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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.

 

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.

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.

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). 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.
                         

 

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.

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).

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.