- News 2008http://library.msstate.edu/content/?z=394New Library Department Provides Digitization Services MSU Libraries continues to grow and expand services to provide for the needs of the campus and community.

Earlier this year the Libraries announced the creation of the Digital Preservation and Access Unit (DPAU), a new department that will focus on the digitization and maintenance of the Libraries' various collections while also working with individuals across campus to fill requests for various digitizing projects.

Randall McMillen, Coordinator for the DPAU, says that the department works primarily with the Libraries' Charles Templeton Ragtime Sheet Music Collection, a collection of almost 22,000 pieces of sheet music including popular tunes dating as far back as 1865.

"We are right at 6,000 pieces into the Collection," says McMillen, "inventorying and scanning the pieces along with the University Archives to see exactly how many unique titles exist."

In addition to the Templeton Collection, the DPAU works with the Library's collections on civil rights, the G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery G.I. Bill, and various other Congressional and Political Research Center collections. Additionally, McMillen and his department are electronically archiving numerous agricultural photographs and documents found withing the Consortium for the History of Agricultural & Rural Mississippi (CHARM) Collection.

"Having one centrally-located department for all digitization project," says McMillen, "will be a great benefit to both the Libraries and to the various MSU departments who utilize our services."

We are also excited to be partnering with the College of Forest Resources to provide access to images of select items from some of the department's tool collections, specifically the Cully A. Cobb Tool Collection. Providing this type of access to these unique collections will make them more widely known to the general public.

Previously, any faculty, staff, or student's request for a digitized copy of any piece from the Libraries' collections would be processed in each individual department. With the creation of the DPAU, these requests will be processed more quickly and more efficiently than ever before.

For more information on the Libraries' Digital Preservation and Access Unit or to see some of the primary resources digitized, please contact Randall McMillen at 662-325-8398, or visit MSU Libraries' website at http://library.msstate.edu/digitalcollections/index.asp.


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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1686Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Web Services Revamps Popular 'Just For You' Library Web Pages The Library's Web Services Department, with the help of Library faculty and staff, has revamped several of our "Just For You" pages.

These pages provide undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, distance learners, and users with disabilities with one-stop shopping for not only commonly-used resources like the Online Catalog, but also little-known workshops, tutorials, and other resources.

The Just For Undergraduates page has expanded to include links to the Library's Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, and Google Video accounts, undergraduate and research opportunities, helpful websites, search tips, definitions of common Library terms, and a suggestion box.

Just For Graduate Students contains links divided into five themes: Library Services, Theses & Dissertations, Research, Other Campus Resources, and Information for Teaching Assistants.

Just For Faculty also uses categories to help busy faculty find what they need, let MSU faculty know what services we provide for them, help them contact their liaisons and suggest books for purchase, and enhance their classes using the Library's online resources.

The overhaul of Just For Distance Learners began as an initiative of the Library's Distance Learning Task Force. The goal of the page is to help distance learners feel included and to make sure they know that they have the same access to the Library's resources as do on-campus students.

The page includes links to Library resources, guides and tutorials, ways to "help yourself," other campus resources, and resources for faculty teaching distance learners.

The redesigned Just For Users with Disabilities page clarifies and categorizes the existing content while adding updated information about accessibility, Library services, and adaptive equipment.

The page also includes links to other places on campus and off that users with disabilities may find useful.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1685Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT
New Online Request Form Available for Electronic Reserve Are you looking for a way to provide your students with access to your class notes, homework, old tests, or articles 24 hours a day via the web?

Electronic Reserve provides students with access to articles, class notes, homework assignments, syllabi, etc. 24 hours a day via the web. Students are able to access these materials through the Library's online catalog.

Materials are password protected to ensure only MSU faculty, staff and students are able to view the files. Full-text articles may also be placed on electronic reserve. This provides students one location to retrieve materials instead of searching the databases.

Teaching faculty/instructors wanting to use the services should complete the reserve request and send the desired materials to the Access Services Desk at the Library. The Reserve staff members catalog and scan the materials into electronic format. The current electronic formats beign used are Adobe Acrobat PDF.

Once created, students are able to search through the online catalog by the instructor's name, retrieve a reserve hit list, select the desired material and print to a local printer or read online. In most cases, the material can be online within 48 hours upon receipt of materials.

While Electronic Reserve has become increasingly popular, we can still provide paper copies as well as house books (personal as well as Library), binders, videocassette tapes, CDs and more.

All materials placed in the Reserve Collection must fall within the guidelines as stipulated in the Copyright Law. Assistance is available for determining if materials fall within the guidelines and obtaining permission if not.

Students have appreciated being able to access reserve material 24 hours a day and from any computer--whether they are in the Library, on campus or at home.

If you are currently using MyCourses for your courses, you may link to your Electronic Reserve by adding this URL to your course.

The only thing you need to change is searchdata1=lastname, + firstname.

http://catalog.library.msstate.eu/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/x/0/0/57/79?user_id=MSU-INWEB&password=2058&RSV_INSTRUCTOR=x&desk=ALL&searchdata1=lastname,+firstname

A new online form has been created for your convenience! You may fill out reserve requests online - http://library.msstate.edu/accessservices/reserveform.asp.

For more information, go to http://library.msstate.edu/accessservices/reserve.asp or call Lee Dempsey (662) 325-8706 or Summer Mord (662) 325-7664.

The Access Services Reserve Room staff is eager to work with you. We will be glad to answer any questions that you have regarding traditional or electronic reserves.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1684Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Instructional Media Center Breaks Several Records Michael Phelps is not the only one setting records this year! The Instructional Media Center (IMC) plans to have another record-setting year after shattering usage records in the IMC Multimedia Lab and instruction records during the FY 2008.

More than 13,200 patrons used the IMC Multimedia Lab from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008, according to IMC Coordinator Pattye Archer. The lab features 27 computers with the latest software in web development, desktop publishing, formatting, music composition, video and audio capture and editing, and more.

"Our lab has great equipment, the latest software and affordable printing," Archer said, "but what makes the IMC Multimedia Lab truly unique is the assistance a patron can receive. The lab, which is open approximately 90 hours a week, is staffed with professionals and student assistants who are trained to help patrons who run into trouble while working on projects.

"You can come in and simply use the computers and software, or if you need help we will be here for you," she added.

Archer said the assistance in the lab is meant to be minimal--answering questions when a patron becomes stumped. For those patrons who need intensive training on a piece of software, Archer said workshops and one-on-one consultations are available.

"In addition to the records we broke in the lab last fiscal year, we also broke records for the number of instruction sessions offered," Archer said.

"The IMC taught over 220 workshops--some we scheduled and were open to anyone affiliated with MSU, and others were booked by professors for their classes, department heads for their staff, or research groups.

"We offer workshops on the Adobe Creative Suites as well as Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point and Publisher. We can customize a workshop specific to your needs--which makes the service very useful for professors and office staffs alike," she added.

Archer said more than 2,000 patrons attended the workshops led by the IMC staff--and all are taught at no cost to the patron.

"Instruction is a service the Library offers to the MSU community," she said.

"We want our faculty, staff and students to take advantage of the services we offer--especially as it helps them in their academic pursuits."

In addition to the lab and instruction sessions, the IMC checks out videos, DVDs, music CDs, laptops, cameras, digital camcorders, projectors and more.

To find our more about the IMC and the services offered, visit the website at http://library.msstate.edu/imc or just stop by. The IMC is located on the second floor of Mitchell Memorial Library, next to Access Services and Einstein Bros. Bagels.


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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1683Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT
New Interface for EBSCO The MSU Libraries provide access to over 200 research databaess covering all academic disciplines. Our largest single provider of databases, EBSCO, unveiled in July its EBSCOHost 2.0 interface, providing greater flexibility in searching of the 63 databases EBSCO provides from this platform.

The "faceted" results page provides users with many ways to zero in on the most relevant results. By creating an EBSCOHost profile, users can customize the display and share results with others.

Other enhancements include convenient article previews and more visible persistent links to searches and individual articles. It is also easier than ever to set up an alert to be notified by email or RSS whenever new articles about a topic are added to a database.

The importance of these databases can be seen in usage statistics. In 2007, there were over 750,000 search sessions in EBSCO databases.

Over 150,000 of these sessions were in the Academic Search Complete database, which is funded by the state legislature through the Missisippi Alliance for Gaining New Opportunities Through Library Information Access (MAGNOLIA).

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1682Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Janet Ames Receives Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award Janet Ames, Library Associate in MSU's Mitchell Memorial Library, is the winner of the 2008 Zacharias Award in the Technical/Paraprofessional category.

She has been employed in the Library's Cataloging Department for 42 years, and was originally interviewed by Library Director Dr. George Lewis in 1966.

One of the questions he asked Janet was if she could work for 3-4 years in the Library. Janet replied "Yes, probably," which turned out to be quite an understatement!

Since beginning her work in the Cataloging Department, Janet has seen many changes, particularly in technology. While her early work involved typing cards for the Library's card catalog, Janet saw the technology change in the mid-1970s with the introduction of computers and online catalogs.

She has successfully adapted to all of the changes in the cataloging profession and consistently serves as a positive role model to others, always happy to share her expertise.

Fortunately for the Library, Janet has no plans to retire in the near future.

Janet has been married to James "Dutch" Ames since 1962 and has two children, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1681Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Annual Ragtime Festival set for March 27-28, 2009 The rambunctious melodies of Ragtime returned to Starkville and MSU Libraries on March 27th and 28th, 2009.

The 3rd Annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival featured performances--both intimately in the Libraries' John Grisham Room and in concert in historic Lee Hall--by four internationally-known pianists; trous of the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum; after-hours events; and more!

Check the Festival website at http://library.msstate.edu/ragtime/festival/index.html for more information, or call Lyle Tate at 662-325-2559.


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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1680Sat, 28 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT
Matthes Returns to Libraries as Interim Associate Dean MSU Libraries welcomes Patricia (Pat) Matthes as Interim Associate Dean for Technical Services. A University of Alabama graduate, Ms. Matthes has served in the Mississippi IHL System for over thirty-eight years.

Prior to accepting this position, Ms. Matthes was a Serials Librarian in the Technical Services Department of MSU Libraries for ten years and retired as Director of the Library and Professor Emeritus from MUW in 2004. Prior to accepting the position as Interime Associate Dean for the MSU Libraries' Technical Services Department, Ms. Matthes served as Special Projects Librarian for the First Regional Library System of thirteen public Libraries in North Mississippi.

Working with MSU and MUW Libraries' cooperative outreach programs and with other such programs in several Mississippi Libraries are among the highlights of Pat's career. She worked with the late Senator Grey Ferris, Dean Frances Coleman, and other librarians from around the state in establishing MAGNOLIA, the statewide database cooperative funded by the Missisippi Legislature.

Ms. Matthes was also involved in the establishment of the Golden Triangle Regional Library Consortium which began in 1993 with a goal of sharing resources, databases, and technical expertise between the MSU and MUW Libraries. This Consortium has since expanded to include the Oktibbeha and Tombigbee Public Library Systems as well as Starkville High School and Armstrong Middle School.

Serving the MSU Libraries community and continuing cooperative projects with other librarians around the state and region are goals Ms. Matthes has as she works with Library faculty and staff at the MSU Libraries in her role as Interim Associate Dean for Technical Services.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1678Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT
American Archives Month Exhibithttp://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1672Thu, 02 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMTMSU seeks additions to faculty author collections http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1659Fri, 22 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMTEighth Annual MidSouth E-Resource Symposium a Full House! On Friday, August 8, 2008, Mitchell Memorial Library on the campus of Mississippi State University hosted librarians and library staff members from eight states across the Southeast for its 8th Annual MidSouth E-Resource Symposium, formerly known as the NASIG E-Resource Workshop.

Jane Burke, Vice President and General Manager of Serials Solutions, was keynote speaker for this year's Symposium, themed "Play Your Cards Right!" Burke's presentation, “The OPAC is Dead: Managing the Virtual Library," discussed some controversial ideas, including putting an end to serial check-in and bibliographic instruction. She fired up the audience as she talked about trends in access and management of library e-resources.

Dan Tonkery, Vice President of Business Development, EBSCO Information Services, shared his 40 years' experience in the information field with his presentation “Publishers, Agents, Users and Libraries: Coming of Age in the E-World.”

Maria Collins, Associate Head of Acquisitions, North Carolina State University Libraries, returned to her old stomping grounds at MSU and presented “Evolving Serials Workflows: Knowing When to Hold ‘em, When to Fold ‘em.” She carried the audience through four phases of e-resources workflow, enhancing her presentation with pictures of her children.

Emily Alford, Reference & Technology Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries, gave an exciting visual presentation, “Promoting & Marketing E-Resources.” Emily made available samples of marketing aids – bookmarks, magnets, pencils, etc. – after her talk.

For more information about Mississippi State University Libraries’ 8th Annual MidSouth E-Resource Symposium, please visit the website at: http://library.msstate.edu/eresource/index.asp where podcasts and PowerPoint slides of the presentations will soon be available.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1658Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Voter Registration Information On Tuesday, November 4, registered voters around the country went to the polls to vote in their local, state, and federal elections.  Here in Mississippi, voters had the unique opportunity to vote for two United States Senators in the same year.  More importantly, voters all over the country had the opportunity to choose who would be the next President of the United States.  Of course, this was only possible if you had first registered to vote.

The Government Documents, Microforms, and Current Journals Department created a display where patrons could find answers to the following questions:

  • How can I register to vote?
  • Can I register here in Mississippi?
  • How can I submit an absentee ballot if I am registered somewhere else?
  • What form of ID do I need to bring with me to vote in November?

Voters found the answers to these questions, and much more, by checking out the display in the Government Documents, Microforms, and Current Journals Department.  Also available were voter registration forms for the State of Mississippi. 

You can check out the following websites to learn more.

Registering to Vote Out-of-State
http://www.eac.gov/voter/Register to Vote

Registering to Vote in Mississippi
http://www.sos.state.ms.us/elections/VoterRegistration/UpdatedVoterReg.pdf

Election 2008 Research Guide
http://library.msstate.edu/research/researchguides/Election2008.asp

A Voter’s Guide to Election Day
http://www.eac.gov/voter/docs/votersguideelectionday.pdf/attachment_download/file

Mississippi Secretary of State
http://www.sos.state.ms.us/elections/elections.asp

Election Assistance Commission
http://www.eac.gov/index_html1

National Association of Secretaries of State
http://www.canivote.org

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1656Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Library Instructional Services WorkshopsThe Library Instructional Services department offers a number of workshop series for the MSU community. All workshops are free to any member of the MSU community. To register (required for all sessions except the How to Use Your Library workshops), visit the library’s calendar of events.

New to the MSU campus? Want to learn more about what resources you can connect to remotely? The How to Use Your Library workshops cover the basics of finding books and journals in the Mississippi State University Libraries. These workshops are open, taught in the ELI electronic classroom (first floor of the Mitchell Memorial Library) to the public and do not require prior registration.

The Survival Skills for Graduate Workshops offer 12 sessions on such diverse topics as starting and finishing your thesis or dissertation, writing a literature review, conducting ethical research or developing your curriculum vitae. While specifically targeted toward graduate students, any member of the MSU community is welcome to attend! Prior registration is strongly encouraged.

The Practical Professor workshop series provides sessions designed to meet some of the needs of the MSU research community. Topics include copyright, tracking the impact of your research, and setting up alerts to save valuable research time. New this semester is a workshop on using Zotero, the free extension in the browser Mozilla FireFox. Zotero is a citation management program that allows you to harvest bibliographic data from the web.

Finally, the Databasics workshop series includes two timely topics: exploring digital archives and using Google Scholar (and other Google applications) in your scholarship.

For additional information about these and other library instruction workshops, please call (662) 325-0810.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1654Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Updated Just For You Pages The Library’s Web Services Department, with the help of Library faculty and staff, has revamped several of our “Just For You” pages. These pages provide undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, distance learners, and users with disabilities with one-stop shopping for not only commonly-used resources like the Online Catalog, but also little-known workshops, tutorials, and resources.

The Just For Undergraduates page has expanded to include links to the Library’s Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr, and Google Video accounts, undergraduate research opportunities, helpful websites, search tips, definitions of common library terms, and a suggestion box.

Just For Graduate Students contains links divided into five themes: Library Services, Theses & Dissertations, Research, Other Campus Resources, and Information for Teaching Assistants.

Just For Faculty also uses categories to help busy faculty find what they need, let MSU faculty know what services we provide to them, help them contact their liaisons and suggest books for purchase, and enhance their classes using the Library’s online resources.

The goal of the Just For Distance Learners page is to help distance learners feel included and to make sure they know that they have the same access to the Library’s resources as do on-campus students. The page includes links to library resources, guides and tutorials, ways to “help yourself,” other campus resources, and resources for faculty teaching distance learners.

The redesigned Just For Users with Disabilities page clarifies and categorizes the existing content while adding updated information about accessibility, library services, and adaptive equipment. The page also includes links to other places on campus and off that users with disabilities may find useful.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1653Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Integrate the Library Into Your Browser Toolbar A new browser extension called LibX has been implemented by the MSU Libraries to integrate library online resources into the functionality of your browser. The toolbar adds a search box similar to the Google search box to your browser that allows you to search the online catalog, the library website, digital collections, e-journals and more.

The LibX extension for Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, developed by Virginia Tech and adapted for Mississippi State University Libraries by Stephen Cunetto, allows users to access Library resources from anywhere on the Web. Searching from the toolbar opens the search results in a new tab or window. This means that you can search Library resources while doing anything else on the Web, right from your browser, without actually visiting the Library’s website first.

LibX functionality extends past the toolbar. On any web page, highlight any text and right-click to search the Online Catalog or Google Scholar. Additionally, LibX embeds cues in sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Clicking on these cues searches the Library catalog via WorldCat for a book’s ISBN.

To install the extension, visit the Library's Downloads page at http://library.msstate.edu/downloads.asp.

Watch the Library’s website for upcoming workshops and tutorials about this exciting new tool!

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1652Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Welcome Back! Welcome to Mississippi State University Libraries! Whether you're a new-to-campus freshman, a community college transfer, a graduating senior, or a graduate student, MSU Libraries is THE PLACE for you with the research tools to help you along your way to success.

With almost 100 staff and faculty members and many more student assistants, MSU Libraries is THE PLACE to find someone to help you with that public speaking project, that PowerPoint presentation, or that online research assignment. We're accessible and available for one-on-one software tutorials, for face-to-face consultations, for assistance in searching for the books and journal articles you need, for finding that hard-to-locate book at another library, for a quick snack on your way to class, for that quiet study space for your group to meet, and for so much more.

Come visit with us 7 days a week and check us out online here at our website, on Facebook, on Flickr, and even on YouTube.

Need help with a research assignment? You can access a reference librarian anytime by visiting our Ask-a-Librarian service: http://library.msstate.edu/ask-a-librarian/ask.html

Wanna check out some DVDs, a laptop, a digital camera, and more? Find it all in our Instructional Media Center: http://library.msstate.edu/imc/index.asp

MSU Libraries is THE PLACE for you. Find us online, give us a call, or come see us and let us know how we can help you today.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1651Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT
The MSU Libraries are Moving...on Facebook!The MSU Libraries now have a Fan Page on Facebook. Through the Fan Page we can take advantage of new applications offered that pull in dynamic info about news, workshops and events in the library. We've also got up-to-date releases on new books arriving in the library, as well as new content like blogs, videos and podcasts. The MSU Libraries are committed to taking advantage of new and emerging technologies to provide excellent service to you, where you are and when you need us.

Come and see what the Libraries are up to by visiting our Fan Page--no need to be a member of Facebook!

Those MSU Community members who were already on the Libraries' Facebook Group have automatically been migrated over to the Fan Page. The change should appear automatically on individual Facebook profiles. If not, follow the link above and join us!

Please contact Amanda Clay Powers at apowers@library.msstate.edu if you have any questions or suggestions.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1650Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT
8th Annual MidSouth E-Resource Symposiumhttp://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1640Thu, 26 Jun 2008 00:00:00 GMTCONTENTdm Southeastern Users Group MeetingThe Mississippi State University Libraries hosted the first annual CONTENTdm Southeastern Users Group Meeting . CONTENTdm is promoted as “the most powerful and flexible digital collection management package on the market …used by libraries, universities, government agencies, museums, corporations, historical societies, and a host of other organizations to support hundreds of diverse digital collections.”

OCLC, owner of CONTENTdm and the official sponsor of the three day event, sponsored only four such groups nationwide, offering financial support and providing pre-conference training for new users. The event attracted digital librarians, collection managers, developers and technicians from across the South East.

The Meeting was held in the Mitchell Memorial Library, Thursday, July 31- Friday, August 1. Pre-conference training sessions were held Wednesday, July 30.

For more information on ContentDM visit- http://www.contentdm.com/

See how Mississippi State University Libraries is maximizing the power of ContentDM to provide access to its digital collections- http://library.msstate.edu/digitalcollections/index.asp.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1629Fri, 01 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Regional Genealogical Fair 2008 - June 21sthttp://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1628Fri, 06 Jun 2008 00:00:00 GMTNew Library department provides digitization servicesThe Mississippi State University Libraries continue to grow and expand services to provide for the needs of the campus and community. This month, the Libraries announced the creation of the Digital Preservation and Access Unit (DPAU), a new Library department that will focus on the digitization and maintenance of the Libraries’ various collections while also working with individuals across campus to fill requests for various digitizing projects.

Randall McMillen, Coordinator for the DPAU, said that the department works primarily with the Libraries’ Charles Templeton Ragtime Sheet Music Collection, a collection of almost 22,000 pieces of sheet music including popular tunes dating as far back as 1865. "We are right at 6,000 pieces into the Collection," says McMillen, "inventorying and scanning the pieces along with the University Archives to see exactly how many unique titles exist." In addition to the Templeton Collection, McMillen and his six student assistants worked with the Library’s various Congressional and Political Research Center collections and the Consortium for the History of Agricultural & Rural Mississippi (CHARM) Collection, maintaining photographs and documents and creating online digital access for each.

"Having one centrally-located department for all digitization projects," said McMillen, "will be a great benefit to both the Library and to the various MSU departments who utilize our services." Previously, any faculty, staff, or student’s request for a digitized copy of any piece from the Library’s Collections would be processed in each individual department. With the creation of the DPAU, these requests will be processed more quickly and more efficiently than ever before.

For more information on the Libraries’ Digital Preservation and Access Unit, please visit MSU Libraries’ website at http://library.msstate.edu/digitalprojects/index.asp.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1623Thu, 29 May 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Mississippi Library 2.0 Summit To Take Place: June 20, 2008http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1621Thu, 15 May 2008 00:00:00 GMTMSU Libraries Host an Exhibit on the Mississippi River Flood of 1927“A River Unleashed: The 1927 Mississippi River Flood,” an exhibit documenting a catastrophic chapter in American history, was displayed on the third floor of MSU Libraries from May 08 through June 13, 2008.

Through its detailed maps and powerful photographs, the exhibit told the story of one of the nation’s greatest natural disasters, the 1927 flood of the Mississippi River. Devastating the Mississippi River valley, floodwaters inundated over 26,000 square miles of land in seven states. The flood displaced over 700,000, killed hundreds, and forced thousands to rely on relief provided by agencies such as the Red Cross. Unfortunately, the quality and quantity of the aid were often determined along racial lines. Out of the chaos would come the federal government’s first comprehensive flood control plan for the lower Mississippi River region.

Featuring fifteen free-standing panels, the exhibit was produced by the Museum of Mississippi History, a Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. For more information about this exhibit and other events at MSU Libraries, contact Lyle Tate at 662-325-2559.

Photo by the late Limerick McRae, 1927
North Washington Street
Vicksburg, MS
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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1619Thu, 08 May 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Aerospace engineering major wins inaugural Digital Video Contest

The Mississippi State University Libraries was recently voted the best place to study, to nap and to be a student worker by the

students of MSU. Daniel Smith touched on two of the three in his winning video for the MSU Libraries’ Digital Video Contest.

The aerospace engineering sophomore, who entered and won the contest with a video featuring a student who comes to the library to study but ends up falling asleep, won a Canon 7.1 Megapixel camera for his efforts.

The MSU Libraries’ Digital Video Contest, which featured the theme “Once upon a Time at the MSU Libraries,” required participants to create a video of not more than five minutes and upload it to the Libraries’ YouTube group.

Smith is no stranger to making videos for competition. He created his YouTube account about two years ago in order to enter a similar contest; however, he confesses that the prizes are not the only draw to the contests.

“I just enjoy a challenge when it comes to making videos, so it gave me something to do.  And I felt that I could be successful,” the student said.

Windows Movie Maker, a program available on most PCs, was used to create the winning entry; however, Smith would like to learn a more professional editing program like Avid Xpress Pro, which is now available in the Instructional Media Center.

“I thought the library was just a place to study, not to do what I like when it comes to video editing, but I was wrong.  I still want to try out the Avid software and learn how to use it like a ‘professional,’” said Smith.

When it comes to using YouTube for entertainment purposes, Smith says that he usually spends up to an hour a week watching videos. Many of his videos are inspired by his friends, and when he needs ideas, he turns to YouTube.

Even though he only uploads his videos to share with his friends, he says that occasional positive feedback from the YouTube community is a plus.

Smith’s winning entry was selected by a panel of judges. You can get involved next year when the MSU Libraries hosts the second annual Digital Video Contest during the Fall 2008 semester. Watch for details at the Library, on the Library’s Facebook group page and around campus.

Daniel Smith (second from left) is named the winner of the Mississippi State University Libraries' Digital Video Contest. Congratulating Smith on his accomplishment are Stephen Cunneto (from left), Administrator of Systems, Thomas La Foe, Instructional Technology Specialist, and Harry LLull, Associate Dean for Public Services
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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1618Thu, 01 May 2008 00:00:00 GMT
MSU Libraries host Mississippi author for dessert theatreMississippi author Howard Bahr and Starkville bluegrass band Nash Street were the MSU Libraries' special guests for a "sweet" evening of literature, music and fellowship.

On Tuesday, April 29th, the Mississippi State University Libraries hosted an evening honoring the Cotton District Literary Festival Poetry Contest Award winners and featuring author Howard Bahr as he discussed his novels of the South. Beginning the evening was an acoustic set with nationally known – and Starkville’s own – Nash Street.

Howard Bahr, born in Meridian, MS, realized at an early age his interest in the Civil War and the Old South by listening to tales by his grandfather. A four-year US Navy veteran, Bahr graduated from the University of Mississippi with both bachelors and master’s degrees in English. During his years in Oxford, Bahr also worked as curator of Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s homestead and museum. Bahr’s first novel, The Black Flower, published in 1998, received great acclaim and was nominated for multiple awards, including The Book-of-the-Month Club’s Stephen Crane Award, Gettysburg College’s Lincoln Prize, the LSU Michael Shaara Award for Civil War First Fiction, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Sue Kaufman First Fiction Award.

Dr. Noel Polk of MSU's English department and of Mississippi Quarterly presented awards, sponsored by Mississippi Quarterly, to local high school students in honor and recognition of the students' outstanding original works of poetry submitted to the yearly contest during the Cotton District Literary Festival.

The evening's events, held in the MSU Libraries’ John Grisham Room, began at 6.00pm and featured desserts by MSU Chef David French.

For more information, please contact Lyle Tate at 662-325-2559.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1617Thu, 24 Apr 2008 00:00:00 GMT
News 2008]]>http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1612National Library Week at MSU Libraries, April 13 - 19, 2008http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1611Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:00:00 GMTHope Carr Watercolors: MSU Architecture and Campus HistoryMississippi State University Libraries presented "Hope Carr Watercolors: MSU Architecture and Campus History." Mississippi artist Hope Carr's paintings were on display from March 13 through April 11th in Mitchell Memorial Library's Special Collections Department, and many were for sale. For more information on Carr and her paintings, please contact Lyle Tate at 662-325-2559.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1602Fri, 11 Apr 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Survival Skills for Graduate Students Podcasts Available!Missed one of our Survival Skills for Graduate Students workshops this semester?  No problem!  We now have podcasts for most of the workshops offered in the 2007/2008 academic year available on the Survival Skills website: podcast http://library.msstate.edu/li/ssfgs/.

The Survival Skills for Graduate Students workshops are offered each year through the Library Instructional Services Program at the MSU Libraries.  These workshops are designed to address some of the unique research and information needs of graduate students.  Topics range from developing a literature review for a thesis or dissertation to developing a curriculum vitae for that all important job search.

In addition to the podcasts, you’ll find the latest PowerPoint slides, session handouts, and other guides and bibliographies used during the workshops.  The workshops are offered each semester---to see the next session available, check out the library’s calendar of events.  But if you can’t make one of the face-to-face workshops, the next best thing is the Survival Skills Workshop podcasts---download one today!

For additional information about the Survival Skills for Graduate Students workshop series, please contact Dr. Deborah Lee at (662) 325-0810 or dlee@library.msstate.edu.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1599Thu, 06 Mar 2008 00:00:00 GMT
MegaResource School Librarian Workshop Number 8 a Great Success!

The eighth MegaResource School Librarian Workshop was held on Friday, February 22 at the Mississippi State University Libraries. Over sixty-five school library media specialists and librarians from throughout the state of Mississippi attended the day-long event.

The MegaResource School Librarian Workshop series is designed to provide information literacy and technology training to the K-12 librarian community in Mississippi. This year’s workshop provided a mix of sessions on topics of relevance to school librarians. Sheila Snow-Croft, from the National Library of Medicine, provided an introduction to the resources available through NLM and suggestions for their incorporation into the curriculum. Pattye Archer, Thomas La Foe and Stephanie Helfin provided hands-on training sessions using common Microsoft Office software and its applications to the K-12 library. Amanda Powers provided an overview on the use of Web 2.0 technologies in the K-12 library. Ginger Williams lead the session “Grants 101 for Educators,” filled with strategies and tips on successful grantsmanship. Brad Brazzeal taught a session on copyright basics and Beth Downey lead a MAGNOLIA database refresher session. Stephen Cunetto and Harry LLull also provided updated information on the state-wide MAGNOLIA project and newly added databases.

The MegaResource School Librarian Workshop is now an annual event, typically offered in February of each year by the Mississippi State University Libraries. For additional information about the workshop series, please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Deborah Lee at (662) 325-0810 or dlee@library.msstate.edu.

Photograph: Pattye Archer of the Instructional Media Center leads the session “Publisher for Librarians.” Photograph by Jim Tomlinson

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1596Mon, 03 Mar 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Find Tax Forms at the Library!During tax season, you can find the tax forms you need at Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library.

Just go to the Government Documents, Microforms, and Current Journals Area on the second floor of the Library. Signs will direct you to a display that contains both Mississippi and federal tax forms for your convenience.

You can also access tax forms online. For Mississippi tax forms, go to www.mstc.state.ms.us/. For federal tax forms, visit www.irs.ustreas.gov/.

Please be aware that Library personnel cannot provide tax advice. You will need to contact a tax professional for assistance.

For more information about the Library’s tax forms, contact LaDonne Delgado at (662) 325-7660 or at ldelgado@library.msstate.edu.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1592Mon, 28 Jan 2008 00:00:00 GMT
New 'peoples' history of MSU now hitting bookstandsMike Ballard has closed the book on Mississippi State's more than six score years of institutional history. Now, it's the readers' turn to open it up.

"Maroon and White, Mississippi State University, 1878-2003" is the much-published author's latest work. Named for the school's colors, the 402-page successor to John K. Bettersworth's "The People's University" is being released by the University Press of Mississippi.

Ballard is the land-grant institution's archivist and coordinator of the Congressional and Political Research Center in Mitchell Memorial Library. He also is the author of a string of Civil War-related histories, including "Pemberton: The General Who Lost Vicksburg" and "Civil War Mississippi: A Guide."

"Maroon and White" tells the university's story from the beginning, adds some new material and extends the history to cover the periods from 1978-2003.

In 1978, Bettersworth, then Mississippi State's vice president emeritus of academic affairs, produced "People's University" as part of the university's centennial year celebration. It was an update of his 1953 original book, "The People's College."

Ballard, who holds MSU bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in history, said his more than two years of research tracked "two very obvious themes that, though seemingly contradictory, are parallel and quite compatible: continuity and change."

What originally was named the Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College was built around the study of agriculture and engineering.

"Today, those two areas still are very strong pillars, and their influence is statewide, nationwide and worldwide," Ballard said. "Yet, both are considerably more complex, as one might expect more than a century after the university's founding in 1878."

Ballard said changes in the modern era have produced strong fields of study in architecture, the humanities, arts and sciences, business, and all the variations within those areas.

"While the dramatic additions in curricula are signs of changes, they also underscore the continuity of the university's mission to provide a broad spectrum of opportunities and choices to students," he observed.

"Perhaps the persistent examples of continuity and change are MSU's 'People's University' appellation," he continued. "The name implies that the university's atmosphere is one of inclusiveness, of tolerance, of the blurring of social stature."

Based on his study of both official records and innumerable other archival materials, Ballard said he can state with certain authority that "the campus is as friendly now as it has been back through the years."

"Camaraderie among students, faculty, staff, and alumni has kept it so," he said. "That same team concept has helped the university overcome many trials through the years, especially under-funding that has had wide-ranging ramifications."

As to the future, Ballard said, "The continued growth of the university will produce more challenges, and the lack of funding likely always will be a serious issue."

Nevertheless, he said "this review of Mississippi State's journey through its first 125 years and counting shows clearly that the university will continue to be vibrant, visionary and progressive.

"The historical record also shows that those who love MSU never have and never will expect, nor tolerate, anything else."

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1591Wed, 16 Jan 2008 00:00:00 GMT
Music in the Air at MSU Librariesragtime festival

The 2nd Annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Music Festival was held on the Mississippi State University (MSU) campus on March 28-30, 2008, in the John Grisham Room and the Charles Templeton, Sr. Music Museum of Mitchell Memorial Library and in the newly renovated Lee Hall Auditorium.  Featuring the talents of eight brilliant artists, informative guided tours of MSU Libraries' Templeton Museum, fun and educational major and mini concerts, seminars and interviews, the Festival was as successful and as exciting as the premiere event in 2007.

The Festival revolves around and was inspired by the Charles H. Templeton Music Museum and Collection housed at Mitchell Memorial Library.  By bringing ragtime and jazz musicians, scholars and enthusiasts to see the Museum and Collection, the Festival coordinators anticipate bringing more attention to and use of these exquisite primary resources.

Earlier this semester, world-renowned musicologist and Ragtime expert David A. Jasen met with Festival planning chairs to work on scheduling, booking, and all ins and outs of the upcoming Festival.

"We are thrilled to bring such wonderful musicians and friends to the MSU and Starkville communities for the Festival," said co-chair Stephen Cunetto.  "The magic and excitement that these talented performers bring to our Festival, Museum, and campus is unlike that of any other event we host throughout the year.  Having the help and direction of our friend David Jasen is simply invaluable.  We cannot wait to celebrate this music again."

Artists performing and speaking at the 2nd Annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Music Festival included: the new Queen of Ragtime, Montreal’s Mimi Blais;  a veritable walking encyclopedia of Ragtime and early jazz, Marty Eggers;  the stride piano genius, Brian Holland;  classic Ragtime specialist, Norway’s Morten Gunnar Larsen;  the man hailed as America’s greatest living boogie woogie pianist, Bob Seeley;  West Coast Ragtime music scene mainstay, Virginia Tichenor;  and serving as our master of ceremonies again this year, musicologist, collector, author and authority on all areas of American popular music, David Jasen. 

David Jasen guided tours of the Charles H. Templeton, Sr. Music Museum, which features the most complete collection of Victor Talking Machines from the beginning in 1897 to 1930, a sheet music collection of close to 22,000 pieces, and over 15,000 playable items (paper rolls, wax cylinders, records, Regina music box discs, and so much more).

"The concept of having artifacts illustrate the 'business of music in the United States' is unique and is not only important for serious students of popular music, but for history buffs, sociologists and everybody interested in knowing how music influenced this country during the entire 20th century and continuing into the 21st," said Jasen.

To find out more on the 2nd Annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Music Festival, please contact MSU Libraries’ Lyle Tate at 662-325-2559 or ltate@library.msstate.edu. Visit http://library.msstate.edu/ragtime/festival/past.html to read more about the artists and to see photos of the amazing 2007 Festival.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1590Sun, 30 Mar 2008 00:00:00 GMT
MSU Libraries Expand Access to SciFinder ScholarThe MSU Libraries have expanded users’ online access to SciFinder Scholar. Widely recognized as a key database for researchers in the sciences and engineering, SciFinder Scholar features a wealth of citations to the journal and patent literature as well as the world's most comprehensive collection of source structure images, CAS registry numbers, and names for organic and inorganic substances.

The Libraries’ expanded access to SciFinder Scholar comes as a result of the strong demand MSU researchers have expressed for this resource. A central feature of the upgrade is that the number of users accessing SciFinder Scholar at any one time has been increased from two to four. The result is that MSU researchers’ access to this database has been doubled! Another important feature of the upgrade is the access users now have to the SciFinder Scholar Substructure module. Using this module, researcher can perform sophisticated searches of the substances in SciFinder Scholar in a manner not possible in the past.

In order to provide this expanded access to SciFinder Scholar, the Libraries’ print subscription to Chemical Abstracts has been discontinued for 2008. For users still wishing to view current issues of Chemical Abstracts in print, interlibrary loan will provide an option for access.

To explore SciFinder Scholar, visit the MSU Libraries’ website and select the Indexes/Databases option. For questions about this or any of the Libraries’ resources, be sure to Ask-A-Librarian.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=394&a=1583Thu, 03 Jan 2008 00:00:00 GMT