Diversity & Inclusion in the Mudd Library
Your friends in the Mudd Library strive to make this a space where all members of the Lawrence community feel welcome and comfortable. We see the library as the heart of the campus- a place where all students, faculty, and staff can come to study, focus, learn, and interact. We make an ongoing effort to showcase the diversity of the Lawrence community and the library's collection through displays, events, and outreach.
In addition to the initiatives below, the library strives to support diversity with our electronic systems and physical spaces. For example, our online library system shows our patron's preferred names and the library building contains two gender-neutral restrooms.
The Mudd Library staff and librarians frequently choose topics of diversity for our library displays. Images of these displays can be found on many of our social media outlets.
Some displays have been the topic of blog posts from the library and Archives blogs:
- Occupy Lawrence
- The Mudd Welcomes James Zwerg and Congressman John Lewis
- Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Collection of Indian Rabari Objects on Display
Other display topics have included:
- Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
- Black History Month
- Celebration of Racial Diversity
- Graphic novels featuring diverse experiences
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- LGBTQ+ History Month
- Mental Health Awareness Month
- Native Voices
- Women's History Month (also covering intersectionality)
We frequently create displays to supplement guest speakers on campus.
Kruse Reflection Room
The Mudd Library is home to the Roger Dale Kruse Reflection Room and collection. This peaceful room contains comfortable furniture for quiet study and reflection, as well as a collection of books on the topics of social justice and diversity.
From the Archives
The Lawrence University Archives contains a wealth of information about Lawrence's diverse history. Our Archivist, Erin Dix '08, has put together many blog posts and library displays relating to this information, as well as presented on campus and in the Appleton community. See below for a selection of blog posts:
In the Lawrence & Appleton Communities
Below is a selection of the initiatives, events, and exhibits to which Mudd Library faculty and staff have contributed through research and/or organizational support.
Fox Cities Book Festival: This yearly book festival often brings diverse authors to local venues, including Lawrence University. A Mudd Librarian has been on the planning committee since it began 10 years ago.
(In)visible: Homelessness in Appleton: The traveling portion of this exhibit was on display in the Mudd Library.
A Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities: This exhibit, which explores local Black history from the 1700s to the present, was on display in the library and multiple Mudd Librarians assisted in its research and planning.
Women and Identities in Gaming Symposium: The Women and Identities in Gaming Symposium is an event of discussion, panels, and lectures that allows participants an opportunity to explore various aspects of gender and identity in gaming. This event was planned with the assistance of a Mudd Librarian and displays have been set up in the library to raise awareness. Tutorials have also been offered on the topic of Women and Identities in the gaming community.