• 19 May 2017 8:10 AM | Anonymous

    New school librarian at the Olde Towne Middle School, Madison County Schools, Sheila McGraw, had an article in the Spring 2017 issue of Ridgeland Life.  www.ridgelandms.org/ridgeland-life-spring-2017/ page 22.

  • 24 Feb 2017 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    On Monday, January 23, 2017, the Jesse Yancy Memorial Library hosted “Come Together”, a special program on the influence of rock and roll on The Beatles, at the Square Theater in Bruce, Mississippi. The program was sponsored by the Friends of the Library and featured Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz. Krerowicz presented a 90-minute discussion on how the group was impacted by singers such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry.

    Krerowicz is a native of Indiana and the only full time Beatles scholar in the nation. He won a research grant in 2011 through the University of Hartford to study the band and present his findings. He has given more than 300 presentations throughout the US and England, authored four Beatles books, and released an album of original music.

    Ben Pratt and Branch Manager Janice Vaughn visit with Katrina Berry of WTVA to promote the Beatles program.

    Submitted by

    Janice Vaughn

    Branch Manager

    Jesse Yancy Memorial Library

  • 24 Feb 2017 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    Mississippi State University Libraries has launched “A Banner Day” program at Mitchell Memorial Library.  Each month during the academic year, the library will unveil a banner commemorating one of the Mississippi writers on the Southern Literary Trail.  The Southern Literary Trail is the nation’s only tristate literary trail.  Covering Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, it commemorates the Southern classical writers of the 20th century.  The Southern Literary Trail is headquartered at Mississippi State University Libraries.

    These banners will remind students and other library patrons of Mississippi’s role in world literature.  They will also serve to encourage reading the writers’ works and learning more about their lives and the Mississippi heritage that inspired them.  Designed by library staff member Jennifer Jones, banners feature an image of the writer as well as a personal quote from the writer or one of the writer’s works.

    The initial “Banner Day” today commemorated world-renowned playwright Tennessee Williams.  Born Thomas Lanier Williams in Columbus in 1911, Williams won two Pulitzer Prizes.  On a return visit to his hometown, he said “Home is where you hang your childhood, and Mississippi to me is the beauty spot of creation, a dark, wide, spacious land that you can breathe in.”

    Future banners will commemorate the seven additional Mississippi writers who are on the Southern Literary Trail.  Follow these unveilings and related events of Mitchell Memorial Library on Facebook and Twitter and at http://library.msstate.edu.  Follow the Southern Literary Trail at http://www.southernliterarytrail.org.

    Photograph by Isa Stratton, MSU Libraries

    (L to R) Stephen Cunetto, Associate Dean of Libraries, Frances Coleman, Dean of Libraries, and Sarah McCullough, Coordinator of Cultural Heritage Projects

    Submitted by

    Brad Moreland

    Public Relations & Marketing

    MSU Libraries

  • 16 Nov 2016 8:53 AM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    Two long-time employees have recently retired at the Northeast Regional Library System, headquartered in Corinth. After 17 years of service as the Cataloger and Collection Development Librarian, Holly McIntyre retired at the end of June. To fill her days, Holly plans to spend more time gardening, traveling, and taking care of her beloved dogs.

    Rita Millsaps also recently retired at the end of October after 32 years of service as the Inter-Library Loan Clerk at NRL. Rita had additionally spent 25 years as the Branch Manager at the Rienzi Public Library. Rita is looking forward to camping, visiting with friends and family, and spending more time with her grandchildren.

    Hope Morton is the new Cataloger and Collection Development Librarian at NRL. Hope brings to her position a variety of experience from public, school, and academic libraries. Todd Gurley is the new ILL Clerk. Todd is also employed with NRL as its courier.

  • 16 Nov 2016 8:52 AM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    The Jackson-George Regional Library System promoted Angela Thompson to branch manager of the Kathleen McIlwain Public Library of Gautier recently.  The city branch is located near the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College campus.

    Her first career was a radio announcer on K99 and Magic 93.7 FM.  After working on air for 15 years, Angela decided to change her career path.  In July of 2001, she was hired as a library clerk at the Vancleave Public Library and became very interested in Library Science as a career.

    Angela Frances Stewart is a longtime Gautier resident and a 1984 graduate of Pascagoula High School.  She received a Bachelor’s of Library Science at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2013, and is currently a Masters of Library and Information Science candidate with USM.

    Angela is the proud mother of two children; her son was recently commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Mississippi Army National Guard, and her daughter is a Biology/Chemistry major at USM Hattiesburg.

  • 16 Nov 2016 8:51 AM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    The Jackson-George Regional Library System selected Ann Rushing as the new branch manager of the East Central Public Library in October.  The rural branch is located in the community of Hurley, about 25 miles north of Pascagoula, MS.

    Ann Smith Rushing took over the management duties of the East Central Public Library left vacant by a promotion given to Pascagoula manager Leanna Hamburg.

    Ann started working for the Jackson-George Regional Library system in 2013 as a library clerk. Previously she was employed with the Harrison County Library System in Biloxi, MS, as Head of Circulation.

    She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the USM in 2002. In 2014, Ann attended the Mississippi Library Association Librarianship 101, a leadership program for those interested in Library Science as a career.

    Currently, Ann is a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Southern Mississippi.  She is a member of the Mississippi Library Association and USM Library and Information Science Student Association. 

  • 16 Nov 2016 8:46 AM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    The Jackson-George Regional Library System has hired Amanda Brooks as the manager of the Genealogy and Local History Department at the Pascagoula Public Library.

    The newly created position will enable the department to better organize, manage, and direct the digitization project currently underway.  As manager, Amanda will guide the department into the era of digitization through professionally approved methods and best practices in an effort to offer increased access to unique resources pertaining to the community, which the library system serves.

    Amanda Brooks recently moved to Pascagoula, from Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

    Having earned her Bachelors of Art in English Literature from Lock Haven University in 2014, Amanda moved to Scotland to attend the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow to attain her MSC.  Upon completing her dissertation on the impact of digitization in cultural heritage institutions, Amanda earned her Master of Science in Information and Library Studies with a UK level of distinction in 2016.

    “Through hearing family stories as a child, my own personal research and placements taken on during her education, I have developed a passion for genealogy that I hope will benefit my new position” she said.  She is most looking forward to working on the digital preservation project at JGRLS in order to ensure that their collections are safeguarded for future generations.  

  • 16 Nov 2016 8:45 AM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    Sarah McCullough joined Mississippi State University Libraries in September 2016, as Coordinator of Cultural Heritage Projects in the Mitchell Memorial Library Special Collections department. Sarah received a B.A. in History from Agnes Scott College, and then went on to earn her master's degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia. She comes to MSU from her most recent work for The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia in the former Soviet state of Georgia through a Peace Corps program. Before that, Sarah worked as Cultural Heritage Program Manager for the Division of Tourism at Mississippi Development Authority. Sarah’s research interests include literary and architectural heritage. Following her joining the MSU Libraries she was elected as the Director of the Southern Literary Trail which represents Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia and is now based at the MSU Libraries.

    Sarah is a native of Tupelo, MS. Her father, brother, and sister graduated from Mississippi State, so cheering for the Bulldogs is in her blood. She also enjoys traveling, particularly cultural heritage travel, and has taken part in cultural heritage and volunteer programs in Brazil, Ghana, Australia, Thailand, and Croatia. Sarah is also an avid dog lover, especially her MSU Bulldogs!

  • 16 Nov 2016 8:44 AM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    Jody Perkins was recently hired as the Acquisitions and Serials Librarian at the Millsaps-Wilson Library, Millsaps College. Mr. Perkins brings a wealth of experience in both public and academic libraries to this faculty position.

  • 16 Nov 2016 8:41 AM | Sarah Mangrum (Administrator)

    The 2017 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival marks the 50th consecutive children’s book festival at The University of Southern Mississippi.  To commemorate the longevity of the successful festival, the de Grummond Collection is bringing an outstanding art exhibition to Hattiesburg.

    Titled Wendell Minor’s America:  25 Years of Children’s Book Art, the exhibit is coming to Hattiesburg from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.  Minor’s work will probably be familiar, due to his work on over 2,000 book cover designs, including Earnest Gaines’ A Gathering of Old Men, Pat Conroy’s Beach Music, the current cover for To Kill a Mockingbird, all of David McCullough’s book covers, and many more.  Minor is also responsible for the illustrations of fifty children’s book titles (and counting). 

    Beginning in March, the exhibition will be at Oddfellows Gallery on Front Street through May.  Because Minor has illustrated picture books about real people, his paintings bring history to life.  When illustrating the picture book biography, Reaching for the Moon, written by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Minor’s interest in history and the natural world were brought to light.  Minor and Aldrin worked closely together on another book for children titled Look to the Stars.  As a result of their collaboration, Minor and Aldrin became friends.

    Aldrin, in an interview with Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Deputy Director/Chief Curator at the Norman Rockwell Museum, remarked on Minor’s work:

    “Wendell has a great talent for creating images that invite you in.  They give you a sense of close observation and being a part of something.  He found a way to bring my authentic experiences to life for children through his art, and I was amazed by that.” (Aldrin 120)

    Make plans now to see the exhibition.  It is something not to be missed.

    Submitted by

    Dawn Smith

    Assistant to the Dean for Publicity and Outreach

    University of Southern Mississippi Libraries



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