• Monday, November 26, 2018 1:03 PM | Carol Green

    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.

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 11:55 AM | Carol Green

    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.

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 11:52 AM | Carol Green

    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/). 

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 11:46 AM | Carol Green

    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. 

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 11:44 AM | Carol Green

    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.

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 11:40 AM | Carol Green

    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.

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 11:35 AM | Carol Green

    Christina Torbert, Head of Continuing Resources and Acquisitions and Liaison to the Dept. of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Mississippi, was elected Treasurer of the American Theological Libraries Association. She started the position in June, and will serve for one year. Christina is in her third year as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association, and has been a member of ATLA since 2000.

  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018 9:14 AM | Carol Green

    Lauren Martiere joined the faculty of Leland Speed Library at Mississippi College on June 1, 2018. She is the Coordinator of Reference Services and is the liaison to the School of Science & Mathematics. Prior to joining Mississippi College, Lauren was the Reference Coordinator at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine - Southern Utah. She obtained her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and her MA in History from Clemson University.

    Peter Dean also joined the faculty of Leland Speed Library on June 1, 2018. He is a Reference & Instruction Librarian and serves as the liaison for the departments of English, History and Administration of Justice. Prior to joining Mississippi College, Peter had worked since 2008 as a Research Services Librarian at The University of Southern Mississippi. He earned his MLIS at Simmons College in Boston.

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:27 PM | 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.  The 2018 selection is The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis. Over the next 6 months, the community is 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 Jack E. Davis on Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm at the Randolph Center in Pass Christian (315 Clark Avenue). 

    The Gulf was the winner of the 2017 Kirkus Award for non-fiction.  This book is a sweeping environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico that presents an engaging, truly relevant new study of the Gulf as a powerful agent in the American story, one that has become “lost in the pages of American history.”

    Jack E. Davis is also the author of the award-winning An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. An environmental historian, he is a professor of History and Sustainability Studies at the University of Florida.  Professor Davis grew up on the Gulf coast and now lives in Florida and New Hampshire. 

    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.  Please call the library (228-452-4596) or email passchristianlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions or need further information.

    POINT OF CONTACT:  Wendy Allard 228-452-4596;  w.allard@harrison.lib.ms.us 

    Submitted by

    Wendy Allard

    Head Librarian

    Pass Christian Public Library

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:24 PM | Carol Green

    The Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library is now featured as an official partner of the Mississippi Digital Library at the University of Southern Mississippi.

    MDL has an extensive digital collection of state and local historic collections which now include the local history collection that is being digitized at the Singing River library, a branch of the Jackson-George Regional Library in Pascagoula, MS.

    The SRGLHL has been working on digitizing many collections since 2006. With the help of MDL, the library has several collections available on-line - both on the MDL website and a new Singing River Digital Archive at Singing River. For more information on MDL partners, visit www.msdiglib.org/about/partners/jsg.

    SRGLHL branch manager, Amanda Brooks, said, “The Jackson County Historical Society started by digitizing the family history files using a Xerox coping machine. Since then it has been an on and off project until November 2016. Over the past year we have been implementing new technology and procedures to bring this project truly to life. December 7, 2017 was our launch date for the Singing River Digital Archive.”

    Over the last few years, various volunteers and groups, the Library system IT staff and interns, have given hundreds of man-hours to get the collections up and online. So far, SRGLHL has four collections that are fully digitized and made available at http://glh.jgrls.org.  

    Future plans include creating more digital exhibits to help further engage local communities with a hope of helping teachers with local history resources. 

    “We don’t just want to be a repository of information, we want people actually be able to use these materials when they need them, said Ms. Brooks.

    To access these materials, there are no log-ins required and patrons do not have to be in the library to access the information. All services are free at home, or on the road.

    For more information contact:

    Amanda Brooks, archivist and manager 

    Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library - 228-769-3078


    Submitted by

    Rex Bridges

    PR & Marketing Manager

    Jackson-George Regional Library



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