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Lauren Cathey, Development Director

Lauren Cathey

On January 20, 2015, Lauren Cathey joined the LSU Libraries as the Director of Development, Major Gifts. Lauren comes to LSU from Capital Area United Way (CAUW) in Baton Rouge, where she served as their Director of Major Gifts. Cathey

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Let Nature Be Your Guide: Graphic Design of the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau Movements

The nineteenth century gave us the wonders of the Industrial Revolution, but also ugly urban landscapes and soulless mechanization. By the end of the century, designers such as William Morris, Eugene Grasset, and Alphonse Mucha were going “back to nature”

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Award, Promotion for Libraries Faculty Member Judy Bolton

Judy Bolton, Head of Public Services in Special Collections, was promoted to Senior General Librarian effective January 1, 2015.  In addition, Bolton, who has been with LSU Libraries for just over thirty years, was also recently awarded the first Friends

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Bird’s-Eye History: 17th-Century French City Views

Just because people 400 years ago didn’t have the interactive mapping tools that we have today doesn’t mean they didn’t know what faraway places looked like. By the 1600s, several large collections of city views, accompanied by detailed descriptions, had

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Aaron Richardson, University Archivist

Aaron Richardson

On January 5, 2015, Aaron Richardson joined the LSU Libraries as University Archivist. Aaron comes to LSU from Atlanta, GA where he served as Southeast Regional Archivist for the National Park Service. A NARA-certified Records Manager, Aaron helped implement the

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The Science of Sugar: Audubon Park Sugar School and Experiment Station

Sugar students at work and eating sugarcane, November 1902. Audubon Sugar School, New Orleans.]

Sugar and the scientific investigation of its cultivation and manufacture played a major part in the early development of LSU. The Audubon Sugar School and Experiment Station was one of the first American research facilities developed for the scientific investigation

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Study Names Bensman a Top Librarian Author

LSU Libraries’ faculty member Stephen Bensman is one of the top 20 librarian authors worldwide, according to a recent study in the journal Scientometrics.  The study, “Worldwide Contributors to the Literature of Library and Information Science: Top Authors, 2007–2012,” by

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Extension Before Extension: The Origins of Demonstration Work at LSU

Louisiana demonstration train group photograph.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, LSU Libraries Special Collections has put together an exhibit detailing the agricultural origins of LSU, and the university’s involvement in the evolution of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, 1914-2014. The

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General Middleton and the Battle of the Bulge

Gen. Middleton, December 1944.  Winter weather in the Ardennes is exceptionally cold and wet, and the battle was characterized by fog, freezing temperatures, misty rain, snow, and ice.

  Troy Middleton, president emeritus of LSU and for whom the main library on campus is named, was a division and corps commander in World War II. The most important battle in which he led troops was the Battle of

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Bringing the Christmas Tree to Louisiana

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Even as far south as Louisiana, winter nights are long and chilly, but in homes all across the state, Christmas trees bring a little light and joy. When did the tradition of decorating evergreens during the darkest days of winter

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Public Services at Middleton Library

With a strong commitment to public service, LSU Libraries Dean Stanley Wilder has extended Middleton Library hours to 24/5, purchased thousands of new e-books, and now, created two new positions to further public services at LSU Libraries. Award-winning faculty member

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Share Your Finals Study Pictures

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Finals week is among the busiest in Middleton Library, with a whole lot of studying, and always a little bit of fun. Here’s a selection of social media posts so far.  Post with #clubmid or @lsulibraries- we will add to

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