• 27 Nov 2018 10:35 AM | Carol Green

    The Friends of Iuka Library (Tishomingo County) celebrate their 30th birthday this year! Formed in 1988, the group has over 300 members on the roll with some of the original members still active in library events.

    Accomplishments of the Friends of Iuka Library include:

    • Instrumental in getting a library addition built in 1994-1995 plus an outbuilding to hold excess used book inventory and yard sale items
    • Primary sponsor of annual Summer Reading Programs and National Library Week 
    • Bi-monthly Lunch Break programs that are free to the community with an optional $2 sack lunch prepared by the Friends
    • Fund raising activities such as used book sales, yard sales, beans & cornbread lunches, and other merchandise sales such as the Friends of the Library Cookbook, “I love books” tote bags and similar items. A steady monthly income stream is generated from the Friends’ Book Store book sales inside the branch thanks to an incredibly dedicated volunteer (retired public school librarian) who single-handedly manages the Book Store.  
    • Bi-monthly newsletter mailed to all active members as well as complimentary copies to legislators, local elected officials, key businesspeople, etc.
    • Sponsors of the Children’s Christmas Party and Easter Egg Hunt for 30 years
    • Hosts of the Northeast Regional Library System annual staff meeting once every five years, providing breakfast and lunch (meetings rotate among the largest branches)
    • Replaced all ten of the 20-year-old chairs at the public computer stations with comfortable new office chairs

    Iuka Public Library

    2018 Summer Reading Program 

    Submitted by

    Gwen Spain


    Iuka Public Library

  • 27 Nov 2018 10:30 AM | Carol Green

    The State Law Library of Mississippi has signed a Preservation Steward Agreement with the United States Government Publishing Office.  Under this agreement, the Library pledges to permanently preserve its print collections of the United States Reports, Statutes at Large, and Public Papers of the President.  The Preservation Steward Program was developed by GPO to support continued public access to historic government documents in print in the digital era.  All depository libraries are invited to participate in the Preservation Steward Program.  GPO also welcomes the opportunity to discuss possible partnerships with non-depository libraries.  For more information on this and other preservation opportunities, visit https://www.fdlp.gov/preservation/preservation-at-gpo

    The Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL) has selected Jackson, MS as the host city of its 2020 Annual Meeting.  Stephen Parks, State Librarian at the State Law Library of Mississippi, submitted the proposal in late 2017 with the announcement of Jackson’s selection being made in early 2018.  The SEAALL Annual Meeting was last in Mississippi in 1990 when Oxford hosted the program with the theme of “An Anthology of Issues Facing Law Librarians.”  Comprising over 500 individuals from eleven Southeastern states and Puerto Rico, SEAALL is an official chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries with its members coming from court, law firm, corporate, and academic law libraries.  The three day conference, to be held in April 2020, will involve education sessions, workshops, library tours, and receptions.    

    Submitted by

    Stephen Parks

    State Librarian

    State Law Library of Mississippi

  • 27 Nov 2018 10:15 AM | Carol Green

    Skybound and Image Comics celebrated the 15th anniversary of “The Walking Dead” #1 with the first-ever global Walking Dead Day on Saturday, October 13. The Jesse Yancy Memorial Library in Bruce, MS celebrated with a costume contest, trivia games, video clips, and some creepy refreshments. There was also a zombie makeup tutorial and demonstration

    Photographs by Janice Vaughn and Miranda Vaughn

    Submitted by

    Janice Vaughn

    Branch Manager

    Jesse Yancy Memorial Library

  • 26 Nov 2018 2:36 PM | Carol Green

    The Lamar County Library System (LCLS) Board of Trustees recently voted to eliminate overdue materials fees for all patrons in the four branches of the Lamar County Library System. This change took effect on October 1, 2018.

    LCLS Director, Phillip Carter, says “the board and I realized that the punitive nature of library overdue fines were contrary to the mission of the Lamar County Library System.”

    Library fines for LCLS made up less than 1% of the library’s overall budget annually. This new policy does not affect the fees associated with lost or damaged materials.

    For more information, contact - Phillip Carter, LCLS Director at 601-794-3220 or 

    email at pcarter@lclsms.org

    The Lamar County Library System is a public library system serving all citizens of Lamar County and the surrounding area with branches in Sumrall, Oak Grove, Purvis, and Lumberton.

    Submitted by

    Phillip Carter


    Lamar County Library System

  • 26 Nov 2018 1:25 PM | Carol Green

    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.

  • 26 Nov 2018 1:15 PM | Carol Green

    The Emily Jones Pointer Public Library in Como has a new Branch Manager. Amy Henderson has been with the library a little over a month. "We feel very fortunate to have Amy working for First Regional Library's Como branch," said Barbara Evans, FRL's Assistant Director for Public Services. "She's hit the ground running by scheduling monthly family movie events at the request of patrons, and a series of pottery classes will start soon. Amy has over 8 years of library experience, and was most recently a Library Assistant at our Southaven Branch."

    Mrs. Henderson holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Mississippi and has experience in programming for children and adults, conducting outreach, budgeting, and many other qualities that library officials say made her the best candidate for the job.

    "I've enjoyed my time here in Como very much," said Henderson. "The staff and patrons have been so welcoming. I am looking forward to meeting more people in the community, and to find new and exciting ways to provide the absolute best library service to the people of Como."

    Amy Henderson may be reached at ahenderson@firstregional.org.  

  • 26 Nov 2018 1:03 PM | Carol Green

    Brian Corrigan joined the University of Mississippi Libraries in October 2018 as a Library Specialist for Continuing Resources and Acquisitions. In May, he earned his MA in Public History from the University of North Alabama, where he worked as a graduate assistant in Archives and Special Collections. Over the past year, he served as the Music Preservation Consultant for the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, revising and maintaining its Roots of American Music Trail website (http://musictrail.una.edu) and assisting in the production of video interviews for the site.

  • 22 Aug 2018 11:55 AM | Carol Green

    Audrey Gunn has joined the Research Services department at the Mississippi State University Libraries as Assistant Professor/Distance Education Librarian. Audrey earned her MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in May 2018. During grad school, she worked as a reference assistant in UW-Madison's undergraduate and agriculture libraries and completed usability testing for the library website. She obtained her BA from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where she studied English Literature and German.

    Corinne Kennedy is from Atlanta, GA and joined the Mississippi State University Libraries as the Humanities Librarian in January 2018 where she also serves as the liaison to the English and Philosophy/ Religion departments. She graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2007 with a BFA in Art History. Corinne went on to receive her MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 2013. She was employed in the Architecture Library at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) from 2010–2017.  Corinne is a member of the Mississippi Library Association, the Mississippi Genealogical Society, and the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. 

    Preston Salisbury joined the Mississippi State University Libraries in August 2018 as Assistant Professor/Monographic Cataloging. Prior to joining MSU, he spent three years at Hinds Community College, first as Reference Librarian and then as Cataloging Librarian, and most recently one year as cataloger at Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas. Preston received his MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi and his BA in Liberal Arts from Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL.

    Jessica Perkins Smith is now the university archivist at Mississippi State University Libraries. She came to MSU in 2016 as a manuscripts archivist and began her new role this summer. Prior to joining MSU Libraries, Perkins Smith was a project archivist at the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans, LA, where she processed African-American STEM collections. She earned a BA in history from Millsaps College and a her MLIS from Louisiana State University. Smith's research interests include African American history, civil rights in Mississippi, athletic history and digitization.

  • 22 Aug 2018 11:52 AM | Carol Green

    Blair Booker joined Hinds Community College Libraries August 1, 2018 as the Reference Librarian at the McLendon Library on the Raymond Campus. She comes from Holmes Community College where she previously served as Assistant Librarian and Librarian for 10 years. Aside from Holmes, she has previous reference experience working for the Mississippi Library Commission. She received her MLIS from the University of Alabama.

    Kimberly Smith joined the Hinds Community College family on August 1, 2018 as a Library Technical Assistant on the Raymond Campus.  She previously served for 13 years as the High School Librarian at Parklane Academy in McComb, MS. She received her MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation, A Content Analysis of "Cinderella" Illustrated Storybooks Housed in the De Grummond Collection, was published in SLIS Connecting (http://aquila.usm.edu/slisconnecting/vol1/iss1/8/). 

  • 22 Aug 2018 11:46 AM | Carol Green

    Donna Bales of Wesson was recently honored as Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Outstanding Staff member of the Year for the Wesson campus. She has been employed at Co-Lin since 2005 and serves as learning resources assistant in the Evelyn Oswalt Library. Bales is a recipient of the Howell Garner High Performance Award and participates in the Blue Cross Blue Shield employee wellness program at Co-Lin. Prior to Co-Lin, she worked as a library assistant at Mamie Martin Elementary School. 



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