• 27 Nov 2018 10:15 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Skybound and Image Comics celebrated the 15th anniversary of “The Walking Dead” #1 with the first-ever global Walking Dead Day on Saturday, October 13. The Jesse Yancy Memorial Library in Bruce, MS celebrated with a costume contest, trivia games, video clips, and some creepy refreshments. There was also a zombie makeup tutorial and demonstration

    Photographs by Janice Vaughn and Miranda Vaughn

    Submitted by

    Janice Vaughn

    Branch Manager

    Jesse Yancy Memorial Library

  • 26 Nov 2018 2:36 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    The Lamar County Library System (LCLS) Board of Trustees recently voted to eliminate overdue materials fees for all patrons in the four branches of the Lamar County Library System. This change took effect on October 1, 2018.

    LCLS Director, Phillip Carter, says “the board and I realized that the punitive nature of library overdue fines were contrary to the mission of the Lamar County Library System.”

    Library fines for LCLS made up less than 1% of the library’s overall budget annually. This new policy does not affect the fees associated with lost or damaged materials.

    For more information, contact - Phillip Carter, LCLS Director at 601-794-3220 or 

    email at pcarter@lclsms.org

    The Lamar County Library System is a public library system serving all citizens of Lamar County and the surrounding area with branches in Sumrall, Oak Grove, Purvis, and Lumberton.

    Submitted by

    Phillip Carter


    Lamar County Library System

  • 26 Nov 2018 1:25 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries welcomed three new librarians this fall.


    Jamie Stanfield is the Science, Technology, Nursing, and Allied Health Librarian at the Gulf Coast Library on the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from West Texas A&M University, and her MLIS from Texas Women’s University. Stanfield provides research services to ensure students are able to obtain relevant information for their research. She also develops library collections to best meet the needs of faculty and students and provides instruction and workshops on topics ranging from citation to research methods.  Stanfield hopes to increase awareness of what the library offers all students, faculty and staff. Outreach is one of her passions, and she plans to work with all disciplines in her area to spotlight services offered. Currently she is working with public librarians to continue the successful Science Café on the Coast program, and is revamping a 20th century warfare graphic novel collection to highlight works focusing on medicine and medical fields.

    Justin Easterday is the Education and Human Sciences Librarian also at the Gulf Coast Library. He received his BA in history from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and his MLIS from Emporia State University. In his new position, Easterday functions as part of a team that establishes and improves library services, allowing the library to effectively assist students.  He provides assistance with research, library instruction, collection development and additional support for faculty and students in the College of Health and Human Sciences on the Gulf Park campus. He also will provide research consultations with students and plans to participate in community service.

    Hali Black is the First Year Experience Librarian at Cook Library on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. She received her BS in English from the University of North Alabama and her MLIS from the University of Alabama.  She plans to complete an MA in English from the University of North Alabama in May 2019.  Black serves as the primary contact between the Libraries and the Office of New Student and Retention Programs and the First Year Writing Program in the Department of English supporting the research and instructional needs of first-year students. Black will also participate in outreach initiatives to build awareness of library resources and services and actively cultivate relationships with University faculty, staff, and students. Black plans to collaborate with the First Year Writing Program to reevaluate the instructional needs of first-year students and consider how the Libraries can better meet those needs. She also hopes to work with the Office of New Student and Retention Programs to develop a series of student success workshops to help students improve their time-management skills and maintain a healthy school/life balance. Additionally, she has an ongoing collection development project in collaboration with the Southern Miss Allies organization to expand materials on diversity awareness in Cook Library’s Student Success Collection.

  • 26 Nov 2018 1:15 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    The Emily Jones Pointer Public Library in Como has a new Branch Manager. Amy Henderson has been with the library a little over a month. "We feel very fortunate to have Amy working for First Regional Library's Como branch," said Barbara Evans, FRL's Assistant Director for Public Services. "She's hit the ground running by scheduling monthly family movie events at the request of patrons, and a series of pottery classes will start soon. Amy has over 8 years of library experience, and was most recently a Library Assistant at our Southaven Branch."

    Mrs. Henderson holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Mississippi and has experience in programming for children and adults, conducting outreach, budgeting, and many other qualities that library officials say made her the best candidate for the job.

    "I've enjoyed my time here in Como very much," said Henderson. "The staff and patrons have been so welcoming. I am looking forward to meeting more people in the community, and to find new and exciting ways to provide the absolute best library service to the people of Como."

    Amy Henderson may be reached at ahenderson@firstregional.org.  

  • 26 Nov 2018 1:03 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Brian Corrigan joined the University of Mississippi Libraries in October 2018 as a Library Specialist for Continuing Resources and Acquisitions. In May, he earned his MA in Public History from the University of North Alabama, where he worked as a graduate assistant in Archives and Special Collections. Over the past year, he served as the Music Preservation Consultant for the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, revising and maintaining its Roots of American Music Trail website (http://musictrail.una.edu) and assisting in the production of video interviews for the site.

  • 22 Aug 2018 11:55 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Audrey Gunn has joined the Research Services department at the Mississippi State University Libraries as Assistant Professor/Distance Education Librarian. Audrey earned her MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in May 2018. During grad school, she worked as a reference assistant in UW-Madison's undergraduate and agriculture libraries and completed usability testing for the library website. She obtained her BA from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where she studied English Literature and German.

    Corinne Kennedy is from Atlanta, GA and joined the Mississippi State University Libraries as the Humanities Librarian in January 2018 where she also serves as the liaison to the English and Philosophy/ Religion departments. She graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2007 with a BFA in Art History. Corinne went on to receive her MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 2013. She was employed in the Architecture Library at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) from 2010–2017.  Corinne is a member of the Mississippi Library Association, the Mississippi Genealogical Society, and the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. 

    Preston Salisbury joined the Mississippi State University Libraries in August 2018 as Assistant Professor/Monographic Cataloging. Prior to joining MSU, he spent three years at Hinds Community College, first as Reference Librarian and then as Cataloging Librarian, and most recently one year as cataloger at Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas. Preston received his MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi and his BA in Liberal Arts from Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL.

    Jessica Perkins Smith is now the university archivist at Mississippi State University Libraries. She came to MSU in 2016 as a manuscripts archivist and began her new role this summer. Prior to joining MSU Libraries, Perkins Smith was a project archivist at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, LA, where she processed African-American STEM collections. She earned a BA in history from Millsaps College and a her MLIS from Louisiana State University. Smith's research interests include African American history, civil rights in Mississippi, athletic history and digitization.

  • 22 Aug 2018 11:52 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Blair Booker joined Hinds Community College Libraries August 1, 2018 as the Reference Librarian at the McLendon Library on the Raymond Campus. She comes from Holmes Community College where she previously served as Assistant Librarian and Librarian for 10 years. Aside from Holmes, she has previous reference experience working for the Mississippi Library Commission. She received her MLIS from the University of Alabama.

    Kimberly Smith joined the Hinds Community College family on August 1, 2018 as a Library Technical Assistant on the Raymond Campus.  She previously served for 13 years as the High School Librarian at Parklane Academy in McComb, MS. She received her MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation, A Content Analysis of "Cinderella" Illustrated Storybooks Housed in the De Grummond Collection, was published in SLIS Connecting (http://aquila.usm.edu/slisconnecting/vol1/iss1/8/). 

  • 22 Aug 2018 11:46 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Donna Bales of Wesson was recently honored as Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Outstanding Staff member of the Year for the Wesson campus. She has been employed at Co-Lin since 2005 and serves as learning resources assistant in the Evelyn Oswalt Library. Bales is a recipient of the Howell Garner High Performance Award and participates in the Blue Cross Blue Shield employee wellness program at Co-Lin. Prior to Co-Lin, she worked as a library assistant at Mamie Martin Elementary School. 

  • 22 Aug 2018 11:44 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Molly McManus has been named chief of the Information Science and Knowledge Management (ISKM) Branch in the Information Technology Laboratory at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).


    Prior to joining ERDC four years ago, McManus worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Millsaps College as a librarian with a focus on library information systems and technologies. She is a past president of the Mississippi Library Association and is a graduate of the Mississippi Library Leadership Institute. She earned a master's in information science and a bachelor's in political science from the University of Washington.

  • 22 Aug 2018 11:40 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Lewonda Gipson joined First Regional Library in June as Collection Development Manager. In this capacity, she leads the team responsible for interlibrary loan, cataloging, Books-by-Mail, and many other services for the library system. Lewonda comes to FRL with many years of experience in team management, sales, and employment coordination.

    Hanna Lee began her role as First Regional Library’s Youth Services Coordinator in May. She was formerly the Branch Librarian at FRL's Batesville branch and had a busy summer working with FRL branches to coordinate the Summer Reading Program. Hanna brings an exciting vision for serving young people with her to this new role.

    Ally Watkins is the new Youth Services Librarian at the Lafayette County & Oxford branch of First Regional Library. In her varied library career, Ally has been an early literacy coordinator, a youth services supervisor, and most recently,  a consultant with the Mississippi Library Commission, helping libraries around the state with youth services.

    Emily Burton became the Branch Librarian of First Regional Library's Batesville branch in August. Prior to joining FRL, Emily worked at public libraries in Virginia, Alaska, Colorado, and most recently Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers, IN. She received her MLIS from Wayne University in Detroit.



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