Author: Angela Vanden Elzen

Fall Term 2020 Library Services

Even though things are different on campus fall term, your friends from the Mudd are still available to provide the services to help you succeed! We’ve put together this guide of instructional videos about library services and resources to help you out. Additionally, here’s a list of your favorite services, and how they’re a little different this term.

Circulation- Checking out library books & other stuff:

  • For students, faculty, and staff on campus: Request items through our library catalog and they’ll be sent to you in campus mail! Here’s an informative video that show you exactly how to do this!
  • For students living off campus out of the Appleton area: Continue to request scans of book chapters and articles through the library catalog- as detailed in this video.
  • For students living off campus in the Appleton area: Select Lawrence University Library as the pickup location when requesting items through the library catalog.

Reference- Research Help and Librarian Instruction

  • Our reference librarians will continue to be available for questions, research appointments, as well as targeted in-class instruction- all over Zoom, chat, phone, or email!
    • For research help, ask us!
    • For faculty looking for a librarian to assist with their courses, contact Gretchen Revie, instruction coordinator.

Interlibrary Loan

  • All students, faculty, and staff can continue to request scans of articles and book chapters through interlibrary loan.
  • Those on campus are welcome to begin requesting physical items again- but keep in mind that wait times for the items will be extended as we follow quarantining protocols for the items.
    • Faculty and staff who would like their ILL items delivered via campus mail for contactless delivery can opt into this option by completing this form.
    • See the Interlibrary Loan page for more details on what types of items may be requested.

Makerspace

  • The Makerspace will be available over fall term, but only two individuals will be permitted in the space at a time. Reserve time in the makerspace by using the reservation form and calendar.
  • Since use will be limited, academic use of the space and equipment will be getting much higher priority. Makerspace training will be on demand by emailing the makerspace, and mostly restricted to academic use only. This is due to the limited number of individuals in the space and since makerspace staff will be in the building much less this term.
  • If you’d like us to make something for you (either for academic or non-academic use), please complete the project request form. We’re happy to help!
  • Faculty who are interested in having their students work on a makerspace-related assignment are welcome to email us with any questions or ideas.

Archives

  • Our Archivist, Lina Rosenberg Foley, will scan items as requested to facilitate remote research as well as any documents needed for classes.
  • In-person research can be scheduled on a limited basis.
  • Email archives@lawrence.edu for assistance!

Access to the Building

We know many of you have been missing the Mudd Library building (we know- we have too)! To ensure the safety of everyone, we’ve had to make some temporary changes.

  • Building hours will be limited for now. Hours will be posted on the library calendar.
  • Eating will not be permitted in the library.
  • The library stacks will temporarily be closed. This means instead of students, faculty, and staff being able to go to the shelves to get their own stuff- it will have to be requested through the library catalog. Here’s a video that explains how to request items.
  • Fewer individuals will be permitted in the building than usual. To help all of us limit the number of people in the library, and to help everyone socially distance, a number of chairs have been relocated and level A, 3rd, and 4th floors have been limited to staff only.
  • The building is card access only and access is limited to current members of the Lawrence University community only. Don’t forget your LU ID card to enter!

We know these changes will present a challenge to all of us- and we thank you ahead of time for working with us to keep all of us safe! We can’t wait until we can resume our regular hours and access to services! We’re doing all we can to ensure our students are still able to get all of the materials you’ll need to succeed while still keeping you safe! Please reach out to us with any questions! We’ll do all we can to accommodate!

Welcome Week 2020 and the Mudd

We are so excited to welcome new students to Lawrence University! Even though things look a lot different than in previous years, we’re just as eager to meet our new Lawrentians!

The Mudd Library building isn’t open over welcome week, but your (soon-to-be) friends from the Mudd are available to help you learn about the library, university, and have some fun while you settle in!

Welcome Week Schedule:

Thursday, September 10, 4-5 pm: Game Time with the Mudd Library!
Join us for a Zoomified version of the super fun game Bring Your Own Book. All you need to do is bring a book and join us! This “game of borrowed phrases” asks you to “grab a book, and then quickly skim to satisfy the chosen prompt… with the most entertaining phrase” (from game box description).
Join the Zoom gathering here!

Friday, September 11, 3-4 pm: Book Chat and Fiber Arts with the Mudd Library
Join us to chat about a favorite book you’ve read recently, a favorite show you’ve binged (or responsibly watched), a movie you’ve loved, a game you’ve played- or share a fiber arts project you’re working on! Feel free to share, or just come to listen and learn about some fun new things!
Join the Zoom gathering here!

Available All Week!
Library Reference Chat 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

Ask us anything! We can help you get a head start on how to access course reserves, request to have a book sent to you in campus mail, search the library catalog, browse databases, find streaming music, figure out whom to contact for what, and so much more!
Ask here!

BFFs: Students, Success, and the Seeley G. Mudd Library
This welcome video narrated by our library director Peter Gilbert is especially for parents of new Lawrentians. Learn about the many ways in which your friends in the Mudd Library provide the services and resources to help your students succeed!
You can view the video now!

Virtual Campus Resources Fair: The Mudd Library
Learn about the many ways the Mudd Library can help, and all the fun ways your new library is different from other libraries you’ve used in the past with this introduction video, narrated by reference librarian Gretchen Revie.
You can view the video now!

We also have a whole lot of introductory videos to help you get acquainted with the Mudd Library and the many helpful services we offer! To accommodate COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions, we’ve made many of these services available remotely! Take a look at the Learning About the Library guide for this informative collection!

We’re excited to get to know all of our new students- and want you to get to know us! Helping you is why we’re here!

Black Lives Matter Summer Reads Titles

For our annual summer reads coffeehouse this year, we decided to focus on books that educate and explore Black American experiences. The books that we had discussed are available on our summer 2020 coffeehouse guide (linked below). Take a look to read about the wide range of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, film, and websites that were shared.

Black Lives Matter Summer Reads Recommendations

There are a variety of ways to get these materials!

  • Your local public library- physical books: Many are doing curbside pickup. If you live in the Appleton area, here’s information on how to get items from the Appleton Public Library.
  • Local public library- eBooks: Many public libraries provide access to one or more eBook databases. Look at your local library’s website for databases such as Overdrive, Hoopla, or EBSCO eBook Collection.
  • From the Mudd Library: If you’re on campus, or faculty/staff who live in the area, requested books can get delivered to your campus SPC or office! Just log in to your library account, find the item you’d like in the library catalog, and click request to access the request form. Here’s a video that demonstrates how to request an item from the library catalog!
  • If you’re able to purchase these titles, you can support an independent Black-owned bookstore by shopping at Harambee Books.

Diversity Resources Guide

Looking for even more resources? This guide contains a selection of diversity-related materials that are available in the Mudd Library, as well as related databases and other online resources.

Contact your friendly reference librarians if you need any assistance in locating these titles, or navigating the library resources. We’re here to help!

Coffeehouse Series for Summer 2020

It’s time once again for the library’s summer coffeehouse series. We’re doing it virtually this year, but still welcome you to join us with your own cup of coffee, tea, or other favorite work-appropriate beverage. All are on Wednesdays, and will start at 10:00 a.m. (Central Time). All staff, faculty, and students are welcome to attend.

June 24: Summer Reads; Black Lives Matter
Are you reading works by Black authors? Have you been educating yourself about racism and social justice? Do you want to read more about this but aren’t sure where to start? Join us for a discussion of the books we are reading right now in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Share what you’ve been reading, too, or just listen and learn. (Click here to join this coffeehouse’s Zoom meeting.)

July 8: Let’s Meditate Together!
Meditation has been scientifically proven to shift the sympathetic nervous system response (fight or flight) into the parasympathetic response (calm, rest, digest). Join certified yoga instructor, meditation practitioner, and Mudd Library Administrative Assistant Holly Tuyls for a guided meditation practice. We’ll learn about and practice a basic meditation together. Simple breath-work instruction will also be provided and practiced. If you have any questions or challenges to practicing that you’d like to discuss, we’ll allow time and will provide tips for maintaining a regular practice, too. All experience levels welcome. (Click here to join this coffeehouse’s Zoom meeting.)

July 22: Pollinators
In these days of social distancing, you might find yourself spending more and more time in your garden. Join us in welcoming Assistant Professor of Biology Israel Del Toro as we learn a bit about the native bees in your backyard and what you can do to protect our native pollinators and the little things that often go unnoticed. (Click here to join this coffeehouse’s Zoom meeting.)

August 5: Remote Access, Anyone?
What can you use from the library when you can’t go to the library? How do you get access to resources for yourself, your work, your classes? Join the library staff as we explore ways to get you the things you need. (Click here to join this coffeehouse’s Zoom meeting.)

If you’re unfamiliar with the coffeehouses, they provide an opportunity socialize just a bit and to learn about resources and services available to help you with work, leisure interests, to be informed about important social literature.

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!

Library Help Videos

Need help navigating the library’s resources, but it’s outside of chat help hours? Not sure how to contact a librarian? Prefer to learn about library resources at your own pace through video? Your friends from the Mudd Library have been putting together a variety of videos to help you out! This list will update as more videos are made! (Updated 7/7/20)

Requesting Items through the Library Catalog (for students on campus and faculty/staff)

Note: Students on-campus should choose “Lawrence University library” for their pickup location. The requested item will be sent to you through campus mail.

Submitting a Digitization Request (to have a chapter or article scanned)

Accessing the Library’s Electronic Resources Off-Campus

Searching & Browsing E-Journals Off-Campus

Remote Reference Options

In addition to creating these awesome videos about library resources, Andrew McSorley, Digital Liberal Arts Librarian, has also been putting together videos about using digital tools on the Mudd Library Digital Liberal Arts tools YouTube Channel.

You can also check out these useful videos made by Craig Thomas, Systems Librarian, about navigating Library OneSearch!

OneSearch Main Search Box

OneSearch Main Menu

OneSearch Brief Results Navigation

OneSearch Refine Results

And, of course, there are plenty of ways to get in touch with your friends from the Mudd to get help with research assistance, interlibrary loan, circulation, off-campus access, or anything else!

National Library Week 2020!

Image of a lighthouse with a person sitting at a window inside looking at a laptop computer. Text reads: Find the library at your place, National Library Week April 19-25, 2020.

It’s National Library Week! Even though your friends from the Mudd Library are not actually in the Mudd Library, we still want to celebrate with you!

Library Fun All Week Long!

  • Tuesday, April 21: Library Worker Appreciation Day: Our beloved student library workers are not working in the library this term, but we still want them to know how much we appreciate them.
  • Thursday, April 23: Chat with Your Friends from the Mudd! Join us for a Zoom chat! Pop in and say, “hi” to us anytime between 4:30 pm and 5:15 pm (Central time)! We miss seeing students and getting to chat with you! Feel free to use this time to tell us about what you’re doing for fun or to ask us a question!
  • All week long: Check out our Facebook and Instagram to see your library friends tell share why we love the Mudd Library (and all libraries)! We hope you’ll comment and tell us why you love libraries!

Also, don’t forget that while we’re not in the library, we’re still here to help! Ask us!

Spring Break & Spring Term in the Mudd- Updated

With the news of Lawrence University extending spring break and the campus moving to distance learning for spring term, you may be wondering what that means for the Mudd Library.

  • Spring break hours of Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, closed Saturday and Sunday, will begin on Thursday, March 19 and go through Sunday, April 5
  • We will be closed over spring break, March 19 through April 5- but we will available to help remotely Monday through Friday 8-5.
  • We will hope to be open over spring term – though hours remain to be determined

Your friends in the Mudd will be here for you, even when you’re away from campus! Here are just some of the ways!

We know this is an anxious time for our fabulous students and our faculty and staff colleagues. Rest assured that we’ll do all we can to help everyone continue to be successful in these unusual circumstances.

Second Floor Renovation

We’re so excited to welcome our friends in the Center for Academic Success to the second floor of the Mudd Library! When the renovation is complete, they’ll be joining our other second floor buddies, Technology Services.

Here’s a timeline of what’s happening:

  • Technology Services Helpdesk will be moving to room 401 on March 10th.
  • Room 401 will not be available for reservations or Zoom conferencing until Fall term 2020 while that room is our temporary Helpdesk (a Zoom-ready room is still available on the 3rd floor).
  • Construction of the second floor will begin on Monday, March 23- the first day of spring break.
  • The second floor (including the ITC computer lab) will be unavailable over spring term and most of the summer.
  • Construction is scheduled to be completed near the end of August 2020.

Please be sure to let us know if there is any way we can help while the construction is underway. Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Get your quiet library time during the later afternoons, evenings, and weekends when the construction crews will not be working.
  • Noise-cancelling headphones are available to check out from the circulation desk.
  • We’ll be moving study tables to other floors so there will still be plenty of places to study.
  • Can’t find something? Ask us! We’re happy to help, or to retrieve items for you.

Wondering how the library will be arranged once the construction and move are complete? Here’s a visualization!

WHAT'S IN THE MUDD
LIBRARY?
4TH FLOOR:
Book collections, room 401,
Kruse Room, silent study
3RD FLOOR:
Book collections, Mudd Gallery,
quiet study
2ND FLOOR:
Technology Services Helpdesk
& Center for Academic Success
Government document collections,
computer lab
1ST FLOOR:
Library Services
Research help, circulation desk,
makerspace, music score &
media collections, group study
LEVEL B:
University Archives
LEVEL A:
Periodical collections,
group study

Thank you to our many friends from all over campus who worked hard for years to make this project happen!