September 18, 2014  

Current weather

Clear sky, 78.8 °F

Content about Libraries

Main Content
March 7, 2014

Ellen Ruffin serves as an associate professor and curator for University Libraries at the University of Southern Mississippi, and is passionate about the unique items that can be found in its renowned de Grummond Children's Literature Collection.

Q: What is the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection?

A: The collection is one of the top research collections of children’s literature in the country. It contains American and British works. The collection consists of 1,300 authors and illustrators and over 160,000 books, dating as far back as 1530. We encompass contemporary and historic pieces, original manuscripts and illustrations.

Q: When and how was it founded?

February 13, 2013

Dr. Rodney Bennett, incoming president at The University of Southern Mississippi, addresses a large group of students who turned out for a campus cleanup project on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The student-led project was coordinated in response to the EF-4 tornado that struck the Southern Miss campus and the Hattiesburg area on Sunday, Feb. 10.

If you cannot view the embedded video above, watch it on YouTube.

September 16, 2014

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 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.

August 8, 2014

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.

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.

July 28, 2014

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.

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.

Coats, a native of Springfield, La., comes to Southern Miss from Mississippi State University in Starkville where she has spent the past three years as associate dean of the Graduate School. A professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, she has served as a member of the university’s faculty since 1990.

July 15, 2014

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.

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. The exhibit, which features photographs taken throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, will be displayed on all three floors of the library through Sept. 15.

July 1, 2014

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.

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.

May 28, 2014

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.

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.

Green is a New York Times best-selling author and the name behind The Fault in Our Stars, the popular novel that Green wrote in 2012. The book was later adapted into a screenplay and is scheduled to open in theaters on June 6.

April 21, 2014

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.

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.

Azadbakht is one of seven librarians to receive this sponsorship. At the conference, Elena will participate in a breakfast to honor the recipients, and there will be a special exhibit featuring the award winners on display in the registration area.

April 16, 2014

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.

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.

April 15, 2014

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

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 award is given annually at the event, held at The University of Southern Mississippi, in honor of an author or illustrator who has made significant contributions to children’s literature.

April 8, 2014

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.

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.

Eye is Dean of Library Services and professor of library science at Southern Utah University. He will begin work at Southern Miss July 1.

March 21, 2014

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.

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.

March 7, 2014

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.

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.

February 19, 2014

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.

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.

February 10, 2014

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.

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.

February 2, 2014

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will host a talk about its de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection on Tuesday Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery, located next to Starbucks.

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will host a talk about its de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection on Tuesday Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery, located next to Starbucks.

January 13, 2014

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library welcomes two new exhibits on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The new exhibits feature landscape photography by daughter Rosemary Rowe and her father Bryan Rowe, as well as the exhibit, “Map and Geographical Imagery in Editorial Cartoons of the 1960-1970s.”

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library welcomes two new exhibits on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The new exhibits feature landscape photography by daughter Rosemary Rowe and her father Bryan Rowe, as well as the exhibit, “Map and Geographical Imagery in Editorial Cartoons of the 1960-1970s.”

January 10, 2014

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will host a talk about Mississippi timber industry materials housed in its Special Collections on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery, located next to Starbucks.

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will host a talk about Mississippi timber industry materials housed in its Special Collections on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery, located next to Starbucks.

December 11, 2013

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a favorable ruling from U.S. District Court in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former professor.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a favorable ruling from U.S. District Court in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former professor.

U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett dismissed all claims against the University, its former President Martha Saunders and former Provost Robert Lyman in a July 2012 lawsuit filed by Scott L. Klingler.

November 25, 2013

A new exhibit featuring the wood turning artistry of Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour is on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library in Long Beach.

A new exhibit featuring the wood turning artistry of Dr. Shahdad Naghshpour is on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library in Long Beach.

Naghshpour, professor of international development at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, first began wood turning after purchasing his first lathe in 2010. The following year he joined the Lighthouse Wood Turners Club, and soon after, began an apprenticeship with a master wood turner.

October 31, 2013

The Friends of University Libraries in conjunction with the Favre 4 Hope Foundation, Salvation Army, and Red Door Marketing Agency are working to improve the Christmas season for Pine Belt and Mississippi Gulf Coast children by launching the third annual Give a Child a New Book Day campaign.

The Friends of University Libraries in conjunction with the Favre 4 Hope Foundation, Salvation Army, and Red Door Marketing Agency are working to improve the Christmas season for Pine Belt and Mississippi Gulf Coast children by launching the third annual Give a Child a New Book Day campaign.

The group is collecting brand new, donated books to give to the Salvation Army, which will distribute them to needy children as part of their Angel Tree program.

October 22, 2013

The Friends of University Libraries in conjunction with the Favre 4 Hope Foundation, Salvation Army, and Red Door Marketing Agency are working to improve the Christmas season for Pine Belt and Mississippi Gulf Coast children by launching the third annual Give a Child a New Book Day campaign.

The Friends of University Libraries in conjunction with the Favre 4 Hope Foundation, Salvation Army, and Red Door Marketing Agency are working to improve the Christmas season for Pine Belt and Mississippi Gulf Coast children by launching the third annual Give a Child a New Book Day campaign.

The group is collecting brand new, donated books to give to the Salvation Army, which will distribute them to needy children as part of their Angel Tree program.

August 20, 2013

Gulf Coast Library Featuring Works of Artist Sam Stolte

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library is currently featuring six new paintings by artist Sam Stolte, whose work is heavily influenced by abstract expressionism, contemporary art and cubism.