• 01 Mar 2018 11:11 AM | Carol Green

    Maryanne Anthony was presented with The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) University Libraries Staff Excellence Award in December 2017. Ms. Anthony has worked at Gunter Library (Gulf Coast Research Laboratory)  as Library Assistant since September 2013. She is currently enrolled at Southern Miss in the BLIS program. She serves as chair of the USM Staff Council Scholarship Committee.  Maryanne and her husband Tony own a small organic farm and raise alpacas in the Big Level community of Stone County. She teaches knitting at the Ocean Springs Municipal Library.

  • 01 Mar 2018 11:09 AM | Carol Green

    Alan Munshower joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi Libraries, as a Special Collections Librarian (Audio and Visual), in September 2017. Alan graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014, receiving his MLS with a specialization in Archives, Records and Information Management.  He also holds a BA in Music from Goucher College.  He has worked on projects at Maryland’s Performing Arts Special Collections, University of Baltimore’s film archive, Special Collections at the Loyola Notre Dame Library in Baltimore, and at the J.P. Webster Library in West Hartford, CT.  His research interests include American music, digital file distribution models, and copyright.  Alan's hobbies include playing music, hiking in the mountains, and growing his personal collection of over 2500 unpublished recordings.

    Cassie Swayze joined the staff of the University of Mississippi Libraries in February as the Digital Assets Librarian and Assistant Professor. She received her MLS from the University of North Texas in 2017 with an emphasis in archival management, digital curation and data management. Cassie is a third generation Texan and most recently worked for the University of Texas at Austin. She also has more than a decade of experience in the fine arts and collections management, and maintains an interest in emerging opportunities in the digital humanities

  • 01 Mar 2018 11:07 AM | Carol Green

    Jenifer Ishee Hoffman joined Mississippi State University Library in August as an Assistant Professor/Coordinator of the Office of Thesis and Dissertation Format Review.  Ms. Hoffman is a native of Mobile, Alabama, and has worked for the past 20 years in public service as well as private law firms in Mobile, Hartford, and Washington, D.C.  Her extensive background formatting documents in the legal field led her to this position where she will be assisting graduate students in the formatting of their final papers.  Prior to joining MSU, Ms. Hoffman served as a supervisor in the Judicial Division of the Mobile County Probate Court, assisting the Judge of Probate with the deceased estates and involuntary commitment dockets.  Ms. Hoffman earned her B.S. in Paralegal Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.A. in History from the University of Nebraska, where she concentrated her studies on early American and British Reform periods, and an MLIS from Kent State University with a focus on Special Collections. 


    Paul L. Weaver has joined the Mississippi State University Libraries as Assistant Professor / Continuing Resources Librarian. This position focuses on the management of the print serials collection. Paul previously served as Research Librarian at Bluffton University in Ohio, where his work included reference, government documents, serials and instruction. Paul received his MSLS in library science from the University of Kentucky and his undergraduate degree in Communication Arts from Malone College.

  • 01 Mar 2018 10:58 AM | Carol Green

    Howard Industries, Inc./Howard Technology Solutions donated 30 laptop computers, a printer, a cart, 2 tablets, and over 100 new books to West Jones Middle/High School.  The books are titles requested by students, and the tablets will be filled with ebooks and audio books.  The 30 laptops + printer+ cart will become a mobile lab for all West Jones teachers to utilize as needed.  The students and faculty are very thankful for the generosity of Howard Industries, Inc./Howard Technology Solutions.

    Submitted by

    Rhonda C. Perkins, NBCT

    Media Center Specialist

    West Jones High School

  • 01 Mar 2018 10:52 AM | Carol Green

    Mississippi Young Adult Author, Angie Thomas, visited the Madison Public Library for a signing of her debut novel, The Hate U Give. Prior to the signing, Angie Thomas spoke, to a packed room, about the art of writing and offered words of advice and encouragement to writers. Angie Thomas also shared stories from her personal life and how they shaped her as a writer and led her to write The Hate U Give. Patrons in attendance were able to ask questions about what it takes to be a writer as well as questions about her work, including her upcoming novel, On the Come Up. See what Angie Thomas had to say in this video about Madison County Library. https://www.facebook.com/MCLSlibraries/videos/2238180382864515/

    Submitted by

    Braley Reed

    Assistant Systems Administrator

    Madison County Library System

  • 01 Mar 2018 10:49 AM | Carol Green

    The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library in Oxford, MS has partnered with Families First of North Mississippi to provide online job assistance including online applications, resumes, and setting up email addresses. We noticed that many of our patrons needed so much help with this and as a busy branch we did not feel we could always have enough time to help. Families First provides us with a volunteer once a week to do just that. The program began January 22nd and has been very successful so far. The word is out and patrons have begun to show up at the appointed time. This was much needed in our community and we are very excited to be able to offer this. 

    Submitted by

    Laura Beth Walker

    Head Librarian

    Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library

  • 01 Mar 2018 10:27 AM | Carol Green

    Richard Grant, author of Dispatches from Pluto, visited Brandon High School Comp students in January. Teachers Jessica Bartling, Lady Baker and Nicole Faulkner required research of social issues addressed in Grant’s book which is based in the Mississippi Delta area.

    Submitted by

    Susan Lott

    Brandon High School

  • 01 Mar 2018 10:24 AM | Carol Green

    The University of Mississippi Libraries’ Department of Archives & Special Collections and the University of Mississippi Museum are pleased to announce the opening of the new collaborative exhibition, “’No Two Alike”: A Special Collections and University Museum Exhibition. The year-long display located in the Department of Archives & Special Collections (3rd floor of the JD Williams Library), features artwork, archival resources and ephemera related to art and artists, both from Mississippi and elsewhere. The Museum contributed a number of original pieces from their collection, including: Theora Hamblett paintings; sculptures from James “Son Ford” Thomas; John McCrady paintings; George Ohr pottery; and much more. Special Collections has showcased a number of archival pieces from its rare book collection, Faulkner and Welty collections, visual collections, blues archive, etc.

    Submitted by

    Jennifer Ford

    Head of Special Collections

    University of Mississippi

  • 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.



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