Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 “Myth and Hidden Treasures of Mississippi” Watercolor Exhibit Presented at Gulf Coast Library Nelly Mendel Alcocer’s watercolor exhibit, “Myth and Hidden Treasures of Mississippi,” will be on display on the first and second floors of the Gulf Coast Library from December 2017 through February, 2018. The public is invited to attend an exhibit reception with Alcocer on Friday December 15 from 3-5 p.m.

Inspiration for her work comes from studying the great writers from Mississippi, including William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, watercolorist Walter Anderson, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus’ Friendship Oak and its unique architecture, and the ancient cultural mound sites of Plaquemine, including the gentle character of the people, their beautiful manners, and traditions.

“This exhibit depicts inspiration from nature, landscapes, arts, and the impact of music, literature, and architecture, through my journey in life, and the discovery of hidden treasures, and the “Myth of Mississippi,” says Alcocer.  

Alcocer lives and paints in Lafayette, Louisiana. She holds degrees in Cognitive Psychology from Oklahoma University and a Counseling Psychology degree from Oklahoma City University. Her training in the arts training included studies with renowned watercolor artist Phoebe Flory at her watercolor academy, watercolorists Norma Brown and Vickie Ruuge, and the Carl Jung Institute in Switzerland.

As an art instructor at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, she conducted a summer art trip to London, England. Now as an awarding winner watercolor artist, her work has been included in solo and group exhibits and is held in many private collections both nationally and internationally and recognized by the National Watercolor Society.

Selected pieces will available for sale at the Gulf Coast Library. For more information, contact the Gulf Coast Library at 228.214.3456. 

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:12:43 -0600 Dawn Smith <>
Interlibrary Loan Holiday Schedule Due to the upcoming end of semester, Interlibrary Loan will stop placing book requests on Friday, Dec. 1. Article requests will cease Friday, Dec. 15. Book and article requests will resume in January 2018.

Please note that all ILL books currently checked-out are due back by the date highlighted on the book strap. 

Please contact the ILL office with any questions or concerns: 
Cook Library ILL at or 601.266.4256
Gulf Coast ILL at or 228.214.3460

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:08:32 -0600 Dawn Smith <>
Friends of University Libraries Membership Promotion Join the Friends of University Libraries between November 27 and December 8, and you could win a Macbook Pro!

The Friends of University Libraries is an organization providing support for the research, teaching and public service missions of The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

Members receive invitations to University Library events as well as copies of all University Libraries publications such as Library Focus, University Libraries' bi-annual newsletter, and Library News, a monthly e-newsletter. Members also have access to the resources of the University Libraries in accord with library policy and may check out circulating materials. Membership is renewable on an annual basis. 


•    Access to the resources of the University Libraries including the ability to check out materials that circulate

•    A 10% Discount at the Hattiesburg Campus Starbucks

•    A 10% Discount at the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast Campus Barnes & Noble

•    A 10% Discount at the Hattiesburg Book Store Main Street Books

•    Invitations to University Libraries' events

•    Copies of all University Libraries publications

Membership Levels: 

•    Southern Miss Student - $10.00

•    Friend - $25.00

•    Contributor - $50.00

•    Sponsor - $100.00

•    Benefactor - $250.00

•    Corporate Partner - $500.00

•    Life - One-time fee of $1,000.00

•    Dean's Circle - One-time fee of $1,000.00 and $500.00 Annually 

Visit or stop by the Circulation Desk to join!

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:30:31 -0600 Dawn Smith <>
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation To Triple the Prize For Winners of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award First $3,000 Prizes to be Presented at 32nd Annual EJK Book Award Ceremony on April 12, 2018, During Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival

The winners of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, a writer and an illustrator early in their careers, will each receive a $3,000 prize and a bronze medallion suspended in Lucite (pictured).

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi announced today that the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award has tripled the winners’ prizes, to $3,000.

Each year, the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award recognizes a writer and an illustrator early in their careers for outstanding work. Judging for the 32nd annual EJK Book Award will be held in January 2018, and winners and honorees announced in February. A award ceremony will take place on April 12, during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. In addition to the $3,000 prize, the winners will receive their award, a bronze medallion suspended in Lucite.

“We’re proud to increase the amount of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award to bring greater recognition to these talented artists. Children’s picture books are critically important to a forward-looking culture, and we need to support authors and illustrators whose work reflects the wonderful diversity of our society,” said Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

“We’ve seen the impact Ezra’s books have had on children’s book writers and illustrators. This bigger prize will highlight the fact that new artists who celebrate our multicultural world are worth watching,” said Ellen Ruffin, Curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.

Past EJK Book Award winners whose books continue to delight and make a difference include Bryan Collier, Sophie Blackall, Deborah Wiles, Don Tate, David Ezra Stein and Meg Medina. Submission guidelines can be found at

About the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation fosters children’s love of reading by supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries, and cultivating exceptional writers and illustrators of picture books that reflect our diverse culture. The Caldecott-winning children’s book The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, was recently adapted by Amazon as a holiday special that earned two Emmys®, and is the theme of a set of Forever stamps issued by the United States Postal Service. For more about the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, visit Keats. Imagination. Diversity.

About the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi is one of North America’s leading research centers in the field of children’s literature. Since 1985, the de Grummond Collection has been the home of the Ezra Jack Keats Archive, which includes manuscripts, typescripts, sketches, dummies, illustrations and proofs for Ezra Jack Keats’ books. For more about the de Grummond, visit

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:37:14 -0600 Dawn Smith <>
Korican Art Exhibit Reception The Gulf Coast Library is hosting an artist reception for the Korican Exhibit on Monday, November 13 at 4 p.m. Shauntelle Duncan, also known as Korican, is a mixed media artist who uses experimental artistic techniques in her work.

Korican’s art reflects a love of learning about painting by experimenting with different media, and this exhibit includes a wide range of techniques. From small pencil drawings to paintings on glass to a large-scale oil painting of the moon, her work is exciting and eclectic.

“I am very drawn to diversity, and I bring that into my art with mixed media using water colors, which I have grown to appreciate more, oils, acrylics, assemblage, color pencil, pastels, collage and spoken word (floetry),” said Korican about her art.

After Korican completed a required art history class at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, her instructor encouraged her to take painting classes, which uncovered a talent and a love for painting. She plans to become a wildlife scientist fulfilling a love of learning and a passion for animals and caring for them. Her interests range from research, animal rescue and studying endangered species, both plant and animal.

Growing up in California, Korican moved to Mississippi five years ago after a stop in Louisiana. She lives on the coast with her five-year son Ezequiel, as well as 8 cats, 2 dogs and a number of other pets.

The exhibit is currently displayed on the first and second floors of the library. The reception is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided.

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:36:24 -0600 Dawn Smith <>