Author: Angela Vanden Elzen

Alumni Librarians: Jessica Hronchek ’05

Image from Hope College

Editor’s note: We invited Lawrence alumni who have gone into library work to share with us what they do and how they got there.  Here’s another in a series.

During my time at Lawrence, I chose a double degree in Vocal Performance and Art History that sent me bouncing between both sides of College Avenue on a daily basis, the Mudd Library frequently serving as a midway landing spot for late-night study sessions for art history exams and a place to pick up needed scores, song translations, and research books. I didn’t work in the library but had moments that cemented it as a space and resource that was incredibly valuable to me. For example, a music theory summer research assistantship required me to browse through dozens of CDs in the collection looking for excerpts, and I spent a semester tracking down historic newspaper clippings in a dark corner on the microform reader for Dr. Alexis Boylan. I still remember when Dr. Michael Orr mentioned in a paper advising meeting, “So, there’s this tool called Jstor that you might find helpful…” that sent me down a rabbit hole of hours of keyword experimentation.

As I moved through my fourth out of five years, I contemplated graduate school in art history and decided that a museum internship would be helpful for figuring out my next steps. As I was looking for opportunities I noticed one at the Newberry Library in Chicago that I almost bypassed, but a very wise Dr. Boylan advised me to “leave no stone unturned” if it intrigued me. This was the internship that ended up working out. Stepping into that beautiful architectural space with its amazing historic collections would be enough to sell anyone on the career path of librarianship, but I found I also enjoyed my projects working in the photoduplication department, which involved photographing really interesting historic sources and digitizing print records. My supervisors saw my interest and encouraged me to think more seriously about library school. As I started to explore what library school looked like, I realized that librarianship would allow me to take my arts disciplinary interests and apply them to the field, which sold me on the career path. During my final year at Lawrence Colette Brautigam hired me in the Visual Resources Center at Wriston, and I was able to do more of this interesting work in image management that was beginning to tip towards the digital, both photographing and mounting slides for teaching, but also scanning and cataloging them to convert to electronic form.

The grad school search resulted in me attending Indiana University Bloomington where I pursued both my Masters in Library Science and a Masters in Art History. After bouncing between a number of on-campus library jobs, I landed a paid internship at DePauw University in their Visual Resource Center, which both funded my graduate work and provided amazing professional opportunities. My supervisor and other librarian colleagues were incredibly generous in the opportunities they gave me, allowing me to partner in creative projects, teach, and present at professional conferences so that I could network with the wider field of library professionals. This job also taught me what I was not; it was primarily an image cataloging and digitization job, and I learned over the course of three years that I needed something more hands-on with students. 

When I entered the job market, I looked for academic positions that would involve teaching, eventually landing the Research and Instruction position at Hope College that I have held for the last 10 years. I began as the humanities librarian but had the chance to pivot to the visual and performing arts after three years, again allowing me to apply my disciplinary passions to my work. It is wonderful working in a liberal arts environment, with students who are there to learn to be learners. My day-to-day work centers on classroom information literacy instruction, one-on-one research meetings with students and faculty, just in time support through our Research Help Desk, creation of digital research support tools, and collection development projects. My personal research interests center on how deeper knowledge of arts-specific research approaches can help libraries be more flexible supporters of creative scholarship. I also appreciate getting out of the library to connect with faculty and students and learn more about their interests. Participating in broader campus committees and projects over the years has allowed me to think more strategically about how libraries contribute to student learning. I also love not knowing what fascinating topic I’ll get to research on any given day. As Lawrence springboarded my journey as a life-long learner, it’s a privilege being in a field where I learn new things each and every day.

By Jessica Hronchek, Class of 2005

Tips & Tricks for New-Look OneSearch

You may have noticed that our library search, OneSearch, recently got a spiffy new look. In addition to a new user interface (UI) this new look brought with it some nice new features. Our systems librarian, Craig Thomas, who manages the OneSearch system among others, has put together some brief, informative videos to help you get around the new UI:

Additionally, be sure to sign in to your library account and check out these new features:

  • Old E-Shelf and Queries are now grouped together as Favorites, which is visualized as a pushpin icon. E-Shelf was previously a star icon.
  • My Library Card (Menu > card icon) gives access to your library account.
    • 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 the term “labels.” But no worries: labels work the same way folders did.

Any questions? Be sure to ask our reference librarians for help! Comments about the new UI? Let us know what you think!

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.

National Library Week 2019!

Celebrate National Library Week, April 7-13, with your friends in the Mudd Library!

Tuesday, April 9th: Say thanks to our amazing student workers on National Library Workers Day!

Wednesday, April 10: Ask a question at the reference desk between 6-9 pm, get a cookie! Planning on attending? Invite a friend with our Facebook event!

All Week: Tell us what you love about the Mudd Library, or all libraries! We’ll have a National Library Week Notes box set out for your library love notes.

Poster describing National Library Week events: Tuesday, April 9th: Say thanks to our amazing student workers on National Library Workers Day! Wednesday, April 10: Ask a question at the reference desk between 6-9 pm, get a cookie! All Week: Tell us what you love about the Mudd Library, or all libraries!