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 Users at a “colored library,” 1928. Jackson Davis Collection of African American


The Roots of Community 

The Roots of Community: Segregated Carnegie Libraries as Spaces

for Learning and Community-Making in Pre-Civil Rights America, 1900-65 

by Dr. Matthew Griffis

 Fay B. Kaigler 2017 Children's Book Festival Programs


USM Children's Book Festival Programs, 1968 -

Kaigler Children's Book Festival Program Gallery

 de Grummond Children's Literature Collection Curator Ellen Ruffin


Special Collection Videos



Podcasting with SLIS

We're podcasting! About books. About how books shape our world. About the ways we as readers, authors, and library and information science professionals interpret the world.  Oh, and lots of other random things as well.

The podcasts are presented by the University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science. As a listener, you can look forward to a variety of podcast formats about a wide range of subjects relating to books, the authors that write them, the libraries in which they are housed, and the professionals that manage their care. We endeavor to record bi-monthly episodes that are produced with the help of faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and students at USM.

Without any further ado...

Episode 1

The Mystery of Nonfiction: Candance Fleming and Eric Rohmann on Giant Squid 

In our introductory episode, we talk with illustrator, Eric Rohmann, and writer, Candance Fleming. The two have worked on several children’s books together, including familiar titles such as Oh, No!Bone Dog, and Bulldozer’s Big Day. Their latest nonfiction collaboration, Giant Squid, focuses on the elusive cephalopod in a poetic voice that will linger long after it slides off of the page. This interview looks specifically at the scientific conundrum that envelops the sea creature, leaving many of its biological secrets in a dark cloud of ink.


Disaster Preparedness


For more information, visit Eric Rohmann’s webpage here and Candance Fleming’s webpage here.  Candace has a fantastic set of classroom guides to many of their books, check them out here.   


Episode 2

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief and the Dallas Public Library

In episode 2 we speak with Colleen E. Smith, a Southern Miss SLIS alum and now Library Branch Manager at Lochwood Branch Library in Dallas, Texas. Dallas has opened shelters for those suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and Colleen is collecting books and games to create a mini-library at the shelter in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. At the time of this podcast's recording, we were not yet aware of Hurricane's Irma's potential. Please visit the Florida Library Association's page if you'd like to contribute to the Florida Libraries Disaster Relief Fund


Items for donation may be sent directly to the Dallas Public Library:

The Dallas Public Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Here’s a great article about what not to donate: 


Episode 3

Stephen Parks- Mississippi State Librarian

In Episode 3, Karen Rowell travels to the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson to meet with SLIS alum and current State Librarian of Mississippi Stephen Parks. Heather Moore, fellow SLIS alum currently working as a Special Collections Librarian at Mississippi College in Clinton, joins the talk. Pull up a chair and listen as Stephen talks about his move to Mississippi, what it means to be a State Librarian, and what it’s like to have a pet pig! 


Read Stephen's article on "Uncle Sharkey" here. For more information on Ester the Pig and the Happily Ever Ester Farm Sanctuary, see this website. Photos from the visit with Stephen are here.