Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Library Research Assistance for Students One of the ways that University Libraries help students succeed is by offering workshops on research skills. These workshops provide tips and techniques to identify, find and evaluate information for assignments and projects. Any student organization, resident assistant, hall director, or even a study group can request a workshop. 

The Cook Library instruction classroom (LIB 110) can accommodate up to 26 students and the Gulf Coast Library classroom (GLIB 213) can accommodate up to 22 students. If you have a larger group or prefer a different location, a reference librarian will come to you--providing a session in a classroom building, residence hall, or other suitable location on campus. Workshops may be scheduled 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. Requests for workshops outside these times will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please allow seven days advance notice for all workshop requests. 

To request a workshop, use the Libraries’ instruction request form and provide the name of your group where the form asks for course name and number. Use the space provided on the form to describe the topics you’d like covered. A reference librarian will contact you to work out the details.

For more information, contact the head of Reference Services, Tisha Zelner, at 601.266.6170 or

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:45:32 -0500 John Blair <>
Event - Book Talk on Animated Cartoons about King Arthur The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries will sponsor a book talk and signing on animated cartoons about King Arthur on Monday, November 3, 6-7 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery (LIB 105A).

The lecture, “What’s Up, Duke?" Animated Cartoons about King Arthur” by Michael N. Salda, will focus on aspects of his 2013 book Arthurian Animation: A Study of Cartoon Camelots on Film and Television.

The book examines the potent blend of Arthurian legend, cartoon animation, and cultural and artistic trends from 1933 to the present day. In more than 170 theatrical and televised short cartoons, televised series and specials, and feature-length films from The Sword in the Stone to Shrek the Third, animators have repeatedly brought the Round Table to life on screens large and small.

Although these productions differ greatly in tone and intent--comic to sober, fantastic to realistic, and entertaining to edifying--they share in the proof of Camelot's continuing relevance in the modern world. Michael N. Salda is a Professor of Medieval Literature in the Department of English at the University of Southern Mississippi.

In addition to Arthurian Animation, Salda wrote La Bibliothèque de François I au Château de Blois, essays on topics from Chaucer to contemporary cinema in a variety of journals, the co-edited collection The Malory Debate: Essays on the Texts of Le Morte Darthur, and five co-edited volumes of Chaucer Yearbook. Prof. Salda also spearheaded a project in the mid-1990s to digitize and transcribe the texts of several fairy tales held in the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi.

These perennially popular online archives survey many different versions of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Jack the Giant-Killer. Following his talk, copies of Arthurian Animation will be available for purchase and signing. For more information about this book talk, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:53:01 -0500 John Blair <>
Science Café – The Chikungunya Virus: an Emerging Threat The Chikungunya Virus, spread through mosquito bites, is an emerging threat to the southern United States. Even though this virus can cause large outbreaks of severe acute and persistent arthritis, there are currently no vaccines for the treatment of Chikungunya diseases.

Join Dr. Fengwei Bai, on Monday, October 27, 2014, in Cook Library Room 123 (LIB 123), 6-7 p.m., as he discusses this new virus spreading to Mississippi, and how the development of vaccines requires an improved understanding of virus pathogenesis (the process by which an infection leads to disease).

Dr. Bai, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, is a virologist and immunologist who concentrates on viral pathogenesis and immunity. His research interests are to understand how viruses are recognized by the host’s innate immune system and how innate immunity initiates and generates protective adaptive immunity. His long-term research goal is to use this knowledge in rational design of effective vaccines or therapeutics, or of microbicides for the prevention of transmission of viral pathogens.

During the café, he will discuss the Chikungunya Virus and virus pathogenesis. He will also discuss the basics of the Ebola virus as it is an item of concern due to current events.

A Science Café's casual meeting place, plain language, and inclusive conversation create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for people whose primary background may not be science. Each meeting is organized around an interesting scientific topic, with a presenter (usually a scientist) giving a brief background overview, usually with visuals, before the discussion kicks off. Science Cafés are free and open to the public.

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:40:42 -0500 John Blair <>
de Grummond Book Group Join us Thursday, October 16, 2014, for the de Grummond Book Group. Each month we meet to discuss influential works of children's and young adult literature. At the October meeting, we will discuss _Inside Out and Back Again_ by Thanhha Lai. A novel in verse, the book was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and one of the two Newbery Honor Awards.

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 (between the Library Administration office and the School of Library and Information Science). 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 the book group’s listserv at

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:07:03 -0500 John Blair <>
Exhibit - “Marshes to Island, an Adventure in Textures” by Milton Williams Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:46:34 -0500 John Blair <>