2023 Annual Meeting

SMA’s 2023 annual meeting was held at Mississippi State University on April 20-21.


9:00-10:00 a.m.

Registration and poster presentations


“Behind Locked Doors: A Practicum Journey”

Lara Taylor, Library Associate, Mississippi State University Libraries

“A Content Analysis: Using a Context Strategy to Write Metadata for a Photography Collection”

Brennan Collins, student, University of Southern Mississippi

10:00 a.m.

Welcome from the President

Carrie Mastley, Assistant Professor, Curator of Material Culture, Mississippi State University Libraries

PANEL #1 (Virtual) – Reimagining Archives

“We Are All Lichens: Archive as Translation Poetics”

Corrine Dekkers, Ph.D.; Katherine Gaffney, MFA; David Greenspan, MFA

11:00 a.m.

PANEL #2 – Training and Education for a New Generations of Archivists

“Tire Matters, Women’s Health, and UFOs: Creating an Interdisciplinary Archival Experience for Undergraduates”

Jennifer Brannock, University of Southern Mississippi, Curator of Rare Books & Mississippiana

“Archival Triage! Stat!”

Jeff Hirschy, Assistant Professor, The University of Southern Mississippi

“Passing the Torch: A Proposal to Inspire High Schoolers to Protect the Past” (virtual presentation)

Victoria Patrick, graduate student

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own

Visit dining.msstate.edu for on-campus options

1:30 p.m.

PANEL #3 – Communities of Archival Users — Virtual Panel

“Getting Your Digital Content Noticed by Genealogists”

Melissa Barker, Archivist/Records Manager

“Prison Libraries: 50 Years of Decisions and Discussions A Bibliometric Study on Prison Libraries in Court Decisions and Academic Literature from 1970-2020”

Donnie Boman, graduate student, the University of Southern Mississippi


PANEL #4 – Outreach Skills for Archivists

“Connecting the Dots: Strategies for Training Online Students in Hands-On Archival Processing”

Danielle Stoulig, Head of Archival Processing, Louisiana State University

“Innovation in Community Engagement”

Jennifer Greene, University Archivist, Associate Professor, the University of Southern Indiana

3:30 p.m.

Visit library museums on your own

Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, 4th floor; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana Gallery, 4th Floor; Templeton Music Museum, 4th floor, assorted exhibit cases, 2nd floor atrium

6:00 p.m.

Keynote dinner

Keynote speaker: Dr. Sharron Streeter, Tougaloo College


9:00 a.m.

PANEL #1 – Developing Archival Skills for Graduate Students

“The Disciplines and the Archives: Experiences from a Pilot Program”

Erin Cain, Brad Johnson, Riley Cheek, graduate students, Mississippi State University

10:00 a.m.

PANEL #2 – Student Engagement with the Archives

“Grant Us the Serenity: Challenges and Achievements Thus Far”

Lorraine Stuart, Associate Professor, Head of Special Collections/Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives, the University of Southern Mississippi; Karlie Herndon, Assistant Curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, the University of Southern Mississippi; Jessica Clark, Assistant Curator, Historical Manuscripts, the University of Southern Mississippi; Emma Anderson and Jaq Jefcoat, graduate students, the University of Southern Mississippi

11:00 a.m.

PANEL #3 – Creating Inclusive Archival Experiences

“Fall 22 Queer Mississippi Exhibit Case Study”

Danielle Townsend, Audiovisual Special Collections Librarian & Associate Professor, The University of Mississippi

“Collecting, Describing and Discovering Women’s Health Ephemera for Student Research and Exhibits”

Diana Simpson, Assistant Professor/Catalog Librarian, The University of Southern Mississippi; Jennifer Brannock, Curator of Rare Books & Mississippiana, University of Southern Mississippi; Dipper Nobles, USM sophomore History major and Library Science minor

12:00 p.m.

Closing remarks from the Vice-President

Kate Gregory, Assistant Professor, Director of the Mississippi Political Collections, Mississippi State University

1:30 p.m.

Executive Board Meeting

All SMA members are invited and encouraged to attend, especially if they are interested in leadership positions!