• 18 Aug 2015 7:51 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature 130 original works of art by award winning illustrator, Tasha Tudor, at an exhibit from October through December at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. These pieces are part of a traveling exhibit organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

    The exhibit, entitled Tasha Tudor: Around the Year, will include original paintings, books, cards and calendars, studies, manuscripts, doll cards & letters, and ephemera, artifacts including hand-painted goose eggs and hand-decorated floral box. The exhibit illuminates the changing seasons and special celebrations with outstanding, rarely seen examples of this beloved author and illustrator’s original art for children’s books and greeting cards highlighting the holidays, including Christmas, a favorite of Tudor’s.

    “Rarely do we have a world class exhibit, such as Tasha Tudor: Around the Year, come to Hattiesburg. Through the generosity of the C.E. and S. Foundation and the Norman Rockwell Museum, we are able to recognize the centenary of one of America’s most significant illustrators. Those who view the exhibit will have an opportunity to purchase one of a kind Christmas cards as well as books and prints. We look forward to celebrating the work of Tasha Tudor,” said Ellen Ruffin, de Grummond Curator.

    The de Grummond Collection has events scheduled throughout the exhibition, and while details are still to be determined, events will include a symposium at the opening of the exhibit in October, a lecture in November, and a mother-daughter tea in conjunction with the Victorian Candlelight Christmas in downtown Hattiesburg. Notable Tasha Tudor scholars, Jeanette Knazek and John Hare, will be featured presenters at the October symposium.

    Knazek has enjoyed Tasha Tudor’s writings and illustrations for over 50 years and has been a consultant for Tasha Tudor exhibitions organized by major museums in the United States and the United Kingdom. The author of many published articles about Tudor's artistry and life, Knazek also co-curated the traveling exhibit.

    John Hare, creator of the Tasha Tudor Bibliography Collection, has spent 25 years assembling books, illustrations, photographs and manuscripts that encompass Tudor’s contribution to the genre of children’s literature. The collection now contains more than 1,500 books and 1,500 other items exhibiting Tudor’s art and writings.

    Tasha Tudor (August 28, 1915-June 18, 2008) is one of America’s best-known and beloved illustrators. Her first little story, Pumpkin Moonshine, was published in 1938. She illustrated nearly one hundred books, the last being the 2003 release, The Corgiville Christmas. She received many awards and honors, including Caldecott Honors for Mother Goose and 1 is One. Many of her books are printed in foreign languages and distributed around the world. She also created thousand of Christmas cards, Advent calendars, valentines, posters, and other works throughout her 70-year career.

    Tasha Tudor

    Artwork by Tasha Tudor.

    Submitted by

    Dawn Smith, M.S.

    Assistant to the Dean for Publicity and Outreach

    University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

  • 18 Aug 2015 7:40 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Dixie Regional Library System is pleased to announce new staffing changes with the selection of Regina Graham as Director and Emily Sutherland as Assistant Director.

    Although new to these positions, both Graham and Sutherland are familiar faces at DRLS. Graham was Assistant Director at the system for 11 years before taking over the duties of Director on May 1, 2015, at the retirement of Judy McNeece. Sutherland served as system Branch Manager at Jesse Yancy Memorial Library in Bruce for eight years and began her new duties as Assistant Director July 1, 2015.

    Graham received her B.A. in History from the University of Mississippi and completed her Master of Library Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. She returned to the Pontotoc County Library to assume the duties of Branch Manager where she once served as a Student Library Clerk during her high school and college years. Graham was Branch Manager at Pontotoc for nine years prior to serving as Assistant Director.

    Graham said that she looked forward to serving the communities in Calhoun, Chickasaw, and Pontotoc counties in this new capacity.“From meeting the bookmobile as a child in the summer, visiting after school and then as a teen working as a clerk, the library has always been a part of my life. It’s an honor to be able to give back and promote the many things our libraries offer. I look forward to working with the community, staff and trustees.”

    Sutherland received her B.A. in Music from Mississippi College and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. She, too, began her library career as a Student Library Clerk at Pontotoc County Library, shelving books and assisting patrons, so both Sutherland and Graham have a long history of service to the library community!

    Sutherland is ready to be an advocate for DRLS. “I am grateful and excited for the opportunity this position provides to represent, support, and promote the wonderful things happening in Calhoun, Chickasaw, & Pontotoc Counties.”

    Sutherland, Graham

  • 18 Aug 2015 7:37 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    There are two staff job changes at Millsaps College Library. Jamie Wilson, formerly Acquisitions Librarian, is now Electronic Resources and Web Services Librarian and was elected Secretary of MLA for 2016. Elizabeth Beck continues as Cataloger with added responsibilities as Systems Librarian.

  • 18 Aug 2015 7:34 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    The Jackson-Hinds Library System has hired Miao Jin as Assistant Director for Technical Services. Her previous work experience includes four years as catalog librarian at Hinds Community College and seven years as technical services librarian at the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries. She received her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2000 and her bachelor’s degree in information management from Nanjing University in China in 1998.

  • 18 Aug 2015 7:25 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Hanna Lee is the new Head Librarian for the Batesville branch of First Regional Library. Hanna Lee comes to First Regional from The Princeton Public Library, in Princeton, NJ. She holds a MA in Teaching from John Hopkins University and an MLIS from Rutgers University.
    She has been a Youth Services Librarian; a classroom teacher, teaching language arts to 7th through 9th grade students; an instructor for ESL and much more. As part of her work at the Princeton Public Library, she oversaw an afterschool tutoring program for several years. She was recognized by the American Library Association as one of a handful of Emerging Leaders in 2014 for her work at Princeton Public Library and elsewhere.
    Collaborating and communicating with the community she serves is extremely important to Hanna. “I plan to spend my first year getting to know Batesville and the outlying communities the library serves. I want to know what the community wants from their library, and become acquainted with potential schools, businesses and community groups with which the library can partner so we all serve our community to the best of our abilities.”

  • 03 Jun 2015 6:58 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Dr. Joy Greiner, long-time faculty member at SLIS, University of Southern Mississippi, and Director from 1991-1999, passed away on May 19, 2015. Dr. Greiner joined the SLIS faculty in the mid 80s and retired in 2008. A memorial service will be held at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg on June 20th at 11:30am, followed by a reception at the Thad Cochran Center on the USM campus at 2:00.

  • 15 May 2015 12:49 PM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    McNeece retired from Dixie Regional Library System on April 30, 2015.

    McNeece became Director of DRLS in 2004. She earned a Masters of Library Science from George Peabody College for Teachers. Throughout her career Judy has worked in many types of libraries. She has worked in college, high school, church and special libraries in addition to her service to public libraries.

    While at DRLS McNeece wrote and received many grants, including one from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc. and another from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

    New Director, Regina Graham worked with Judy McNeece as Assistant Director to DRLS for 11 years and said that working with Judy has been a pleasure. “She has been a good boss. She has excelled in scheduling a diverse selection of authors for Lunching with Books. She has never been afraid to tackle a big project like rearranging whole libraries. She has brought many good ideas to the system and is truly passionate about public libraries.”
  • 15 May 2015 12:41 PM | Tina Harry (Administrator)
    Grant joined the Millsaps College Library as Acquisitions Librarian in February. Mariah has an MLIS from the University of Arizona, her native state, and previously worked at MVSU. She replaces Jamie Wilson who is now the Electronic Resources and Web Services Librarian.
  • 15 May 2015 12:39 PM | Tina Harry (Administrator)
    Sellers joined Hinds Community College Libraries April 20, 2015, as the Administrative Librarian for the Vicksburg Campus Learning Resource Center. He comes to Hinds after serving as school librarian for the Vicksburg-Warren School District. Since graduating from the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies, he has served as Collection Management Services Director and as Collection Management Librarian & Recorder of State Documents at the Mississippi Library Commission. He has also worked as the Interlibrary Loan Manager for the Jackson-Hinds Library System.
  • 18 Mar 2015 7:34 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)
    On Friday, April 17, University Libraries will host an Institutional Repository Day. Librarians across the state as well as members of the campus community are invited to attend. The event will feature presentations about the capabilities of institutional repositories through a day of presentations, panels, and workshops. Speakers such as Marilyn Billings, a nationally recognized librarian in the field of scholarly communication, will lead several of the sessions.

    Free registration is at http://lib.usm.edu/aquilarsvp

    For any questions about the event, contact Josh Cromwell at Joshua.Cromwell@usm.edu or 601.266.6200.



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