• 28 Feb 2019 9:05 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    The MSU Libraries will host its annual Charles Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Festival and the Gatsby Gala March 28-30, 2019.  The Festival features pianist Martin Spitznagel, Larisa Migachyov, multi-instrumentalist Dave Bennett and drummer Ha Smith.  This year’s festival will feature a salute to Benny Goodman and Jerry Lee Lewis.  The Gatsby Gala, a 1920’s fashion show, features 1920’s inspired dresses designed by the Fashion Design and Merchandising students.  The mission of the Templeton Festival is to provide another educational and artistic opportunity for the citizens of Starkville, Oktibbeha county and the surrounding counties. The Festival endeavors to educate audiences on these early forms of music from ragtime to blues, jazz, stride, and more.  For more information visit http://library.msstate.edu/festival

    Submitted by

    Stephen Cunetto

    Associate Dean, University Libraries

    Mississippi State University



  • 27 Feb 2019 3:27 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    The Jackson-George Regional Library System held the 32nd Annual Volunteer Awards Reception at the Pascagoula Public Library on Tuesday, February 13. The theme was “Volunteers Love Our Libraries” with over 110 in attendance.

    Along with a luncheon, the volunteers attending from the nine branch libraries received a certificate recognizing their service and a chance for door prizes. The guest speaker for the event was Mississippi Library Commission Executive Director Hulen Bivins.  

    Awards were presented to the following: Rita Krebs Genealogy Volunteer of the Year was given to MS Digital Library for their assistance in helping digitize collections for the genealogy library; the Mary Ann Louviere Youth Services Volunteer of the Year was presented to Aric Wirtz from the Ocean Springs Library with 181 hours of service.  The Flora S. Scholtes Volunteer of the Year was presented to Estelle Nettles from the Moss Point Library with 290 hours of service.

    The Friends of the Pascagoula Public Library won the Friends of the Library 2019 award which was presented by Library Director Lori Barnes.  This award is given for outstanding support for Friends projects, program sponsorships, fundraising efforts, and membership drives for the library.

    “Volunteers donated nearly 8,000 hours of service to the library system for 2018 and is the equivalent of more than four full-time employees,” said library director Lori Barnes. “We couldn’t do all we do without them,” she said.

    See photos on the library Facebook page - JacksonGeorgeLibrary or visit the library website at www.jgrls.org for more information about Friends groups and locations.

    Photographs by Rex Bridges

    Submitted by

    Rex Bridges

    Public Relations & Marketing Manager

    Jackson-George Library System

  • 27 Feb 2019 2:05 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Janice Vaughn, Branch Manager at the Jesse Yancy Memorial Library in Bruce, was interviewed by Rylie Livingston of WCBI News. 

    Link to the interview: Public Libraries Are Having To Make Sacrifices

    Photograph by Janice Vaughn

    Rylie Livingston (right) with WCBI intern

    Submitted by

    Janice Vaughn

    Branch Manager

    Jesse Yancy Memorial Library

  • 26 Feb 2019 11:45 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    The Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System recently held their first annual Mad Hatter Tea Party the week of December 10, 2018 in the headquarters library in McComb and two of their branch libraries.  With over 65 children and adults attending, the tea was a huge success!  Everyone was encouraged to dress in character and finger foods were served at the events.  At the McComb branch, there were three different activities set up for the children.  There was a face painting table, a craft table, where they were encouraged to make their own Mad Hatter top-hat, and a photo booth.  Miss Mattie entertained the children with music and singing, and the story of “Alice in Wonderland” was read by the children’s activities director, Laura Stokes.

    Photographs by Laura Stokes.  

    Submitted by 

    Laura Stokes

    Children's Activities Director

    Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System

  • 25 Feb 2019 3:56 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Carol Green has been named Interim Head of Technical Services at The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

  • 25 Feb 2019 3:47 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Bonnie Thornton joined Mississippi State University Libraries in December in the Assistant Professor/Continuing Resources position. This position is her first professional librarian role and focuses on the management of the print serials collection and other duties as assigned. Bonnie graduated with her MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked as a graduate assistant in the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library providing reference and instruction services. She also worked as a copy cataloger at their large density storage facility. Prior to her time at Illinois, she earned her B.A. in History and Spanish at Augustana College, with a focus on public history and Colonial Spain. She’s glad to have escaped the Midwest with her cats before the snow could bury her.  

    Teri M. Robinson joined the faculty of Mississippi State University as an Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review. Previously, she was the supervisor for records and transcripts in the Registrar’s Office at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2018, Teri earned her MLIS and a Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections from The University of Southern Mississippi. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama.

    Rebecca (Becky) Bickford is now Assistant Professor/Social Sciences Librarian in the Research Services department of the Mississippi State University Libraries. Becky joined MSU in late 2017 as a Library Associate in Research Services. Becky graduated in 2006 from the University of West Georgia with a BS in Early Childhood Education. Becky obtained her MLIS from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2016. Upon completion of her MLIS, she worked as the Information Services Librarian at South Georgia State College in Douglas, Georgia.

    Stephen Cunetto, the Associate Dean for University Libraries at Mississippi State University, was recently appointed to the MLC Board of Commissioners by Governor Phil Bryant. He earned his B.S. in Communication at Mississippi State University and his Masters in Library and Information Science at The University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. As the Associate Dean, he provides strategic direction, oversight, and maintenance of the Libraries' technological infrastructure and technology services, ensuring tight integration of all digital and online services, as well as assists in the overall management and strategic operation of the University Libraries.

  • 25 Feb 2019 3:39 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Mariah Grant was promoted to the position of Associate College Librarian at Millsaps College. In this faculty position, she serves as the Millsaps-Wilson Library’s assistant director, coordinates all public services, and holds the rank of Assistant Professor. She previously held the positions of Public Services and Instruction Librarian and Acquisitions and Serials Librarian at Millsaps College. Grant has a M.A. in Library and Information Science, a Graduate Certificate in Archives, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Arizona.


    Mary Kirkham is the new Collection Development and Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Millsaps College. In this faculty position, she coordinates the Interlibrary Loan Office, serves as the primary liaison to academic departments, manages collection development, and holds the rank of Assistant Professor. Kirkham has a M.L.I.S. and a B.S. in Business Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi.


    Rachel Long is the new Instructional Technologist at Millsaps College. In her new role, she serves on the library team and is the administrator of the campus course management system. Long joined the Millsaps-Wilson Library as the Library Assistant in 2017 after graduating from Millsaps College with a B.A. in Literature in English and a licensure to teach secondary education.

  • 03 Dec 2018 10:27 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) names the University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library as the 2018 Federal Depository Library of the Year. The library was selected for its creative promotion of Government documents through campaigns, exhibits, and events. The J.D. Williams Library became a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in 1883. The library is the Regional depository library for Mississippi, serving ten selective depositories in the state.

    To coincide with its 135th anniversary in the FDLP, the library hosted a year-long Government documents campaign. As part of the campaign, the library created a Government documents coloring book and bookmark and hosted anniversary-related events featuring various librarians and scholars as guest speakers. It produced seven new LibGuides on Government information and displayed six exhibits throughout the library that pointed users to the depository. For children, the library developed educational materials and engaged middle-school students with direct programming.

    “I congratulate the staff at the J.D. Williams Library for its innovative and steadfast efforts in Keeping America Informed on the three branches of the Federal Government since 1883,” said Acting GPO Deputy Director Herbert H. Jackson, Jr. “The library has demonstrated a rich legacy of service and learning. It serves as an example of the critical relationship GPO has with the library community in providing the public free access to Government information in digital and print formats.”

    “UM Libraries are proud to be included among Federal Depository Libraries,” said Cecilia Botero, Dean of Libraries at the University of Mississippi. “The ability to offer the UM community and the people of Mississippi free public access to these vitally important government documents is a responsibility we take seriously. We are honored to be chosen as the 2018 Federal Depository Library of the Year.”

    This article was originally posted on the GPO website by Gary Somerset, Chief Public Relations Officer at the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

    Submitted by

    Melissa Dennis

    Head of Research & Instruction

    University of Mississippi Libraries

  • 27 Nov 2018 10:35 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    The Friends of Iuka Library (Tishomingo County) celebrate their 30th birthday this year! Formed in 1988, the group has over 300 members on the roll with some of the original members still active in library events.

    Accomplishments of the Friends of Iuka Library include:

    • Instrumental in getting a library addition built in 1994-1995 plus an outbuilding to hold excess used book inventory and yard sale items
    • Primary sponsor of annual Summer Reading Programs and National Library Week 
    • Bi-monthly Lunch Break programs that are free to the community with an optional $2 sack lunch prepared by the Friends
    • Fund raising activities such as used book sales, yard sales, beans & cornbread lunches, and other merchandise sales such as the Friends of the Library Cookbook, “I love books” tote bags and similar items. A steady monthly income stream is generated from the Friends’ Book Store book sales inside the branch thanks to an incredibly dedicated volunteer (retired public school librarian) who single-handedly manages the Book Store.  
    • Bi-monthly newsletter mailed to all active members as well as complimentary copies to legislators, local elected officials, key businesspeople, etc.
    • Sponsors of the Children’s Christmas Party and Easter Egg Hunt for 30 years
    • Hosts of the Northeast Regional Library System annual staff meeting once every five years, providing breakfast and lunch (meetings rotate among the largest branches)
    • Replaced all ten of the 20-year-old chairs at the public computer stations with comfortable new office chairs

    Iuka Public Library

    2018 Summer Reading Program 

    Submitted by

    Gwen Spain


    Iuka Public Library

  • 27 Nov 2018 10:30 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    The State Law Library of Mississippi has signed a Preservation Steward Agreement with the United States Government Publishing Office.  Under this agreement, the Library pledges to permanently preserve its print collections of the United States Reports, Statutes at Large, and Public Papers of the President.  The Preservation Steward Program was developed by GPO to support continued public access to historic government documents in print in the digital era.  All depository libraries are invited to participate in the Preservation Steward Program.  GPO also welcomes the opportunity to discuss possible partnerships with non-depository libraries.  For more information on this and other preservation opportunities, visit https://www.fdlp.gov/preservation/preservation-at-gpo

    The Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL) has selected Jackson, MS as the host city of its 2020 Annual Meeting.  Stephen Parks, State Librarian at the State Law Library of Mississippi, submitted the proposal in late 2017 with the announcement of Jackson’s selection being made in early 2018.  The SEAALL Annual Meeting was last in Mississippi in 1990 when Oxford hosted the program with the theme of “An Anthology of Issues Facing Law Librarians.”  Comprising over 500 individuals from eleven Southeastern states and Puerto Rico, SEAALL is an official chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries with its members coming from court, law firm, corporate, and academic law libraries.  The three day conference, to be held in April 2020, will involve education sessions, workshops, library tours, and receptions.    

    Submitted by

    Stephen Parks

    State Librarian

    State Law Library of Mississippi



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