An armadillo? It must be Trivia!

Beginning this weekend, January 23-25 at 10:00:37pm, will be the 50th edition of the Great Midwest Trivia Contest hosted by Lawrence University.

Even though there isn’t much use for encyclopedias and obscure library books in order to find answers, everyone here at the Mudd is extremely excited for the best, most simultaneously fun and horrifying 50 hours of the year. 

New to the contest and want advice? The 1980 Trivia Masters compiled a small list of helpful things, including half of the Brazilian coffee crop, a toilet, Visine, and total recall of all 79 Star Trek episodes. You can find the full list in the Archives here.

Check out some of LU’s digital archive collections here - you can find the history of Trivia, old photos, sample questions, and more. Be sure to follow the Great Midwest Trivia Contest Tumblr, too!

Happy Trivia L! Best of luck Googling!


we aren’t pretending anymore is the culminating exhibit of senior art student Sarah Jane Rennick’s independent study, and is currently on display in the Mudd Gallery in the library.

In the independent study, Rennick created three music videos and a series of photographs that exemplify the culture surrounding artists and campus bands here at Lawrence. 

"My hope was to discover and communicate the ways in which visual art and music both inspire and disappoint each other…challenging and reflecting mainstream expectations of the genre by hyper-contextualizing the art to a very specific point of view.

What I really discovered was that we aren’t pretending anymore.  I can tell that each of the people involved in the project is on the cusp of something very real.

As the world rears its ugly head, the artists around me are rising to greet it. Battle axes in hand…Get it, because we are vikings.”

-Excerpt from the artist’s statement

The music videos for Snort, Too Many Triangles, and Bendata Bendata can be viewed in the gallery along with the photographs. The exhibit is on display until this Friday, March 14th.


Efemmera is the newest exhibit in the Mudd Gallery in the library! Come check it out through tomorrow to see works from current students and photographs from the LU/Milwaukee-Downer archives.

Here’s the exhibit statement:

Efemmera is an art exhibit presented by Downer Feminist Council and the Lawrence University Archives that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee-Downer College merge with Lawrence College to form Lawrence University, as well as contemporary female artists on the Lawrence University campus.  The photos presented in Efemmera are archival reproductions of photos taken between 1895 and 1964. Special thanks to Erin Dix, the Lawrence University Archives, the members of Downer Feminist Council, Leslie Walfish & Beth Zinsli for assisting in creating Efemmera.

Visit the Mudd Gallery on the third floor of the library to view this exhibit, examining the presence and history of women on our campus.

It’s Friday! Time for the Mudd Library’s Featured New Book!

Okay. So this book isn’t quite new to our shelves, but it is featured on the current display in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this coming Monday. 

Jess Holz’s book, Language of Hate: 2,804 Comments on Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” is a compilation of YouTube comments responding to a recording of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, beginning when the video first appeared in 2006 and extending through April 2008.

Since it’s publication, there has been a second release with an added 2,000 comments. Self-published by Holz here in Appleton, this book features a unique and powerful perspective of individuals, Internet/YouTube culture, and American society through the raw presentation of unbridled Internet commentors. 

The book can be found on the the current display or with the Call Number: E 185.97 .K5 H65 2008.

Featured New Book Friday @ the Mudd!

This week, take a look at Newberry Medalist Cynthia Kadohata’s National Book Award winning YA novel, The Thing About Luck.

Summer knows that kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan—right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother are left in the care of their grandparents — Obaachan and Jiichan — who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills.

The thing about Obaachan and Jiichan is that they are old-fashioned and demanding, and between helping Obaachan cook for the workers, covering for her when her back pain worsens, and worrying about her lonely little brother, Summer just barely has time to notice the attentions of their boss’s cute son. But notice she does, and what begins as a welcome distraction from the hard work soon turns into a mess of its own.

Having thoroughly disappointed her grandmother, Summer figures the bad luck must be finished—but then it gets worse. And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it herself, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Because it might be the only way to save her family.

This is a shorter, easy read that’s engaging, gentle, and character-driven, making it the perfect study break book for the hectic weeks to come.

Find it on the New Books Display or with the Call Number: PZ 7 .K1166 Thi 2013.


We received an ask earlier today from bookofrevelation asking about the oldest book we have here at the Mudd. The answer to that question is Liber Chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel (also known as the Nuremberg Chronicle). The excerpt below describes a bit of the history behind the creation and publication of the book. It was extracted from the introduction of the book, Medieval Woodcut Illustrations: City Views and Decorations from “The Nuremberg Chronicle” selected and arranged by Carol Belanger Grafton.

Issued just seven months after Columbus landed in North America, the Nuremberg Chronicle was printed in 1493 in Nuremberg, Germany, by Anton Koberger (1440?-1513) who was the most renowned German printmaker of his time.  The publication of the Nuremberg Chronicle and Koberger’s other work, the Schatzbehalteris considered only second in importance to the printing of Gutenberg’s bible. 

Both volumes were illustrated by the engraver Michael Wolgemut, who was Albrecht Dürer’s instructor in painting and engraving.  The Nuremberg Chronicle is regarded by many scholars as the first major picture book for the middle class. 

The Chronicle contains 1809 illustrations, with a total of 645 different woodcuts.  Some scholars believe that the Chronicle’s woodcuts mark a revolution in the print medium from the territorial to the pictorial/landscape view.  

While the original copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle is not available to be circulated, we do have a reproduction that is cataloged as Liber Chronicarum.

More pictures of the book can be found here as well!

Our next library summer projects picture is of Erin Dix, University Archivist. Erin is scanning a manuscript of a speech written by Samuel Plantz, president of Lawrence University from 1894-1924. Erin is processing and digitizing a collection of President Plantz’s manuscripts that was recently donated to the archives by his family.


The winners for the Winter Term Finals Coloring Contest have been announced! A big congratulations to Rhys, Jason, and Jordan for their marvelous work, and to all the other entries! The turnout for the contest was great, thank you to everybody who participated!

Check back next finals week for more coloring opportunities :)

Wisconsin Library Association Conference Makerspace sponsored in part by the Mudd! Logo designed by our very own Social Media Assistant Allison Wray. Follow our Twitter and Instagram for more updates from the conference! 


Join Lawrence University’s Gaming Club this weekend for
WIGS: Women and Identity in Gaming Symposium!

Held in the Warch Campus Center this Saturday and Sunday (May 3-4, 2014), WIGS will be hosting panels, discussion, presentations, and more beginning at 10am Saturday morning. 

  • WIGS aims to address issues of gender and identity in the gaming community, from video games to board games.  The symposium offers an opportunity to become more informed about these issues and inspired to make positive changes in the community.
  • WIGS is free and open to anyone, both students and community members, regardless of identity, background, experience, etc. Anyone is welcome to attend!

Visit the WIGS website here to view the schedule and learn more about the event!  And don’t forget to check out the fantastic informational displays on the first floor of the Mudd Library.

It’s the Mudd Library’s Featured New Book Friday!

The Fair Society: The Science of Human Nature and the Pursuit of Social Justice by Peter Corning is now available at the Mudd! Here’s a look into what this book is about:

We’ve been told, again and again, that life is unfair. But what if we’re wrong simply to resign ourselves to this situation? What if we have the power—and more, the duty—to change society for the better?

We do. And our very nature inclines us to do so. That’s the provocative argument Peter Corning makes in The Fair Society. Drawing on the evidence from our evolutionary history and the emergent science of human nature, Corning shows that we have an innate sense of fairness. While these impulses can easily be subverted by greed and demagoguery, they can also be harnessed for good. Corning brings together the latest findings from the behavioral and biological sciences to help us understand how to move beyond the Madoffs and Enrons in our midst in order to lay the foundation for a new social contract—a Biosocial Contract built on a deep understanding of human nature and a commitment to fairness. He then proposes a sweeping set of economic and political reforms based on three principles of fairness—equality, equity, and reciprocity—that together could transform our society and our world.

At this crisis point for capitalism, Corning reveals that the proper response to bank bailouts and financial chicanery isn’t to get mad—it’s to get fair.

Find Corning’s book on the New Books shelf or in the Kruse room with the Call Number: Kruse BJ1533 .F2 C67 2012.


Currently on display in the Mudd Gallery is the latest work from Professor Conrad’s Drawing 212 class! On display through Thursday, November 20th, is work from student artists, including: 

Claire Bruning, Audrey Cuthbert, Claire Francis, Michael Hubbard, Alice Jamison, Lauren Phillips, Isabella Schleisner, Loraina Stinson, and Kristina Verhasselt

Come check out the work of some of Lawrence’s talented visual artists! 


Over Fall Term Reading Period the Mudd hosted our first ever Murder Mystery.  It was a great success! “The Librarian” brought literary characters from across history to solve two murders that took place in the library.

Students dressed up and role played their characters, completing a scavenger hunt and solving the mystery of the double murder. The event was organized by a few library staff members and members of LU Gaming Club- there was a great turnout and positive reception. We can’t wait to host this again next year!

Check out the full photo album here on our Flickr


Each month, the Wriston Art Galleries host Art @ Noon, a short, unique tour through the galleries led by the curator and director, Beth Zinsli, and the gallery and collections coordinator, Leslie Walfish. 

Today, Beth Zinsli led a tour of the library’s Roger Dale Kruse room on the fourth floor that features many pieces of Post-Impressionist artwork. Beth did a wonderful job explaining the art, the pieces, and the Post-Impressionist movement.

In case you’re curious about how the Kruse Room came to be, here’s a little bit about one of the favorite rooms of Lawrence students:

Distinguished Lawrence University alumnus, Judge D. Michael Lynn, class of 1965, wanted to dedicate a room in honor of his late partner, Roger Dale Kruse. He wanted the room to be a place for peaceful reflection, a place to gather, and a place to study. Everything in this room was specially selected for this space to achieve the goal of a peaceful, relaxing, and welcoming space. Everything, including the art. Judge Lynn and President Jill Beck hand selected the beautiful art pieces you see in this room. In addition to donating the funds for the renovation of the space, the furniture, and the books, Judge Lynn also purchased the art pieces and donated them to Lawrence in honor of Mr. Kruse.

Pictures of the construction of the Kruse Room are available on our Flickr album.

Summer Projects: Susan

A lot of people think we have the summers off in the library since students are gone, but we are open and ready to offer all the same services we do during the school year. It is significantly slower, so we take that opportunity to work on some special projects that need to be done. Here Susan Goeden, the Cataloging Assistant, is pulling books from the Milwaukee-Downer Room collection to make sure their records in the library catalog are complete and that they are properly labeled. Yes, she is wearing an apron to protect her clothes from some of the more fragile, slightly crumbly books.