• Monday, August 11, 2014 9:31 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Ten students from the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently participated in Digi Day, an opportunity for students in SLIS to obtain service hours and digitization experience while assisting the digital lab with existing projects. Elizabeth La Beaud, manager of the University Libraries’ digital lab, and Emilie Aplin, president of the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA), organized the event.

    The students were divided into two groups, five in the morning session and five in the afternoon session, and received one hour of training and three hours of scan time. At the end of the day, 203 pages from the H. A. and Margret Rey papers, which are part of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, were digitized.

    The Reys, known for their creation of Curious George, are among the earliest contributors to the de Grummond Collection. The Rey papers are historic and valuable pieces of the University Libraries’ Special Collections, and their use in this project covered interests in both archival and special collections material, as well as children’s literature.

    Faculty from SLIS were asked to recommend students to participate in Digi Day, and students volunteered based on their interests in digital and archival collections. Dr. Matthew Griffis, faculty advisor for LISSA, assisted with the event.

    It was gratifying to see students so enthusiastic and eager to learn about the digital aspects of archival science,” Griffis said. “It was also exciting for me, as a faculty observer and participant, to work with documents of such historical and literary importance. I look forward to more Digi Days.”

    The idea for Digi Day arose from discussions regarding the students’ need for service hours, and the ongoing digitization projects in the digital collections. According to La Beaud, “To my knowledge, Southern Miss is the first institution to organize an event of this kind. Others have expressed interest in student digitization projects of their own, and we now have a successful framework that we will be able to share with these institutions.” La Beaud is expected to present the Digi Day concept at several upcoming conferences.

    The Digital Collections is part the University Libraries’ Special Collections and is located in McCain Library. The purpose of the digital lab is to digitize physical materials housed in McCain Library and Archives in order to increase access to and preserve scholarly content. For more information about Special Collections, visit http://www.lib.usm.edu/spcol.

    Submitted by

    Dawn Smith

    Assistant to the Dean for Publicity and Outreach

    University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 9:20 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Two men met and admired each others work at the Fay B. Kagler Children's Book Festival in April at the University of Southern Mississippi. A Hattiesburg Public School employee and local artist, Terry Evans met David Small, a Caldecott Medal winner.       After opening the envelope of various illustrations, David Small's eyes lit up. He wanted to meet the artist. Anyone looking at Terry Evans sketches knows that he has a special gift. His drawings come alive with his natural talent and imagination. Librarians and teachers stood nearby waiting to get autographed copies of books when the two men met. One librarian asked what was the new artist name? Many felt sure Terry Evans would be illustrating books in the near future because of  David Small's enthusiasm regarding his sketches. David Small gave Terry Evans some words of encouragement, a tool for inking his art and a copy of his new book Stitches, an autobiography.

    David Small is a talented and prolific artist. He has illustrated many books including the Caldecott Medal winner So You Want to Be President?, Caldecott Honor book One Cool Friend, Reading Rainbow's Imogene's Antlers, Caldecott Honor book The Gardener, The Library, and When Dinasaurs Came with Everything. He has illustrated more than 4o books and his book  Imogene's Antlers has sold over one million copies.

    Two questions remain. How many books written or illustrated by David Small have you read and how many books will be illustrated by Terry Evans in the future? Check out David Small's website at  http://davidsmallbooks.com/  for lesson plans and more information about his books and his wife, Sarah Stewart's books. They are an awesome team and share books with big ideas through their writing and art. Then go by Hattiesburg schools at Grace Christian Elementary and encourage Terry Evans to keep drawing his delightful illustrations.

    Terry Evans meets David Small

    Photograph by Linda Owens

    Terry Evans meets David Small at the F. B. Kagler Children's Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Submitted by

    Linda Owens

    Media Specialist

    Grace Christian Library

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 9:05 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Susan Ivey, Michael Paulmeno, and Jennifer Nabzdyk have been selected to be Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Representatives for Mississippi. They were three of one-hundred individuals selected from a pool of applications coming from all fifty states and five internationals countries. As DPLA reps, the three will organize activities that promote DPLA. DPLA is a platform that brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world online (http://dp.la).

    Ivey is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Mississippi; Nabzdyk is the Digital Services Consultant at the Mississippi Library Commission; and, Paulmeno is an Electronic Services Librarian at Delta State University.

    Submitted by

    Jennifer Nabzdyk

    Digital Services Consultant

    Mississippi Library Commission

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 9:03 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Anne Lipscomb Webster retired from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History on April 30 after serving the Mississippi public for thirty-seven years in the reference services section.  Webster began work with MDAH in 1977, becoming head librarian in 1980 and working that position until 1990 when the Division was re-organized.  Returning to manage the reference services unit exclusively, Webster (nee Lipscomb) and former co-worker, Kathleen Hutchison, co-authored, "Tracing Your Mississippi Ancestors," in 1994.  Webster has served in various capacities in the Special Libraries Section of MLA, and the Mississippi Historical Society; she also has taught the enrichment classes at Millsaps College, and is on the speaker's bureau of the Mississippi Humanities Council.

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 8:30 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries’ Special Collections has been actively supporting “Freedom Summer” 50th anniversary activities: an exhibit in the Cook Library lobby running June 8 through September 12; a digital exhibit “loop” on Eaglevision in the Thad Cochran Center during the June 19-21 Freedom Summer 1964-2014 Conference at USM; a panel on archival resources at the same Conference; fulfilling numerous requests from internal and external researchers for information about Freedom Summer collections and copies of related photographs preserved at USM; and greatly expanding the number of related images online (e.g., over 800 images from the collections of negatives taken by nationally acclaimed photographer Herbert Randall in 1964 now online at http://digilib.usm.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/randall).

    USM also provided a description of its collections development interests and procedures that was accepted to be among nine institutions nationally listed under "Preserving Our History, What to do With Your Freedom Movement Papers" posted for public access on the Civil Rights Movement Veterans website http://www.crmvet.org/docs/docs_kit1.pdf and the SNCC Legacy Project website http://www.sncclegacyproject.org/pdf/docs_kit1.pdf.

    For additional information, please contact Steve Haller, Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives at Stephen.Haller@usm.edu.

    Submitted by

    Steve Haller

    Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives

    The University of Southern Mississippi

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 8:20 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)


    Courtney Thomas was named the Hancock County Library System’s (HCLS) new Executive Director by the HCLS Board of Trustees. Thomas had been serving as Interim Executive Director since February 1, 2013.

    She began her career when she was a high school junior, working as a shelver at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library. She then went on to college and came back to the same library as a Reference Assistant. She worked at NASA Space Center and Hancock Medical Center, until returning to the library system in June, 2010, as Personnel/Grants Officer.

    “The library seems to be in my destiny,” said Thomas, who is also a native of Hancock County. “I love the library and the services it provides the citizens of Hancock County and surrounding communities. The team here is awesome and I am proud to be able to assist in moving them and the library system forward.” Thomas holds Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Southern Mississippi.

    “We are pleased to have Courtney fill the Executive Director position,” said Dolly Lundberg, HCLS Board of Trustees Chairman. “She has done an excellent job as Interim Executive Director, and we know she will continue to perform well as Executive Director.”

    She was also recently named the sole recipient of the Public Librarian Scholarship by the Mississippi Library Commission.

    The scholarship is part of the Library Services and Technology Act grant program administered through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.The grant, in the amount of $10,000, covers the tuition costs associated with Thomas’ enrollment in the Master’s Degree in Library Science program at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is scheduled to complete the coursework and receive her master’s degree in December 2015.

    “In any library, it is always so important to employ staff members who have their MLIS degrees,” Thomas said. “However, the cost of graduate school is quite steep, so receiving this scholarship will definitely be a great help to me. I am excited about receiving this grant to complete my education in library and information services.”

  • Tuesday, August 05, 2014 7:11 AM | Molly McManus


    Get help at your library with a digital project. Apply today for the Cultural Heritage Digitization Award: http://www.msdiglib.org/award/cha2015.php

  • Tuesday, July 01, 2014 1:24 PM | Web Editor (Administrator)

    The MLA Board has voted to provide a new benefit.  Through an agreement with American Income Life, each member will receive several no-cost benefits.  These include an Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit of $2000.00; a Health Services Discount Plan; a Child Safe Kit; and a Family Information Guide.  The AD&D benefit requires no action on the part of the member.  You should have  received a letter about these benefits.  There is a response card in the letter, and, if you choose to return the card to the company, you will also receive the additional no cost benefits.  You should be aware, however, that if you do return the card, you will be visited by an AIL Representative and be offered additional services, at a cost.

  • Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:36 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)


    Deb Sample, Branch Librarian of Adcock Library, retired after 25 years of service to Holmes Community College in Ridgeland, MS. This culminated a career that got its roots in her high school library where she worked as a library aid.  Before coming to Holmes, she worked as librarian at Woodland Hills Baptist Academy in Jackson, acquisitions librarian at Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus and reference librarian at Ricks Memorial Library in Yazoo City for a total of 30 years in service to Mississippi libraries.

    Sample, an Ocean Springs native, holds an associate’s degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She received a bachelor’s degree in library science from Mississippi State College for Women and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Mississippi. She holds memberships in the Mississippi Library Association and the Alpha Beta Alpha Fraternity and is past District chairman with the Mississippi Private School Association. She was also named Lamplighter at Holmes Community College.

    She plans to spend retirement researching her genealogy, cultivating new hobbies, and traveling to visit friends and relatives. She has a grown son, Michael Sample, and three grandchildren.



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