• 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.
  • 18 Mar 2015 7:32 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    You are invited to attend the 2015 Southern Miss Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival, Hattiesburg, April 8-10.



    Keynote Speakers:

    Paul Zelinsky

    Rita Auerbach

    Pat Cummings

    Peter Brown

    Nikki Grimes

    David Levithan

    Steve Sheinkin

    Deborah Wiles

    Gene Luen Yang



    Chris Barton, Don Tate, Kathleen Merz, “The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch”

    David Levithan and Deborah Wiles – “Creating the Documentary Novel”



    List of Workshops:


  • 17 Mar 2015 8:24 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    The University of Mississippi Libraries is participating in an Ignite Ole Miss campaign to raise money for Studio One, a simplified video production studio. For more information, please visit http://news.olemiss.edu/library-launches-ignite-campaign-studio-one-project/#.VQgnX47F98E

  • 18 Feb 2015 3:05 PM | Tina Harry (Administrator)


    Dr. Matthew Griffis, Assistant Professor at SLIS, was awarded a 2015 OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant. Griffis’ project, entitled “The Place of the Librarian in the Deskless Library: Do Roaming Reference Models Create a More User-Centered Library?”, will investigate the spatial relationships between library users and roaming (also known as “roving”) reference librarians in public and academic libraries. An extension of his PhD dissertation, Griffis’ new study explores whether roaming reference service models create a more “user-centered” library than traditional, stationary reference models.

    Griffis will be visiting libraries this spring and summer to collect data and will be presenting his findings at the ALISE Annual Conference in Boston, MA in January, 2016. Griffis joined the faculty at SLIS as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in August of 2013. His research interests include the library as place, library buildings as social architecture, public libraries as community spaces, the history of public libraries and librarianship, and Carnegie libraries. His teaching interests include library foundations, archives and archival science, library history, research methods, and information technology in libraries.

  • 17 Feb 2015 9:50 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Jim Kalwara has been named Assistant Professor, Monographic Cataloger effective January 16, 2015. He is from Indianapolis, IN and received his MLS degree from Indiana University, Bloomington in August 2014.



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