Diversity Efforts 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.

Library Displays

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:

Other display topics have included:

We frequently create displays to supplement guest speakers on campus.

Kruse Reflection Room

Kruse 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.

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 reference librarian has been on the planning committee for multiple years.

(In)visible: Homelessness in Appleton: The library will host this exhibit.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History: A series of programming events, including a display in the Mudd Gallery. This project was planned with assistance from the Library Director.

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 Identity in Gaming Symposium: The Women and Identity 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 were set up in the library. 

Collaborate with us!

Is your department or student organization interested in helping us create a display or host an event in the library to celebrate diversity? We're happy to work with you!

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Diversity Resources

Take a look at our Library Resources web page for a selection of diversity-related materials, databases, and other resources from the library.

Social Media

We frequently post pictures of our displays, collections, and exhibits on our social media outlets. Follow us to see what's currently being featured. 

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