• Monday, February 25, 2019 3:56 PM | Carol Green

    Carol Green has been named Interim Head of Technical Services at The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

  • Monday, February 25, 2019 3:47 PM | Carol Green

    Bonnie Thornton joined Mississippi State University Libraries in December in the Assistant Professor/Continuing Resources position. This position is her first professional librarian role and focuses on the management of the print serials collection and other duties as assigned. Bonnie graduated with her MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked as a graduate assistant in the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library providing reference and instruction services. She also worked as a copy cataloger at their large density storage facility. Prior to her time at Illinois, she earned her B.A. in History and Spanish at Augustana College, with a focus on public history and Colonial Spain. She’s glad to have escaped the Midwest with her cats before the snow could bury her.  

    Teri M. Robinson joined the faculty of Mississippi State University as an Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review. Previously, she was the supervisor for records and transcripts in the Registrar’s Office at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2018, Teri earned her MLIS and a Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections from The University of Southern Mississippi. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama.

    Rebecca (Becky) Bickford is now Assistant Professor/Social Sciences Librarian in the Research Services department of the Mississippi State University Libraries. Becky joined MSU in late 2017 as a Library Associate in Research Services. Becky graduated in 2006 from the University of West Georgia with a BS in Early Childhood Education. Becky obtained her MLIS from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2016. Upon completion of her MLIS, she worked as the Information Services Librarian at South Georgia State College in Douglas, Georgia.

    Stephen Cunetto, the Associate Dean for University Libraries at Mississippi State University, was recently appointed to the MLC Board of Commissioners by Governor Phil Bryant. He earned his B.S. in Communication at Mississippi State University and his Masters in Library and Information Science at The University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. As the Associate Dean, he provides strategic direction, oversight, and maintenance of the Libraries' technological infrastructure and technology services, ensuring tight integration of all digital and online services, as well as assists in the overall management and strategic operation of the University Libraries.

  • Monday, February 25, 2019 3:39 PM | Carol Green

    Mariah Grant was promoted to the position of Associate College Librarian at Millsaps College. In this faculty position, she serves as the Millsaps-Wilson Library’s assistant director, coordinates all public services, and holds the rank of Assistant Professor. She previously held the positions of Public Services and Instruction Librarian and Acquisitions and Serials Librarian at Millsaps College. Grant has a M.A. in Library and Information Science, a Graduate Certificate in Archives, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Arizona.


    Mary Kirkham is the new Collection Development and Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Millsaps College. In this faculty position, she coordinates the Interlibrary Loan Office, serves as the primary liaison to academic departments, manages collection development, and holds the rank of Assistant Professor. Kirkham has a M.L.I.S. and a B.S. in Business Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi.


    Rachel Long is the new Instructional Technologist at Millsaps College. In her new role, she serves on the library team and is the administrator of the campus course management system. Long joined the Millsaps-Wilson Library as the Library Assistant in 2017 after graduating from Millsaps College with a B.A. in Literature in English and a licensure to teach secondary education.

  • Monday, December 03, 2018 10:27 AM | Carol Green

    The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) names the University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library as the 2018 Federal Depository Library of the Year. The library was selected for its creative promotion of Government documents through campaigns, exhibits, and events. The J.D. Williams Library became a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in 1883. The library is the Regional depository library for Mississippi, serving ten selective depositories in the state.

    To coincide with its 135th anniversary in the FDLP, the library hosted a year-long Government documents campaign. As part of the campaign, the library created a Government documents coloring book and bookmark and hosted anniversary-related events featuring various librarians and scholars as guest speakers. It produced seven new LibGuides on Government information and displayed six exhibits throughout the library that pointed users to the depository. For children, the library developed educational materials and engaged middle-school students with direct programming.

    “I congratulate the staff at the J.D. Williams Library for its innovative and steadfast efforts in Keeping America Informed on the three branches of the Federal Government since 1883,” said Acting GPO Deputy Director Herbert H. Jackson, Jr. “The library has demonstrated a rich legacy of service and learning. It serves as an example of the critical relationship GPO has with the library community in providing the public free access to Government information in digital and print formats.”

    “UM Libraries are proud to be included among Federal Depository Libraries,” said Cecilia Botero, Dean of Libraries at the University of Mississippi. “The ability to offer the UM community and the people of Mississippi free public access to these vitally important government documents is a responsibility we take seriously. We are honored to be chosen as the 2018 Federal Depository Library of the Year.”

    This article was originally posted on the GPO website by Gary Somerset, Chief Public Relations Officer at the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

    Submitted by

    Melissa Dennis

    Head of Research & Instruction

    University of Mississippi Libraries

  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018 10:35 AM | Carol Green

    The Friends of Iuka Library (Tishomingo County) celebrate their 30th birthday this year! Formed in 1988, the group has over 300 members on the roll with some of the original members still active in library events.

    Accomplishments of the Friends of Iuka Library include:

    • Instrumental in getting a library addition built in 1994-1995 plus an outbuilding to hold excess used book inventory and yard sale items
    • Primary sponsor of annual Summer Reading Programs and National Library Week 
    • Bi-monthly Lunch Break programs that are free to the community with an optional $2 sack lunch prepared by the Friends
    • Fund raising activities such as used book sales, yard sales, beans & cornbread lunches, and other merchandise sales such as the Friends of the Library Cookbook, “I love books” tote bags and similar items. A steady monthly income stream is generated from the Friends’ Book Store book sales inside the branch thanks to an incredibly dedicated volunteer (retired public school librarian) who single-handedly manages the Book Store.  
    • Bi-monthly newsletter mailed to all active members as well as complimentary copies to legislators, local elected officials, key businesspeople, etc.
    • Sponsors of the Children’s Christmas Party and Easter Egg Hunt for 30 years
    • Hosts of the Northeast Regional Library System annual staff meeting once every five years, providing breakfast and lunch (meetings rotate among the largest branches)
    • Replaced all ten of the 20-year-old chairs at the public computer stations with comfortable new office chairs

    Iuka Public Library

    2018 Summer Reading Program 

    Submitted by

    Gwen Spain


    Iuka Public Library

  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018 10:30 AM | Carol Green

    The State Law Library of Mississippi has signed a Preservation Steward Agreement with the United States Government Publishing Office.  Under this agreement, the Library pledges to permanently preserve its print collections of the United States Reports, Statutes at Large, and Public Papers of the President.  The Preservation Steward Program was developed by GPO to support continued public access to historic government documents in print in the digital era.  All depository libraries are invited to participate in the Preservation Steward Program.  GPO also welcomes the opportunity to discuss possible partnerships with non-depository libraries.  For more information on this and other preservation opportunities, visit https://www.fdlp.gov/preservation/preservation-at-gpo

    The Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL) has selected Jackson, MS as the host city of its 2020 Annual Meeting.  Stephen Parks, State Librarian at the State Law Library of Mississippi, submitted the proposal in late 2017 with the announcement of Jackson’s selection being made in early 2018.  The SEAALL Annual Meeting was last in Mississippi in 1990 when Oxford hosted the program with the theme of “An Anthology of Issues Facing Law Librarians.”  Comprising over 500 individuals from eleven Southeastern states and Puerto Rico, SEAALL is an official chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries with its members coming from court, law firm, corporate, and academic law libraries.  The three day conference, to be held in April 2020, will involve education sessions, workshops, library tours, and receptions.    

    Submitted by

    Stephen Parks

    State Librarian

    State Law Library of Mississippi

  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018 10:15 AM | Carol Green

    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

  • Monday, November 26, 2018 2:36 PM | Carol Green

    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

  • Monday, November 26, 2018 1:25 PM | Carol Green

    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.

  • Monday, November 26, 2018 1:15 PM | Carol Green

    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.  



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