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Angela Vanden Elzen

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Library Summer Coffeehouse Series 2022

It’s time once again for the library’s summer coffeehouse series! 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. We’ll provide a cool beverage and a snack. 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.

Library Summer Coffeehouse Series

Library Summer Coffeehouses have returned! Your friends in the Mudd are so excited to gather with you once again! Coffeehouses will all take place at 10 am, in the plaza in front of the library. Refreshments will be provided.

June 30: Summer Reads
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 14: Let’s Talk Cookbooks
If you like to cook, you probably have more than one favorite cookbook. Maybe baking and cooking helped you make it through this past year. In any case, we’re taking time to talk about our favorite cookbooks–and our favorite food writing–and discover more.

August 11: Podcasts
We learn every summer about so many wonderful books to read that we thought we’d like to take the same approach to podcasts. Come share what you listen to and find out about recommendations from the library.

LU Reads and Fiber Arts & Chat

Just a reminder that your friends in the Mudd Library have been continuing two of our favorite weekly events through Spring term- and we’d love for you to join us!

LU Reads: Join us on Wednesday evenings from 7-7:30 Central on Zoom. For spring term, we’re doing a read-aloud of the Fox Cities Reads title, George by Alex Gino.

LU reads is a joint venture along with the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and EDST 283 “Beyond ‘Who lives? Who dies? Who tells your story?:’ Gender in Adolescent & Young Adult Literature.” Learn more on the LU Reads Guide.

Fiber Arts & Chat: Each Friday, starting at 4:00 PM Central on Zoom, join your friends from the Mudd and fiber arts enthusiasts from across the LU community for some knitting/crocheting/etc. and fun conversation!

National Library Week 2020!

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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!

  • 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 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!

Second Floor Library Renovation News

You may have heard the news that the Center for Academic Success will be moving to the second floor of the Mudd Library. We’re so excited this is happening! Before they can make the move, however, the second floor is going to be renovated!

Here’s a timeline of what’s happening and when:

  • 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 from the second floor 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.

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

Celebrating 150 Years with the Federal Depository Library Program

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This year the Seeley G. Mudd Library celebrates Lawrence University’s 150th year with the Federal Library Depository Program! Our affiliation with FDLP is by far the longest among all universities and colleges in Wisconsin. Our collections of Congressional records and government documents include historical treasures unique among all FDLP libraries in the state.

We invite everyone in the Lawrence community to help us celebrate this milestone!

Tuesday, November 5 at 3 p.m. outside the Lincoln Reading Room on the first floor of the Mudd Library.

Festivities will include:

  • Presentation of an honorary plaque by Anthony Smith, Chief, Projects and Systems of the Government Publications Office in Washington, D.C.
  • Opening exhibit featuring beautiful highlights from the collection
  • Brief remarks on the significance and scholarly uses of the collections by Beth Harper (Regional Coordinator, FDLP), Arnold Shober (Professor of Government, Lawrence University), and Jill Thomas (Director of Technical Services, Mudd Library)

Cake and coffee will be served!

New Look for Library OneSearch!

We’re pleased to announce that Library OneSearch ( will have a new look as the school year begins!

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 different.

For a sneak preview, go to (Please don’t mind a stray paint can or drop cloth if you see one. We’re still putting on the finishing touches to go live on September 15.) Do feel free to sign in to My Account, now My Library Card. It’s fully functional and will contain all your saved items and searches.

As always, let us know if you have questions about OneSearch (or other library-related things): We’re here to help!

And happy researching!

New University Archivist

We’re delighted to report that Lina Rosenberg Foley ’15 has accepted our invitation to become the next University Archivist!

As you may know, Lina graduated from Lawrence University (an outstanding liberal arts college and conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin) with a degree in Environmental Studies. Lina went on to Simmons College where, in 2018, she received a Masters in Library and Information Science with a focus on Archives Management. Since then she’s worked at the Lexington Historical Society and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

She’ll start on Monday, September 9 (the day Welcome Week starts). That’ll make it extra exciting.

Thanks to the search committee for their excellent work and thank you all (in advance) for helping to welcome Lina back to Lawrence.

Love, Your Friends in the Mudd Library

Mudd and Friends Summer Coffeehouses

We’ve already hosted some wonderful and engaging coffeehouses in the Mudd Library this summer. Can you believe there are still more to enjoy?!

Coffeehouses are held on Wednesdays at 10 A.M. on the first floor of the library. All members of the Lawrence community are welcome to attend. 

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.

If you missed our previous coffeehouses, take a look at our Flickr page to relive the excitement. A list of books from our Summer Reads coffeehouse is available on the Summer Reads Guide.