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  • 19 Aug 2020 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    The 24th Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) Conference will be held 15-16 January, 2021, in conjunction with the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Annual Meeting. For this year’s conference, sessions will be virtual. The theme for the 101st AMS Annual Meeting is "Strengthening engagement with communities through our science and service.” With this theme, the AMS has four goals: improve actions/decisions with respect to our environment and keeping people safe; help us shape our science to be actionable and improve our services; improve understanding of the value of our science and build support for funding; and help us improve our research focus and its applicability to societal needs. As librarians and information professionals, the members of the Atmospheric Science Librarians International engage with and serve scientists, students, governmental agencies and NGOs, by providing quality resources for research and learning. We support our communities of users as they create and disseminate knowledge that is the foundation for actions and decisions. This knowledge is used by individuals and organizations to steward our world’s human/environmental interface and enable everyone’s security in the face of natural disasters. We are an important component in the access to quality information in all formats.

    This year we will again include the popular session, “Technology Tools and Tips.” These short talks are opportunities to describe any tool or innovation members have found useful.  Talks on technology failures and lessons learned are especially welcome, as are proposals from students using innovative strategies around information.

    We welcome papers on any aspect of these topics or any other topics that would be of interest to atmospheric science librarianship. The deadline for submissions is August 24, 2020.

    ASLI will again co-sponsor a Joint Session with the AMS Board (EIPT) on Data Stewardship. Papers that describe innovative technological advances, curation and preservation of data, and solutions that help us understand and serve data needs in the field are most welcome.

    Please contact the ASLI program chairpersons, Joyce Shaw, (joyce.shaw@usm.edu), Elizabeth Fish (efish@miami.edu), or Chris Sherratt (gcsherra@mit.edu) if you would like to propose a session topic, panel, or poster for this conference. Please submit presentation proposal abstracts to the ASLI program chair. In most cases, presentations are 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. Longer presentation will be considered, as well.

    Submitted by: 
    Joyce M. Shaw, MA, MLIS

    Head Librarian & Professor
    Gunter Library/University Libraries
    Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
    The University of Southern Mississippi

  • 19 Aug 2020 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    Jeff Hirschy joins the School of Library and Information Science faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi this fall as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Hirschy graduated from Huntington University with a BA in History in 2010, a MA in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013, a MLIS from the University of Alabama in 2016, and a Ph.D. in Communications and Information Science from the University of Alabama in August 2020. His dissertation is titled Civil Rights Collecting Institutions and the Facilitation of Community Engagement in the American South. He has strong research interests in the history of the American South, archives, community archives, social justice, public memory, public history, and community interaction with memory institutions.

    Dr. Hirschy is active in community memory programs and community archives in Birmingham, Alabama and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the Society of American Archivists, the National Council on Public History, and The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE).

    Ashley Marshall joins the School of Library and Information Science faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi as an Instructor this fall after having served as the Adjunct Librarian for a year at Delgado Community College, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Master of Library and Information Studies degree this summer, and prior to that she received a MFCS in 2017 and a dual Bachelor’s in Communications and English in 2015, all three from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

    Ashley Marshall started as a Graduate Assistant for the Paul Meek Library at the University of Tennessee at Martin and recently served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Southern Miss School of Library and Information Science, where she taught face-to-face and online courses. She also conducted a study that focused on Funding for the Underrepresented.

    Ashley Marshall is planning to earn her Ph.D. in Information Science and is thrilled to be joining the School of Library and Information Science faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi!

    Submitted by: 

    Teresa Welsh, PhD

    Director & Professor

    School of Library and Information Science

    University of Southern Mississippi

  • 02 Jun 2020 9:18 AM | Anonymous


    January & February 2020 Drawing Winners (Radical Reading Program)

    It’s been said that everyone is a reader... some just have not found their favorite book yet. At West Jones Jr./Sr. High School, Media Specialist, Rhonda Perkins is helping students discover a passion for reading through her new Radical Reader of the month program. For each book checkout, students’ names are entered into the drawing each month for the Radical Reader “swag pack”.The swag pack is made up of various goodies including water bottles, caps, posters, button pins, and books that were donated by The Lion Forge publishing company. Additionally, the annual Scholastic Book Fair earnings were used to purchase prizes like purses,trinkets, balls, games, and school t-shirts.Since beginning the program, Perkins has awarded a January and a February winning student. Winners are announced via school-wide intercom and their picture is made and submitted to local newspapers and displayed on our school website.

    Program creator, Rhonda Perkins says, “Although this is just the beginning, I feel certain that this program will continue to promote student interest in reading as well as bring even more students to the library. Of course, the ultimate goal is to get every student reading! I am so thankful that the Jones County School District generously funds our libraries, so that I am able to regularly purchase high-interest books and any titles requested by students and teachers.One of her favorite stories during the program is of a student who checked out a book on golfing. When he returned the book, Perkins asked the student what he thought about his selection, and his response was, “I tried a different technique I got from the book, and it improved my golf swing!

    Perkins says “I would love to see every student reading for pleasure during his or her free time.”Perkins is also currently working on a summer reading program to reduce the “summer slide.” This program would include a few designated dates in the summer to open the school library for book check out to enable students to read all summer long. Do you have any exciting ideas for increasing circulation or decreasing summer slide? Iyou have any ideas you’d like to share, please reach out to Perkins at rperkins@jones.k12.ms.us.

    Submitted by:

    Rhonda Perkins, NBCT

    Media Specialist

    West Jones Jr./Sr. High School

  • 02 Jun 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    Jennifer Brannock of the University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded the 2020 Reference and User Services Associations’ Genealogy and History Achievement Award. This award from the history section of the organization recognizes a librarian, library or publisher for professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service or research librarianship.

    Brannock, Professor and Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana, has worked at the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries since 2004. She coordinates bibliographic instruction, supervises general reference activities, coordinates outreach efforts, curates exhibits, and conducts collection development and management activities for Mississippiana, rare books, and genealogy.

    Since 2005 she has worked with Southern Miss history professor Dr. Andrew P. Haley on the Mississippi Community Cookbook Project which explores the state’s culinary and local history through collecting Mississippi cookbooks and digitizing the items for worldwide use. Haley noted Brannock’s extensive work with faculty, students, and community members. He said she had “given talks at conferences and in the homes of women’s club members and enlisted the help of librarians from across to the state to build collections.”

    Brannock was cited by the association for her expansion of the usage of academic archival materials for professional and family historians, and for her knowledge of the historical value of archival materials. In particular, the organization noted that the cookbooks project is “a marvelous example of bringing together academic users and the community.”

    Brannock’s research interests include special collections outreach, reference service, and popular culture. She is currently working on a book about Mississippi author Con Sellers and ideas of gender and sexuality reflected in the mid-century lowbrow publishing industry.

  • 02 Jun 2020 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    Joyce M. Shaw, Head of Gunter Library at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, was elected to the position of Vice-Chair Atmospheric Sciences Librarians International (ASLI) for 2020. Atmospheric Science Librarians International is an international professional association for atmospheric science librarians, institutions, and organizations involved in atmospheric research. Vice-Chair serves as chair of the program and conference planning committee for the 24th annual conference: ASLI in 2021: Strengthening engagement with communities through our science and service.

    This conference is scheduled for January 13-14, 2021, as part of the 101st American Meteorological Society meeting, scheduled for January, 10-14, 2021, in New Orleans, LA. For more information about or to join ASLI: http://www.aslionline.org.

    Shaw said, “I am honored, grateful, and energized to be a part of the leadership of this outstanding organization. As we face the challenges of climate change in the midst of a global pandemic, I support this organization’s efforts to share information and resources and to provide service to the international community of atmospheric science librarians, researchers, and practitioners. I encourage all librarians who are interested in environmental sustainability to join ASLI and to attend our 24th annual conference in New Orleans.”

  • 02 Jun 2020 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    Dr. Sarah Mangrum, Clinical Associate Professor and Access Services and Assessment Librarian at Southern Miss Libraries, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Librarianship Award by the Faculty Senate Awards Committee at The University of Southern Mississippi. This award is given every other year to a faculty member who has significantly contributed in the practice of librarianship through excellent performance that enhances the dissemination of knowledge and through the advancement of learning.

    Mangrum has been with University Libraries since October of 2008 and in a faculty librarian role since 2012. She received her MLIS (2011) and EdD in Higher Education Administration (2019) from The University of Southern Mississippi.

  • 02 Jun 2020 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    Diane DeCesare Ross was recently hired as the new Director of the Lamar County Library System. Ross began her new position on April 1, 2020. Ross was born at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, and now lives in Eastabuchie, Mississippi. Diane holds bachelor’s degree in American studies and master’s degrees in both anthropology and library and information science with studies in photography, art history, design, and creative writing.

    Previously, Diane worked for many years at the University of Southern Mississippi as Managing Editor of The Southern Quarterly and as Curator of Manuscripts, Archives, and Digital Collections. As the founding director of the Mississippi Digital Library (MDL), she grew this program from a single scanner in a basement room to a lasting statewide cooperative digital library program involving a variety of institutions.In her spare time, Diane enjoys photography, writing, reading, art, genealogy, making puppets from found materials, walking out in nature, driving along back-roads, and getting people to tell her their stories.

    Submitted by:
    Terry Lajaunie

    Assistant Director

    Lamar County Library System

  • 02 Jun 2020 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    Jenniffer Stephenson started her position as the new Assistant Director for Public Services at First Regional Library in early March 2020. Jenniffer has long been a leader in the library community, including most recently serving as Director of the Greenwood-LeFlore Public Library System. She has served in professional leadership roles in both the state of Mississippi and nationally, serving on the Board of Directors of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and as President of the Mississippi Library Association. She holds her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

    Jenniffer had only been at FRL for a short time before the library closed its doors to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her skills and experience have been invaluable to FRL during this time of reevaluating library services in 2020, as she helps guide FRL’s fourteen branches in finding new ways to provide library service."I am very excited to join the First Regional Library team,” Stephenson says.If anything, this pandemic has shown me how well this team comes together to handle a tough situation while continuing to provide excellent library services.It's proof that we have such a talented group of people who work hard for the communities their libraries serve."

    Jenniffer replaces Barbara Evans, who retired in December of 2019 after serving over 20 years with FRL. Jenniffer can be contacted at jstephenson@firstregional.org.

    Photo credit: David Brown, First Regional Library

    Submitted by:
    David Brown

    First Regional Library

  • 12 Mar 2020 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    The steering committee for the upcoming 53rd annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival regretfully informs you that the festival and all associated activities are cancelled.

    Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of festival participants, the committee made the decision to cancel the festival due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus). No participants have been diagnosed with COVID-19, nor are they showing symptoms; however, a number of speakers and participants have indicated that they will be unable to travel to the festival.

    We understand this is a major inconvenience to festival-goers and a loss to the City of Hattiesburg from an economic and tourism standpoint, but the health and safety of all involved is being prioritized. We hope all of those who are impacted by this cancellation will understand and respect this decision.

    Please visit the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival website (https://www.usm.edu/childrens-book-festival) for information on registration return options, or contact registration coordinator Adrienne Patterson (Adrienne.Patterson@usm.edu) with questions regarding previous registration.

    Submitted by
    Karen Rowell

    Assistant to Director & Special Events Coordinator/Children’s Book Festival Coordinator

    The University of Southern Mississippi

  • 26 Feb 2020 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    Jennifer Brannock, the Curator of Rare Books & Mississippiana at Southern Miss, and Dr. Andrew P. Haley, Southern Miss history professor and food historian, are recipients of an £8,000 ($10,400) grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council via the University of Sheffield (UK). The grant supported the digitization and transcription of Mississippi community cookbooks with the final products added to Southern Miss’ Digital Collections.

    This grant supported the ongoing work focusing on the Mississippi community cookbook collection at the University of Southern Mississippi, which includes almost 1,000 cookbooks produced by Mississippi churches, woman’s clubs, and other organizations as fundraising tools. The Brookhaven Cook Book, published in 1904, is the earliest book in the collection to date, but the collection is still growing.

    The funding also supports Dr. Haley’s Mississippi Community Cookbook Project, a digital humanities initiative that looks at cookbooks for the surprising insights into the ways Mississippians ate and how they thought about their hometowns, state, and even the world.

    “Participating in the Arts and Humanities Research Council grant from the University of Sheffield has made it possible for Southern Miss to not only share Mississippi’s culinary past with Mississippians, but to make this legacy available to the world.  Ultimately, this project will help to demonstrate that the local is global and the global is local,” said Dr. Haley.

    To view some of the digitized and transcribed cookbooks, search the Digital Collections at https://digitalcollections.usm.edu/. For more information about the Mississippi community cookbook collection and activities, contact Jennifer Brannock at Jennifer.Brannock@usm.edu or 601.266.4347.

    Submitted by
    Jennifer Brannock

    Curator of Rare Books & Mississippiana

    The University of Southern Mississippi

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