The Executive Board consists of the elected officers of the Association, the immediate past president, the chairs of MLA sections, the ALA Councilor, and the SELA Representative.


2024 Executive Board



Ashley S. Dees

Research & Instruction Librarian

The University of Mississippi Libraries

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Matt Gulley


East Mississippi Regional Library System

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David Powell

Assistant Library Director - Technical Services

First Regional Library System

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Audrey Beach


Carroll County Library System

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Immediate Past President

Phillip Carter


Starkville-Oktibbeha Public Library System

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Patsy C. Brewer


Waynesboro-Wayne County Library

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MLA Administrator

Paula R. Bass

PO Box 13687

Jackson MS 39236-3687

Phone: 601-981-4586

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ALA Councilor

Amanda Clay Powers

Dean of Library Services

Fant Memorial Library

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SELA Councilor

Sarah Mangrum

Assistant Teaching Professor

School of Library and Information Science, University of Southern Mississippi

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Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Section Chair

Sybyl Stringer (co-chair)

Dean of Learning Resources

Hinds Community College

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Public Library Section Chair

Jamie Elston

Branch Manager

Harrison County Library System

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School Library Section Chair

Miriam Garner

High School Library Media Specialist

Houston High School

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Special Libraries Section Chair

Stephen Park

State Librarian

State Law Library of Mississippi

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Trustees Section Chair


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