• Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:55 AM | Carol Green

    Mississippi State University Libraries are pleased to announce the appointment of four new faculty members.

    Marsha Belton is the new Electronic Resources Cataloger, appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor on October 1, 2019. She has 15 years of librarianship experience, which serves her well in her new role at MSU. Marsha will be responsible for cataloging serials, ETDs and other library materials. She serves on the library liaison team for the Agricultural and Life Sciences departments. Prior to this appointment, she worked as Cataloging Librarian at Mississippi Valley State University. Marsha holds a B.S. from Alcorn State University in Agriculture Economics and an M.L.I.S. from The University of Southern Mississippi.

    Blair Booker is the new Assistant Professor/Distance Education and Instruction Librarian.  Blair began her new position in the Research Services department on October 1, 2019.  She has 11 years of experience as an academic librarian, serving most recently as the Serials/Reference Librarian at Hinds Community College.  Blair will work with the MSU distance education students and serve as a subject liaison for the departments of Physics/Astronomy, Mathematics/Statistics, and Geosciences.  Blair holds a B.S. from the University of North Alabama and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Alabama.

    Lauren Geiger was appointed Metadata Librarian at the rank of Assistant Professor, also on October 1, 2019. As a member of the Collection Management Services department, Lauren will be a part of the cataloging unit. She will help expand and create metadata workflows for several departments in the library.  Prior to this appointment, Lauren was a graduate assistant at the Park Library at UNC’s Hussman School of Media Journalism and a docent for the Burwell School Historic Site.  She completed her M.L.S with an Archives and Records Concentration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Carrie P. Mastley is the newest addition to Mississippi State University Libraries’ Special Collections Department. She was appointed as Manuscripts Librarian on September 1, 2019 at the rank of Assistant Professor. In this role, Carrie will be responsible for making the department’s rare and unique manuscript items accessible and discoverable to patrons. This includes processing collections, creating finding aids, assessing materials for preservation needs, and conducting research consultations and information sessions. Prior to this appointment, Carrie served as the Collection Processor for the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana. She holds an M.A. in English from Mississippi State University and an M.L.I.S. with a Graduate Certificate in Archives & Special Collections from The University of Southern Mississippi.  

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:36 AM | Carol Green

    Elizabeth G. Hinton, Reference Librarian at Rowland Medical Library, co-edited a book with former UMMC librarian Lauren M. Young, entitled Framing Health Care Instruction: An Information Literacy Handbook for the Health Sciences. The book has just been published by Rowman and Littlefield, as part of their Medical Library Association Books series.


  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:28 AM | Carol Green

    The Jackson-George Regional Library System has hired Marsha Greer as the manager of the Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library in Pascagoula. As manager, she will guide the library into the modern era of digitization and organization in an effort to offer increased access to all resources pertaining to the history of the community and service area.

    Marsha is a native of Ocean Springs where she and her husband live with their two daughters. She has a background working in university and media libraries in Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and holds a Bachelor’s degree in news/ed journalism and has a Master’s degree in library and information science.

    Marsha stated, “I look forward to what can be accomplished here at JGRLS. I am delighted to spend my days helping people who enjoy genealogy and take pride in our communities just as much as I do!” 

    For more information about the genealogy library, branch libraries or library services, visit www.jgrls.org. Find the Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library on Facebook @SingingRiverLibrary and @JacksonGeorgeLibrary for the library system.

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:01 AM | Carol Green

    The Madison County Library System partnered with Canton Tourism to host the 2019 Canton Young Filmmakers’ Workshop the weeks of July 8th and July 15th . This was the second year in a row that our Digital Innovation Lab helped give young minds a place to create, explore, and flourish with their film making skills. “Our youth are eager to find their voice. They have something important to tell the world. They want to make a difference in their respective communities,” says Dr. Wilma Mosley Clopton with NMHS Unlimited Film Production. She also states, “They are the future, and I wanted them to find their voices and ground them in research which supports their eagerness to make a difference.” These young adults are learning to use technology that will put them years ahead in their respective career fields as well as team building exercises, critical thinking, and problem solving skills with everyday circumstances.

    David Jackson, Technology Programming Specialist with MCLS, and Dr. Wilma Mosley Clopton were the talented instructors that worked with two groups: 8-12 and 13-18. They learned to write scripts, design props, shoot film, edit, and much more. On top of sharpening their movie making skills, several groups took advantage of the sound booth in the Digital Innovation Lab to record custom music for their productions. Dr. Wilma Mosley Clopton said, “In addition to honing their skills, film camp offers each camper the opportunity to discover what their own particular skillset might be, and how to best use that skillset to tell a story. Through this process, participants begin to understand that there are many ways to tell a story.” The Madison County Library System hopes to continue this innovative camp for years to come which is shaping the creative minds of our future!

    Submitted by

    Braley Reed

    PIO/Asst. System Admin

    Madison County Library System

  • Friday, August 30, 2019 10:20 AM | Carol Green

    A retirement reception was held on August 25 in honor of Lee Glass who is retiring after 29 years of service at the Jesse Yancy Memorial Library in Bruce.  

    Branch Manager Janice Vaughn states that Lee is an ICON for the library and they will surely miss her!

  • Friday, August 30, 2019 10:13 AM | Carol Green

    Dr. Jennifer Steele joins the School of Library and Information Science faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi after having served as the Electronic Resources Librarian for three years at Mississippi College, located in Clinton, Mississippi. She received her Master of Library and Information Studies degree in 2013, followed by her Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences in 2017, both from The University of Alabama.

    Dr. Steele’s research focuses on censorship, information accessibility, and intellectual freedom. Her dissertation is titled Censorship in Public Libraries: An Analysis Using Gatekeeping Theory. Her research agenda also includes the role of academic libraries in online education, as well the information literacy skills of first-year college students.

    Dr. Steele is involved in multiple professional organizations, including the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), as well as the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), and has served on numerous committees in various leadership positions. As part of ALA, she currently serves on the Resolutions Committee, as well as the Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee. As part of ACRL, she currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Standards Committee, and is also a member of the Professional Values Committee. As part of ALISE, she currently serves as the 2019-2020 Chair for the Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults Committee. Dr. Steele is also a member of the Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society.

    Dr. Steele is thrilled to be joining the School of Library and Information Science faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi!

  • Friday, August 30, 2019 10:05 AM | Carol Green

    What if everyone in Pass Christian read the same book and then joined together to talk about it?  That is the idea behind One Book, One Pass!  We are pleased to announce that our 2019 selection is The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential scholar Jon Meacham.

    Over the next 6 months, the community will be encouraged to read the book and engage in book discussions, panel discussions, documentary screenings and other programs that will culminate in the Author Presentation by Jon Meacham on Wednesday, October 9thth at 7pm at the Randolph Center in Pass Christian (315 Clark Avenue).


    In The Soul of America, Meacham helps us understand our present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. 

    Jon Meacham is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Franklin and Winston, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.  He is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, a contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review, and a fellow of the Society of American Historians.  Meacham lives in Nashville and in Sewanee with his wife and children.

    If you have not already read the book, copies are available for check out at the Pass Christian Library or for purchase at Pass Christian Books.   The author event with Jon Meacham is free and open to the public.

    Submitted by

    Wendy Allard

    Head Librarian

    Pass Christian Public Library

  • Friday, August 30, 2019 9:58 AM | Carol Green

    Fant Memorial Library recently received major donations to add new technologies for the creation of a Digitization and Conservation Lab, an Archives Classroom, and a new student Seminar Room.  The new additions will be open in Fall 2019.

    Also in Fall 2019, Fant will begin offering a Digital Studies Minor. Beginning with teaching Introduction to Digital Research (LIB 201), Undergraduate Research Coordinator and Instruction Librarian Hillary Richardson will be mentoring students through the interdisciplinary program, which will culminate in the Digital Studies Practicum (LIB 401).  The students will rely heavily on the new Smith Papers donation of 4000 letters and 90 journals as part of the class this fall.  Results will appear in the library’s new Institutional Repository, Athena Commons.

    Submitted by

    Leah C. Newton

    Assistant to the Dean

    Fant Memorial Library

  • Friday, August 30, 2019 9:14 AM | Carol Green

    Leah Hickman, Assistant to the Dean, joined Fant Memorial Library from Watkins, Ward and Stafford.  She has a B.S. from Mississippi State University in Business Management with a minor in Marketing.

    Graduate Studies Librarian / Assistant Professor Elaine Walker received her M.L.I.S. from The University of Southern Mississippi and joined Fant from the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Public Services Library Associate Victoria “Vic” Jones has a Masters in History from University of North Florida and is currently getting her M.L.I.S. at Southern Mississippi. 

    Nichole Bonaventure-Larson has been promoted to Collection Development Librarian / Assistant Professor.  Most recently she was a Public Services Associate at Fant, and she received her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University.

    Public Services Library Associate Rahmana Pittman recently completed her J.D. at Mississippi College. 

    Public Services Library Associate Whitney Baswell was nominated to represent USMS in the ALA Student 2 Staff Program at ALA Annual 2019 in Washington, D.C.

    Dean Amanda Clay Powers has recently published through ALA Editions A Starter’s Guide for Academic Library Leaders: Advice in Conversation with Martin Garnar and Dustin Fife.  The book contains a series of conversations with seasoned deans, directors, and university librarians on topics relevant to managing and leading a 21st century library.

    Back row, left to right: Leah Newton, Victoria Jones

    Front row, left to right: Elaine Walker, Nochole Bonaventure-Larson, Rahmana Pittman

  • Friday, August 30, 2019 8:58 AM | Carol Green

    The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress has announced the Waynesboro-Wayne County Library's Laundry & Literacy Project has been selected as one of the State Literacy Award winners for 2019. The project was nominated by the Mississippi Library Commission (MLC), the state affiliate for the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress.

    The ongoing literacy project is located in four laundromats. Every two weeks the library staff delivers fiction, non fiction, large print books, magazines, coloring books, crayons, flash cards, Spanish materials and crossword puzzle books to the laundromats so that area residents may read while they are doing their laundry and also take any of the books home to keep and share with their families.


    The Laundry & Literacy Project received a $2,100 award. Library Director Patsy C. Brewer states that the funds from this award will be utilized to purchase "Little Free Libraries" to further advance literacy efforts in Wayne County. 


    The Library of Congress State Literacy Awards Program recognizes organizations

    or programs that have made outstanding and innovative contributions to promoting

    literacy and/or reading in the local community or state. This program is made possible through the generous support of David M. Rubenstein. Since 2013, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program has awarded $1.4 million in prizes to 66 institutions in 30 countries. 

    Mississippi's Center for the Book, housed at the Mississippi Library Commission, is devoted to promoting and exploring Mississippi's rich literary heritage through statewide activities. For more information contact Mississippi Center for the Book Director Tracy Carr at tcarr@mlc.lib.ms.us or visit www.lettersaboutliterature.org.


     For more information about the Laundry & Literacy Project, contact the library at (601) 735-2268 or by email at wlib@wwcls.lib.ms.us.

    Submitted by 

    Patsy C. Brewer

    Library Director

    Waynesboro-Wayne County Library



MLA's mission is to provide professional leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Office Hours:
Tuesday: 11:00am-5:00pm

Wednesday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Thursday: 11:00am-5:00pm

PO Box 13687, Jackson MS 39236-3687 

Phone: 601-981-4586


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software