Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Heart Walk T-shirts Available for Pre-order University Libraries is joining the fight against heart disease by participating in the American Heart Association's 2014 Heart Walk on October 11.

We invite you to be a part of our team, and help us reach our fundraising goal, by purchasing a University Libraries Heart Walk t-shirt for $10. T-shirts are available for pre-order in the Library Administration office.

For more information, contact Carolyn Soniat at or Elizabeth La Beaud at Join our team and help us reach our lifesaving goal!

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:34:50 -0500 John Blair <>
University Libraries to Host Talk on Civil Rights and the Mississippi Press The University Libraries at the University of Southern Mississippi will sponsor the final talk of the Created Equal film discussion and lecture series on Wednesday, September 17 from 6-7 in Cook Library room 123.

The lecture, The Mississippi Press and the Civil Rights Movement, will focus on how the Mississippi press reflected the Magnolia State’s reaction to and accommodation of social change.
A few moderate newspapers backed equal treatment for the state’s African-Americans, but most reflected the Closed Society’s skepticism of any challenge to the racial status quo. The presentation will explore the range of press response to the Second Reconstruction as a reflection of Mississippi’s eventual accommodation to demands for social justice.

Dave Davies is interim director of the School of Mass Communication & Journalism. He also has served as dean of the Southern Miss Honors College. Most of all, he likes to think of himself as a “recovering journalist.” He worked for 10 years in Arkansas media, most recently the Arkansas Gazette, before joining the ranks of academia. He’s worked at Southern Miss since 1991, starting out as adviser to the Student Printz and serving stints as chair of the Department of Journalism, and associate dean of the College of Arts & Letters. He holds a PhD from the University of Alabama. Davies specializes in media history and is working on his third book, an analysis of press coverage of race for Northwestern University Press.

In collaboration with the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County, University Libraries will offer scholarly presentations and documentaries that feature riveting, never before seen footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America through September as part of the Created Equal project.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the NEH that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the recipients of the grant.
For more information about this talk or the lecture series, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347.

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University Libraries Talk Highlights Digital Initiatives The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will host a presentation on the Libraries’ digital initiatives on Wednesday, September 17 from 3-4:30 p.m. in Cook Library room 123.
In addition to print resources found in library collections, University Libraries develops and enhances collections of resources to support the University’s research, teaching, and learning activities. The three major digital initiatives housed at USM are The Aquila Digital Community, Digital Collections, and the Mississippi Digital Library.

The Aquila Digital Community is an open access digital repository featuring research and scholarly works created by faculty, staff, and students at Southern Miss. The Digital Collections contains a selection of digitized items found in McCain Library & Archives. The Mississippi Digital Library, a collaborative digital project for the state, provides online access to primary sources held by repositories in Mississippi.

The speakers will provide an overview of each project and the services each initiative offers for faculty, staff, students, and researchers worldwide.

For more information about this talk, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347.

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de Grummond Book Group Join us Thursday, September 18, 2014, for the de Grummond Book Group. Each month we meet to discuss influential works of children's and young adult literature. At the September meeting, we will discuss The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  September is banned book month, and Alexie’s book has been banned in parts of the country.

The de Grummond Book Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in the de Grummond Exhibit Room on the second floor of Cook Library (between the Library Administration office and the School of Library and Information Science). Adults interested in reading and discussing children’s literature are welcome.

For more information about the de Grummond Book Group, contact Ellen Ruffin at or 601.266.6543. To receive email about the meeting schedule and book selections, subscribe to the book group’s listserv at

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:31:31 -0500 John Blair <>
Science Café’ - Ice Age Murder Mystery The Ice Age Murder Mystery What mysteries can we unravel from the dead? What can we learn from their bones? Join Dr. Marie Danforth, for the first Science Cafe of the fall semester on Monday, September 29, 2014, in Cook Library Room 123 at 6 p.m-7 p.m.

Dr. Danforth, professor in the Department of Anthropology And Sociology, is a physical anthropologist interested in skeletal biology, particularly nutrition and disease indicators. During the café, after viewing a clip of the NOVA PBS film, The Iceman Murder Mystery, she will discuss this forensic investigation of the 5,000-year-old famous mummy, Ötzi the Iceman, and touch on topics such as human osteology, bioarchaeology, dental anthropology, and forensic anthropology.

A Science Café's casual meeting place, plain language, and inclusive conversation create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for people whose primary background may not be science. Each meeting is organized around an interesting scientific topic, with a presenter (usually a scientist) giving a brief background overview, usually with visuals, before the discussion kicks off. Science Cafés are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Tracy Englert at 601.266.6396 or Find out more about Science Cafes Find out more about the Iceman Murder Mystery by checking out the DVD at University Libraries or watch it online. Find out more about the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:30:04 -0500 John Blair <>