• Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:21 PM | Carol Green

    On April 24, over 50 people attended the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) Science Café held at the Ocean Springs Municipal Library (OSML). This very special Science Café was a partnership between Gunter Library, the research library at GCRL, and OSML. The Friday Fiber Arts class at OSML, led by Maryanne Anthony, a library assistant at Gunter Library, worked for six months to create a series of coral reef seascapes, which are on display at the public library. Gunter Library head Joyce Shaw proposed the idea to Anthony and OSML branch manager Yvonne Parton in October 2017. The fiber artists had complete creative control over the scope of the project. Shaw arranged for Krista Ross, an educator in Mobile, AL who participated in NOAA Down Under Out Yonder (DUOY), a program for K-12 Educators, to present at the April GCRL Science Café.  Ross spoke about her experience diving, learning to identify fish and coral, and exploring the beauty of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). The FGBNMS is one of the few places where deep-water coral live in the Gulf of Mexico.  Prior to the Science Café, the fiber artists were honored and recognized at a reception with food and other refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ocean Springs Library and a local business, Coffee Fusion.  The GCRL Science Café, a program of Gunter Library, is in its 7th year of providing informal education for the local community. 

    Photograph by Joyce Shaw

    Submitted by

    Joyce Shaw

    Head Librarian

    Gunter Library, GCRL

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:17 PM | Carol Green

    Special Collections at Southern Miss hosted an exhibit opening on April 19 from 4-5 in McCain Library room 305 to highlight the exhibits curated by three Southern Miss students. Special Collections leads a program where students curate mini-exhibits featuring materials from the library. Students learn how to select items for display, install the materials, write label and exhibit text, and publicize the exhibit. This year’s exhibits feature the work of an English PhD student, an English undergraduate, and a library science graduate student. 

    Land Pirates and Lawlessness in 19th Century Mississippi, curated by English PhD student (and Spring 2018 graduate) Todd Gray, revisits criminal activity in Mississippi from the early 1800s to mid-century. During this period, parts of Mississippi were considered the frontier. The Mississippi River, Natchez Trace, and south Mississippi served as the backdrops for the criminal exploits of such infamous highwaymen as the Harpe brothers, Samuel Mason, John A. Murrell, and James Copeland. The exhibit features novels, illustrations, and historical accounts of this raucous period in Mississippi. 

    Putting the “Able” in Disabled: Representation of Disabilities in Children’s Literature, curated by undergraduate English major Sara Ditsworth, explores the depiction of mental and physical disabilities in children’s literature. The exhibit shows the everyday lives of those with disabilities through photographs and books celebrating diversity and inclusivity. 

    Elevating the Ignoble: The Southern Cookbook as a Medium for Cultural Expression and Identity, curated by School of Library & Information Science graduate student Rachel McMullen, looks at stereotypes of the American South in relation to culinary traditions. Many of the stereotypes that are directed at the South’s culinary habits have helped lead a concerted effort to recapture Southern identity as it is harshly defined by curious spectators and concoct a new image by serving up seductive, distinctly Southern cuisine. The cookbooks included in this exhibit do just that by both embracing and celebrating the misconceptions that plague the Deep South to redefine its eccentricities as endearing attributes worthy of the highest level of commemoration: a place at the table.

    These exhibits will be on display on the third floor of McCain Library & Archives until February 2019. If you have any questions about the program or the exhibits on display, contact Jennifer Brannock at Jennifer.Brannock@usm.edu or 601.266.4347.

    Photograph by Jennifer Brannock

    Left to right – Rachel McMullen, Todd Gray, Sara Ditsworth

    Submitted by Jennifer Brannock

    Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana

    Special Collections, University Libraries

    The University of Southern Mississippi

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:15 PM | Carol Green

    Stephen Parks, State Law Library, has been selected by the American Association of Law Libraries for its 2018 Emerging Leader Award.  The Emerging Leader Award recognizes members in the first ten years of their career who have already made significant contributions to the Association and the profession and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service.  Parks will accept the award at the Association’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore this July.

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:15 PM | Carol Green

    Dr. Deborah Lee has been named associate dean of public services at the Mississippi State University (MSU) Libraries.  Most recently, Lee was professor and coordinator of graduate student services for the MSU Libraries and also served as co-director of the Mississippi State University Quality Enhancement Plan.  Prior to that, she served as coordinator of library instruction and associate director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at MSU.  Lee has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Business Administration from Mississippi State University and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her research focuses on teaching and learning issues related to higher education.

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:13 PM | Carol Green

    Kristin Causey comes to First Regional Library from Columbia County Library in Evans, Georgia. She has worked in public libraries for seven years and received her Master's in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama. She started with FRL on May 1, 2018 and is busy getting to know the staff and her community.

    Photograph by David Brown

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:12 PM | Carol Green

    Kathryn New joined the faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries on May 14, 2018, as Assistant Professor/Arts and Humanities Librarian. Kathryn earned her MLIS degree from Florida State University in April 2016. She also has a BA in history from Mississippi State University. Kathryn most recently worked as Teen Services Librarian at the New Orleans Public Library.

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:10 PM | Carol Green

    Carla Carlson joined the Special Collections staff at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) as Assistant Curator, Historical Manuscripts at the beginning of the year. Carla’s background is in cataloguing, have spent 22 years in USM Technical Services. She first joined the Cook Library staff as a student worker, assisting researchers at the reference desk in Public Services.

    Carla was awarded the position after a national search. After working with all types of materials and patrons for nearly 29 years, Carla was looking for a new challenge that combined her favorite aspects of working for University Libraries. “I found that in Special Collections,” she remarked, “where I can help researchers from all over the country explore our vast primary resources.”  Her former experience in cataloguing and space-planning is also proving beneficial as Special Collections begins its implementation of ArchivesSpace and management of an off-site facility. As a long-time residence of Hattiesburg, she also brings with her a wealth of community knowledge.

    Carla first came to USM as an art student, obtaining her BFA in Drawing & Painting in 1995.  In her life away from work, she enjoys home improvement projects and is an avid painter.

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:07 PM | Carol Green

    Richard Greene, Executive Director of the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System will be retiring on June 30, 2018 after 42 years of outstanding and dedicated service.  Richard began his career with the Library System in 1976.  Prior to becoming Executive Director of MMRLS, he served 2 years as Executive Director of the Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library System.

    Richard obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester New York and his Master’s Degree in Library Science from Syracuse University in Syracuse New York and advanced business courses at Mississippi State University.

    Richard is a Past President, Vice President and Legislative Chairman of the Mississippi Library Association.  He received the Association’s prestigious Peggy May State Service Award in 2000.

    Richard successfully led the statewide efforts to have the Mississippi Legislature fund 100% statewide health insurance for all public library employees.

    Active in his community, Richard received the 1986 Outstanding Citizen Award and the 1986 Golden Shovel Award from the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce.  He is a Past President and Vice President of the Kosciusko Lions Club. He served several years as Staff-Parish Chairman of the Kosciusko First United Methodist Church.

    During the 42 years of Richard’s administration, all 13 system libraries have built new buildings or added additions to their buildings, installed public access internet computers, installed an automated circulation system, gained access to over 3.2 million books through the Mississippi Library Partnership, provided Wi-Fi service, and participated in ongoing staff training and development.

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:00 PM | Carol Green

    Josh Haidet is the incoming Executive Director of the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System. Prior to coming to MMRLS, he served the last 6 years as Executive Director of the East Mississippi Regional Library System.

    Josh received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University where he majored in Political Science and Classical Humanities.  He received his Master’s Degree in Library and Informational Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Josh is a member of the Mississippi Library Association and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.  He has served as a committee member for Clarke County Mississippi’s Excel by 5 program and the Quitman School District’s “One District, One Book” program. He is also Past President and member of the Clarke County Lion’s Club.

    Originally from Alliance Ohio, Josh has recently relocated to Kosciusko from Quitman, Mississippi and is looking forward to being active in the local community.

    Photograph by Mississippi Library Commission

  • Thursday, March 01, 2018 11:24 AM | Carol Green

    The Bolivar County Library System is pleased to recognize two individuals for their dedication and support of the Rosedale Public Library and the Bolivar County Library System.

    Rebecca “Becky” Lewis, the Bolivar County Library Board member from District 1, was instrumental in spearheading the much-needed renovation of the Rosedale Public Library. On February 6, 2018, the Rosedale City Council presented Ms. Lewis with a resolution of appreciation for her volunteer service to the Rosedale Public Library. Ms. Lewis has served on the Library Board for 9 years.

    Photograph by Jennifer Wann

    Rebecca Lewis with Rosedale Vice Mayor Tracy Robinson

    Joyce Applegate was the beloved librarian at the Rosedale Public Library for 20 years from 1986-2006 and has remained a staunch supporter of the library ever since. At the Open House celebrating the completion of renovations at the library held on January 26, 2018, the meeting room at the library was renamed the “Joyce Applegate Room” in her honor.

    Photograph by Tamara Blackwell

    Left to right – Rosedale Librarian Martha Lawson, BCLS Director Jennifer Wann and Joyce Applegate



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