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August 1, 2014

Our ability and willingness to come together and talk through issues will build a solid foundation for the University and the coastal community to become a much more economically progressive area.

As President of The University of Southern Mississippi, I am deeply troubled that USM’s commitment to meeting the needs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been called into question. I am aware of the historical tension surrounding access to higher education in the coastal community, and I respect each community member who has worked tirelessly to ensure that the coast is not marginalized or overlooked but is instead recognized as a critical region that deserves access to quality educational opportunities.

March 7, 2014

Ellen Ruffin serves as an associate professor and curator for University Libraries at the University of Southern Mississippi, and is passionate about the unique items that can be found in its renowned de Grummond Children's Literature Collection.

Q: What is the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection?

A: The collection is one of the top research collections of children’s literature in the country. It contains American and British works. The collection consists of 1,300 authors and illustrators and over 160,000 books, dating as far back as 1530. We encompass contemporary and historic pieces, original manuscripts and illustrations.

Q: When and how was it founded?

February 13, 2013

Dr. Rodney Bennett, incoming president at The University of Southern Mississippi, addresses a large group of students who turned out for a campus cleanup project on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The student-led project was coordinated in response to the EF-4 tornado that struck the Southern Miss campus and the Hattiesburg area on Sunday, Feb. 10.

If you cannot view the embedded video above, watch it on YouTube.

May 22, 2017

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently exhibiting works by contemporary artists/illustrators Melissa Sweet and Wendell Minor. The exhibit, Gems from de Grummond: The Works of Wendell Minor and Melissa Sweet, will be available through March 2018 in the de Grummond Exhibit Room in Cook Library.

The de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi is currently exhibiting works by contemporary artists/illustrators Melissa Sweet and Wendell Minor. The exhibit, Gems from de Grummond: The Works of Wendell Minor and Melissa Sweet, will be available through March 2018 in the de Grummond Exhibit Room in Cook Library.

May 8, 2017

University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is continuing its celebration of Mississippi’s Bicentennial with two summer lectures that will examine Mississippi’s film industry and Mississippi as a landscape for literature.

University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is continuing its celebration of Mississippi’s Bicentennial with two summer lectures that will examine Mississippi’s film industry and Mississippi as a landscape for literature.

The summer series will begin June 7 with Nina Parikh, deputy director of the Mississippi Film Office, and conclude July 12 with Margaret McMullan, an award-winning author and Mississippi native.

April 17, 2017

Five children's literature authors and illustrators earned prestigious recognition for their work at the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award ceremony April 6 during the The University of Southern Mississippi's 50th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival.

Five children's literature authors and illustrators earned prestigious recognition for their work at the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award ceremony April 6 during the The University of Southern Mississippi’s 50th annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival.

April 12, 2017

Dr. David R. Davies, director of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, will deliver a talk about the pioneering printers and newspapers in the Mississippi Territory Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. David R. Davies, director of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, will deliver a talk about the pioneering printers and newspapers in the Mississippi Territory Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.

April 10, 2017

For 17 years, Kate DiCamillo has written books for children – a fact brought home to her when a sales associate helping her with a recent computer purchase was thrilled to learn her customer wrote one of her favorite childhood books, The Tale of Despereaux.

For 17 years, Kate DiCamillo has written books for children – a fact brought home to her when a sales associate helping her with a recent computer purchase was thrilled to learn her customer wrote one of her favorite childhood books, The Tale of Despereaux.

“Now, there are adults who grew up reading my books. That’s just amazing to me,” DiCamillo said.

March 31, 2017

The 2017 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will be a milestone when it marks 50 years of celebrating children’s literature April 5-7 through the annual event held at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hundreds of librarians, teachers and devotees of the literary genre from across the country attend annually.

The 2017 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will be a milestone when it marks 50 years of celebrating children’s literature April 5-7 through the annual event held at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hundreds of librarians, teachers and devotees of the literary genre from across the country attend annually.

March 23, 2017

Mississippi State Sen. Willie Simmons will join other panelists Thursday, March 30 from 6-7:15 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg for the forum “Justice in the Mississippi State Penitentiary: Past Reflections, Present Challenges and Future Directions.” This free event will be in room 101 of the USM International Building, and the public is invited.

Mississippi State Sen. Willie Simmons will join other panelists Thursday, March 30 from 6-7:15 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg for the forum “Justice in the Mississippi State Penitentiary: Past Reflections, Present Challenges and Future Directions.” This free event will be in room 101 of the USM International Building, and the public is invited.

March 10, 2017

Award-winning author Carolyn Brown of Jackson, Miss. will discuss her new book, The Artist’s Sketch: A Biography of Painter Kate Freeman Clark, on Friday, March 24 at 5:30 pm at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. This event is part of “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial,” an event and lecture series celebrating Mississippi’s bicentennial, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi University Libraries’ Special Collections.

Award-winning author Carolyn Brown of Jackson, Miss. will discuss her new book, The Artist’s Sketch: A Biography of Painter Kate Freeman Clark, on Friday, March 24 at 5:30 pm at Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. This event is part of “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial,” an event and lecture series celebrating Mississippi’s bicentennial, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi University Libraries’ Special Collections.

February 20, 2017

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Professor Matthew Griffis’ research on the history of segregated public libraries in the South, a project funded with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, D.C. is now available online at http://aquila.usm.edu/rocoverview/.

University of Southern Mississippi Assistant Professor Matthew Griffis’ research on the history of segregated public libraries in the South, a project funded with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, D.C. is now available online at http://aquila.usm.edu/rocoverview/.

February 14, 2017

This year marks Mississippi’s bicentennial, and University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a series of events highlighting Mississippi’s 200-year history. The series kicks off with “Lost Bodies and Stolen History: Slavery and Memory in Mississippi,” a lecture by Southern Miss History Professor Dr. Max Grivno, set for Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery. Admission is free.

This year marks Mississippi’s bicentennial, and University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting a series of events highlighting Mississippi’s 200-year history. The series kicks off with “Lost Bodies and Stolen History: Slavery and Memory in Mississippi,” a lecture by Southern Miss History Professor Dr. Max Grivno, set for Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery. Admission is free.

February 13, 2017

Science Café on the Coast, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Library, will present “Wild Harvest: Foraging on the Gulf Coast” Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Science Café on the Coast, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Library, will present “Wild Harvest: Foraging on the Gulf Coast” Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

Presented by Myles Ray, Southern Miss anthropology graduate student, “Wild Harvest: Foraging on the Gulf Coast” will offer an informative discussion about the rich and diverse botanical life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

January 20, 2017

Sylvia Williams, left, a retired librarian who worked at public schools throughout Mississippi during her career, recently donated her collection of books, reference books and magazine and newspaper articles to the deGrummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi. Pictured with Williams are deGrummond Collection Curator Ellen Ruffin and Dawn Smith, assistant to the dean of University Libraries, discussing the contents of the donation which features African American literature, including a copy of a biography written by Williams of famed soprano Leontyne Price, a Laurel, Miss. native. Williams earned a master’s degree in educational media and instructional technology from USM in 1972. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)

Sylvia Williams, left, a retired librarian who worked at public schools throughout Mississippi during her career, recently donated her collection of books, reference books and magazine and newspaper articles to the deGrummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi.

January 17, 2017

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cook Library will 'In Memory of Light,' a photographic exhibit on display from Jan. 24 through March 10 in the Cook Library Art Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Cook Library will 'In Memory of Light,' a photographic exhibit on display from Jan. 24 through March 10 in the Cook Library Art Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus.

November 8, 2016

Faculty and staff members of The University of Southern Mississippi University Libraries were honored at the Mississippi Library Association (MLA) annual conference held in Vicksburg Oct. 18 – 21. 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.

Faculty and staff members of The University of Southern Mississippi University Libraries were honored at the Mississippi Library Association (MLA) annual conference held in Vicksburg Oct. 18 – 21. 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.

November 3, 2016

Science Café on the Coast, a collaboration among The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Library, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library and Hancock County Library System, will host “Oyster Aquaculture” Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Pass Christian Public Library.

Science Café on the Coast, a collaboration among The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Library, Harrison County Library System, Long Beach Public Library and Hancock County Library System, will host “Oyster Aquaculture” Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Pass Christian Public Library.

October 25, 2016

University Libraries’ de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi will continue its celebration of Curious George’s 75th birthday with Curious George Day at the Hattiesburg Zoo Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

University Libraries’ de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi will continue its celebration of Curious George’s 75th birthday with Curious George Day at the Hattiesburg Zoo Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Hattiesburg community is invited to join George and friends at the Hattiesburg Zoo for train rides and photos with George, storytelling, animal encounters and birthday cake. Kids will be treated to one free train ride, courtesy of the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival.

September 21, 2016

University Libraries will participate in Open Access events during the month of October in an effort to provide The University of Southern Miss academic and research community the opportunity to learn about the potential benefits of open access, particularly those related to open textbooks.

University Libraries will participate in Open Access events during the month of October in an effort to provide The University of Southern Miss academic and research community the opportunity to learn about the potential benefits of open access, particularly those related to open textbooks.

September 9, 2016

University Libraries is celebrating the 75th birthday of Curious George by challenging University of Southern Mississippi faculty, staff, students and the Hattiesburg community to walk 75 miles in eight weeks. “Go George Go!” will begin Sept. 15 and conclude Nov. 12 and is designed to encourage health and wellness while celebrating a children’s literature icon.

University Libraries is celebrating the 75th birthday of Curious George by challenging University of Southern Mississippi faculty, staff, students and the Hattiesburg community to walk 75 miles in eight weeks. “Go George Go!” will begin Sept. 15 and conclude Nov. 12 and is designed to encourage health and wellness while celebrating a children’s literature icon.

July 1, 2016

As the number of students taking online courses continues to grow, The University of Southern Mississippi has initiated steps to meet their academic needs with the establishment of a new Office of Online Learning.

As the number of students taking online courses continues to grow, The University of Southern Mississippi has initiated steps to meet their academic needs with the establishment of a new Office of Online Learning.

In the fall of 2014, approximately 600 students were enrolled in fully online degree programs at Southern Miss. This past semester enrollment eclipsed 1,200, and University officials anticipate the number will likely increase.

June 7, 2016

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.

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.