Author: Angela Vanden Elzen

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!

Winter Break and Special Hours

Mudd Library building in the snow with text that reads Happy Holidays from your friend at the Mudd

As winter break draws to a close, we’re approaching the time when the Mudd Library will be closed for a little break. Before then, be sure to stop by to check out some books, DVDs, scores, games, etc. If you’re faculty, now is a great time to drop off your materials for course reserve before the start of term rush!

Special upcoming hours are as follows:

  • Regular winter break hours of Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (closed Saturday and Sunday) will continue through Tuesday, December 24th.
  • We’ll be closed from December 25th through January 1st.
  • We’ll be back and ready to help you get ready for winter term on Thursday, January 2nd and Friday, January 3rd from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Closed Saturday & Sunday, January 4th and 5th
  • Resume regular academic year hours on Monday, January 6th

If you plan on spending the end of December getting ready for the term, there’s still lots the library can help you with- even when it’s closed!

  • Streaming media databases: Find documentaries, instructional videos, movies, news clips, operas, theatre performances, and much more from our varied collection of streaming video resources. Our streaming audio resources include a wide variety of music, theatre audio, and more. Many of these resources include permalinks to individual titles and the ability to make clips to use in courses, and most can be accessed off campus with a proxy login.
  • OneSearch and Article databases: Find full text articles by searching in OneSearch and in many of our databases.
  • ArtStor Image Database: Collect images for your courses and projects in ArtStor.
  • Course reserve forms: We have PDF forms of our course reserve cards available that you can fill out at home and print out (or save as and print out later). Find an article in one of our databases? Use this form to simply enter some information, and we’ll add your reading and fill out the card.
  • RefWorks citation manager: Don’t have access to a printer? Collect and organize resources in RefWorks that you can easily locate once we’re open again.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy winter break! Happy holidays from your friends in the Mudd!