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  • 30 Aug 2019 10:20 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)



    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!


  • 30 Aug 2019 10:13 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)



    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!



  • 30 Aug 2019 10:05 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    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


  • 30 Aug 2019 9:58 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    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



  • 30 Aug 2019 9:14 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    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




  • 30 Aug 2019 8:58 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    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



  • 30 Aug 2019 8:53 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Mary Ann Jones, Associate Professor at MSU Libraries has transitioned serving as the Coordinator of Electronic Resources and Acquisitions to serving as the Scholarly Communication Coordinator. Mary Ann earned her M.L.I.S. from Florida State University in 2005 and a B.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida in 2001. Mary Ann has been involved in the MSU Libraries’ Scholarly Communication initiative from its inception and has chaired two of the initiatives’ committees, Institutional Repository and Open Access. Mary Ann will be the MSU Libraries’ contact for all aspects of scholarly communication including copyright, open access, open data, open educational resources, ORCiD, and Scholars Junction, the MSU Institutional Repository.


    Corinne Kennedy, the Humanities Librarian for MSU Libraries will be attending the Tenth International Conference on the Image in Manchester, England, held 5-6 September 2019, sponsored by The Image Research Network.   Ms. Kennedy will be presenting in a themed session on Best Practices in the Visual Arts at this interdisciplinary research conference.  The accepted presentation will address the vital importance of teaching those outside the design and arts fields the importance of giving proper credit regarding images.  In addition to the acceptance of her presentation, the Conference on the Image granted her one of the Emerging Scholars Award, the only American to receive the award.  The scholarship includes her conference fee, annual membership, and requires her to serve as a chairperson for themed panels.  The focus of the conference this year is “Techno-storytelling: Past, Present, Future,” with sub-themes including: The Form of the Image, Image Work, and The Image in Society.  The themes of the conference address the past, present, and future of a pictographic society.  The presentation also has a possibility of its inclusion to the conference peer-reviewed journal.


    Jenifer Ishee was recently appointed to the position of Digital Archivist and Coordinator of the Digital Preservation and Access Unit at MSU Library.   She previously held the position of Manuscripts Librarian in MSU’s Special Collections.  Jenifer holds an M.A. in history from the University of Nebraska and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University.




  • 30 Aug 2019 8:42 AM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Melody Dale, Associate Professor at Mississippi State University, recently transitioned from the Coordinator of Old Main Academic Center/Education Librarian into the role of Education and Business Librarian at MSU Libraries. Melody received her M.L.I.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012 and her B.A. in English with a minor in General Business Administration from MSU in 2008. Melody started at MSU Libraries in 2010 and held various cataloging positions before transitioning into Public Services in 2017 as Education Librarian. Melody is now the Reference Librarian and Subject Specialist for all departments under the College of Education and College of Business.


    Cathy Dunn has joined the Collection Management Services department at the MSU Libraries as Assistant Professor/Acquisitions Librarian. Cathy earned her M.A. in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May 2019. She worked at the University of Memphis Libraries and at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee while completing her graduate degree through distance education. She is an alumna of MSU, where she obtained her B.A. in English.


    Kate Gregory has joined the Congressional and Political Research Center at the MSU Libraries as Assistant Professor/Political Papers Archivist. Kate earned her M.L.I.S. from the University of Alabama in August 2018 where she researched the life-cycle of born digital records. During graduate school, she worked as a Senior Library Associate in the MSU Libraries where she has been a staff member since 2015. She obtained her M.A. in English from MSU in 2011 and her B.A. in English from The University of Mississippi in 2008. In addition to her work in the MSU Libraries, Kate has worked as a freelance writer for The ‘Sip Magazine, taught English at both MSU and East Mississippi Community College, and worked as a copyeditor for the Starkville Daily News.




  • 29 Aug 2019 4:05 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to go towards its Local History Department. The project, titled "Focusing the Camera’s Lens: Assessing and Preserving Lowndes County, Mississippi’s Photographic History", allows for a professional conservator to create a preservation assessment of the archives photographic collections, along with the purchase of some preservation supplies to rehouse them. The Endowment received 102 eligible applications; the budget allowed for 45 awards. 


    Submitted by

    Mona Vance-Ali

    Archivist

    Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System


  • 29 Aug 2019 3:55 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    After a short hiatus, First Regional Library’s Words on Wheels BookWagon will soon be back on the road.

     

    An extension of FRL’s branches, the BookWagon offers a unique and free early literacy experience for preschool-age children in DeSoto, Lafayette, Panola, Tate and Tunica counties.  Meridith Wulff took on the role of Regional Youth Specialist on May 1, 2019 and is the Words on Wheels visit coordinator and BookWagon driver. Children and their teachers and/or caregivers will board the BookWagon for engaging early literacy programming. Afterward, teachers and caregivers may check out age-appropriate books and other library materials as well as resources for parenting and teaching young children.

     

    The regular service priorities are childcare centers in FRL’s service area, but the BookWagon will also appear at community events and library programs as availability allows.  Visits are requested via First Regional Library’s website. “Our communities have missed seeing the Words on Wheels BookWagon on the road,” said Wulff. “I’m so excited to bring early literacy and the love of books to the children in our area.”


    Photograph by David Brown


    Submitted by David Brown

    Brand & Marketing Strategist

    First Regional Library


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