Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 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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ILL - End of Semester & Holiday Update November 2014

Interlibrary Loan will stop placing book/loan requests for this semester on December 1, 2014. Article requests will stop on December 12, 2014. Please plan for your research needs accordingly.

The processing of requests will resume in January 2015, after we return from the holiday break. Please contact ILL if you have questions or concerns: at the Hattiesburg campus and at the Gulf Coast campus.

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Gulf Coast Library Veterans and Military Exhibit Using items from the members of the Student Veterans of America, a veterans and military exhibit is currently on display at the Gulf Coast Library at the Gulf Coast Campus in Long Beach, Miss.

The exhibit features items such as medals, unit patches and challenge coins. A flag flown over Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002 is on display on the second floor of the library. This flag was presented to Mary Funk, coordinator of student success in the Gulf Coast Office of Admissions, during her military service. Additional items on display include uniforms from various military branches and gear used in chemical and biological warfare. Karen Glendenning, president of Student Veterans of America, provided her Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Award and photos taken during her tour of duty.

Student Veterans of America is a national advocacy organization that provides resources and support for student veterans to help them succeed in post-secondary programs and contribute to civilian society in meaningful ways. The Student Veterans of America at Southern Miss on the Gulf Coast meets on the second Monday of each month from 5-6 p.m. in the newly created Green Zone housed in the modular unit southeast of Holloway Complex.

For more information on the Student Veterans of America, visit them on Facebook at or email

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:17:20 -0600 John Blair <>
Event - OpenCon 2014 University Libraries will host an OpenCon 2014 satellite event for the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data, Monday, November 24, 2014, 4-5 p.m. in Cook Library Room 123.

“We answered a call for partners to organize an OpenCon 2014 satellite event in order to bring the energy of the in-person event to those unable to attend the conference in Washington, DC. Southern Miss is an official satellite event partner, and only one of two sites in the United States. As with the main conference, satellite events provide a place to conceptualize, catalyze and launch initiatives advancing Open Access, Open Data and Open Education. We are going to have a difficult time deciding which OpenCon speaker our event will feature. Notable figures such as Patrick Brown, Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University and co-founder of the Public Library of Science and Martin Paul Eve, Lecturer at University of Lincoln, UK and co-founder of The Open Library of Humanities are some of the lecturers at OpenCon 2014,” said Englert.

OpenCon 2014 aims to build on the momentum that began during the events that took place during October’s Open Access week. Southern Miss’ OpenCon 2014 satellite event will feature a lecture recorded at the main OpenCon 2014 Conference and then an open discussion around the session’s topics. OpenCon 2014 is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

During the OpenCon event November 15-17, 2014, in Washington, DC, students and early career researchers from around the world will convene to focus on OpenCon's three areas – Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.

Find out more about OpenCon2014 at For details contact Tracy Englert at 601.266.6396 or or

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University Librarian Selected to Participate in NISE Workshop Tracy Englert, reference librarian for science and technology at The University of Southern Mississippi University Libraries, has been selected to participate in the "Implementing the Sharing Science Workshop and Practicum” sponsored by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE). This immersive workshop will be held November 14-16, 2014, at the Museum of Science in Boston in November.

“I am excited about this opportunity to provide a professional development program to nanoscale and materials science researchers at Southern Miss that will cultivate their science communication and pubic engagement skills. This program will expand upon existing University Libraries education outreach partnerships such as the Cook Library science café series. By partnering with University Libraries, the content expertise of the faculty researchers can be leveraged with the engagement expertise of University Libraries to deliver effective and rewarding informal educational outreach experiences to broader audiences,” said Englert.

Englert is one of seven chosen to participate in this workshop. The workshop will provide information and resources on planning and hosting a Sharing Science Workshop & Practicum (SSW&P) for Southern Miss nanoscale and materials science researchers that will enhance their science communication skills, engage their interest in education and outreach and prepare them for providing effective and rewarding outreach experiences. Englert will also observe how the SSW&P is implemented at the Museum of Science in Boston with graduate students from local research center partners such as MIT and Harvard. She plans to implement an SSW&P workshop at Southern Miss in early 2015.

The NISE Network is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering and technology. The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network is a major National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative. The NSF has formed a national infrastructure that links science museums and other informal science education organizations with nanoscale science and engineering research organizations to foster public awareness, engagement and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering and technology.

If you are interested in participating in the Sharing Science Workshop and Practicum (SSW&P), contact Tracy Englert at or 601.266.6396. To find out more about the NISE Network, visit

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