The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Hosts Edible Book Festival

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System hosted its first Edible Book Festival at the Columbus Public Library on Thursday, April 13 at 10 a.m. as part of the library’s celebration of National Library Week.

Since its inception in 1999, the International Edible Book Festival is held annually on or around April 1st – the birthday of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 – 1826), the French author of a witty book on food entitled Physiologie du goût. Dozens of libraries and cultural organizations around the world have held their own festivals to celebrate his work.

Festival organizers accepted submissions from the general public, local bakeries, and restaurants for the festival. Certificates were given for the Best in Show and Most Creative submissions.

To read more about the event, check out the story in The Dispatch at

If you  have any questions about the festival, contact Mona Vance-Ali at 662.329.5304 or

Grants for DPOE Workshop

SMA will cover the attendance fee (worth $500) for two archival professionals to attend the Deep South Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) workshop at the Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History in Jackson from September 20-23, 2016. There is one slot available for someone from an academic institution and one slot for someone from a non-academic institution. The recipients will receive training to conduct a digital preservation workshop of their own within six months of training. Attendees will need to cover their own travel, accommodations, and some meals.

Applicants for the grant should be archival professionals who are members of the Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA)* and are employed currently by a Mississippi institution. Information about eligibility, selection criteria, and limitations is available on the reverse side of the application form. Application packages must be received by 5:00 p.m., August 8th, 2016. Recipients will be notified by August 12th, 2016.

 *If you are not a current member of SMA, you may join or renew membership by visiting the SMA Web site. Membership will be verified as part of evaluation of applications. If you are paying by check rather than by PayPal, please do so well before August 8.

The application form is available at:

Information about the workshop available at:

For further information, contact Derek Webb at 662-241-7601 or by email at

Accommodations for SMA Conference

*The Society of Mississippi Archivists Conference does not have an official conference hotel.  Hotel room rates listed below are averages.  This is a sampling of hotels in the area.  Other hotels may be found at the Harrison County Tourism Commission website for the Gulf Coast –  To get accurate rates, please contact the hotels directly.  You may also want to try websites like Expedia (, Travelocity (, or Priceline ( for cheaper rates. 
Wingate by Wyndham (average $120/night)
4302 West Beach Blvd., Gulfport, MS 39501
1.5 miles from USM Gulf Coast
Holiday Inn Express (average $130/night)
300 West Beach Blvd., Long Beach, MS 39560
Less than 2 miles from USM Gulf Coast
Island View Casino (average $174/night)
3300 West Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS 39501
3 miles from USM Gulf Coast
Courtyard by Marriott (average $149/night)
1600 East Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS 39501
4 miles from USM Gulf Coast
Hampton Inn (average $119/night)
9445 Hwy 49, Gulfport, MS 39503
6.7 miles from USM Gulf Coast
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot (average $101/night)
15151 Turkey Creek Drive, Gulfport, MS 39503
7 miles from USM Gulf Coast
Treasure Bay (average $77/night)
1980 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531
11 miles from USM Gulf Coast
Beau Rivage (average $129/night)
875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530
15 miles from USM Gulf Coast
Hard Rock Hotel/Casino (average $120/night)
777 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530
15 miles from USM Gulf Coast
IP Casino Resort (average $90/night)
850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530
22 miles from USM Gulf Coast

Questions?  Contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601.266.4347.

2015 SMA Call for Papers and Posters!

DATE: APRIL 15-17, 2015 
In preparation of the 2015 Society of Mississippi Archivists Conference in Long Beach, MS, the Society of Mississippi Archivists seeks paper and poster proposals on a variety of topics that can include, but are not limited to:
Panels are typically 45 minutes to 1 hour in length and include 3 papers/presentations. For panel proposals please include title, brief description, and the names of the organizer and each presenter with affiliation and contact information. For individual papers and posters please submit the same information listed above. Panels will be created from submitted individual papers.
We also seek proposals for panels that will include paper presentations by library science students featuring their research and or panels that includes paper presentations by students who have used archival collections in their research. We also encourage students to create posters on research projects or activities for a poster session and display.
Please submit session and individual proposals to Ryan Semmes 
( by February 15, 2015

2015 Awards for Excellence

The Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board will present its 2015 Awards for Excellence, honoring individuals and organizations that identify, preserve, and provide access to Mississippi’s historical records, at the Society of Mississippi Archivists’ Biennial Meeting in April. The four award categories are Archival Program Development, Documenting Mississippi’s History,Using Historical Records in Grades K-12, and Using Historical Records in Higher Education. Nomination forms, awards criteria and eligibility information are available at Nominations will be accepted from October 1 to December 19, 2014. Questions may be directed to Forrest Galey at 601-576-6872 or

The Basics of Processing Archival Records Workshop

The Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board will join SMA and the Archival Training Collaborative (ATC) in sponsoring one workshop this fall. The Basics of Processing Archival Records, a workshop introducing participants to the methods and best practices archivists use to arrange, preserve, and create usable finding aids for collections of all shapes and sizes, will be presented by Mona Vance-Ali (Columbus-Lowndes Public Library) and Derek Webb (Mississippi University for Women) in Jackson on October 20, 2014. Participants will engage in hands-on activities and come away with a practical knowledge base to begin processing archival records. To receive a registration form or more information, visit the SMA Web site at or contact Derek Webb at 662-241-7601.

Archives Month

Each October the nation celebrates our country’s rich historical collections. The Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB) and the Society of Mississippi Archivists (SMA) are co-sponsoring a poster entitled Mississippi: Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary to promote Mississippi Archives Month 2014. The poster features archival items related to the events of 1964 and encourages all Mississippians to learn more about the civil rights movement in Mississippi by visiting local archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies. Several Mississippi institutions will present events commemorating Archives Month. For information about events during Archives Month throughout Mississippi, please visit For information about celebrations nationwide, visit


Society of Southwest Archivists/Southern Archivists Conference Annual Meeting, New Orleans, May 28-31

The 2014 Society of Southwest Archivists annual meeting May 28-31, 2014 will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana. SSA 2014 is a joint meeting with the Southern Archivists Conference. Every other year, the Society of Mississippi Archivists participates in a joint conference with other state groups in the southeast. This year’s conference will take place in conjunction with the Society of Southwest Archivists.

For more information about the conference and the program, go to

SMA Solicits Images for Archives Month Poster

The Society of Mississippi Archivists is seeking images for Mississippi’s 2014 Archives Month poster. This year’s theme will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the major civil rights event that occurred in Mississippi in 1964. You’re invited to submit two images that are representative of your museum, archival, or library collections for consideration on this year’s poster. We’re looking for a variety of visually engaging material including, but not limited to: album covers; artifacts; books; broadsides; correspondence; diaries; documents; drawings; motion picture film; maps; microfilm; musical instruments; paintings, photographs; postcards; and sheet music.

Submission Guidelines:

The images must be

  • available for publication without any copyright restrictions or question of ownership,
  • accompanied by any necessary publication permission form(s), the institution’s preferred citation(s), and information about the image,
  • black/white or color (rgb), of originals that are no smaller than 5″x7″ (or scanned at 100% for originals that are smaller than 5”x7”),
  • jpegs or tiffs of no less than 300 dpi, and
  • submitted to Jennifer Brannock,, by 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 2, 2014.

If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Brannock at or 601-266-4347.