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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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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.

May 17, 2016

The extensive and important Evelyn Gandy Collection is now fully processed and available for research in University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi. This collection, spanning more than 100 years, contains valuable resources that cover a wide range of topics regarding the life of Edythe Evelyn Gandy and Martha Frances Gandy.

The extensive and important Evelyn Gandy Collection is now fully processed and available for research in University Libraries’ Special Collections at The University of Southern Mississippi. This collection, spanning more than 100 years, contains valuable resources that cover a wide range of topics regarding the life of Edythe Evelyn Gandy and Martha Frances Gandy.

The entire collection includes 127 various-size archival boxes of material comprised of manuscripts, scrapbooks, nearly 2,000 photographs, printed items, films, small artifacts and other memorabilia.

May 2, 2016

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Casey Malone Maugh Funderburk as Associate Provost for the Gulf Park Campus, effective May 10.  Maugh Funderburk’s appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the appointment of Dr. Casey Malone Maugh Funderburk as Associate Provost for the Gulf Park Campus, effective May 10.  Maugh Funderburk’s appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

April 18, 2016

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the selection of Kate Howard as the University’s Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions, effective June 27, 2016, following a national search. The appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

 

University of Southern Mississippi Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven R. Moser has announced the selection of Kate Howard as the University’s Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions, effective June 27, 2016, following a national search. The appointment is pending IHL Board approval.

March 22, 2016

The Coleen Salley Storytelling Session at the 2016 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will feature Tim Tingle, an Oklahoma Choctaw and award-winning author and storyteller. The free storytelling session will be held Wednesday, April 6 in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

The Coleen Salley Storytelling Session at the 2016 Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival will feature Tim Tingle, an Oklahoma Choctaw and award-winning author and storyteller. The free storytelling session will be held Wednesday, April 6 in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center Ballrooms on the Hattiesburg campus from 7:30-8:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

March 10, 2016

The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Libraries, in conjunction with its Office of the Provost, is hosting a workshop for all faculty members that will explain copyright basics and their application for open educational resources. The workshop, “Copyright Concerns and Open Educational Resources,” will be held Wednesday, March 23 at noon in room 123 of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s University Libraries, in conjunction with its Office of the Provost, is hosting a workshop for all faculty members that will explain copyright basics and their application for open educational resources. The workshop, “Copyright Concerns and Open Educational Resources,” will be held Wednesday, March 23 at noon in room 123 of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus.

March 9, 2016

Richard Peck, an award-winning author of books for middle grade students and young adults, recently made a gift of $100,000 in support of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival and de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.      

 

Richard Peck, an award-winning author of books for middle grade students and young adults, recently made a gift of $100,000 in support of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival and de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.      

February 29, 2016

The popular Science Café series at Cook Library on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will kick off Monday, Feb. 29 from 6-7 p.m. in room 123. The opening program is titled GLOBE (The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program). Sherry Herron with the USM Department of Biological Sciences will be the presenter.

The popular Science Café series at Cook Library on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will kick off Monday, Feb. 29 from 6-7 p.m. in room 123. The opening program is titled GLOBE (The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program). Sherry Herron with the USM Department of Biological Sciences will be the presenter.

February 9, 2016

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced the winners of the 30th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year, a new writer and new illustrator are celebrated.

The 2016 award ceremony will be held April 7 during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the USM Hattiesburg campus. The winners receive a gold medallion as well as an honorarium of $1,000.

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, has announced the winners of the 30th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year, a new writer and new illustrator are celebrated.

The 2016 award ceremony will be held April 7 during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the USM Hattiesburg campus. The winners receive a gold medallion as well as an honorarium of $1,000.

January 12, 2016

A graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is Mississippi’s new State Librarian.

Stephen Parks, who earned a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in the fall of 2013 from Southern Miss, took over the post Jan. 1. In this position he serves as director of the State Library, managing a staff that provides services to Mississippi’s Supreme Court, other state courts, state officials and the general public.

A graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is Mississippi’s new State Librarian.

Stephen Parks, who earned a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in the fall of 2013 from Southern Miss, took over the post Jan. 1. In this position he serves as director of the State Library, managing a staff that provides services to Mississippi’s Supreme Court, other state courts, state officials and the general public.