Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 de Grummond Book Group <em>El Deafo</em> by Cece Bell Join us Thursday, May 21, 2015, for the de Grummond Book Group. Each month we meet to discuss influential works of children's and young adult literature. At the May meeting, we will discuss El Deafo by Cece Bell. In this insightful and humorous graphic novel memoir, Cece Bell portrays growing up with a giant hearing aid strapped to her chest. Themes of navigating a new school, sleepovers, finding a true friend and a first crush make this book universal in appeal. El Deafo, a Newbery Honor Book, shows that our differences are gifts that “can be turned into something amazing.”

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 Ellen.Ruffin@usm.eduor 601.266.6543. To receive email about the meeting schedule and book selections, subscribe to the book group’s listserv at

Mon, 11 May 2015 14:29:37 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Exhibit: Evolution of Library Materials University Libraries' exhibit of library resources will be on display from May 5th through August in the Cook Library lobby. This exhibit will highlight antiquated materials in the library, which can be dated back to the 1880s, and will showcase how materials have evolved over time. The exhibit will display various types of materials based on different uses, special machines/equipment associated with the materials, particular time period of the materials, and the update/change of the materials according to the continuing development of technology from the past to today’s life.

For more information, contact:
Carla Carson at 601.266.6403 or
Gwen Downey at 601.266.6402 or
Xiaojie Duan at 601.266.5289 or

Mon, 04 May 2015 10:11:42 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Featured Resource - New England Journal of Medicine Each month, University Libraries highlights a resource from its collections. This month we are featuring the New England Journal of Medicine, which is one of the most read and highly respected journals in the field of clinical medicine. Published by the Massachusetts Medical Society and intended for practicing physicians, the NEJM contains peer-reviewed information on the latest biomedical and clinical developments. Each issue features original research articles, clinical cases, reviews, commentaries, multimedia, and more. Moreover, the New England Journal of Medicine is the oldest continuously published medical periodical, having celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2012.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 10:05:56 -0500 John Blair <>
University Libraries Celebrates Preservation Week with Exhibit In celebration of Preservation Week @ your library (April 26-May 2), University Libraries is hosting an exhibit highlighting different supplies and techniques used to preserve and repair books and manuscripts in order to provide continued use of materials in the collections. The exhibit, located in the exhibit cases in the lobby of Cook Library, will be on display until May 4. 

During Preservation Week, an initiative of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that highlight what libraries can do, individually and together, to preserve personal and shared collections. 
For more information, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347. 
]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:26:32 -0500 Dawn Smith <> Southern Miss Awarded NISE Network Grant University Libraries, the School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry were recently awarded a Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network mini-grant to develop a nanoscience-based outreach program for non-science teachers and librarians. This program was presented in a workshop to participants of the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival held in April 2015 at Southern Miss and will also be added to an online digital library of public nano educational products and tools designed for educators and scientists.

The goal of this project is to bring awareness of and inspire interest in nanoscale science to school librarians, children book authors, and illustrators, as an effort to reach new audiences with nano programming. Tracy Englert, associate professor and reference librarian in Cook Library, and Dr. Stacy Creel, assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science, discussed and demonstrated appropriate materials, including NISE program resources, to help school and public librarians develop their library collections and increase science programming with nano-related resources. Dr. Song Guo and Dr. Julie Pigza, assistant professors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, presented an overview of basic nanoscience concepts. They also facilitated and taught hands-on activities appropriate for libraries or classrooms that will help participants engage with nano concepts.

Program materials included career resources, children's books suitable for read-aloud story-times and graphic novels, as well as games, and crafts related to nano science. The 10-page Selected Books about Nano, was made available to workshop participants, as well as all festival attendees, along with the online catalog of programs. Evaluation data was collected from surveys given to participants. Anticipated outcomes of this project are that participants will be engaged with nanoscale science and enabled to better identify, access and use NISE resources. Increasing these educators' knowledge of nanoscale science and NISE resources will motivate them to select nano-related materials for collections and provide nano-programming in schools and libraries. These educational resources provided at schools and libraries, will in turn, promote knowledge and interest in nanoscale science.

“After working with Stacy, Song and Julie during our successful Cook Library NanoDays festival in March 2014, we became interested in providing a professional development program to engage librarians and teachers with nanotechnology and enhance the existing NISE Net’s Nano Reading Program. The Children’s Book Festival is a perfect vehicle to reach audiences not typically targeted by informal science education as participants will include over 400 teachers and librarians from across the nation as well as major figures in the field of children’s literature,“ said Englert of the grant award.

The NISE Network launched in 2005 with the Science Museum of Minnesota and San Francisco's Exploratorium, NISE Net brings together researchers and science museum educators to create activities that explain the world at the scale of atoms. It offers a range of activities such as NanoDays, a nationwide festival of activities celebrating advances in nanotechnology research, and also conducts original research and evaluation of the network's impact on informal science education. For more information on the NISE Network, visit

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:28:42 -0500 Dawn Smith <>