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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.

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May 22, 2019

As the summer travel season nears, a new exhibit at the Cook Library Lobby on The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Hattiesburg campus examines the history of the emergence of tourism along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and beyond.

“Scenic South: Tourism on the Gulf Coast” features items from USM’s Special Collections that include brochures, photos, postcards, hotel advertisements, seafood restaurant menus, among others, that show how the area’s recreation and vacation destination spots, including Biloxi, New Orleans and Mobile have grown over the decades as family favorites for travelers not just from the region, but across the country.

As the summer travel season nears, a new exhibit at the Cook Library Lobby on The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Hattiesburg campus examines the history of the emergence of tourism along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and beyond. 

May 2, 2019

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Award, and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is celebrating with a new exhibit in its Cook Library. To commemorate this legacy, the de Grummond Collection has many of the award-winning books on display, as well as original artwork and manuscripts of past winners that include Angela Johnson, Ashley Bryan, Nikki Grimes, E.B. Lewis, and John Steptoe.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Award, and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is celebrating with a new exhibit in its Cook Library. To commemorate this legacy, the de Grummond Collection has many of the award-winning books on display, as well as original artwork and manuscripts of past winners that include Angela Johnson, Ashley Bryan, Nikki Grimes, E.B. Lewis, and John Steptoe.

April 25, 2019

Two faculty members in University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) made presentations at the annual Society of Mississippi Archivists Conference April 24-26 in Starkville.

Professor Jennifer Brannock, curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana, and Lorraine Stuart, associate professor and head of Special Collections/Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives shared their education, research expertise and work experiences at the event, held at Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University.

Two faculty members in University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) made presentations at the annual Society of Mississippi Archivists Conference April 24-26 in Starkville.

Professor Jennifer Brannock, curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana, and Lorraine Stuart, associate professor and head of Special Collections/Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives shared their education, research expertise and work experiences at the event, held at Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University.

April 10, 2019

University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is hosting an exhibit opening to highlight exhibits curated by three Southern Miss students on April 17 from 4 - 5 p.m. in McCain Library and Archives, room 305.

Special Collections leads a program that provides students the opportunity to curate mini-exhibits featuring materials from the collections. Students learn how to select items for display, install the materials, write labels and exhibit text, and publicize the exhibit.

University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is hosting an exhibit opening to highlight exhibits curated by three Southern Miss students on April 17 from 4 - 5 p.m. in McCain Library and Archives, room 305.

Special Collections leads a program that provides students the opportunity to curate mini-exhibits featuring materials from the collections. Students learn how to select items for display, install the materials, write labels and exhibit text, and publicize the exhibit.

March 14, 2019

From California to New York, students from across the country are choosing The University of Southern Mississippi’s fully online Master of Library Science (MLIS) degree. Since 2002, Southern Miss has been offering the program online to meet the needs of students who cannot make it to campus.

 

From California to New York, students from across the country are choosing The University of Southern Mississippi’s fully online Master of Library Science (MLIS) degree. Since 2002, Southern Miss has been offering the program online to meet the needs of students who cannot make it to campus.

March 7, 2019

Science Café on the Coast will present “Earthquakes: There’s a Whole Lot of Shaking Going On” on Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library.

Dr. David Holt will discuss the New Madrid Seismic Zone that could affect eight states, including Mississippi. The New Madrid fault system has the potential to produce powerful earthquakes (6+ on the Richter scale) in addition to the minor quakes recorded yearly.

Science Café on the Coast will present “Earthquakes: There’s a Whole Lot of Shaking Going On” on Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library.

Dr. David Holt will discuss the New Madrid Seismic Zone that could affect eight states, including Mississippi. This fault system has the potential to produce powerful earthquakes (6-plus on the Richter scale), in addition to the minor quakes recorded yearly.

February 26, 2019

An exhibit featuring pieces from the papers of women from Mississippi involved in the National Organization for Women (NOW) during the 1980s, drawn from a collection held in the University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) McCain Library and Archives, is currently on display in the Cook Library lobby on the Hattiesburg campus.

An exhibit featuring pieces from the papers of women from Mississippi involved in the National Organization for Women (NOW) during the 1980s, drawn from a collection held in the University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) McCain Library and Archives, is currently on display in the Cook Library lobby on the Hattiesburg campus.

January 17, 2019

Sharing fascinating subject matter with a broader audience, while gaining valuable research and exhibit production skills, is central to the purpose of the Student Curator Program offered through University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). 

Sharing fascinating subject matter with a broader audience, while gaining valuable research and exhibit production skills, is central to the purpose of the Student Curator Program offered through University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM).  

January 14, 2019

Barely two years old, an innovative faculty development initiative at The University of Southern Mississippi has blossomed into a resounding success.

 

USM’s ACUE (Association of College and University Educators) Faculty Development Institute is an intensive, 10-week program featuring participants engaged in a subset of ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices, which focuses on research-based techniques for promoting active learning, improving assessment techniques, and designing effective courses.

Barely two years old, an innovative faculty development initiative at The University of Southern Mississippi has blossomed into a resounding success.

USM’s ACUE (Association of College and University Educators) Faculty Development Institute is an intensive, 10-week program featuring participants engaged in a subset of ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices, which focuses on research-based techniques for promoting active learning, improving assessment techniques, and designing effective courses.

January 8, 2019

Science Café on the Coast flies into its spring series with “Hurricane Hunters” on Monday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at Margaret S. Sherry Memorial Library in Biloxi.

Science Café on the Coast flies into its spring series with “Hurricane Hunters” on Monday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at Margaret S. Sherry Memorial Library in Biloxi.

Major Jonathon W. Brady, aerial reconnaissance weather officer with the United States Air Force’s 403rd wing of the Hurricane Hunters, will discuss details of being a hurricane hunter, including information about the aircraft, its weather monitoring equipment, and the role of hurricane hunters as they fly into storms.

August 27, 2018

Imagine a treasure trove of artifacts so vast that you could not accurately pinpoint the exact number of items on hand. Such is the cavernous amount of historical memorabilia stored in the Special Collections wing of The University of Southern Mississippi’s McCain Library & Archives.

 

From a hardcover copy of “Aesop’s Fables” printed in 1530, to an original manuscript of “A Wrinkle in Time,” to a campaign poster for then-presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, USM’s collection of historical material is uniquely special.

Imagine a treasure trove of artifacts so vast that you could not accurately pinpoint the exact number of items on hand. Such is the cavernous amount of historical memorabilia stored in the Special Collections wing of The University of Southern Mississippi’s McCain Library & Archives.

From a hardcover copy of “Aesop’s Fables” printed in 1530, to an original manuscript of “A Wrinkle in Time,” to a campaign poster for then-presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, USM’s collection of historical material is uniquely special.

June 5, 2018

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online bachelor’s degree in library science has garnered being ranked No. 2 in the nation by Best Colleges. Best Colleges uses statistical data to objectively assess programs based on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s online bachelor’s degree in library science has garnered being ranked No. 2 in the nation by Best Colleges. Best Colleges uses statistical data to objectively assess programs based on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.

The fully online program was recognized for academic quality, including high praise for the program’s retention and graduation rates as well as affordability.

May 21, 2018

State Librarian Stephen Parks of Jackson, Miss., a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, has been selected for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Award by the American Association of Law Libraries.

State Librarian Stephen Parks of Jackson, Miss., a University of Southern Mississippi alumnus, has been selected for the 2018 Emerging Leaders Award by the American Association of Law Libraries.

The national award is given annually to a law librarian with less than 10 years of AALL membership who has made a significant contribution to the Association and the profession and has shown outstanding promise for continuing service and leadership. Parks and two others will receive the award on July 17 during the AALL annual meeting in Baltimore.

March 27, 2018

Dr. Wayne Wiegand, distinguished historian of libraries and F. Williams Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University, will visit the Hattiesburg Public Library Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. to discuss the desegregation of public libraries in the South in his presentation “Open These Hallowed Doors: The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the American South.” This event is supported by the School of Library and Information Science and Friends of University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Wayne Wiegand, distinguished historian of libraries and F. Williams Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University, will visit the Hattiesburg Public Library Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. to discuss the desegregation of public libraries in the South in his presentation “Open These Hallowed Doors: The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the American South.” This event is supported by the School of Library and Information Science and Friends of University Libraries at The University of Southern Mississippi.

March 20, 2018

Science Café on the Coast, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Library, will present “The Secret Life of Zika Virus” Tuesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. at Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library, located at 312 U.S. 90 in Bay St. Louis.

Science Café on the Coast, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Library, will present “The Secret Life of Zika Virus” Tuesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. at Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library, located at 312 U.S. 90 in Bay St. Louis.

February 15, 2018

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, have announced the winners of the 32nd annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year a writer and an illustrator are recognized early in their careers for their outstanding work.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, have announced the winners of the 32nd annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year a writer and an illustrator are recognized early in their careers for their outstanding work.

February 14, 2018

Science Café on the Coast, hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Library, will present “Mississippi Sound Dolphins, Current Research: Concerns and Barriers” Tuesday, Feb. 20 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 Gulf Park Library, will present “Mississippi Sound Dolphins, Current Research: Concerns and Barriers” Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Library on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

November 30, 2017

University of Mississippi Blues Curator, Greg Johnson, will deliver a multimedia presentation on the history of music in Mississippi in the final event in the series, “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial,” Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Blu Jazz Café in downtown Hattiesburg. The series is presented by Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi.

University of Mississippi Blues Curator, Greg Johnson, will deliver a multimedia presentation on the history of music in Mississippi in the final event in the series, “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial,” Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Blu Jazz Café in downtown Hattiesburg. The series is presented by Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi.

November 16, 2017

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced that the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award has tripled the winners’ prizes to $3,000.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced that the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award has tripled the winners’ prizes to $3,000.

October 25, 2017

The various ways segregationists in Mississippi fought to silence the voices of civil rights activists will be the subject of a panel discussion, titled “Massive Resistance in Mississippi” Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
                         

 

The various ways segregationists in Mississippi fought to silence the voices of civil rights activists will be the subject of a panel discussion, titled “Massive Resistance in Mississippi” Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.