• 30 May 2019 4:14 PM | Carol Green

    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

    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.
  • 28 Feb 2019 9:05 AM | Carol Green

    The MSU Libraries will host its annual Charles Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Festival and the Gatsby Gala March 28-30, 2019.  The Festival features pianist Martin Spitznagel, Larisa Migachyov, multi-instrumentalist Dave Bennett and drummer Ha Smith.  This year’s festival will feature a salute to Benny Goodman and Jerry Lee Lewis.  The Gatsby Gala, a 1920’s fashion show, features 1920’s inspired dresses designed by the Fashion Design and Merchandising students.  The mission of the Templeton Festival is to provide another educational and artistic opportunity for the citizens of Starkville, Oktibbeha county and the surrounding counties. The Festival endeavors to educate audiences on these early forms of music from ragtime to blues, jazz, stride, and more.  For more information visit http://library.msstate.edu/festival

    Submitted by

    Stephen Cunetto

    Associate Dean, University Libraries

    Mississippi State University



  • 27 Feb 2019 3:27 PM | Carol Green

    The Jackson-George Regional Library System held the 32nd Annual Volunteer Awards Reception at the Pascagoula Public Library on Tuesday, February 13. The theme was “Volunteers Love Our Libraries” with over 110 in attendance.

    Along with a luncheon, the volunteers attending from the nine branch libraries received a certificate recognizing their service and a chance for door prizes. The guest speaker for the event was Mississippi Library Commission Executive Director Hulen Bivins.  

    Awards were presented to the following: Rita Krebs Genealogy Volunteer of the Year was given to MS Digital Library for their assistance in helping digitize collections for the genealogy library; the Mary Ann Louviere Youth Services Volunteer of the Year was presented to Aric Wirtz from the Ocean Springs Library with 181 hours of service.  The Flora S. Scholtes Volunteer of the Year was presented to Estelle Nettles from the Moss Point Library with 290 hours of service.

    The Friends of the Pascagoula Public Library won the Friends of the Library 2019 award which was presented by Library Director Lori Barnes.  This award is given for outstanding support for Friends projects, program sponsorships, fundraising efforts, and membership drives for the library.

    “Volunteers donated nearly 8,000 hours of service to the library system for 2018 and is the equivalent of more than four full-time employees,” said library director Lori Barnes. “We couldn’t do all we do without them,” she said.

    See photos on the library Facebook page - JacksonGeorgeLibrary or visit the library website at www.jgrls.org for more information about Friends groups and locations.

    Photographs by Rex Bridges

    Submitted by

    Rex Bridges

    Public Relations & Marketing Manager

    Jackson-George Library System

  • 27 Feb 2019 2:05 PM | Carol Green

    Janice Vaughn, Branch Manager at the Jesse Yancy Memorial Library in Bruce, was interviewed by Rylie Livingston of WCBI News. 

    Link to the interview: Public Libraries Are Having To Make Sacrifices

    Photograph by Janice Vaughn

    Rylie Livingston (right) with WCBI intern

    Submitted by

    Janice Vaughn

    Branch Manager

    Jesse Yancy Memorial Library

  • 26 Feb 2019 11:45 AM | Carol Green

    The Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System recently held their first annual Mad Hatter Tea Party the week of December 10, 2018 in the headquarters library in McComb and two of their branch libraries.  With over 65 children and adults attending, the tea was a huge success!  Everyone was encouraged to dress in character and finger foods were served at the events.  At the McComb branch, there were three different activities set up for the children.  There was a face painting table, a craft table, where they were encouraged to make their own Mad Hatter top-hat, and a photo booth.  Miss Mattie entertained the children with music and singing, and the story of “Alice in Wonderland” was read by the children’s activities director, Laura Stokes.

    Photographs by Laura Stokes.  

    Submitted by 

    Laura Stokes

    Children's Activities Director

    Pike-Amite-Walthall Library System

  • 25 Feb 2019 3:56 PM | Carol Green

    Carol Green has been named Interim Head of Technical Services at The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

  • 25 Feb 2019 3:47 PM | Carol Green

    Bonnie Thornton joined Mississippi State University Libraries in December in the Assistant Professor/Continuing Resources position. This position is her first professional librarian role and focuses on the management of the print serials collection and other duties as assigned. Bonnie graduated with her MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked as a graduate assistant in the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library providing reference and instruction services. She also worked as a copy cataloger at their large density storage facility. Prior to her time at Illinois, she earned her B.A. in History and Spanish at Augustana College, with a focus on public history and Colonial Spain. She’s glad to have escaped the Midwest with her cats before the snow could bury her.  

    Teri M. Robinson joined the faculty of Mississippi State University as an Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review. Previously, she was the supervisor for records and transcripts in the Registrar’s Office at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2018, Teri earned her MLIS and a Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections from The University of Southern Mississippi. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Alabama.

    Rebecca (Becky) Bickford is now Assistant Professor/Social Sciences Librarian in the Research Services department of the Mississippi State University Libraries. Becky joined MSU in late 2017 as a Library Associate in Research Services. Becky graduated in 2006 from the University of West Georgia with a BS in Early Childhood Education. Becky obtained her MLIS from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2016. Upon completion of her MLIS, she worked as the Information Services Librarian at South Georgia State College in Douglas, Georgia.

    Stephen Cunetto, the Associate Dean for University Libraries at Mississippi State University, was recently appointed to the MLC Board of Commissioners by Governor Phil Bryant. He earned his B.S. in Communication at Mississippi State University and his Masters in Library and Information Science at The University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. As the Associate Dean, he provides strategic direction, oversight, and maintenance of the Libraries' technological infrastructure and technology services, ensuring tight integration of all digital and online services, as well as assists in the overall management and strategic operation of the University Libraries.

  • 25 Feb 2019 3:39 PM | Carol Green

    Mariah Grant was promoted to the position of Associate College Librarian at Millsaps College. In this faculty position, she serves as the Millsaps-Wilson Library’s assistant director, coordinates all public services, and holds the rank of Assistant Professor. She previously held the positions of Public Services and Instruction Librarian and Acquisitions and Serials Librarian at Millsaps College. Grant has a M.A. in Library and Information Science, a Graduate Certificate in Archives, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Arizona.


    Mary Kirkham is the new Collection Development and Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Millsaps College. In this faculty position, she coordinates the Interlibrary Loan Office, serves as the primary liaison to academic departments, manages collection development, and holds the rank of Assistant Professor. Kirkham has a M.L.I.S. and a B.S. in Business Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi.


    Rachel Long is the new Instructional Technologist at Millsaps College. In her new role, she serves on the library team and is the administrator of the campus course management system. Long joined the Millsaps-Wilson Library as the Library Assistant in 2017 after graduating from Millsaps College with a B.A. in Literature in English and a licensure to teach secondary education.

  • 03 Dec 2018 10:27 AM | Carol Green

    The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) names the University of Mississippi’s J.D. Williams Library as the 2018 Federal Depository Library of the Year. The library was selected for its creative promotion of Government documents through campaigns, exhibits, and events. The J.D. Williams Library became a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in 1883. The library is the Regional depository library for Mississippi, serving ten selective depositories in the state.

    To coincide with its 135th anniversary in the FDLP, the library hosted a year-long Government documents campaign. As part of the campaign, the library created a Government documents coloring book and bookmark and hosted anniversary-related events featuring various librarians and scholars as guest speakers. It produced seven new LibGuides on Government information and displayed six exhibits throughout the library that pointed users to the depository. For children, the library developed educational materials and engaged middle-school students with direct programming.

    “I congratulate the staff at the J.D. Williams Library for its innovative and steadfast efforts in Keeping America Informed on the three branches of the Federal Government since 1883,” said Acting GPO Deputy Director Herbert H. Jackson, Jr. “The library has demonstrated a rich legacy of service and learning. It serves as an example of the critical relationship GPO has with the library community in providing the public free access to Government information in digital and print formats.”

    “UM Libraries are proud to be included among Federal Depository Libraries,” said Cecilia Botero, Dean of Libraries at the University of Mississippi. “The ability to offer the UM community and the people of Mississippi free public access to these vitally important government documents is a responsibility we take seriously. We are honored to be chosen as the 2018 Federal Depository Library of the Year.”

    This article was originally posted on the GPO website by Gary Somerset, Chief Public Relations Officer at the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

    Submitted by

    Melissa Dennis

    Head of Research & Instruction

    University of Mississippi Libraries



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