- News 2011http://library.msstate.edu/content/?z=521MSU Libraries joins Center for Research Libraries partnership

Mississippi State University Libraries has expanded access to critical research materials in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by more than 4.5 million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources by enrolling in the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) consortium.

CRL is a consortium of 260-plus university, college, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources and makes them available to both member institutions and non-members through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery. These additional resources, which occupy more than 40 miles of shelf space and numerous servers at the CRL facility in Chicago, Ill., are now available to all faculty, students, and staff.

Benefits for MSU Libraries patrons include: unlimited access to CRL collections, unlimited free interlibrary loan access, project-length loan periods, third-day delivery on the vast majority of loaned materials, and an array of collaborative acquisition programs and user services designed by librarians to facilitate scholarly research and support collection development activities.

CRL's collections include the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America; more than 38,000 international journals that are rarely held in U.S. libraries; more than 800,000 non-U.S./non-Canadian doctoral dissertations; and major collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and holdings that support in-depth research in areas such as human rights, history of science, cultural studies, international diplomacy, and more.

For more information on MSU Libraries and to peruse its numerous databases, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2228Tue, 20 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Lincoln historian to speak at Starkville Public Library

Renowned Civil War historian and Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) Frank J. Williams presented a public lecture at the Starkville Public Library on Friday, December 9th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Justice Williams' topic was "Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief," and he answered questions and led a discussion on our 16th president.

"Justice Williams is an excellent speaker," said Dr. John F. Marszalek, executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and a long-time colleague of Williams. "We are fortunate that Justice Williams is in Starkville to present MSU's commencement address Friday evening and that he is also willing to speak to the general public and share his insights with us Friday afternoon."

Justice Williams has had a wide and varied career. A veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Vietnam and along the border of the old Iron Curtain, he began his legal career as an attorney in his home state of Rhode Island and rose to the highest judicial post there. At the same time, he authored books on Lincoln, served as president of the American Lincoln Association, founded the Lincoln Forum and remains its chairman, is president of the U.S. Grant Association, was a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and is presently a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. He has lectured throughout the U.S. and Europe.

For further information on the December 9th presentation, please contact John Marszalek at 325-4552 or Lyle Tate at 325-2559.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2216Tue, 06 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT
MSU Libraries continues speaker series with Lt. Gov-Elect

Mississippi State University Libraries' Morris W.H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series continued on November 29, 2011, with Mississippi's Lt. Governor-Elect Tate Reeves. The event was held in Mitchell Memorial Library's John Grisham Room beginning at 2 p.m.

Lt. Gov-Elect Reeves is a Rankin County native and a graduate of Florence High School. He served as Mississippi's 53rd Treasurer – the first Republican to serve in this capacity in Mississippi's history – elected in 2003 and again in 2007 with the highest percentage (61%) of any candidate running for statewide office. Reeves is an honors graduate of Millsaps College, holding a bachelor's degree in economics and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA).

Lt. Gov-Elect Reeves represents the State of Mississippi as a member of the Executive Board of the College Savings Plans Network and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi, as well as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of College Savings Plans of Mississippi and the Mississippi Health Care Trust Fund. In 2007 Reeves was named as one of 42 national "Rising Star(s) in the Republican Party" by Rising Tide magazine – the publication of the Republican National Committee.

Lt. Gov-Elect Reeves and his wife, Elee Williams Reeves, a Tylertown native, are the proud parents of their two daughters, Sarah Tyler and Elizabeth Magee. The Reeves family has been very committed to many civic and charitable organizations in Mississippi – including the Mississippi Society of Disabilities, UMC Children's Cancer Clinic, Middle Mississippi Girl Scout Council, Boys & Girls Club of Mississippi, the YMCA, the United Way, Stewpot Ministries, the Exchange Club Parent Child Center, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

The Morris W. H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series is sponsored by MSU Libraries, MSU's John C. Stennis Institute of Government, The Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership, The Congressional and Political Research Center, and the Stennis-Montgomery Association. The Collins Speaker Series brings leading figures of the day to the MSU campus to engage in close, personal discussions about their lives and careers. 

For more information on the Collins Speaker Series, please contact Lyle Tate at 662-325-2559.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2210Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Homecoming book sale at MSU Libraries- Saturday, Nov 5thhttp://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2192Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMTLibrary offers classes, tutorials for students to learn programshttp://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2190Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMTMSU Grant archive discovery: Frederick Douglass lock of hairhttp://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2187Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMTCollins Speaker Series presents Alan C. Lowe, Director, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museumhttp://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2186Mon, 17 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMTVisiting arts researcher at MSU Libraries Working with  Colley-Lee's collection are (clockwise from left) Mattie Abraham, Coordinator  for Special Collections' Manuscripts Division, MSU Libraries; Gerald Chaudron,  Manuscripts faculty member, MSU Libraries; Donisha Smiley, Manuscripts library  assistant, MSU Libraries; Howarth; and Colley-Lee. Photo credit: Jim Tomlinson/MSU  Libraries.

Working with Colley-Lee's collection are (clockwise from left) Mattie Abraham, Coordinator for Special Collections' Manuscripts Division, MSU Libraries; Gerald Chaudron, Manuscripts faculty member, MSU Libraries; Donisha Smiley, Manuscripts library assistant, MSU Libraries; Howarth; and Colley-Lee. Photo credit: Jim Tomlinson/MSU Libraries.

Shirley Reiff Howarth – director of the Montreal, Quebec-based Humanities Exchange – and Mississippi costumer and designer Myrna Colley-Lee were special guests of MSU Libraries this week as Ms. Howarth researched the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection at Mitchell Memorial Library.

Founded in 1981, The Humanities Exchange is devoted to the international exchange and touring of museum exhibitions and to encouraging understanding and mutual respect among cultures around the world. Ms. Howarth, an art historian and former museum director and curator who has worked with museums for over 35 years, was researching Colley-Lee's work in preparation for a book and a major exhibition.

Donated to MSU Libraries in 2006, the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection, housed in Mitchell Memorial Library's Special Collections department, consists of scripts, photographs, costuming breakdowns, rehearsal notes from directors, research, playbills, newspaper articles, and thank-you notes from cast members and production crews, as well as other novelties.

For more information about the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection, please contact Mattie Abraham, Coordinator of Special Collections, at 662-325-3848. For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2181Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Homecoming book sale at MSU Libraries

As a part of MSU's Homecoming activities, MSU Libraries hosted a book sale on Saturday, November 5.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until noon, the book sale was held on Mitchell Memorial Library's 2nd floor Information Mall and featured special deals on $1.00 hardbacks and $.50 paperbacks. Benefitting the Friends of the MSU Libraries, the sale featured numerous titles from the genres of history, fiction, popular science, self-help, crafts, politics, African-American literature, and more.

For more information on the book sale, contact Janet Ames at 662-325-7665. For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2180Fri, 16 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Welty exhibit on display at MSU Libraries

"Eudora Welty: Mississippi Daughter," an exhibit in conjunction with Mississippi State University's Maroon Edition, was on display on Mitchell Memorial Library's 2nd and 3rd floors through December 2011 and highlighted the literary career of Mississippi's much-honored author.

Historian and author Hunter McElva Cole of Brandon, Miss., collected thousands of Welty items, beginning with his early work on a Welty bibliography, and through that work Cole and Welty developed a friendship that continued through their association at Millsaps College. This new MSU Libraries exhibit showcased letters, manuscripts, photographs, interviews, speeches, published works, articles, and memorabilia collected by Cole. Included were personal and revealing Welty letters to Cole concerning her use of the name "McElva" for the character "Judge McElva" in The Optimist's Daughter, first published in The New Yorker in 1969.

As Executive Director of the Mississippi Writer's Association, Jo Barksdale of Jackson, Miss., planned and carried out a Eudora Welty Festival in 1995 and also spearheaded an effort to purchase Welty's childhood home on Congress Street and make it into a writer's center. Photographs and other materials concerning the Welty celebrations in Jackson from the Barksdale Papers were also represented in the exhibit.

The collection of Dr. Noel Polk of Starkville, professor and author of the most comprehensive bibliography of Welty works, contains many unique Welty works, including autographed books, journals, programs, interviews, and other memorabilia. On exhibit were selected Polk Collection items, including foreign language editions of Welty works.

The Maroon Edition Committee was particularly pleased to include exhibit materials documenting Welty's connections with MSU. A program and clippings documented the selection of Welty as Outstanding Mississippi Woman by the President's Commission on the Status of Women in 1983. Also loaned to this exhibit by Dr. Nancy Hargrove were photographs and an autographed volume of short stories from Welty's 1987 MSU visit for a symposium sponsored by the Giles Distinguished Professors.

As part of the exhibit, MSU Libraries' Special Collections Department, located on Mitchell Memorial Library's third floor, featured a "Browse Eudora Welty Editions" shelf. "We want visitors to be able to handle and appreciate some of the beautiful printed Eudora Welty items, such as greeting cards, keepsake editions, and special editions of Welty photographs and writings," said Manuscripts Coordinator Mattie Abraham. Visitors to Special Collections could also "Listen to Eudora Welty" via audiotapes of The Optimist's Daughter, several short stories and interviews, and videotapes of Welty readings and special occasions.

For additional information on the Welty exhibit, please contact Mattie Abraham at 325-3848. For hours of operation and more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2168Thu, 08 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT
U.S. archivist to speak at MSU, tour Grant collectionhttp://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2166Tue, 06 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMTVisiting researcher Emma Folwell in Special CollectionsEmma Folwell, researcher from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom, is pictured working in Mississippi State University Libraries' Special Collections   Department. Folwell is visiting to conduct research in the Hodding Carter III,   Gilbert Carmichael, Pat Derian, Mississippi Republican Party, John C. Stennis,   and other political collections for her dissertation concerning the failure of   Community Action Programs in Mississippi, the evolution of massive resistance   after 1965, and the rise of modern Conservatism.

Emma Folwell, researcher from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom, is pictured working in Mississippi State University Libraries' Special Collections Department. Folwell visitied to conduct research in the Hodding Carter III, Gilbert Carmichael, Pat Derian, Mississippi Republican Party, John C. Stennis, and other political collections for her dissertation concerning the failure of Community Action Programs in Mississippi, the evolution of massive resistance after 1965, and the rise of modern Conservatism. Photo credit: MSU Libraries/Jim Tomlinson.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2164Tue, 06 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Successful technology conferences held at MSU LibrariesOn August 11 and 12, 2011, MSU's Mitchell Memorial Library hosted over 100 librarians, administrative staff members, libraries and information sciences students, and other professionals from across the country for its annual MidSouth e-Resource Symposium and Emerging Technologies Summit.

OCLC Product and Technology Advocate Matt Goldner shares his presentation on managing a 21st-century library collection during the 10th annual MidSouth e-Resource Symposium at MSU Libraries.

OCLC Product and Technology Advocate Matt Goldner shares his presentation on managing a 21st-century library collection during the 10th annual MidSouth e-Resource Symposium at MSU Libraries.

The MidSouth e-Resource Symposium – in its 10th year at MSU Libraries – fosters networking, communication, and education among all members of the serials information chain and provides a unique opportunity to enhance knowledge of issues surrounding the acquisition, operation, collection, and management of e-resources in libraries today. This year, Matt Goldner, Product and Technology Advocate at OCLC (Online Computer Library Catalog), shared a presentation on cloud computing and the future of libraries. Also featured during the Symposium was a focused discussion on the use and management of electronic resources in libraries.


(l to r) Summit chair Amanda Clay Powers, Summit keynote speaker Aaron Schmidt, MSU Associate Provost Peter Ryan, Dean of Libraries Frances Coleman, and MSU Libraries Admin of Systems Stephen Cunetto pose for a photograph on the morning of the 4th annual Emerging Technologies Summit at MSU Libraries.

(l to r) Summit chair Amanda Clay Powers, Summit keynote speaker Aaron Schmidt, MSU Associate Provost Peter Ryan, Dean of Libraries Frances Coleman, and MSU Libraries Admin of Systems Stephen Cunetto pose for a photograph on the morning of the 4th annual Emerging Technologies Summit at MSU Libraries.

With more than 15 states represented from Oregon to Maryland, in its fourth year, the MSU Emerging Technologies Summit brings national attention to efforts in developing emerging technologies and social media tools for universities. Aaron Schmidt, a principal with Influx Library User Experience Consulting, kicked off the Summit by reminding those attending that it is the people and not the technology on which our focus should be, particularly in the design of online tools. Schmidt set the tone for a day of "Steal-this-Idea" sessions from colleagues around the country sharing their own innovations from the field. From iPads using assistive technologies, to quadricopters for API programmers, to programming for mobile devices, it became clear that the libraries field is taking the lead on introducing new technologies and tools into serving our academic communities.

For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2161Fri, 26 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Orders being accepted for "Jack Cristil: The Voice of the Bulldogs" by Journalist in Residence Sid Salterhttp://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2158Mon, 22 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMTGrand Opera House papers now at home at MSU Libraries Pictured here  during the July 18th ceremony are (l to r) Gregory Hatcher, Vice  President, Grand Opera House of Mississippi, Inc.; Frances Coleman, Dean of  Libraries; Mitchell; Harold 'Nick' Nichols, Retired Dean, MSU-Meridian;  Margaret Remy, President, Grand Opera House of Mississippi, Inc.; and Mark  Keenum, President, MSU. Photo credit: Jim  Tomlinson/MSU Libraries.

Pictured here during the July 18th ceremony are (l to r) Gregory Hatcher, Vice President, Grand Opera House of Mississippi, Inc.; Frances Coleman, Dean of Libraries; Mitchell; Harold "Nick" Nichols, Retired Dean, MSU-Meridian; Margaret Remy, President, Grand Opera House of Mississippi, Inc.; and Mark Keenum, President, MSU. Photo credit: Jim Tomlinson/MSU Libraries.

Historic papers chronicling turn-of-the-century theatre and a hometown business recently became the newest collections at Mississippi State University Libraries.

The Grand Opera House of Mississippi, Inc., and the Marks Rothenberg Department Store papers – two collections donated to the University in a ceremony on July 18, 2011, at Meridian's Riley Center – will be a useful tool for historians of American theatre and business, as well.

"The collection analyzes national trends in theatre between 1890 and 1927 and traces the decline of theatre and the rise of movies in America," said Dr. Dennis Mitchell, Professor of history at MSU-Meridian. "Historians studying business will find the Marks Rothenberg records of family management a rich resource and can use them to chronicle the evolution of corporate practices."

Additionally, shared Mitchell, researchers interested in urban history can use the collection to study dramatic changes in some of Meridian's most historic buildings and their various utilizations over time.

For more information on these new collections at MSU Libraries, please contact Dr. Mike Ballard, University Archivist, at 662-325-7680. For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2154Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Information fair for graduate students held at MSU Libraries

MSU's graduate students started the semester off right at MSU Libraries on August 16th.

Held on Mitchell Memorial Library's 2nd and 3rd floors between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m., the annual Graduate Student Information Fair offered students opportunities to visit with various Library departments and learn more about the multitude of services offered specifically for graduate students.

Additionally, over 10 other campus service organizations were on-hand to meet students and answer any questions.

For more information on the Graduate Student Information Fair at MSU Libraries, please contact Gail Peyton, Coordinator for Reference & Campus Outreach and Interim Associate Dean for Public Services, at 325-7671 or visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2151Mon, 08 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT
New addition to MSU Libraries' Grant collection MSU President Mark E. Keenum (right) poses for a photograph with MSU Provost and Executive Vice-President Jerry Gilbert (center) and Ulysses S. Grant Association Executive Director John Marszalek. Dr. Marszalek holds one of the Grant prints that is new to the illustrious collection.

MSU President Mark E. Keenum (right) poses for a photograph with MSU Provost and Executive Vice-President Jerry Gilbert (center) and Ulysses S. Grant Association Executive Director John Marszalek. Dr. Marszalek holds one of the Grant prints that is new to the illustrious collection.

The Ulysses S. Grant Association, housed at Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library, has received a generous gift from retired Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice and long-time president of the Grant Association Frank J. Williams and his wife, Virginia.

The donation, in its initial phase, consists of thirty framed prints of Ulysses S. Grant dating back into the 19th century. Included are rare imprints showing the former general and president in a variety of poses and also include scenes of his birthplace and likenesses of his military colleagues in the Civil War. Especially noteworthy is a rare copy of a massive book of photographs of Grant’s funeral, entitled “Seven Mile Funeral Cortege,” attached to an even rarer brass holder. The holder and book were placed for viewing in the parlors of elite late 19th- and early 20th-century Americans.

Ulysses S. Grant Association Executive Director John Marszalek, MSU Provost and Executive Vice-President Jerry Gilbert, and MSU President Mark E. Keenum.

Justice and Mrs. Williams are noted collectors, and they recently acquired this Collection from Grant image expert Jim Bultema of Arizona, the treasurer of the Grant Association. The material, entitled “Bultema-Williams Collection of Ulysses S. Grant Photographs and Prints from the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana,” will become part of the permanent collection of the MSU Libraries’ Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection.

MSU Provost and Executive Vice-President Jerry Gilbert, MSU President Mark E. Keenum, and Ulysses S. Grant Association Executive Director John Marszalek.

For more information on MSU Libraries and the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/grant.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2148Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Cunetto theatre exhibit on display at MSU LibrariesA portion of “Selections  from the Dominic J. Cunetto Collection: Mississippi State University Theatre  Productions” showcases productions of The  Matchmaker.

A portion of "Selections from the Dominic J. Cunetto Collection: Mississippi State University Theatre Productions" showcases productions of The Matchmaker.

The spotlight shone on a new exhibit at MSU Libraries.

"Selections from the Dominic J. Cunetto Collection: Mississippi State University Theatre Productions" was on display throughout the month of July in Mitchell Memorial Library's Information Mall. Featuring photographs, scrapbooks, news clippings, and program covers, this exhibit highlighted the work of the late Dr. Dominic J. Cunetto, professor emeritus and founder of the MSU theatre program.

Dr. Cunetto retired in 1991 after having positively influenced hundreds of students through a very strong theatre program. During his 28 years at MSU, he taught courses in theatre and directed over 80 productions. In addition, much of the major building project for the University Theatre in McComas Hall can be attributed to Dr. Cunetto's diligent work toward the creation of a true academic theatre on MSU's campus.

The complete Dominic J. Cunetto Collection may be researched by contacting MSU Libraries' University Archives at 662-325-7680. For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2134Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Registration is open for MSU Libraries Emerging Tech Summit and Mid-South eResources SymposiumRegister Now!

Registration is now open for the Mid-South E-Resources Symposium and Mississippi State University Libraries Emerging Technologies Summit being held at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS on August 11-12, 2011. Both of these day-long conferences present a valuable professional growth opportunity for anyone involved in developing, maintaining and assessing a library's electronic and technological resources. Register for both conferences and receive a 20% discount; NASIG members receive an additional discount.

To register, visit http://library.msstate.edu/screg!

Mid-South E-Resources Symposium
Thursday, August 11th
http://library.msstate.edu/eresource
The Symposium will host keynote speaker Matt Goldner, Product and Technology Advocate at OCLC, who will discuss cloud computing and the future of libraries. Come join us for this gathering of librarians, library staff, and library science students, featuring a focused symposium on the use and management of electronic resources in libraries. This event provides a unique and affordable opportunity to enhance knowledge of issues surrounding the acquisition, operation, collection and management of e-resources in libraries today.

MSU Libraries Emerging Technologies Summit
Friday, August 12th
http://library.msstate.edu/emergingtech
Are you wondering what iPads, wireless drone quadricopters, jQTouch, and Jog the Web have in common? Come meet our Steal-this-Idea speakers at the Summit and find out how they are using these technologies and more to keep our libraries innovative and relevant. Aaron Schmidt, design expert and UX guru, will provide the touchstone for our discussions, sharing his expertise in creating (good) user experiences on the web.

We'll see you there!

Amanda N. Price, anprice@library.msstate.edu
Karen Davidson, kdavidson@library.msstate.edu
Co-Chair of MidSouth eResource Symposium Committee 2011

Amanda Clay Powers, apowers@library.msstate.edu
Chair, MSU Libraries Emerging Technologies Summit 2011

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2132Thu, 07 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Census workshop offered at MSU Libraries

On Wednesday, July 20th, 2011, Mississippi State University Libraries, in conjunction with the Bureau of the Census, Dallas Regional Office, presented "Demystifying Census Resources: A Practical Overview of What's There and How to Use It."

This free-of-charge half-day workshop, led by Paula Wright, Partnership Information Specialist from the Census' Dallas Regional office, covered the 2010 Census and the new American FactFinder2 website. This session, which provided hands-on exercises in locating and using the census data, began at 8:30 a.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's ELI & Giles electronic classrooms and ended at noon.

For more information, email or call MSU Libraries' LaDonne Delgado at 662-325-7660 or ldelgado@library.msstate.edu or Lyle Tate at 662-325-2559 or ltate@library.msstate.edu.

For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2131Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT
SciFinder Scholar moving to web-only version

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) will discontinue the desktop/client version of SciFinder Scholar for all U.S. and Canadian academic institutions on June 30, 2011. From this date, MSU Libraries will only have access to the Web version of SciFinder. Please visit http://www.cas.org/movetoweb/ for the benefits of the Web version.

SciFinder is a database that allows students and faculty to access a wide variety of research from many scientific disciplines, including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and many more! With this source, researchers can explore information in journals and patent literature from around the world.

To gain access to the Web version, users must register on campus or using an MSU VPN as a Mississippi State University faculty, staff or student. After registering, you can access the Web version off-campus by logging in with your MSU Net ID and Net Password. Just go to the library's database page, scroll or click down to S, and click on the SciFinder Scholar link.

The MSU Libraries is here to support you and help make your transition to the Web version of SciFinder as seamless as possible. If you have any questions, please try our SciFinder Web guide, Ask A Librarian or call 662-325-7667.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2130Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Dr. Charles Calhoun of East Carolina University Visits the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential CollectionDr. Charles Calhoun

Dr. Charles Calhoun, Thomas Harriot College Distinguished Professor of history at East Carolina University, was a notable figure in MSU's Mitchell Memorial Library this week in the Ulysses S. Grant Association. Dr. Calhoun is a past president of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He currently serves on the editorial board and the executive board of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Over the years he has received several grants, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Calhoun is pictured here researching letters and other documentation located in the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection in preparation for a book on the Grant Presidency.

Photo by Jim Tomlinson/MSU Libraries.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2126Fri, 17 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Free concert featured Civil War era music

A nationally recognized Alabama musician presented a June 22 concert of Civil War tunes at Mississippi State as part of his participation in the university's first Social Studies Teachers' Summer Institute.

Bobby Horton played a collection of Civil War era songs, both Union and Confederate, in a free, public presentation beginning at 7 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall, located in the University's Architecture building.

"Bobby Horton is, without doubt, the most talented and most famous performer of Civil War music in the nation today," said John F. Marszalek, executive director and managing editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association. "MSU and the Starkville community are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear him. No one should miss the chance."

Horton is a music multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and music historian whose work has been featured in more than 15 compact disc recordings. He has performed throughout the United States individually, as well as with the musical-comedy trio Three On a String. His music has been featured on 13 PBS films by Ken Burns including "The Civil War," and "Baseball," two films for The A&E Network, and 16 films for The National Park Service.

Horton's visit coincided with his participation in the Social Studies Teachers' Summer Institute sponsored by the National Park Service's Vicksburg and Shiloh national military parks, along with MSU Libraries and campus-based Ulysses S. Grant Association.

Thirty teachers from schools all over Mississippi participated in the six-day institute that included lectures by Civil War scholars, along with visits to battlefields in Shiloh, Corinth, and Vicksburg.

More information about Horton and his work can be found at http://bobbyhorton.com.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2124Thu, 16 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Discontinued DatabasesAs a result of the Library's ongoing evaluation of databases as to duplication of content, the overlapping of subject areas and the funding limitations in support of continuing these titles, the following databases will be discontinued as of June 30, 2011. The following list outlines the databases being discontinued as well as the existing resources that can be used in their absence.

Please do not hesitate to contact a library faculty member if you need assistance locating the resources you need or in finding the appropriate databases for your research.

Database being discontinued Database(s) that provide related content
Algology, Mycology and Protozoology Abstracts (Microbiology C) Biological Abstracts and Scopus
Animal Behavior Abstracts Biological Abstracts and Scopus
ASFA 1: Biological Sciences and Living Resources Biological Abstracts and Scopus
ASFA 3: Aquatic Pollution and Environmental Quality Biological Abstracts, Scopus and Environment Complete
ASFA Aquaculture Abstracts Biological Abstracts and Scopus
Marine Biotechnology Abstracts Biological Abstracts and Scopus
Bacteriology Abstracts (Microbiology B) Biological Abstracts, Scopus, Environment Complete and PubMed
Biological Sciences package. This package includes several smaller subfiles that will also be discontinued. See below for a complete listing of subfiles. Biological Abstracts
Biological Sciences Biological Abstracts, Scopus and PubMed
Biotechnology Research Abstracts Biological Abstracts, Scopus, Environment Complete and PubMed
Book Index with Reviews EBSCOHost databases and Ask A Librarian
Calcium and Calcified Tissue Abstracts Biological Abstracts, Scopus and PubMed
Chemoreception Abstracts Biological Abstracts and Scopus
Computer and Applied Sciences Complete ACM Digital Library, IEEE Xplore, Scopus and Computer Source
Conference Papers Index Scopus
CSA Neurosciences Abstracts Biological Abstracts, Scopus and PubMed
Ecology Abstracts Biological Abstracts, Scopus, Environment Complete and PubMed
EI Compendex Scopus
Endocrinology Abstracts Biological Abstracts, PubMed and Scopus
Entomology Abstracts Biological Abstracts, PubMed and Scopus
Environmental Engineering Abstracts Biological Abstracts, Scopus and Environment Complete
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management package. This package includes several subfiles that will also be discontinued. See below for a complete listing of subfiles. Scopus and Environment Complete
Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management Biological Abstracts, Scopus and Environment Complete
Genetics Abstracts Biological Abstracts, PubMed and Scopus
Health and Safety Science Abstracts Biological Abstracts, PubMed and Scopus
Human Genome Abstracts Biological Abstracts, PubMed and Scopus
Immunology Abstracts Biological Abstracts, PubMed and Scopus
Inspec Scopus and IEEE Xplore
Industrial and Applied Microbiology Abstracts (Microbiology A) Biological Abstracts, Scopus and Environment Complete
Nucleic Acids Abstracts Biological Abstracts, PubMed and Scopus
Oncogenes and Growth Factors Abstracts Biological Abstracts, PubMed and Scopus
Plant Science Scopus
Pollution Abstracts Biological Abstracts, Scopus and Environment Complete
Risk Abstracts Biological Abstracts, Scopus and Environment Complete
Sustainability Science Abstracts Biological Abstracts, Scopus and Environment Complete
Toxicology Abstracts Biological Abstracts, PubMed, Scopus, TOXLINE, and Environment Complete
Virology and AIDS Abstracts Biological Abstracts, PubMed and Scopus
Water Resources Abstracts Biological Abstracts, Scopus and Environment Complete

Biological Sciences package
  • Algology, Mycology and Protozoology Abstracts (Microbiology C)
  • Animal Behavior Abstracts
  • ASFA 1: Biological Sciences and Living Resources
  • ASFA Aquaculture Abstracts
  • ASFA Marine Biotechnology Abstracts
  • Bacteriology Abstracts (Microbiology B)
  • Biotechnology Research Abstracts
  • Calcium and Calcified Tissue Abstracts
  • Chemoreception Abstracts
  • CSA Neurosciences Abstracts
  • Ecology Abstracts
  • Endocrinology Abstracts
  • Entomology Abstracts
  • Genetics Abstracts
  • Health and Safety Science Abstracts
  • Human Genome Abstracts
  • Immunology Abstracts
  • Industrial and Applied Microbiology Abstracts (Microbiology A)
  • Nucleic Acids Abstracts
  • Oncogenes and Growth Factors Abstracts
  • Toxicology Abstracts
  • Virology and AIDS Abstracts
Environmental Science & Pollution Management package
  • ASFA 3: Aquatic Pollution and Environmental Quality
  • Bacteriology Abstracts (Microbiology B)
  • Biotechnology Research Abstracts
  • Ecology Abstracts
  • Environment Abstracts
  • Environmental Engineering Abstracts
  • Health and Safety Science Abstracts
  • Industrial and Applied Microbiology Abstracts (Microbiology A)
  • Pollution Abstracts
  • Risk Abstracts
  • Sustainability Science Abstracts
  • Toxicology Abstracts
  • Water Resources Abstracts
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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2123Tue, 14 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT
New Digital Collection: Intellectual Underpinnings of the American Civil War

The latest digital collection published by the Mississippi State University Libraries is now online. Part of the ASERL project "Civil War in the American South," this collection comprises 150 documents published between 1850 and 1865, primarily documenting Mississippi and Mississippians from many localities within the state, and containing subject matter that contributes to a better understanding of the non-military aspects of the Civil War. The site can be viewed at: http://american-south.org/.

In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the start of the American Civil War, Civil War and the American South provides a central portal to access digital collections from the Civil War Era (1850-1865) held by members of the ASERL. This site currently links to more than 8804 items from 23 libraries. The shared collection continues to grow, providing ready access to a world-class collection of primary source materials from the American Civil War era.

Our own interface to the collection, Intellectual Underpinnings of the American Civil War, can be found here: http://digital.library.msstate.edu/collections/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2111Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT
New Grisham exhibit at MSU Libraries

The Appeal of John Grisham, a new exhibit featuring materials from the John Grisham Papers, was displayed in the John Grisham Room of MSU's Mitchell Memorial Library.

The new exhibit featured materials from the most recent additions to the John Grisham Papers chosen to highlight the author's "appeal" to the public: the writing of the novels, the book signings and fan letters, the movies and films, and Grisham's love of sports and generous support of worthy causes, both in Mississippi and elsewhere.

Included in the collection were manuscripts, letters, research materials, fan mail, marketing materials, awards, best-seller lists, photographs and other materials. Framed pieces on display were examples of the many pieces given to Grisham by grateful publishers, booksellers, filmmakers, friends and fans.

Mattie Abraham, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Libraries' manuscripts division, curates the Grisham Papers and installed the new exhibit.

"Mississippi State University has long exhibited pride in its alumni," Abraham says, "and the MSU Libraries' collection of papers reflects that pride and connection. Readers and researchers from all over the world have discovered the John Grisham Room and the Grisham Papers, and numerous groups have toured the Room to view its exhibits."

Materials included in the new exhibit were from the John Grisham Papers, which are housed in the Manuscripts Division of the Libraries' Special Collections Department. As of 2011, the Papers include materials through the publishing of The Associate (2009) and comprise some 100 cubic feet of materials. While the majority of the Papers is not open for research, through the generosity of John Grisham materials are exhibited for the public's education and enjoyment.

In addition to the John Grisham Papers, the MSU Libraries has a large collection of international editions of John Grisham works, and selected copies are on exhibit. The Grisham International editions that have been cataloged to date may be searched at http://library.msstate.edu/grishamroom/intltitles.asp.

Additional information about the John Grisham Room is available at http://library.msstate.edu/grishamroom.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2110Wed, 11 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Mississippi State University-led libraries consortium grows exponentially

The Golden Triangle Regional Library Consortium (GTRLC) welcomed 17 new libraries recently as the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System and the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System joined ranks with 23 other libraries in the consortium.

During a contract signing on March 7, Dr. Mark Keenum, Mississippi State University President, welcomed the new libraries and thanked the directors and board members for their confidence in the MSU Libraries and for their vision and commitment to providing the best possible service and resources to their patrons.

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System serves Mississippi's Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery and Winston counties, while the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System manages collections for the communities of Columbus, Artesia, Crawford, and Caledonia, Mississippi.

 "This is a very exciting time for our patrons and for what our library system can offer to the citizens of Attala County," said Richard Greene, Executive Director of the Mid-Mississippi RLS. "This library resource sharing consortium will bring the collections of 38 libraries to the finger tips of our Attala County customers."

"Being a member of the GTRLC means that we can bring a world of information to the citizens of Lowndes County," said Alice Shands, Director of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System. "No longer are Lowndes County citizens limited to only the informational resources we can afford to purchase. Membership in the GTRLC provides an exponential increase in the amount of information our patrons may now access."

The GTRLC was established in 1993 as a means of increasing the sharing of resources (access to one database which would contain all of the holdings within the Golden Triangle area) and automation costs as well as the sharing of technical expertise. The mission of the Consortium is to provide a central database that customers can utilize to provide easy access to resources available in the Golden Triangle Region. Building upon the success of the venture between charter members Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women, the Consortium continues to impact libraries and provide exceptional service to its members.

"We are very pleased to have the Columbus-Lowndes Library System and the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System join the GTRLC," said MSU Libraries Administrator of Systems, Stephen Cunetto. "With these additions, the Consortium, the only one of its kind in the State, now includes 40 libraries, including academics, publics, and school libraries."

Since its establishment, Starkville High School, Tombigbee Regional Library System, Oktibbeha – Starkville Public Library, and the East Mississippi Community College Libraries have joined the consortium. Training and ongoing development and support for the Consortium is handled by the Mississippi State University Libraries.

For more information on the Golden Triangle Regional Library Consortium, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/GTRLC.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2109Fri, 06 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Literacy exhibit on display at MSU LibrariesLiteracy was the theme of a recent MSU Libraries exhibit.

On display in Mitchell Memorial Library's Information Mall through May 2011 were materials donated to the Libraries by retired MSU Curriculum & Instruction faculty member Dr. Nancy Verhoek-Miller. Highlighting the life of James Baldwin (1841-1925) and his work for children's literacy, the exhibit focused on language arts and social studies via artifacts and contemporary impressions.

For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2108Mon, 02 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Reception honoring Salters held at MSU Libraries Sid and Leilani Salter with President Mark Keenum

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum (left) visits with Sid and Leilani Salter during the April 25th reception in Mitchell Memorial Library's John Grisham Room. Photo by MSU Libraries/Jim Tomlinson.

Mississippi State University Libraries’ new journalist-in-residence, Sid Salter, along with his wife, Starkville Daily News managing editor Leilani Salter, were welcomed during a MSU Libraries reception on Monday, April 25th, 2011.

A 24-year veteran in Mississippi journalism, Leilani Salter has worked as a writer, editor, photographer, newsroom manager, and page designer. She joined the Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger in 2001 as public affairs manager and, additionally, has worked as editor and director of the Madison County Herald, Rankin Ledger, Clinton News, Northeast Ledger, Hinds Ledger, and as director of the society publication VIP Jackson Magazine. A long-time member of the Mississippi Press Association, Mrs. Salter was among the 2003 Best of Gannett winners, and she was the recipient of Gannett’s Chairman’s Award in 2006.

MSU’s 2004 National Alumnus of the Year, Sid Salter formerly held the positions of publisher and editor of the Forest, Miss., Scott County Times, perspective editor for the Clarion-Ledger, and talk radio host of SuperTalk Mississippi’s “On Deadline with Sid Salter.” Mr. Salter has also had a successful 10-year run as a television commentator the Meridian, Miss., ABC affiliate WTOK-TV and as a guest commentator for Mississippi Public Broadcasting television and radio broadcasts. Mr. Salter is a two-time winner of the Mississippi Press Association (MPA)’s premier annual honor, the J. Oliver Emmerich Award; a member of the MPA’s hall of fame; a past MPA president; and the 2004 recipient of the James Stubbs Award for volunteer service to Mississippi’s mentally ill, chemically dependent, and developmentally disabled for his work championing the construction of regional crisis mental health centers in the state.

Under the guidance of MSU Dean of Libraries Frances Coleman, Mr. Salter is responsible for strengthening the Libraries’ existing special collections and directing the University’s Morris W.H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series, a series named for the first executive director of MSU’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government and created to expand discussion of major political, social, and governmental issues.

For more information on MSU Libraries and to follow Sid Salter’s blog, please visit http://blogs.library.msstate.edu/sidsalter/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2107Sun, 01 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Assistant Archivist Ryan Semmes to Attend Prestigious Summer Institute

Ryan P. Semmes, Assistant Archivist in the Congressional and Political Research Center and the Ulysses S. Grant Collection at Mitchell Memorial Library, was selected to participate in the 2011 Summer Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents.

This Institute, popularly known as "Camp Edit," took place from August 8-12, 2011, at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston. Only 18 individuals are selected annually for the Institute, and 39 applicants from universities and historical societies around the nation applied.

The Institute is funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through a grant to the Association for Documentary Editing. All registration, housing and travel are provided to participants in the Institute. The faculty is a who's who of the nation's leading documentary editors.

"Ryan Semmes is an outstanding archivist and played a major role in the Grant Association's move to MSU and the opening of the Collection to scholars and students," said John F. Marszalek, Executive Director of the Grant Association. "His acceptance to the Institute on Editing against formidable competition once again indicates his talents. The fact that he and Elizabeth Coggins, Grant Collection library associate who attended the Institute in 2010, have been accepted to the Institute demonstrates again the high quality of MSU Libraries faculty and staff."

For more information on the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection at MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/USGrant/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2106Thu, 21 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Journalist-in-Residence Sid Salter launches new page, blog on MSU Libraries web site

Mississippi State University Libraries Journalist-in-Residence Sid Salter has launched a new Web page and blog on the MSU Libraries Web site at http://library.msstate.edu.

Salter's page and blog on the site at http://blogs.library.msstate.edu/sidsalter/ feature his twice-weekly newspaper columns, his blog on politics, the media, public policy and the ongoing programs of the MSU Libraries in addition to other unique content. Future content will include the programming of the Morris W.H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series and ongoing development news from Special Collections and from the Congressional & Political Research Center.

Opinions expressed in Salter's columns and blog are solely those of the journalist and should not be interpreted to reflect the opinions of Mississippi State University or the MSU Libraries.

For more information, contact Salter at 662-325-2506 or ssalter@library.msstate.edu.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2100Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Find Tax Forms at the Library!

It's that time of year again…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 http://www.dor.ms.gov/. For federal tax forms, visit http://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=521&a=2098Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Historical lecture series continues at MSU Libraries Dr. John Dittmer The John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Library Fund and Lecture Series continued at MSU Libraries on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library's John Grisham Room. Featured lecturers for this installment of the series were DePauw University Professor Emeritus of History, Dr. John Dittmer, and MSU doctoral candidate Alyssa Warrick. Dr. Dittmer's presentation was entitled "'Sick and Tired,' Race and Health Care in Mississippi During the Civil Rights Years," and Ms. Warrick's presentation was entitled "Fighting the Jim Crow Army: African-American Protests in World War II."

Dr. John Dittmer holds a Ph.D. in United States History from Indiana University and served as Professor and Chair of DePauw University's Department of History from 1985 to 2003. Dittmer is the recipient of the 2006 Indiana Humanities Award, a Ford Foundation Fellowship from 2005 to 2007, the 2003 Tucker Award for Career Achievement, and the NEH Fellowship for College Teachers in 2000 and 2001, among numerous other awards and honors. Among Dittmer's numerous award-winning publications are 2009's The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care and 1994's Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi.

Alyssa Warrick Originally from the Missouri Ozarks, Ms. Alyssa Warrick is in her first year of doctoral work at Mississippi State University. Warrick received her undergraduate degree in history at Truman State University and has worked for the National Park Service at several historic sites, including Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and, most recently, at Vicksburg National Military Park. In 2010, Warrick received her master's degree in history from MSU, where she concentrated on American history and environmental history, particularly in the South. Her dissertation will explore the uniqueness of national parks in the South.

The John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Library Fund and Lecture Series was established in 2002 by John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek and by the Mississippi State University Libraries to encourage use of primary source materials related to American History, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Jacksonian America, and Race Relations. The Series includes papers presented by university students and a lecture by an established historian of national reputation. The Marszalek Library Fund is a special fund used annually to purchase primary source materials to be added to the holdings of Mitchell Memorial Library.

For more information on MSU Libraries, the Marszalek Lecture Series, and the upcoming lecture, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/Marszalek/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2093Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Research Assistance on Email and Chat from MSU Libraries Ask A Librarian!As MSU researchers and students move online, so have the Mississippi State University Libraries and librarians. 

You can now find expert research help without ever leaving your desktop or laptop. Connect directly to a librarian at MSU Libraries' Reference Desk by starting a chat session on the Ask-a-Librarian Web page.  Now, from anywhere in the world—or anywhere in the library—you can ask a question or find the research you need. No time for chat? Send an email, and a research librarian will respond. 

Also on the Ask-a-Librarian site you can find a subject-specific librarian, search for do-it-yourself research guides, or make an appointment (virtual or in-person) with a research librarian for general help or a specific project.

It's all just a click away! http://library.msstate.edu/askalibrarian

For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2092Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT
MSU Libraries Hosts 5th Annual Ragtime Festival

Imagine a time and place when ragtime dominated the music scene.

On March 25-26, the 5th Annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival offered visitors a unique opportunity to revisit this musical past.

This signature festival featured some of the most dazzling keyboard virtuosity around in a setting that has come to be known for its warmth, hospitality and uniqueness with performances from five internationally renowned ragtime artists.

Concerts, "living room" sessions and lectures centered around the unique Charles H. Templeton Sr. Collection in the Mississippi State University Libraries, home of more than 20,000 pieces of sheet music, 200 musical instruments and extensive memorabilia from the 1880s – 1930s. All document the distinctly American approach to the "business of music."

The festival featured four returning artists and one Mississippi artist making his first Festival appearance.

Jim Hession
Jim Hession has been one of the leading American pianists in the solo styles of early jazz, ragtime, stride, Harlem shout, boogie-woogie and swing for more than four decades. Hession and his wife, Martha, have relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and perform frequently in New Orleans.


Frederick Hodges
Frederick Hodges is sought after by today's foremost orchestras, festival, conductors and collaborative musicians. Hodges holds a doctorate from Oxford University and his repertoire includes the great European classical masters as well as the best ragtime, stride and novelty solo piano pieces.


Brian Holland
Brian Holland has performed ragtime, jazz and stride piano for almost 30 years and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Classically trained but with a keen ear for improvisation, Holland has a dynamic, driving style that has been described as "clear as Waterford crystal."


Sue Keller
Sue Keller began her ragtime obsession in 1974 after graduating from DePauw University with a degree in music and theatre. Her appearances have ranged from the grand opening of Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston Harbor, the fabled Mikado nightclub in Tokyo, across Australia and even to the Great Wall of China.


David Jasen
David Jasen is a collector of books, recordings, piano rolls, periodicals, catalogs and sheet music that cover the gamut of American popular music. An advisor to the Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival since its inception, Jasen brings an extraordinary knowledge of ragtime and history, enriching the festival experience and providing a dimension rarely seen elsewhere.


Sue Keller returned to the Templeton Festival after performing in the inaugural event here on the MSU campus in 2007.

"I had such a wonderful experience the last time I was in Starkville," said Keller. "There was no question in my mind that I wanted to return. When asked, I said 'absolutely!'"

Stephen Cunetto, MSU Libraries' Administrator of Systems and Templeton Festival coordinator shared Keller's excitement about the Festival.

"This is our fifth year," Cunetto said, "and we're looking forward to our best Festival yet. Having such outstanding returning artists – and getting to feature Jim Hession, one of Mississippi's own – has everyone involved excited about the weekend. We welcome people each year from all across the country, and we hope this year will bring even more ragtime enthusiasts to town."

Festival participants joined a host of loyal fans in Starkville for an event that is fast becoming known as one of the best of its type. Evening concerts were held in Lee Hall's historic Bettersworth Auditorium, while the daytime living room sessions and tours of the Templeton Collection took place in Mitchell Memorial Library.

The 5th Annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival was sponsored by the Mississippi State University Libraries, Charles Templeton Sr. Music Museum, Starkville Area Arts Council, Rotary Club of Starkville, Greater Starkville Development Partnership, and in part by grants from the Mississippi Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, please visit the festival's website at http://library.msstate.edu/ragtime/festival.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2089Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Libraries exhibit commemorates MSU’s 133rd birthday MSU Libraries' exhibit  committee members (from left) Elizabeth Pickle and  Amanda Carlock install the new exhibit  commemorating MSU's 133rd birthday. Photo by Jim Tomlinson/MSU Libraries.

MSU Libraries' exhibit committee members (from left) Elizabeth Pickle and  Amanda Carlock install the new exhibit commemorating MSU's 133rd birthday. Photo by Jim Tomlinson/MSU Libraries.

A new exhibit in Mitchell Memorial Library takes part in wishing Mississippi State University a happy 133rd birthday this month.

Through March 20th, display cases along the Library's 2nd floor Information Mall are showcasing MSU's presidents Lee to Keenum, yearbooks, MSU apparel, and more MSU memorabilia. Students, staff, faculty, and Starkville community members are invited to stop by and view the exhibit.

For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2088Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT
New mobile website live now

Mississippi State University Libraries proudly announces the release of its new mobile website. This website features our most popular services and information, including:

  • Online catalog searching
  • Library Hours
  • Mobile-friendly database searching
  • Links to free mobile apps for research
  • Research guides
  • Directions to Mitchell Memorial Library, parking information, and maps 
  • MSU Bus Routes (Parking Services)  
  • Audio tours of the Library
  • Our Ask A Librarian service
  • ...and more!

To access our mobile-optimized website, simply visit http://library.msstate.edu from your phone!


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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2086Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT
MSU Libraries, Department of Art, and Plant & Soil Sciences partner in exhibit Dr. Robert Long (left), MSU ceramics professor, and Dr. Jim DelPrince, MSU floral design professor pose for a photograph next to their latest installation at MSU Libraries.

Dr. Robert Long (left), MSU ceramics professor, and Dr. Jim DelPrince, MSU floral design professor pose for a photograph next to their latest installation at MSU Libraries.

Funded in part by the Mississippi State University Public Artist Incentive Program, an exhibit by ceramics professor Robert Long and floral design professor Jim DelPrince, along with advanced floral design students, is currently on display in Mitchell Memorial Library.

In a floral design, plant materials and fine containers form a natural symbiosis. Long and DelPrince have worked together over the past five years on floral vessels that not only provide a basis for floral design but give support to individual, delicate stems; increase floral display longevity; and blur the lines between plant material and fired clay.

For a number of weeks this spring semester, a sculptural vessel from the Public Art Incentive Collection will hold a fresh floral arrangement created by an advanced MSU horticulture student or by DelPrince and will remain on display outside of the Dean’s Office on the Library’s third floor. From classical Ikebana to old world Flemish designs, each week’s floral design offers practice and experimentation to students and faculty in the art of floral design.

Dr. Jim DelPrince, MSU floral design professor, installs a new arrangement at MSU Libraries.

Dr. Jim DelPrince, MSU floral design professor, installs a new arrangement at MSU Libraries.

“For years, Dr. Long and I have been intrigued by the interaction between flowers and traditional forms,” said DelPrince. “Combining simple elements such as small, ceramic vases with single stems of flowers can create an extraordinary arrangement.”

Members of the Golden Triangle and MSU communities are invited to visit the Library each week to see the latest arrangement. For more information on this exhibit and on the Public Art Incentive Program, please contact Dr. Jim DelPrince at jdelprince@pss.msstate.edu. For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2085Wed, 16 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Sid Salter joins MSU Librarieshttp://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2084Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMTMSU Libraries Expands Access to Elsevier's Science Direct Journal PackageeJournals page or go directly to ScienceDirect.]]>http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2082Thu, 03 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMTUpdates to Online CatalogWe have made a few updates to our Online Catalog:

  • The Catalog has been integrated into the new look of our website.
  • Your account is now more secure - log in with your NetID and NetPassword instead of your 9-number.
  • You can now preview many items with Google Books. In Item Details, look for the Google Books button to read excerpts from the book.

Visit http://catalog.library.msstate.edu to start using these new enhancements.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2081Wed, 02 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT
Talking About Books: Dialogues in African American Studies

Dr. Houston A. Baker, Jr., Scholar-In-Residence

In February, Mitchell Memorial Library and the Mississippi State University African American Studies Program will host a series of lectures entitled "Talking About Books: Dialogues in African American Studies." All events will be held in the John Grisham Room on the third floor of Mitchell Memorial Library. The schedule is as follows:

February 1 - 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Dr. Donald Shaffer - Henry Louis Gates, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism

February 7 - 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Dr. Houston A. Baker, Jr. - I Don't Hate the South: Reflections on Faulkner, Family, and the South by Dr. Houston A. Baker, Jr.

February 17 - 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Dr. Anne Marshall - For Freedom's Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Chana Kai Lee

February 28 - 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Dr. Stephen Middleton - Who Speaks for Margaret Garner? by Mark Reinhardt

For more information please contact Linda Miller at lmiller@aas.msstate.edu or 662-325-0587.

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http://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2080Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT
MSU libraries announce special Grant collection exhibithttp://library.msstate.edu/content/templates/?z=521&a=2078Tue, 18 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT