Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 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 <>
Cook Library Offering Drop-in Research Assistance The end of the semester is upon us, and that means research papers and projects are due. Students, you can get one-on-one assistance for your last-minute research from the reference librarian for your college.

Reference librarians will be available this week and next week with the following schedule:

College of Arts and Letters: April 23, noon – 2 p.m.; April 27, noon – 2 p.m.; April 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
Refer to the research guide for the College of Arts and Letters here.

College of Business: April 23, 10 a.m. – noon; April 27, 4 – 6 p.m.
Refer to the research guide for the College of Business here.

College of Education and Psychology: April 22, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.; April 29, 3 – 5 p.m.
Refer to the research guide for the College of Education and Psychology here.

Colleges of Health and Nursing: April 24, 1 – 3 p.m.; April 27, 2 – 4 p.m.
Refer to the research guide for the Colleges of Health and Nursing here.

College of Science and Technology: April 22, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.; April 27, 9 – 11 a.m.
Refer to the research guide for the College of Science and Technology here.  

All sessions will take place in Cook Library Room 110 (LIB 110). For questions about the sessions, contact Cook Library Reference Services at 601.266.4249.

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:43:03 -0500 John Blair <>
Exhibit - From Calvin to Rembrandt: Selections from the Sam E. Woods Collection In 1952, Sam E. Woods donated his collection of rare books, furniture, prints, and paintings to The University of Southern Mississippi. To honor Woods, a former professor at Southern Miss, and his brother Clarence, a Southern Miss employee, the University dedicated a room to house the donations. Over the years, the Woods Room has been located in a handful of locations around campus eventually finding a permanent home in McCain Library & Archives.

The exhibit From Calvin to Rembrandt: Selections from the Sam E. Woods Collection showcases some of the wonderful items donated to the university including art by Durer and Rembrandt, a 1551 printing of John Calvin on the letters of St. Paul, and other examples of books on religion, politics, and literature. The exhibit highlights the elaborate bookbindings and illustrations of the materials featuring a selection of miniature books.

From Calvin to Rembrandt: Selections from the Sam E. Woods Collection will be on display on the third floor of McCain Library and Archives until August 21, 2015. If you have any questions about the exhibit or the Woods Room, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:52:40 -0500 John Blair <>
Featured Resource - ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text April 2015

Each month, University Libraries highlights a resource from its collections. This month we are featuring ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text. This database provides indexing for dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1637 to the present. It offers full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997. Search options include author, advisor, committee member, and university/institution, as well as subject. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author, and master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Dissertations from The University of Southern Mississippi are included beginning with 1962.

Visit to connect to this resource online. (Off-campus users will be prompted to login using their CampusID username and password.)

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:48:46 -0500 John Blair <>