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Entire Issue Vol. 12 No. 1, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D., Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D. Feb 2024

Entire Issue Vol. 12 No. 1, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D., Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D.

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No abstract provided.


Selection Of Spring And Fall 2023 Master’S Project Posters, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D. Feb 2024

Selection Of Spring And Fall 2023 Master’S Project Posters, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D.

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Students are required to create academic research posters on their capstone research project and present them in class. The following selection of the Master’s Project Capstone Posters are from LIS 695 in the Spring 2023 and Fall 2023.


Historical Qualitative And Quantitative Overview Of Classic Literature Embraced By Rock N’ Roll, 1960-2000, Winifred J. Boyd Feb 2024

Historical Qualitative And Quantitative Overview Of Classic Literature Embraced By Rock N’ Roll, 1960-2000, Winifred J. Boyd

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Rock music lyrics are often denied their status as influential pieces of literature in much the same way, it seems, as graphic novels, but both are no less effective in conveying a message or eliciting a powerful feeling. Not until October 2016, when Bob Dylan became the first songwriter to win the Nobel Prize in literature since 1913, did lyrics truly get a step closer to being recognized as literature within the boundaries of rock music (Chaudhuri, 2016)? This study was designed to help inspire others to take up the torch to further research: the influence and the power that …


Novel Outreach: A Report Of Public Library Engagement Within Virginia Communities, Joy Doukas Feb 2024

Novel Outreach: A Report Of Public Library Engagement Within Virginia Communities, Joy Doukas

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This study seeks to showcase how Virginia Public Libraries have harnessed the power of innovative outreach to service populations traditionally resistant to library adoption. It examines concepts such as community partnerships, the library as a Third Place (Thiele & Klagge, 2020), and the increasing function of social services in the public libraries sphere. It highlights the evolution of modern public libraries from mere book repositories to thriving community centers for education and personal growth. Mining current website data, this study explores each of the 94 public library systems in Virginia websites, determining their reach throughout their communities to show what …


Fanfiction Today: An Analysis Of Publishing Trends On Archive Of Our Own, Lauren Moore Feb 2024

Fanfiction Today: An Analysis Of Publishing Trends On Archive Of Our Own, Lauren Moore

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Fan spaces offer a unique opportunity for fans to come together and interact with people who share their interests. Today, you can find fandoms for almost every piece of media, person, or group (Ewens, 2020). These can be rich communities that produce both digital and physical works related to their interest. The physical works that predated the digital have included things like fan-published zines which were often shared at a convention. While these are still popular, the last few decades have seen more and more digital spaces emerging. Artists are selling works on sites like Etsy, Redbubble, and Gumroad. Digital …


Libraries On The Inside: A Study Of Public Library Outreach To Correctional Institutions, Annaliese Melvin Feb 2024

Libraries On The Inside: A Study Of Public Library Outreach To Correctional Institutions, Annaliese Melvin

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In 1911, the American Library Association (ALA) formed its first committee on prison libraries. While this committee opened the door to important conversations on correctional libraries, the ALA did not actively become involved in correctional systems until 1944, when the Objectives and Standards for Libraries in Adult Prisons and Reformatories were approved (Austin, 2019). The real catalyst for creating nationwide libraries for the incarcerated came in 1971, when “Congress passed the Law Enforcement Administration Act, which funded prison law libraries and provided budgets for other reading materials” (Sullivan, 2000, p. 57). This led to what was coined the “golden age …


Teen Services In Public Libraries: A Bibliometric Research Study, Ashlee Lykansion Feb 2024

Teen Services In Public Libraries: A Bibliometric Research Study, Ashlee Lykansion

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Public libraries have an essential mission to offer high-quality services, programming, and materials to individuals across all age groups. While these institutions typically provide many programs and services catering to children and adults, teenage patrons' needs are often overlooked (Bernier et al, 2014). To rectify this, it is essential to establish dedicated spaces within the library tailored to teenagers' interests and preferences. By incorporating engaging programming and curating materials and resources specifically geared toward this demographic, libraries can effectively convey a message of inclusivity and appreciation, making teenagers feel welcome and valued (Joseph, 2010). The purpose of this research study …


Physical Preservation Of 35 Mm Slides: Methods And Standards, Julia Meier Feb 2024

Physical Preservation Of 35 Mm Slides: Methods And Standards, Julia Meier

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With 35 mm slides being such a widely popular format throughout the 20th century, it is no wonder why they hold a great deal of history from that era within their tiny frames. As pieces of history, 35 mm slides are valuable documentary materials, and to keep the history they contain alive, they must be physically preserved. The purpose of this content analysis study was to gather and determine physical preservation methods and standards for the preservation of 35 mm slides from peer-reviewed journals and other published sources from 1980-2021.


May I See Your Library Card? A Study Of Mississippi Public Libraries’ Library Card Policies, Cynthia E. Hudson Feb 2024

May I See Your Library Card? A Study Of Mississippi Public Libraries’ Library Card Policies, Cynthia E. Hudson

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As houses of information, libraries provide multiple services to individuals that enter their doors. These services may be limited at many libraries unless the individual possesses a library card. By successfully applying for a library card, that individual receives access to all available library services. According to the American Library Association (2022), libraries use these cards for two main purposes. First, a library card helps library staff identify the library user. Second, the library uses library cards to maintain records of circulated materials. It is estimated that two-thirds of the United States population possess library cards (ALA, 2022). This study …


Public Library Websites In The Reaching Across Illinois Library System: A Webometric Examination, Amy Vangoethem Feb 2024

Public Library Websites In The Reaching Across Illinois Library System: A Webometric Examination, Amy Vangoethem

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A public library’s website is often the first introduction that a user has to the library. Users come to the website looking for information about the library’s location, hours, how to get a library card, library programs, search the library catalog, or other services. As Poll writes, “Libraries have started to offer a new virtual ‘entrance’ to their services: the library website” (2007, p. 1). As such, a library’s website must provide users with the information they are seeking simply and clearly. People expect websites to be simple to use and to be able to find the information they are …


The Pack Horse Library Initiative And Kentucky's Librarians In The Great Depression: An Academic Essay, Jessica Omer (University Of Missouri) Feb 2024

The Pack Horse Library Initiative And Kentucky's Librarians In The Great Depression: An Academic Essay, Jessica Omer (University Of Missouri)

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The history of libraries is a complex story of ups and downs. There have been times in American history when libraries almost ceased to exist (Boyd, 2009). One of those moments was during the American Great Depression of the 1930s. During this time, American institutions failed, jobs disappeared, homes were lost, and American libraries began to disappear. This paper aims to discover the Pack Horse Library Project's role in Kentucky history and its legacy. This paper answers two questions—How did The Pack Horse Library Project save libraries in Kentucky? And how did women save library services in eastern Kentucky?—by exploring …


From The Gas: Congratulations, Publications, And Presentations, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D., Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D. Feb 2024

From The Gas: Congratulations, Publications, And Presentations, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D., Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D.

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Includes book reviews by the graduate assistants for Finch House, Mall Goth, Maid for It, and Your Personal Penguin. Highlights what SLIS faculty are reading, alumni updates, faculty publications and presentations, and student congratulations.


Spotlights: Faculty, Alumni, Festival, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D., Mary A. Osborne Feb 2024

Spotlights: Faculty, Alumni, Festival, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D., Mary A. Osborne

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Meet Dr. Welsh, Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Science, and Adjunct Faculty for SLIS. Meet MLIS SLIS alum, Marjorie Hills, the Library Director for Iberia Parish Library. Learn about the exciting speakers for the 2024 Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival.


Slis Director's Report, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D. Feb 2024

Slis Director's Report, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D.

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Welcome to the Fall/Winter issue of SLIS Connecting. It has been a busy time here in SLIS. The faculty have been hard at work developing new courses based on feedback from the most recent survey and focus groups. Several new courses and curricular changes have been approved to begin in the Fall of 2024.


Entire Issue Vol. 11 No. 2, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D. Jun 2023

Entire Issue Vol. 11 No. 2, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D.

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  1. SLIS Director's Report By Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director
  2. Spotlight—Faculty, Spotlight—Alum
  3. From the GAs, Congratulations SLIS Students, Congratulations SLIS Alum
  4. A Collection Analysis of the Tana Hoban Papers in the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection
  5. The role the LGBTQ+ Community Plays in Preserving Their Own History: The Rise of LGBTQIA+ Grassroots Archives
  6. Text Complexity in Selected Newbery Medal Winners
  7. The National Gallery of Art Library: A Collection Analysis of an Art Library’s Digital Collection
  8. Storyville: A Study of Artifacts
  9. Social Media Engagement Across Public Libraries in Monroe County: A Webometric Study
  10. Selection of Fall 2022 Master’s Project …


Selection Of Fall 2022 Master’S Project Posters, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D. Jun 2023

Selection Of Fall 2022 Master’S Project Posters, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D.

SLIS Connecting

Students are required to create academic research posters on their capstone research project and present in class. The following selection of the Master’s Project Capstone Posters are from LIS 695 in the Fall of 2022. It includes 12 posters selected for their appeal.


Social Media Engagement Across Public Libraries In Monroe County: A Webometric Study, Danielle D’Agostino Jun 2023

Social Media Engagement Across Public Libraries In Monroe County: A Webometric Study, Danielle D’Agostino

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Social media has continued to develop and change rapidly since its inception. In order to best meet the information needs of users and gather as much visibility as possible, new platforms have been created and older platforms have been updated to improve usage. Because of these changes, engagement with newer, yet highly popular social media platforms such as TikTok has not been studied as widely as more traditional platforms such as Facebook. Additionally, post formats, character limits, and post content can vary greatly by platform. Comparing multiple social media platforms in this study allowed for a wider view of how …


Storyville: A Study Of Artifacts, Martha Quinn Fentress Jun 2023

Storyville: A Study Of Artifacts, Martha Quinn Fentress

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Operating from 1897 to 1917, sixteen blocks from the French Quarter district of New Orleans, Louisiana, several buildings were created to establish a legal red light district known as “Storyville.” The area was named after its creator, Alderman Sidney Story, who enacted the applicable ordinances and helped to establish the district. The creation of Storyville was meant to bring regulation to the sex trade and organized crime. The creation of the sixteen blocks of the district was influenced by a diverse range of experiences, ranging from cheap "cribs," vibrant music halls, saloons, and lavish mansions filled with "top dollar" ladies. …


The National Gallery Of Art Library: A Collection Analysis Of An Art Library’S Digital Collection, Rose Pendleton Jun 2023

The National Gallery Of Art Library: A Collection Analysis Of An Art Library’S Digital Collection, Rose Pendleton

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The purpose of this study is to evaluate the digital collection of the National Gallery of Art’s library with a focus on the diversity of topics, artists, and themes. This study could be a resource to librarians responsible for digital collections and art librarians that want to ensure that their digital collections are seen as diverse. Additionally, this study adds to the body of scholarly literature related to art libraries, digital collections, and diversity, and the research conducted could be used to further analyze other digital collections.


Text Complexity In Selected Newbery Medal Winners, Stephanie N. Harrelson Jun 2023

Text Complexity In Selected Newbery Medal Winners, Stephanie N. Harrelson

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Children who read for pleasure, as well as for information, do so because they have first learned the simple mechanics of reading. Once the mechanics are in place, children seek out stories that are of interest to them. Reading engaging materials holds the interest of children. As readers encounter increasingly complex reading material, their comprehension and reading abilities increase. It is important that children's literature is not only entertaining, but also complex in age-appropriate ways (Juel, 1988).

This study looks at the text complexity of Newbery Medal winners. The books selected for this study cover a 100-year period (1922-2022). The …


The Role The Lgbtq+ Community Plays In Preserving Their Own History: The Rise Of Lgbtqia+ Grassroots Archives, Abigail Hollingsworth Jun 2023

The Role The Lgbtq+ Community Plays In Preserving Their Own History: The Rise Of Lgbtqia+ Grassroots Archives, Abigail Hollingsworth

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This study conducted a collection analysis of five LGBTQ+ grassroots archives located in North America to exhibit how marginalized communities build and preserve their history on their own. By assessing the different collections for certain metrics and demographics such as the number of materials representing different aspects of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the types of materials prioritized from t-shirts to posters and books, this study highlights the role these community archives play in the representation of marginalized histories. By documenting these types of metrics, this study aimed to exhibit how these community-led archives collect materials, and what it …


A Collection Analysis Of The Tana Hoban Papers In The De Grummond Children’S Literature Collection, Constance Martin Jun 2023

A Collection Analysis Of The Tana Hoban Papers In The De Grummond Children’S Literature Collection, Constance Martin

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The de Grummond holdings of Tana Hoban’s work contain items she donated from 1982 to 1991 as well as copies of her books received from other donors. These materials include correspondence; biographical materials; her diaries; and some of her work as a commercial photographer, including photos and advertisements. There are also promotional items for her books and items related to a 1973 educational filmstrip series for which Hoban served on the creative development team (Brown, 2021; (“Tana Hoban Papers,” n.d.). Copies of physical books are augmented by book dummies she created for books that were published later and some that …


From The Gas: Congratulations, Publications, Presentations, Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D., Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D. Jun 2023

From The Gas: Congratulations, Publications, Presentations, Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D., Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D.

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Updates from the students and alumni and faculty publications and presentations.


Spotlights: Faculty, Alumni, Course, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D. Jun 2023

Spotlights: Faculty, Alumni, Course, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D.

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An update on Mr. Edmand Pace, an introduction to Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe, and news about LIS 654. E-Resources Management.


Slis Director's Report, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D. Jun 2023

Slis Director's Report, Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D.

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Welcome to the Spring/Summer issue of SLIS Connecting. It has been a busy time here in SLIS. This is the overview of what has been happing here at the School of Library and Information Science at Southern Miss. This issue features six research projects along with our regular columns.


Entire Issue Vol. 11 No. 1, Stacy Creel, Ph.D. Usm Slis Nov 2022

Entire Issue Vol. 11 No. 1, Stacy Creel, Ph.D. Usm Slis

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No abstract provided.


A Bibliometric Study Of The Research On Instructional Uses For Nonfiction Graphic Novels, Tiffany Markulike, Mlis Usm Slis Nov 2022

A Bibliometric Study Of The Research On Instructional Uses For Nonfiction Graphic Novels, Tiffany Markulike, Mlis Usm Slis

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The intention of this bibliometric study is to examine the research on the use of graphic novels in classrooms and libraries during the past two decades to highlight how this topic has changed and developed over time. The focus of the research is on the use of nonfiction graphic novels in the English Language Arts, Writing, Social Studies, History, Science, and Math classrooms. This study notes similarities in the research on uses for graphic novels and identifies the prevailing journals which have published articles on this topic. The authors who have written about this topic the most frequently are identified. …


Taking A Closer Look At The Codes List-Cookbooks For Gender And Academic Holdings, Jennifer Ottinger, Mlis Usm Slis Nov 2022

Taking A Closer Look At The Codes List-Cookbooks For Gender And Academic Holdings, Jennifer Ottinger, Mlis Usm Slis

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It is time to consider if cookbooks hold this disparity and closely look at the gender of authors in the culinary world. This study explored gender within the CODES List-Cookbooks 2019-2022, a juried list of cookbooks published 2018-2021, as well as determined if Texas public colleges and universities carry these titles. By evaluating this juried list of recommended cookbooks, libraries can use the research to take a closer look at their cookbook collection. The purpose of this study was to examine and analyze cookbooks from the CODES List- Cookbooks, 2019-2022, and ownership of the books by public colleges and universities …


Wellness Matters: A Website Content Analysis Of Wellness Resources In Academic Libraries Supporting Medical Schools In The United States, Rebecca A. Costa, Mlis Usm Slis Nov 2022

Wellness Matters: A Website Content Analysis Of Wellness Resources In Academic Libraries Supporting Medical Schools In The United States, Rebecca A. Costa, Mlis Usm Slis

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While it is standard for academic libraries to support education and research, many libraries also offer space or dedicated programming to promote the wellness and self-care of their users. Addressing student wellness demonstrates responsiveness to institutional priority and efforts to meet evolving student needs. In addition, it serves as an excellent opportunity for libraries to innovate and collaborate visibly in the community they support, further committing to a culture of wellness. This study examined wellness initiatives, resources, services, and events offered in academic libraries that support medical schools in the United States.


Federal Depository Library Program (Fdlp) Academic Library Websites A Webometric Analysis Of Academic Libraries Participating In The Fdlp, Leah Deann Isenhower, Mlis Usm Slis Nov 2022

Federal Depository Library Program (Fdlp) Academic Library Websites A Webometric Analysis Of Academic Libraries Participating In The Fdlp, Leah Deann Isenhower, Mlis Usm Slis

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The purpose of this study is to evaluate the website content of academic libraries participating as selective depositories in the FDLP to examine legal compliance and accessibility to electronic government information