• 07 Sep 2016 3:13 PM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    Jamie Bounds Wilson was recently named College Librarian at the Millsaps-Wilson Library, Millsaps College.  Ms. Wilson had previously worked as the Electronic Resources & Web Services Librarian and as the Acquisitions Librarian at Millsaps College.  Prior to joining the faculty at Millsaps College, Ms. Wilson was employed with the Biloxi Public Libraries, Harrison County Library System as the Local History & Genealogy Librarian and as the Branch Manager of the Margaret S. Sherry Memorial Library.

    Mariah West Grant was recently named the Public Services and Instruction Librarian at the Millsaps-Wilson Library, Millsaps College.  Ms. Grant joined the faculty at Millsaps College in 2015 as the Acquisitions and Serials Librarian.  Ms. Grant was previously employed with the Mississippi Valley State University Library as the University Archivist and as the Collection Development and Reference Librarian.

  • 07 Sep 2016 3:11 PM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    Tom Henderson, College Librarian and Associate Professor at Millsaps College, retired in June 2016.  Mr. Henderson joined the faculty at Millsaps College in 1997, and he has served as the College Librarian since 2000.  He now holds the rank of Emeritus College Librarian at Millsaps College.  He previously worked at the Mississippi Library Commission, Mississippi State University Libraries, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

    Mr. Henderson earned his MSLS from Florida State University in 1975 and his BA from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1971.

    Mr. Henderson served as the Treasurer of Mississippi Library Association in 1993-1994.  At various points, he chaired the following MLA committees and roundtables: Internal Audit Committee, GODORT, Special Collections Roundtable, Library Instruction Roundtable, Conservation Committee, Education Committee, and Northeast Region.  He coordinated the Private Academic Libraries of Mississippi (PALMS) group for ten years.  He was also active in many other professional organizations.

    Please join the Millsaps College community in congratulating Mr. Henderson on the occasion of his retirement.  We thank Mr. Henderson for his dedication and contributions to the field of librarianship, and we will always appreciate his leadership and guidance.

  • 10 Aug 2016 9:05 AM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Miss Marsha Case.

    Marsha Ann Case, 59, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016 at her home in Jackson. Visitation will be Thursday, August 11th from 5-8 PM and Friday, August 12th from 12 PM until the 1:00 PM Funeral Service at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence. Burial will follow at Antioch Primitive Baptist Church in Forest, MS. 

    Marsha was associated with the HCLS retiring as the Assistant Director. The Department of Technical Services was under her supervision. She served as Secretary of the Mississippi Library Association. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from MSU and her Master’s Degree in Library Science from USM. She was a Grant Writer. She loved animals, books and was a great story teller. She enjoyed playing cards and doing puzzles and was active in her church. 

    Ms. Case was preceded in death by her parents, James and Zora Case; and two brothers, James Case Jr and John Albert Case. She is survived by her brothers, Charles Fredrick Case of Alexandria, VA and Michael Anderson of Florida; sisters, Peggy Case Mott of Bossier City, LA and Jeannine Case Schneider of Las Cruces, NM; 5 Nieces, 8 Nephews and their families and many great nieces and nephews.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. 

    Online guestbook may be signed at www.chancellorfuneralhome.com

  • 14 May 2016 12:07 PM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    University of Mississippi Blues Curator and Associate Professor Greg Johnson has received two awards for his book 100 Books Every Blues Fan Should Own (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). The book won the Association for Recorded Sound Collections’ award for “Best Historical Research in Blues, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues,” and it was also the recipient of the Music Library Association’s “Vincent H. Duckles Award,” the association’s “annual prize for the best book-length bibliography or reference work in music.”

  • 14 May 2016 12:06 PM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    Paul McCarver, Associate Professor, Senior Research Services Librarian, and Business Librarian at Cook Library, will retire at the end of June 2016. Mr. McCarver began his career at The University of Southern Mississippi in October 1980 and has been an esteemed librarian and respected member of the Southern Miss community throughout the intervening thirty-plus years.

    Paul McCarver earned a Master of Library Science degree from Delta State University in 1978 and a Master of Library Service degree from the University of Alabama in 1980. Mr. McCarver joined the Mississippi Library Association in 1976, and has served as chair of the Elections Committee, Intellectual Freedom Committee, and Mississippi Government Documents Roundtable, as well as being a member of the MAGNOLIA Database Selection Committee.

    The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries invites friends and colleagues of Mr. McCarver to join us in a celebration of his lengthy career in librarianship and to offer best wishes for his retirement. A reception will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016, 2:30-4 p.m. in Cook Library Room 123, on the Hattiesburg campus.

  • 14 May 2016 12:04 PM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    Dr. Matthew Griffis, Assistant Professor for the School of Library and Information Science at Southern Miss, appeared as a featured speaker at Emporia State University’s National Library Week celebrations on April 14th. Dr. Griffis’s paper, entitled “Town and Gown: Celebrating the Carnegie Libraries of Emporia, Kansas”, explored the history of the town’s two Carnegie libraries: the Anderson Memorial Library of the former College of Emporia, and the Emporia Public Carnegie Library, which served Emporia residents for almost 70 years.

    Photograph by Jinxuan Ma, Assistant Professor at ESU

  • 14 May 2016 12:03 PM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, April 13, Keith Wilson, President of the North Bay Civitan Club, visited Gunter Library with balloons, donuts, and poster to offer thanks for supporting the Club. Gunter Library has partnered with the North Bay Civitans on service projects such as promoting their annual special needs Easter Egg Hunt and Gobble Wobble Thanksgiving Bridge Walk to collect food for The Lord is My Help.

    Photograph by Danielle Bailey

    Shown from left to right are Library Assistant Maryanne Anthony, Librarian Joyce Shaw, and North Bay Civitan Club President Keith Wilson.

    Submitted by

    Joyce Shaw

    Head of Gunter Library and Professor

    Gunter Library

    The University of Southern Mississippi


  • 14 May 2016 12:01 PM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    The Mississippi Library Commission (MLC) hosted “Library Day” at the Mississippi State Capitol on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.  The event was held on the First Floor Rotunda from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  There were costumed characters from some classic children’s books, demonstrations of 3-D printers, and many other exciting things showcasing what is going on in today’s libraries.  Representatives from the Mississippi Library Association (MLA) and Friends of the Mississippi Libraries, Inc. joined MLC to share the news from the libraries in their communities.

    This event provided an opportunity for MLC and its supporters to talk with state lawmakers about the value of libraries in their communities and how libraries enhance and strengthen the state.  For those who were unable to attend the event, a note or call to lawmakers is encouraged.  For more information about “Library Day” or about advocating for libraries, contact MLC at 601-432-4111.

    The Mississippi Library Commission supports innovative programs and initiatives to strengthen and enhance library services for all Mississippians.  The agency is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, with additional funding provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), offering leadership in library services, advocacy, and training for library professionals and paraprofessionals.

    Submitted by

    Susan Liles

    Public Relations Director

    Mississippi Library Commission

  • 14 May 2016 12:00 PM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    The University of Mississippi recently acquired a particularly rare copy of a 1632 second folio edition of the collected works of William Shakespeare. Originally owned by one of the most famous Shakespearean actors in history, Edwin Booth, this significant volume is now a permanent part of the University of Mississippi’s collections. It is currently on display in the Department of Archives & Special Collections.

    Submitted by

    Jennifer Ford

    Head of Archives and Special Collections and Associate Professor

    J.D. Williams Library

    University of Mississippi

  • 14 May 2016 11:56 AM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    MaxxSouth Broadband — a provider of high-speed Internet, cable TV and phone services in northern Mississippi – and its owner John Robinson Block donated a rare collection of early Mississippi law books to the MSU Libraries in February and subsequently pledged an in-kind gift valued at $750,000. The gifts are part of the company’s Community First program, designed to deliver on the company’s mission to give back and support its communities in ways that enhance their quality of life.

    The impetus for the in-kind gift was the generous February donation of a major collection of rare, early Mississippi law books to the MSU Libraries Special Collections Department by John Robinson Block, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade, which, like MaxxSouth, are subsidiaries of Block Communications. Mr. Block’s donation to MSU Libraries opened the door to further conversations about MaxxSouth support.

    The collection of 19th-century Mississippi territorial and state session laws were printed between 1801 and 1898. The collection includes the first digest of the laws of the Mississippi territory, published in 1808; state session laws from 1818 to 1859, showing the development of the legal system from a context of early frontier conditions to a highly regulated plantation-dominated society; five Civil War imprints published between 1861 and 1865; and Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction era laws through 1898. For more information on the specific titles visit the Library website.

    “MaxxSouth and Block Communications, Inc., with their generous contributions, have demonstrated just how invested they are in the communities in which they operate,” said Frances Coleman, Dean of Libraries at MSU. “These donations enhance our unique and rare collections and helps promote our vision of delivering excellent programs of teaching, research and service.” As part of the support agreement, MaxxSouth Broadband will provide advertising and other services to MSU Libraries and to a variety of other programs at the university over a three-year period. “Universities play such an important role in society, so we feel it is our duty to give back.” said Peter Kahelin, President and CEO of MaxxSouth Broadband. “The purpose of our support to the Mississippi State University Foundation is to maintain and enhance the academic excellence for which this fine institution is known for, and the benefits they bring to the Mississippi community as a whole.”

    About MaxxSouth Broadband:

    MaxxSouth Broadband service area for video, high-speed Internet and digital phone stretches more than 200 miles and includes 20 counties and 60 communities in northern Mississippi and Alabama. The company currently has approximately 80,000 subscribers for broadband services and passes 110,000 homes. Operating as a subsidiary of the reputable and diversified media holding company Block Communications Inc., MaxxSouth Broadband continues to expand and enhance its state-of-the-art broadband network in the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.MaxxSouth.com.

    About the MSU Libraries:

    Mississippi State University Libraries is a premier research library providing its communities of users an ongoing, creative, technologically advanced library program that provides new and emerging technologies; enhances and inspires teaching, research, and service of the highest caliber in an environment of free and open inquiry and with a commitment to excellence. For more information about MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu.

    Photograph by Randall McMillen

    MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum, and MaxxSouth Broadband owner, John Robinson Block at the presentation of the collection to MSU Libraries.

    Submitted by

    Brad Moreland

    Co-chair, Public Relations Committee

    Mitchell Memorial Library

    Mississippi State University 



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