• Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:48 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Initially hired as Assistant Librarian/Instructional Services Librarian in August of 2013, Hillary Richardson was appointed to Humanities Librarian in the Research Services Department at the Mississippi State University Libraries in November of 2013. She received her MA in English from the University of Mississippi in 2009, and her MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011.

  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:47 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Justin Kani has been named Assistant Professor and Business and Interim Education Librarian of the Mississippi State University Libraries effective October 1, 2014. He has served as a reference and information literacy librarian in Albany, NY since 2010. Justin received his MLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:46 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Nickoal Eichmann became Mississippi State University Libraries’ first History Research Librarian in June 2014. Her specializations include early modern history, digital humanities, and scholarly communication. Nickoal received her MLS from Indiana University in May 2014.

  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:46 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Sheeji Kathuria became the Social Sciences Librarian at Mississippi State University in January 2014. She was formerly a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Sheeji received her MLIS from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2011.

  • Tuesday, February 17, 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.

  • Tuesday, February 17, 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.

  • Tuesday, February 17, 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.

  • Tuesday, February 17, 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.

  • Tuesday, February 17, 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.

  • Tuesday, February 17, 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.



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