Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Library Exhibiting Works by Hancock County Resident, Photographer Ramsey LONG BEACH, Miss. – A unique exhibit, titled “Coastal Fascination,” by photographer Mike Ramsey is currently on display at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus library in Long Beach. The exhibit, which features photographs taken throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, will be displayed on all three floors of the library through Sept. 15.

Ramsey, whose career spanned 37 years in the newspaper industry, is a resident of Bay St. Louis. In describing his work, Ramsey says he is inspired by the “exquisite, often haunting beauty just off the beaten path, and how the presence of man, sometimes central, sometimes nearly hidden, either blends in or intrudes.”

For more information, contact Betty Shaw at 228.214.3450 or

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:39:29 -0500 John Blair <>
de Grummond Book Group Join us Thursday, July 17 for the de Grummond Book Group monthly meeting. At this month’s meeting, we will discuss the work of John Green and his New York Times bestselling novel, The Fault in Our Stars

The de Grummond Book Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. In the de Grummond Exhibit Room on the second floor of Cook Library. The group meets to discuss influential works of children’s and young adult literature. Adults interested in reading and discussing children’s literature are welcome. 

For more information about the de Grummond Book Group, contact Ellen Ruffin at or 601.266.6543. To receive email about the meeting schedule and book selections, subscribe to group’s list-serve at  

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:29:13 -0500 John Blair <>
Mississippi Digital Library Announces the Inaugural Cultural Heritage Digitization Award The Mississippi Digital Library is pleased to partner with Delta State University, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Mississippi State University, and The University of Mississippi, and The University of Southern Mississippi to offer the inaugural Cultural Heritage Digitization Award. The award is designed to assist institutions with digitization to create accessible collections that represent Mississippi history, have high scholarly value, or are at risk (fragile physical condition). The chosen recipient will receive a cumulative 80 hours of archival quality digitization services on location, at their own institution, membership in the MDL, and a digital collection on the MDL website. Details and full terms and conditions for the award can be found online.

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:30:35 -0500 John Blair <>
Master’s Theses Now Available on Aquila Beginning with May 2014 graduates, Southern Miss Master's theses are now available online through Aquila. This marks the first time that theses and dissertations from all academic levels are available online. Users can browse the collection by using the Theses and Dissertations link from the Aquila homepage at, or the theses can be viewed by department by navigating to the individual department pages. (NOTE: Some of the theses are subject to embargo by the author's request.)

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:29:45 -0500 John Blair <>
Herbert Randall Photographs Available Online The Herbert Randall Freedom Summer Photographs digital collection is now available online. The photographs, taken during the summer of 1964 in Hattiesburg, MS, include images of violence against volunteers, voter registration canvassing, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Freedom Schools, the Free Southern Theatre and a Picnic at the home of Vernon Dahmer, which signified the official beginning of the Hattiesburg Project. Collectively, these photographs are invaluable assets to Freedom Summer history as they intimately and accurately reveal the people and events that made the movement all that it was.

Randall served as the official photographer during Freedom Summer, when an alliance of local residents, out-of-state college students and voting rights organizers from all across the U.S. gathered in Hattiesburg to secure the right for African Americans to vote in Mississippi. The photos Randall captured during that summer were donated to University Archives at Southern Miss. Additionally, Randall’s work is permanently represented in the collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress.

There are 784 publicly viewable images available by browsing online.

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:25:51 -0500 John Blair <>