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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.

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.

October 4, 2017

In a special series of events titled, “A Celebration of Southern Photography,” The University of Southern Mississippi will host a lecture by renowned Southern studies expert Dr. William R. Ferris, as well as two exhibitions on campus and a special issue of The Southern Quarterly.

In a special series of events titled, “A Celebration of Southern Photography,” The University of Southern Mississippi will host a lecture by renowned Southern studies expert Dr. William R. Ferris, as well as two exhibitions on campus and a special issue of The Southern Quarterly.

October 3, 2017

A remarkable donation to a culinary research project at the University of Southern Mississippi has been made in honor of a 1920 alumna of the school.

Anderson Orr, a resident of Norfolk, Va. and native of Carthage, Miss. recently gave more than 2,500 cookbooks he has collected to the McCain Library and Archives at USM. The donation is a tribute to his mother, the late Lessie Katherine Amsler of Leakesville, Miss., who graduated from Southern Miss when it was known as Mississippi Normal College (MNC).

A remarkable donation to a culinary research project at the University of Southern Mississippi has been made in honor of a 1920 alumna of the school.

Anderson Orr, a resident of Norfolk, Va. and native of Carthage, Miss. recently gave more than 2,500 cookbooks he has collected to the McCain Library and Archives at USM. The donation is a tribute to his mother, the late Lessie Katherine Amsler of Leakesville, Miss., who graduated from Southern Miss when it was known as Mississippi Normal College (MNC).

September 1, 2017

University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is concluding its celebration of Mississippi’s Bicentennial with three lectures during the fall semester.

Dr. Joseph Weinberg, assistant professor of political science at The University of Southern Mississippi, will present Cotton, Catfish and Cochran: Mississippi’s Place in U.S. Agricultural Policy, a lecture focused on Mississippi’s agricultural policy Thursday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in the university’s Cook Library Art Gallery on the Hattiesburg campus. Dr. Weinberg’s talk is the first of University Libraries fall series “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial.”

University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi is concluding its celebration of Mississippi’s Bicentennial with three lectures during the fall semester.

June 29, 2017

Margaret McMullan, a Mississippi native and author of seven award-winning novels, will present “Mississippi as Landscape” Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Library of Hattiesburg. This event is presented by University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi as part of a year-long series of lectures and events celebrating Mississippi’s bicentennial.

Margaret McMullan, a Mississippi native and author of seven award-winning novels, will present “Mississippi as Landscape” Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Library of Hattiesburg. This event is presented by University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi as part of a year-long series of lectures and events celebrating Mississippi’s bicentennial.

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.