Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Stephen Haller Retirement Reception, July 27 Steve Haller, Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives, will retire at the end of July 2016. University Libraries invites friends and colleagues to join us in a celebration of his career at Southern Miss and to offer best wishes for his retirement. A reception will be held on Wednesday, July 27 from 3 - 4 p.m. in Cook LIbrary, Room 123. 

Haller earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts in history from Miami University. Following his graduation, he began his career as a local government records archivist with the Ohio Historical Society. Over the years, Haller held positions as the County Archivist and Records Manager for Montgomery County (Ohio), director of archives and records at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and as the senior director of archives and records at the Indiana Historical Society. Haller has been Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives at Southern Miss since 2013. 

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Featured Resource - Filmakers Library Online Fri, 08 Jul 2016 10:41:27 -0500 John Blair <> 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.)

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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.

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