• Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:13 PM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the winners of its 2014 Maker Contest.

    Over the summer, libraries were encouraged to implement ‘making’ activities into their summer reading and learning programming efforts. At the conclusion of their making programming, libraries were invited to enter YALSA’s Maker Contest. YALSA received a total of 27 entries from across the country, which were vetted by a taskforce of YALSA members.

    Jaclyn Anderson from the Madison County Library System in Canton, Mississippi was one of the five winners of the Maker Contest. She offered ArtBot workshops that challenged teens to create robots that could create drawings.

    Winners received a prize pack with various STEM and making related tools and resources.

  • Tuesday, September 09, 2014 7:45 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)


    Billy Beal, beginning his 38th year on Meridian Community College's administrative staff, has been promoted to the position of Associate Vice President for Learning Resources, according to MCC President Dr. Scott Elliott. Beal's promotion was ratified by the MCC Board of Trustees during its monthly meeting in August.


    "Billy is richly deserving of this recognition," Elliott said. "He has served MCC long and well. He is one of our state's most respected learning resources officers and has been a great asset to MCC during his tenure. As just one example, Billy is without question one of the most knowledgeable professionals I've worked with in terms of learning resources accreditation standards."


    Elliott announced Beal's promotion during the opening session of MCC's fall semester faculty in-service program, presenting him with some new business cards. Beal received a rousing reception from the faculty when the announcement was made.


    "The sustained and enthusiastic applause by Billy's colleagues at MCC was reflective of their appreciation for his dedication to the institution," Elliott assessed. "It was a heart-warming moment."


    Beal served as the dean of the College's Learning Resources from 1992 until his associate vice president appointment.


    A native of Meridian, Beal holds an A.B. from Loyola University of Chicago and an M.S. in library science from Simmons College in Boston. After his academic studies at Simmons, he returned to Meridian where he became circulation librarian at MCC. During his tenure at the College, he has served as Self Study Title III director, acquisitions librarian, ACE/HEMI coordinator, computer-assisted instruction supervisor and head librarian, as well as chairman of the Student Appeals Committee.


    He has been the recipient of the John Johnson, Lamplighter and Employee of the Month awards as well as installed into the Talon Club, which salutes MCC employees who have served the College for 30-plus years.


    Off campus, Beal is a trustee for the Mississippi Heritage Trust, is president of the Lauderdale County Mental Health Association and is a commissioner on the Historic Meridian Commission.  Additionally, Beal is a member of the American Library Association, the Mississippi Library Association. Beal also serves as organist at St. Joseph Catholic Church.


    A founding member for the Meridian Council for the Arts, Beal was a former board member of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. He was also a board member of the Meridian Historic Foundation, which became the Grand Opera House, now known as the Mississippi State University Riley Center.


    Beal credits current and former colleagues for support, and a former mentor especially. "I owe a debt to the late Dr. Clarence Roberts, vice president of instruction at MCC, from whom I learned the intricacies and inner workings of higher education."

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:26 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) awarded a grant of $43,490 to the Ulysses S. Grant Association for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    Established by Congress in 1934, NHPRC is the grant-making affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The NHPRC helps non-Federal institutions preserve and make broadly accessible other records of historical value through grants to archival institutions, manuscript repositories, and publications in multiple formats.

    This grant will allow the Association to continue its work on the publication of Vols. I and II of the Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant: an annotated scholarly edition in print and a complete digital edition, which will show the various drafts of the Memoirs, from first to final. The digital edition will be published with free online access.

    Grant’s Memoirs, published in 1885 by Mark Twain’s own publishing house Charles L. Webster and Co., have been touted as the greatest work of nineteenth-century non-fiction literature. The best-selling Memoirs received critical praise in their day and still remain a model for contemporary presidents when they write their own presidential memoirs. President Clinton kept a copy of Grant’s Memoirs on a bookshelf near his oval office desk.

    The scholarly edition will be of tremendous value to historians and those who wish to understand more completely Grant’s military career, mainly in the Mexican-American and Civil War. The annotations will have meticulous research and solid scholarship behind them.

    Revealed in the drafting stages are the personal struggles Grant faced while writing his Memoirs, particularly his battle with throat cancer. Having been diagnosed with the illness shortly after beginning the Memoirs, Grant dealt with losing his voice and periods of intense physical pain and weakness. On July 16, 1885, Grant wrote to his doctor regarding the Memoirs that "There is nothing more that I should do to it now, and therefore I am not more ready to go than at this moment.” He passed away only a few days later on July 23, 1885.

    The Grant Association’s goals for the Memoirs are to complete drafting and verification of the annotations for Vols. I and II and to send out both volumes for peer review by the end of the 2014-15 fiscal year. Groundwork on the digital version will continue alongside the work on the print edition.

    The Grant Association greatly appreciates the continued financial support of the NHPRC so it may continue to grow the scholarship on Ulysses S. Grant and his family.

    Grant Association Executive Director John F. Marszalek said, “Over the years of the Grant Association’s editorial work on the 32 volumes of the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, the NHPRC’s financial support has been crucial. Its continuing support this coming year will help ensure the first scholarly edition of the Grant Memoirs, an American classic.”

    Submitted by
    Angela M. Patton
    Library Associate
    Mississippi State University Libraries

    Submitted by
    Angela M. Patton
    Library Associate
    Mississippi State University Libraries
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014 1:48 PM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    The System Trustees and Staff of the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (MMRLS) held a reception Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Attala County Library honoring eleven inductees into the newly founded Wall of Fame. Present and past staff and trustees who have made a significant contribution to local and state public librarianship were honored at this event.

    The 2014 Charter Class of inductees included the late Ms. Mary E. Love, Retired Director of the Mississippi Library Commission, 1968 - 1976; Mr. Richard Greene, MMRLS Executive Director, 1976 - present; Ms. Linda Milner, Retired MMRLS Assistant Director and Attala County Librarian, 1974 - 2012; Mr. Charles “Tex” Ritter, Retired System Trustee and Attala County Trustee, 1987 – 2012; the late Ms. Laura Bowie, Retired Holmes County Trustee, 1978 - 1998 ; the late Ms. Ruth Ray Dinstel, Retired MMRLS Youth Services Coordinator and West Librarian, 1987 - 1991; the late Ms. Bonnie Freeny, Retired Carthage Librarian and Leake County Trustee, 1966 - 1985; the late Ms. Vickie “Tiny” Mears, Retired Duck Hill Librarian and Montgomery County Trustee, 1978 - 2004; Mr. William L. Fluker, System Trustee and Montgomery County Trustee, 1990 - present; the late Ms. Doris Suber, Retired Winston County Librarian, 1957 - 1983; and Ms. Doris Ward, Retired System Trustee and Winston County Trustee, 1978 - 2010.

    Guests were welcomed by Mr. Richard Greene, MMRLS Executive Director and Mrs. Susan Cassagne, Executive Director of the Mississippi Library Commission. Mrs. Terry Jones, System Trustee, led the induction ceremony with biographical information on each inductee. Following the ceremony, inductees as well as family, friends and library staff shared memories of the honorees.

    Ritter, Ward, Fluker, Milner, Greene

    Picture by: Pam Chadick, Acquisitions Coordinator, Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System

    MMRLS Wall of Fame honorees in the attached picture from left to right are: Charles “Tex” Ritter, Doris E. Ward, William L. Fluker, Linda S. Milner and Richard O. Greene

    Submitted by:

    Lisa M. Ramage

    Branch Services Coordinator

    Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:05 PM | Tina Harry (Administrator)


    Kristin Finch is joining Hinds Community College as the new Reference/Archives Librarian. She comes to Hinds after serving as Branch Manager of the Purvis Public Library in the Lamar County Library System. Since graduating from Southern Miss’s School of Library and Information Science, she has also served as Librarian at Virginia College in Biloxi, and as Site Archivist for a grant project at Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:58 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Preston Salisbury is the new Reference Librarian at the McLendon Library at Hinds Community College. He obtained his MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 2014, where he was a Graduate Assistant and served on the Graduate Student Senate and as an instructor for LIS 201: Introduction to Information Literacy. He will specialize in bibliographic instruction and serials.

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 9:47 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)


    After 12 years of faithful service, Nell Branch has retired as Head Librarian of McMorrough Library on the Goodman campus of Holmes Community College.

    Branch, a lifelong resident of Mississippi, graduated Holmes Junior College with an Associate of Arts and went on to complete a B.S. in elementary education from Delta State University. Branch went to work teaching school in Ocean Springs, MS, for four years. Following that she served as a social worker in central Mississippi for four years. Branch then returned to school and completed a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University. Before coming to work at Holmes, Branch did graduate work in Library and Information Science through the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Branch began her career at Holmes as Assistant Librarian. Branch was also the cataloger for the library system along with her many other duties. In a few short years, she was promoted to the Head Librarian position but still managed to juggle cataloging duties for the whole system along with the day-to-day running of McMorrough library. Branch was instrumental in bringing displays of student artwork into the library as well as author receptions and Homecoming events. The library staff of Holmes Community College thanks her for her years of service to Holmes and the community of Goodman, MS, and wishes her well in retirement.

    Branch keeps busy and enjoys reading and photography. Her photography work has been featured on the cover of Mississippi Libraries. She has a grown son, Jay.

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 9:44 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Holmes Community College Libraries welcomes two new Assistant Librarians, Jennifer A. Smith and Angie Balius.

    Jennifer A. Smith comes to the Ridgeland Campus, Adcock Library, from Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library where she served as Assistant Director for 12 years. Smith earned her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997 and has worked in Mississippi public libraries ever since. Smith has served the Mississippi Library Association in many capacities over the years; Treasurer from 2003-05, Vice-President/President Elect in 2010, President in 2011, and Past President in 2012. She has also served as chair of various committees. Smith was awarded the MLA Past-President’s Award in 2001 and a Resolution of Commendation for Outstanding Service to the Mississippi Library Association National Library Week Committee in 2003.

    Smith is very active in her church. At Safe Harbor Family Church, she is a Craft Group member and a Shepherd’s Task Force member. She also volunteers often around the Jackson area for groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Stewpot, Grace House and Good Samaritan. Her personal interests include reading, cooking, quilting, hiking, traveling and trying new restaurants around the Jackson metro area. Smith loves her home in Pearl, MS, and is the proud mom of two Catahoula mixed breed dogs, Hannah and Oakley.

    Angie Balius is the new Assistant Librarian at McMorrough Library, Goodman Campus. Balius brings to Holmes varied experiences working in academic libraries. She has worked at MS Gulf Coast Community College, the University of Southern Mississippi and she spent two years working on archival digitization projects at the University of Alabama W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library and the Bounds Law Library. Her interests in librarianship are focused on emerging technologies and digital media. Balius considers herself an outreach and instruction librarian. Before earning her Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, Balius focused on media production and worked in broadcast news at WLOX-TV in Biloxi and WGNO-TV in New Orleans. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. Following her work in broadcasting, she became a producer/director at University of Alabama’s Center for Communication and Education Technology.

    Angie has a terrier mix named Trixie Louise who will be 15 in October.

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 9:41 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Savannah L. Kelly has recently joined the University of Mississippi Libraries in the position of Education Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor. Savannah received her MLIS in 2006 from USM and is delighted to return to her home state after living on the California coast for six years.

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 9:36 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries is pleased to welcome two new tenure-track faculty members to the Cook Library Reference Services Department.

    Elena Azadbakht

    Elena Azadbakht joined Southern Miss Libraries in May 2014 as an Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian for Health Sciences. Azadbakht graduated from the University of Michigan with a master of science degree in information with a specialization in library and information services. Before coming to Southern Miss, she worked at the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan.

    Michele Frasier-Robinson

    Michele Frasier-Robinson joined Southern Miss Libraries in July 2014 as an Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian for Education and Psychology. Frasier-Robinson earned a master of library and information science degree from Louisiana State University. Before coming to Southern Miss, she was the library director at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma.



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