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Smith and Jones (People in the News)

07 Sep 2016 3:40 PM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

There are two job changes at Mississippi State University Libraries.

Jessica Perkins Smith joined Mississippi State University Libraries in May 2016, as Manuscripts Archivist in the Mitchell Memorial Library Special Collections department.  Jessica received a B.A. in History from Millsaps College in Jackson and an MLIS with an Archives concentration from Louisiana State University.  She comes to MSU from the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, where she was a processing archivist working primarily on African American Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) collections.  

Jessica’s research interests include Mississippi Civil Rights, African American history, and improving access to archival collections.  Jessica is from New Orleans but has Mississippi roots, with family from the Delta and Golden Triangle areas.  Her grandfather graduated from Mississippi State, so cheering for the Bulldogs is in her blood.  She also enjoys running, is an avid Saints fan, and is having a great time exploring Starkville with her husband and two-year-old daughter.

Jennifer Jones is the new graphic designer for the Mississippi State University Libraries. Born in Columbus, Mississippi, she moved with her family to Alabama in the fourth grade. Jennifer received her degree from the University of Alabama in 2001. After graduation, she moved to Mobile, Alabama, where she worked at an advertising agency for five years before taking a job at the University of South Alabama in the Publications department where she worked as part of a team that was responsible for the design and printing of most of the University’s marketing communication pieces. Jennifer is excited for this new opportunity to support the Library and University and is looking forward to spending time with her family cheering on the Bulldogs and making herself a part of the Starkville community.



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