• 16 Nov 2017 1:52 PM | Deleted user

    A $10 million addition to Mississippi State's Mitchell Memorial Library, home of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and the prestigious Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, will be unveiled with a Nov. 30 celebration at the land-grant university. The 21,000-sq.-ft. library addition contains a state-of-the-art museum chronicling Grant's life and his significance in American history and a gallery dedicated to the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, a recent donation considered the largest privately owned Abraham Lincoln collection in America. A 2 p.m. ceremony at the Grant Library on Thursday, Nov. 30, will officially open the new space. Invited guests include Archivist of the United States David Ferriero, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper. The celebration program is open to the public. Prior to the Grant Library's grand opening, leading Abraham Lincoln authority Harold Holzer will deliver the inaugural Frank and Virginia Williams Lecture on Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Studies. Holzer's lecture, open to the public, will take place at 10 a.m. in the Old Main Academic Center's Turner Wingo Auditorium. Free parking will be available at the Old Main Parking Garage and behind the Longest Student Health Center. For more information, see the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library website at www.usgrantlibrary.org, the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection website at library.msstate.edu/williamscollection and the Grand Opening events website at library.msstate.edu/grantopening.

  • 16 Nov 2017 1:51 PM | Deleted user

    An unparalleled private Lincoln and Civil War collection amassed over the past 50 years by former Rhode Island Chief Justice - and nationally known Abraham Lincoln authority - Frank J. Williams and Virginia Williams, has been donated to Mississippi State University.  MSU President Mark E. Keenum and Judge Williams on June 20 announced the extraordinary gift that Keenum said will transform MSU into one the nation's leading destinations for scholars and students of the American Civil War. For more information visit http://library.msstate.edu/williamscollection

    Submitted by

    Stephen Cunetto

    Associate Dean

    Mississippi State University

  • 16 Nov 2017 1:50 PM | Deleted user


    Brittani Vassel-Maggitt, library assistant, completed Librarianship 101 and will introduce students at Southaven High School to library databases and Hoopla.


    Nettie Moore, youth specialist III, visited 4 elementary schools in DeSoto County with Mississippi Public Broadcasting to bring stories and books.


    Zachary Clemmer, library assistant, has been working with local authors to present workshops for aspiring writers.

  • 16 Nov 2017 1:50 PM | Deleted user


    Ilda Cardenas joined the Mississippi State University Library as an Assistant Professor/Monographic Cataloger during the summer of 2017. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University.


    Claudia Holland joined the Mississippi State University Library as an Associate Professor/Scholarly Communication Coordinator during the summer of 2017. She received her MLIS from Louisiana State University, and served as the Head of George Mason University’s Scholarly Communication and Copyright Office since 2012.


    Joy DuBose joined the Mississippi State University Library as an Assistant Professor/Cataloger of Special Collections during the spring of 2017. She received her MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

  • 16 Nov 2017 1:17 PM | Deleted user

    The end of November will mark the last day of work for Susan Agnelly and will include a retirement celebration in her honor after 41 years of service to the Jackson-George Regional Library System in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Ms. Agnelly began her library career in March of 1973 as a substitute page at the Ocean Springs Municipal Library. She soon became a full-time clerk. After a move to New Orleans, she returned to the Ocean Springs branch in 1982.  She was then transferred to the new Pascagoula Public Library in 1986 working the circulation desk as a clerk. Susan quickly advanced to reference and then to administration in Technical Services. In 1990, she took over ordering the materials and helped to create a new acquisitions position. It was November 2013, when Ms. Agnelly was promoted to administrative assistant to the Director. In 2016, the Mississippi Library Association recognized Ms. Agnelly for her work in library service receiving the prestigious Mary Julia Anderson Award for para-professional work, providing consistent customer service and long-standing dedication to JGRLS libraries. For more information on the library or other public programs, visit the library website at www.jgrls.org.

  • 18 Aug 2017 8:08 AM | Deleted user

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Dr. Bernice Ray, a lifetime member of MLA. Dr. Ray was born April 22, 1946, in Acton TN, and died June 6, 2017 at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo, MS. She attended Jackson State University in Jackson, MS and in 1968 she graduated Cum Laude with B. A. Degree, majoring in English and Library Science. Dr. Ray earned a Master's Degree, MA in Library Science from Rutgers University. Later at the same university, she received her Doctoral degree of Philosophy in Communication, Information and University Librarians. Dr. Ray's chosen career was as a librarian and English instructor. For many years she was employed by several universities on the East Coast, before returning to her home state of Mississippi in 1999. She became a librarian in the Bolivar County School District until she retired in 2015. 

  • 18 Aug 2017 8:07 AM | Deleted user

    Zack Robinson is the new Program Coordinator at the University of Mississippi Libraries. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Zack is a 2017 graduate of East Carolina University, where he majored in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications.

  • 18 Aug 2017 8:06 AM | Deleted user

    Ernest Lowery started at the University of Mississippi Libraries in July as a library specialist with responsibility for supervising JD Williams Library during evening hours. Originally from Yazoo City, MS, Ernest received his BBA from Mississippi College and has extensive experience performing research of legal and medical publications.

  • 18 Aug 2017 8:02 AM | Deleted user

    The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries are excited to share the first Open Educational Resource textbook deposited into our Institutional Repository, Aquila.  “An Introduction to Police Operations and Methods: The Connection to Law and History”, is the result of Dr. R. Alan Thompson’s successful application to participate in the University of Southern Mississippi’s Open Textbook Initiative, supported by the Office of the Provost and the University Libraries. Dr. Thompson, an Associate Professor for the School of Criminal Justice, worked extensively this summer to draft a new textbook for use in his classes. Dr. Thompson met and corresponded frequently with his co-author, Anne Hudson, librarian for the College of Arts and Letters in order to incorporate USM library and other authoritative resources into his text related to the complex and evolving role of law enforcement. Anne will represent the pair at the upcoming Mississippi Library Association conference in Hattiesburg on October 18th where she will discuss their successful faculty-librarian collaboration.

  • 18 Aug 2017 8:01 AM | Deleted user

    The 2018 Science Boot Camp for Librarians Southeast will be held in beautiful Ocean Springs, Mississippi at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.  The registration fee will include meals and housing on-site. A conference rate has been secured on rooms at the nearby Gulf Hills Hotel for those who prefer to stay off campus. For more information follow:  https://www.facebook.com/2018BootcampSoutheast/



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