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!
The first floor is usually the noisiest and the fourth is the quietest. There are a variety of study spaces on all floors.
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.
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.
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.
Lawrence University is hosting the symposium, Seeking Refuge: Local and Global Perspectives, from November 4 through November 6, 2018. This symposium is meant to bring awareness of the global issue of the refugee crisis by hosting discussions with community featuring guests with a wide range of backgrounds in helping refugees and who are refugees themselves. The schedule for the symposium can be viewed on the Refugee Symposium webpage.
The library is providing a variety of resources to support this symposium:
Seeking Refuge Research & Materials Guide
This guide contains links to many resources available in the library and online for those who would like to continue their enrichment about the topic of refugees. In addition to books, movies, and journals, the guide also contains links to our music databases to a selection of songs played at the refugee symposium concert.
The display contains powerful photographs and news headlines that illustrate the refugee plight, facts about refugees around the world, and tips for finding related resources in the library catalog and OneSearch.
All along the top of the newspaper and popular magazine shelf, we’ve placed a selection of library materials about the refugee experience. No need to search or go upstairs to find materials, just grab some books you’d like to read from this display and sit down to read them, or check them out at the circulation desk.
Your friends in the Mudd Library are glad to be supporting a symposium on such an important topic and to help with continuing the discussion.
The 2015 Honors Convocation will be this Thursday, May 14th at 11:10am in the Memorial Chapel.
Is it Warm in Here? The Intractable Challenges of Climate Change will be presented by David Gerard, Associate Professor of Economics and recipient of Lawrence’s annual Faculty Convocation Award.
What does it mean to say that a problem is “intractable”? What makes this particular problem so difficult to solve? Where can we go from here? Here is a link to a recommended reading as a brief introduction to the subject. And for a longer, more detailed consideration of the issues, take a look at this article. Gerard’s primary research interests lie in quantitative policy analysis, particularly focusing on energy, environmental and safety issues such as risk regulation and public policy.
To learn more about Professor Gerard and his work, visit his faculty and research webpage here.
Professor Gerard will participate in a Q&A session on Thursday afternoon from 1:00-2:00pm in the WCC Cinema.
As part of the Fox Cities Book Festival, Shawn Sheehy will present on the Lawrence University campus on Thursday, April 10 at 4:30 in the Wriston Art Center.
Shawn Sheehy is a pop-up book artist whose work is a unique blending of image, message, and structure. He combines paper engineering with his interest in biology and cultural evolution to produce limited-edition pop-up books. His artist books are inspired by the dynamic ecologies that operate in both wild and cultured environments. Counting on the Marsh: a Nighttime Book of Numbers, for example, is a book with a marsh environment for its setting, contains intricately constructed pop-ups, and uses the simple text of a counting story — all to create a work of art and science.
Sheehy’s work is featured in 500 Handmade Books Vol. 2, which can be found in the Mudd Library (Call Number: Z246 .A14 2013).
We are happy to report that a variety of finals stress relief options will be available for Lawrence students in the library this weekend.
Our friends from around campus will be hosting the following stress relief events on the first floor of the library:
Kappa Alpha Theta will be selling cupcakes to raise money for CASA of the Fox Cities:
Asia-A will be encouraging origami as a study break:
The Wellness Committee will be bringing in chair massage and will have healthy snacks:
We’ve set up a couple of stress relief options ourselves, available during all open library hours over reading period and finals:
Cut out a paper snowflake to decorate our tree. We have templates of Anthony Herrera’s awesome Star Wars snowflakes, Doctor Who TARDIS and Cybermen, as well as some more traditional designs. We also have plain paper available for those who’d like to exhibit their own creativity. The paper and tree are located to the right of the circulation desk.
Create with LEGO bricks! We’ve set out a collection of LEGO bricks on a table in front of the reference desk for some fun creativity time.
OF course, from group study rooms to individual carrels, the library has whatever type of study space you need.
The Mudd Library is currently hosting a new Lincoln exhibit entitled, Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times. This exhibit focuses on the life of President Lincoln, following his path from a self-educated young man, to President of the United States and the challenges he faced while President.
This exhibit came to us from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. To learn more about it, see the Gilder Lehrman page– or better yet- come to the second floor of the Mudd Library and see it for yourself! It was installed in the Mudd on October 8th, and will be up through November 5th.
Getting stressed out by end of term projects, papers, and pending final exams? To help you relax, we’ve scheduled our annual Canine Therapy event for Monday, June 3rd from 2-3 pm. For those of you who have not yet attended one of these events, Mudd Library and other Lawrence staff and faculty bring their beloved dogs to the library plaza to share some pets and snuggles with stressed-out students.
So, no matter how stressful you fear your finals week will be- remember that you’ll have the unconditional love of a sweet puppy to make things better.
The Mudd Library will be hosting a variety of fun and interesting events through the end of the term. From genealogy to video games- there’s something for everyone!
October 18th: Tenth Library Mid-Term Reading Period Smash Bros. Tournament and Opening Gaming
Join us for our tenth Smash Bros. tournament and open gaming event! In addition to Smash Bros., we’ll also have open gaming Halo or Mario Kart as well as board games. In celebration of this milestone, we’ll have cake and extra prizes. Open gaming and warm-ups start at 6:30 pm, tournament begins at 7 pm.
October 25th: Things Worth Knowing: Haunted Lawrence
Learn about eerie happenings around campus. With Archivist Erin Dix.
November 1st: Things Worth Knowing: I See Dead People: Exploring Geneaology
Presented by Music Librarian Antoinette Powell, the library’s foremost forebear fanatic.
November 8th: Things Worth Knowing: Thriller at 30
November marks the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s super-smash album. Learn more about the music and MJ from special guest, Professor Erica Scheinberg.
All Things Worth Knowing events begin at 4:30 pm and take place on the first floor of the library. For more information on past topics, take a look at the guide.
We hope to see you at one, or all, of these events!
Want to know more about last week’s Things Worth Knowing topic of political cartooning? The library maintains a guide just full of information relating to each weeks’ topic. Whether you’ve attended the event or not, this guide will give you plenty of useful information that can be found on the web, or in the library’s resources. Every past Things Worth Knowing event is indexed in this guide. For example, the page for our political cartooning session contains links to library resources, such as Harper’s Weekly, and Drawn to Extremes: The Use and Abuse of Editorial Cartoons, as well as links to a variety of web resources, such as The National Cartoonists Society website, and the Pulitzer Prize list of the best in editorial cartooning.
This week, we’ll be discussing the work and life of film great Joseph Francis (Buster) Keaton. Join us, Thursday, October 4th, at 4:30 pm, on the first floor of the library.