• 17 Feb 2015 9:43 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Jennifer J. Meister has accepted the position of Cataloging Librarian at Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS. Jennifer has been employed as an Administrative Librarian with Hinds at the Vicksburg campus since 2013. Previously, she has worked as a Branch Manager for the Central Mississippi Regional Library System and as a Technology Librarian in her home state of New Jersey. Jennifer received her MSLIS from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) in 2007.

  • 17 Feb 2015 9:25 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)


    In a competitive application process, Jennifer Brannock has been selected as a participant in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI).

    ALI is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration, and is being hosted at Luther College for the years 2013-15. The Archives Leadership Institute at Luther College (ALI@Luther) will provide advanced training for 25 emerging and innovative leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the archival profession in practice, theory and attitude. To learn more about ALI@Luther see www.archivesleadershipinstitute.org.

    In support of the project, Luther College Archives was awarded $216,150 by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the granting agency of the National Archives and Records Administration.

    Participants were selected for the 2015 ALI@Luther program participant based on their leadership skills and potential, ability to influence policy and change within an organization and the archival field, commitment to the archival profession, career progress and history, organizational involvement, professional motivation and goals, a collaborative and innovative spirit and diversity and specialization within the profession.

    Jennifer Brannock is an Associate Professor and Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining Southern Miss, she was the Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship at Yale University. She currently serves as president of the Society of Mississippi Archivists, steering committee member of the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC), chair of the RAAC education subcommittee, and is the former chair of the Mississippi Library Association chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries. Jennifer holds an M.A. in Art History and an M.L.S. from the University of Kentucky.

    The Leadership Intensive held at Luther College is a weeklong immersion program that embraces a distraction-free, focused opportunity for emerging archival leaders to develop necessary theories, skills and knowledge. Participants will engage in daylong workshops focusing on current and vital strategies for archival leadership such as new leadership thinking and methods, strategies for born digital resources, project management, human resource development and advocacy and outreach. Participants will also take part in team building activities that embrace the beauty and fresh-air of the Upper Iowa River bluff country in northeast Iowa.

    Following the weeklong intensive at Luther College, participants will return to their institutions to develop a post-intensive practicum project. The chosen practicum project will serve as the primary focus for all ALI@Luther participants in the following year and will meet the goal of connecting archival leadership skills with practical application. Throughout this process, an ALI steering committee mentor will provide guidance and support for the proposed project.

    The institute will conclude with a practices workshop to be held in conjunction with the Society of American Archivists' annual meeting in August 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The content of the practices workshop will consist of facilitated conversation focused on applying leadership learning to ongoing projects and practicums.

  • 17 Feb 2015 9:20 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)


    After 23 years of outstanding service, Carolyn Steen has retired as System Technology Coordinator of the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (MMRLS). Carolyn served in several positions throughout her years at MMRLS, including Youth Services Coordinator, Reference/ILL Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant before assuming the position of System Technology Coordinator in 1999. Carolyn received a B.S. and M.E. in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University and a M.D. from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

  • 17 Feb 2015 9:16 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)


    Michael Davide joined the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System in November 2014 as System IT Coordinator. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Michael received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University and a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. Before joining the library system, Michael served in the U.S. Air Force for 18 years, reaching the rank of Major. While in the Air Force Michael was stationed throughout the U.S. including: Eglin AFB, Florida; Pensacola NAS, Florida; Andrews AFB, Maryland; Keesler AFB, Mississippi; Peterson AFB, Colorado; Scott AFB, Illinois; Randolph AFB, Texas; and served two deployments in Baghdad, Iraq. Michael and his wife Peggy are the parents of four boys.

  • 17 Feb 2015 9:12 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Mariah Grant has joined the Millsaps-Wilson Library staff as Acquisitions and Serials Librarian. 


    Jamie Wilson, formerly Acquisitions Librarian, is now Electronic Resources and Web Services Librarian.

  • 17 Feb 2015 9:08 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)


    The Jackson-George Regional Library System has hired Tonja Johnson as Assistant Director of Human Resources and Branch Development.

    She was previously employed with North Ponotoc School System and held the position of Librarian/Media Specialist in Ecru, MS. Tonja was also Library Director for the Union County Library System in New Albany, MS. While at the school system, she was selected as 2013-2014 Educator of the Year.

    Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in History from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, and has a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

    She has a strong background in library services to bring to the Library System with experience in literacy and library skills, budgets and collections, cataloging, library and professional development, and more.

    For information about libraries, branch locations, and phone numbers, visit the library website at www.jgrls.org.

  • 17 Feb 2015 9:06 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)


    Jennifer Blalock has been named as the new Branch Manager of the Jesse J. Edwards Public Library in Coldwater, a branch of First Regional Library. She recently obtained her Masters in Library Information Services from the University of Southern Mississippi. Blalock has worked in Tate County school libraries and as a sales representative for Rainbow Books. The Tate County native currently resides in Cockrum, MS with her husband and two children. "I'm looking forward to meeting the people of Coldwater and finding out what they want out of their public library." she said. "This is already a great library with a great staff, and I'm excited to find ways we can provide even more support to this community."

    Blalock replaces Tasha Jackson-Sow, who is now Branch Manager of the Tunica County libraries of First Regional Library.

  • 17 Feb 2015 8:55 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    The Mississippi Library Commission is pleased to announce the graduation of the 2014 class of the Mississippi Library Leadership Institute. Twenty rising stars in the library profession participated in a year-long program designed to grow the next generation of library leaders in the state of Mississippi.

    The Mississippi Library Leadership Institute is a transformational experience requiring participants to attend four three-day training sessions, study leadership theory between sessions, and undertake a community project. The Institute emphasizes experiences that build strong relationships with community partners and involve a very high level of intensity and risk-taking.

    “Through MLLI, I was given the extraordinary opportunity to create a meaningful project for my library and my community, which I would not have pursued otherwise. In doing so, I learned about managing my first large-scale project, met dedicated and talented librarians from around the state, and tested my potential as a leader. For these things I am so very grateful.” – Hilary Richardson, Mississippi State University

    2014 Mississippi Library Leadership Institute class:

    • Ashley Biggs, Central Mississippi Regional Library System, Flowood, Miss.
    • JoAnn Blue, Carnegie Public Library of Clarksdale & Coahoma County, Clarksdale, Miss.
    • Jamie Elston, Jackson-George Regional Library System, Moss Point, Miss.
    • Antoinette Giamalva, Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss.
    • Crystal Giles, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Senatobia, Miss.
    • Joshua Haidet, East Mississippi Regional Library, Quitman, Miss.
    • Shivon Rockward Hess, Mississippi Library Commission, Jackson, Miss.
    • Lisa Justis, East Mississippi Community College, Mayhew, Miss.
    • Sarah Mangrum, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.
    • Erica McCaleb, Mississippi Library Commission, Jackson, Miss.
    • Lindsey Miller, Columbus Lowndes County Library System, Columbus, Miss.
    • Darlene Morgan, Pike-Amite Walthall Library System, McComb, Miss.
    • Jennifer Parker, Magee High School, Magee, Miss.
    • Jesse Pool, First Regional Library System, Horn Lake, Miss.
    • Hillary Richardson, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss.
    • Elizabeth Simmons, Puckett Attendance Center, Puckett, Miss.
    • Violene Williams, Coahoma Community College, Clarksdale, Miss.
    • Jamie Wilson, Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss.
    • Callie Wiygul, The Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, & Forrest County, Hattiesburg, Miss.
    • Abbie Woolridge, Meridian Lauderdale County Public Library, Meridian, Miss.

    The Mississippi Library Leadership Institute was made possible in part by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Mississippi Library Commission. For more information about the Institute, visit mlc.lib.ms.us/ ServicesToLibraries/mlli.html

    Mississippi Library Leadership Institute class

    Photograph by Joy Garretson

    Submitted by

    Lacy Ellinwood

    Public Library Consultant

    Mississippi Library Commission

  • 17 Feb 2015 8:49 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)
    This spring, you’ll want to “ankle” quickly to Mississippi State University Libraries for the ninth annual Charles Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Festival– it’s the “bee’s knees!” Dress up in ’20s fashion and be an “Oliver Twist” on the dance floor at the second annual Gatsby Gala, enjoy performances from some of the country’s most talented pianists, and learn more about ragtime, jazz and early American music at a number of lectures.

    Previously an event exclusively featuring piano and concentrating mainly on ragtime, the festival is spreading its wings to include more instruments and styles. Look forward to the sounds of Stride, Boogie, Blues, Novelty, Swing, New Orleans Jazz, some Gershwin and of course, a healthy serving of Ragtime. From the wild, hot piano of Dr. Dave Majchrzak to the pastel-tinged Art Deco pianisms of Richard Dowling, from the torrid New Orleans Rag, Jazz and Blues heritage of Scott Kirby to the impressive eclecticism of Ivory&Gold®, this year's Templeton Festival truly has something for everyone!

    The festival features the Charles H. Templeton Sr. Collection and Museum in MSU Libraries, which houses over 22,000 pieces of sheet music, 200 musical instruments, and unique musical memorabilia from the 1880s to the 1930s. The collection highlights the industry during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when ragtime dominated popular American music.

    Events kick off with the Gatsby Gala on Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m., featuring a fashion show of ’20s designs created by students in the Apparel, Textile and Merchandising program. A series of Templeton Museum tours, seminars and silent movies will be held throughout the day and evening concerts featuring our guest performers will be held in the evenings, Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. Daytime events and the Gatsby Gala will be held in Mitchell Memorial Library, and the concerts will be held at the McComas Hall Auditorium on the MSU Campus.

    The Festival is sponsored by grants from the Starkville Area Arts Council, Greater Starkville Partnership Development and the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Tickets are available for daily events, evening concerts, and for the entire festival online at http://library.msstate.edu/ragtime. For questions or concerns, contact Lynda Graham at lgraham@library.msstate.eduor (662) 325-6634.

    Submitted by
    Stephen Cunetto
    Administrator of Systems
    Mississippi State University Libraries

  • 17 Feb 2015 8:42 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    At places like Walt Disney World and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, more than four million people have viewed The Kinsey Collection's artifacts, manuscripts, books and art documenting African American history.

    Soon, the collection, comprising one of the largest private collections of African American pieces in the world, will make its first visit to the Magnolia State at Mississippi State University. Free, public viewings of The Kinsey Collection's "African American Treasures" will be open March 21-June 20 in the John Grisham Room at Mitchell Memorial Library.

    Because the collection is private, not a permanent public display, viewing "African American Treasures" is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, according to organizers. They suggest residents, schools and media make plans to see the pieces during its short three-month visit.

    Pieces in The Kinsey Collection, owned by Bernard and Shirley Kinsey of Los Angeles, celebrate African Americans' achievements and accomplishments throughout U.S. history, especially through their impacts on culture and art.

    Highlights of the "African American Treasures" display coming to MSU include an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and a signed copy of Brown v. Board of Education. Also, rare works from early 19th century African American artists will be displayed.

    The Kinsey family, including son Khalil, will visit campus to celebrate the opening of The Kinsey Collection at MSU. Bernard Kinsey will speak at a 3 p.m. public presentation on March 22 to offer insights into the respective pieces on display at the university, as well as why he and his wife are so passionate about gathering items for the collection.

    The collection is presented by the Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation for Art and Education. The organization seeks to educate the public about African American history by highlighting African American accomplishments over time, closing societal and cultural gaps between African Americans and other populations, and eroding the stereotypes undercutting equality.

    The exhibit is made possible by MSU Libraries, African American Studies at MSU and grants from Visit Mississippi, Starkville Visitors & Convention Council and the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Mississippi Humanities Council.

    To discover more, schedule group tours or view exhibit hours for "African American Treasures" from The Kinsey Collection at MSU, visit http://library.msstate.edu/Kinsey. More information about the Kinseys, The Kinsey Collection and its history is available at www.thekinseycollection.com.

    African American Treasures

    Submitted by

    Stephen Cunetto
    Administrator of Systems

    Mississippi State University Libraries



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