Speakers & Consultants

SMA members are available as speakers, consultants, and classroom guests around the state. While some of our members are able to offer presentations at no cost, please contact individual speakers about the cost of their time and travel.

DeeDee Baldwin
Assistant Professor, History Research Librarian
Mississippi State University Libraries
E-mail: dbaldwin@library.msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-2838

  • Getting Started on Ancestry.com
  • Overview of Online Genealogy
  • Virtual Cemeteries
  • African American State Legislators During Reconstruction


Jennifer Brannock
Professor, Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana
University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
E-mail: Jennifer.Brannock@usm.edu
Phone: (601) 266-4347

  • Introduction to Book, Paper, and Photograph Preservation
  • Civil Rights in Mississippi
  • History of Hattiesburg through Photographs and Letters
  • Dining from Natchez to Columbia: Community Cookbooks and Why They Matter
  • Red Scare in the Magnolia State
  • Theodore G. Bilbo: The Life and Career of Mississippi’s Rabble-Rouser
  • The Know Mississippi Better Train: Promoting Mississippi Prior to World War II


Greg Johnson
Blues Curator and Professor
University of Mississippi Libraries
E-mail: gj1@olemiss.edu
Phone: (662) 915-7753

  • Audio Preservation & Digitization
  • Mississippi Music History


Elizabeth La Beaud
Digital Lab Manager, University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Assistant Director, Mississippi Digital Library
E-mail: Elizabeth.LaBeaud@usm.edu
Phone: (601) 266-5606

  • Digital Preservation
  • Digitization
  • Copyright


Jennifer McGillan
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Manuscripts
Mississippi State University Libraries
E-mail: jmcgillan@library.msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-3071

  • Genealogy
  • Teaching with Primary Sources


Heather Moore
Head of Special Collections
MS Baptist Historical Commission / McMillan University Archives
Leland Speed Library / Mississippi College
E-mail: HSMoore@mc.edu
Phone: (601) 925-3434

  • Church Records


Mona Vance-Ali
Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System
E-mail: mvance@lowndes.lib.ms.us
Phone: (662) 329-5304

  • Introduction to Preservation
  • Introduction to Preserving Photographs
  • Genealogy
  • Marion Stark Gaines: Early Woman Photographer of Mississippi, 1850-1942
  • Through the Lens of Carl Eugene Brown: Lowndes County, Mississippi in the 1940s-1950s