Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Native American Exhibit on Display in Cook Library In celebration of National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, an exhibit featuring books, government documents, and artifacts is on display in the Cook Library lobby through the end of November. The exhibit, “Native American Heritage: Selections from University Libraries and Friends,” combines items from University Libraries and those on loan from the USM archeology lab and Dr. Tammy Greer. The display includes Choctaw stick ball sticks, examples of Native American arts and crafts, and juvenile and general collection literature.

Contact Michele Frasier-Robinson at susan.frasierrobinson@usm.eduor 601.266.6168 with questions about the exhibit. 

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:41:17 -0600 Dawn Smith <>
Englert Selected as Health Care Ambassador Tracy Englert, science and technology librarian , has been selected as a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Ambassador. PCORI is an independent, non-profit research organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence needed to make better-informed health and healthcare decisions. Thus far this organization has awarded $1.47 Billion to support 550 research-related projects. For more information about PCORI's funding to support research, visit

The goal of the PCORI Ambassador Program is to help patients, organizations, and other stakeholders share PCORI’s vision and mission with their communities, participate as full partners in research, and ensure the sharing and use of information generated from PCORI-funded projects. PCORI Ambassadors play an important role in building a patient-centered research community and have completed training relating to PCORI and meaningful patient and stakeholder engagement in research.

Englert’s involvement with PCORI came about through her involvement with a PCORI funded-research project. She said, “when I signed up for the Health eHeart study, I received a device that used my smartphone to record an ECG (an electronic representation of your heart's electrical activity). I was excited to help make a contribution to science and become involved with innovative medical research using technology. The PCORI Ambassador Program will give me the opportunity to engage with PCORI, become trained in PCOR science, cultivate skills for future participation as patient and stakeholder partners in PCORI research projects; and connect with others interested in this emerging field of research.”

In addition to being accepted into the Ambassador Program, she has also been awarded a travel scholarship that will cover the cost of travel, hotel, meals and incidental expenses to attend the 2016 PCORI Annual Meeting: Changing the Conversation about Health Research, that will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD on November 17-19, 2016. For more information on PCORI, please contact Tracy at

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 16:53:19 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Science CafĂ© on the Coast: Oyster Aquaculture Science Café on the Coast, a collaboration between The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Libraries, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library and Hancock County Library System, will host “Oyster Aquaculture,” presented by Dr. Bill Walton, onWednesday, Nov. 9th, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Pass Christian Public Library.

Walton is the oyster aquaculture extension specialist with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and an associate professor in Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences. He is also a marine extension specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Working along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico at Auburn University’s Shellfish Lab (Dauphin Island, AL), Walton conducts applied research with local shellfish farmers, shell fishermen (commercial and recreational), and national and local organizations. Before moving to the Gulf, he did similar work along the coast of Massachusetts.

This event offers those with minimal background in science the chance to meet and discuss scientific issues in a relaxed social setting.  Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Pass Christian Library at 228-452-4596 (email or Adrienne McPhaul at228-214-3467 or

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 14:32:41 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
University Libraries Honored at Mississippi Library Association’s Annual Conference Members of the University Libraries’ faculty and staff were honored at the Mississippi Library Association (MLA) annual conference held in Vicksburg from October 18 – 21, 2016. Emilie Aplin, Elizabeth La Beaud, Jennifer Brannock, Sarah Mangrum and Dawn Smith received awards for their dedication and services to University Libraries at Southern Miss.

Elizabeth La Beaud, Digital Lab Manager, and Emilie Aplin, Access Services Evening Supervisor, were inducted into the Beta Psi Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society. Beta Phi Mu was founded in 1948 by a group of leading librarians and library educators to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students. The Beta Psi chapter presently has 163 active members and a total of 265 inductees and its primary mission is to support the profession.

University Libraries also received awards for successful efforts to publicize library services. The award for Best Effort by an Individual Library to Publicize Library Services Around a Single Event went to Jennifer Brannock, Sarah Mangrum and Dawn Smith for The Big Read: Edgar Allan Poe. The Big Read grant was a three-month long project that supported programming related to the stories and poetry of Edgar Allan Poe and included events such as book discussions, exhibits, scholarly lectures, film showings and a live radio performance. University Libraries was one of 75 institutions across the United States to receive the $10,000 grant in 2015. Brannock is the Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana in McCain Library and Archives, Mangrum is the Access Services Librarian in Cook Library, and Dawn Smith is the Assistant to the Dean of University Libraries for Publicity and Outreach.

University Libraries at Southern Miss has long been known for leadership and participation in library and literacy activities, from local events to national and international professional associations and conferences. In addition to the awards, many from Southern Miss presented in conference sessions, displayed and discussed posters of their scholarly work, and volunteered in service areas. Earlier in 2016, Sarah Mangrum was elected as MLA’s vice president. One of her responsibilities will be to organize the 2017 conference, which will be held in Hattiesburg.   

The mission of MLA is to provide professional leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. Library professionals in academic and public libraries across the state convene once a year at the MLA Conference to network with fellow colleagues and intend informative sessions and workshops. 

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 11:28:06 -0500 Dawn Smith <>
Exhibit Features Artifacts from Special Collections Researchers come to Special Collections at Southern Miss to explore the collections on a variety of topics. Ranging from children’s literature to civil rights to Mississippi culinary history, these patrons sift through books, letters, diaries and photographs, piecing together a story with help from primary sources. Artifacts are often omitted from this research process because it can be more difficult to extract a story or meaning from the items.

Some Hair, a Chew Toy, and a Grocery Cart Walk Into a Bar: Stories Told by Artifacts in Special Collections features examples of these artifacts that are often forgotten by researchers. The exhibit, curated by Jennifer Brannock, includes an interesting selection of items including an Abraham Lincoln life mask, board games, vintage children’s toys and even a grocery cart decorated for Mardi Gras.

Some Hair, a Chew Toy, and a Grocery Cart Walk Into a Bar: Stories Told by Artifacts in Special Collections will be on display on the third floor of McCain Library and Archives through February 15, 2017. If you have questions about the exhibit or the collections, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347. 

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:10:53 -0500 Dawn Smith <>