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New hires at The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries (People in the News)

26 Nov 2018 1:25 PM | Anonymous

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.



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