Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Senior Librarian, Paul McCarver, Retires

Paul McCarver, Associate Professor, Senior Research Services Librarian and Business Librarian at Cook Library, will retire at the end of June 2016. McCarver began his career at The University of Southern Mississippi in October 1980 and has been an esteemed librarian and respected member of the Southern Miss community throughout the intervening thirty-plus years.

University Libraries invites friends and colleagues of McCarver to join us in a celebration of his lengthy career in librarianship and to offer best wishes for his retirement.

A reception will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Cook Library Room 123.

Thu, 05 May 2016 15:39:02 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Sue Cockrell Exhibit on Display at the Gulf Coast Library The newest art exhibit at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library showcases the outstanding works of Long Beach resident, Sue Cockrell. The exhibit will feature some of Sue’s earlier and most recent works, beginning with her college work from the 1970’s.

Sue, born and raised in Savannah, GA, says that her love of art “started with the best Christmas present ever, a huge box of Crayola crayons.” She studied art in high school and worked toward a Bachelor of Fine Art, receiving formal training in art at Armstrong Atlantic University and Georgia Southern University.  During her junior year, she joined the U.S. Navy and began a career in the military. Her service took her to the Panama Canal Zone, Florida, North Carolina and finally, the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Sue first retired from the Navy as a Flag Writer and later from NASA as a program management analyst. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Excelsior University and has begun work toward a Master of Business Administration from Southern Miss.

Sue put painting, her life-long passion, on hold during her two careers, but in 2012, a friend asked her to paint something similar to a painting she had seen. It was then that her art career began again. Although she works primarily in acrylics, her secondary mediums are oil and watercolor. Sue says that she “loves to use glazes and layering to give depth to paintings as well as the illusion of transparency. Subjects range from abstract creations to landscapes, coastal shore birds, and seafood.” Sue’s artwork has been on exhibit at the Purple Pelican Art Gallery in Pass Christian, several local restaurants and the Pass Christian Court House.

Pieces, by this mostly self-taught talent, will be on display on all three floors of the Gulf Coast Library from May 2 through July 31 with an artist reception to be announced at a later date. Selected pieces and some prints will be available for purchase.

To view Sue’s work, visit For questions about the exhibit, contact the Gulf Coast Library at 228.214.3450.


Thu, 05 May 2016 15:27:43 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Cook and Gulf Coast Library End of Term Hours Cook and Gulf Coast Libraries will begin extended hours of operation for the end of the 2016 spring term on May 2 in an effort to provide additional time for students to prepare for final exams.
Additionally, twenty-four hour operations at Cook Library will begin on May 1. During this time, students will have access to all five floors of the library. Additional trash bins will be placed in the building, and students are asked to assist Library personnel by making sure their study area is clean when they leave.
End of term hours are as follows:
Cook Library
May 1 – open at noon, begin 24 hours
May 2 through May 5 -  open 24 Hours
May 6 - 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
May 7 - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
May 8 – open at noon, begin 24 hours
May 9 through May 11 – open 24 hours
May 12 – close at 10 p.m. 
May 13 – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
May 14 - 15  - closed
Gulf Coast Library
May 1 – noon – 9 p.m. 
May 2 through May 6 – 8 a.m. to midnight
May 7 through May 8 – noon to 9 p.m. 
May 9 through May 11 – 8 a.m. to midnight
May 12 – 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. 
May 13 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
May 14 through May 15 – closed 
Visit the full schedule of operation for all University Libraries. 
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:42:53 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Mississippi Pulp: Paperback Originals Exhibit From the 1930s to the 1950s, hard-boiled fiction from writers such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler exemplified the unsentimental masculine fiction of the time. The straightforward, plain-speaking characters brought to life suspenseful stories of tough men and even tougher women. Mississippi authors figured prominently in this crime genre, but they also contributed greatly to additional paperback subjects including science fiction and erotica.

Mississippi Pulp: Paperback Originals from Southern Miss’ Special Collections features examples of novels by Mississippi authors produced for the paperback market. This exhibit, curated by Andrew Rhodes and Jennifer Brannock, includes midcentury publications by Elliott Chaze, John Faulkner, George H. Smith, Con Sellers, Carl Corley (known for his gay pulp novels) and others.

Mississippi Pulp: Paperback Originals from Southern Miss’ Special Collections will be on display on the third floor of McCain Library and Archives until August 21, 2016. With questions about the exhibit or the collections, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347. 

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:21:51 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Student Curated Exhibits Featured in Special Collections Universtiy Libraries' Special Collections administers an exhibit program where students curate mini-exhibits featuring materials from the collections. Students learn how to select items to display, install the materials, create label and exhibit text as well as how to publicize the exhibit. Three exhibits by graduate students from the Department of History and the School of Library and Information Science are being featured this semster.

Curated by Library and Information Science master's student Kyle Ethridge, Horror in Children's and Young Adult Literature, examines the role of horror in these genres. Horror has long been used to instruct young readers through fear and has more recently been used to provide safe scares for readers. This exhibit showcases the uses of horror throughout the past three centuries in a variety of formats and media.

Creating a Dry Tomorrow: The Mississippi WCTU and Youth, curated by history PhD candidate Rebecca L. Zimmer, addresses the ways in which the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union attempted to influence young people to abstain from the use of alcohol. The WCTU is an international organization, which promotes temperance through many different departments and venues, one of these being that of youth education. Included in the exhibit is a textbook detailing the dangers of alcohol and tobacco, songbooks published by the WCTU’s press and a minute book from the Hattiesburg union.

Anti-Communism and the Civil Rights Struggle, curated by history M.A. student Olivia Moore, examines segregationist organizations and their use of anti-communist rhetoric to discredit the actions of civil rights activists in the United States. Incorporating materials from the Paul B. Johnson Family Papers, the Citizens’ Council collection and the Kathleen Dahl Freedom Summer Collection, this exhibit highlights how those in power exploited a very real fear of Communism throughout the South.

An opening for the exhibit will be held on April 21 from 4 - 5 p.m. in McCain Library and Archives, room 305. The exhibit will be on display in McCain Library room 305 through January of 2017. If you have questions about the program or the exhibits on display, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347. 

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:43:34 -0500 Dawn Smith <>