March 2, 2015  

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In a competitive application process, Jennifer Brannock, associate professor and curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected as a participant in the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI).

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is featuring a new exhibit by artist Joy Jennings. “The Art of Joy Jennings,” which is currently on display, is a collection of her oil on canvas artwork.

University Librarians Michele Frasier-Robinson and Elena Azadbakht of The University of Southern Mississippi have been elected to statewide office with the Association of College and Research Libraries, Mississippi Chapter of the Mississippi Library Association (MLA-ACRL).

Aquila, the University of Southern Mississippi digital repository containing scholarly works created by faculty, staff and students, recently logged its 200,000th download. With new projects in the works for 2015, the site shows no signs of slowing down.

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature 60-plus original watercolor and mixed media art pieces of Rosemary Wells, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, at an exhibit in February.

Tracy Englert, reference librarian for science and technology at The University of Southern Mississippi University Libraries was selected to participate in the "Implementing the Sharing Science Workshop and Practicum” sponsored by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE).  The immersive workshop was held Nov. 14-16 at the Museum of Science in Boston.

Jennifer Brannock, curator of rare books and Mississippiana in Special Collections of University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi, and Nicole Lawrence, Mississippi Digital Library Coordinator in University Libraries, were both honored at the Mississippi Library Association Conference Oct. 14-17 in Vicksburg.

Using selections from the University Libraries Special Collections at the McCain Library and Archives, an exhibit is on display in the Cook Library lobby honoring the University of Southern Mississippi’s longstanding relationship with veterans and military.

University Libraries will participate in Open Access Week Oct. 20 – 24 in an effort to provide the The University of Southern Mississippi academic and research community the opportunity to learn about the potential benefits of open access.

Dr. Andrew Haley, an associate professor in the Department of History at The University of Southern Mississippi, will discuss the lack of African American references in early Mississippi cookbooks to kickoff the Mississippi Community Cookbook Project. The lecture will take place on Oct. 9 in Cook Library, Room 123 from 6-8 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus.

University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi will host Banned Books Week Sept. 21-27 as a part of the nationwide event to celebrate the freedom to read.

Typically held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi will use a Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s march on Washington, D.C.

Dr. Karen S. Coats, a decorated scholar with nearly 25 years as an educator and administrator, has been named the new dean of the Graduate School at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will begin work in Hattiesburg on Aug. 1, pending IHL Board approval.

A unique exhibit, titled “Coastal Fascination,” by photographer Mike Ramsey is currently on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach.

Ten students from the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently participated in Digi Day, an opportunity for students in SLIS to obtain service hours and digitization experience while assisting the digital lab with existing projects. Elizabeth La Beaud, manager of the University Libraries’ digital lab, and Emilie Aplin, president of the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA), organized the event.

While The University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection is well known for H. A. and Margaret Rey’s Curious George contributions or those of Ezra Jack Keats, it also home to the works of more than 1,200 authors and illustrators, including critically acclaimed author John Green.

Elena Azadbakht, a reference librarian for health sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently received the 2014 EBSCO American Library Association (ALA) Conference Sponsorship. The award provides up to $1,000 in reimbursements for expenses to attend the 2014 ALA Conference in Las Vegas June 26 – July 1.

The University of Southern Mississippi's institutional repository, The Aquila Digital Community, commemorated a significant milestone on March 20 as the site logged its 100,000th full text download. Aquila, which collects and preserves the research and scholarship of Southern Miss faculty and students, launched in January 2012 and has grown rapidly in the past two years.

For Christopher Paul Curtis, writing books for children is no chore.

“I’m one of the luckiest people in the world, doing something I love,” said Curtis, the winner of the Southern Miss Medallion, presented to him at the recent Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival

The University of Southern Mississippi has selected Dr. John Eye to lead its University Libraries as dean, following a national search to fill the position.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library presents the roundtable discussion, “Women of the Gulf Coast: A Historical Perspective,” on Tuesday, March 25, from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in room 204 of the library on the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus student, Shea Dobson of Ocean Springs, recently attended the 2014 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C., where he served as the organization’s campus coordinator representing the state of Mississippi.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi announced today (Feb. 19) the winners of the 28th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award.

On Monday, Feb. 10, The University of Southern Mississippi marked a year since a destructive EF-4 tornado struck its Hattiesburg campus, damaging buildings and destroying trees, primarily at its front entrance next to Hardy Street.

University officials are pleased with progress to restore the campus and look forward to completing all work connected with recovery from the storm by the end of 2014.