Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Event - Oral Histories of the Vietnam War The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will sponsor a book talk and signing on on Monday, February 9, 6-7 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery (LIB 105A). Dr. Andrew Wiest will discuss his acclaimed 2013 book Vietnam: A View from the Front Lines, a collection of oral histories from the Vietnam War.

In stories told by the veterans themselves, the book provides a firsthand look into the true day-to-day reality of the Vietnam War. The soldiers’ (and family members’) stories explore several different aspects of the conflict, from training and their first perceptions of the enemy to what combat was like, being wounded and returning home. While much contemporary work on Vietnam focuses on the war’s broader impact, Vietnam: A View from the Front Lines takes a closer look at the men and women who lived it.

Wiest, a distinguished professor of history at The University of Southern Mississippi and the founding director of the University’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society, specializes in the study of World War I and Vietnam. His other books on the Vietnam War include The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam (2012) and The Vietnam War, 1959-1975 (2002), both published by Osprey Press, and Vietnam’s Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN, published by New York University Press in 2007. Among other accolades, he was Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in the United Kingdom as well as a visiting professor in the Department of Warfighting Strategy in the United States Air Force Air War College.

Wiest received both his undergraduate and masters degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi before obtaining his PhD from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1990. Following the talk, copies of Vietnam: A View from the Front Lines will be available for purchase and signing. For more information about this book talk, contact Elena Azadbakht at or 601.266.6424.

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Exhibit - Mississippi, Believe It! Campaign on Display at Gulf Coast Library On exhibit in the display cases at the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library are posters from the Mississippi, Believe It!™ Campaign. Displayed along with the posters are books relating to Mississippi. Featured are novelists William Faulkner and Eudora Welty, entertainer Elvis Presley, artist Walter Anderson and many others.

“The Campaign includes 17 public service announcements – 11 original plus three ads debuted in late 2006 and three ads debuted in 2008. The Campaign was created by The Cirlot Agency, a leading Mississippi-based global brand strategy, integrated communications and business development firm specializing in public relations, creative development and media strategy. The Cirlot Agency created the communication pieces as a gift to Mississippi in an effort to thank the state for its support over the decades.

Although Mississippi has progressed perhaps more than any other state over the last 50 years, Mississippi is stuck in a 50-year time warp, as far as image is concerned. For the general public, the information contained in the Mississippi, Believe It!™ Campaign provides a form of intellectual ammunition to defend the state any time its image is in question.”

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:13:09 -0600 John Blair <>
Aquila Reaches 200,000th Download Aquila, the University of Southern Mississippi digital repository containing scholarly works created by faculty, staff and students, recently logged its 200,000th download. With new projects in the works for 2015, the site shows no signs of slowing down.

Aquila reached its 100,000th download in March of 2014, more than two years from the date Aquila came online. In less than nine months, that download total has already doubled. Beginning in January, a monthly newsletter will be published to keep Aquila users and members of the campus community current on the newest uploads and other news pertaining to the site. Faculty, staff and students are invited to subscribe to the newsletter by visiting

Recent additions to Aquila include the December 2014 Master’s theses, which may be browsed as a collection, by department or by title or topic. The fall 2014 issue of SLIS Connecting is also now available. This issue features articles on the International Tracing Service, primers in the de Grummond collection and library websites.

The Aquila Digital Community is an open access digital repository containing all of the scholarly works created by Southern Miss faculty, staff, and students. Aquila also hosts digital journals and newsletters published by the University, as well as information and resources from events its hosts. All submissions to Aquila have open access availability and are indexed, making them highly discoverable through internet search engines, such as Google, thereby extending the University’s scholarly output to a wider audience.

The Aquila Digital Community is produced by University Libraries. Contact Josh Cromwell, institutional repository coordinator, at 601.266.6200 or for participation or questions.

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Exhibit - Take a Look: Poetry, Art and Books The de Grummond Collection Hosts Exhibit for the Artwork of Rosemary Wells

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi will feature 60-plus original watercolor and mixed media art pieces of Rosemary Wells, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator at an exhibit during the month of February.

Wells’ illustrations, featuring some of her most famous characters, such as Max and Ruby, Yoko and Mother Goose, will be on display from February 4 through February 28 at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. The public will also be invited to attend a reception to celebrate the opening of the Wells exhibit on February 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. Wells will be in attendance at the reception for a book signing, and selected pieces of her artwork will be available for purchase.

“Having Rosemary Wells here in Hattiesburg provides us with the opportunity to have a high caliber exhibition. Wells’ work has been read and loved by children all over the world.  We are also fortunate to have a gallery like Oddfellows in which to present the work of this noted artist. People attending this event will see a first-class exhibit,” said Ellen Ruffin, curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection. During a recent visit to Hattiesburg, Wells donated illustrations from her personal collection to the de Grummond Collection.

Wells has won many awards for her work, including the Golden Kite Award for Forest of Dreams, an International Reading Association Children’s Choices citation for Max’s Chocolate Chicken; Edgar Allan Poe Special Award, Mystery Writers of America, 1981, for When No One Was Looking; many of her books have been named among the best books of the year by School Library Journal or received American Library Association Notable Book citations or American Bookseller “Pick of the Lists” citations.

In 2002, Wells received The University of Southern Mississippi Medallion, an award for distinguished service in the field of children's literature. Unique among literary prizes, the medallion is awarded for an individual's total body of work, rather than for one particular work. Since the first award at the Second Annual Children's Book Festival, the Southern Miss Medallion has been presented to an outstanding array of children's authors and illustrators.

Wells’ career as an author and illustrator spans more than 40 years and 120 books. She has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora and Yoko. She also gave Mother Goose new life in two definitive editions, and created an unforgettable world for grown-ups and kids alike in Voyage to the Bunny Planet.

The community will be treated to more literary and arts culture the weekend of February 6 and 7 during the Take a Look: Poetry, Art and Books event in downtown Hattiesburg. The weekend begins with the national event, Poetry Out Loud, on Friday and continues on Saturday with the Little Free Library and Rosemary Wells’ Exhibit. The Hattiesburg Tourism Commission will provide trolley service from the Cultural Center to Oddfellows Gallery for those interested in attending both events on Saturday.

Schedule of Events:
Poetry Out Loud – noon to 2 p.m. – Cultural Arts Center
Little Free Library – 3 to 5 p.m. – Cultural Arts Center
Rosemary Wells Exhibit and Book Signing – 4 to 6 p.m. – Oddfellows Gallery

For more information on the Rosemary Wells exhibit, contact the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at 601.266.4349.

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Event - Free Printing Day The Student Government Association in conjunction with University Libraries and iTech will offer students a day of free printing on Thursday, December 4, 2014. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Cook Library, students will be able to print project, papers and other end of semester items at no cost.

Free printing is part of Eagle Appreciation Day, an event hosted by the SGA to boost student morale at the end of the semester when students are most stressed. Additionally, Health Services will be offering stress management activities in Cook Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cook Library’s lobby.

For more information, contact Cook Library at 601.266.4250.

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