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  • 30 May 2019 5:51 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Jennifer Brannock, professor and curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana in The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Libraries’ Special Collections, has earned the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)’s Learning History Research and Innovation Award, sponsored by Gale, A Cengage Company.

    Brannock was selected for her innovative historical research in support of her project, “Con Sellers, Masculinity, and the Publishing Industry: Lowbrow Publications in Midcentury America”. The Learning History Research and Innovation Award includes $2,500 to facilitate and further research relating to history and history librarianship.

    RUSA is a division of the American Library Association (ALA) and serves libraries in reference, user services, adult readers advisory and collection development, as well as resource sharing, genealogy and archives, business reference and reference technology. The award requires that recipient research efforts include an emphasis in an area reflected by the History Section’s subject-oriented committees, not excluding American history. Subject areas include genealogy, local history, instruction and research services, and historical materials.

    Sellers was a Korean War veteran and Mississippi native who was determined to write for a living. In order to support his family, he wrote for ‘lowbrow’ publishers and magazines, since quality writing wasn’t considered a prerequisite for the genre, and Sellers could pen a book in approximately nine days. He produced more than 250 publications in his writing career, using more than 60 pseudonyms, and his papers are included in USM’s Special Collections.

    “I’m absolutely thrilled to receive this grant to further advance my research. There are very few manuscript resources available that are focused on this topic, and the collections that are out there require me to travel,” Brannock said. “This award will allow me to go the Library of Congress and conduct research in one of the few collections around.”

  • 30 May 2019 5:15 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Librarians from the Jackson Public School District were recognized during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival.  The festival, presented by The University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science, was held April 3-5, 2019 in Hattiesburg, MS.

    Spann Elementary librarian Jennifer Baker received the 2019 Kaigler-Lamont Award, recognizing distinguished accomplishments in the promotion of children’s reading by librarians and teachers in Mississippi schools and by children’s librarians in Mississippi public libraries.

    Lester Elementary librarian Ruth Bowen received the 2019 Richard Peck Scholarship. The scholarship, named for award-winning author of books for middle grade students and young adults Richard Peck, gives librarians and teachers from the Southeast region the opportunity to attend the Festival.

    Jennifer Baker and Ruth Bowen

    Submitted by

    Jeanette Whisenton

    Lead Librarian

    Teacher Resource Center

    Jackson Public School District


  • 30 May 2019 5:09 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    The Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library at Pascagoula was the host of “Safeguarding Stories for Families” at two free workshops in April and May. They partnered with Mississippi Digital Library who assisted in the events.

    The Genealogy library invited the public to bring in family keepsakes, old family documents, family memorabilia, artifacts, and photos which may be added to local history collections. The library hosted the free day-long event at the Pascagoula Public Library and a second event at the Lucedale-George County Public Library. Local residents were encouraged to bring area photographs, family documents, and keepsake items to the libraries to have them listed, scanned, or photographed at no charge. All patrons participating received a CD of their digital images.

    Genealogy Library manager and archivist Amanda Brooks stated, “I consider Safeguarding Stories to be one of the most important programs Singing River has offered up till this point. Our mission as a cultural institution is uncertain if we cannot partner with our community and assist them in preserving their own history. Providing a space for our patrons to take an active role in saving their history, especially in such a high-risk disaster area, speaks to what we as a community entity are all about. The library is planning to continue the events in the future.” For more information about the events, contact the library archivist at 228-769-3078. 

    The Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library is located on the second floor of the Pascagoula library located at 3214 Pascagoula Street. For more information about the library, visit the website at www.jgrls.org, Facebook @SingingRiverLibrary or @JacksonGeorgeLibrary.

    Photo courtesy of Jackson-George Regional Library System

    Submitted by

    Rex Bridges

    Public Relations & Marketing Manager

    Jackson-George Regional Library System

  • 30 May 2019 5:02 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Sarah Mangrum, access services and assessment librarian at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected for the Library Leadership and Management Association’s (LLAMA) mentoring program, a division of the American Library Association.

    The mentoring program pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders. For mentors, it is an opportunity to share experience and knowledge by working one-on-one with a colleague who is ready to learn and benefit from that experience. The mentorship runs for 10 months and includes recurring communication and interaction with the mentee, providing career advice and counseling based on related experience, sharing skills and knowledge, and providing positive feedback through regular meetings that can be virtual, by phone, email or face-to-face.

    In addition, Mangrum received her Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education Administration in May 2019. 

    Mangrum has been with University Libraries since October of 2008 and a librarian since 2012. She recently served as president of the Mississippi Library Association in 2018.


  • 30 May 2019 4:57 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Emily Bell, a native of Cleveland, MS, is the new Director of the Bolivar County Library System. Previously, she was a librarian at the Roberts LaForge Library at Delta State University, where she also received her undergraduate degree. Bell received her MLIS from The University of Southern Mississippi.

    Submitted by

    Tamara D. Blackwell

    Reference Services Librarian

    Bolivar County Library System

  • 30 May 2019 4:52 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    The State Law Library of Mississippi welcomes Ginger Dressler as its newest Information Processing Librarian. Dressler previously worked at the Mississippi College Law Library for a number of years. 

    Judy Reedy, the previous holder of the position, has moved into the role of the Jackson-Branch Librarian for the United States Court of Appeals Library for the Fifth Circuit.

    Submitted by

    Stephen Parks

    State Librarian

    State Law Library of Mississippi

  • 30 May 2019 4:28 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Mark Cole, author of The Nine Realms trilogy, spoke to Brandon High School students during National Library Week.  He also shared with the Creative Writing classes a little about the writing process.  One lucky student received a set of the trilogy.

    Photography by  Susan Lott

    Mark Cole with Brandon High School students

    Submitted by

    Susan Lott

    Library Media Specialist

    Brandon High School

  • 30 May 2019 4:16 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Mississippi State University Libraries is announcing an exhibition of works by noted 19th-century sculptor John Rogers. Titled "John Rogers: The People's Sculptor," the exhibit includes 16 sculpture groups on display as part of the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana housed at Mitchell Memorial Library. The gallery is located within the fourth-floor Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1829, Rogers was an American artist whose sculptures largely depict the conventional lives of ordinary people. His works encompass subjects such as Civil War soldiers, the horrors of slavery, historical figures and literary themes, all of which are intended to evoke feelings of shared experience and nostalgia. Over the course of his career, Rogers sculpted roughly 80 distinct statuary groups. These were mass-produced for commercial sale and were most often cast in plaster. Rogers sold most of his statues for around $14 (approx. $425 in today's money), which made them affordable and accessible to middle-class Americans. These works became so popular in the latter half of the 19th century that Rogers was often referred to as "the people's sculptor." By the end of his career, he sold an estimated 80,000 copies of his works, which amounted to $1 million in statuary.

    Some of the most popular works on display in the Williams Collection of Lincolniana Gallery are "The Wounded Scout," which depicts a wounded Union soldier being helped through a southern swamp by a runaway enslaved man, and two variations of "The Council of War" which depict President Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant, and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton discussing military strategy. 

    For more information, contact Ryan Semmes, associate professor with MSU Libraries, at 662-325-9355 or rsemmes@library.msstate.eduMSU is Mississippi's leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

    Submitted by

    Stephen Cunetto

    Associate Dean, University Libraries

    Mississippi State University

  • 30 May 2019 4:14 PM | Carol Green (Administrator)

    Mississippi State University Libraries is launching a new digital collection of Citizens' Council Radio Forum recordings, along with corresponding transcripts.

    MSU Libraries produces, preserves and provides access to digital collections that support teaching, service and research by providing greater access to rare holdings. These include sheet music, diaries, correspondence, ledgers, photographs, transcripts, publications and other materials, all through the MSU Libraries' Digital Collections.

    A $25,000 digitization grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources' Recordings at Risk program provided funds for 269 original Citizens' Council Forum shows to be preserved and made available online.

    The audio recordings are accompanied by transcripts, provided by MSU doctoral graduate and Millsaps College Associate Professor of History Stephanie Rolph, who transcribed the Forum recordings as part of her dissertation and donated them to MSU Special Collections upon completion of her research. Rolph also published a book on the Citizens' Council last year titled "Resisting Equality: The Citizens' Council, 1954-1989" (LSU Press).

    MSU Libraries is a destination for researchers studying Civil Rights and the Jim Crow era, of which the Citizens' Council played a powerful role. The recordings span 1957-1966 and cover a variety of topics, including the Supreme Court, education, the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts, and communism.

    According to University Archivist Jessica Perkins Smith, who wrote the CLIR grant and has worked extensively with the collection, "Researchers have used the transcripts of the Forum recordings frequently over the years. The tapes themselves were in danger of being lost due to their age and condition. Digitizing the recordings provides the benefit of long-term preservation, but also gives researchers a chance to hear the voices of segregationist politicians and Citizens' Council leaders. We are pleased to be able to increase accessibility of our collections to patrons who may not be able to travel to Mississippi State."

    For more information, contact Perkins Smith at jsmith@library.msstate.edu. To access the collection, visit http://lib.msstate.edu/digitalcollections/citizenscouncil/

    Submitted by 

    Stephen Cunetto

    Associate Dean, University Libraries

    Mississippi State University

  • 03 May 2019 11:15 AM | Phillip Carter (Administrator)

    Please consider submitting a proposal for a session at this year’s MLA Conference to be held Oct 22-25th at the Westin Hotel in downtown Jackson.  The theme for the conference is Libraries:  Educating, Cultivating and Inspiring!  If you have been doing some great things that educate, cultivate or inspire, we hope you will consider sharing your innovative work with other librarians by submitting a proposal to present at this year’s conference.

    The form submission can be found here.
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