A veteran member of The University of Southern Mississippi's library
staff has been appointed to oversee the university's library operations.
Kay Wall, who
joined the University Libraries more than 20 years ago as a reference
librarian, has served University Libraries in a variety of capacities,
including director of public services and associate dean. She assumes
her new duties as university librarian July 1.
librarian, Wall will have administrative authority for Southern
Miss library services and operations on the Hattiesburg campus,
including at Joseph Cook Library and the Special Collections Department
in McCain Library and Archives.
Wall said she
wants to continue the University Libraries' tradition of providing
quality service to Southern Miss students, faculty and staff and
to help educate people about the variety of services and opportunities
that the university's libraries offer.
valuable information and human resources at University Libraries,"
Wall said. "I think people don't always understand everything
that our libraries have to offer, and I consider it an opportunity
to convey that to the university community."
Wall, a native
of Marks, said the biggest changes in the libraries at Southern
Miss have been the expansion of the operations at Cook Library-which
she participated in as a member of the library's building program
team in 1997-and the advances in technology.
a hard worker, and certainly knows her field well," said Dr.
John Rachal, a professor of adult education at Southern Miss. "I
have a lot of respect for her and I think she'll do a great job."
affinity for libraries and helping library patrons give Wall her
inspiration. "I've always loved libraries and have been intrigued
by the opportunities for discovery that libraries offer," she
Wall has a
bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi and a master's
degree in library science from Louisiana State University. She is
married to Lebo Wall and they have three children, Ginny, Mary Darby