• 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/

  • 18 Aug 2017 8:00 AM | Deleted user

    On June 23, Rotary District 6840 Assistant Governor and Head of the Gunter Library at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Joyce M. Shaw, presented $400 Home Depot gift cards to ten employees of the Livingston Parish Libraries who were affected by the August 2016 flooding in the Baton Rouge area. The workers are in the process of repairing their flood impacted homes. This recovery project directly helps 21 people. The August flooding in and around Baton Rough is considered the worst natural disaster to impact the United States in 2016. This is the second disaster recovery effort involving the Livingston Parish Library led by Shaw and the Rotary. In April, the library was presented with a check for $2,000 to assist with flood recovery needs.

    Photograph by Jennifer Seneca

  • 24 May 2017 9:30 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    We would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the 2017 MLA Annual Conference!  This year’s conference will be held at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, MS from October 17-20, 2017.


    The theme for this year’s conference is “Tell Your Story”.  Stories have been passed down from generations to generations and make us, as individuals, unique and special.  Stories also connect us to each other and to our communities.  For libraries, stories can help illustrate relevance, community impact, and play an integral role in library advocacy. 


    There are many ways to "Tell Your Story" and we want to hear them all! 


    Accepted program presentations should be able to fit within a 45 minute segment with time for questions. 


    Posters will be presented during two presentation slots that will each have 8-9 poster sessions giving a 5-minute lightening talk on their idea. Posters will then be on display in the conference center for attendees to view and ask questions.


    Please click on this link to submit your proposal online.


    The deadline is June 30, 2017.

  • 19 May 2017 8:26 AM | Deleted user

    After 42 years of service working for the Northeast Regional Library System, headquartered in Corinth, William McMullin has retired as Director.



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