• Monday, November 23, 2020 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced $13,800,000 in IMLS CARES Act Grants to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The funded projects were selected from 1,701 applications.


    The Harrison County Library System received $276,107 to fund its Libraries Unbound Mobile Outreach Project.


    Library Director, Sarah Crisler-Ruskey stated, “Capital grants for libraries are rare, so we are elated to receive this funding. Not only will our Libraries Unbound Mobile Outreach Project allow us to better serve the community in the event of future pandemic or natural disaster challenges, it will also allow us to connect more people in the community with the benefits of library services on a regular basis.” 

    The Harrison County Library System will launch a dual approach to respond rapidly to patron needs in a pandemic and provide ongoing connectivity to its users. The library will partner with Coast Transit Authority to supply hotspot access to several county bus routes and a digital material hotspot at the main transit hub. The library will also purchase a mobile outreach vehicle to provide devices, internet access, and library materials where and when needed. Current service figures show over 800,000 trips on CTA routes, giving the library an opportunity to reach thousands of patrons with transportation challenges and time constraints that prevent them from accessing current library services. 

    CTA Executive Director, Kevin Coggin added, “CTA looks forward to partnering with HCLS on this project that will enhance services for our riders and improve the quality of life in our communities.” 

    This IMLS grant opportunity will support 68 museum and library services projects that will take place over the next two years, supporting communities across the nation.


    About the Institute of Museum and Library Services 
    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant making, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.  


    Submitted by: 
    Sarah Crisler-Ruskey 
    Harrison County Library System 


  • Friday, November 20, 2020 11:14 AM | Anonymous

    Fant Memorial Library has had four new additions: Makaila Offutt, Linda Morgan, Russell Brandon, and Josh Herrick.  All four individuals bring a strong skill set and educational background to our growing program.   


    Makaila Offutt started as a public services associate in April.  She serves patrons at the checkout desk, staffs our online reference chat, helps process interlibrary loan requests, and works on library projects with a particular interest in research guides and accessibility.  She holds a Master of Science in Library Science, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in English.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.   


    Linda Morgan serves as the assistant to the dean.  She helps to keep our library running smoothly by making sure staff have the resources they need to serve our campus and supports our dean in new initiatives.  Her educational background includes a Diploma in Anglican Studies, Master of Divinity, Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies.   


    Russell Brandon started working as public service associate in September.  He serves patrons by helping them find the information they need, working with our 3D printers, and developing research guides.  He has strong interests in learning and technology.  Russell holds a Master of Science in Cognitive Science and Psychology, a Cognitive Science Certificate, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. 


    Josh Herrick began serving as a public services associate in September.  In this position, he works with patrons at the checkout desk and via online reference chat, helps develop research guides, and serves on various committees.  He has a particular interest in 3D printing and social media.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, and he is currently enrolled in the graduate library science program as University of North Carolina Greensboro. 


    Submitted by: 
    Makaila A. Offutt 
    Library Associate 

    Fant Memorial Library 

    Mississippi University for Women 

  • Friday, November 20, 2020 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    Jamie Stanfield, Assistant Professor and Science, Nursing, & Health Librarian at Southern Miss Libraries, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Mississippi Library Association Past President’s AwardThis annual award is given to an outstanding beginning professional librarian who is an active MLA member. Award recipients must hold an MLS degree, be employed in Mississippi and have between two and six years’ professional experience, two of which must be in Mississippi. 


    Stanfield is employed at the Gulf Coast Library in Long Beach, MS and has been with Southern Miss University Libraries since February 2018. She received her MLIS in 2015 from Texas Woman’s University. Stanfield also possesses a Master of Arts in history and is currently pursuing a PhD in history.  

  • Friday, November 20, 2020 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    Corrine Kennedy has been appointed as the Coordinator of the Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art, and Design Library. Ms. Kennedy began her career at MSU as the Humanities Librarian in the Research Services Department at the Mississippi State University Libraries. Prior to her appointment at MSU, Ms. Kennedy worked for seven years at the Georgia Institute of Technology Architecture Library. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Art History from the University of Georgia. Her Masters in Library Science is from the University of Southern Mississippi. Ms. Kennedy’s research focuses on visual literacy and the use of images when teaching information literacy.

    Submitted by:

    Deborah Lee

    Professor & Associate Dean

    Mississippi State University Libraries

  • Friday, November 20, 2020 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    Mary Hamilton retired at the end of October 2020, having served Dixie Regional Library System for 31 years (and 6 days). During her time at DRLS, Mary served as a bookkeeper and as a cataloger. She did an excellent job in automating the eight-branch system, as well as navigating the ever-changing formats through her years of service.

    Submitted by:
    Emily Sutherland

    Assistant Director

    Dixie Regional Library System

  • Friday, November 20, 2020 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Ms. Jeanne E. Dyar, retired library director at Pearl River Community College. Ms. Dyar, 73, of Purvis, Mississippi passed away November 7, 2020. Graveside services were held on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at Coaltown Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Evelyn Dyar. She is survived by two sisters, Doris Howell (Bill) of Purvis, MS and Adele Dyar of Purvis, MS; one niece, Adrienne Roseberry (Ronnie); one nephew, Scott Howell (Jessica) of Purvis, MS; five great-nephews, Ty, Cale, and Beau Howell, Trace and Luke Roseberry all of Purvis, MS.

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    The 24th Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) Conference will be held 15-16 January, 2021, in conjunction with the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Annual Meeting. For this year’s conference, sessions will be virtual. The theme for the 101st AMS Annual Meeting is "Strengthening engagement with communities through our science and service.” With this theme, the AMS has four goals: improve actions/decisions with respect to our environment and keeping people safe; help us shape our science to be actionable and improve our services; improve understanding of the value of our science and build support for funding; and help us improve our research focus and its applicability to societal needs. As librarians and information professionals, the members of the Atmospheric Science Librarians International engage with and serve scientists, students, governmental agencies and NGOs, by providing quality resources for research and learning. We support our communities of users as they create and disseminate knowledge that is the foundation for actions and decisions. This knowledge is used by individuals and organizations to steward our world’s human/environmental interface and enable everyone’s security in the face of natural disasters. We are an important component in the access to quality information in all formats.

    This year we will again include the popular session, “Technology Tools and Tips.” These short talks are opportunities to describe any tool or innovation members have found useful.  Talks on technology failures and lessons learned are especially welcome, as are proposals from students using innovative strategies around information.

    We welcome papers on any aspect of these topics or any other topics that would be of interest to atmospheric science librarianship. The deadline for submissions is August 24, 2020.

    ASLI will again co-sponsor a Joint Session with the AMS Board (EIPT) on Data Stewardship. Papers that describe innovative technological advances, curation and preservation of data, and solutions that help us understand and serve data needs in the field are most welcome.

    Please contact the ASLI program chairpersons, Joyce Shaw, (joyce.shaw@usm.edu), Elizabeth Fish (efish@miami.edu), or Chris Sherratt (gcsherra@mit.edu) if you would like to propose a session topic, panel, or poster for this conference. Please submit presentation proposal abstracts to the ASLI program chair. In most cases, presentations are 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. Longer presentation will be considered, as well.

    Submitted by: 
    Joyce M. Shaw, MA, MLIS

    Head Librarian & Professor
    Gunter Library/University Libraries
    Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
    The University of Southern Mississippi

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    Jeff Hirschy joins the School of Library and Information Science faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi this fall as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Hirschy graduated from Huntington University with a BA in History in 2010, a MA in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013, a MLIS from the University of Alabama in 2016, and a Ph.D. in Communications and Information Science from the University of Alabama in August 2020. His dissertation is titled Civil Rights Collecting Institutions and the Facilitation of Community Engagement in the American South. He has strong research interests in the history of the American South, archives, community archives, social justice, public memory, public history, and community interaction with memory institutions.

    Dr. Hirschy is active in community memory programs and community archives in Birmingham, Alabama and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the Society of American Archivists, the National Council on Public History, and The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE).

    Ashley Marshall joins the School of Library and Information Science faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi as an Instructor this fall after having served as the Adjunct Librarian for a year at Delgado Community College, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Master of Library and Information Studies degree this summer, and prior to that she received a MFCS in 2017 and a dual Bachelor’s in Communications and English in 2015, all three from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

    Ashley Marshall started as a Graduate Assistant for the Paul Meek Library at the University of Tennessee at Martin and recently served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Southern Miss School of Library and Information Science, where she taught face-to-face and online courses. She also conducted a study that focused on Funding for the Underrepresented.

    Ashley Marshall is planning to earn her Ph.D. in Information Science and is thrilled to be joining the School of Library and Information Science faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi!

    Submitted by: 

    Teresa Welsh, PhD

    Director & Professor

    School of Library and Information Science

    University of Southern Mississippi

  • Tuesday, June 02, 2020 9:18 AM | Anonymous


    January & February 2020 Drawing Winners (Radical Reading Program)

    It’s been said that everyone is a reader... some just have not found their favorite book yet. At West Jones Jr./Sr. High School, Media Specialist, Rhonda Perkins is helping students discover a passion for reading through her new Radical Reader of the month program. For each book checkout, students’ names are entered into the drawing each month for the Radical Reader “swag pack”.The swag pack is made up of various goodies including water bottles, caps, posters, button pins, and books that were donated by The Lion Forge publishing company. Additionally, the annual Scholastic Book Fair earnings were used to purchase prizes like purses,trinkets, balls, games, and school t-shirts.Since beginning the program, Perkins has awarded a January and a February winning student. Winners are announced via school-wide intercom and their picture is made and submitted to local newspapers and displayed on our school website.

    Program creator, Rhonda Perkins says, “Although this is just the beginning, I feel certain that this program will continue to promote student interest in reading as well as bring even more students to the library. Of course, the ultimate goal is to get every student reading! I am so thankful that the Jones County School District generously funds our libraries, so that I am able to regularly purchase high-interest books and any titles requested by students and teachers.One of her favorite stories during the program is of a student who checked out a book on golfing. When he returned the book, Perkins asked the student what he thought about his selection, and his response was, “I tried a different technique I got from the book, and it improved my golf swing!

    Perkins says “I would love to see every student reading for pleasure during his or her free time.”Perkins is also currently working on a summer reading program to reduce the “summer slide.” This program would include a few designated dates in the summer to open the school library for book check out to enable students to read all summer long. Do you have any exciting ideas for increasing circulation or decreasing summer slide? Iyou have any ideas you’d like to share, please reach out to Perkins at rperkins@jones.k12.ms.us.

    Submitted by:

    Rhonda Perkins, NBCT

    Media Specialist

    West Jones Jr./Sr. High School

  • Tuesday, June 02, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    Jennifer Brannock of the University of Southern Mississippi has been awarded the 2020 Reference and User Services Associations’ Genealogy and History Achievement Award. This award from the history section of the organization recognizes a librarian, library or publisher for professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service or research librarianship.

    Brannock, Professor and Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana, has worked at the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries since 2004. She coordinates bibliographic instruction, supervises general reference activities, coordinates outreach efforts, curates exhibits, and conducts collection development and management activities for Mississippiana, rare books, and genealogy.

    Since 2005 she has worked with Southern Miss history professor Dr. Andrew P. Haley on the Mississippi Community Cookbook Project which explores the state’s culinary and local history through collecting Mississippi cookbooks and digitizing the items for worldwide use. Haley noted Brannock’s extensive work with faculty, students, and community members. He said she had “given talks at conferences and in the homes of women’s club members and enlisted the help of librarians from across to the state to build collections.”

    Brannock was cited by the association for her expansion of the usage of academic archival materials for professional and family historians, and for her knowledge of the historical value of archival materials. In particular, the organization noted that the cookbooks project is “a marvelous example of bringing together academic users and the community.”

    Brannock’s research interests include special collections outreach, reference service, and popular culture. She is currently working on a book about Mississippi author Con Sellers and ideas of gender and sexuality reflected in the mid-century lowbrow publishing industry.



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