Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Exhibit Features Romance Books in Special Collections Special Collections in McCain Library and Archives currently features the exhibit, Isn’t it Romantic:  Romance Literature through the Years, until June 5. 

The exhibit, which highlights romance novels from the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, Mississippiana, and Rare Books illustrates different types of romance books over the past 200 years. The selected books include historical fiction from the 19th century, classics like Jane Eyre, contemporary young adult fiction, and Harlequin novels. 

The exhibit is on display Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. until June 5, in McCain Library and Archives 305. If you have questions about the exhibit, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:58:21 -0500 John Blair <>
Aquila Digital Community Celebrates 100,000h Download 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.

Aquila was originally conceived as a means of providing open access to faculty publications, but the site has broadened its capabilities and now offers a journal publishing platform, streaming media archives of participating campus lecture series, and research data preservation for federally-funded grant research.

Among Aquila’s first 100,000 downloads, the majority are from the following collections:

  • Honors College theses ( Since December 2011, all Honors College theses are uploaded to Aquila. Because of its multidisciplinary approach and extensive collection, these are often the most downloaded files in Aquila.
  • SLIS Connecting ( SLIS Connecting is a journal edited by Dr. Stacy Creel and Dr. Teresa Welsh in the School of Library and Information Science. The journal launched in February 2012 and now boasts an international readership.
  • Online Journal of Health Ethics ( The OJHE, edited by Dr. Sheila Davis in the College of Nursing, has a longstanding reputation among scholars in the field of health and nursing ethics. Since relocating to Aquila in summer 2013, it has become one of the most utilized resources on the site.
  • Documenting Runaway Slaves ( DRS is a digital humanities project headed by Dr. Douglas Chambers and Dr. Max Grivno of the Department of History. The project focuses on documenting newspaper advertisements in which slaveholders sought to reclaim their runaway slaves and is a valuable resource for historians and other researchers interested in the history and nature of slavery.
Southern Miss faculty and students who are interested in including their research in Aquila are invited to visit the site at or to contact Josh Cromwell at 601.266.6200 or for more information.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:56:32 -0500 John Blair <>
University Libraries Featured Resource: Cochrane Library Each month, University Libraries highlights a resource from its collections.  This month we are featuring The Cochrane Library from the Cochrane Collaboration. The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence for healthcare decision-making such as systematic reviews, meta-analyses, clinical trials, protocols, and health technology assessments. At the library’s core is the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, a collection of peer-reviewed systematic reviews and protocols prepared in-house. Updated regularly as new information becomes available, The Cochrane Library is considered by many to be the gold standard in evidence-based health care.

Visit the Libraries’ website,, to connect to this resource online. Off-campus users will be prompted to login using their CampusID username and password.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:22:18 -0500 John Blair <>
Exhibit - Department of Art and Design Annual Student Show The Annual Student Show is a juried exhibition of works produced by students in the Department of Art & Design ( at Southern Miss. This greatly anticipated annual event gives art students the opportunity to exhibit their creative achievements in visual arts produced over the past year and compete for awards in various categories. The student show features works of art from studio courses in art foundations, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture and graphic design.

Jurors for the student show are Whitney Miracle, graphic design; Tommie Rodgers, painting and drawing; and Andy Light, sculpture and ceramics.

The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the Cook Library Learning Commons Gallery (LIB 109). The Annual Student Show will be displayed March 25-April 15. For more information, contact Mark Rigsby, Museum Director, at or 601.266.5200.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:13:41 -0500 John Blair <>
Lives Change @ Your Library: Celebrate National Library Week Southern Miss Libraries – Cook Library, Gulf Coast Library, Gunter Library, and McCain Library – along with libraries across the nation celebrate National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. 

Librarians work with students, faculty, staff, and university administrators to meet the needs of the Southern Miss community. Whether through offering print and electronic resources, places for both quiet and group study, research support and instruction, or access to computing technology, our librarians listen and respond to those we serve. We are here to support your success!

If you haven’t visited a Southern Miss library lately, we invite you to visit during National Library Week to learn how the Libraries’ faculty and staff can help you succeed. We encourage you to visit our Services web page to discover a wealth of services to help you achieve your academic goals.

Tell us how Southern Miss Libraries have changed your life. Tweet @USMCookLibrary using the hashtag #LivesChange and #NLW14 or share your stories by posting to your favorite library’s Facebook page.

Cook Library on Facebook
Gulf Coast Libraries on Facebook
McCain Libraries on Facebook

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:51:23 -0500 John Blair <>