Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 University Librarians Elected to Offices with MLA and CALA Three University Librarians at The University of Southern Mississippi have been elected to executive positions with the Mississippi Library Association and the Chinese American Library Association. 

Xiaojie Duan has been elected to serve as member of the board of the Chinese American Library Association (CALA). Sarah Mangrum will serve as the vice-president/president elect for the Mississippi Library Association (MLA), and Ellen Ruffin has been elected to serve a second term as MLA’s American Library Association (ALA) Councilor. 

Xiaojie Duan, assistant professor and catalog librarian, joined CALA in 2011 upon moving to the United States to begin her masters of library and information science degree. Duan previously served as the president of the Southeast chapter of CALA and has been a part of the bylaws and constitutions committee. As a member of the board for CALA, an affiliate of ALA, she will receive appeals from chapters and board members as well as having a vote in all board decisions. 

“Serving on the board is another way I can contribute to the association, and it is also an opportunity to gain a better understanding of CALA’s structure, allowing me to serve CALA and its members better. It is also a great opportunity for my career as a librarian, allowing me to use what I learn from CALA here at Southern Miss,” said Duan.

Duan has previously served as the liaison for the state of Mississippi, web manager, vice president and president of the CALA Southeast Chapter and co-editor of the CALA newsletter. She is also in the editorial group of CALA Occasional Paper Series, which is an open access publication of CALA and provides an opportunity for CALA members to publish peer-reviewed articles on any aspect of librarianship.

Sarah Mangrum, access services librarian, was recently elected to serve as vice president/president of MLA, which provides leadership for all types of libraries in the state of Mississippi. Mangrum will officially take office in 2017 and as vice president, one of her responsibilities will be to organize the annual conference, which will return to Hattiesburg. She will also serve as a voting member of the executive board and stand in for the president as needed.  

Mangrum, a member of MLA for several years, has been a volunteer at the annual conference and was co-chair of the Peggy May Scholarship Committee in 2014 and 2016. She was a member of the 2014 cohort of the Mississippi Library Leadership Institute, which was made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Mississippi Library Commission.   

“Professionally, I feel that this is the natural next step in my career. I have been a librarian at Cook Library for four years and have been very involved in librarianship and committee work at the University level,” Mangrum said. “I am extremely excited to be more involved with the state organization and to be an advocate for Mississippi Libraries.

“My grandmother has been a children’s librarian for the Pike Amite Walthall Library System in McComb, Mississippi for 45 plus years, and she has always told me that if you love what you do it will never feel like work. So far she’s been right, and I hope that 40 years down the road I can still say the same thing.”

Ellen Ruffin, curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, has been elected to serve a second term as the ALA Councilor for the state of Mississippi. As the ALA Councilor, Ruffin acts as a liaison between ALA and MLA, attends executive board meetings, attends the ALA mid-winter and annual conferences each year, informs the publicity committee of any items that need to be publicized and completes reports to ALA on behalf of MLA.

Ruffin is active in ALA and MLA. She is currently the chair of the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award Committee, which an annual event featuring an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who prepares a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. She is also an incoming member of the American Library Service to Children (ALSC) Oral History Committee. Ruffin serves on the board of the Mississippi Book Festival, the committee for the Magnolia Book Award and the Ezra Jack Keats executive committee.

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:34:08 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Featured Resource - Consumer Health Complete Each month, University Libraries highlights a resource from its collections. This month we are featuring Consumer Health Complete.

This database contains a comprehensive collection of patient-centric health information from a diverse set of reliable sources including evidence-based reports, encyclopedias, fact sheets, pamphlets, medical news articles, images, diagrams, and videos as well as drug and supplement information.

Consumer Health Complete covers all major areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

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

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 10:07:19 -0500 John Blair <>
Artwork by Southern Miss Art Professor on Exhibit in Cook Library Drawings by James Meade, professor of drawing & painting and foundations at The University of Southern Mississippi, are currently on display in the Cook Library Art Gallery. Pieces from the exhibit The Fire and the Flood, previously shown at the Lauren Rogers Museum in Laurel, will be on display through July.

Meade produces images with rich, velvety surfaces on textured paper. First, he covers the surface with powdered graphite, charcoal or Conté, and then he allows his subconscious to guide his hand as he selectively removes the medium using an eraser and a blending instrument. Meade’s method and subject matter reveal the light in the darkness in his work. Images in the exhibit include bonfires, ships sailing on treacherous waves and bright lights in night skies, which represent Meade’s responses to memories from his childhood. Yearly trips to Italy, hurricane Katrina, the Hattiesburg tornado and the current migration crisis are also represented in the exhibit.

As a child in western Virginia, Meade began showing artistic tendencies, but it wasn’t until an art history course at Eastern Tennessee State University that his interest in art finally took shape. He received his bachelors and a master’s degree from ETSU. While in graduate school, he began teaching drawing courses to freshman.

Following his time at ETSU, Meade went to the University of Georgia, where he received a master of fine arts degree in drawing. After his graduation from Georgia in 1971, he began teaching at Southern Miss. Meade’s teaching career spans 51 years, with 45 of those being at Southern Miss. He still teaches freshman drawing courses at Southern Miss, as well as freshman two-dimensional, figure drawing, beginning painting and advanced painting.

During his career as a professional artist, he has had more than 115 exhibitions in the United States and abroad. His work is included in collections in the United States, Korea, Holland, Italy and Japan.

Tue, 24 May 2016 16:14:27 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
C-SPAN Programs Featuring Southern Miss, Hattiesburg to air May 21-22 Local segments featuring the history and non-fiction literary life of The University of Southern Mississippi and the city of Hattiesburg will air on BookTV (C-SPAN2, Comcast channel 104) and American History TV (C-SPAN3, Comcast channel 105) throughout C-SPAN's special Hattiesburg weekend May 21-22.

Working with its Comcast cable partners, Southern Miss and Visit Hattiesburg, C-SPAN producers visited various literary and historic sites, interviewed local and university historians, authors and Mayor Johnny DuPree March 25-29. The programming is part of C-SPAN’s 2016 Cities Tour.

Programming highlights will include:
* Interview with Mayor Johnny DuPree about the city of Hattiesburg. The mayor's segment will air on C-SPAN's Washington Journal program on Comcast channel 19, Friday, May 20 between 6 a.m. CST/9 a.m. CST.
American History TV (C-SPAN3) programming highlights:
*The African American Military History Museum: Latoya Norman will talk about the only remaining USO building constructed for African American soldiers and share the stories featured inside.

*Southern Miss Special Collections Librarian Jennifer Brannock and others will show items and share stories from the University’s Civil Rights and Freedom Summer 1964 collection, the papers of former Mississippi Gov. Theodore Bilbo and the Oseloa McCarty Collection.
*Tour of Hattiesburg’s Freedom Summer Trail, which will highlight various sites including the Vernon Dahmer Home with Ellie Dahmer and Latoya Williams; the Hattiesburg Public Library; and the St. Paul Methodist Church with Irene Williams and Glenda Funchess.
Book TV (C-SPAN2) programming highlights:

*Interview with Southern Miss history professor Dr. Susannah Ural about her book "Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades: Soldiers and Families in America's Civil War."
*Southern Miss Rare Books Collection - Special Collections at McCain Library and Archives: Jennifer Brannock will highlight items from the Sam E. Wood Collection of Rare Books.

*Interview with Southern Miss history professor Dr. Heather Marie Stur about her book "Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era."
*Interview with Southern Miss journalism professor Dr. David Davies about his book "The         
Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the Movement"

*Interview with Southern Miss history professor Dr. Andrew Wiest about his book "The
 Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam." A lecture in Wiest’s spring 2016 class
on the Vietnam War was also taped for C-SPAN’s “Lectures in History” program.

C-SPAN’s 2016 Cities Tour takes Book TV and American History TV on the road. C-SPAN2 (BookTV) and C-SPAN3 (American History TV) feature the literary life and history of select cities during special weekends on the public affairs network. For more information, visit the and follow the program on Twitter @CSPANCities.

Tue, 17 May 2016 15:05:46 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
University Libraries’ Special Collections Completes Evelyn Gandy Archive The extensive and important Evelyn Gandy Collection is now fully processed and available for research in University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi. This collection, spanning more than 100 years, contains valuable resources that cover a wide range of topics regarding the life of Edythe Evelyn Gandy and Martha Frances Gandy.

The entire collection includes 127 various-size archival boxes of material comprised of manuscripts, scrapbooks, nearly 2,000 photographs, printed items, films, small artifacts and other memorabilia.

In 2014, Brandon Ball, a processing assistant in Historical Manuscripts and Archives, began working with this large and complex collection. Additional archives, primarily photos, were added in 2015 and greatly enhanced the existing collection. For almost two years, Ball’s extensive work allowed him to become very familiar with the contents of this collection and Evelyn Gandy herself.

“Growing up, she was told she could not become a lawyer because it was a man’s job. I believe the most interesting pieces in this collection are her personal memorabilia, her scrapbooks ranging from 1937 to 2003, her campaign materials, the over 1,000 photographs spanning her personal and political life, as well as speeches, reports and articles from her political life,” said Ball. 

A native Mississippian, Evelyn Gandy earned the admiration and respect of many throughout her career, and is credited with breaking the gender barrier in Mississippi statewide politics. In 1948, she was elected to serve as representative in the Mississippi State Legislature for Forrest County, and later she served in the statewide elective positions of State Treasurer, Commissioner of Insurance and Lieutenant Governor from 1976-1980. She was the first woman to hold each of these offices and was also the first woman to serve in the appointive positions of Assistant Attorney General and Commissioner of Public Welfare. She served on an impressive number of boards and commissions, as well with civic organizations.

A collection of this kind provides a wealth of information about Evelyn Gandy, an influential leader in the state of Mississippi. Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk, associate provost of the Gulf Coast Campus, is a scholar of political communication and is particularly interested in Gandy’s public speeches and the vast collection of photographs included in this archive.

“Gandy is an under-studied public figure, so an archive of this kind will provide researchers valuable speeches, photographs and correspondence,” Maugh Funderburk said. “There is no doubt that the Gandy collection will attract researchers to the University to study her archive. The state of Mississippi will benefit as work is published from the findings within the archive, bringing attention and notoriety to Evelyn Gandy as a skilled politician and beloved figure within Mississippi.”

Dr. Maugh Funderburk says that students at Southern Miss will also benefit from such an extensive archive for their own class projects and research pursuits while studying at Southern Miss.

Carroll and Annelle Ingram of Hattiesburg are long-time friends of both Evelyn and Frances Gandy and supporters of the preservation of their archives. “Both Carroll and I are extremely pleased with all of the work done resulting in the completion of the Gandy files for the Archives of The University of Southern Mississippi. We are most grateful for the University and those within the Archives Department who saw the value of the Gandy lives and their materials and who were willing to spend the hours, days, months, years doing whatever it took to bring all of this to reality.”

The Evelyn Gandy collection is available in McCain Library and Archives. The finding aid for the collection can be accessed by visiting For more information about the collection, contact Steve Haller, curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives at or 601.266.4117.

Tue, 17 May 2016 11:12:37 -0500 Dawn Smith <>