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  • Wednesday, June 02, 2021 8:36 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

    A de Grummond Primer: Highlights of the Children’s Literature Collection is the first book-length project on the Collection. The book is comprised of scholarly essays written by children’s literature scholars in addition to over ninety full-color images taken from the collection.

    Edited by Carolyn J. Brown, Ellen Hunter Ruffin, and Eric L. Tribunella, the book examines the de Grummond Collection’s key subject areas which includes fairy tales, 19th Century periodicals, African American children’s literature, the Golden Age of illustrated books, and early books for children among others.  

    The book also includes the story of collection founder Lena Y. de Grummond and her arrival at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS in 1966. According to sources, Dr. de Grummond wanted her teaching to be “more than a textbook.” Wanting her students to fully experience the courses she taught led her to begin a children’s book collection. In addition to de Grummond's initial decision to request original materials from authors and illustrators, she also began building a library of children’s books and books about children’s books. Dr. de Grummond sought to not only provide more meaningful experiences in her classes and beyond, but also to provide opportunities for scholarly research. 

    Contributors to the book include Ann Mulloy Ashmore, Rudine Sims Bishop, Ruth B. Bottigheimer, Jennifer Brannock, Carolyn J. Brown, Ramona Caponegro, Lorinda Cohoon, Carol Edmonston, Paige Gray, Laura Hakala, Andrew Haley, Wm John Hare, Dee Jones, Allison Kaplan, Megan Norcia, Nathalie op de Beeck, Amy Pattee, Deborah Pope, Anita Silvey, Danielle Bishop Stoulig, Roger Sutton, Deborah D. Taylor, Laura Wasosicz, Alexandra Valint, Eric L. Tribunella, and Ellen Hunter Ruffin. 

    Published by University Press of Mississippi, the book's cover features original artwork from the Collection by Wendell Minor from Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue, a book written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor. For a more information or to purchase a copy of the book, please visit https://www.upress.state.ms.us/Books/A/A-de-Grummond-Primer 

    Submitted by: 

    Ellen Ruffin 
    Curator of de Grummond Collection, Associate Professor 
    McCain Library and Archives 
    University of Southern Mississippi 

  • Wednesday, June 02, 2021 8:35 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

    The Mississippi Library Commission (MLC) recently named 12 public library systems as Star Libraries based on their statistics for fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018-September 30, 2019).  The library systems are separated into four categories by expenditures that they report on the annual Public Library Survey, required by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. MLC then compares libraries’ per capita rates in these four areas: 

    • Mississippi Measures – This is a combination of interlibrary loan use, statewide database use, number of registered users, and items withdrawn. 

    • Circulation per capita 

    • Total program attendance per capita 

    • Public Internet terminal uses per capita 

    Star Library status is decided by recognizing the three highest scoring libraries in each of the four expenditure categories. Star Library status is awarded to the following libraries for their FY19 statistics: 

    Under $300,000 

    • Noxubee County Public Library System 

    • Covington County Library System 

    • Pine Forest Regional Library System 

    $300,000 - $599,999 

    • Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library System 

    • Pearl River County Library System 

    • Sunflower County Library System 

    $600,000 - $999,999 

    • Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System 

    • Northeast Regional Library System 

    • Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library 

    $1,000,000 and above 

    • First Regional Library System 

    • Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System 

    • Jackson-George Regional Library System 

    This will be Sunflower County Library System's fourth time receiving Star Library Status, having received this award in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019. 

    The winning libraries received a certificate and a digital Star Library badge to feature on their website.  For further information on Mississippi’s Star Library Star program, contact Lacy Ellinwood, MLC Library Development Director, at lellinwood@mlc.lib.ms.us.

    The Mississippi Library Commission supports innovative programs and initiatives to strengthen and enhance library services for all Mississippians.  The agency is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, with additional funding provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), offering leadership in library services, advocacy, and training for library professionals and paraprofessionals. 

    Submitted by: 

    Mary Ann Griffin 
    Sunflower County Library System 

  • Wednesday, June 02, 2021 8:32 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

    Beth Anderson, Administrative Assistant at Dixie Regional Library System, begins retirement at the end of June having dedicated 31 years to DRLS. Anderson first served as Pontotoc Branch Manager. During her five years as branch manager, she planned a variety of events from bedtime story times (complete with pajamas and stuffed animals!) to summer reading with tents and (pretend) campfires. Anderson recalls one particularly ambitious summer program where she hand-cranked snow cones for the entire group of summer reading program participants. She says family was integral during her time as branch manager – from her husband (AKA “friend of the librarian”) changing lightbulbs and fixing toilets to her mother portraying Mother Goose and manning the “make your own” sundae bar to her three sons growing up in the library - her days-old youngest child helping welcome Kindergarteners (including her oldest son) to the library during National Library Week. Promoted in 1995, her time as Administrative Assistant for the system has included juggling PERS, insurance, grant reporting, Dixie News newsletter (print & digital), payroll, accounts payable, procurement of summer library supplies for 8 branches as well as many other duties.  Anderson’s creativity, diligence, and care is a great asset, and she will be greatly missed.   

    Submitted by: 

    Emily Sutherland 
    Assistant Director 
    Dixie Regional Library System 

    Pictured: Anderson (left) and Sissy (Lyons) Bullock with John Grisham at the 1991 MLA Author Awards Dinner (photographer unknown)

  • Wednesday, June 02, 2021 8:30 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

    DeeDee Baldwin, Assistant Professor and History Research Librarian at Mississippi State University Libraries, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) History Section’s Genealogy/History Achievement Award, sponsored by ProQuest. Baldwin received the award for her work on Against All Odds: The First Black Legislators in Mississippi in addition to her continued service to the library and archival communities, the American Library Association (ALA), Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), and RUSA’s History Section (HS). The award includes a citation and a monetary award to a librarian, library or publisher, in recognition of professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service, or research librarianship. 

    Submitted by: 

    Stephen Cunetto 
    Associate Dean, University Libraries 
    Mississippi State University 

  • Wednesday, June 02, 2021 8:21 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

    Joy DuBose has been selected as the Mississippi State University Libraries' recipient of the MSU Research Awards sponsored by the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine. Joy is an Assistant Professor and Special Collections Cataloger at the MSU Libraries.  

    Submitted by: 

    Stephen Cunetto 
    Associate Dean, University Libraries 
    Mississippi State University 

  • Wednesday, June 02, 2021 8:17 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

    The Board of Trustees of First Regional Library is pleased to announce the hiring of Lori Barnes as the new Director of First Regional Library. Prior to her acceptance of this position, Barnes has served as the Director of the Jackson-George Regional Library in southern Mississippi.  
    Barnes has served on the Board of the Mississippi Library Association and was appointed by former Governor Phil Bryant to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Mississippi Library Commission. Her public library interests include youth services and outreach programming. 
    Employees at First Regional Library are "excited to have Lori lead our team!" Barnes will begin work at First Regional Library on July 1, 2021. 

    Submitted by: 

    David Brown 
    Brand & Marketing Strategist 
    First Regional Library 

  • Wednesday, June 02, 2021 8:02 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

    The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes two new faculty members at Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus. 

    Melissa Brooks joins the University Libraries faculty as an Associate Professor and the Head of Technical Services.  Melissa earned her BS in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and MSLS from the University of Kentucky.  She is currently working on an MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to joining the USM Libraries, Melissa was the Metadata/Discovery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Head of Metadata and Data Services at West Virginia University.   

    Melissa is excited about being a new member of the Mississippi Library Association and working with a great group of people.  

    Diana Simpson joins the University Libraries faculty at Southern Miss as an Assistant Professor and Catalog Librarian. As a member of the Technical Services department, she is responsible for cataloging monographs and serials in multiple formats, with particular emphasis on special collections materials. Diana has 15 years of librarianship experience at both academic and public libraries in Ohio and Michigan, including serving as the Nonprint and Monograph Cataloger at Ohio University Libraries. She earned her M.L.I.S. at Kent State University.

  • Friday, May 14, 2021 10:58 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

    The University of Southern Mississippi's Gunter Library, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, and School of Ocean Science & Engineering will host this year's SAIL/CYAMUS Joint Annual Conference. The conference will be held virtually on May 19-20, 2021. Registration is $30. For more information about the conference schedule or registration, please visit the conference website at  https://guides.library.stanford.edu/jscac2021/home. For questions regarding the conference, please contact SAIL Conference Planning Committee Chair Joyce Shaw at joyce.shaw@usm.edu 

    SAIL and CYAMUS  are regional groups of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC)an organization of librarians and information professionals involved in all aspects of aquatic and marine sciences and their allied disciplines. The association provides a forum to exchange and explore ideas and issues of mutual concern. 

    As SAIL and CYAMUS collaborate to create a useful, timely, and engaging conference, they mirror the members libraries that collaborate with their constituencies to support scientific communication, scholarly engagement, and mission success. Building the bridges within our communities, connecting people and knowledge, and serving as trusted arbitrators, SAIL and CYAMUS libraries are leaders in partnering and supporting each other and our researchers, faculty, students, administrators, and public. 

    Submitted by: 

    Joyce Shaw 
    Head of Gunter Library, Professor 
    University of Southern Mississippi 

  • Thursday, March 04, 2021 9:25 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

    The Northeast Regional Library (NERL), headquartered in Corinth, Mississippi was awarded the 2021 Jane Smith Literacy Award by the Mississippi Library Commission and the Mississippi Center for the Book for their Suggested Family Activities (SFA) project. The Jane Smith Literacy Award recognizes innovative and nontraditional literacy programs being used in public libraries across the state of Mississippi. 

    Award recipient

    Pictured: Director Dee Hare

    NERL’s SFA program offers suggestions for a variety of activities from arts and crafts, games, outdoor activities, STEM experiments, community engagement, and cooking, and more. The short activity write-ups are posted three times a week on Northeast Regional’s website, as well as printed out to distribute to patrons without internet access. 

    The focus of the program is to offer ways for families to build early literacy skills in young children and support positive family relationships. Care is taken to ensure that activities do not need special supplies or equipment beyond common materials found in the home. NERL began the SFA program as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as such the suggested activities are social-distance friendly. 

    Additionally, the Northeast Regional Library (NERL) was also awarded a Library of Congress State Literacy Award for the SFA project.  

    Submitted by: 

    Dee Hare 
    Northeast Regional Library 

  • Thursday, March 04, 2021 9:21 AM | Hali Black (Administrator)

    Waynesboro-Wayne County Library was the recent recipient of two national American Library Association (ALA) grantsand the only library in the state of Mississippi to receive either of these two highly competitive grants this year.  

    Out of 170 applicants, Waynesboro-Wayne County Library was one of only twenty selected recipients to be awarded ALA’s Community Connect: Digital Access at Home grant.

    Community Connect: Digital Access at Home is a collaborative initiative between the American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One Bank and offers resources to help support digital access and financial capability in rural communities nationwide. Community Connect seeks to expand the service capacity of rural libraries by offering hotspot lending policies and financial capability seminars; improve the digital access of rural library patrons via hotspots and enhance opportunities for social mobility by pursuing remote education, economic inclusion, financial management, and health; and demonstrate the efficacy of the pilot program and use results to build consensus on how to address sustainable digital inclusion for rural communities. The grant provides rural, public libraries with five Wi-Fi hotspots (including with two-year service contracts) for lending to patrons; a $2,000 stipend to support implementing financial capability programs; a curated book list of financial literacy titles featured in ALA’s Financial Literacy LibGuide; a copy of ALA Editions’ “Rainy Day Ready: Financial Literacy Programs and Tools”; and professional development and support. For more information on grant eligibility and how to apply, visit their website at http://www.ala.org/tools/programming/communityconnect. 

    The Waynesboro-Wayne County Library was also selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries. LTC is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that seeks to provide community engagement resources and opportunities specific to the needs of library workers serving small and rural communities. This nationally competitive award consists of $3,000 grant funds to help address issues of concern in local communities. The Waynesboro-Wayne County Library will be purchasing Wi-Fi hotspots to check out to the residents of Wayne County and focus on bridging the digital divide. For more information on grant eligibility and how to apply, visit their website at http://www.ala.org/tools/librariestransform/libraries-transforming-communities/focusgrants/guidelines. 

    Submitted by: 

    Patsy C. Brewer 
    Waynesboro-Wayne County Library 

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