University Libraries Faculty Members Present at State Conference

by David Tisdale: Office of University Communications

Two faculty members in University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) made presentations at the annual Society of Mississippi Archivists Conference April 24-26 in Starkville.

Professor Jennifer Brannock, curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana, and Lorraine Stuart, associate professor and head of Special Collections/Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives shared their education, research expertise and work experiences at the event, held at Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University.

Brannock’s presentation, “Takin’ It to the Streets: The Pros and Cons of Pushing Exhibits Online” covered the effort to further promote collections exhibits beyond the physical, in-house display with either an “online counterpart” or a “born digital” exhibit found only on the web to meet an increasing amount of off-campus interest, including from researchers.

Stuart, along with Jennifer McGillan, coordinator of Manuscripts at Mississippi State, presented “Implementing ArchivesSpace in an Academic Setting.” USM and Mississippi State are in the process of implementing ArchivesSpace, a database system designed to significantly improve public access to archival materials.