Libraries' News, Events, Exhibits en 120 Edible Book Festival University Libraries, the Library and Information Science Student Association, and the Southern Miss Food Research Group are hosting an Edible Book Festival in the Cook Library Learning Commons Gallery on April 13 at 10 a.m. 

Since its inception in 1999, the International Edible Book Festival is held annually on or around April 1st - the birthday of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 - 1826), the French author of a witty book on food entitled Physiologie du goût. Dozens of libraries and cultural organizations around the world have held their own festivals to celebrate his work. 

Festival organizers are accepting submissions from university students, staff, faculty, and organizations for the festival. Awards will be given for the Best in Show, Most Nutritious, and Most Creative submissions.

More information about the festival and examples of edible books can be found here.

If you wish to submit an entry, register online by April 6.

For questions about the festival, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347. 

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University Libraries to Hold Annual Book Sales University Libraries will be hosting book sales at Cook Library and the Gulf Park campus during the month of April. The Gulf Coast Library and Gunter Library will hold their book sale April 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Cook Library will hold its sale April 15 – 17 in the Cook Library Art Gallery. 

The Gulf Coast book sale will take place during the Jazz and Blues Festival held each year at Gulf Park. Books included in the sale are taken from donations and books no longer needed in the Library’s collection. Hardcover books will sell for one dollar and paperbacks and children’s books for fifty cents. Additional items, such as games, puzzles, and videos, will also be available for purchase. Those items not sold will be on sale in the library for a limited time. After that, what is will be sent to the surplus property division.

Cook Library’s items for sale include books and VHS movies that cover the spectrum in terms of subject matter. Type of books for sale include old textbooks, historical non-fiction, fiction, religious texts and romance, and represent all reading levels from children’s books to college.  This sale is made possible by donations and all proceeds will go to the University Libraries to assist with operational costs.  To make a tax-deductible donation to any of our Libraries or for future book sales, contact Jennifer Culley at

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Cook Library to Celebrate National Library Week April 13 - 17 During the week of April 13 through 17, Cook Library will celebrate National Library Week with a full schedule of events. National Library Week aims to bring attention to the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

“The purpose of participating in this national event is to bring attention to the services and events we have going here at Cook Library. We have some great events scheduled for the week that include our annual book sale, an edible book festival and a day for students to expunge their library fines. We will also be highlighting our different departments so that the campus can see the people behind our services,” said Dawn Smith, publicity and outreach for University Libraries.

The theme for National Library Week is Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

Cook Library’s schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, April 13
Edible Book Festival, Cook Library Learning Commons Gallery

Wednesday, April 15
Book Sale, Cook Library Art Gallery

Thursday, April 16
Book Sale, Cook Library Art Gallery

Friday, April 17
Book Sale, Cook Library Art Gallery
Institutional Repository Day, Cook Library Room 123

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University Libraries Hosts Institutional Repository Day University Libraries at Southern Miss will host Institutional Repository (IR) Day on April 17, 2015 in Cook Library Room 123. IR Day will feature presentations, discussions and workshops on the value and importance of institutional repositories for promoting the scholarship and research of their university.

“Institutional repositories are a powerful tool that allow a university to take the research and scholarship produced at the institution and present it before a global audience. Works that were once confined to a bookshelf or disk can now be accessed around the world, and IRs have played a tremendous role in making this possible. IR Day is a great opportunity for us to teach others about the value of IRs to their campuses by highlighting several of the success stories we’ve experienced with our own repository, Aquila.  We are also incredibly excited to welcome Marilyn Billings, one of the nation's preeminent librarians in the field of scholarly communication, to Southern Miss to share some of her expertise and experiences with IRs as well,” said Josh Cromwell, University Libraries’ Scholarly Institutional Repository Coordinator.

Serving as the keynote speaker for the event is Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As head of the Office of Scholarly Communication, she provides campus and regional leadership and education in alternative scholarly communication strategies and gives presentations on author rights, new digital publishing models and the role of digital repositories in today's research and scholarship endeavors as well as providing oversight to the UMass Amherst digital repository, ScholarWorks. Her most recent activity has focused on her work as a campus leader and national speaker on the topic of alternatives to high cost textbooks, the use of open educational resources, and coordinator of the Open Education Initiative launched at UMass Amherst in spring 2011.

IR Day’s schedule of events will include the keynote address, and a panel discussion led by faculty from the University’s academic colleges. Following lunch, provided by University Libraries, participants will be offered three workshops. The first, led by Josh Cromwell, University Libraries’ Institutional Repository Coordinator, will discuss managing journals and theses/dissertations. The second will be led by Jeanne Pavy, Scholarly Communications Officer at the University of New Orleans and will talk through the lessons learned from managing an institutional repository. The final workshop will be lead by Marilyn Billings and will go beyond the institutional repository by giving an introduction to the Open Education Initiative, a nationally recognized effort coordinated by Billings to promote the use of open textbooks and educations resources.  

Aquila, Southern Miss’ Institutional Repository, is an open access digital repository containing scholarly works created by the University’s faculty, staff and students. Aquila also hosts digital journals and newsletters published by the University, as well as information and resources from events hosted by the University. The majority of submissions to Aquila have open access availability and are indexed, making them highly discoverable through internet search engines, such as Google, thereby extending the University’s scholarly output to a wider audience.

For more information on IR Day, contact Josh Cromwell at 601.266.6200 or

All participants are asked to RSVP by completing the online form, here.

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Celebrate NanoDay 2015 Celebrate NanoDays 2015 on Monday March 30, 2015 from 2 - 4 p.m. in Cook Library Room 123. NanoDays at Southern Miss is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. The NanoDays event will offer a range of exciting programs that demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale, examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nano materials with spectacular promise, and invite discussion of technology and society as well as a special exploration of nano and children’s literature. The event is free and open to the public

NanoDays is organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net), and takes place nationally from March 28 - April 5, 2015. This community-based event is the largest public outreach effort in nanoscale informal science education and involves science museums, research centers, and universities from Puerto Rico to Alaska. At the nanoscale—the scale of atoms and molecules-many common materials exhibit unusual properties. Our ability to manipulate matter at this size enables innovations that weren’t possible before. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing research and development in medicine, computing, new materials, food, energy, and other areas. The NISE Network helps research institutions and the public learn from each other about this emerging field so that together we can make informed decisions.

Visit to learn more about NanoDays, or for me on nanos visit For more information about the March event, contact Tracy Englert, Reference Librarian for Science and Technology at 601.266.6396 or

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