• 15 Feb 2016 5:02 PM | Sarah Mangrum

    Melissa Wright began her position as Public Services Librarian at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia in August of 2015.  She obtained her Masters in Library and Information Science and her PhD in adult education from the University of Southern Mississippi and has worked most recently at UMMC’s Rowland Medical Library as head of instructional services.  “I’m so excited to be part of the Northwest team and to work with such a talented, innovative, and creative group of people.”

  • 15 Feb 2016 5:00 PM | Sarah Mangrum

    Nathan Howe joined Hinds Community College Libraries January 4, 2016, as the Reference Librarian at McLendon Library on the Raymond Campus.  He comes to Hinds after serving as a technical services assistant for the Jackson Hinds Library System, where he previously served as interlibrary loan officer. He had worked with the Jackson Hinds Library System since August 2010. He graduated from the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Southern Mississippi in August 2014. He also holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Mississippi.

  • 15 Feb 2016 4:58 PM | Sarah Mangrum

    In December 2015, Joyce Shaw and Peter Dean became the recipients of the first Friends of University Libraries’ grant to purchase award winning children’s books that portray Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in a realistic way. Shaw and Dean compiled a bibliography of the books as part of a poster presentation at the 2015 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. From this list of twenty-two books, eighteen were not owned by University Libraries in one or more collections.  This award will benefit three University Libraries’ collections that include children’s literature: the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, Cook Library Curriculum Materials Center and Gulf Coast Library Curriculum Lab.  

  • 02 Feb 2016 1:12 PM | Sarah Mangrum

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Miss Jane Smith. 

    Mary Jane Smith, 69, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. A private graveside service will be held by the family.

    Miss Smith was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in Pulaski County. She was a longtime resident of Jackson, retiring as Assistant Director of the Mississippi Library Commission after 40+ years of loyal service. Miss Smith enjoyed needlepoint, cross stitch and reading. Reading was her life, giving her great joy. She was a loving sister, friend to many, a woman of her word and someone you could always count on.

    Miss Smith started at MLC as a Library Consultant March 1, 1980. She held a variety of positions and titles in the thirty years she worked there, including Library Consultant Supervisor, Acting Assistant Director for Library Development, Assistant Director for Library Development, Deputy Director, Director of Public Services, and Acting Director of the Mississippi Library Commission. (She held this last position not once, but twice.) Jane was also the 2006 MLA Peggy May Award winner.

    In 1992, she was key in securing $10 million in bond funding for public libraries. This was the first time the Mississippi Legislature had approved such funding for public libraries. It led to 100 new and newly renovated public library buildings in the state.

    Miss Smith was the person who contacted Senator Gray Ferris about developing a statewide collection of databases for use by public libraries. Ferris thought it was a great idea that academic, public, and school libraries joined forces to get legislative support. The end result was MAGNOLIA, which is still in use today. Other states followed Jane's and Mississippi's lead and began offering statewide access to databases.

    MLC Executive Director Susan Cassagne said, "She was a presence. She was always fair and ready to listen. She was an integral part of the MLC family for many years; she will be missed. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers."

    Photo taken from MLC Reference Blog

    Jane Smith (left) with Sharman Smith (right)

  • 14 Dec 2015 1:14 PM | Sarah Mangrum

    Julia M. Rholes, Dean of Libraries at the University of Mississippi, is retiring at the end of December after twelve years of service to the University.  She can be credited with the creation of a Library Annex for the storage of archival materials and lesser used collections.  This helped free up space to transform the library to better meet the needs of the students and faculty.  She led several renovation projects, including the creation of several commons spaces, and a crowdfunding initiative that built StudioOne, a one stop video recording and editing studio. The addition of comfortable seating and a coffee shop created a welcoming environment for the students.  Rholes also oversaw the growth of critical research collections and the digitization of many archival and accountancy collections. Angela Barlow Brown, director of development for special projects at UM said “I love her passion for serving the students.  She wants only the best for them that she can provide as a dean and as a library team member.” The University of Mississippi is thankful for her dedication to the library and we wish her the best in retirement. 

  • 10 Dec 2015 9:36 AM | Sarah Mangrum

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Mr. Billy Beal, who served on the MLA Executive Board in the position of ALA Councilor. 

    The Meridian Community College will hold a memorial service for Vice-President Billy Beal at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 10 in the McCain Theater. Mr. Beal's visitation will be at Berry & Gardner Funeral Home on Sunday evening December 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday morning, December 14 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Meridian.

  • 23 Nov 2015 8:55 AM | Sarah Mangrum
    On Thursday, October 29th, representatives from the MSU History Department and the MSU Libraries hosted a community forum on the history of Starkville’s civil rights movement at the Hilton Garden Inn of Starkville, MS.  The forum was a culmination of the work produced from the Starkville Civil Rightsproject, which began as a partnership in the summer of 2014. This event was funded by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

    The forum debuted a new digital history website (http://starkvillecivilrights.msstate.edu) on Starkville’s civil rights movement that includes a searchable collection of oral history interviews with local Starkville participants, archival documents from the Mississippi State University Libraries and other collections, and classroom resources developed with Mississippi teachers in mind.  Hillary Richardson, MSU Libraries Humanities Librarian, welcomed the audience and introduced and Dr. Stuart Rockoff of the Mississippi Humanities Council; Nickoal Eichmann, MSU Libraries History Librarian, gave a preview of the website and highlighted its unique features, and Dr. Judith Ridner, Associate Professor of History, presented on some of the themes from the oral histories themselves.  The forum also featured a panel of historians and project participants who discussed Starkville’s movement and its importance in Mississippi and the nation.  Panelists included Dr. Michael Vinson Williams, Dean of Social Sciences at Tougaloo College; Dr. Stephanie Rolph of Millsaps College; Dr.Shirley Hanshaw of Mississippi State University, who was interviewed for the project; Mr. Chris Taylor, President of the Oktibbeha County chapter of the NAACP, who was also interviewed for the project; and Mr. Nick Timmerman of Mississippi State University, project staff member and moderator of the panel.  

    Following the program, audience members had the chance to interact with the Starkville Civil Rights Website and to record their own brief memories of Starkville's civil rights movement for future inclusion in the site.  Recording equipment for the forum was purchased through an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant made available through the Mississippi Library Commission as apart of the Mississippi Library Leadership Institute. The forum was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Mississippi Humanities Council.The representatives from the MSU History department and Libraries are still actively interviewing those who may remember or have participated in Civil Rights struggles in and around Starkville, MS. If you would like to be interviewed, or if you would like to refer someone else who might be interested in participating in an interview, please email starkvillecivilrights@lists.msstate.edu or call (662) 325-2838.

    photo by: Megan Bean, Mississippi State University 

  • 20 Nov 2015 5:58 PM | Sarah Mangrum

    Nan Crosby (pictured left) retired as the Branch Manager of the Ridgeland Public Library with the Madison County Library System in October 2015. She has worked with the library for 25 years and has enjoyed her time as the branch manager. She plans on still being an active patron and volunteer for libraries.

    Antoinette Giamalva is the new Branch Manager for the Ridgeland Public Library with the Madison County Library System. She received her MLIS from University of Southern Mississippi in 2013 and has worked previously for the Flowood Public Library as a Children’s Supervisor Assistant and Reference Librarian. She has also worked at the Delta State University Library as a Reference Librarian and an Access Services Librarian. She has presented at various conferences and has had various articles published. She is looking forward to this next stage in her life.

  • 20 Nov 2015 5:58 PM | Sarah Mangrum

    Greg Johnson, co-author of 100 Books Every Blues Fan Should Own (Rowman & Littlefield 2014), received the Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in the category of Best Historical Research in Blues, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues. 

  • 20 Nov 2015 5:56 PM | Sarah Mangrum

    Dr. Sheila Morgan, Instructional Technologist, joined the Millsaps College Library staff in October.  Sheila has a Ph. D. in instructional technology from the University of Alabama, and bachelor's and master's degrees from MSU.  She manages Course Connect (the Moodle-based LMS), supports faculty instructional technology needs, and provides reference and library instruction services.



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