exhibition in the Mudd Gallery!

The staff of the theatre scene shop are bringing Evidence of the Ephemeral: An Archaeological Exhibition to the Mudd Gallery from April 27th to May 5th. Join them for a playful retrospective of the shop’s past plays featuring redesigned props curated within a time capsule aesthetic!

Exhibition collaborators include Delaney Stewart, Liz Risley, Oscar Brautigam, Abby Simmons, Courtney Wilmington, Meryl Carson, Taylor Blackson, Molly Hjelle, and Andrew Stelzer.