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New hires at Holmes Community College Libraries

11 Aug 2014 9:44 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

Holmes Community College Libraries welcomes two new Assistant Librarians, Jennifer A. Smith and Angie Balius.

Jennifer A. Smith comes to the Ridgeland Campus, Adcock Library, from Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library where she served as Assistant Director for 12 years. Smith earned her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997 and has worked in Mississippi public libraries ever since. Smith has served the Mississippi Library Association in many capacities over the years; Treasurer from 2003-05, Vice-President/President Elect in 2010, President in 2011, and Past President in 2012. She has also served as chair of various committees. Smith was awarded the MLA Past-President’s Award in 2001 and a Resolution of Commendation for Outstanding Service to the Mississippi Library Association National Library Week Committee in 2003.

Smith is very active in her church. At Safe Harbor Family Church, she is a Craft Group member and a Shepherd’s Task Force member. She also volunteers often around the Jackson area for groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Stewpot, Grace House and Good Samaritan. Her personal interests include reading, cooking, quilting, hiking, traveling and trying new restaurants around the Jackson metro area. Smith loves her home in Pearl, MS, and is the proud mom of two Catahoula mixed breed dogs, Hannah and Oakley.

Angie Balius is the new Assistant Librarian at McMorrough Library, Goodman Campus. Balius brings to Holmes varied experiences working in academic libraries. She has worked at MS Gulf Coast Community College, the University of Southern Mississippi and she spent two years working on archival digitization projects at the University of Alabama W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library and the Bounds Law Library. Her interests in librarianship are focused on emerging technologies and digital media. Balius considers herself an outreach and instruction librarian. Before earning her Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, Balius focused on media production and worked in broadcast news at WLOX-TV in Biloxi and WGNO-TV in New Orleans. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. Following her work in broadcasting, she became a producer/director at University of Alabama’s Center for Communication and Education Technology.

Angie has a terrier mix named Trixie Louise who will be 15 in October.



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