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  • The University of Southern Mississippi, celebrated its Centennial in 2010, committed to sustainability, diversity, equality, and excellence in research, teaching, and service: A Carnegie Research-Extensive University with more than 15,000 students, two campuses, and five teaching and research sites across South Mississippi as well as in France, Mexico, England, and Spain; accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)   Nationally recognized for its programs in polymer science, marine science, education, psychology, international studies, arts, hydrography and economic development. International Studies Program is one of oldest and largest in the U.S.: Current and first female President, Dr. Martha Saunders, came from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she served as its first female chancellor. Four of six Deans are minorities (three females, one African-American male).   Green Initiative and Office of Sustainability established by Dr. Saunders :
  • School of Library and Information Science supports the University’s commitment to sustainability, diversity, equality, and excellence in research, teaching, and service. SLIS has been accredited by the American Library Association since 1978/79. As the University’s largest master’s degree-granting program and one of only 14 fully online MLIS programs, SLIS attracts students from across the state and the nation; almost 50% of graduate students are out-of-state.   Our students are diverse ethnically as well as geographically; SLIS actively recruits minority students through minority scholarships and through an IMLS grant of $499,000 to recruit and support ten additional minority students beginning in fall 2010.  
  • The SLIS program emphasizes research. Each of the faculty has earned a Ph.D. (research degree), has published scholarly books/journal articles, and has presented research at national and international conferences. Our newest faculty member, Dr. Stacy Creel, a former editor of Voice of Youth Advocates , comes to us from St. John’s University in New York.   Students are required to do bibliometric research in one of the core courses as well as a master’s research project at the end of the program. Some of these papers and projects have been published in LIS journals:
  • SLIS co-sponsors the prestigious Kay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, an internationally-recognized collection of primary-source materials related to children’s literature.
  • One of the courses offered through the Southern Miss British Studies Program is LIS 580/587, British Libraries and Information Centers, a 6 credit-hour course. In summer 2010, 32 students from 17 different universities across the U.S. participated in the course, which is based in King’s College, near the South Bank of the Thames in London, and Dalkeith Estate near Edinburgh, Scotland. Distinguished British archivists and information specialists generously shared their knowledge and expertise on the history and preservation of their historic collections via behind-the-scenes guided tours and lectures at repositories such as the British Library Preservation Studio and Sir John Ritblat Gallery, Greenwich Maritime Museum Library, London Library Preservation Department, British National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum, National Archives of Scotland, Dunfermline Carnegie Library Special Collections, and King’s College Maughan Library Special Collections. Students had the opportunity to examine some rare, historic treasures at each site, such as three different, original copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio . They learned about the history and content of the collections they visited, about archival conservation and preservation standards and practices, and about efforts to increase public access to primary-source materials through unique digitization initiatives such as British Library’s Turning the Pages virtual exhibit.
  • SLIS in 2012

    1. 1. Southern MissSchool of Library & InformationScience in 2012 Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D.
    2. 2. The University of Southern Mississippi  Accredited by SACS  Carnegie Doctoral/Research- Extensive Institution  Carnegie Community Engagement Classification  Ranked as one of nation’s most environmentally responsible universities (Princeton Review, 2010)  Ranked in top 20 most popular national universities (U.S. News and World Report, 2011)08/27/12 2
    3. 3. Some History of LIS @ USM Library science courses first offered in1926 First M.S. in library science awarded in 1965 First M.L.S. degree in 1977 Re-named School of Library & Information Science in 1993 - degree became M.L.I.S. Currently 175 students in M.L.I.S. program Cook Library, 1940’s, USM McCain Archive08/27/12 3
    4. 4. SLIS Mission, Vision Mission:  to prepare qualified individuals for professional roles in libraries and other information environments with appropriate knowledge and skills to serve the information needs of their communities. Vision:  Excellent teaching  Innovative research  Distinguished service.08/27/12 4
    5. 5. SLIS MLIS Program  Accredited by American Library Association since 1980; only ALA-accredited program in Mississippi  Accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)  Assigned LIS leadership status by Board of Trustees of State Institution of Higher Learning  Rated as top-tier program (level 5) by University Priorities Committee (UPC)  IMLS Minorities Scholarship Grant $400,000+ funds 10 students (PI Dr. Yu)08/27/12 5
    6. 6. SLIS – de Grummond Collaboration  SLIS & de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, an internationally-recognized collection of primary- source materials related to children’s literature  Co-sponsors Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, April 11-13. Karen Rowell, Coordinator08/27/12 6
    7. 7. British Studies: LIS 580/587  St. Paul’s Cathedral Library  Barbican Library  Museum of London  British Museum & Archive  British Library  Greenwich Caird Library  London Library  Stratford-upon-Avon  National Art Library @ V&A  Oxford, Bodleian Library  Central Library, Edinburgh  National Archives, Scotland  Dunfermline Carnegie Library08/27/12 7
    8. 8. SLIS Online  1993 – IVN classes in Hattiesburg, Long Beach  1995 – 1st computer-enhanced hybrid course  2002 – M.L.I.S. degree all online with Blackboard, online text chat  2007 – Web CT with WIMBA for interactive audio classes  2012 – Blackboard 9.1, Collaborate Live, Web 2.0 blogs, social media.08/27/12 8
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    10. 10. ALA Accreditation in 2012 Accreditation report submitted in Spring 2012  Chapter I. Mission, Goals, Objectives  Chapter II. Curriculum  Chapter III. Faculty  Chapter IV. Students  Chapter V. Administration and Financial Support  Chapter VI. Physical Resources and Facilities ALA Core Competencies in Librarianship Re-accredited by ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA) in June 2012 for maximum 7 years.08/27/12 10
    11. 11. What’s new at SLIS?  Technical elective requirement, Spring ’12  LIS 516: Media Utilization  LIS 557: Computer Applications in Libraries  LIS 558: Internet Resources and Applications  New courses:  LIS 500: 1-hr. LIS Orientation course  LIS 519: Programs and Services for Youth  LIS 590: Library Instruction  Grad. Certificate in Archives & Special Collections08/27/12 11
    12. 12. Who’s who at SLIS? Emeritus Faculty  Dr. Antonio Rodriguez-Buckingham donated collection of rare books to Cook Library  Dr. Joy Greiner, working on history of SLIS New Faculty  Dr. Brenton Stewart, Assistant Professor  Dr. Stacy Creel, Assistant Professor  Dr. Yan Wu, Visiting Assistant Professor  Mr. Edmand Pace, Visiting Instructor08/27/12 12
    13. 13. What is new at SLIS?  New Web site:  More scholarship information  Elective course recommendations for specialized tracks  New refereed e-journal  SLIS Connecting:  Recent student publications:   Future:  Graduate Certificate in Youth Services08/27/12 13
    14. 14. SLIS needs you! Our graduates are our product; SLIS grads are:  Accomplished professionals  Great mentors  Great recruiters. Please keep in touch:  SLIS news ListServ:  Connect with me on Facebook (, LinkedIn (  Send me an email about awards, honors, new job or promotion, professional publications, presentations, projects08/27/12 14
    15. 15. Recommended Resources  ALA Core Competencies, http://  ALA Process, Policies, Procedures http:// dEdition_revised1-09-11.pdf  Norton, M.J., “The University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science Distance Education History and Programs,” in Barron, Daniel D., ed., Benchmarks in Distance Education: The LIS Experience. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2003.08/27/12 15