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  • Friday, May 16, 2014 11:31 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Hundreds of people showed their support to the Winona-Montgomery County Library, a branch of the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System, in honor of National Library Week. The annual Tasters’ Luncheon was held Thursday, April 24, 2014, and Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant was the event’s keynote speaker.

    Bryant, who started her “Read Across Mississippi Initiative,” read to students at Winona Elementary School prior to the Tasters’ Luncheon.

    “Being First Lady is a life changing experience,” Bryant said. “I’ve met the most incredible people.”

    Bryant also spoke of her H.O.M.E. initiative, her plan named for the four issues she is focusing on during her time as First Lady: Healthcare, Outdoors, Mansion, and Education.

    “In healthcare, I have a passion for disabilities,” Bryant said. “We have many children with mental illnesses, and there is a problem with teen pregnancy.”

    Bryant added that since her husband, Phil Bryant, took over as governor, there has been a 10 percent drop in the teen pregnancy rate.

    The “O” and “M” is for her love of the outdoors and what she calls “great state parks” and the preservation of the Governor’s Mansion.

    With “E” Bryant is a firm believer of a strong education system in Mississippi and lends her time and effort to supporting schools throughout the state.

    To accommodate the large number attending, the luncheon was held at the Moore Memorial Methodist Church Family Life Center with dozens of southern dishes featured on the buffet. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the luncheon featured dishes prepared by Friends’ members, and the collection of recipes served at the event was given to each person in attendance.

    Bryant and Chassaniol
    Deborah Bryant (pictured with Senator Lydia Chassaniol, R-Winona) was the keynote speaker at the Winona-Montgomery County Public Library Tasters’ Luncheon on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

    Article and photograph by Reggie Ross, The Winona Times. Reprinted with permission.

    Submitted by
    Lisa M. Ramage
    Branch Services Coordinator
    Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:16 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Rowland Medical Library at the University of Mississippi Medical Center recently opened the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC). Occupying space that previously held a computer lab, the CLC features seven flat screen monitors and MediaScape furniture including three collaborative tables, movable chairs, desks and booths. The CLC, designed to support inter-professional and collaborative learning, opened in December 2013. It is open to students and faculty of all campus schools during library operating hours. Susan Clark, Connie Machado and Lauren Young presented a poster about the project at the 2014 Medical Library Association annual meeting in Chicago.

    Submitted by

    Lauren M. Young

    Head, Serials & Electronic Resources

    Rowland Medical Library

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:01 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Connie Machado, Associate Director, has received an award on behalf of the Archives division of Rowland Medical Library/UMMC. The 2014 NN/LM Express Digitization and Conservation Award will be used to purchase necessary equipment for the evaluation of over 300 16mm surgical films, many from Dr. James D. Hardy. Dr. Hardy first transplanted a chimpanzee heart into a human and also performed early lung transplants and adrenal gland surgeries. The equipment purchased will include hand rewinds, splicing equipment, and a light table, along with archival film cases and cores to properly evaluate and store the films that are in the process of being considered for preservation. Films must be evaluated for content, chemical instability, decomposition, shrinkage, splices and value for preservation potential.

    Submitted by
    Lauren M. Young
    Head, Serials & Electronic Resources
    Rowland Medical Library

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:58 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)
    Melissa Wright, MLIS, PhD, reference and instructional services librarian at Rowland Medical Library, received a grant to attend in a course in agricultural medicine (Agricultural Medicine: Occupational and Environmental Health for Rural Health Professionals) offered by the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute. The course addressed multiple areas of rural medicine such as pesticide exposure, farm injuries, and farm equipment safety and met face-to-face twice in Greenville, North Carolina, with additional class sessions held online. The grant was funded through a training award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region and was available to four librarians who serve agricultural populations in one of the southeastern states. Recipients of the grant will share information on agricultural health resources with their institutions and communities.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:41 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    Dee Hare has been selected as the new Assistant Director for NERL. She assumed her role on May 1, 2014. She is formerly the Librarian at the George E. Allen Library in Booneville, where she had worked for the last 15 years. Dee is currently enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:35 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)
    After 28 years of service, Cathy Kanady has retired as Assistant Director in charge of Technology and Branch Operations for the Northeast Regional Library headquartered in Corinth. Cathy first began her library career working as the Assistant Librarian at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs before becoming the Librarian at the Ocean Springs Public Library for 12 1/2 years. She also worked as the Assistant Director of the Hancock County Library System for 2 years. Her plans for the near future include moving to and settling back in Ocean Springs, traveling, and doing volunteer work with animal shelters.

    Photograph by Jebb Johnston, Daily Corinthian
    Used with permission
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:20 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries staff welcomes its newest catalog librarian, <strong>Xiaojie Duan</strong>.

    She began work in the bibliographic services department at Southern Miss in March of 2014. “This is my first tenure-track position, and it is related to cataloging and classification, an area I love the most and want to devote my career to. I catalogue purchased books, and later I will oversee the digital collection projects and other special collection cataloging programs,” Duan said.

    “University Libraries at Southern Miss is proud to have Xiaojie Duan on board, starting her professional career as an academic librarian,” said Linda Ginn, a catalog librarian. “We feel certain she will become an outstanding cataloger and will contribute much to librarianship in Mississippi and beyond in coming years.”

    Duan received her bachelor’s degree in Italian Language at the Sichuan International Studies University in China in 2011. In 2013, she completed her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).

    Her career in cataloging began in the Milwaukee Public Library during her last semester at UWM. There she cataloged maps for the humanities collections, including maps in Chinese, French, German and Spanish.

    Before working in the University Libraries at Southern Miss, Duan worked for the Access and Management Department of the Main Library of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she cataloged Chinese materials, which are in different formats and some of them can be dated back to 18th century.
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:07 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)
    After twenty years at Hinds Community College, Margaret Jane Stauble will be retiring June 30, 2014. She served the college as Technical Services Librarian, Administrative Librarian for the Vicksburg Branch, and finally as the Public Services Librarian at the Raymond Campus.
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7:59 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

    On March 8, the MSU Libraries was honored with the Elbert T. Hilliard Oral History Award at the Mississippi Historical Society’s annual Awards Brunch in Jackson for the “Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson” oral history project.

    The “Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson” oral history project contains interviews with former occupants or those with relationships to the Lloyd-Ricks-Watson building and records stories concerning their experiences and the personalities that occupied the building from its original opening in 1929 through its current remodeling and renaming in October 23, 2010.

    Ryan Semmes, Interim/Internal Coordinator of the Congressional and Political Research Center, said, “We are very pleased that MHS has honored us with the Hilliard award. This project is unique among oral history projects in that it does not solely seek to document the history of individuals, but also the building itself and its changes. We worked with the faculty, staff, and students, folks who lived in and interacted with the building and each other.”

    The award honors Elbert R. Hilliard, who served as director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for thirty-one years, and is awarded to the most outstanding oral history project exemplifying a distinguished collection, high-quality preservation, and proper use of oral history.  Frances Coleman, Dean of Libraries, accepted the award during the presentation in Jackson, MS and noted that she was “honored to accept this award on behalf of the Mississippi State University Libraries. These oral histories not only encompass the history of the building and the experiences of the individuals involved, it enhances the history of the University and the state while at the same time providing additional research opportunities for students and researchers."  She added "The project was successful due to the excellent work and expertise of many Library faculty and staff."

    The “Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson” project can be viewed and explored online at http://library.msstate.edu/echoes

    For more information on Mississippi State University Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu.

    For information on the Mississippi Historical Society and its awards, please visit http://mdah.state.ms.us/new/government/mississippi-historical-society/.

    Submitted by
    Angela M. Patton
    Library Associate
    Mississippi State University Libraries

  • Wednesday, March 05, 2014 8:26 PM | Jennifer Nabzdyk Todd (Administrator)

    This January, bestselling biographer and Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow spent a week in the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library researching his forthcoming book.

    Chernow, who has previously written about historical giants such as John D. Rockefeller, George Washington, and Alexander Hamilton, has spent the last two and a half years delving into the life of another man who helped change the course of American history – Ulysses S. Grant.

    The idea came to him in 2010, shortly after finishing his Pulitzer Prize winning biography on George Washington. Chernow knew that he wanted to begin a new project but felt that there were not many figures of comparable stature to Washington. Grant was one. Both men had been war heroes and presidents in the two most defining eras in American history: the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Chernow decided that Grant would be his new subject.

    Between his “strong and often overbearing father” and his “equally difficult father-in-law,” Grant and his wife, Julia, faced the difficulty of feuding families, a fact that is often overlooked in portraits of the general and president, Chernow said. “In a way, the Civil War was already being fought out before 1861 in the Grant family – between the Yankee family from Ohio and the Southern family from Missouri.”

    Chernow explained his philosophy of biography this way: “I try to put at the center of the book a psychological portrait of the character, and I also try to synthesize both the public and the private lives. The material at the Grant Library is invaluable. It will allow me to present a rounded portrait of this person that I hope will make him seem very real on the page.”

    Until his visit to the Grant Library, Chernow immersed himself in secondary-source research to give himself a broad background. He spent a three-month hiatus after ankle surgery reading the Civil War trilogies of Shelby Foote and Bruce Catton and has since read nearly eighty books about Grant, the Civil War and Reconstruction. He then spent 2013 carefully perusing all 32 volumes of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant.

    During his week at the Grant Library, Chernow worked his way through Series 2 of the unpublished Grant material. The 32 published volumes represent only 20% of the materials in the Grant Library, so he believes having access to the unpublished material will give him a wealth of new information. “I feel lucky to be the beneficiary of [former Executive Director John Y.] Simon’s work,” he said, “And the staff at the Grant Library rolled out the red carpet for me. The Grant Library is an absolute jewel. I’m going to be back many times.”

    Dr. John Marszalek, Executive Director of the Grant Library, praised Chernow’s previous work and his plans for his Grant biography. “Ron Chernow is one of the nation’s leading biographers, and his praise of our Grant collection is most meaningful. I can’t wait to read his completed book.”

    Photograph by Randall McMillen

    Ron Chernow spent a week in the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library researching his forthcoming book.

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