Angela Vanden Elzen

Author: Angela Vanden Elzen

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!

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.

Book & Podcast Recommendations

Looking for something fun to read in the last weeks of summer, a cookbook that will inspire your cooking, or an engaging podcast to help you see the world in a new way? This summer we had a some excellent coffeehouses with members of the LU community, where we shared some of our favorites and compiled some excellent lists of recommendations. We hope they inspire you as well!

Summer in the Mudd Library

It’s time again for summer updates from your friends in the Mudd!

  • Hours: 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday (closed Monday, July 5)
  • Building access is still limited to current LU students, faculty, staff with the use of their LU ID card.
  • All floors of the building will be open!
  • Interlibrary loan will be available all summer! Off campus? You can still request articles and receive them electronically!
  • All other Mudd friends are here as well! Circulation, reference support, archives, acquisitions, and all the rest!

We’ll also be hosting events!

Weekly Fiber Arts & Chat: Outdoor Summer Edition

Join us every Monday, starting June 21 at 10 am in the plaza in front of the library for a crafting and chatting break!

Coffeehouses- our annual summer tradition of coffeehouses will take place outdoors this year!

Front of the the Mudd Library with tables, chairs, and umbrellas.
Mudd Library Plaza

Coffeehouses will all take place at 10 am, in the plaza in front of the library. Refreshments will be provided. More details on each event to follow!

  • June 30- Summer Reads
  • July 14- Cookbook Share
  • August 11- Podcasts